Gregans Castle Hotel

Base of Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

Fodor’s Expert Review

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.

PROS

  • fine dining
  • perfect for anyone who wants to get away from it all
  • scenic location

CONS

  • not a castle but a fine, rustic Georgian farmhouse
  • TV-free zone, only one in-house
  • very remote, car essential

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Service, Views
Quiet
Countryside
Clubby Atmosphere

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 065-707–7005

HOTEL DETAILS

15 rooms, 6 suites
Rate Includes: Closed Dec. 2–mid-Feb.

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