This was supposed to be a one night stand on a tour of Ireland, but my friend and I fell in love with the house, the area and the owner and ended up staying for the rest of our visit. Why drive around looking for the perfect place when you've already found it?
I do regret not seeing more of Ireland, but I can't believe that anywhere could have been more beautiful than Connemara, nor more comfortable and welcoming than the Angler's Return. The garden was lovely (swimming in the adjacent lough was magical) the bedrooms charming and the communal rooms tasteful and interesting, much like the owner herself! Lynn went out of her way to ensure our stay was perfect, and was immensely helpful without ever being intrusive.
Roundstone itself is a quaint but lively village - surely everything you're looking for when visiting the west coast of Ireland - and the surrounding beaches, mountains and loughs would easily justify a second visit...I will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the foot of Derradda Hill, overlooking the famous Ballynahinch River, The Anglers Return was built in the 1800s as a sporting lodge and is now the home of Lynn Hill and her family. The house is a wonderfully peaceful guesthouse enhanced by the log fires and beautiful gardens. Outside, the grounds are highlighted by a profusion of flowers, stone walls, beautiful river views and garden paths. Awarded as one of Bridgestone's "Top 10 Places to Get Away From it All" in 2011, The Anglers Return is a peaceful retreat to rest, relax and enjoy the west of Ireland. Roundstone, a lively picturesque fishing village, with many good restaurants, pubs, traditional irish music, craft shops and galleries, is only 7 minutes away, south-west along the coast road. With wonderful beaches, the coastal area is a delight. Recommended by "McKennas Guides, 100 Best in Ireland", "Alastair Sawday's Special Places" and "Georgina Campbell's Ireland" ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Anglers Return Ireland/County Galway