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Ireland Lodges

Gregans Castle Hotel

Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland.                                               Telephone: +353 65 707 7005,

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Burren this stunning 18th century manor house is set in its own established and lovingly-attended gardens, and has spectacular views that stretch across to Galway Bay.  Inside, you’ll find welcoming open fires, candlelight and striking decoration ranging from modern art, to antique furniture, to pretty garden flowers adorning the rooms. Simon and Frederieke manage this oasis of comfort and offer genuine Irish hospitality. Gregans Castle has long been a source of inspiration for its visitors.  Guests have included J.R.R Tolkien, who’s said to have been influenced by the Burren when writing The Lord of the Rings, as well as other revered artists and writers like C.S. Lewis and Seamus Heaney.

In the Dining Room, head chef David Hurley and his team serve creative and modern dishes using fresh, local ingredients like organic Burren lamb and game, and fresh Atlantic fish and shellfish. Gregans has received many awards for food including 3 Rosettes from the AA for “culinary mastery and excellence” and the National Hospitality Awards’ Best Hotel Restaurant 2012.  The extensive and ever-expanding wine list features wines from each continent, including a large selection of organic and bio-dynamic wines.

There’s so much to see and do around Gregans Castle Hotel. You could visit some of the area’s many renowned attractions like the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and Aillwee Cave. Or how about jigging to some traditional Irish music in the picturesque villages of Doolin and Kilfenora? If you’re looking for some activity and excitement,  horse-riding, golf, cycling, sea kayaking, rock climbing or half or full day walking excursions with a knowledgeable walking guide can be arranged.