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Ross Lake House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Oughterard
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carrickfergus
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Wwe were a bit disappointed by Ross Lake House. Firstly it is misnamed, as it is about three miles from Ross Lake, surrounded by dense trees and undergrowth and has no vista of any description. And it is a pity that a passably handsome house has been disfigured by the addition of a thoroughly awful function suite which was rendered redundant as the Celtic Tiger lost its claws and the wedding business collapsed..

We were greeted enthusiastically by Henry Reid and escorted to a very pleasant junior suite for which we had managed to negotiate a very good rate. Maybe that is why he charged us 6 euro for a cup of afternoon tea with no biscuits? Henry does a very good Basil Fawlty impression as when, in a loud voice, he told a quartet of Australians, who did not understand the dinner booking routine that " they had not been listening to him"

We were disappointed by the food. I am quite convinced that the breast of duckling and chicken kiev came out of the back of a delivery van and that the chocolate profiteroles came out of a packet. Breakfast was also below par for an Irish country house hotel.

I think that Ross Lake House has passed its peak and is now gently sinking into mediocraty.

Room Tip: None of the rooms has any view to speak of.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

My fiancée and I decided to spend a few days in Ireland before flying back to the USA. He found this place online and we decided to give it a try. This hotel is exactly what we were looking for : amazing views , extremely friendly staff , soft beds and one of the most fantastic meals I have ever had! ( and I have had meals in many fancy places around the world) If you are looking for a romantic gateway or a relaxing place then this is your place. Completely worth the price you pay for it so don't let bad reviews fool you :-)

  • Stayed September 2013
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March, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Very comfortable room in beautiful building in beautiful setting, parking right up to the door, excellent food and service, room immaculate clean, owner very knowledgeable about the area. Had two nights here. Would definitely stay again. Worth every penny of high-ish cost.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

My husband and I had the most amazing two nights in Ross Lake Hotel.
The welcome, the service and the food was five star.
The room was clean, spacious and well decorated, the bed was exceptionally comfortable.
The dining experience in the gorgeous formal dining was so lovely. The breakfast was superb
with lovely fresh fruit and wonderful homemade granola, and hot food cooked to order.
We so enjoyed lovely chats with the other guests in the drawing room after dinner, and had the
best irish cooffee ever, made by Joe who won the best irish coffee at Foynes few years ago.
Ross Lake Hotel is charming and classy, and sincere thanks to the owners Henry and Elaine
Will be back. Kath/Fin.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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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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Holliston, Massachusetts
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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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Monaco di Baviera
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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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Property: 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 6 Hotels in Oughterard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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