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Gregans Castle Hotel

On the N67, Gragan East, Ballyvaughan H91 CF60 Ireland
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#1 of 2 hotels in Ballyvaughan
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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4.0
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With breathtaking views across Galway Bay and idyllically situated overlooking the unique Burren landscape, this is the ultimate luxury and gourmet hideaway. Simon and Frederieke together with their staff manage this oasis of comfort and offer genuine Irish hospitality, award winning innovative cooking and elegant bedrooms free from the intrusion of televisions. Antiques, an eclectic art collection, open fires, candles, jugs of flowers and Shelley the cat add to the indulgently relaxing atmosphere. The hotel while strictly not a "castle" in the usual sense of the word has been named "Gregans Castle" since it was built in 1750 as a more comfortable residence for the O'Loughlen and Martyn families from the nearby 16th century towerhouse. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Burren Food Trail. The ideal location from which to enjoy the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Walking, Cycling, the Aran Islands, Horse Riding, Surfing, Sea Angling, Golf. Members of The Burren Ecotourism Network.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Eileen F wrote a review Yesterday
Cork13 contributions7 helpful votes
For service , food and relaxation this is a hidden gem. From the time you enter the grounds one feels at ease. Checkin is easy and we were shown around by Aonadh The Manager so we knew where to find the restaurant, bar, sitting room etc. A table was booked for us in The Monks Ballyvaughan, nothing was a problem with any member of the team. Dinner and breakfast were exceptional.
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Curious10507448694 wrote a review Yesterday
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Gregans Castle Hotel continues to be the wonderful hideaway break that we discovered first time round in 2014. The place has an elegance and comfort that rates with the best hotels . Its food is second to none. The comfortable beds and beautiful drawing room provides rest for weary bones and minds both during night and day. No televisions and a request to refrain from social media devices in the public areas of the hotel adds to the ambience. The staff are really helpful. A great place to stay again and again.
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Eire82_13 wrote a review Feb 19
Dublin, Ireland12 contributions12 helpful votes
Very enjoyable experience from the moment of arrival to departure. We couldn't believe how quiet and peaceful the area was - it was bliss! We were shown around the bar, restaurant and lounge before being ushered to our room. It was very nicely decorated throughout - it's obvious a lot of work goes into keeping everything to such a high standard. We had a drink in the bar, which has lots of lovely and very comfortable little booths, before having dinner in the restaurant. The food and wine selection was very good and the attention during the service was perfectly judged. We capped the night off with another drink in the bar - very cosy! I highly recommend paying this hotel a visit for a peaceful and comfortable getaway.
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comfortfun wrote a review Feb 18
Ireland152 contributions131 helpful votes
This is a special place filled with history, folklore and magic! From beginning to the end, the staff now supported by Eanna are outstanding, helpful and so pleasant . Rooms are sublime as is the overall decor. The food experience is the best ever ! Delicious local produce so carefully and cleverly crafted into art on the plate with a taste to die for throughout all the courses by gifted Jonathan and the wonderful team. Everything here is relaxing, if you want to read, hike, explore or eat, this wonderful place offers it all wrapped in chic decor where rooms and comfortable beds offer a wonderful nights sleep. Wake up and look across at Galway Bay and enjoy a delicious breakfast….. what’s not to love in this special place where the wonderful Simon and family lead the way to embrace sustainable practices! 🙃🙃
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Jamie M wrote a review Feb 11
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Gregans Castle has everything if you are looking for a place to get away from it all. A grand, classically-decorated structure situated in one of the most picturesque locations Ireland has to offer, topped off by world-class service and some of the best food my wife and I have ever had. Thank you to all the incredibly talented staff. Your pride in where you work is so evident in the very memorable experience you offer. We will be back
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Date of stay: February 2024
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michaelxbrady wrote a review Feb 8
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Thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay in Gregans Castle. Highlight for my wife was the dinner (fine dining, excellent food, great service) and for me it was the interior decor, every tiny detail must have been carefully selected, the bar and the drawing room were just beautiful. While we went for a hiking tour of the Burren we made sure to spend lots of time enjoying the comfort and surroundings of the hotel, reading our own books, browsing the hotel's library of books and magazines. Would highly recommend it, right up there with the best hotel experiences in Ireland.
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Ann G wrote a review Feb 5
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We recently visited Gregans castle for a family trip and we experienced possibly the best customer service we’ve had in years . From arrival to departure , the team couldn’t have done more to make us feel welcome and look after us . It actually mattered to them that we enjoyed our visit . Dinner was superb and a resounding 10/10 to their new chef . They just get everything right here and we will definitely be going back . Can’t wait !!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Check out one of the many hikes through the Burren , you won’t be disappointed.
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Frank L wrote a review Nov 2023
Ennis, Ireland53 contributions22 helpful votes
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From arrival to depart...first class... What a beautiful spot nestled in The Burren countryside...truly unique...greeted by a roaring fire on arrival...(and a cat or 2)... Both Eanna and Javier couldn't have been more helpful and informative throughout our stay....Food was fabulous...(a table of 4 foodies all concur)...and Anam Coffee a real treat to finish the meal and start the day.... I really cannot wait to return...hide in a cubby hole read a book, and disappear... Keep up the great work everyone 👏
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Make plenty time around hotel...not just to overnight in!!!
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Siun N wrote a review Nov 2023
Cork, Ireland3 contributions3 helpful votes
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The food & service was the best. Thank you. I will return for sure. I was so tired when I arrived and slept for most of the three days. I needed a rest and Gregans Castle was the place to get relaxed. The food was unbelievably good, so fresh and tasty.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Kpd wrote a review Nov 2023
Thurles, Ireland7 contributions3 helpful votes
Me and wife enjoyed our recent stay at Gregan’s castle. The reception staff and duty manager couldn’t have been more welcoming and accommodating. Thank you. My wife was also SO impressed by the decor- artwork, painting, furnishings, colour schemes etc….(this needed pointed out to me!…) Such a relaxing stay- hopefully we will be able to get back to stay again; and soon.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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$334 - $458 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gregans Castle Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Gregans Castle Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations (3.1 miles), Burren Birds of Prey Centre (3.2 miles), and Burren way (4.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gregans Castle Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Gregans Castle Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gregans Castle Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gregans Castle Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Monks Ballyvaughan, O'Donohue's Pub, and The Wild Atlantic Lodge.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gregans Castle Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Gregans Castle Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations (3.1 miles), Poulnabrone Dolmen (2.7 miles), and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (3.0 miles).
Does Gregans Castle Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Gregans Castle Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.