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Ross Lake House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Oughterard
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great Get-Away Hotel”
Reviewed 20 August 2011

My husband and I sent the Bank Holiday Weekend in this lovely hotel. From the moment we arrived we totally enjoyed our stay. Our room was spacious, spotlessly clean and the bed was really comfortable. All bed linen, towels etc were snow white and excellent quality. Breakfast on both mornings was freshly cooked. I absolutely hate a buffet breakfast where food is being kept warm under lamps! The quality of all produce used was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. We had dinner in the hotel on our second night and again this was excellent. We found the the owners to be excellent hosts and the atmosphere in the bar was really friendly. Everybody joined in the conversation and it was very pleasant. We both hope to return to this wonderful hotel next year, if not before.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Surrey, England
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

Ross Lake House and its charming hosts, Henry and Elaine, represent a style of accommodation and hospitality that is increasingly rare these days. The hotel and its grounds clearly have seen better days but the interior retains all the charm of a period country house. And guests are made to feel like guests, not customers. Henry presides over the front of house with a very welcoming amiability and is happy to chat about anything and everything in a very engaging manner. Elaine ensures that the kitchen provides good, simple food where the quality of the ingredients come first. Dinner is a civilised affair orchestrated to great effect by a splendid head waiter of the old school. Our bedroom was clean and simply furnished but there were no tea/coffee making facilities. There is wifi only in the public rooms (but not in the bar, please, as Henry believes that to be anti-social). Breakfast was competent rather than special and the absence of a fish dish on the menu was a disappointment. This hotel is expensive for its class and facilities but does represent a unique experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 16 May 2011

My Wife and I spent one night at Ross Lake House. We found ourselves wishing we didn't have to leave. This small cozy property feels like home. Intimate space and an incredible staff. We had one of the best meals on our trip in the restaurant and breakfast in the morning was equally good. Highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a unique experience in a rural countryside setting.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

Lovely Georgian house - very homely and nicely furnished throughout. Large bedroom and bathroom. Henry the owner is a great mine of information and a very welcoming and entertaining host. Elaine's cooking is fabulous and was one of the most well rounded and well cooked five course meals we have had on this trip, also a very good wine list. Lovely little bar and pretty grounds - good location for touring. Very good value for money 10/10.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth Western Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2011

Only stayed one night at this delightful Georgian house hotel, hidden down a country lane near a beautiful fast flowing river, but we could have stayed forever!
Hosts Henry and Elaine were absolutely wonderful. The actual building is very picturesque and the location even more so. Our room was enormous, complete with extremely comfortable, 4 poster bed and beautiful furnishings plus free WIFI. The bathroom was very large and the bath towels were extra big and soft.
Dinner was 5 courses of beautifully cooked food by Elaine, and served delightfully by Henry, who was the perfect host and a wealth of local information. He gave us excellent assistance to plan the remainder of our journey and recommended variety of places to visit and a hotel to stay in for our next night which proved just as wonderful!
This hotel does have free WIFI in all areas - despite what some internet booking sites say - it definitely does have internet access.
We took a walk before dinner to a lake where we discovered a fairy tale grotto under the pine tree plantation near the lake - got some fabulous photos here.
The house has a wonderful library bar, a beautiful drawing room and a lovely dining room.
Breakfast was more than ample and once again cooked to perfection by Elaine.
We loved our stay at Ross Lake hotel and if you choose to stay here you will not be disappointed in anything!!

Room Tip: Free WIFI, huge comfortable beds & great food!
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ross Lake House Hotel

Property: Ross Lake House Hotel
Address: Rosscahill, Oughterard, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Oughterard
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Oughterard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:4 star — Ross Lake House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ross Lake House Hotel in Galway is a splendid 19th Century Georgian House. Built in 1850, this charming Galway hotel is formerly an estate house of the landed gentry, who prized it for its serenity. Set amidst rambling woods and rolling lawns, it is truly a haven of peace and tranquillity. ... more   less 
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Ross Lake House Hotel Oughterard, County Galway

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