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Gregans Castle Hotel

On the N67, Gragan East, Ballyvaughan H91 CF60 Ireland
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#1 of 3 hotels in Ballyvaughan
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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
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Free breakfast
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Eamo wrote a review Nov 2021
Dublin, Ireland14 contributions1 helpful vote
Myself and my wife spent a lovely 2 night break at Gregans Castle Hotel in late October. The weather was not very good with a full days rain but it didn't matter whatsoever. Once you arrived at the hotel and sat down in front of those lovely open log fires in the bar area or in the drawing room, it was heaven. The hotel itself is so comfortable with an amazing ambience and real cosy, comfortable and spacious bedrooms. . The Management and Staff (although its impossible to tell which is which as all hands are on deck) are all so friendly and accommodating. The food was exceptional with a beautiful tasting menu for dinner with the next course better than the previous. Breakfast was delicious and very well spaced out with seating 15 minutes apart. In terms of Covid, we felt 100% safe with the hotel observing the strictest of protocols but never impacting on us as guests. Thanks to Ken, Olivia, Simon and all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable. We will definitely be back and would highly recommend Gregans Castle and say it is one of the best hotels we have stayed in. Thanks again all. Eamonn
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Date of stay: October 2021
Edward135 wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom14 contributions8 helpful votes
We have travelled the world and this must be the loveliest hotel we have ever been to. The staff are delightful, the food exceptional, and the accommodation outstanding - thank goodness that there are no intrusive televisions in the bedrooms!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Ellen F wrote a review Oct 2021
Los Angeles, California179 contributions90 helpful votes
In my humble opinion, this is the very best hotel in Ireland. You cannot beat the ambience, the warmth, the service and the welcome. The food is 5 star, both the 7 course dinner and the breakfast. And then there is the view. Try it and you will return again snd again as we have done.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Go with the intention of relaxing in the countryside in the beauty and uniqueness of the Burren
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Ant O wrote a review Oct 2021
Ireland22 contributions23 helpful votes
Gregans is absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed an amazing afternoon, warm and relaxed by the open fire in the bar, while the rain and wind battled with the landscape outside. Everything about our experience was exceptional. We were warmly welcomed by our host, who carefully attended to the necessary protocols while at the same time ensuring that we could enjoy our visit. All staff members were courteous, kind and genial. Our Afternoon Tea was the finest we have ever had. A rich selection of scones, sandwiches, cakes, desserts and pastries, we were challenged to finish the bounty of goodness before us. We were afforded the time to sit back and savour it all; never feeling rushed or pressured. Everything was prepared with precision and care and it was evident that the best of local produce was employed. We certainly hope to return to Gregans. It is beautifully calm and elegant while maintaining a welcoming atmosphere. Thank you.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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NoellePig wrote a review Jul 2021
Cork, Ireland149 contributions68 helpful votes
Totally exceeds expectations. This is by far the nicest hotel I’ve stayed at in a very long time. The grounds are stunning and so peaceful, the hotel is so relaxing and beautifully decorated. The staff were all outstanding - in particular Hannah at reception and her Dad in the bar. We are going to come back every year, we got engaged in the grounds so this hotel will always be special to us!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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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 O'Donohue's Pub, Tea and Garden Rooms, and Monks Ballyvaughan.
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.