With views extending out to Hare Island and beyond to Lough Ree, this 1780 stone manor house has seen its popularity rise with golfers every year since 1993, when the welcoming hosts Tom and Breda Reid turned a 70-acre field into a challenging course. Stand on the third green on a sunny day and you can appreciate just why golfers love this idyllically sited, 18-hole championship course designed by Christy O'Connor Jr. A new driving range, with lessons, was added in 2013. The hotel's wings wed traditional architecture with plate-glass and steel frames. Guest rooms are decorated in buffs and creams with beds with pocket-sprung mattresses and fluffy duvets. The restaurant offers winning dishes such as honey-roast duck with bacon champ. Non-golfing visitors can avail themselves of free boat service into Athlone for shopping—the courtesy cabin cruiser transports shoppers for hourly trips.
Glasson, Co. Westmeath, Ireland