Although I visit Ireland at least once every year, this was the first time I stayed in Cong, very conveniently situated to Connemara, the Burren and indeed the beautiful lakelands of Mayo. I travelled with my 15 years old daughter who enjoyed the horse riding in Ashford, just a few miles down the road, the peace and tranquility of the nearby lakeshore and especially the corner bath in our bathroom! We adored the lovingly decorated house with its warm and friendly atmosphere, the impression of natural, unobtrusive luxury and were delighted with the high quality of the food, served on a beautiful timber table in the cosy dining room. Breakfast was overwhelming, and after a large Irish the first morning I was forced to taste the organic wild salmon-much to my delight! Diane is a wonderful cook, and one can taste the high quality of the ingredients used for her dishes. I used to walk the house when I thought nobody was watching; just to get the feel of it and to enjoy the tasteful adornments in the rooms, the hall, even the staircase. And I can't wait to bring my wife and other daughters to Ballywarren House, enjoy the food and hospitality, the beautiful walks and drives, and the peace of the surrounding meadows with flocks of sheep and ancient monuments. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballywarren Country House is the charming and delightful family home of Diane and David Skelton. It has been lovingly created to reflect the charm and Character of the late eighteenth century with open fires, plaster moldings, oak staircase and many other features. All the bedrooms have their own lovely tiled bathrooms with bath, shower, bidet, hand basin, heated towel rail and WC. The Lavender Room has a gorgeous king size hand carved French bed, The Sunflower Room has a very pretty Irish king size iron bedstead from Co. Clare and The Rose Room has a beautiful king size English Oak four poster bed. All the rooms overlook fields and countryside with stone walls and all have sherry, chocolates, free wifi, magazines and TV. if you wish. Breakfast is served at separate tables in the Garden Room in summer and there is an extensive choice of cooked breakfasts as well as the continental buffet table. In winter breakfast can be enjoyed in the cosy Dining Room around the oak table. Dinner is served at about eight o'clock and is a set menu and includes a free cheese board, coffee, chocolates and wine. All produce is Irish, organic and free range where possible David and Diane have been hosting guests, both here and in the UK. since 1980 and really enjoy sharing their lovely home with people from all around the world. ... more less