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Zetland Country House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cashel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 May 2013

Character by the bucket-load; the hotel, the owner, the staff, the area - there was nothing plastic or insipid about this place.

We booked top-of-the-range rooms with sea views for our three night stay. The rooms were huge with comfortable furniture and the view was glorious, out over the attractive garden and into the bay. Furnishings were traditional. The decor in the bedrooms suited us; not minimalist, not over-powering country chintz but somewhere comfortably in-between, simple and airy.

The public areas were country house style but not over-designed or over-whelming. Furniture was great for sinking into with a good book and the open fires provided a delightful focal point.

Our one meal in the restaurant was excellent and the surroundings luxurious. We also had a bar meal in "Johnny O'Loughlin's" the attached pub which is used by locals and passing trade as well as hotel guests. Two of us had eaten there a few times previously when on self-catering holidays in the village. The food has always been excellent value, well cooked and presented and everybody is very friendly. The bar is warm and cosy with plenty of off-road parking.

Breakfast is served in the small dining room beside the bar (as is bar food sometimes). There is a wide range of cereals and other cold items and the cooked breakfast menu is extensive, you pick and choose from it as suits you.

This is the total antithesis of bland chain hotels where you can forget where you are as the decor is virtually the same throughout a country and sometimes throughout the world, it offers personal service and individual styling. It has interesting photographs of people who have been hugely important in the story of Ireland and the background is explained to anybody who wants more information. You know you are in Ireland when in The Zetland.

The area is glorious and within easy reach of sandy beaches (Moyrus near Glinsk and the beach between Carna and Kilkieran are two of my favourites) and the village of Roundstone and town of Clifden are not far at all, there are a number of sandy beaches on the coast between them, Gurteen is probably the largest but there are many more. You often see turf being cut as you travel around the area and there are many aspects of history woven into the landscape, from the social history of the famine and emigrations to the great achievements of Marconi and Alcock and Brown. There is a lot to do and a lot to see and The Zetland is a great hotel to stay while you are doing it.

Colm, the owner, is welcoming and friendly and he has gathered a staff that does him proud, I wish I could meet the like of them every time I stay in a hotel, sadly, I rarely do.

Room Tip: The sea view is well worth the slight increase in room rate
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

We spent two nights at the hotel as a base to visit Connemara. We chosed it first because it had connecting rooms which were hard to come by in the region. Also we were looking for a relatively secluded place with some traditional feel to it. And we were not disappointed. Zetland is not a high tech, ultra modern hotel. The tv for example are not flat screen and were so small my kids thought there were not any! but it is a really nice place, secluded, with lots of character. People were amazingly friendly and helpful. We had a room facing the lake which added to the feel. The rooms were very spacious too. There two options for dinner, the bar/pub food which we thought was ok and the fine dining restaurant we did not try. We chosed to go to neighbouring hotel for our second dinner just for a change. Breakfast buffet is simple but you can order a full breakfast and eggs etc for no extra charge.

Room Tip: One facing the lake!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

I've been meaning to do this for ages so here goes... We wanted somewhere smallish and different for our wedding (80 guests) and we fell in love with this place at first sight. We just loved the homely atmosphere, the staff were amazing and the (lovely) owner, Colm spent a lot of time with the family over the weekend which made it feel like we were visiting a relative. We now have pictures of all the staff in our wedding album. It was like a home from home and they couldn't do enough for us - we had the whole place to ourselves. The wedding meal was the best we've ever had and the service was spot on. If you're into modern decor, matching furniture and everything new, don't go there but if you're someone who likes a big fire, comfy chair, beautiful view and good company over a few drinks in total peace, this is for you.

Room Tip: View of the lake is a must for a romantic break.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

My husband and I stayed at Zetland for two nights recently, and absolutely loved it! On a cold January night the blazing fires in the main reception rooms were really welcoming, but the staff were even more so. They set up a table for us in the drawing room so we could eat in front of a blazing fire. The service and friendliness of the staff were top class, and we really enjoyed our meal. The room was perfect - they even had an electric blanket in the bed for us when we retired: absolute bliss! The views from our bedroom were spectacular, but what really made our stay was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, and the conviviality of the owner, Colm, who made us feel so welcome. Zetland is a real gem - discover it before the rest of the world do!

Room Tip: Room 24 is a large, comfortable room which has a wonderful view and an enormous walk-in shower with...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Our overnight stay in August 2012 after a hard day's cycling was made very enjoyable by friendly and helpful staff. We were given an upgrade to a superb suite with a view of the Lough because the hotel was quiet. The hotel food was substantial and excellent. I thoroughly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for the view of the Lough.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

I stayed a night at the Zetland with my parents, we took two double rooms. As a country house hotel, its expected that the decor be shabby and comfortable, and it was certainly comfortable. Everything was very clean in the rooms and common areas, the sitting room was warm and welcoming and I spent a few hours curled up in front of the fire on my laptop while my parents enjoyed the live music in the bar. The food was lovely and the service really could not be better, everyone is so friendly and chatty, full of local knowledge, and keen to make sure you're having a nice stay.

If you're looking for a comfortable base from which to explore Connemara, I'd recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: My room was right above the sitting room, where there was a fire going all evening, and as a result...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

My son and I traveled through Ireland and stayed 2 nights at the Zetland.At first we thought it might be kind of a stuffy place but were very pleasantly surprised.The hotel has a very lively pub attached to it (that the locals obviously enjoy!)We heard irish music and enjoyed watching people and children dance.The staff was excellent and very friendly (esp. Pamela.) The owner Colm was great! He took my son fishing for hours and set us up in some great fishing spots.All in all a great stay!Also the grounds are lovely!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Zetland Country House Hotel

Address: Cashel Bay, Cashel, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Cashel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cashel
Price Range: £66 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Zetland Country House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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