Gregans Castle Hotel.

On the Wild Atlantic Way, with views across the ‘dramatic’ Burren Hills to Galway Bay, ‘delightful’ Gregans Castle is ‘the epitome of understated country-house hotel luxury,’ writes a Guide regular this year. More

Contact details

Gregans Castle Hotel.
Gragan East
Ballyvaughan
Co. Clare
H91C F60
Ireland
00353 (0) 5707 7005

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

mid-Feb-early Dec.

Facilities

drawing room, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi (not in restaurant), 15-acre grounds (ornamental pool, croquet), wedding facilities, safe sandy beach 4 1/2 miles, golf, riding, hill walking nearby.

Background music

all day in bar, during meals in dining room.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per room B&B EUR280-EUR485. Set menu and a la carte EUR75. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

On the Wild Atlantic Way, with views across the Burren to Galway Bay, ‘delightful’ Gregans Castle is ‘the epitome of understated country-house hotel luxury’, writes a Guide regular this year. Owned by Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray, its mid-18th century interiors have been given an elegant contemporary spin with monogrammed carpets and charcoal-grey walls in the bar and dining room. The ‘big and individually decorated’ bedrooms, with uplifting splashes of colour, are filled with books and antique furniture from around the world. The staff are ‘unfailingly friendly and helpful’, and ‘little touches, including candles being lit in public spaces at dusk, exude style and comfort’. Chef Robbie McCauley took over the kitchen reins in 2018, offering such dishes as roasted Kilshanny lamb, wild garlic, morel, asparagus, Madeira jus. ‘The cooking is first rate: imaginative and elegant without being pretentious. I enjoyed smoked eel mousse and ceviche of scallops; and the grouse.’ Breakfast, showcasing local suppliers, includes grilled bacon and sausage with wild boar puddings and free-range eggs; fuel to walk across the Burren or cruise under the Cliffs of Moher. (Richard Parish)

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Gregans Castle Hotel.
Gragan East
Ballyvaughan
Co. Clare
H91C F60

Guest comments

'The epitome of understated country house luxury. The rooms are big and individually decorated. The house is delightful. The region is dramatic. The cooking is first rare, imaginative without being pretentious. When the dining room was closed I ate in the bar - a relatively simple meal but one that would have graced a good many fine restaurants. ' - Richard Parish - September, 2017

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