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Gregans Castle Hotel

Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland.                                               Telephone: +353 65 707 7005, Email:stay@gregans.ie

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.

 

Renvyle House Hotel

Renvyle, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland.                                               T: +353 (0)95 46100 F: +353 (0)95 43515 E: info@renvyle.com

This historic country house hotel, situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean has been open to guests since 1883. The hotel is located on 150 acres which include a private lake, a par 3 golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site including golf, tennis, swimming, boating, fly-fishing, snooker, boating, fishing, lawn bowls, croquet and clay pigeon shooting.

Rebuilt in the Arts & Crafts style of the 1920’s after the Irish Civil War this is considered a building of architectural importance and it has been the ethos of Renvyle’s owners over the last few decades to source bedroom furnishings designed and made in Ireland in keeping with the movement.  The hotels award winning restaurant serves the best the region has to offer including Irish beef, Connemara lamb and game dishes alongside seafood dishes using fresh fish caught daily off local shores.

This is an award winning hotel for hospitality over the years, with recent accolades including ‘Best Customer Service in Ireland’, Irish Restaurant Awards, 2014 and 2013 McKennas’ Guides ‘100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland’ 2014 and 2013.

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland                                          Telephone: + 353 95 31006 Email: info@ballynahinch-castle.com 

Nestled beneath the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of the finest 4 star luxury castle hotels in Ireland. Set above its famous salmon fishery in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, this authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel is the perfect base for a touring or activity break or simply relaxing. Expert guides are available to assist in every activity, on the sea, the mountains, rivers and trails or in the library exploring the rich culture of this spectacular region.

There are some who visit Ballynahinch Castle Hotel and Estate and never leave the grounds, such is the choice of activities available. Hiking our trails, taking a fly-fishing tutorial, playing tennis, biking, or simply sitting in the tranquility of the grounds listening to the song of the river as it makes its interminable journey to the sea; there are so many ways to engage with Connemara.

“There is more than a bit of magic to the Ballynahinch spell, and food lovers will easily declare it as one of their all-time favourite places to eat and stay in Ireland” – Bridgestone Guide Hot 100

Temple House, Sligo

Ballinacarrow, Ballymote, Co.Sligo.                                               Telephone: +353719183329, Email: stay@templehouse.ie

Temple House is a classical Georgian mansion set in a private estate of over 1,200 acres. The estate has been the Perceval family home since 1665, but the area’s ancient history goes back even further, with the house overlooking a 13th century lakeside castle of the Knights Templar. It is the is ideal stopover between the west and north and a great base for exploring Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh, Mayo or South Donegal.

This historic home is not just a boutique hotel experience, offering unique and luxury country house accommodation, plus a self catering cottage that sleeps 8. Activities include on-site boating, coarse fishing, birdwatching, terraced gardens and miles of woodland walks. The surrounding region boasts beautiful beaches, a bird of prey sanctuary, areas of archaeological interest, horse riding, trout fishing and four championship golf courses. Irish music and dance sessions are often held locally.

Meals at Temple House are thoughtfully prepared with ingredients grown on the estate, sourced locally or from specialist producers and which are, where possible, organic.

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Mount Falcon Estate

Foxford Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland.                                  Telephone: +353 (0)96 74472, Email: info@mountfalcon.com

This luxury hotel is located on the west bank of the River Moy, 100 acres of magical woodlands inNorth County Mayo, a most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Mount Falcon is the only example of a private residence by the famous 19th century architect James Franklin Fuller in Ireland. Mount Falcon had the reputation as one of Ireland’s premier shooting and fishing houses and continues to enjoy two miles of fishing rights on the River Moy, Ireland’s most prolific wild Atlantic salmon river . Whilst retaining the lodge’s charm and integrity, owners over the years have restored, renovated and refurbished the original house in order to create a luxury hotel. There are also private lodges dotted around the estate, a spring fed rainbow trout stocked lake and modern leisure facilities.

The Kitchen Restaurant offers a menu featuring the very best in quality, fresh and local organic produce. The Moy River is a source of Wild Atlantic Salmon which anglers are encouraged to “Catch and Cook “. Wild game also features on the menu in the winter months. Head Chef Philippe Farineau ‘s philosophy of “Irish Produce, French Heart’ tries to use as much as possible of local organic produce from vegetables to Wild Atlantic Salmon, Trout and wild game.

The Kitchen has been awarded numerous awards including a 2008 2 AA Rosette, the “Best Hotel Restaurant Award in Connaught” in 2013, 2012 and 2011 the “Best Chef in Connaught “in 2013 and 2011 by the Restaurant Association of Ireland. It is also a member of Lucinda O’Sullivan’s Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay and Eat 2013.

 

The Quay House

Beach Road, Clifden, Co Galway, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 95 21369, Email: res@thequayhouse.com

Located at the water’s edge at Clifden in Connemara, the Quay House is renowned for the Foyle family’s West of Ireland warm hospitality and award winning breakfasts. During the 1800’s this was the local harbour master’s quarters. Today one of the oldest buildings in Clifden, Quay House is a Georgian classic, lovingly restored as a beautiful waterfront guesthouse. It is just the place to relax and dream and enjoy the surrounds. It is also a great base for exploring the wilderness of Connemara, biking, hiking, golfing, fly-fishing, horseback riding opportunities abound in this unique west coast countryside. The Quay House is one of the prestigious entries in the new “Bridgestone 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland 2014”.

The Quay House interior is an eclectic mix of oriental rugs, draped tiger skins, elephant tusks and orchids blended with deep sofas and classical oil paintings. Every room has its own unique character This is a hotel steeped in local history and indeed in local hospitality as traditions are passed along to the next Foyle generation. Floor-length windows overlooking the harbor, huge, comfortable beds and ornate mirrors are highlights in some of the elegant bedrooms. Breakfast at the Quay House is taken in the garden-like conservatory and is rated as one of the best in all Ireland. Start the day with Paddy’s local oysters or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and coffee.

 

 

Delphi Lodge

Leenane County Galway, Ireland                                                         Telephone: +353-95-42222, Fax: +353-95-42296                                 Email: info@delphilodge.ie

A delightful 1830s country house in the heart of Connemara, Delphi Lodge is renowned for being a beautiful house in one of the most beautiful places in Ireland – if not in the world – and, yes, it is beloved of fishermen hoping to catch a salmon, and it is beloved of food lovers who relish the cooking, and wine buffs can simply lose themselves in the incredible selection of wines on the list. Big log fires, long walks on the beach or in the hills, hot whiskeys, a great library, a snooker room and a very good wine cellar. It all makes for the ultimate decadent experience. Delphi Lodge offers charming accommodation, glorious scenery, great food and total tranquillity. Located in a wild and unspoilt valley of extraordinary beauty, the 1000-acre Delphi estate is one of Ireland’s hidden treasures. The historic lodge, famous as a holiday hideaway, is surrounded by the tallest mountains in Connemara and overlooks the lakes and rivers of the Delphi valley. To enjoy the ‘Delphi Experience‘ we recommend a stay of at least two nights.

It is an estate of fabulous beauty…..For those who cherish landscape that is wild, lovely and undefiled, take a look at Delphi” Financial Times

Ballymaloe House

Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork
Tel: +353 21-4652531 Fax: +353 21-4652021 Email: res@ballymaloe.ie Website: www.ballymaloe.ie

Ballymaloe house, Ireland’s most famous dining room, located in an idyllic country house set in stunning gardens and surrounded by a 400 acre estate in rural East Cork. Located 20 miles from the historic city of Cork, and minutes from the breathtaking south coast. Ballymaloe pride themselves on offering a warm welcome, tastefully decorated bedrooms and award-winning cuisine which celebrates the best of local, seasonal produce. Whether for a weekend break or longer family holiday, for a conference or a special occasion, Ballymaloe looks forward to welcoming you.

Beautifully decorated, generously proportioned and extremely comfortable. So pleasant, you may never want to leave!

Ashford Castle

Cong, County Mayo                                                                                    Telephone: +353 94 954 6003                                                                Email: reservations@ashfordcastle.com

Dating back to 1228 and once the estate of the Guinness family, the legendary 5-star Ashford Castle Hotel is one of Ireland’s grandest castle hotels, with a history going back to the early 13th century.  Situated in 350 acres of manicured gardens and beautiful parkland, this is probably Ireland’s most romantic hotel. Panelled walls, oil paintings, suits of armour and magnificent fireplaces adorn public rooms which have magnificent views of Lough Corrib, the River Cong and wooded parkland.  Ashford is renowned for a range of country sports including one of the largest equestrian centers in the country, fishing on Lough Corrib and River Cong, an exclusive nine-hole golf course, Ireland’s first school of falconry and sport clay shooting.

Within a few hours you can sample magnificent mountain vistas, enchanting seascapes, and the broad expanses of wild and colourful countryside for which Connemara is famous.