My first impression of BCH was of an Indian Hill Station - a former palace converted to a hotel. Not surprising, given that Ranji owned the castle 1927-33. There are photos of him and his family but I think the place could market itself to Indians better. We had booked to eat in the restaurant but liked the bar so much that we ate there both nights. Great seafood and meat, good Guinness. Breakfast is excellent and when I apologised for taking a slice of soda bread to eat on the car journey, the waiter rushed off to get me a couple of loaves! The staff are excellent - nothing is too much trouble. Coffee and tea are brought to your room 24 hours at no charge. Outstanding - friendly but not intrusive. The room was delightful and it's worth having a view of the river. (Please regrout the shower and add a shower tray for your lovely products!) It's well worth walking round the grounds if the weather is good. Warning - do check your satnav as mine tried to get us to stop 30 km early; also there aren't lifts so do let them know if you have trouble with stairs (though the staff carry your bags). Total relaxation.
- 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