Good Hotel Guide Review
‘It was like going back into the past and being treated like guests in a private home’ for a reader this year after a stay at Kieran Thompson’s Georgian mansion overlooking the estuary and quay on Clew Bay. And it is for being ‘old-fashioned but in a charming, relaxing way’ that it gains full-entry status this year. ‘Bookings are taken by phone’, not online. Interiors are filled with antiques and paintings, shelves crammed with vintage books. A ‘spacious room in the main house’ had no tea-making facilities, but a request for a cup of tea on arrival brought ‘an elegant tray laden with silverware and home-made cakes and shortbread, which we ate by the fire in one of the drawing rooms’. It all feels very warm and personable. At dinner ‘we heard many returning guests being greeted by name and offered their favourite drink’. The food is ‘uniformly delicious’, featuring venison as well as locally caught fish and shellfish: perhaps Clew Bay oysters, Lough Furnace wild salmon. With fishing rights on the river and Lough Beltra, anglers are in their element. (Felicity Taylor)
00 353 98 41222
14. 4 in courtyard, 2 on ground floor.
early Apr–early Oct.
bar, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, Wi-Fi only in reception and some bedrooms, in-room TV, 15-acre grounds, walled garden, private fishery, bicycle hire.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in courtyard bedrooms, not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per person B&B €125–€140, D,B&B €193–€208. À la carte €62, 5-course set dinner €68.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
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This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.