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The House


Built in the 1800s, this historic guest house has an incredibly peaceful atmosphere with white-washed walls, wooden floors, old maps and antiques, fresh wild flowers, many books and open fires. The sitting room, with piano and two bay windows, overlooks the river, and opens onto a lovely terraced garden with tables for morning coffee.

The Dining Room:

The walls of the spacious, high-ceiling dining room feature seascapes, model boats, musical instruments and baskets – along with an extensive selection of Irish literature, maps and travel guides. Guests are seated at private tables, where tall windows and double doors leading out to the lawn let in the morning sun. A traditional woodstove adds charm and warmth on chilly mornings.

The Sitting Room:

The sitting room, with 2 large bay windows, an open fire, a piano and beautiful books, opens onto a south-facing terrace garden, where tea is served. Flowers, cut fresh daily from behind the house, are to be seen everywhere.

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The surrounding twelve acres of deciduous woodland include orchards, wooded walks, wild flowers and ferns. These gardens, which are especially beautiful in late spring and early summer, provide a peaceful retreat where guests can read, paint, wander or sit for afternoon tea.

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The Gardens

The garden behind the house is nothing short of spectacular, with three acres of paths winding through azaleas, an organic vegetable patch, wild rocky outcroppings and bluebell woods. There is also a secluded hammock for an afternoon snooze after reading a chapter or two from good book. The surrounding twelve acres of deciduous woodland include orchards, centurion trees, bluebell woods, wild flowers and ferns with a surprise view at every elevation. These gardens, which are especially beautiful in late spring and early summer, provide a peaceful retreat where guests can read, paint, wander or settle down with afternoon tea. There is a magic here that only those who sit in the secluded back yard can know, with its ancient trees, stone walls and tumbling flowers.

MARQUEE GARDEN WEDDINGS can be arranged at The Anglers Return. We have all the the best musicians, caterers, photographers, and accomodation to make that Wedding Day a special one! Wedding information >

Meals


Breakfast:

Depending on your choice, we serve a cooked Irish breakfast, organic cereals or a choice of egg dishes each morning, complete with homemade breads, scones, jellies and jams. Everything is homemade or sourced locally, and our eggs are fresh from our own hens! Herbs for teas are picked from our own garden, and the fruit compote cooked with fresh garden fruit in season is highly recommended. Our organic oatmeal (porridge) is spiced with sun-dried raisins and freshly ground cinnamon. Bacon is available on request.

Afternoon Tea:

A cup of tea can be arranged any time and it can be enjoyed in the sitting room or on the terrace in the gardens. We can also schedule a special high tea in the dining room if arranged in advance.

Dinner:

The Anglers Return does not provide dinner, but we do offer the dining room however, if occasionally guests prefer to bring back their own cold food, local smoked salmon or cheeses, and we can offer a simple salad, home-made chutneys and bread.

Do feel free to bring your own wine.

Our latest offer is a gas barbeque for guests use, either in the secluded back yard or in the large log-shed. We will provide cutlery, sauces, wine glasses, electric kettle, tables and chairs etc. Just bring back some delicious local lamb or fish...COOK YOUR OWN CATCH!

But, most of our guests like the short 7-kilometer drive into Roundstone where they enjoy a choice of friendly pubs serving pub grub, or any of several restaurants that offer fine dining – with selections of fresh, locally harvested seafood – in a more formal setting. We also highly recommend a visit to the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel for dinner in their Owenmore restaurant, the finest in Connemara – or to simply enjoy a pint of Guinness in their wonderful pub. Advanced reservations for dinner at the castle are required, which we would be happy to make for you.

Evenings:

At the end of the day, we recommend relaxing beside the open fire in our sitting room with a good book or board game to enjoy a cup of tea, a glass of wine or dram of whisky (your own, of course) or other refreshment before bedtime.

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