Cashel House, formerly one of Connemara’s most gracious homes, set in 50 acres of grounds on the beautiful coastline of Cashel Bay with Cashel Hill rising behind and has been welcoming guests for the past 40 years. The location is an ideal base from which to enjoy walking, beaches, sea and lake fishing, golf, horse riding, Kylemore Gardens and trips of Aran and Inish Boffin islands. Guided hill walks are available by arrangement. Guests are welcome to enjoy a relaxing Lunch or Afternoon Tea in Cashel House’s Conservatory overlooking the gardens.
At Cashel House Hotel guests can choose from four accommodation options – all are en-suite and have every modern convenience provided.
- Standard Rooms overlook either the Courtyard or Cashel Hill behind the Hotel.
- Superior Rooms are larger and have a small seating area. These Rooms overlook the Garden to the side of the Hotel.
- Garden Suites are the largest accommodation option available and are split level with a step down from the Bedroom to a Sitting Area. These Rooms have the best view onto the Gardens
- Top floor Garden Suites have sea views.
- Master Seaview Rooms are located in the oldest part of the house.
The restaurant, situated in the conservatory overlooking the gardens, serves country house cooking at its best with a selection of locally caught seafood, Connemara lamb, fruit, vegetables and herbs from the hotel’s own gardens and the locality. They also feature an extensive wine list. There is also a garden school, stud farm and equestrian shop on the grounds of the hotel, run by your hosts, the McEvilly family.
Afternoon tea is also served in the conservatory, featuring delicious warm baked biscuits and scones.
On the Map: Connemara encompasses a large area northwest of Galway City in the west of Ireland. It is most easily accessed via the N59 road that loops around the region and connects the cities of Galway (to the southeast) & Westport (to the northeast).
Northwest of Galway lies the rocky, barren, but breathtakingly stunning region of Connemara. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. The village also boasts an impressive crafts complex, selling everything from teapots and sweaters to traditional Irish music instruments. Clifden, Connemara’s capital is well worth a visit and the scenic Sky Road drive just outside town should not be missed. From here travel north to see the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever changing scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays. This is Ireland’s big sky country.