We much enjoyed a three night return visit to Ballynahinch Castle. It’s not actualy a castle but a sensitive conversion of a 19c country mansion in extensive peaceful grounds, which include its own river and lake. It’s a one hour drive from Galway and well located close to Roundstone and Clifden. A car is essential to take advantage of the location.
Ballynahinch is ideal for a huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ vacation but it’s also a pleasant home for walkers, those touring spectacular Connemara or those just seeking comfortable relaxation. The original building is nondescript from the outside but the interior is elegant in traditional style, with an open fire in the lobby and comfortable public rooms.
Room size varies. Ours was in the ‘new wing’, 200 m and 40 staircase steps from the Front Desk (all inside the building) and with no elevator - fine for us but not suitable for the unfit or handicapped. The room itself was oversized, with quasi-antique furniture, a comfortable four poster bed, excellent storage and a large fully equipped bathroom. We had a relaxing view of the peaceful river. The only downside was inadequate lighting.
The restaurant is excellent and has a great view. The breakfast is a stellar combination of a well-stocked buffet with an extensive menu of hot food cooked to order. Dinner was very good indeed, although the extensive prix fixe menu (à la carte not offered) was rather more than light eaters might look for. There are simpler alternatives in the bar area.
WiFi is uncomplicated and free and available throughout the hotel.
All of the staff we met were pleasant and efficient and the impression is of a well-managed hotel. Our one minor problem was dealt with quickly.
Ballynahinch is not cheap and would benefit from refurbishment in some places. But overall we thought it a quality experience and good value. Recommended, as both a base and a destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury 4 star hotel located on a 700 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