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Ross Lake House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Oughterard
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Faded grandeur really . Stuck back in 1990s when it had its last makeover, only 4 tv stations despite 8 advertised. Hair dryer and bathroom sink not working. Shower door leaking water to the floor. No wi if except in part of main house. Food was actually the redeeming feature at dinner with breakfast very very ordinary. Feels as if owners who re very nice have just run out of the energy needed to keep this sort of place up to standard. Too many non Irish one nighters who perhaps just couldn't get into other manor house hotels in the area. Not a bad wine list with very welcome selection of half bottles. Also is it possible this is the last hotel in Ireland not to have heard that women couples exist and when they book a double room it's not a mistake - too 1990 really given Civil Partnership law in Ireland since 2011 - needs modernisation on many levels.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Ross Lake House Hotel in the west of Ireland is a rare treat for those seeking exceptionally beautiful accommodations, a tranquil setting, and superb service. This was our fourth trip to Ireland so we have experienced many B& B's and hotels. Two nights here was not enough! The well appointed home is formal yet we found it a relaxed place to lounge after wonderful dinners .Henry and Elaine are real treasures as well. Henry joined us on our search for local ancestors and volunteered to help us locate an old family burial ground nearby- mission accomplished! What more can you ask for from a host? We hope to go back!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nancy O
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We have been there for 5 night stay and I can only say good things, a beatiful Georgian House restaurated by Elaine and Henry who have been managing it for more than thirty years.
When we got there it was late at night and we thought we were lost in the middle of the forrest, and then suddenly there was a scenic entrance after following a strea: It was really a dramatic impact. The House is surrounded by woodland and it s an hymn to peace and tranquillity.
We have got an offer for a suite and it was fabolous and worth the extra money. Great stay, beautiful decoration and furniture, a sense of relax, and a fox who visited us coming very close to our window at the ground floor for two nights.
I had nice chats on some of the evenings with other guests and Henry in the beautiful common areas (a nice bar, a great living room with fireplaces).
Everything was spotless clean and greatly maintaned, and you see the effort and love that Elaine and Henry put in doing it.

We did not have dinner there (difficult with our small daughter) so i can only comment the good breakfast you could chose from a menu and a common buffet area. It met our expetactions.

The location is really great and if you were not at the gate of Connemara (village of Oughterad is 6/7 KM away) it was really tempting to spend all days in the property, with beautiful trees, wide and perfectly maintained lawns and a good choice of trails going into the forrest or to the Lake (Lough Corrib) that is not as close (6KM) and the House name seems to suggest.

I do not think this place is for everybody's taste but was more than perfect for us. If you like to be close to shops, restaurants orvillages or if you do not like to drive than is not for you. If you want an oasis of peace as a starting point to visit breathtaking Connemara, Galway (about 25 KM) or even more remote locations (we went up to Achill Island) than you are in the right place. We were really luky with the weather (6 days of full sunshine and warm temperature) so we really enjoyed our stay in this cosy house.Houses (and owners) like this mark the abyss between an impersonal and cold hotel and truly Irish hospitality

Room Tip: I cannot compare with other rooms but if you have the chance to stay in teh Jr suite go for it
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Stefano6408
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This was our first B&B in Ireland what a start great rooms beautiful home and the breakfast and dinner service were above par Joe the maitre de was full of helpful information and possessed that Irish gift of Hospitality in spades . The owners Elaine and Henry were great we were thoroughly spoiled . Could not recommend this B&B any more highly 10 out of 10 .

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Grant R
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We enjoyed our stay there especially since it was right before the tourist season began and we were the only pampered guests. The rooms are a nice size and the grounds are beautiful - you are greeted with a lovely flowing stream alongside the driveway. We were thankful for our excellent international GPS to guide us there on narrow back roads. The breakfasts were delicious and varied and since we were the only guests, we ate our delightful dinners by the fire in the bar area. Although Joseph the chef had not arrived, the lady of the house is a wonderful cook and served 4 and 5 course gourmets meals - superb from the appetizers to desserts - all homemade with extra fresh ingredients, generous portions
We were a bit cold upon arrival but the radiators heated up quickly. The luxurious bed linens caused us not to want to get up on time and was very quiet place to sleep. There are cable televisions in the rooms.
The husband host is very entertaining and helpful and a real talker but can tell some good stories. He gave us good advice on directions, places to visit and where to eat while there. This hotel/bed and breakfast is a good place to stay and dine for several days and make day trips around Connemara from there.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Connie L
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We had two nights in Ross Lake House. My husband and I enjoyed very much our stay. The room is quite big and super clean. The breakfast is very good. Fresh squeeze orange juice, hot porridge , toast, Irish traditional breakfast, coffee, tea. Th living room has two fireplaces, the antique furniture, the cozy place to sit down at night. We took a 20 mins walk to the lake and passed the farms and saw sheepskin, horses and cows. Very pleasant countryside scenery. Very peaceful!!

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Polly R
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Discovering that we weren't needed for Grandparenting Duties we made a booking on line with Manor House Hotel Group for Ross Lake House,from Tue 30th,Oct -Thurs1st Nov.
After a long drive from Carrickfergus we arrived in the late afternoon.Our room was to the front ,"Captain Crowe" and was a twin as requested.Comfortable and warm.
We quickly made our way to the Lounge for a cup of tea and bikkie for which we were billed!!.
As it was late we decided to have Dinner later which was excellent.Henry the Proprietor is a charming man and made us feel very welcome.A word of warning if you haven't been to Republic of Ireland recently "The cost of wine is extortionate".
We discovered that the House was being closed down for the winter at the end of the week,but this did not detract from our stay as we wanted peace and quiet.
While in Connemara we went to visit the Cliffs of Moher.
Rather a long journey from where we were,but worth the effort.
On our second night we also ate in the Hotel and were not disappointed with the food.
Overall we enjoyed our stay in the Ross Lake House,and Henry and Elaine were delightful hosts.We would stay here again.
Perhaps the room rates could be viewed as high,considering the Hotel does not provide anything other than Peace and Quiet.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ross Lake House Hotel

Address: Rosscahill, Oughterard, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Oughterard
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Oughterard
Price Range: $155 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ross Lake House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ross Lake House Hotel in Galway is a splendid 19th Century Georgian House. Built in 1850, this charming Galway hotel is formerly an estate house of the landed gentry, who prized it for its serenity. Set amidst rambling woods and rolling lawns, it is truly a haven of peace and tranquillity. ... more   less 
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