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.
Castlehill near Crossmolina, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
May 14, 2004
We loved every aspect of our stay: the room, the hospitality, our meals and the house itself is a gem.
Dec 31, 2002
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.