I first found Stella Maris about ten years ago and was delighted with its location and the standard of comfort it provided. I am pleased to say that a recent return trip confirms that my original judgement was correct.
Our room was good - although not overly large for the price - and had a good view of the bay. As an added bonus we were entertained by a school of dolphins going through their repertoire of tricks in full view.. The conservatory is a lovely place in which to sit and so are the other sitting areas.
We were a little bit disappointed by the food although the alc menu is very fairly priced and so is the wine. Perhaps our experience of the dining room was a little bit jaundiced by the raucous behaviour of a group of eight American lady golfers who were enjoyed themselves very loudly indeed. Breakfast was average by Irish country house standards.
Frances Kelly and Terence Sweeney are a charming couple who have shown great resilinece and determination by keeping this charming hotel going through the recession when they, and others like them running small family owned hotels in Ireland, have faced hugely unfair competition from the State (NAMA) which has taken over a lot of large bankrupt hotels and are operating them at absurdly low prices.
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- Also Known As:
- Stella Maris Country Hotel
- Stella Maris Country House Hotel Ireland/Ballycastle