Currarevagh House

Surely Ireland’s oldest hotel in continuous family ownership, Henry and Lucy Hodgson’s Victorian country house on the shores of Lough Corrib was taking paying guests as a sporting lodge in 1890. More

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Currarevagh House
Oughterard
Co. Galway
Ireland
00 353 91 552312
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

12.

Open

1 Apr–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

allowed in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per person B&B €75–€90, D,B&B €110–€135. Set dinner €50.

Other Credits

Good Hotel Guide Review

Surely Ireland’s oldest hotel in continuous family ownership, Henry and Lucy Hodgson’s Victorian country house on the shores of Lough Corrib was taking paying guests as a sporting lodge in 1890. Not that it hasn’t been updated since – ‘several licks of paint have sharpened up the decor’, writes one devotee on an annual visit this year. The manor house remains old-fashioned in the best sense, with antiques, button-back armchairs, fringed lamps, ‘friendly and long-lasting staff’ and ‘contented guests – some nearly as long-lasting’. Bedrooms are spacious, with views of lough or mountains (who needs TV?). Henry Hodgson is an ‘attentive’, wryly amusing host; Lucy Hodgson cooks daily-changing, no-choice dinner menus. Guests, summoned by the gong, might find seared Corrib trout, rump of Connemara lamb, with inventive twists (here nori, there wood sorrel or redcurrant jus). Afternoon tea and an Edwardian-style breakfast with a ‘frequently replenished buffet’ contribute to a house-party atmosphere. Sausages are local, orange juice is freshly squeezed, soda bread is home baked. (Richard Parish)

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Currarevagh House
Oughterard
Co. Galway

Guest comments

'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 - September, 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 - October, 2014
'Nothing significant changes. The cooking goes from strength to strength. Just the right quantities (second of main course offered). ' - Dr Richard Parish - September, 2012
'Peace, changing views of Lough Corrib, delicious dinners and breakfasts. The family made us feel like guests in their home. You can take their rowboat out for a leisurely morning on the lake. The rooms are comfortable, good bathrooms. And free Wi-Fi seems to have spread throughout the house. The sort of hotel one hopes will never change. ' - Mamie Atkins - August, 2012

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Tourist attractions

  • Aran Islands

    Day trips available to a Gaelic-speaking, traditional area off the west coast of Ireland.

  • 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.