We selected Echo Lodge as a base for touring Western Ireland and our expectations were well exceeded. Our stay seemed like a cross between a visit to a friend's private estate and a five star hotel. This is a large country house on ten beautiful private landscaped acres of lawn, flower gardens, orchard, and herb and vegetable gardens. The famed Mustard Seed restaurant lived up to its billing in every way and a broad variety of hearty choices was always available at breakfast. The comfortable public rooms are decorated with an elegant mix of antiques, furnishings, books, and artwork bearing the owner's personal taste. We were given a beautifully appointed two floor suite with a fireplace stove, small library, kitchenette, and lovely views of the grounds and Irish countryside from the double doors. The bed was excellent.
Beyond the all superlatives for the food, decor, and gardens the best thing about our stay was the personal and attentive service. Dan and his staff went to all ends to please us and all the other guests. They are consummate professionals maintaining a warm and friendly manner.
While we underestimated the driving times going to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the DIngle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, and Killarney, all were well within an easy day's drive. This was a wonderful week for us made better by selecting Echo Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of the Co. Limerick countryside is The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, a converted 19th century convent. The celebrated and comfortable Echo Lodge is set amid mature trees, herbaceous borders, orchard and kitchen garden. Home to The Mustard Seed restaurant, the busy, buzzy dining room has long been highly acclaimed, attracting lovers of good food and fine wine from around the globe. The Mustard Seed is an oasis of understated luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mustard Seed At Echo Hotel Adare