My boyfriend and I cannot stop talking about our stay at the Gregans Castle. For now on, it is our reference for future comparison! The hotel is located outside of Ballyvaughan (4 km) just before one of burren's mountains. The view is spectacular: in the foreground the typical Irish landscape with green meadows and lambs while the background is dramatic with the grey and imposing burren mountains. The service is excellent and the staff very friendly. We had some problems with our room and the staff came quickly with a very satisfying solution.
Breakfast is an experience in itself. While you can pick up your favourite breakfast dishes from the menu, the little buffet offers quality products. I am a French person living abroad and their 'pain au chocolat' made me think of my home town's bakery (and believe me, it is not an easy task).
Otherwise, you still have the late-beer-or-tea-in-front-of-the-fireplace option. It was so cosy we didn't want to leave!
ps: may I also say to the travellers who do not know which side of the burren is best to be based, please keep north, closer to ballyvaughan. In addition to have a beautiful sea coast, it is also greener and cuter (if you can say that about a landscape). Not to offend anyone, the south (close to the cliffs of moher) looks like deserted seaside resorts or very touristy villages.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With breathtaking views across Galway Bay and idyllically situated overlooking the unique Burren landscape, this is the ultimate luxury and gourmet hideaway. Simon and Frederieke together with their staff manage this oasis of comfort and offer genuine Irish hospitality, award winning innovative cooking and elegant bedrooms free from the intrusion of televisions. Antiques, an eclectic art collection, open fires, candles, jugs of flowers and Shelley the cat add to the indulgently relaxing atmosphere. The hotel while strictly not a "castle" in the usual sense of the word has been named "Gregans Castle" since it was built in 1750 as a more comfortable residence for the O'Loughlen and Martyn families from the nearby 16th century towerhouse. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Burren Food Trail. The ideal location from which to enjoy the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Walking, Cycling, the Aran Islands, Horse Riding, Surfing, Sea Angling, Golf. Members of The Burren Ecotourism Network. Awards include: Georgina Campbell’s Hotel of the Year 2016, RAI Best Hotel Restaurant 2016, Gold Medal Awards Ireland’s Chef of the Year 2015, Supreme Winner & Best Country House 2014; Food & Wine Magazine Best Restaurant & Best Chef Munster 2014; AA 3 Rosettes for Culinary Excellence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gregans Castle Ballyvaughan
- Hotel Gregans Castle
- Gregans Castle Hotel Ballyvaughan, Ireland - The Burren