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accomodation in Connemara

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Has anyone stayed at Ballynahinch Castle, Cashel House or Rosaleague Manor?

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Stayed in Ballynahinch, it was wonderful. It's like a big old country house where you are a friend of the family.Cahel has a great rep too, but never stayed there.

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel - have stayed over a dozen times and visited for lunch/supper/drinks MANY times. Accommodation is in a charming 19th century hunting lodge (with an additional modern wing) or in several self-catering cottages in the grounds and is all top-notch quality - the riverside suites in the modern wing are huge and even have sliding doors onto their own patios. The bedrooms in the original building have a choice of mountain view or river view and we personally prefer the river view but both are nice. Breakfast is an elaborate buffet-style affair with fresh hot dishes made to order and lots of local Irish produce (salmon, cheeses, jams) - the dining room has fantastic views over the river and if you're a party of two you should ask for a window table. Lunch can be had in the atmospheric olde-worlde public bar and the home made apple pie comes highly recommended! In the evening supper is a silver-service affair back in the dining room with a good selection of modern Irish and International dishes and it's possible to have your tea/coffee and Petit Fours in front of one of the many fires in the side rooms. The setting and grounds of Ballynahinch are beautiful and you can take several walks around either the river or the lake where you can see the original (ruined) castle on an island - the castle was once owned by Grace O'Malley/Granuaile the legendary pirate queen of Connaught. Other famous estate residents include Humanity Dick Martin the founder of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and H.R.H. the Maharajah Ranjitsinji ('Ranji') of cricket fame - memorabilia of all three can be found dotted around the hotel. We used to live ten minutes drive away from Ballynahinch and it is usually our number one choice to stay whenever we return to the area...

Cashel House Hotel - we used to live right next door and have never stayed but may change that later this year. We have, however, had friends/relatives that have stayed and have had supper and drinks there several times so have had the chance to have a good snoop around! Accommodation (and the whole vibe generally) is more genteel and 'chintzy' than Ballynahinch and rest and tranquility is high on the agenda. The setting and grounds are lovely (Cashel Bay is most picturesque and the hotel has it's own stretch of sea frontage right across from it's entrance) and the gardens are outstanding and often win prizes. Supper is wonderful and the dishes when we went were heavy on local produce and cooked and presented well - the wine list was one of the largest we have seen in Ireland :-)

Both of these hotels are by no means budget options but are certainly worth the money if you can afford it - they both ooze charm and individuality and will doubtlessly provide a memorable Irish experience. Since both are located in the middle of the Connemara region they also provide a perfect base for exploring - Clifden is around 20 minutes drives to the north, Galway is about 45 minutes drives to the south and the beautiful harbour village of Roundstone is about 5-10 minutes away...

Rosleague Manor - no personal history or thoughts on this northern Connemara hotel...

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Thanks so much for the detailed information and history. Both places sound amazing.

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For the benefit of readers of the Top Questions here are the links for the two hotels discussed in detail here:

http://www.ballynahinch-castle.com/

http://www.cashel-house-hotel.com/

We'd also recommend the following hotels in Connemara for similar levels of quality in the mid-top price bracket:

http://www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie/

http://www.renvyle.com/

http://www.delphilodge.ie/

http://www.delphimountainresort.com/

http://www.abbeyglen.ie/

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I'm concentrating my plans on 3 areas....Cliffs of Moher/Burren, Killlarney/Dingle, and Kilkenny. Question about the Cliffs/Burren stopover....can I stay near there and wander up to Connemara from there, or is that too far a drive to attempt and still see the area? Is there a central place between Cliffs/Burren and Connemara where I could accomplish exploring both areas reasonably? So many places I want to see....trouble is, the more I read everyone's posts, the more my 'wish list' is expanding.

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Carousel1954

The journey time from the Burren up to Connemara is going to be in the 2-3 hour bracket depending on traffic, road conditions etc - that's quite an add-on if you then want to explore the region (you should factor in at least 4-5 hours for a good visit with food and photo stops) and then return to the Burren at the end of the day...

The logical base to explore BOTH the Burren/COM and Connemara is Galway as it's sits between the two ;-)

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ballinahinch is magical.

I would agree - base yourself in Galway (in between the burren/clare and connemara).

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Is there somplace outside of Galway, preferably someplace with a scenic view...B & B or inexpensive hotel preferred.

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carousel how about Ocean View in Oranmore on the Burren side of Galway or Tuar Beag in Spiddal on the Connemara Side. I can recommend either of these.

http://www.oceanviewgalway.com/

goireland.com/galway/tuar-beag-accommodation…

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Tony,

They both sound like just what I'd like...thanks so much for these suggestions!