Just back from a lovely relaxing night away in Lough Rynn. Being a 90 min spin from Dublin makes it a very viable option for 1 night away.
There are 4 key things that made our stay very special:
- The staff: excellent across the board from start to finish- friendly and efficient without being overbearing.
- The food: everything we had was super fresh and tasty- the breakfast in particular was a real treat. We ate in the Sandstone restaurant in the evening and it really is a lovely dining room, runs like a dream and has a nice ambiance.
- The grounds: we spent hours wandering around, it’s a photographers paradise. Beautiful trees, walled gardens, boat house, lake, turrets- the list really is endless.
- All the nook and cranny drawing room/common areas- really lovely to relax in during the day, read the paper, have afternoon tea- I think we spent 5 hours in total over the 2 days just lounging around in the different drawing rooms. Gorgeous.
There are also however a few things that let the hotel down:
- We were in room 207. There was a wedding on- so from 1am-4am there were hordes of people shouting and roaring outside our room, in transit from the wedding venue out of the hotel. They really should ONLY put wadding guests in the rooms along this corridor (201-208 i think??) the noise levels for a non wedding guest were pretty bad.
- The room had no bath- which we thought for a hotel of this standard was a bit odd. We don’t have a bath at home, so always look forward to taking a bath if away on a hotel break, so this was a disappointment.
- The lack of Spa facilities does take from the experience somewhat- even an outdoor Jacuzzi or something would do, they don’t have to invest in a full spa. Clearly they have done the math though and realise it’s not viable. But for us the lack of spa would deter us from coming again i think. It might not be an issue for older guests who have little interest in going to a Spa but it’s a big thing for us.
- There are quite a few (20+) various laminated A4 pages around the hotel giving room directions and other notices- surely it would not cost much to have these replaced by classier signs? They look awful, really cheap.
- The AirCon in the hotel room- very noisy and took us ages to work out how to turn it off. There was also a half moon shaped window over the door which let in a lot of light from 7am onwards- so having been awake for 3 hours during the nite due to wedding revelers, we were then woken very early by the light.. so all in all not a great nites sleep!!
A lovely lovely place, but unless i come back here to go to a wedding (infact I really hope i do get to come back here for a wedding sometime as it's really made for a wedding) I don’t think i’ll be staying again.. not when there are so many alternatives with Spa facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lough Rynn Castle is a 4 star deluxe hotel set on an estate of 350 acres. The Hotel comprises of 42 bedrooms, an AA Rosette Award Winning Restaurant and caters for functions up to 320 persons. A Victorian Walled Gardens takes you to the shores of Lough Rynn, natural woodland, meandering walk ways. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lough Rynn Castle Estate And Gardens
- Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens Hotel Mohill