Stella Maris

‘It is dramatically beautiful here, and totally tranquil. More

Contact details

Stella Maris
Ballycastle
Co. Mayo
Ireland
00 353 96 43322

Hotel information

Bedrooms

11. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.

Open

late Apr–early Oct.

Facilities

lounge, bar, restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi (‘most dependable in public areas’), in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 2-acre grounds.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 5.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B €150–€190. À la carte €35.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It is dramatically beautiful here, and totally tranquil.’ On the Wild Atlantic Way, this 19th-century former coastguard headquarters and sometime convent is a place of escape and relaxation. ‘It’s a very cosy place to holiday alone, if that’s what you prefer. While everyone is on a first-name basis, there’s no pressure to be convivial.’ Owner Frances Kelly-McSweeney presides, assisted by young local staff. On the seaward side of the building runs a long conservatory, ideal for coffee, aperitifs, ‘or just sitting’ – flip through one of the many books lying around, borrow binoculars to watch for dolphins, take in the changing light over Bunatrahir Bay. Most of the ‘very comfortable’ bedrooms (traditional, with a restrained elegance) have a sea view. At dinner, the hostess’s ‘small, daily-changing menu’ is served in one of a series of dining rooms. Typical dishes: grilled prawns; curried parsnip soup; smoked chicken, tagliatelle, garlic cream. ‘Everything is local and freshly prepared – ditto for breakfast.’ The surrounds are remote, with walking trails tracing the cliffs; windswept Downpatrick Head is along the coast. At low tide, join the locals looking for mussels on Ballycastle beach. (RP)

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Stella Maris
Ballycastle
Co. Mayo

Guest comments

'An excellent stay. The setting is dramatically beautiful. Rooms very comfortable, individually furnished, almost all overlook the bay as does the conservatory that runs the length of the ground floor. It is a venue for aperitifs, coffee or just sitting. Books scattered around, binoculars available, totally tranquil. Dinners, on a small, daily-changing menu all good. Everything is local and freshly prepared. Ditto for breakfast. ' - Dr Richard Parish - September, 2015

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