The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

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Contact details

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Ballingarry
Co. Limerick
Ireland
00 353 69 68508
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

16. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 24–26 Dec.

Facilities

3 public rooms, library, entrance hall, sun room, free Wi-Fi (in public areas, some bedrooms), in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 12-acre grounds.

Background music

piano on occasion in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person B&B from €90, D,B&B from €129. Set menus €46–€60.

Other Credits

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘I’ve stayed in glitzier places. I’ve stayed in grander places. But I’ve never stayed at a more charming spot,’ says a regular Guide reader of this ‘lovely’ restaurant-with-rooms in a pretty, rural village. A return visit this year found ‘the same air of tranquil calm, and the same friendly, attentive service’. Still, there have been changes: John Edward Joyce, the long-serving restaurant manager, is the new owner; former owner Daniel Mullane will make ‘occasional appearances’, staff say. The ‘enjoyable country house-party atmosphere’ remains. Choose one of the ‘very comfy’, individually decorated bedrooms, ; some have views over garden and countryside. At dinner, chef Angel Pirev creates ‘well-presented’ dishes from local and home-grown produce, perhaps pan-fried trout, blue mussels, horseradish-pickled scallops, compressed cucumber and dill. ‘As the bedroom didn’t have tea- or coffee-making facilities, we were served tea in the sitting room by a cheerful housekeeper before breakfast.’ The morning meal ‘is a real treat’: home-baked soda bread, stewed garden fruit, eggs from resident hens. (Dr Helena Shaw, Janet and Paul Mills)

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The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Ballingarry
Co. Limerick

Guest comments

'Change and continuity was the theme of our stay at The Mustard Seed this year. Now under new management this fine hotel, remains, in essence, the same - an oasis of peace and calm, where it always seems to be summer. We were given a lovely welcome The spacious public rooms exude tranquility. The gardens, full of colour, are a delight. There are the same little touches that make each visit special - a vase of roses in our sitting room and in the bedroom, coffee and buttery home-made biscuits on arrival. The breakfast menu had some additions. The smoked salmon I had was delicious. Good to know that The Mustard Seed, with its great tradition of Irish hospitality, is in safe hands. ' - Helena Shaw - July, 2016
'Another lovely stay - same air of tranquil, relaxed calm, same friendly, attentive service. A highlight this year was when the proprietor tapped discreetly at the door to our duplex in the evening to say that one of the guests was playing the piano in the atrium. Would we like to come along to listen? Thoroughly enjoyed the music and the country house-party atmosphere created by the staff who were in and out to make sure everyone had everything s/he needed. Guests chatted to family/friends and other guests alike. Breakfast a real treat in the gracious gold and blue dining room with its huge windows framing views of the gardens.I've stayed at grander hotels, I've stayed at glitzier hotels, but I've never stayed at a more charming hotel. ' - Helena Shaw - July, 2015
'The Mustard Seed is good for the soul. Owner Dan Mullane realises that it's about not just a beautifully decorated country house and fabulous food, but the people who work with him. Stay once and feel welcomed; return and feel like you're visiting an old friend. We had our wedding herein 2011, and it was a wonderful day. The food has changed slightly to reflect prevailing trends, with mention of 'soil' and 'paint' in the descriptions. What hasn't changed is the quality and taste- you are assured of a wonderful meal, with service that is attentive and friendly, but never over-bearing or coldly formal. Our room was spacious yet cosy, with beautiful dark wood furniture, and a lovely corner bath in the en suite. The Mustard Seed excels in places to sit down and relax, and there's always an interesting book or magazine nearby. There are equal opportunities to stroll or sit down and relax outside, with seats dotted around the gardens. A wonderful place staffed by wonderful people. ' - Sheila Robinson - February, 2014

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