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Castle Grove Country House Hotel

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2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Castle Grove Country House Hotel
Letterkenny Co Donegal
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Parkland designed by “Capability” Brown in the mid-18th century creates a wonderful setting for Raymond and Mary Sweeney’s lovely period house overlooking Lough Swilly.

Castle Grove Country House Hotel

Parkland designed by “Capability” Brown in the mid-18th century creates a wonderful setting for Raymond and Mary Sweeney’s lovely period house overlooking Lough Swilly.


Castle Grove is undoubtedly the first choice for discerning visitors to the area, especially executives with business in Letterkenny; it is, as Mary Sweeney says, an oasis of tranquillity. It is at the heart of the Sweeys' large farm and this, together with its uninterrupted view of Lough Swilly, makes it easy to forget that the bustle of Letterkenny town is such a short distance away.


Constant improvement is the policy and recent years have seen a number of additions, always carefully designed and furnished with antiques to feel like part of the main house. The gardens are a special feature and the original walled garden is under restoration as part of an on-going development of the gardens which will continue for some years.


Fresh garden flowers welcome guests in the impressive foyer and public rooms include two gracious drawing rooms, each with an open fire, and a proper bar. Bedrooms are spacious and elegantly furnished to a high standard with antiques and, where practical, bathrooms have walk-in showers as well as full bath.


Mary Sweeney’s personal supervision ensures a high standard of housekeeping and staff are invariably friendly and helpful.


Good breakfasts include a choice of fish as well as traditional Irish breakfast, home-made breads and preserves.


Two boats belonging to the house are available for fishing on Lough Swilly and there is a special arrangement with three nearby golf clubs.


Conference/banqueting (25/50). House available for private use (family occasions, board meetings etc) Not suitable for children under 12. No pets.


Rooms 14 (1 suite, 2 junior suites, 2 shower only, 2 disabled, all no-smoking) B&B from €50 pps, no ss. *Weekends/ short breaks available. Open all year except Christmas.


The Green Room:


This large room is in a fairly recent extension, but it has beautiful arched doorways and is furnished in keeping with the original house, with dark green walls and generous, classically appointed, well-spaced tables.


Carefully sourced specialist and local ingredients are used by chef Gary Wetters and his team, and the cooking is good in the modern Irish style. Many of the herbs, vegetables and soft fruits are home grown, the seafood - such as Swilly oysters - is local, and local meats regularly feature.

Seats 50 (private room, 15); B 8-10 daily; snacks available all day; D 6.30-9pm daily. Reservations required; not suitable for children under 10 after 7pm. Closed 23-29 Dec. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 30-07-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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