Comfy Beds But No Marmalade At 'The Best Country House Hotel In The World'
It was when news popped into our inbox of Lough Eske Castle winning the title Best Luxury Countryside Hotel In The World at the Luxury Hotel Awards that we had two burning questions. What is Lough Eske Castle? And what are the Luxury Hotel Awards?
According to the website:
The World Luxury Hotel Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels worldwide. This Award was established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in hoteliering. It is about congratulating hotels that have taken the extra step & such differentiated themselves from "good hotels" to "exceptional hotels".
The list of this year’s winners is here, if you want to take a look. But in the meantime, what’s more interesting to us is a peek at Lough Eske Castle – especially as, apparently, it’s won the same award for the past three years.
Over in Ireland, it’s a five star property outside Donegal sitting within 43 acres of forest with mountains to the back, and the eponymous Lough Eske in front. Don’t be fooled by the ancient exterior – according to the website, although there’s been a castle on site since 1474, building after building was destroyed, and the current hotel is 20th century. But hey, that means creature comforts, right?
From the pictures, rooms seem to avoid the chintzfest that many country hotels succumb to, with light, muted colors, unobtrusive carpets, and sexy tiled bathrooms. Lovely!
Reviews on TripAdvisor are glowing, with talk of big rooms, great views and free WiFi! In fact, the biggest problem of recent reviews is the lack of marmalade at breakfast.
Rooms start at €180 ($242) with breakfast, or €154 without. We say go with breakfast. Marmalade or not.