Renvyle House Refurbishment - Week 2

Date Posted:
16/01/2015
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How quickly the weeks are passing by!

We have made good progress this week with one or two minor delays for now but all will be ready for re-opening on 12th February.

The dining room floor has been completed and looks stunning.  The conservatory floor is to be done in the next week or so, as well as having it painted.

The bedrooms have been stripped out, carpets have been measured, curtain fabric has been ordered from John Hanly & Sons and the painting schedule is almost complete in the bedrooms.

We are replacing some baths in the bathrooms.  The corridors are being prepared for painting next week.  The furniture is under construction.

We hope to have more for you next week!

Renvyle House Refurbishment - Week 1

Date Posted:
16/01/2015
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We are undergoing a big refurbishment at Renvyle House and the minute we closed for the season (on the 5th January) the work commenced.  We hope to keep you up to date with a weekly bulletin so you can see what's happening behind the scenes.  Not all of it pretty but the end result will be!

In keeping with the Arts & Crafts movement we are using local craftsmen and fabrics wherever possible.

We have Beola Crafts restoring our Irish oak furniture and they will be making more pieces for us; Beola crafts is a well established family run business operating since 1976 in Roundstone, Connemara.    Moffat Painting Contractors, a Gaway based company in operation for over 25 years are in to being on the bedrooms and hotel corridors.

Our curtain fabrics are being woven at John Hanly & Sons Woollen Mills in Nenagh Co. Tipperary.  Grainne from Architectural Spaces has choses a gorgeous colour scheme and we cannot wait to see the end result.

 

Great Spring Programme

We re-open on the 12th February after some refurbishment work and improvements and we have a super Spring Programme lined up for 2015.

We commence with a lovely Valentine's Weekend with lots of special treats and delicious food to enjoy.  

We are running a special 'Italian Flavours' Food & Wine weekend with an amazing meal cooked by Head Chef (and Eurotoques Commissioner) Tim O'Sullivan.  There will a cookery demonstration with Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken House and Cookery School and beautiful Italian wines carefully sourced and sponsored by J&C Kenny Wines. It looks set to be a gorgeous weekend.

This is followed by our 'Gardening Weekend' with with author and organic gardener Klaus Laitenberger organic gardener and Head Gardener at Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Gardens, Anja Coyne.  There will be practical demonstrations on the grounds of the hotel and a visit to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens.

In April we have our Fishing Weekend with Fly-Fishing lessons on our priavte freshwater lake at our front door with Hardy & Grey Instructors and Shore Angling instruction at our back door with Jackie Coyne - all on the gounds of Renvyle House.  With superb instruction and great food and hospitality, it's a very memorable weekend.

Artist John Hoar returns in May for his ever popular 'Learn to Paint' midweek breaks which includes great instruction and a field trip.

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Here, the only stress is on relaxation

 

Conamara Sea Week

Date Posted:
15/10/2014
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Conamara Sea Week There is a guided walk with Mags Flaherty taking place on Sunday 26th October at 2pm as part of the Conamra Sea Week Festival and starts from Renvyle House Hotel.

 This has been organised through Conamara Sea Week and is a free event during the festival

Connemara - for Cyclists and Tourists

With the Mayo Greenway a huge success and the Connemara Greenway in the planning process, which is wonderful as it will be a great benefit to both visitor and local alike.  We might think we're pretty innovative in creating these cycling routes.....well, we've been pipped to the post by R. J. Mecredy & Company Limited (c. 1930) at the Irish Cyclist Office in Dame Court, Dublin!

An old friend of the proprietor of Renvyle House came across 'Mecredy's Road Map - Connemara, for Cyclists and Tourists' taking in "Dangerous Hills, Nature of Road Surfaces, Scenery, etc."  I cannot find a date on the map but assume it's from the 1930's as it mentions the Clifden Railway, which was closed in 1935.  The cycling routes in this map take in Connemara, Galway, Achill and the West.  It is a beautiful map and lists various hotels along the way, one of them being Renvyle House with Mrs. Blake as the proprietor.

Other hotels in Connemara mentioned on the reverse side of the map include The Railway Hotel in Clifden, Mongan's hotel in Carna, John Wallace's hotel in Maam, the Zetland Arms Hotel, King's Hotel in Leenane, Lyden's Hotel in Clifden, the Leenane Hotel in Killery Bay, the Letterfrack Hotel with proprietress Mrs. O'Grady and many more gems.

I particularly loved the helpful advice to cyclists in the west of Ireland 'Hints and Explanations' and they are worth sharing:

"Our Standard of good and bad roads is based on the average of the United Kingdom.  Cyclists, therefore, who are used to snad-papered surfaces which obtain on roads such as the Great North Road, between Biggleswade and Peterborough, in England, must not be disappointed if the roads marked Blue do not come up to their expectations.

Head winds and mud make a great difference in one's impressions.  Roads vary very much at different seasons of the year and under different circumstances.  For example, a long drought will sometimes make an otherwise excellent road like a bed of a torrent, and wholesale metalling will make the surface seem atrociously bad.

In Connemara, high winds are very frequent and usually blow from the West.  Consequently it is better to enter the country from the North-West, as at Westport, and leave it at Galway."

The Renvyle Video

Date Posted:
14/07/2014
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The very talented John Conway (of Bulabosca) and Conor Maguire filmed and put together a video to capture the essence of Renvyle House Hotel & Resort, the preparations that go on behind the scenes in anticipation of our guests arriving.  We think he did a great job....let us know what you think!

 

What to Pack?

Date Posted:
04/06/2014
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Some ideas of what you might need to pack for your summer holiday at Renvyle House Hotel & Resort on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara, Co. Galway.

You can look at our Summer Offers >> Here or telephone us at 095 46100 to see if we have something to suit your family

 

The Gardens Coming to Life

Date Posted:
12/05/2014
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The Orchard at Renvyle House Hotel & ResortThe gardens at Renvyle are all coming in to their own.  The Orchard is in full blossom, we're hopeful for a bounty of fruit in the autumn.  The Herb Garden and  Fruit Garden are all doing very nicely.

We even have a couple of olives on our olive tree this year which was a lovely surprise after the blustery winter we experienced.

The seaside planting continues and the beds in the horseshoe garden and to the front of the house are doing very well and we hope to have a great array of colour coming into June.

 

The Lodges at Renvyle House

Date Posted:
22/04/2014
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Two beautiful detached lodges for holiday rental beside the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and on the grounds of Renvyle House Hotel & Resort.  The lodges enjoy a tranquil setting close to the hotel and all its services, with views on to the sea and are situated on the Wild Atlantic Way.They are are now available as holiday rentals. 

The holiday lodges at Renvyle House are located within an easy stroll of the main hotel building yet in a quiet and secluded setting. The lodges are detached and provide quality, spacious and bright accommodation.  They comprise of four bedrooms (2 double rooms, 1 twin room and 1 single room), two bathrooms, a sitting room and kitchen.  Each house benefits from under floor central heating, double glazed windows and an open fireplace in the sitting room.

Holiday residents of the lodges are entitled to use the recreational facilities of the hotel free of charge, which include developed gardens, wild walks, sandy beaches, a large well stocked fresh water lake, a par 3 golf course, tennis courts, outdoor heated pool.  It also has an award winning restaurant and a bar.

For more information please visit the website >> http://www.renvylehouselodges.com

Land and Sea

Date Posted:
14/02/2014
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RENVYLE HOUSE LAUNCHES WILD ATLANTIC WAY, 'LAND AND SEA' SIGNATURE DISH

In early December 2013, Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, launched the Renvyle House 'Land and Sea' Wild Atlantic Way signature dish at the award winning restaurant at the hotel in Connemara on Saturday.  Head Chef at Renvyle House Hotel & Resort has created a signature dish representing the Wild Atlantic Way. 'Land and Sea' is a delicious creation made from core ingredients sourced from the Wild Atlantic Way which include Connemara Island Lamb, Lobster from the Atlantic and Newport Black Pudding.  This dish is accompanied by root vegetables and a cucumber and melon salsa.  The lobster is dressed with a tomato and spinach fondue and the Connemara lamb with a mustard and herb crust.

Renvyle House Hotel & Resort is located on the shores of the Atlantic and celebrates over 130 years of hospitality.  Mr. O'Sullivan's recipe includes Connemara island lamb, lobster from the Atlantic and Kelly's Newport black pudding.  "The Wild Atlantic Way is a very positive project for Ireland and is a world class  attraction" said Mr. Ronnie Counihan, Chief Executive of  Renvyle House, "we are delighted Minister Ring is here to launch our signature dish which we hope will be the first of many along this 2,500km route".

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