Glenlo Abbey Hotel is an authentic taste of Irish countryside splendor. Formerly the ancestral residence of Galway’s illustrious Ffrench and Blake families, this 18th century manor home has been lovingly restored and converted into an elegant 140-acre lakeside estate and hotel, outfitted with a nine-hole golf course and Pullman Restaurant rail carriage.

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Built in 1740 by the Ffrenches, Glenlo Abbey Hotel is a five-bay, two-story detached house with 46 bedrooms and suites, each reflective of the property’s old world charm in their service, warmth, and luxury. The grand staircase leads to the inviting and spacious rooms, extravagantly appointed with pillow top mattresses, 40-inch flat screen televisions, and Italian marble en-suite bathrooms with Orla Kiely bath amenities. Classic Bedrooms afford lovely views over the charming estate gardens and abbey building, while the Corrib Deluxe rooms overlook the River Corrib and grounds. Discerning guests will appreciate the romantic Junior Suites, with their four-poster beds, separate living and dining areas, and Nespresso coffee makers, as well as the elegant Grand Suites, which epitomize 18th-century luxury at its best.

Dining at Glenlo Abbey Hotel is a classic British affair, from afternoon tea and silver service in the Ffrench Room to delectable breakfast buffets of homemade breads and jams in the River Room Restaurant, a magnificent period room complementing the history and tradition of the 260-year old hotel. In the summers, partake in barbecues on the terrace while enjoying the scent of the rose and herb gardens, or catch one of the many televised sporting events downstairs at the Oak Cellar Bar, delighting in traditional Irish recipes and drinks during the game. The quintessential dining experience, however, is at the Pullman Restaurant, where two historic train carriages from the Orient Express—one of which was used in the making of Agatha Christie’s famous Murder on the Orient Express—have been converted into a unique 66-seater restaurant, now one of the most exclusive dining experiences in Galway for its bygone atmosphere and head chef Gary Burke’s seasonal menus.

With 140 acres of surrounding countryside at their disposal, guests of Glenlo Abbey are rarely wanting for activity. Golfing is an absolute must here, with the Glenlo Abbey Golf Course offering nine holes, designed by Jeff Howes and redesigned by Christy O Connor JNR for both the novice and aficionado. Guests can take advantage of archery, horseback riding, boating, water sports, tennis, hiking trails, cycling, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, and some of the best fishing in Western Europe, all within the hotel’s grounds. Beyond the estate, many of Ireland’s most visited sites such as Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, the Salthill Promenade and Beaches, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway City are within easy access for those looking for a deeper West Ireland experience. Click here for a glimpse of Glenlo Abbey Hotel’s romantic enchantment.

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