Despite my ambiguous title, I truly enjoyed my spectacular stay at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. The estate is waaaaay out in the middle of nowhere so you are really left to the friendliness of the staff and the beautiful grounds to walk around for entertainment. Luckily this location has both in spades. The staff, especially those working in the pub were very friendly and full of great stories. The ground amongst the estate were fun to explore - although it was raining often during our stay.
The restaurant is what gives this establishment their 5 Star rating. The food was phenomenal including some of the best lamb I've tasted. I ate within the main dining room for two evenings and enjoyed a variety of delicious dishes including: truffle gnocchi, rhubarb balsamic sorbet, fois gras tartine, tiramisu and all washed down with incredible wines.
I also wanted to say that the house staff was very kind by adding an extra twin bed to our suite as I was sharing a large set of rooms with my sisters. They hauled basically an entire twin size bed and dressed it with sheets in moments and left some sweets on the way out. It was serious 5-star service. I also like the little bottle of still and sparkling well water they leave in your room. nice touch!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury 4 star hotel located on a 450 acre estate with 48 bedrooms & suites overlooking the river, mountain or both. The Fisherman's pub serves lunch and dinner by the open log fire, dinner is also served in the award winning Owenmore Restaurant. On site, miles of scenic river & lakeside walks, bicycles to explore the area, fly fishing and clay shooting. Locally we have a boat trip from Roundstone fishing village which includes a trip to a deserted island & lobster fishing and great hiking. Connemara National Park, Connemara Golf Club and Clifden are all a short drive as is the ferry & airport to the Aran Islands. Ballynahinch Castle is the ideal base for touring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballynahinch Castle Hotel Ireland/County Galway - Recess