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Ross Lake House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Oughterard
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, MA
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Elegant accommodations, quiet location and superb dining...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2009

Elaine and Henry were expert hosts and treated us superbly being the only guests in the hotel one Monday evening. We had a cocktail in the lounge with a lit fireplace and candles, then an excellent four-course meal with superb service. We stayed two nights and had an outstanding experience. The beds were plush and cozy with heavy bedding, a roomy marble bathroom and elegant surroundings. Great value.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2009

Precisely the sort of place we look for: quiet, comfortable, and bucolic. The location is fantastic, assuming that you are seeking rural scenery. Tucked into a deep woods, nowhere near a town, this is exactly the place for a restful weekend in the country. The cooking was very good, and the service was really quite wonderful. The beds--ahem--were a bit worn. How else to say it?

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Yorkshire
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117 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2009

Ross Lake House is not easy to find,being nowhere near Ross Lake,and having the signpost from the main road concealed by a bush when approached from Galway,so that turning back, having overshot, is the easiest way.The search is found to be well worthwhile, on first sight of the dignified neoGeorgian house amongst the fine trees.
The ambience lives up to the initial promise-the interior is as tasteful as the exterior. Our room (Lord Hardinge,named after an owner) had mostly fine Georgian marquetry furniture with a repro bed and bedside table.Unfortunately there was a TV,but of only modest size.There was no clutter of tea making gear (unsafe amongst such good furniture) just a couple of glass bottles of mineral water which were replaced daily.The lounges are comforable,dignified and full of books,mostly related to the locality with only a few paperbacks.
Despite the modest size of the hotel,the menu has a good choice on each course with daily changes.Service is expert ,by a mature waiter of roseate complexion and disposition,or the owners. Table presentation is superb.
Before and after dinner conversation is enlivened by tales from the owner spanning his 27 year career at the Ross Hill.He was very helpful in advising a group of Americans,insecure in such a wild remote country,about travel arrangements.
The nights are entirely peaceful on a superb firm bed with proper sheets and no less than three thin blankets to allow a proper choice of bedding.The location is very quiet both acoustically and electrically.The absence of "wireless Internet",cheapo low energy light bulbs,dimmers,and other sources of RF pollution allows superb worldwide radio reception-even a strong signal on Radio 4.
The breakfast is entirely as expected.The bill,also entirely as expected,is excellent value.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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aussie in Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2009

We booked Ross Lake House through a B&B company from Australia and were really thrilled with the standard of accommodation. We were staying one night however enjoyed it so much we ended up using it as a base to explore the countryside and stayed three nights in all. Mine hosts were marvellous and we really enjoyed the family like atmosphere and the ability to enjoy a drink which a lot of B&B's don't have. We recommend it highly. Beautiful food as well.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2009

As soon as I stumbled upon Ross Lake House, I was immediately welcomed by a delightful sheltie and the owners/propriertors Elaine and Henry. Ross Lake House was the absolute highlight of my two week holiday in Ireland. Sitting at the end of the evening, sharing a dram of fine whisky and being treated as a long lost friend was the end to a perfect and all too short evening.
The grounds are spectacular and the suite I was treated to was divine. Breakfast was delightful, but dinner was truly a culinary experience that I still remember with bliss. You are treated as one of the family and the memories of your stay will truly last a lifetime.
Thank you Elaine and Henry for one of the best times in my life...truly!!

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
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Kavala
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2009

Ross Lake provided a perfect peaceful interlude during a long overland trip. Henry the proprietor was charming, funny, informative, attentive, and extremely helpful. 5 Stars from all six of us.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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San Antonio, Texas
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2009

This is a beautiful hotel to stay in. It is tucked away in the countryside, a short drive from Galway. The owners Henry & Elaine are very friendly and inviting. They are very knowledgeable about things to do in the area. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. If we had more time we would have stayed longer here. We hope to get back to Ireland and stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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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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