- Location, location, location on THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
- Exceptionally excellent food
- Great leisure activities on the doorstep
We had heard about Mulranny Park Hotel from several sources before we visited. It was described to us as the top hotel in Westport renowned for great food, and indeed one of the best in the West of Ireland. We have had quite an amount of feedback through this site about the hotel, and all of it has been very positive. The time had come for the intrepid Hotel Reviews Ireland team to pay a visit in person, and this proved to be a most pleasant visit indeed.
LOCATION OF MULRANNY PARK HOTEL
First of all the location is magic at Mulranny Park Hotel. It was a beautiful bright afternoon when we arrived and the scenery quite took our breath away. There were people sitting out in the late summer sunshine enjoying food and drinks and the setting was serene. The vista is superb as the elevated site of the hotel provides panorama views over Clew Bay and Clare Island. Mulranny is a wonderful area for walking and for discovering the great walking trails in this lovely corner of Mayo. A causeway built in 1900 joins the hotel to the blue-flag beach which is ideal for a leisurely stroll after dinner or even before breakfast.
ACCOMMODATION AT MULRANNY PARK HOTEL
Our room overlooked the lovely Clew Bay, and was exceptionally spacious and bright. Décor was green and plum and we had a vase of pink lilies that filled the room with their lovely perfume.
Two large windows, two large beds, working and relaxing area, robes and slippers, flat screen television, trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities, and cool contemporary décor – this was a great hotel bedroom. We felt we would love to move in for a week!
The bathroom had a great power-shower, and I enjoyed a relaxing bath after our four – hour drive up from County Clare through Galway and along the scenic Mayo coastline.
DINING IN NEPHIN RESTAURANT
While the hotel has many excellent strengths, the food has to be the jewel in their crown. With recommendations and awards from Michelin to Bridgestone, NEPHIN Restaurant marks itself out as a stand-alone restaurant of renown.
Head Chef Ollie O’Regan has quite a distinguished take on staples – like Veal Jus with pan Friend Halibut; Fillet of Beef with Smoked Cheese Fondant and Grilled Duck Breast with Apricot and White Pudding Boudan. Or how about Sea Bream with a tomato & Lemon Dressing? Ollie O’Regan has a style all of his own. There is an excellent value Set Dinner menu, and some pretty exciting A La Carte options too.
We had a table in a little bay area with fabulous views over Clew Bay and Clare Island. Excellent service complemented fabulous food, and choices allowed for all tastes, even vegetarians were very well catered for.
The next morning, we crossed the road in front of the hotel and headed down the hundred steps leading to a causeway across the sands. The birds were in fine voice, peace and tranquility abounded, and the appetite was aroused for another fine repast. Breakfast, which is served until 10.30, was delicious. We had freshly pan-friend hake, now that was a wonderful change from the usual breakfast fare!
HISTORY OF MULRANNY PARK HOTEL
Here is the history to this fine house. The landmark hotel, originally constructed by the Midland Great Western Railways first opened for business in March 1897 and became a famous destination during the lifetime of the railway between Westport and Achill. It is situated on a 42-acre woodland estate. The local blue flag beach is just a short walk away via the causeway built over one hundred years ago.
There are 20 apartments beside the hotel, ideal for families.
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What to do in the area?
The area is well known for water sports, particularly surfing, sailing and diving, for excellent fishing, both freshwater and sea-angling, boat cruises and for hill walking and climbing
There are championship golf courses located in Belmullet and Westport. For a less strenuous round of golf the local 9 hole course is one km away.
More golf information at www.northandwestcoastlinks.com
A full calendar of events in local arts and culture is available through www.irelandwest.ie
Mulranny itself is an hour and half by road from Galway, and Knock International airport is only 45 minutes away. The hotel is situated on the gateway to Achill Island and is 25 km from the busy shopping towns of Westport and Castlebar.