Hotels in Co. Mayo
‘As the owners claim, this is neither B&B nor hotel, but a family home that welcomes guests,’ writes a Guide insider, of this ‘classic Georgian manor house, deep in the countryside’ beneath Mount Nephin.
Romantic wedding hotels and coastal escapes in Ireland
On the West coast of Ireland, County Mayo represents all the best aspects of a holiday in Ireland. Its rocky cliffs that border the Atlantic, the bays and islands including Clare Island, which pepper the coastline, and all its wild ruggedness sat alongside refined architecture that tells its tales across the ages. One such location for example, is Enniscoe House, a pale pink, Georgian country house hotel where genteel shabbiness bathes under high ceilings and natural light and leading into Victorian gardens.
Those hotels best loved by walkers in the region will revel in the exploration of the likes of Croagh Patrick, while history buffs will delight in the stories written into the fabric of the likes of Westport House and its dungeons. The region’s host of towns and villages are brought to life by a plethora of festivals and music, as well as plentiful shops, cafes, bars and restaurants befitting both romantic and family holidays in Ireland.
For those looking for a more active holiday, The Wild Atlantic Way is peppered with locations ripe for water sports and adventures, such as sailing and surfing, although a road trip simply taking it all in is, in all honesty, a favourite pastime. Hospitality at the likes of Newport House, which overlooks the shores of Clew Bay, is warm and friendly as well as being refined. A delightful hotel for foodies, they serve French-influenced cuisine as well as offering a unique experience for those on a fishing holiday with extensive fishing rights on the river; basket lunches and, the option for freezing and smoking facilities.
Always a region rich in surprises, County Mayo’s hotels also include the likes of Stella Maris Country House Hotel, with unrivalled views of the Atlantic Ocean, the majestic Downpatrick Head Sea Stack and the pastoral countryside of Ballycastle. It has won a multitude of awards for its impeccable service and style, as well as a reputation as an entirely unique hotel wedding destination or one of Ireland’s prized romantic honeymoon escapes.
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