Research Findings

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Reviews of Renvyle House

Somerville & Ross We have been continuing our research into reviews of Renvyle House Hotel for its 130 year celebrations.  Sommerville and Ross in their book "Through Connemara in a Governess Cart" 1893 have a lovely review of Renvyle House and courtesy of the the Bankcroft Library at the  Univeristy of California, Berkeley we are able to read the book online.  Renvyle House comes into their story from page 134.

Edith Sommerville, a novelist and her cousin and collaborater (Violet) Martin Ross between them published a series of fourteen stories and novels, the most popular of which were "The Real Charlotte", and "The Experiences of an Irish R. M." published in 1899.

Louise Culmer, reviews "Through Connemara in a Governess Cart" as follows
"Edith Somerville and Martin Ross's lively account of their journey through Connemara in the late 19th century. The book contains many vivid descriptions of the places they visit and the people they encounter, and there are some very humorous incidents. Somerville and Ross were well educated, upper class ladies, and their descriptions of the lower class characters they encounter are perhaps a touch condescending now and again, but at that date this is probably to be expected, and they are always good humoured."



Good Food Ireland 'Culinary Haven of the Year' - Renvyle House Hotel & ResortAn Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny presenting Mr. Ronnie Counihan (General Manager Renvyle House Hotel & Resort) and Mr. Tim O'Sullivan (Executive Chef Renvyle House Hotel & Resort) with the award of 'Culinary Haven of the Year' along with  Mrs. Margaret Jeffares (Managing Director Good Food Ireland) and Mr. Pat Connors (Managing Director Marine Harvest) at the Good Food Ireland Awards in Dublin on Tuesday 20th November.

            Renvyle House Hotel & Resort in Connemara was recently awarded the accolade of  'Culinary Haven of the Year' by Good Food Ireland.  The award ceremony was attended by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny who presented the award to Mr. Ronnie Counihan and Mr. Tim O'Sullivan of Renvyle House.  The Taoiseach said the food sector was critical to the economy and the key role that locally produced and artisan foods would play in the economic recovery.

            Renvyle House is an historic country house hotel and resort and is situated on nearly 200 acres on the shores of the Atlantic in Connemara.  The grounds comprise of a 9 hole golf course, a private lake for fishing, a beach and many other amenities on the hotel ground.  It was first opened as a hotel in 1883 and will be celebrating 130 years in operation next year.  It is an independent hotel and will also be celebrating six decades of ownership within the Coyle family next year.  It has a long established name for really good Irish hospitality and great food.


Connemara and the Neighbouring Spots of Beauty and Interest

Connemara and the Neighbouring Spots of Beauty and InterestThis is a lovely publication by J. Harris Stone who claims to "like exceedingly the country I write about, and also its inhabitants..... The West of Ireland, as I experienced myself at first, is rather a puzzling part of Ireland to find one's way about in, so I have introduced one or two sketch maps, which, if consulted, will, I think, make the way plain"  - Some might say it can be difficult to navigate today also!

You can download a PDF version of the Chapter about Renvyle by clicking >>HERE

"Connemara and the Neighbouring Spots of Beauty and Interest" by J. Harris Stone, Health Resort Publishing Company Limited, London, 1906 (first edition copy)

(scanning quality is not the best, apologies.  But it can be viewed quite well if you enlarge it close to 200%)

1969 Brochure


Renvyle House Hotel 1969 BrochureThis brochure, now 43 years old, has some photographs of people you may recognise.  If so, please let us know who they may be as we're most interested.  The Tariff Sheet is in pounds, shillings and pence and it when the hotel had bathrooms that perpahs two bedrooms may have shared with an extra charge for a 'private bath'.


To view or download the PDF version please Click >> HERE


Murray’s Handbook Ireland

Murray's Handbook IrelandA beautiful guide from 1906 in the Hotel's private collection which features wonderful information of the island of Ireland.  With beautifully illustrated maps of the various regions and maps of the cities and larger towns.

Renvyle House features in this guide and reference to our golf course is also mentioned in it, they also comment upon the "perfectly shaped pebbles" on the beach.  "Mrs. Blake with spirited enterprise opened the house as a hotel in 1883.  The spot is singularly attractive.  In addition to being close to the finest scenery in Connemara, it has good bathing, sea and trout fishing.........Golf Links have also recently been laid out"

You can view the review by clicking >> HERE

Murray's Handbook For Travellers in Ireland
London, Edward Stanford, 1906

Black’s Guide to Ireland 1912

Renvyle House features in Black's Guide to Ireland in 1912 and it gives a lovely description of what the house was like back then.  The review commences with " Mrs. Blake's Hotel, Renvyle House (£3 per week), is most homely and comfortable, beside being unique; for its walls, wthin, retain their antique elm and oak wainscotting, and it lies as snuggly embowered as some old English 'grange'".

You can view the review by clicking >> HERE

Black's Guide to Ireland
Twenty Fifth Edition
Publisher, Adam and Charles Black, London, 1912

1970’s Brochure

A recent guest brought with her a brochure of Renvyle House Hotel from the 1970's, at least we think it is from then trying to gauge from the telephone numbers; Renvyle 3 or 18 and the fact that we also had a Telex machine (very switz-swoo back then)

The breakfasts are a more leisurely affair nowadays, being served until 11:00am.  Back then they finished at 9.45am, a very precise time!  But the rest of the brochure would reflect that it was as relaxing a holiday as it is today.

You can view the brochure by clicking >>HERE

Homing Pigeon Finds Second Home

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This is a rather sweet story of a homing pigeon who holidays at Renvyle House!

Around about this time last year, Ronnie Counihan (our GM) had a fairly unique little visitor.  This little visitor was a Homing Pigeon.   He chose to stay in the nook beside the generator outside Ronnie's office, and he stayed for a week.  (Not one of  the most glamorous parts of the hotel to choose to stay but he's a clever little fellow as it's quite cosy and located outside Ronnie's office so there was no chance of him being left without food.)  After a couple of days, Ronnie contacted the carrier pigeon association with the number on the tag.  This little fellow had travelled from Northern Ireland (our advertising campaign obviously worked very well for us!).  His owners said that he would make his own way back.

Sure enough, about 5 days later, after a relaxing break with good food and fresh Atlantic air, this little fellow made his journey north.

To my amazement earlier his week,  I noticed this little fellow had returned and taken up his 'regular' nook, he looked very relaxed and comfortable and enjoying the fine leftovers from Tim's kitchen.   I suppose he'll stay for his weeks holiday and head back up north all refreshed again.  I'm personally not a huge fan of pigeons but this little fellow is very cute, very well cared for both at home and here at Renvyle and it's such an endearing story.

We'll see what happens next year.  I don't know if he has a name, he has is a yellow tag with a number.  I suppose we should give him a pet name for his holidays.....any suggestions?

Two Galway Family Businesses

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McCambridges Hamper Prize for one lucky Renvyle House July guestTwo Galway Family businesses, both with third generations working in the business joined forces for a promotion in July.  Renvyle House (that's us!) were promoting our summer action-packed holidays and our Renvyle Foods and McCambridges of Galway were promoting their beautiful new restaurant 'Upstairs @ McCambridges' which is situated on the first floor of their store on Shop Street.  The two businesses have worked together over a number of decades but it was the first time a promotion was done and social networking involved. 

Those sampling the delights at McCambridges new restaurant had the opportunity to enter into a free draw for a break for two at Renvyle House.  And every guest staying at Renvyle House during the month of July were in with a chance of winning a gorgeous McCambridges Hamper full of all that's great in Irish food.

The joint promotion was a great success and the winners were drawn on Tuesday - Two very happy winners.


New Therapist Joins Renvyle House

Rebecca Heanue is an ITEC qualified Beautician.  Qualified in 2009 where she received the accolade of MassageTherapist of the Year.

Once qualifying Rebecca worked at Knockranny Hotel Spa in Westport for a year. Followed by a year in Australia where she was able to further improve her skills.

Rebecca (Becky) will be operating the Simran Rooms at Renvyle House Hotel on a full time basis.  She will be using the Kaeso Skincare range for her facial treatments. Kaeso’s unique formulations are made with the finest, natural ingredients to assure the highest quality skincare. Natural ingredients are fundamental to the formulas.  Becky will be offering an array of specialised treatments to address the individual preferences and skin’s changing needs. For manicure and pedicure treatments, the nail varnishes used are from the 'Filthy Gorgeous London' line.

The Simran Centre at Renvyle House Hotel & Resort is discreetly situated in a peaceful location just off the Herb Garden.  A further place of calm on the grounds of the historic house.

Bookings should be made with Becky directly.  You can email >>Becky or telephone her on 087 1921465

You can download a list of treatments >>Click Here


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