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Gougane Barra Hotel

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Gougane Barra Hotel
Gougane Barra, Macroom Co Cork
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In one of the most peaceful and beautiful locations in Ireland, this delightfully old-fashioned family-run hotel is set in a Forest Park overlooking Gougane Barra Lake (famous for its monastic settlements).
  • Cycling
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse on site)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Mountain Biking nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Breaks - Short
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Family Friendly
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Location - By a lake
  • Location - By a river
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Remote
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic Venue
  • Shop - Gift
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Seafood
  • Breakfast Venue
  • Café Bar
  • Cocktails
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Informal
  • Sunday Dining
  • Traditional Pub
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Gougane Barra Hotel

In one of the most peaceful and beautiful locations in Ireland, this delightfully old-fashioned family-run hotel is set in a Forest Park overlooking Gougane Barra Lake (famous for its monastic settlements).


The Lucey family has run the hotel since 1937, offering simple, comfortable accommodation as a restful base for walking holidays - rooms are comfortable and have recently been given a gentle upgrade but not over-modernised; all look out onto the lake or mountain, and there are quiet public rooms - also recently refurbished and now slightly more upbeat - where guests like to read.


There has been very little real change over the years, and that’s just the way people like it but, since Neil Lucey and his wife Katy took over management of the hotel from Neil’s parents in 2005, their energy has brought a fresh approach.


Walking holidays remain an important part of the business, but there’s now a new cultural edge too as Neil opened a little theatre in the hotel and they host a production which attracts national interest each summer.


And, while the spirit of the place will thankfully remain unchanged, the many improvements made recently include a stronger emphasis on food, and visitors are encouraged to drop in for informal meals - Katy’s delicious bar menus include specialities like a more-ish warm chicken salad, the superb house chowder which she brought from her father’s kitchen in Lahinch, where her parents ran Mr Eamon’s famous restaurant for many years - and her lovely rich walnut and treacle bread.


It’s a good place to bear in mind for afternoon tea too, a cup of tea with a freshly baked sultana scone, local strawberry jam and whipped cream goes down a treat when you’re out and about. This is a magical place - as ever, the monks chose well.


Intimate family weddings welcome (65). Rooms 26 (all en-suite & no smoking, 8 shower only, 1 family room, 8 ground floor, all no smoking); children welcome (under 11s free in parents' room, cots available at no charge); free broadband wi/fi; B&B €75 pps, SS €10. Shop. Garden, walking. No pets.


Restaurant


The formal meals, including breakfast, are served in the lakeside dining room which has also been gently upgraded to match Katy’s great ingredients-led cooking.


Smart linen-clad tables are welcoming, with gleaming glasses and fresh flowers, and menus are thoughtfully constructed to suit the varying needs of guests who can opt for a full 4-course dinner or two courses of their choice at a lower price.


Dishes offered are also well chosen to include upbeat versions of old favourites (galia and honeydew melon with raspberry sorbet & mango coulis; grilled Muskerry sirloin steak with provencal tomato and a little red wine jus) alongside slightly more adventurous choices. The names of dishes don't give too much away however - it's the fantastic local ingredients and Katy's way with them (perfect cooking and appealing, unfussy presentation) that lift a meal here right up into the memorable class. And the view helps too, of course, along with very friendly and efficient service.


An informative wine list includes well-chosen house wines, a good choice of half bottles and a cocktail menu.


An outstanding Junior Menu is also offered - with organic salmon, Cork chicken goujons, Twomey's bangers & mash, and Murphy's ice cream among the treats.

Restaurant: Seats 70; L&D daily, 12.30-3 (Sun, 12.45-2.30) and 6-8.30pm (Sun to 8.45); set Sun L €27; set 2/3 course D €31/41; house wine from €17.50. Closed 20 Oct - 7 Apr. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser abbreviations
Last Updated: 13-07-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Situated in Gougane Barra National Forest; well signposted.

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