Currarevagh House

Oughterard, Co. Galway

With cakes on the sideboard, drinks by the fire, and a gong to summon guests to dinner, Henry and Lucy Hodgson’s Victorian mansion in parkland on Lough Corrib has the atmosphere of a much-loved home. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

With cakes on the sideboard, drinks by the fire, and a gong to summon guests to dinner, Henry and Lucy Hodgson’s Victorian mansion in parkland on Lough Corrib has the atmosphere of a much-loved home. Interiors tell a tale of 180 years of family ownership, with clocks, books and bibelots, a tiger skin (sorry, tiger!), fish in glass cases, framed maps and paintings, a vintage bagatelle machine. Spacious, refurbished bedrooms have vintage furniture, cut flowers, Irish toiletries, hand-woven rugs, water from the spring, views of the lough or the Maam mountains, no door key (you’re among friends). At night Lucy, who was trained by Prue Leith, cooks a no-choice, locally sourced, four-course dinner of such dishes as spring lamb with wild garlic gremolata and redcurrant jus. At breakfast there is granola, kombucha, local cheeses, home-baked ham, the full Irish, while picnics come packed in a colourful 1940s tin. The wooded grounds are a wildlife reserve: keep your eyes trained for otters, hen harriers, tufted ducks and pochards – not to mention brook lampreys, freshwater pearl mussels and sickle moss.

Hotel details

Address

Oughterard
Co. Galway
H91 X3C2
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 91 552312

Bedrooms

10.

Open

1 Mar–30 Nov.

Facilities

sitting room/library, drawing room, dining room, 180-acre grounds (lakeshore, fishing, ghillies available, boating, tennis, croquet), golf, riding nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

aged 10 and upwards welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from €160, single occupancy from €110. Set dinner €50.

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Comments about Currarevagh House

Unapologetically what it is. Reassuring, cosy, undemanding. Dinner has settled into a happy formula. Good, affordable wine list. Excellent breakfast. - Richard Parish - September 2017

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.