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Ross Lake House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Oughterard
Certificate of Excellence
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41 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

We enjoyed our stay there especially since it was right before the tourist season began and we were the only pampered guests. The rooms are a nice size and the grounds are beautiful - you are greeted with a lovely flowing stream alongside the driveway. We were thankful for our excellent international GPS to guide us there on narrow back roads. The breakfasts were delicious and varied and since we were the only guests, we ate our delightful dinners by the fire in the bar area. Although Joseph the chef had not arrived, the lady of the house is a wonderful cook and served 4 and 5 course gourmets meals - superb from the appetizers to desserts - all homemade with extra fresh ingredients, generous portions
We were a bit cold upon arrival but the radiators heated up quickly. The luxurious bed linens caused us not to want to get up on time and was very quiet place to sleep. There are cable televisions in the rooms.
The husband host is very entertaining and helpful and a real talker but can tell some good stories. He gave us good advice on directions, places to visit and where to eat while there. This hotel/bed and breakfast is a good place to stay and dine for several days and make day trips around Connemara from there.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Connie L
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013 via mobile

We had two nights in Ross Lake House. My husband and I enjoyed very much our stay. The room is quite big and super clean. The breakfast is very good. Fresh squeeze orange juice, hot porridge , toast, Irish traditional breakfast, coffee, tea. Th living room has two fireplaces, the antique furniture, the cozy place to sit down at night. We took a 20 mins walk to the lake and passed the farms and saw sheepskin, horses and cows. Very pleasant countryside scenery. Very peaceful!!

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Polly R
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Carrickfergus
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119 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

Discovering that we weren't needed for Grandparenting Duties we made a booking on line with Manor House Hotel Group for Ross Lake House,from Tue 30th,Oct -Thurs1st Nov.
After a long drive from Carrickfergus we arrived in the late afternoon.Our room was to the front ,"Captain Crowe" and was a twin as requested.Comfortable and warm.
We quickly made our way to the Lounge for a cup of tea and bikkie for which we were billed!!.
As it was late we decided to have Dinner later which was excellent.Henry the Proprietor is a charming man and made us feel very welcome.A word of warning if you haven't been to Republic of Ireland recently "The cost of wine is extortionate".
We discovered that the House was being closed down for the winter at the end of the week,but this did not detract from our stay as we wanted peace and quiet.
While in Connemara we went to visit the Cliffs of Moher.
Rather a long journey from where we were,but worth the effort.
On our second night we also ate in the Hotel and were not disappointed with the food.
Overall we enjoyed our stay in the Ross Lake House,and Henry and Elaine were delightful hosts.We would stay here again.
Perhaps the room rates could be viewed as high,considering the Hotel does not provide anything other than Peace and Quiet.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TubalCain
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Escanaba, Michigan
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45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

Be aware that this place is way out in the country. It's miles down a one lane road to get to it.
What that means is that it is one of the quietest places I've ever slept. We feel in love with our
waiter, Joseph, who took very good care of us at all meals, drawing us maps of where we should visit the next day. We spent evenings in front of the fire place in the drawing room, taking tea, eating marvelous desserts and being entertained by Henry, the proprietor. I felt like we had slipped into the country house of a Jane Austen novel.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dayoppermom
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Bellevue, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012

This place is magical. First there is the location: You approach down a lush country road. There is a bower of green overhead and you parallel a gurgling brook until this vine covered mansion bursts into view. On the grounds there are many varieties of carefully tended trees and masses of Rhododendrons. Now you enter the door and immediately feel the warmth of this lovingly restored mansion: Red geraniums on the windowsill, a winding stairway that leads your weary feet to a place of warmth and comfort. Our room was spacious and light and furnished with beautiful antiques. Everything in it from the draperies to the bed linens were of the highest quality and good taste. After a noisy night in our previous location we slept like bears as the quiet of the counrtyside enveloped us. And what can I say about the food service that would be adequate? Henry, our owner-host, was genuine and engaging. Dinner was delicious and we were spolied rotten as our every need was attended. But the breakfast will always stay in my memory. We sat in a sun filled window in this beautiful dining room furnished with lovingly selected antiques. Our breakfast was cooked to order by the owner, Elaine Reid. We ate eggs from the chickens down the road and melt-in -your -mouth biscuits and home made jams accompanied by pots of Irish tea. And as Elaine buzzed back and forth to care for our needs we engaged in converstaion about the history of Ross Lake House and the Reid's passion for hospitality. We felt like guests in the sumptious home of long lost friends. Ross Lake House will frame the memory of our trip to Ireland.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank joan w
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012 via mobile

GOing to Galway or Connemara - and want a truly authentic visitor experience in comfortable and spotlessly clean surroundings? - look no further! Your hosts are masters of their art delivering the best possible experience that compliments the natural and cultural heritage in this part of Ireland. We're going back -and soon I hope!!

Stayed July 2012
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1 Thank tourtalk83
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Catonsville, Maryland
Level Contributor
97 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

We loved the location; the rooms were very nice-spacious and clean. I was confused about dinner service; there seemed to be an agenda that I wasn't aware of and couldn't follow. It seemed there were rules about the progression. The food was very good and the owners quite helpful.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank zenmartha
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Property: Ross Lake House Hotel
Address: Rosscahill, Oughterard, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Oughterard
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Oughterard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ross Lake House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ross Lake House Hotel in Galway is a splendid 19th Century Georgian House. Built in 1850, this charming Galway hotel is formerly an estate house of the landed gentry, who prized it for its serenity. Set amidst rambling woods and rolling lawns, it is truly a haven of peace and tranquillity. ... more   less 
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