My two nights and almost three days in Currarevagh House were a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I did some research on the web before making the booking and decided this was the place. After a friendly chat with Henry the owner I adjusted my dates (on the date I wanted to travel the dog-friendly room was not available) and made the booking. I went to Connemara with great expectations, and some worries that I may be disappointed.
I liked everything: the location, of course, and the house itself with a lot of space, a lot of books and a lot of personality. The dog-friendly room was big, with a splendid view over the lake and on a rhododendron tree in full crimson blossom. It was also spotless clean, no smell of any previous dog-guests. One could almost consider getting a loan of a dog to have this particular room. And I could walk the dog out of the house through the back stairs, without having to parade him in front of other guests who may, or may not, enjoy the creature’s company.
My husband and I enjoy walking and there are great walks by the Corrib Lake (West Way-take good walking shoes or wellies) and good strolls around the estate itself. I enjoy swimming and there is an easy and private access to the lake (water several degrees warmer than the sea – I am writing in May).
Food was excellent. Afternoon tea with great cakes a nice touch. I also liked the idea of a set dinner (with a possibility of adjustment) after a gong call – it added to a general feel of being a guest in the house rather than a customer in a restaurant. After dinner coffee and petit fours in the drawing room was a pleasant closure of the day, when one could sit alone, in the company of a person one came with, or mix with other guests.
The tranquil informality of this family-run place is probably the result of a long family tradition in running this country house, combined with some serious training in hospitality. I think it works very well. The reception is sometimes empty, but when one rings a bell, the reaction is immediate.
I greatly appreciated the fact that after checking out of the bedroom one is invited to continue using other facilities. This includes a bathroom which is made available and where I was able to take a shower after my last swim in the lake. I felt this was the friendliest place I ever stayed in for the post check-out guests, and I stayed in many hotels and guest houses before.
PS. Wi-fi is available in public areas, it was available in my room which was quite a distance from the central area, and even in the garden. However, although I brought some work with me, I used my laptop only once to check the mail; I felt it would be a shame to spoil my stay in a place like this.
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- Ireland's longest running guesthouse now managed by the sixth generation of Hodgsons; 180 acres of private lake shore estate, comfortable surroundings offering a unique experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Currarevagh House Hotel Oughterard
- Currarevagh Hotel Oughterard