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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.

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.