Good Hotel Guide Review
It may not be a castle but this rambling 18th-century manor house, wrapped in gardens and with views over the otherworldly karst landscape of the Burren, has its own romantic charm. Indeed, author J R R Tolkien was said to have drawn inspiration from the surroundings when he stayed here. 'Great position', wrote a reader, who also appreciated the 'nice bedroom'. Run by the same family since 1976, now headed by Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray, the hotel is designed to let guests relax and take in the natural beauty among modern comforts. Soothing colours, modern art and antiques fill public rooms; the 'lovely lounge' invites with a fire, books, sofas and large windows overlooking the gardens. Bedrooms are calming with fresh colours, original art, more flowers and books. All have views over the garden or towards Galway Bay. Have a drink and a light supper in the Corkscrew bar with its open fire. Or enjoy the daily changing tasting menu in the elegant dining room, where the menu makes creative use of local, organic and foraged produce: perhaps lamb with wild garlic, morel and black truffle. After breakfast, go wildlife spotting or walking the Cliffs of Moher. (Peter Davies)
00 353 65 707 700
21. 7 on ground floor, 2 suitable for disabled.
Feb–end Nov, restaurant closed Mon dinner.
drawing room, bar, dining room, wedding facilities, 15-acre grounds, EV charging, public areas wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.
in bar and dining room.
all ages welcomed, extra bed €25–€50, no under-7s in dining room after 6pm.
allowed in some ground-floor bedrooms by arrangement (€25 per stay), not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from €320. Set menu €95, 3 courses €80. Min. 2-night booking at weekends in Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov.