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“wish i were there” 5 of 5 stars
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Canrower, Oughterard Co Galway, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 23 Oughterard B&B and Inns
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“wish i were there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2007

we arrived tired and hungry, after a long tortutious delay. We were warmly greeted and given tea and treats. we felt as if we were visiting friends the entire time we were here. Carmel is the best cook, her breads are second to none! We thought her breakfast's better than Ballymaloe's by far. We can't wait to return.

  • Liked — the food and room
  • Disliked — it was all good!!
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2007

We have just returned from a stay at Railway Lodge. We were met with a tray of tea and fresh scones by Carmel the owner who has an excellent knowledge of the area. Each day began with a hearty home cooked breakfast (including veggie sausages) and helpful humorous chat about what we had done the day before and our plans for the day ahead.
Our room was comfortable and spotlessly clean and the en suite shower was modern and effective. Oughterard centre is a short walk away and Carmel is good at giving directions. The pier is a short walk/drive away and we spent a great day on a boat trip over Lough Corrib to Cong. You can buy tickets from your host/captain David on the day and it was well worth the money. Your ticket allows you entry into the gardens of Ashford Castle. Try the Fennel Seed in Ryans Bar for lunch, the goats cheese starter and the fish cake are highly recommended! If in doubt ask Carmel - she knows everything about the area and will give you an honest account of all that is good.

  • Liked — Warm and friendly host
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2007

Railway Lodge is the perfect B&B for couples. It's situated just outside the village of Oughterard, up a winding country lane in a very pleasant country setting.

The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated and has a most warm and welcoming ambience. As well as having the pleasure of a delightful bedroom and spacious bathroom, guests also have access to a cosy sitting room with open fire, and a conservatory with views of the countryside.

Carmel is a most charming hostess and greeted us with freshly brewed coffee and biscuits. She also treated us to a delicious breakfast, with a splendid array of fruit, yoghurt, cereals, breads plus the traditional cooked breakfast.

Railway Lodge was one of the nicest B&Bs we stayed at in our time in Ireland, and if we ever get back to Ireland, we'd love to stay there again. Highly recommended!

Stayed May 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2006

I'm just back from my holiday in Ireland, the last two nights of which were spent at the Railway Lodge, which I highly recommend. The house itself is situated off the main road, down a country lane, and is blissfully free from any traffic/urban noise!

We were greeted by the owner with a very welcome tray of tea and delicious home-baking - a personal touch I vastly appreciated. The guest areas are well-stocked with local menus, tourist attraction information and beautiful hardbacked books on the history and heritage of Connemara. Further, the owner - Carmel - recommended us some beautiful shops in the neaby area stocking very tasteful crafts and souvenirs - not a shamrock or leprichaun in sight! It's this insight that can really help!

The bedroom was beautiful - fresh crisp linen, bountiful soft towels, and all very tastefully decorated. And - bliss - there was no TV in the room! The whole guest house was perfect for reading, relaxing, and appreciating the peace and tranquility of Connemara.

Breakfast was delicious and very filling, with Carmel catering for all tastes (as veggies we'd worried about finding any suitable food but there was loads - fruit salad, yoghurt, free-range eggs, breads, veggie sausage...)...

As you can see, I'd a great time there - it was the perfect end to a really fantastic trip. Plus I'm a stingy Scot and rarely bother to review any hotels I stay in, so this really did have to stand out in order to provoke all my typing!

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2005

We stayed at the Railway Lodge in Oughterard, Galway for our first visit to the Irish Coast. Carmel is lovely and we delighted in her fine attention to detail within her beautiful country home. Every effort has been taken to ensure a comfortable stay, the beds were firm with new mattresses, there was superb linen (down duvets and fine sheets), even tissue-lined drawers! The bathrooms were modern and immaculate, the living and bedrooms appear to be straight from a country home magazine - truly high standard accommodation. Ougherard is fairly central to the surrounding area whilst being quiet and peaceful. We loved sitting in the conservatory, sipping tea and reading a book. For very accurate pictures, check out their website. All in all, we highly recommend this B&B for those wanting a quiet, warm stay in a lovingly cared for and modern home with fabulous country decorative touches.

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Additional Information about Railway Lodge Country House

Address: Canrower, Oughterard Co Galway, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Oughterard
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Oughterard
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Railway Lodge and Cottage are situated at the Gateway to Connemara, you may wish to self cater in the Railway Cootage or you may want to be pampered in the Railway Lodge, this is the ideal base to experience and discover the majestic Connemara. The Aran Islands are a short drive and ferry trip away, climb Diamond Hill in the National Park Letterfrack or explore Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Gardens. Enjoy culinary delights in the village of Oughterard after a day in Connemara. ... more   less 
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