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“Fell in love with Ross lake” 5 of 5 stars
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Ross Lake House Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rosscahill, Oughterard, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Oughterard
Exeter, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Fell in love with Ross lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights with our 4 month old baby. On our arrival we were shown to our suite room, which was a good size with great views over the gardens. Despite the room having period furniture, it was spotlessly clean and dust free, something that I find many rooms with antique furnishings fall down on.

The room has no tea/coffee making facilities, which for us meant no kettle for the baby's bottles, however on requesting a kettle for this reason, one was produced within minutes. No fuss made.

We sat up and had drinks in the bar with the hosts Elaine and Henry one night as they told us stories of the hotel, and generally had a good chinwag. They are lovely hosts and make you feel perfectly at home. Joe the butler deserves a special mention for his Irish charm and service qualities. The dinner in the evenings is done by Elaine, and is brilliantly cooked, homely food. It is a tad costly for what you get, however we happily paid for the service and atmosphere we received.

Location wise, it is "out of the way" which was perfect for us, but it you like to walk to a local pub or shop it's not for you. Galway is enchanting, and we loved it, but most of all we fell in love with Ross lake house hotel, and have already talked about returning!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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117 reviews 117 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

So, this is not my sort of place, but you have to grant the owners their due. This is a medium sized country house with an ugly flat roofed annex by Lough Corrib in Galway. Though it is not on the lake, the grounds are lovely with trees, streams and rhododendrons. The rooms were normal but very, very clean and neat. The welcome was very real and true. The food was very well cooked, if not radically adventurous. My father loved it and thought it was the best ever. I thought it was very old fashioned, out of time; we were served by a James Bond character from Casino Royale (the David Niven version) and it was all too intimate for me. I like my hotels more impersonal but others might like it (like my father).

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, California
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Hotel is in an idyllic, remote area outside of Oughterard. It is a beautiful manor home with antique furniture. Henry and Elaine give special attention to guests and were the highlight to this place. She is an excellent cook and you need to let her know in advance when you will dine. You order your meal in a quaint bar as dinner is prepared. Henry gives great tour suggestions and helped us locate distant relatives. It was so refined that we stayed another day. This place ranks with luxury, castle hotels and is priced accordingly.
Connemara is a very pleasant section of Ireland, although the cottages with thatched roofs have been replaced with new homes. When you drive in remote areas, don't be surprised about sheep roaming on roads.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Looking for something a little different for a special anniversary weekend we booked the Ross Lake House Hotel. We weren't disappointed! As the other reviews here have mentioned the Ross Lake is a special hotel. Ideally situated as a base to tour round the breathtaking Connemara countryside, you're also just 25 minutes from Galway city and all it has to offer too.

Ross Lake is a lovely period manor house and our four-poster bedroom was very tastefully appointed. But it was the owners, Henry and Elaine that were what really made our stay special. Elaine's marvellous evening meals in the restaurant were a delight and Henry was such a fantastically entertaining host. He even took the time to show us a great route to follow as we set out each morning to make the most of our time in Connemara too, his local knowledge was so useful.

If you're looking for a hotel with personalty then this is the place for you. We have such great memories of our Connemara trip - thank you Henry and Elaine for all your hospitality!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

We stayed here on Oct 29th. It was a pleasant stay but didnt meet my expectations after reading the reviews here. The house is set away in the woods but dont come here if you are looking for any aspect or views of lakes, mountains or the sea. And really it is not in the heart of connemara, it is just at the gateway to connemara and is very accessible to Galway. The hosts were very pleasant and are so hard working. The dinner was priced at 43 each which was a 4 course meal (We had goats cheese salad /chicken liver pate for starter, then soup, then lamb and then a nice baileys ice cream dessert. Also coffee/tea. The Bar was pleasant, and that was were dinner orders were taken. Everything is done by the clock to ensure that the team know when everyone is eating...basically orders are taken from 7 and everyone eats together between 8 and 9. Breakfast was average...a small buffet for cereals/yougurts/cheese/juices. And then a full Irish. Nothing to go mad about. Service was excellent. Nothing too much trouble and a real friendly touch. The house itself is in good shape.You are guaranteed a pleasant stay here! They are closed from now till March getting a well deserved break. Would I go back? I wouldnt be rushing back...but I am sure I might one day.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, GA
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

We are up early and walking the grounds. Ross Lake Hotel is surrounded by lush Irish woodlands with a rushing river/stream along the drive in. The hosts, Elaine and Henry, met us at the door and made us feel at home. I cannot say enough good things about the hosts/owners. Henry sat us down with a map and helped us map out or travel plans including where to eat. In the evening we sat in the library bar and talked about travels and all things Irish. All plans were spot on. All rooms were clean, fresh and quite comfortable. Food was very good especially the warm goat cheese salad/starter. I would recommend this place to those who want a lovely Irish experience in a beautiful, quiet and tucked away Hotel/ Manor house with great hosts who go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

The hotel is in a secluded area on beautiful grounds. We had the Lord Harding room with 4 poster bed. The room was elegant and comfortable. I could get wifi by by stepping a few feet out of the bedroom, and in the lounge. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and I was delighted to find pavlova on the dessert menu. It was delicious. The dining is quite formal for dinner, but relaxed for breakfast. A very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rosscahill, Oughterard, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Oughterard
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Oughterard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ross Lake House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ross Lake House Hotel in Galway is a splendid 19th Century Georgian House. Built in 1850, this charming Galway hotel is formerly an estate house of the landed gentry, who prized it for its serenity. Set amidst rambling woods and rolling lawns, it is truly a haven of peace and tranquillity. ... more   less 
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