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Review: Rosleague Manor Hotel in Connemara, Ireland

Rosleague Manor House Hotel Irelands Blue Book

 

 

Rosleague Manor Hotel

Connemara, Ireland in County Galway

 

One of the most memorable hotels we stayed at in Ireland was Rosleague Manor, a traditional Irish country house in wild Connemara. The charming family-run property, with its 19th century furnishings and cozy fireplaces, offers a beacon of warmth in mystic, desolate, romantic Connemara.

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The Lakes of Connemara

We drove from Dublin straight west on a rainy morning at the start of our Irish road trip. The congested highways leading out of Dublin eventually gave way to empty regional roads and after several hours, we arrived to the Connemara peninsula.

Connemara is a sparsely populated, unplugged, almost wild region of Ireland. Oscar Wilde once dubbed this place “a savage beauty” and the sheets of rain which poured on and off on our visit, only to expose sunny blue skies and misty sheep-filled mountains, affirmed his words. With hundreds of tiny coves, bays and fishing villages dotting the peninsula, Connemara is one of the most hauntingly beautiful districts in Ireland and remains one of my favorite places from our visit.

Perhaps its remote seclusion is one reason why Irish language, song and literature have maintained a foothold here – locals use Irish on a daily basis and Connemara is one of the largest Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking, regions in the country.

It seems the French are in on the secret – you’ll find many French tourists in Connemara, drawn to the area for over 30 years after French singer Michel Sardou penned an evocative ballad called “Les Lacs du Connemara” (give it a listen here; there’s also a music video version shot with French and Irish children here)

 



the Victorian conservatory

 

Checking In to an Irish Manor House Hotel

The quaint pink and ivy house overlooks Ballinakill Bay on 30-acres of private woodland. Rosleague Manor Hotel was once a traditional Irish country house and although converted to a hotel, retains its 19th Century charm and character.

 

I wish my apartment had a 10th of the fireplaces Rosleague Manor has.. so charming!



 

Our Room

Each room at Rosleague Manor House is unique in its layout and design and all the rooms have been carefully updated while retaining their original antique furnishings. Our first floor room was huge, with a giant king bed and gorgeous soaking tub.

Exhausted from the long drive, we sat down for a nap and didn’t wake until dinner.

 



 

Dinner at Rosleague Manor

Refreshed but ravenous, we made our way to the dining room for a relaxed, fine dining experience at Rosleague. A friendly French waiter who was studying hospitality and getting ‘real world’ experience at Rosleague, cheerfully attended to us throughout our stay.

I loved the dining room itself – with its floor to ceiling windows, warm wood touches and historical paintings.

 

 



 

The menu at Rosleague changes daily, as ingredients and produce are sourced locally as well as home grown. For example, the Manor House keeps pigs in its wooded forest which it serves on the menu, maintains an herb garden and also has re-established an orchard to provide bumper crops of apples and pears, which Rosleague uses in its in desserts, chutneys and relishes.

Each evening, guests can choose either a 2 course or 5 course menu where the focus is on fresh seafood and mountain lamb. The menu varies according to what’s in season, but below is our menu from the first night of our stay to give you an idea of what Rosleague offers:

 

Cleggan Bay Crab Claws sauteed with garlic & parsley butter

Lemon Sorbet with a dash of champagne (this was so good!)

Duo of Irish duck (roasted breast and confit leg) with orchard apple compote & blackberry sauce

Lemon & Pistachio roulade

Tea with petit fours

 

P.S. There is a lovely fern walk through the woods which leads to the pigs so you can ask Tyson, the local canine resident, to lead you to them! He’s the smartest dog I’ve ever met and has an uncanny nack for understanding you. Say, “Hi Tyson, where are the pigs?” and follow him through the woods :)

 Read more:   A List of the Best Irish Restaurants We Ate at!

 



 

Afternoon Tea

Rosleague Manor is conveniently located to local sights, including the seaside village of Cliffden, majestic Kylemoore Abbey, wild Connemara National Park and the remote Sky Drive. We stopped by each but heavy rain on the second day of our visit had us drenched, so we decided to end our sightseeing and head back to the cozy warmth of the hotel.

Luckily for us, Rosleague offers guests afternoon tea with delicious warm biscuits. Trust me when I say there’s nothing better than jam and clotted cream drenched biscuits with hot tea in front of the fireplace!

 Read more:   10 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Kylemore Abbey

 

 

Rosleague Manor House is a member of Ireland’s Blue Book.

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Visiting Ireland – Travel Checklist

Aer Lingus, the national Irish airline, offers non-stop flights from select US cities. While we didn’t enjoy our experience with them (flight attendants skipped us for meals multiple times and were rude) Aer Lingus is rapidly expanding their routes and offers low fares (some non stop) from many US cities. We found cheap flights to Ireland in October – you can check for flight deals and routes here.

When returning to the U.S., take advantage of the U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports, where you complete U.S. immigration, customs and agriculture controls before departure so that when you land in the U.S., you can just collect your bags.

I highly recommend staying at an Irish country house or family run hotel during your trip. Irish hospitality is truly something else. Check out Ireland’s Blue Book for luxury, boutique accommodation with a focus on family-run properties and excellent food.

Lastly, be sure to visit Ireland with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Hurricane Ophelia hit the country smack in the middle of our road trip! I use and recommend Allianz travel insurance.

 

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Irish Sights, Activities & Tours We Especially Enjoyed:

20 Photos to Inspire Your Visit to Kylemore Abbey

Co Kerry: 7 Can’t Miss Sights in Killarney

Mingle in Dingle: The Best Things to Do in this Quaint Fishing Village

Co Waterford: 8 Reasons You’ll Love Waterford, Ireland’s Oldest City!

Visiting the House of Waterford Crystal

Is Mount Congreve Ireland’s Best Garden?

Co Wexford: Don’t Skip Wexford – Here’s Why!

Co Kilkenny: Exploring Kilkenny Castle, in photos

 

Restaurant & Hotels We Loved:

County Clare: Gregans Castle Hotel

County Galway: Rosleague Manor Hotel, Where to Stay in Galway

County Wexford: The Strand Inn

County Waterford: The Cliff House Hotel, The Reg Pub

 

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