If you are spending some time in the west of Ireland, you must poke around in the Connemara, and Kylemore House is the perfect place to stay. Just down the twisty road from Kylemore Abbey (which is black as pitch at night, so drive carefully!), and right on the beautiful, serene lake, it's a peaceful and friendly place. Nancy will help you with anything she can, but she won't be intrusive at all. She's a lovey! Big rooms (we had a nice triple with a view of the lake) for an affordable price. Very close to the Connemara National Park, and convenient to everything west of Galway. In the next little town over is Bard's Den, which has wonderful seafood, a great cozy atmosphere, and the nicest chef in Ireland! Don't stay here if you like nightlife, or city life, but if you crave peace and quiet, gorgeous scenery and freedom of the spirit, I can't recommend Kylemore House enough.