Cashel House Hotel Connemara Co Galway

Cashel House Hotel Connemara Co Galway


We have always featured a Pet Friendly Destination in our awards and this one has been quietly welcoming dogs since 1968.

“Mum loved all animals,” says Cashel House Hotel owner Brian McEvilly, “And always had dogs (wolfhounds to terriers) among other animals - hens, pigs, ducks, cats, peacocks, horses, donkeys, turkeys and even several tortoises in the pond in The Secret Garden. We may bring back some in the coming years - but not all!” There are no bells and whistles (just dog bowls and towels in the porch) but they have increased the number of pet-friendly bedrooms available since Covid, as the demand has increased – “Mostly due, we are told, to the increase in pet ownership and the separation anxiety suffered by pets who for two years were rarely away from their owners. I believe the separation anxiety is really a shared anxiety, as so many people bonded with their pets with the worries of the times, and they shared precious time together.” In tune with that gentle outlook, relaxed and well-behaved dogs tend to be an almost invisible presence at Cashel House, often meeting only on their morning and evening walks around the extensive gardens. A lovely place for pets and their people – and one that is best enjoyed slowly, rather than a quick one-night stay.


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Cashel House Hotel

Cashel, Co. Galway
Country House / Hotel / Restaurant
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 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
The late Kay and Dermot McEvilly were among the pioneers of the Irish country house movement when they opened Cashel House as an hotel in 1968. The following year General and Madame de Gaulle chose to stay for two weeks, an historic visit of which th ...

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