Fodor's Expert Review Gregans Castle Hotel
Base of Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
Miles from the nearest town, this handsome ivy-clad Georgian retreat lies in the heart of the Burren, its turf fires and antique furnishings a draw back to a simpler time. Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney and author J.R.R. Tolkien have both stayed here. Fine dining is a cutting-edge experience with a daily tasting menu using organic produce. The balance of tradition and modern design is also reflected here: modern art is offset by antiques. Guest rooms are bright, airy, and uncluttered; choose either a magical view of stony hills and sparkling sea or a ground-floor room with private patio garden.
- fine dining
- perfect for anyone who wants to get away from it all
- scenic location
- not a castle but a fine, rustic Georgian farmhouse
- TV-free zone, only one in-house
- very remote, car essential
Rate Includes: Closed Dec. 2–mid-Feb.