Great location in Ireland in the Burrens. Just outside of Ballyvaughn and close to other towns and sites. It is not a castle but a large house. Some of the staff: not friendly and some were very friendly. We had booked a king room but were shown to a room with a full size bed and twin bed. Not great for a couple. After convincing the hotel to show us another room, we got a euro king. The room was smaller, but more cozy. The room was okay. It clean but very dusty and even a cob web hanging from the ceiling light fixture. Many "cheap" furnishings. The bathroom was fine but the shower curtian was too small and consequently the shower leaked all over the floor. The common rooms, living room and bar were very nice and nicely kept. The dining room was wonderful! The food was exceptionally good. Most of the people that were there were upwards of 50 or 60 year's old. It was okay, but for price $350 per night plus -- I would not return. We left early the next morning to get a flight from Shannon. We were told to leave the key on the desk and find our own way out. No one to help us with luggage (from second floor) and we had to drag it out through the stone parking lot in the pitch black to our car.
- 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