I stayed in Lisdonagh for two nights in late July with one of my best friends for a weekend getaway and it turned out to be one of the best choices we have ever made. John and Finola came highly recommended by other family members who have stayed there over the past few years and we certainly weren't disappointed. Right from the start, even making the booking was a pleasure, with no fuss and all the flexibility we could have asked for.
We found Lisdonagh easily thanks to the good directions and we immediately fell in love with the whole place. The beautiful house is grand but still on a human scale and Finola made us feel right at home with a warm welcome at the door and, just as soon as we had been shown our bedrooms, afternoon tea in the drawing room with a roaring fire lit for us. We arranged to have dinner both evenings as the food had been particularly recommended and good food is one of our great pleasures. We got to choose what time suited us and made our choices from a delightful selection each day. The food was truly great with generous portions and the setting of the dining room with, once again, the fire lit and candelabra glowing, completed the perfect meals. I have dined in many great restaurants and hotels but I don't think any have beaten the complete experience at Lisdonagh. The breakfasts were also delightful, starting with cereal with fruit and yoghurt accompanied by fresh scones and toast and followed by a full cooked-to-order Irish breakfast all washed down with fresh fruit juice and a big pot of tea. What a great start to any day!
The setting of Lisdonagh is magnificent with the lake to the front, the horses grazing in the field below and totally unspoilt views in all directions. We were offered the pleasures of fishing on the lake or horse riding but, as the weather was a little temperamental, we opted for touring the area including Galway City and some of the most gorgeous scenery to be found. John and Finola were very helpful in suggesting things we might be interested to see or do and we had a grand time exploring. Our stay coincided with the Galway Festival which gave us plenty of choice in entertainment and, if we had stayed a little longer, we could have caught the Galway Races.
The house is almost 300 years old with many original historic features, especially the splendid entrance hall, and it has been sympathetically refurbished to a very high standard without losing any of its' charm and quality. The rooms are large and very tastefully furnished, right throughout the house, including our bedrooms. We felt right at home and were treated as honoured guests the whole time we were there. I really can't wait for the next chance I get to visit Lisdonagh, I hope we'll make it soon.
- Also Known As:
- Lisdonagh Manor Hotel
- Lisdonagh Manor House Ireland/Caherlistrane, County Galway