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Reviewed 6 July 2013

For many years, driving the lonely road joining Recess Village with the Clifden-Leenaun route, we passed this brilliantly-located Lodge/Hotel and wondered what it would be like to stay there ? Finally we decided to give it a try, and the fact that an intended 2 night stay extended to 3 nights surely says something positive.

The Lodge is described in one guidebook as "akin to a family home where guests are encouraged to relax and enjoy the peace", and in our view it lives-up to that promise. It's quite compact (13 bedrooms), with two comfortable "Sitting-Rooms", a lovely Dining-Room, and a small Bar. The Bedrooms are named after famous Irish literary figures - ours being the George Bernard Shaw Room - and pictures of these "greats" are interspersed with the eclectic mix of paintings & prints displayed throughout this attractive House (lurking amidst the "literary giants" we also observed one Eamonn deValera, and then searched in vain for "The Big Fellow", Michael Collins !)

Our welcome was warm, and we were very impressed with our Room, which looked-out onto Lough Inagh. The offer of tea and (warm) scones helped us settle-in, and we soon began to savour our surroundings and unwind.

Dinner (Euro 49) - we ate here for three nights - is generally quite good, our favourite Starter being a particularly tasty "Black Pudding Spring-Roll", and as for Mains the winner definitely was the "Monkfish Special of the Day". Bearing in mind the size of the Lodge, they have an excellently-chosen and very fairly-priced Winelist, so well done to them !

But the real core ingredients which make a stay here most enjoyable are the Hosts : Maire and Dominic - both of them extremely attentive (not intrusive), and, as a bonus for those interested, Gaeilge binn blasta acu beirt ! Maire would remind you of the best style of "Bean a' Ti" - warm, committed, helpful, reliable, and producing a "cupan tae" at (almost) any time you feel even slightly thirsty ! For his part, Dominic is equally warm, as well as being shrewd, energetic, responsive, erudite, and possessing a slightly wicked sense of humour (we grinned when he was directing a large group of Americans to the Dining-Room "turn LEFT - if you want your Dinner, you've got to become DEMOCRATS !)

Even with two wonderful people running the show, not everything runs smoothly all the time. Breakfast, for example, can be a bit of a struggle - the buffet display of fruits, juices, cereals, breads etc. is great, but you gamble when you order from the "cooked" menu, as you may not get exactly what you order, and the Chef shows a definite tendency to "over-cook" your food. Coffee here won't win any Rosettes either - the Owners should go and experience "the real thing" somewhere like "Mocha Beans" in Galway/Westport or more nearby, "Upstairs/Downstairs" in Clifden. And inexperienced staff can let you down in other ways too : in an almost empty Bar, an extremely polite young American lady had to ask the Barperson for a cloth to wipe an unacceptably dirty table, and the same American had to request a "Finger-Bowl" to go with her portion of Mussels - not great on the lady's very first visit to Ireland with her Irish husband eh ?

Mentioning these lapses may seem picky, but Maire & Dominic do such an excellent job that it seems a shame when they appear let-down. (To give them due credit, they responded well when we gave them some honest feedback on what we had experienced or observed !)

So, overall, would we go to "Lough Inagh Lodge" again ? We think we would. This place is quiet (some guests might feel tempted to recall the memorable John Wayne line "too durned quiet" ?) but we like peace, tranquility and stunning scenery, and we definitely enjoyed ourselves. What Maire and Dominic offer here they do extremely well almost all of the time - go neiri an t-adh leo !

Room Tip: For a reasonable supplement you should book a de-luxe room with views over Lough Inagh
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2013 via mobile

We booked here last minute and were pleasantly suprised. We arrived late in the evening so the restaurant was closed but we were offered soup, sandwiches or chowder. It was delicious.
Loved everything Lough Inagh Lodge, bedroom was fantastic and there was alot of brilliant choice for breakfast. All the staff were really helpful and friendly and pleasant.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Remote and rugged the Loch Inagh Lodge is a splendid and authentically archetypal Victorian pile, with the charms of a manor house and the comfort of a well run boutique hotel. Arriving too late for dinner, but not too late to sample some of the local whiskey sitting in the warmth of a peat fire, we slept soundly in comfortable quality linen in a four poster bed, in a spacious ground floor room discretely themed on Samuel Beckett.

The large corner room had lots of windows overlooking gardens and the loch, accessed by a path about 200m in front of the hotel. Bathroom was large, functional and well equipped, with a small dressing room.

The breakfast in an attractive Victorian styled dining room was excellent with a good selection of dishes, including freshly smoked kippers, which made a change from the ubiquitous ‘traditional Irish breakfast’ which of course was also available.

All in all, possibly the nicest place we stayed in Ireland, partly because of its splendid rugged setting, but mainly because of its combination of traditional style with its modern comforts. Unfortunately we were only there for one night and were unable to appreciate its charms fully, including the library, parlour and bar, nor the dinner which by all accounts is a highlight, but its certainly it will be one place we will be coming back to.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

Perfect in everyway, starting with the warm, friendly, accomodating staff. Food was excellent, amenties thoughtful. Best part for me was 1. The breakfast 2. Morning walk down the trail to the water for fabulous sunrise views. 3. Cuddling up in the wing chair by the window in the LR with fireplace burning and smelling so good, coffee in hand. 4. Evening, relaxing in LR with fireplace burning and conversations with interesting guests.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

A comfortable and quiet lodge in a beautiful spot. Large well furnished rooms. Great attention to detail. All staff highly professional and attentive. Excellent traditional irish breakfast menu. Well balanced dinner menu with variety of excellent and creative dishes. Also option of dining in their own small pub . Superb views of the Lough..would return here in a heartbeat if only closer to home! Recommend highly

Room Tip: Front of house room overlooking lough if available . Otherwise all rooms fine.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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