2008 Award Winners FOOD EXTRA AWARD 2008

Enniscoe House

Food eXtra Award 2008 - Enniscoe HouseFailte IrelandThis newly introduced award can perhaps be seen as a signpost to the way food and hospitality are developing in Ireland, as time-poor visitors – whether from other countries or travelling within Ireland – seek a relaxing and enriching experience for even the briefest of short breaks, and therefore look for destinations that offer something more than a comfortable and hospitable place to stay and good food.

Our ‘long list’ for the award showed that a surprising number of our recommendations in ‘the Guide’ have already recognised this development, and some have forecast its arrival and long since risen to the challenge; the shortlist highlights four of the best of these – and if others seek inspiration, they need look no further than Co Mayo and Susan Kellett’s Georgian mansion on the shores of Lough Conn.

It’s a place of great charm, with family portraits, crackling log fires, warm hospitality and good home cooking. And, as well as fishing, there are beautiful woodlands, where guests can roam through a network of paths, also restored walled gardens (both ornamental and productive – one is run commercially as an organic market garden) which are open to the public and have tea-rooms and a classy gift shop.

And there’s even more in converted outbuildings that house a genealogy centre, a small agricultural museum with working blacksmith, and conference facilities. Plenty to do on a weekend break then. 

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Enniscoe House

Crossmolina, Co. Mayo
Historic House
Has Good Hotel Guide Url 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 Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
In parkland and mature woods on the shores of Lough Conn, Enniscoe can sometimes seem stern and gaunt, as Georgian mansions in the north-west of Ireland tend to be but, with family portraits, crackling log fires, warm hospitality and good home cooking, ...

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