Currarevagh House

César award in 1992

‘Don’t expect TV or sumptuous bedrooms with a walk-in shower’ at this Victorian manor in wooded parkland bordering Lough Corrib. ‘Just a real break from whatever it was that was bugging you before you arrived.’ The house has been run as a hotel by the Hodgson family since 1890. Manager Henry Hodgson is ‘a warm and attentive host’, his wife, Lucy, ‘as master chef makes each meal a delight’. Henry’s mother, June, meets and greets. ‘A throwback to earlier more gracious days’, Currarevagh is ‘old-fashioned’, with sheets and blankets on the beds in the spacious bedrooms, while an ‘Edwardian’ breakfast includes freshly squeezed orange juice, home-baked soda bread, local sausages, honey-roast ham, and cheeses. A gong summons diners for a no-choice, four-course menu of ‘Irish country house’ dishes with a modern spin. Pan-fried mackerel with pistachio crust, beetroot, shallot and apple salad; roast rump of beef, romesco, Maris Peer chips, roast root vegetables. ‘Afternoon tea is a delight’, the atmosphere in the drawing room is ‘convivial’. With so many trees, lough views are at a premium. (Mark Delargy, Richard Parish, Esler Crawford)
  • Wonderful views of Loch Corrib combined with an easygoing and warm hospitality. A true country house that attracts repeat visitors. There are no room keys and no TV or telephone in the rooms, but plenty of books to borrow and walks to enjoy along the lough. Henry Hodgson and his mother June make a perfect team; she greets visitors, helps check them in, oversees afternoon tea and guests’ wine selections; he manages the enterprise generally and the kitchen specifically. A gong summons everyone to the set-menu dinner served promptly at 8pm in the inviting dining room. The croquet set and rain gear and boots in the entrance hall make it a truly country house. Breakfasts were generous.

    Patricia Higgins, 08/09/2016

  • Some licks of paint have sharpened up the interior. Cooking is inventive, with fairly traditional ingredients. The friendly, long-serving staff remain in place; it is full of contented guests, some as long-lasting as the staff.

    Richard Parish, 11/10/2015

  • This is a biased review of the best ofIrish hospitality and the country house experience. Don't expect a massive, or indeed any, TV, or sumptuous bedrooms with a walk-in showers. Just a real break from whatever was bugging you before you arrived. We really enjoyed our second excellent countryside break his year. It confirmed the feeling that you are really welcome at Currarevagh and can be confident you will be looked after. It seems to attract people who like to be both active and social, so the interaction with other guests adds a lot to the stay. Lounging after a fine breakfast is an experience that can remind you that you still like to read and talk and laugh. Henry is a warm and attentive host, and Lucy, as master chef, makes each meal a delight. And do not miss the afternoon tea if the great Currarevagh bake-off is something you have even a passing interest in.

    Mark Delargy, 30/11/2014

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Local attractions

Galway Oyster Festival
A long weekend of live music, street parties in the Latin Quarter and the World Oyster Opening Championships.
Galway Races
The racecourse festival is in the last week of July each year, but there are regular meets throughout the racing season.
Aran Islands
Day trips available to a Gaelic-speaking, traditional area off the west coast of Ireland.

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Contact Details

Currarevagh House

OUGHTERARD Co. Galway Ireland

Telephone

00 353 91 552312

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

12.

Open

17 Mar–31 Oct

Facilities

sitting room/hall, drawing room, library/bar with TV, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 180-acre grounds (lake, fishing, ghillies available, boating, swimming, tennis, croquet), golf, riding nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B €70–€90, D,B&B €105–€130. Set dinner €48.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates