Fodor's Expert Review Mount Falcon Estate

Foxford Rd. (N26), Ballina, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

About 19 km (12 miles) south of Killala and set in a 100-acre estate between Ballina and Foxford, this baronial 1876 cut-stone house is the centerpiece of a family-owned property with 45 luxury self-catering houses, a lake and river fishery, indoor pool, and spa. Children enjoy the abundant wildlife, including tame ducks and rabbits, and a forest playground, while golfers can sharpen their game on the driving range. Suites in the original house are characterful and luxurious, with high-ceilinged rooms featuring splendid Victorian antiques, marble fireplaces, and original floorboards and shutters. Rooms in the new wing have extra-large bathrooms with tub, shower, and double vanity units, and lovely views of the wooded estate (197 tree species counted so far). The Kitchen restaurant in the original kitchen and pantry is highly reputed for the French chef's stylish presentation of fresh local produce and has a rustic charm that contrasts with the plush clubbiness of the bar, where bar food is served as an informal option. Afternoon tea beside a blazing fire in the restful lounge is a popular winter option. Staff are expertly trained, and provide a warm West-of-Ireland welcome. Packages featuring angling or golfing itineraries are a specialty, while the spa and leisure center provides an all-weather retreat. There is a two-night minimum stay policy in July and August.

PROS

  • spacious, restful surroundings
  • high standard of comfort
  • excellent restaurant

CONS

  • busy with families during Irish school holiday
  • rooms in the new wing are a little plain
  • two-night minimum stay in summer

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Casual
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 096-74472

HOTEL DETAILS

32 rooms

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