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Connemara and County Mayo Hotels

Enniscoe House

  • $$$
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  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • Period accents
  • Onsite heritage center
  • Warm hosts

Cons

  • Far from town

Updated 08/04/2014

Fodor's Review

Magnificent and magical, this square Georgian mansion is dramatically sited on the shores of Lough Conn under towering Mt. Nephin, about 20 km (12½ miles) west of Ballina. However, there's nothing intimidating about its interior, even though its well-worn grandeur is steeped in history. Susan Kellett and her son DJ are descendants of the original family who arrived here in the 1660s, and will give you the story behind the many ancestral portraits staring at you from the

calico-flocked library walls. Your jaw may drop at the sight of the magisterial main salon—a vast room done in stately house ivories and beiges, swathed in period wallpapers and draperies, and set with enough gilt-frame paintings and cozy corners to please even a Jane Austen. A maze of quirky corridors leads to the guest rooms, which are both charming and characterful, with candy-stripe wallpapers, floral drapes on tall sash windows, and massive four-posters. All paths lead to the 5 acres of Victorian gardens (admission €6); historic farm buildings here now house a Mayo heritage center, an antiques shop, and a tearoom (admission is €6 to the complex, open April–October, weekdays 9–6, weekends 2–6). Meals (reservations essential) include fruits and vegetables grown in the organic garden.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Castlehill near Crossmolina, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Phone:

096-31112

Website: www.enniscoe.com

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Nov.–Mar.
  • 6 rooms
  • Breakfast

Updated 08/04/2014

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May 14, 2004

Full of style

We loved every aspect of our stay: the room, the hospitality, our meals and the house itself is a gem.

By David

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Dec 31, 2002

Far from the tourist trail, but well worth it

My wife and I stayed at Enniscoe a couple years back, and we simplly loved it. It's located in a rural, relatively hard-to-reach part of Ireland, an area that is lean on amenities, but that's part of Enniscoe's charms. The house is glorious, beautifully situated next to a lough. Moreover, the food is just lovely. Finally, Enniscoe makes for a fine base to visit Ireland's largest island, Achill. Visit Achill on a fine day and you'll feel on the top

of the world. P.S. don't forget to say hello to the charming Jack Russell terrier, Spudsy, who frequents this charming house. He's more than happy to take a walk around the grounds just before dinnertime.

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