Gregans Castle Hotel.

In the otherworldly limestone landscape of the Burren, with distant views across valley and mountain to Galway Bay, husband-and-wife team Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray run their 18th-century manor house as an ‘absolutely top-rate hotel’. More

Contact details

Gregans Castle Hotel.
Gragan East
Ballyvaughan
Co. Clare
H91 CF60
Ireland
00 353 65 707 7005

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

Every day. On Monday and Thursday, a more informal dinner is served.

Facilities

drawing room, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 15-acre grounds (ornamental pool, croquet), wedding facilities, safe sandy beach 4½ miles, golf, riding, hill walking nearby.

Background music

all day in bar, during meals in dining room.

Children

all ages welcomed, no under-7s in dining room at night.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms with garden access, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2018] per room B&B from €245, D,B&B from €399. Set menu €75. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

In the otherworldly limestone landscape of the Burren, with distant views across valley and mountain to Galway Bay, husband-and-wife team Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray run their 18th-century manor house as an ‘absolutely top-rate hotel’. The staff are ‘unfailingly friendly and helpful’, and the atmosphere is ‘soothing’, but most outstanding, says a Guide reader this year, is ‘the sheer ambition of the cooking’. Tables are ‘beautifully set’ in the dining room for chef Robbie McCauley’s ‘creative modern dishes’. ‘The amuse-bouche were exquisite – tiny savoury meringues, and smoked potato-filled Parmesan crisps. From foie gras with apricots to cod with lobster mousse and artichoke, the intensity of flavours and visual impact were stunning.’ After dinner, retire to one of the ‘voguish bedrooms’, each individually decorated in contemporary country house style with antiques and modern artwork. Books, bathrobes and chic toiletries are supplied; tea and coffee can be provided, on request. At breakfast, choose among home-made jams, breads and pastries; egg dishes, pancakes with apple syrup, or a grilled fresh fish of the day are brought to the table. (Richard Parish)

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Gregans Castle Hotel.
Gragan East
Ballyvaughan
Co. Clare
H91 CF60

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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