Ensuring a warm personal welcome to all guests is obviously very important to the owner-managers of this hotel. They lead by example and the result is a great team determined to make every guest enjoy the Mayo friendliness as well as the scenery in that exceptionally beautiful area. The managers were always on hand but in our four days of sight seeing the receptionists on duty (Doreen and Connie) gave us expert advice as well as attending with alacrity to all our requests.They hand out an excellent tourist map to describe where to go and what to see..
I must single out the lady who runs the community - tourist centre at Eachleim (on the way to Blacksod)..As she explained what to do as well as the history of the area she baked us fresh fscones and made us a huge pot of coffee. We took her advice and visited the well of Deirbhile..and although not churchgoers we did take her advice and applied the water from the holy well to our eyes . I swear there is a no better view of Achill than the view from Derbhile's well. One of the best viewpoints in Ireland..
Another sight worth the scenic drive was the Ceide Fields at Ballycastle,. It has an excellent visitor centre which opened early just to accomodate us: typical of the warm welcome to tourists in North Mayo...
A word of caution. A hotel like the Talbot can get booked up very quickly. I suggest you book well in advance as we did,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Talbot Hotel Belmullet is Irelands Newest boutique hotel and the first four star hotel in Erris.The Talbot Belmullet County Mayo is a family run hotel offering luxury boutique accommodation in the centre of Belmullet town. Each of the chic, quirky 21 guestrooms has its own special charm...including an iPod dock, complimentary Wi-Fi. Butler tray, and oh joy, an espresso machine as well as a mini bar stocked with tempting treats, oversized fluffy bath robes and towels, slippers and spa toiletries.At The Talbot, all suites have double deluge rain showers, and their own fireplaces, just enough to leave you feeling tickled pink! You can plan your trip around Belmullet taking in all sorts of places of interest and activities - from heritage and culture to food and drink, to folklore and music! Belmullet is the capital of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region of Erris, an area that offers unspoilt beauty and glorious beaches and is the ideal place for that get away from it all holiday. Car hire is available at Ireland West Knock International Airport . ... more less
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