2006 Award Winners HIDEAWAY OF THE YEAR 2006
Stella Maris Hotel
Few retreats could rival the away-from-it all atmosphere and beauty of this hotel, which is perched on the rugged north Mayo coast, just outside one of Ireland’s most charming and unspoilt villages, Ballycastle. Built in 1853 as a coast guard regional headquarters, this fine property now makes a very special small hotel, restored by the current proprietors who have created a warm and stylish interior where antiques rub shoulders with contemporary pieces. Comfort and a stunning location are this hotel’s major assets: a conservatory built all along the front takes full advantage of the setting, allowing guests to drink in the majestic coastal views . All this, and good cooking too - some guests will never want to leave. Terence McSweeney and Frances Kelly have given this gem of a place the TLC that makes it such a warm retreat.
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