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Gregans Castle Hotel

On the N67, Gragan East, Ballyvaughan H91 CF60 Ireland
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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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jumatt2016 wrote a review Oct 2020
Trim, Ireland4 contributions6 helpful votes
What a pleasant suprise!! This boutique hotel has a very beautiful setting right at the bottom of "cork screw hill" in the Burren.But wait for it,the uniqueness of it's decor and best of all the food.We ate the most delicious dinner on our arrival evening.It begger's belief that it does not have a Michelin star.It was sublime from begining to end.The flavours from each and every course and the skill with which it was prepared.The kitchen team are to be applauded.And on the second evening we ate from the bistro menu, which was equally as good.A delightful find with a very comfortable room ( no televisions !), making for a relaxing and de-stressing few days away.The only criticism I have is that the quality of the breakfast did not match the dinner.Staff were very professional throughout the hotel,pleasant and well trained.Well worth a visit.We will be back
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: All rooms look onto the gorgeous gardens
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Inspiration518862 wrote a review Oct 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
A really beautiful country house, so peaceful and tranquil with outstanding scenery. We had a view from our bedroom looking out to Galway bay in the distance. The hotel is really cosy and comfortable, with real fires everywhere, giant sofas and relaxing places to sit. Even with all the restrictions it felt really welcoming, informal and inviting. Dinner was superb, faultless, would highly recommend the tasting menu. The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. An excellent stay.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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michelleod wrote a review Oct 2020
galway11 contributions6 helpful votes
Stayed in Martello room last night, Oct 3rd and had fab dinner in restaurant served by Brendan who was pitch perfect. Lovely bar. Great sleep . Excellent breakfast. Gorgeous bathroom products. Decor so considered and unique. Generosity of spirit. High quality finish from paints to lighting and garden furniture . Will definitely return and will certainly spread the word. This is one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed and the food is extraordinary. Well done and keep up the good work in these challenging times. Thank you
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Tom435 wrote a review Sep 2020
30 contributions13 helpful votes
This is a wonderful location in the heart of the Burren and has clearly been lovingly developed by its owners. The Castle reference is a bit of a misnomer - it’s really a small boutique hotel in a spectacular location and while our stay was pleasant it lacked the warmth and atmosphere that we had enjoyed in other places we have stayed on the west coast. If you want a base to tour the beautiful Burren it’s worth a try but if you are also looking for fine dining and the best of Irish hospitality then you will find better value elsewhere.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Cary L wrote a review Sep 2020
Ennis, Ireland206 contributions164 helpful votes
Mary and I had a chance to go for afternoon tea at Gregan's Castle just at the bottom of the famed Corkscrew road that leads into Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare. I've lived here 27 years and for whatever reason never had the chance to come in for a visit let alone afternoon tea. What a treat!!! The presentation was fantastic. The sandwiches were superb and the pastries were divine. We were served in the bar/sitting room. Cozy, comfortable and the bar is fully stocked. So, in addition to our tea Mary was able to order a gin and tonic. The service was fantastic and folks looked after you to make sure you had a very nice experience. Like I said, I didn't even realize that this was a hotel with a full restaurant. The house is exquisite and definitely worth a few nights if you are on the road during a "staycation" in Ireland. Any back to the food...I would have only a couple of small observations. First, I would offer at least a second round of sandwiches especially for those folks who may not be big pastry eaters. I like sweet things on occasions but I prefer sandwiches. Again, the pastries were divine but given a choice I would go for sandwiches...they were gorgeous. The second observation was that only one kind of tea was offered. This was Mary's observation. Me..I am your basic black tea kind of guy and would actually prefer iced tea but given that this is Ireland where everyone is hooked in intravenously to a drip line of black tea it would have been nice to have a few choices. I thought it was perfect and they gave you plenty of tea which I was quite happy with but, for those folks who want a a variety you will have to do with black tea. The grounds are incredible. They have walks around the grounds, croquet and of course you are just a mile or two into Ballyvaughan. This is a little paradise in the heart of the Burren. I would highly recommend it for a weekend getaway. The folks who run it are true professionals and make you feel like you are a part of the furniture. You fit right in. They are fantastic people. Have a great trip.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gregans Castle Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Gregans Castle Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Burren Birds of Prey Centre (3.2 miles), Burren way (4.3 miles), and The Burren (2.7 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 Tea and Garden Rooms, Monks Ballyvaughan, and O'Donohue's Pub.
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 Poulnabrone Dolmen (2.7 miles), Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations (3.1 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.