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Wineport Lodge

At a Glance

    Pros

  • magical lake and forest setting
  • the under-floor bathroom heating is luxurious

    Cons

  • the serenity is occasionally broken by jet-skiers on the lough
  • restaurant service can be slow

Wineport Lodge Review

Catch the right sunset, and this is one of the most enchanting hideaways in Ireland...or perhaps we mean Sweden: this place is so stylishly modern and light-filled, thanks to all the orange cedarwood and plate-glass windows, that the locale could easily be Scandinavian. The lake here, however, is Killinure Lough and, as it turns out, Wineport Lodge began life as a boathouse. Now, as the name suggests, it is touted as Ireland's first "wine hotel." In the restaurant, fine vintages and new Irish brews accompany such mouthwatering offerings as suckling pork belly with crispy trotters and crackling, and the sesame- and lime-crusted fillet of cod with braised bok choy. Guest rooms are minimalist but stylishly adorned with leopard-skin prints and goose-down duvets. All face the setting sun and look out over the placid waters of the lough. Glasson lies 5 km (3 miles) north of Athlone. A revamped reception area in 2012 has resulted in a real log fire, comfy seats, and easy-on-the-eye mauve carpeting to complete the relaxing effect.

    Hotel Details

  • 29 rooms, 14 suites.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 04-10-2013

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