The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

‘The Mustard Seed, with its great tradition of Irish hospitality, is in safe hands,’ says a Guide reader this year of a return visit to John Edward Joyce’s ‘lovely, charming’ restaurant-with-rooms. More

Contact details

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Ballingarry
Co. Limerick
Ireland
00 353 69 68508

Hotel information

Bedrooms

16. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 24–26 Dec.

Facilities

3 public rooms, library, entrance hall, sun room, free Wi-Fi (in public areas, some bedrooms), in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 12-acre grounds.

Background music

piano on occasion in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per person B&B from €90, D,B&B from €129. Set menus €47–€60.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The Mustard Seed, with its great tradition of Irish hospitality, is in safe hands,’ says a Guide reader this year of a return visit to John Edward Joyce’s ‘lovely, charming’ restaurant-with-rooms. ‘Under new ownership, it remains an oasis of peace and calm, where it always seems to be summer.’ The ‘delightful gardens’ are ‘full of colour’ in season; all year round, ‘the spacious public rooms exude tranquillity’. Some of the individually decorated bedrooms have views of the vine-hung courtyard garden, others of the orchard and the countryside beyond. ‘Little touches make each visit special: coffee and buttery home-made biscuits as a lovely greeting; a vase of roses in our sitting room; handmade soaps and gorgeous Irish toiletries in the bathroom.’ In the evening, chef Angel Pirev’s ‘well-presented’ four-course dinners use plenty of local produce in season. Typical dishes: poached egg, artichoke and broccoli purée, oyster mushrooms; Ballinwillin suckling pig, white pudding gnocchi, hedgehog mushrooms. Try the smoked salmon at breakfast – ‘it’s delicious’ – then explore the pretty village and its rural surrounds. (Helena Shaw)

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The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Ballingarry
Co. Limerick

Guest comments

'In a class of its own. We were charmed by the hotel and its attentive staff. The manager has a gift for hospitality. The perfect place to unwind - beautiful gardens to wander round, spacious public rooms bedecked with flowers, lovely views. Its decor and the thoughtful, personal touches make it seem like staying as a guest in a country house. It richly deserves its reputation for fine dining; the service was efficient and seemingly effortless. The pretty little town on Adare a short drive away. But why stir when you can happily while away the hours in a shady spot in the terraced gardens or on a lounger in the full sun on the lawns? ' - Helena Shaw - July, 2018
'Great welcome: tea and biscuits and friendly. Beautiful clean areas; spacious accommodation. Meal delightful - service a little stiff at first but readily became relaxed. Breakfast again good: chatty service with cooked items lovely; not too much. ' - John Hood - June, 2017

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Tourist attractions

  • Adare Village

    One of Ireland's most picturesque villages, with several heritage centres and small museums.

  • Clonshire Equestrian Centre

    Cross-country riding across 130 acres of parkland.

  • Fishing

    Escorted day trips and tuition, with full equipment hire.