Currarevagh House is a romantic Victorian country manor house on the shores of Lough Corrib just outside Oughterard. From the moment you arrive you will feel the stress just lift away. It is peaceful, beautiful, remote and perfect for a quiet break away from the world. Dinner is served at 8.00 pm and it’s a set menu but you do have your own table so you don’t have to worry about who you might be placed beside at dinner. Currarevagh is renowned for excellent cuisine and is listed in the Irish blue book. With my dinner, I ordered a half bottle of wine which cost a very reasonable e11.50. There is also a bar where you can get your pre dinner gin and tonic or your post-dinner brandy. Coffee is served in the drawing room and is an opportunity to chat with other guest.
My room was ensuite and the bed, an enormous and very comfortable super-king size. Outside the window was a view of the woods and gardens and, despite the rain, I was lured out for a wander to admire the scenery and the lake and just enjoy being outdoors.
One of my fellow guests had been out fishing for the day and caught some trout which he shared at breakfast. I have to say it was the finest piece of trout that I have ever tasted. Also on the sideboard at breakfast was porridge, kedgeree, the usual Irish fry up, and a selection of pastries, cheeses, fruit and yogurt and so on. For me, porridge at breakfast is a sure sign of a good establishment.
For my money, you don’t get much better than Currarevagh. I had given it one night on my road tour of the west of Ireland but I will definitely be back.
Check it out for yourself at www.currarevagh.com