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Railway Lodge Country House
Ranked #16 of 24 Oughterard B&B and Inns
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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“Really relaxing”
Reviewed July 29, 2011

We were so pleased we chose to stay here. Carmel is a splendid hostess and her breakfasts are magnificent. We had the very comfortable little self contained cottage but took breakfast in the house. The bed linens are sumptuous. It was too far to walk into town for evening meals, particularly in the rain. The best bet for eating seemed to be the Connemara, there's not much else.
Unfortunately Oughterard has little to offer the tourist apart from Lough Corrib.The boat trips are recommended.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cleveland, OH
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

Actually, our stay in this bed and breakfast was in 2002. The place was so good, however, that I feel I should comment on it. They have expanded to include a separate cabin, especially useful for families. The location is a bit out-of-the-way, but not far from the Shannon airport. When we arrived on Easter Sunday, we phoned the lodge to let them know we were "in country". The owner pointed out that most restaurants would be closed, but she suggested we drive in a direction away from the lodge to a tourist-friendly cafeteria that would be open that day. A useful service. When we arrived, she had tea and scones ready for us to sit around a warm, peat fire. We used the lodge as a base for exploring the Connemara for a couple days. A most pleasant stay.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

Only good things to say about Railway Lodge. Carmel was so easy to work with via email prior to our stay and the wonderful graciousness and welcome extended thruout our stay. We were only there 1 night (myself and my 9 year old daughter) and I so wish we could have stayed longer. (We were on the move with lots of Ireland to see.)
Loved its hidden location behind the town - very quiet pastoral setting. Arrived around 6:30 pm or so and received a wonderful welcome. Carmel's husband (Joe?) brought in our luggage and got us situated - this was the only B&B that we stayed in Ireland that helped us with our luggage. Although I'm very capable, it was much appreciated. He served us a beautiful tray of scones and tea while we rested in the conservatory. Their B&B seemed different and refreshing from all the others that we stayed in that it was just the most comfortable and homey. We felt so welcomed and comfortable almost instantly. Beautiful antiques thruout the B&B and well furnished with something interesting in every corner and on every wall. I thought they had a very large selection of books on Ireland to read in the conservatory, the sitting room and even on both nightstand tables in our room. Our room was wonderful - wood floors, beautifully decorated, very spacious bathroom. Breakfast was served to us privately in the conservatory and Carmel was very attentive. She is a wonderful chef and she works very hard to please her guests. We enjoyed the family dogs also. Again, we had help with our luggage upon departure - it was very hard to leave. :(
There is not much restaurant selection in town (although Oughterard is a beautiful quaint town). We did have dinner at Breathnachs Bar - one of Carmel's suggestions and had a delicious dinner. The Irish stew I had there was very good and the service was excellent.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

We spent 4 nights in the self-catering cottage at Railway Lodge. We were greeted with tea and scones in the common room of the main lodge which gave us time to unwind before settling into the cottage. The rooms were comfortable and decorated beautifully -- like living in Beatrix Potter's world. The kitchen is small but well equipped. Carmel provided home-made bread, fruit, yogurt and other treats. The view from the living room was stunning and the sunset over the mountains breathtaking. The bathroom was spacious and the shower always hot. The bed was the most comfortable one of our 4 weeks in Ireland. The bedroom has two skylights and on several nights the sky was clear and the stars were magnificent. Due to hurricane winds and rain, we stayed in one day and enjoyed several of the choice films available in the extensive DVD collection. Such a comfortable way to escape the storm. The location is ideal for touring Connemara and Galway. We'd return in a minute!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Waltham
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Reviewed November 14, 2010

We felt at home as soon as we arrived at the Railway Lodge. Carmel has decorated her comfortable home with lovely antiques. A classy change from the Irish lace.
Our rooms were immaculate with top quality linens in a comfortable bed.
Breakfast was included and all ingredients were fresh. We spent the rest of our stay in Ireland looking for a Irish breakfast bread as good as Carmel's and we didn't find it.
Oughterard was a pleasure to visit. Enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Florida
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

This B&B is off the beaten path. It is quiet and restful with a friendly and helpful owner. The grounds are lovely. You could relax in the sun room and look up to see beautiful flowers.

Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Waterford, VA
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Reviewed May 9, 2010

I can't say enough about this B&B (not sure why it is listed in hotel group, it's really a B&B)! This was our favorite stay during our trip to western Ireland, and by far the least expensive of the places we stayed. It is a great location from which to explore other areas on day trips. When you return from your junkets, you feel like you've come back home. Carmel is so nice; she makes you feel like you've known her for years! And she's loaded with information! Sometimes we feel wary of staying in a B&B with our young children (7 & 10 when we stayed last year). But we were made to feel welcome and at home. We loved her dog too since we were missing ours. The inn is on beautiful grounds with lovely vistas. It's only a 5-min walk to the river to watch the salmon jump, which we all LOVED, especially the kids. The rooms are cozy and nicely decorated with Irish pine. She served us yummy breakfasts (perhaps our best in Ireland) in her living room. It was cozy, cheery and wonderful to have a home-cooked meal. Her breads are to die for - all home-made! Oughterard could use some new restaurants, but Carmel was very honest about the selection and helped us plan our evenings as well as our drives to County Mayo and Dublin. Well, I could go on & on, but this inn is so delightfully unique and one of our favorite Ireland memories. Wish I could go back now!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Railway Lodge Country House
Address: Canrower, Oughterard Co Galway, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Oughterard
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Oughterard
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Railway Lodge and Cottage are situated at the Gateway to Connemara, you may wish to self cater in the Railway Cootage or you may want to be pampered in the Railway Lodge, this is the ideal base to experience and discover the majestic Connemara. The Aran Islands are a short drive and ferry trip away, climb Diamond Hill in the National Park Letterfrack or explore Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Gardens. Enjoy culinary delights in the village of Oughterard after a day in Connemara. ... more   less 
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