Ardmore Country House Hotel is a small boutique hotel located just south of the historic port area of Westport, County Mayo. The house has the feel of an elegant country home, from the fireplace in the entry hall to the stylish ‘period’ furniture in the bedrooms. Noreen and Pat play host and chef to you during your stay.
On the ground floor are two comfortable lounges, one with a bar, and the hotel’s restaurant.
We had a bedroom on the first floor at the front of the hotel, which looked out on to the well kept gardens and further to Westport’s bay. The room was large and well furnished, with a king sized bed, two upholstered chairs, two other chairs, a round table, dresser, small old fashioned TV and (unusually) a trouser press. There were no tea making facilities, room safe or bar fridge.
The room was bright, even on dull days, because of its two, large sash windows
The bathroom, while dated, was large and clean, with a separate bath and shower stall.
We both enjoyed the cooked breakfasts served in the hotel’s restaurant which offered a small but interesting variety of dishes. The dinner menu, while also not extensive, hit all the benchmarks in terms of quality and choice. There was a reasonable wine list too.
The quay, located only a short walk along the foreshore, has a few interesting shops and some places to eat or have a drink. The Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel on the quay has a swimming pool that is open to the public and an ‘Ayurvedic’ spa centre where we both had a relaxing massage.
It is a good twenty minute walk up and down hills from Ardmore House into the centre of Westport town, but it is worth a visit. It is lively town, full of shops, cafes and restaurants. Traffic is busy, but we found that when we drove in we could always find a parking spot. The one-way streets can be a problem, but our GPS managed to work it out without sending us the wrong way.
Visitors to town should make sure they go to Matt Molloy’s pub in the evening. That’s when musicians come in to the pub and have a session of good Irish music. It is very popular, so buy a pint of beer and grab a stool early.
If you’re looking for a special meal in town, An Port Mór is the place to go. This restaurant has a following in the area and has won several awards. And, unless you’re kosher, you have to try the pig cheeks, they are sensational. The restaurant is over the road from Matt’s pub, so a great night out is dinner at Frankie Mallon’s restaurant followed by Irish music at Matt’s place.
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