We had an extended family get-together here, and the experience was great for all of us. We had teenagers through oldsters, golfers, avid readers, an artist, a photographer, and an archaeologist. There was something for everyone. It is close to Ceide Fields, the oldest neolithic site in Europe, with a wonderful interpretive center. There are several well-known golf courses which were enthusiastically played by the golfers. I am the artist, and painted the ever-changing sky and the view of Downpartick Head from the large glass conservatory. The photographer walked and drove all over the area and got some wonderful shots. We also loved the sculpture trail, which had local artists create outdoor sculputers in the most remote areas.
The hotel itself was charming and well-appointed. I wish we could have stayed longer. Rooms were comfortable and immaculate; every one seemed furnished individually. The bathrooms were well-designed with lots of hot water and high-end toiletries. I had a window seat in my room, and spent time gazing over the water and reading. The food was fabulous, with fresh local ingredients. (I wish they had offered cooking classes.) Service was attentive but not fawning, and the dining room very attractive. The bar is well-stocked (my husband found the best single malt scotch) and very comfortable. We learned alot about the history of the area and sights to see from the owners and the staff. They suggested a place with sea-weed baths which was a highlight of my trip.
All in all, a great getaway which I hope to repeat. I have never felt so relaxed as I did at Stella Maris, or as well-taken care of.
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