My husband, two year old and myself spent a weekend here in November. It was far from our first visit and will not be our last. After a long, eventful journey we arrived in the dark, a little grumpy and tired. However, the magical moment for me is opening the old front door and stepping into the warmth from two turf fires. Once in, we lost our frayed nerves and were greeted warmly. Unlike many hotels (the clinical variety), reception is tucked away round the corner, leaving you with the impression that you have walked into someone's sitting room. We settled in and came down for a bar 'snack' in front of the fire. My husband had the sirloin and he is still raving about it. Service was friendly, efficient and our son was well catered for. In no time, the staff knew his name and he was very at home. It all feels very safe. It was so warm, we were grateful for the door opening now and then! The room was fine, still a little shabby but clean and comfortable with an amazing view. The bathrooms, in solid 'connemarble', are interesting and give an impression of faded grandeur. Breakfast was excellent, consisting of a fresh buffet and a cooked breakfast which was piping hot and perfectly cooked. After feeding the ducks we went out. We didn't do much but returned to have a bowl of seafood chowder in the library (I recommend it highly). The hotel is so comfortable and homely, it is not difficult to find a quiet spot to read, etc. Dinner was just marvelous and as good as ever. The food is excellent and so very consistent in quality. It is the standard by which we compare most restaurants and we have eaten in many, especially extensively in France. There was a play room which proved a delight for our son. We stayed here for my 40th birthday last year, in a suite and it was truly wonderful. It is our aim to stay in the room we first stayed in, just up the front stairs. We'll keep trying!!
Renvyle is an unusual hotel which I recommend to many. Some think I am on commission but I can assure that I am not! It is friendly, homely, comfortable. The setting is truly unique and you can't help feeling that you are the last stop before America... The food is superb and Tim's culinary magic means that I am happy to eat ingredients I don't especially like. The person who describes the style as good home cooking needs to think again.
It is not many hotels which are better off peak than in high season. A wet, windy day is a godsend at Renvyle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Renvyle House is a four star, historic country house, family owned and family run. It first opened as a hotel in 1883 and is spectacularly located on a 150 acre estate on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way (midway point of the longest car touring route in the world!). Renvyle House is known for it’s “air of otherwordliness” which we believe is a strong and unique selling point and something of which we are very proud. Our emphasis is on customer service “friendly combined with professional” and we believe this plays a large part in why Renvyle enjoys over 55% repeat business. The hotel resort grounds include a private lake, a par 3 golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site including tennis, croquet, outdoor heated swimming pool & Canadia Hot Tub which overlokks the Atlantic (summer months), fly-fishing, canoeing and more. Renvyle House is also well known for it’s good food and this is as much due to the locally sourced fresh produce (lamb, fish, vegetables and herbs from our own garden) as to Tim O’Sullivan’s expertise in the kitchen (Tim is our award winning Executive Chef). Renvyle House always has a warm welcome guaranteed for every guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renvyle Hotel
- Hotel House Renvyle