Good Hotel Guide Review
In a ‘stunning location’ overlooking Lahinch Bay, Antoin O’Looney’s small hotel is upgraded from the Shortlist this year, on the urging of a reader who delighted in all that she found. Built for Sir Augustine Fitzgerald, the quite singular Georgian house is filled with antiques – a huge grandfather clock, carved oak chairs and chest. The bedrooms – some with sea view – are traditionally styled. The ocean-facing Well Room is a contemporary suite with private conservatory lounge, a large bathroom with freestanding bath and original well. All are ‘meticulously furnished, with luxurious bedlinens, bathrobes and slippers’. In contrast to the ‘cosy’ drawing room and library, the orangery dining room floods with natural light. Chef Matthew Strefford uses produce from the hotel’s farm and kitchen garden in his ‘excellent’, daily-changing supper menu and six-course tasting menu. For instance, Atlantic salmon, beurre blanc, creamy mash, garden vegetables. ‘The helpful and knowledgeable staff make the hotel truly special.’ A ‘superb’ breakfast includes home-made bread, pastries and granola, ‘silky scrambled eggs, and smoked salmon with perfectly poached eggs’. (Patricia Higgins, TC)
00 353 65 708 2800
9, 4 on ground floor.
Apr–Oct, restaurant. closed Sun, Mon.
drawing room, library, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, computer provided, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 15-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.
in restaurant at mealtimes.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B €165–€395, D,B&B €290–€525. À la carte €40, tasting menu (Tues–Sat) €65.