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“A place to stay again and again.” 5 of 5 stars
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Ross Lake House Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rosscahill, Oughterard, Ireland   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Oughterard
Certificate of Excellence 2014
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A place to stay again and again.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Ross Lake Hotel on our yearly trip to Ireland. We were looking for a quiet place with lots of charm in a good location. The Ross Lake House met all of our requirements. The hotel, service, food and hospitality were fabulous. This hotel has several public areas ideal for reading and relaxing all with a glowing fireplace. They were ideal for me as I sat sipping on a glass of Guinness and sketched a picture. I found myself not wanting to leave the proprietors at the end of our stay as they really made us feel welcome with their abounding Irish hospitality. You could really feel the heart and soul they have put into every detail of this hotel because the entire house radiates with their warmth and charm. I can’t wait to stay there next summer.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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English first
South Plainfield, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

Just had the pleasure of staying at the Ross Lake House with my wife. The property is a beautifully restored country house dating back to the 1800's. It is located within it's own secluded grounds on the outskirts of Oughterard in the heart of Connemara. This is a truly beautiful and special property. It is an ideal base for touring the western Ireland.... It is cozy, intimate, offers incredible food, superb service and this is really Irish hospitality at it's finest. We simply did not want to leave. I have worked in the travel industry for many years and I cannot recommend this property highly enough... Stay here, you will not be disappointed and you'll have friends for life.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

My wife and I visited Ross Lake House in June and had a great time. The hotel itself is very comfortable, and we instantly felt at home. The experience at Ross Lake is a great throwback to classic hospitality, with the owners being very attentive and accommodating, and providing great conversation if you are looking for it. The food in the restaurant was very fresh and had a nice twist on some classic dishes. The menu changes daily depending on what they can find at the farmers market.... this was easily the best meal we had on our whole trip and we ate at some nice places. All in all a quiet, relaxing place to stay with great food and a nice wine menu....do not hesitate!!!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

Three generations of my family stayed in this hotel on a recent trip to Galway, ages ranging from 5 to 72. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners, Elaine and Henry, the married couple who own and run this gem of a hotel. You are made to feel like a member of the family from the moment that you arrive. The rooms are traditionally and exquisitely decorated and somehow manage to strike the difficult balance of being luxurious yet homely at the same time. The food is simply to die for but this is not a place for those on a diet. If you dine in the restaurant a fish course is a must! Every age and whim is catered for. Cant wait to return. Simply excellent!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Beloit, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

Elaine and Henry were fantastic hosts, wonderful accomadations and suberb location. Nice and quiet after a day of tourist activities. Henry knew all the local sites and the easiest way to get to them.Wonderful breakfast to begin the day and very realaxing to be able to have a nice quiet drink in the bar after a busy day of sightseeing. Had a wonderful stay!!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

I stayed for one night at Ross Lake with my partner. The only thing wrong with our stay - was its length - one night was not enough to savour and enjoy all the delights this charming hotel had to offer. The owners were extremely friendly and accomodating. The food was lovely and due to the hotel not being at capacity on the night in question we were upgraded to a fabulous room. This hotel is not for people who want wi-fi access everywhere, a fitness suite etc - this hotel is for you if you value peace and quiet, excellent service, accomodations with character and real Irish hospitality.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, MA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2009

Elaine and Henry were expert hosts and treated us superbly being the only guests in the hotel one Monday evening. We had a cocktail in the lounge with a lit fireplace and candles, then an excellent four-course meal with superb service. We stayed two nights and had an outstanding experience. The beds were plush and cozy with heavy bedding, a roomy marble bathroom and elegant surroundings. Great value.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool 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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