I have just stayed at Rosleague for the first time. This must be one of the best country house hotels anywhere. The house is beautiful, the setting is idyllic over the bay, and Connemara is all around.
The entrance hall with fishing rods and the welcoming lobby immediately give the feeling of a privately owned country house. Indeed the main characteristic of this hotel is that it does not feel like a hotel at all, but rather like a private house (maybe this explains why guests mingle, which is another nice feature). The two main sitting rooms (one had an open fire when I was there) are beautifully furnished in country house style and there are interesting paintings and prints throughout the house. The dining room is magnificent with seriously good formal furniture, silver and china display, and manages to be friendly and relaxed at breakfast and agreeably formal at dinner! There is also a large conservatory with bar. All the rooms are beautifully furnished, in many cases with good antiques, and the place looks very well-cared for indeed. I really appreciated the free computer and printer for guest use.
I had a very large room with a stunning bay view, and a very well-appointed modern bathroom with a massive bathtub. The bedroom was immaculately clean, and well-furnished, very well maintained, with lots of storage space. It felt friendly and welcoming to come back to after a long day out in the wilds of Connemara!
The staff make this marvellous hotel. The enthusiastic young owner is very hands on, working at reception, in the bar and dining room and knows all his guests by name. Obviously his high standards and enthusiasm are infectious: it is clear that the staff love this house and are proud to be part of his team. Some of them told me they have been working there for many years and all of them are very friendly and interested in the guests. They are also highly efficient. A class act.
A word about the food. Dinner was superb on both nights of my stay and the wine list was both good and reasonably priced. I opted for seafood and fish (a speciality) one night and I had some wonderful Irish beef the next. I regretted not trying the Connemara lamb. Breakfast was really outstanding - the best I have ever had anywhere.
It is very hard to convey the charm of this wonderful place. All one can say is - try it!
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- Also Known As:
- Rosleague Manor Letterfrack
- Hotel Rosleague Manor