The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

‘I’ve stayed in glitzier places. More

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

'Great welcome: tea and biscuits and friendly. Beautiful clean areas; spacious accommodation. Meal delightful - service a little stiff at first but readily became relaxed. Breakfast again good: chatty service with cooked items lovely; not too much. ' - John Hood - June, 2017
'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. ' - Helena Shaw - July, 2016
'The Mustard Seed is good for the soul. 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. . You are assured of a wonderful meal, with service that is friendly, but never over-bearing or coldly formal. Our room was spacious yet cosy. ' - Sheila Robinson - February, 2014

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Tourist attractions

  • Adare Village

    One of Ireland's most picturesque villages, with several heritage centres and small museums.

  • Clonshire Equestrian Centre

    Cross-country riding across 130 acres of parkland.

  • Fishing

    Escorted day trips and tuition, with full equipment hire.