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Castle Murray House Hotel & Restaurant
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

I have written before about this haven of bliss, the tranquility, the unique experience, the gourmet paradise that modestly describes Castle Murray House Hotel and Restaurant. No matter how often we go there, each visit, is unique, memorable, and different. Driving from Donegal town, through the village of Dunkineely, Castle Murray House, is approx 2 KM further on. Down a winding little road, Castle Murray House nestles in magnificant ocean and mountain setting overlooking the ruins of an old castle and McSwynes Bay. It is irrelevant, whatever the Donegal weather decides to bestow on you, nothing mars the truely wonderful experience that a visit to Castle Murray promises. Whether the wind is howling, and the harsh waters of the Atlantic, crashing on the rocks, or, as we experienced on this recent visit, rare, but glorious sunshine, nothing spoils the visit. Castle Murray House Hotel and Restaurant is owned and managed by Marguerite Howley and her husband Peter who is one of the award winning chefs. Marguerite is a wonderful charming girl, who greets her guests so warmly you feel you are family returning home. The food is the jewel in the crown of Castle Murray House. We enjoyed a dinner, that a quote from the late Michael Winner, springs to mind; it was 'Historic beyond belief.' The wonderful sommelier Fabrice helped us with our choice of wine, a very pleasant young man, and extremely helpful. A very pleasant girl called Rebecca, served us at table. For our first couse, which was simply sublime,I had three dainty croquettes, filled with St Tola goat's cheese, smoked chicken and tarragon, these were served on a bed of lamb's lettuce, two lightly fried quail's eggs, and a dressing of homemade balsamic ketchup. My husband choose crab rissoto, which was equally mouthwatering. For the main course, my husband had the finest, locally sourced sirloin of Irish beef, which he said was delicious, I choose pan fried scallops, tiger prawns, in a shell fish curry cream foam, this was served with oregano and red pepper jam. We finished our wonderful meal with the plate of house desserts which were simply divine. Marguerite has a strong back up team, with her wonderful, capable receptionist Kelly and Gerry, her Maitre D, both are a sheer joy to meet. Two years ago Marguerite fulfilled the ultimate bridal dream and had her own wedding in this glorious setting. Castle Murray House Hotel has been voted in the top 50 most romantic hotels in the world. It is a popular venue for intimate gatherings and weddings, with the stunning views and location showcasing the very best of our beautiful Irish coastline. We stayed overnight in a very tastefully decorated room with staggering sea views. The next morning we enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast, served to us by an extremely pleasant girl called Debbie. There were fantastic home baked breads on offer which consisted of, guiness bread, banana bread, wholemeal scones and freshly baked croissants, fresh fruit, greek yogurt, a selection of Irish cheese, homemade jams and marmalades, freshly squeezed juice and cereals. My husband had the full Irish, while I choose, catch of the day, which was lightly grilled John Dory. Copious pots of tea and fresh toast, completed this impressive and very well presented, delicious breakfast. The only negative thing I can say about this wonderful, gourmet garden of Eden ....is having to leave and say goodbye.......that is until the next time.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank collettebonnar
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Recommended by a friend living in Donegal. Stayed for B&B & Evening meal. Nicely situated with great views though weather dull and rainy so no sunset for us! Nice Welcome but room disappointing. Though good view, window small and room very dark & decor not to our taste, en suite area limited for space eg nowhere to put toiletries. Food very good, no complaints whatsoever but the whole package we felt was a bit over priced for what it was & compared to places with even better facilities. I think the sunset views(if you get one), the food, & friendly staff are its selling points. When we mentioned where we were staying to my wife's brother who lives in Donegal & knows all the hotels in the couny it did not rate that highly with him & we can now understand why. We would not return but can understand why others would if room was better.

Room Tip: We were in room 3, suggest others may be better.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank STEPHEN B
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

My husband and I stayed one night at Castle Murray and thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Marguerite is so friendly, helpful and professional so you can understand why Castle Murray receives many awards. From check-in to check-out, the whole experience was first class. We stayed in Room 6 (Ballybodonnell Room) and it was simply luxurious ! Warm, comfortable, excellent quality in furnishings and bed linen. Breakfast was fabulous. Professional and friendly staff served top class food - you must sample their home made banana bread. Overall, I cannot fault Castle Murray and will most certainly visit again and stay longer. The location is breathtaking and deserves full marks for the whole package - their attention to detail is obvious. Congratulations Castle Murray and thank you so much for making our stay such a comfortable and wonderful experience. Maria & Robin

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank WEEROSIE
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Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

Always a beautiful experience, food is kept to a very consistent high standard and service is as always professional.Views over the bay make the experience so relaxing and this place is always worth a return visit

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were met at the door by our friendly hostess Marguerite who showed us to a very comfortable bedroom overlooking the inlet. The restaraunt was unfortunately not open but we were directed to another restuaurant serving excellent food. On our return to the hotel we enjoyed sitting in comfortable area watching the sun go down on the water. My husband enjoyed a good Irish breakfast whilst I enjoyed the fresh fruit salad made with everything but apple, thank you for that Marguerite.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Wendy H
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