Gregans Castle Hotel

Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

‘Country house luxury’ abounds in this Georgian mansion, run by owners Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray as a luxury hotel. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Country house luxury’ abounds in this Georgian mansion, run by owners Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray as a luxury hotel. It stands at the foot of Corkscrew Hill, across from a 15th-century tower house built for the chief of the O’Lochlainns, ‘Prince of the Burren’, that otherworldly ‘place of stone’. Bedrooms are a stylish blend of the contemporary and the antique, with views of gardens, Galway Bay and mountain; some have a private garden area. Robes and organic toiletries are supplied. In the dining room, tables are ‘beautifully set’, the staff are ‘friendly and helpful’, chef Robbie McCauley’s cooking is ‘stunning in intensity of flavour and visual impact. It’s a question of whether to eat the main course or paint it.' Dinner begins with an ‘exquisite’ amuse-bouche, and proceeds with such dishes as ‘cod with lobster mousse and artichoke, wood pigeon with polychrome carrots'. On a night when the restaurant was closed, ‘I ate in the bar, a relatively simpler meal, but one that would have graced a good many fine restaurants’. At breakfast there is organic porridge, poached smoked haddock, the full Irish with wild boar puddings, pancakes with organic apple syrup. (RP)

Hotel details

Address

Gragan East
Ballyvaughan
Co. Clare
H91C F60
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 0 353 65 707 700

Bedrooms

21. 7 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

mid-Feb–early Dec, restaurant closed Mon, Thurs (bistro fare available).

Facilities

drawing room, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi (not in restaurant), 15-acre grounds (ornamental pool, croquet), wedding facilities, public areas wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.

Background music

all day in bar, mealtimes in dining room.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some ground-floor bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B €295–€515, D,B&B €389–€655. Set menu and à la carte €75, tasting menu €100. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat, bank holidays.

Special offers

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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