When the tall ship Astrid sank off the coast of Kinsale in July 2013, none of the 30 people luckily rescued from it could have imagined where it would sail.
Those salvaged linens now form some of the bed boards in the bedrooms of a stylish new 10-bedroom townhouse right in the heart of Kinsale, above the famous Lemon Leaf Cafe.
The Lemon Leaf Townhouse opened this weekend, offering comfortable rooms on the city’s main street.
The much-loved cafe has always been popular with visitors and locals alike – last summer we reported how Normal people star Paul Mescal and pop star Phoebe Bridgers enjoyed a romantic breakfast at the cafe after staying at a local hotel for the weekend.
Now the next chapter in Lemon Leaf’s story has begun – with a nod to a dramatic event of the recent past, when the tall ship Astrid, with 30 crew members and young people on board, lost its way. power and struck the rocks off Kinsale in July. 2013.
Local lifeboats rushed to the rescue and although they couldn’t save the majestic ship, they got everyone down to safety and brought them ashore.
The Lemon Leaf crew say they “couldn’t be happier to open their rooms to visitors and promise them a warm welcome to the heart of the port city.”
Treacy Keoghan told CorkBeo that they had done a “complete renovation” of the existing guest rooms above the cafe and, while not spacious, it was aiming for a “cozy, stylish and comfortable” one.
“We didn’t want to do themed rooms or anything like that – but we just thought that in one of the rooms it would be nice to have that association with a ship like the Astrid, which was such a big event for Kinsale, “she said.
Treacy says it has been “a lot of hard work, throughout the lockdown” to create the new townhouse and with the newly configured premises of Lemon Leaf, the plan to open later, along with an informal wine bar and relaxed evening, which will allow guests to take some time to relax while checking in.
The master bedroom headboards were made by a local Kinsale company, Mamukko, which specializes in creating everything from handbags to headboards, from materials mostly recycled from old ships and boats.
Master stitchers and upcyclers Levente and Attila from Mamukko can make stylish travel bags from old recycled rubber canoes and did a great job for the Lemon Leaf Townhouse.
And guests will be able to rest their heads on a little piece of maritime history and dream of stormy nights and shipwrecks.
For more information on this new addition to Kinsale – check out the Lemon Leaf Cafe & Townhouse website.