Cashel House Hotel – Cashel, Galway, Ireland

A Cozy, Romantic Hideaway in the Rugged Beauty of Connemara

A trip through the singular beauty of Connemara comes to a perfect conclusion at Cashel House, a gracious country estate with its own handsomely stocked pony stud farm and stables. Idyllic paths meander past the estate’s award-winning gardens and through 50 stream-crossed acres of rolling hills, shaded woodland, even a small private beach.

No sooner did owners Dermot and Kay McEvilly purchase the 19th-century country house in 1968 than it achieved fame as the vacation spot of choice of President and Madame de Gaulle. So enchanted were they by the grounds, the hospitality of the McEvillys, and the little-promoted wonders of Connemara’s natural beauty that they pro­posed to retire in this western region of Ireland.

The conservatory-style dining room is the relaxed setting for sophisticated but unpretentious meals showcasing the fresh bounty of Connemara’s lakes, hills, and coastal waters. Choose from dozing in front of peat fires; an afternoon of tennis, biking, or boating; or the glory of getting lost in a good book, topped off with wonderful dining.

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