More of a country Manor House than a castle per se, Gregans Castle Hotel (4*) is the ultimate luxury hideaway set within the visually enchanting and unique Burren landscape with it's myriad botanical, archaeological and cultural treasures and with breathtaking views across Galway Bay. Owners Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray manage this oasis of comfort together with their attentive staff. Irish hospitality and total relaxation prevail. All bedrooms are individually and elegantly decorated and are indulgently free from the intrusion of televisions.
In the Dining Room, the head chef and his team serve creative and modern dishes using fresh, local ingredients like organic Burren lamb and game, and fresh Atlantic fish and shellfish. Should you decide to dine here you are certainly in for a treat as they have received many awards for their food including 3 Rosettes from the AA for “culinary mastery and excellence”; the National Hospitality Awards' Best Hotel Restaurant 2012 and the Food & Wine Magazine Restaurant of The Year Award 2011. the extensive and ever-expanding wine list features some favourite wines from each continent, including a large selection of organic and bio-dynamic wines. If you fancy a beer or an apéritif while you’re browsing the dinner menu, stroll into in the Corkscrew Bar where the open fire is always glowing and you can sit back and relax in comfortable, luxurious surroundings. The popular lunch menu is also served here, and it’s the perfect place for afternoon tea after a day’s sightseeing or hiking.
A luxurious verdant haven amid the rugged unspoilt beauty of The Burren. Gregans is a stylish mix of fine antique furniture and paintings together with a sprinkling of modern Irish art which adorn this graceful house. Welcoming turf fires, candlelight and generous jugs of garden flowers add to the relaxing atmosphere. A mature garden, sensitively borrowed from the landscape and the surrounding bucolic setting, together with strong environmental ethics ensures a peaceful co-existence with nature.
There are four categories of rooms, classic and superior rooms, junior and premier suites. Each room is exquisitely decorated in a relaxing country house style, with views of the surrounding landscape. Some have their own private garden area and come with a view of Galway Bay. All bedrooms have: bay, garden or mountain views; private bathrooms with shower and bathtub; bathrobes; trouser press; hairdryer; direct dial telephone; same day laundry service; complimentary mineral water; luxury toiletries; tea & coffee making facilities on request; evening bed turn down service; wireless broadband. All bedrooms are television free.
Superior rooms are more generous in size than classic rooms and each has a well defined seating area. Bathrooms are larger and more lavishly appointed. Each room is exquisitely decorated in a relaxing country house style, with views of the surrounding landscape. Some have their own private garden area and come with a view of Galway Bay. All bedrooms have: bay, garden or mountain views; private bathrooms with shower and bathtub; bathrobes; trouser press; hairdryer; direct dial telephone; same day laundry service; complimentary mineral water; luxury toiletries; tea & coffee making facilities on request; evening bed turn down service; wireless broadband. All bedrooms are television free.
These rooms are the obvious next step up from the Superior rooms with greater size and appointment being the obvious difference. They are furnished to the same high standards. All have king size beds and some are adaptable for families with children. Two of these suites have their own private garden areas and the third has a magnificant view of Galway Bay.
The Dining Room at the hotel has won a host of awards in the last few years. Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2011 - 3 Rosettes for Culinary Excellence - AA 2011 Restaurant of The Year Award 2010 (Ireland overall) Commended (3rd) - Food & Wine Magazine, Restaurant of The Year Awards 2010 Best Restaurant, Munster Winner - Food & Wine Magazine, Restaurant of The Year Awards 2010 Best Chef, Munster - Mickael Viljanen Winner Food & Wine Magazine, Restaurant of The Year Awards 2010 Style Award Commended (3rd) - Food & Wine Magazine, Restaurant of The Year Awards 2010 Winner Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Fine Dining 2009 Gregans Castle is the hottest destination in Ireland right now, and Mickael Viljanen's food is simply awesome. Gregans is part of the pantheon of inspired Irish restaurants that have enjoyed periods of utter transcendence Chef Viljanen's culinary forays with superb local ingredients - egg; potato; beetroot; cod; apples- reveal a tumultuous talent, a
Gregans is situated close to The Cliffs of Moher. The most dramatic cliffs in Europe (250 meters) and home to a myriad of wildlife, many different species of birds, dolphins and the occasional whale. Beautiful views towards the Aran Islands and Connemara. There is a long cliff side walk for those who wish to brave the brisk Atlantic breeze. Gregans work with a number of freelance massage therapists and a massage in your room can be arranged at your request. Other activities available in the surrounding area include: golf, sea angling, clay pigeon shooting, surfing, rock climbing, cycling and many more activities located nearby.
(Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Ballyvaughan)
As you tread the sawdust-covered boards of Durty Nelly’s tavern, let your eyes adjust to the dim light and toast the ghosts of the medieval past while sitting at a bar that has served ale to the trodden masses since the Middle Ages.
(Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Ballyvaughan, Cong, Donegal, Belfast)
Close your eyes and conjure up all of the magical images you can think of when you consider the ancient land of Ireland - and then live it in person as you explore the length and breath of the country meeting up with colorful locals, tread on ancient sights and take in the majestic coastal views on a trip to Ireland that is sure to satisfy all of the senses.
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