We have been there for 5 night stay and I can only say good things, a beatiful Georgian House restaurated by Elaine and Henry who have been managing it for more than thirty years.
When we got there it was late at night and we thought we were lost in the middle of the forrest, and then suddenly there was a scenic entrance after following a strea: It was really a dramatic impact. The House is surrounded by woodland and it s an hymn to peace and tranquillity.
We have got an offer for a suite and it was fabolous and worth the extra money. Great stay, beautiful decoration and furniture, a sense of relax, and a fox who visited us coming very close to our window at the ground floor for two nights.
I had nice chats on some of the evenings with other guests and Henry in the beautiful common areas (a nice bar, a great living room with fireplaces).
Everything was spotless clean and greatly maintaned, and you see the effort and love that Elaine and Henry put in doing it.
We did not have dinner there (difficult with our small daughter) so i can only comment the good breakfast you could chose from a menu and a common buffet area. It met our expetactions.
The location is really great and if you were not at the gate of Connemara (village of Oughterad is 6/7 KM away) it was really tempting to spend all days in the property, with beautiful trees, wide and perfectly maintained lawns and a good choice of trails going into the forrest or to the Lake (Lough Corrib) that is not as close (6KM) and the House name seems to suggest.
I do not think this place is for everybody's taste but was more than perfect for us. If you like to be close to shops, restaurants orvillages or if you do not like to drive than is not for you. If you want an oasis of peace as a starting point to visit breathtaking Connemara, Galway (about 25 KM) or even more remote locations (we went up to Achill Island) than you are in the right place. We were really luky with the weather (6 days of full sunshine and warm temperature) so we really enjoyed our stay in this cosy house.Houses (and owners) like this mark the abyss between an impersonal and cold hotel and truly Irish hospitality
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ross Lake Hotel
- Ross Lake House Hotel Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland