RAI Awards 2015

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20/04/2015
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We would  like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who nominated us in the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards 2015.  We have been nominated under 8 categories.  Your endorsement means a huge amount to us, thank you!

The Judges have been, although we are not sure who they were and when they inspected us, and the Connacht Awards take place tonight in Galway so we hope we can do you proud.

It's always a great night and always great to meet with our colleagues in the service industry for a catch-up and fun.

And the category nominations for Renvyle House Hotel & Resort are:

  • Best Restaurant
  • Best Chef  - Tim O'Sullivan
  • Best Restaurant Manager - Philip Counihan
  • Best Hotel Restaurant
  • Best Casual Dining
  • Best Gastro Pub
  • Best Wine Experiences and
  • Best Customer Service

 

Spring Garden Progress

Date Posted:
20/04/2015
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The Gardens at Renvyle House Hotel & Resort are progressing very nicely.

After the gardening weekend in February we set to work on our fruit and vegetables as well as a tidy up in the herb garden.  We have crops planted in our polytunnel which we will rotate over the course of the Spring and Summer.

It's a wonderful time of the year when the work done earlier starts to produce results.  And so far, we have had a high success rate so long may it continue!

We hope you'll be able to sample our produce at some stage of the course of the Summer months.  

The Gardening Weekend

Date Posted:
02/03/2015
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The Gardening Weekend at Renvyle House was a tremendous success and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our experts who took part in the weeekend all who brought interesting topics and practical solutions for both the experienced and beginner gardener with humour and great advice.

Klaus Laitenberger (Organic Gardener, Author & Lecturer),

Ange Gohlke (Head Gardener at Kylemore Abbey’s Victorian Walled Gardens)

and Special Guest Fionnuala Fallon (Journalist & Gardening expert)

Friday evening commenced with a welcome reception where our experts were introduced and the outline of the weekend was discussed.  The weather was not wonderful but it did not deter the 80 strong gathering of keen gardeners in participating in the various outdoor praticals and the field trips to Kylemore Victorian Walled Gardens that were held over the weekend.

On Saturday morning we divided into two groups so that all would get a chance to have hands on experience.  Group A travelled to meet up with head gardener, Ange in Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens.  Ange gave introduction and guided tour through the Victorian Walled Gardens of Kylemore Abbey.  She then gave a demonstration of summer bedding sowing with different requirements in the restored glasshouse and how to successfully propagate cuttings and the secret of  record keeping.  She also took the group to the show them how to prune Espallier fruit trees.

Group B remained at Renvyle House where Klaus gave a presentation on an "Introduction to Growing Organic Vegetables" in a very informed and entertaining manner (we remembered a lot as a result!)  Klaus also gave a "Seed Sowing Demonstration" and in his little book which has all the details you need for planting a successful vegetable garden (the key message was use quality seeds and you will need less of them for a good crop).  The group then moved out of doors to show planting in raised beds.  And in the afternoon group, Klaus gave a demonstration on the correct way to prune apple trees for good crops for years to come.

In the afternoon, both groups switched over.  Upong returning to the hotel Fionnuala Fallon gave a great talk on "Irish Gardens and Gardeners" with beautiful photography by her husband Richard Johnston.  She described how families relatively new to gardening picked it up very quickly and within a few years, on a little land, were able to have fresh produce over the seasons, for their families.  Fionnuala also described the benefit of Community Gardens and indeed Gardens for schools as much of the modern population are losing touch with the earth.

After a delicious dinner cooked by Tim O'Sullivan and his team on Saturday night there was a table quiz, some serious questions, some less serious and all of it great fun.

After breakfast on Sunday morning Klaus and David Coyne (Gardener at Renvyle House) showed how to make a lazy bed, you could sense the fun element of competition between the Leitrim way or the Connemara Way - well, time will be the deciding factor on that one, we'll let you know as the potatoes grow!

Renvyle House Refurbishment Week 4

Date Posted:
30/01/2015
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To the website or facebook visitor it may not seem like we're making huge progress but I can assure you we are.  And wait til you see the end result, we're very excited here as things take shape.  The bedrooms are all painted.  The cutain rails have all been fitted, some of the curtains are up. The new carpets are being put down.  The first batch of bedroom chairs have arrived and are waiting for their designated room!  The corridors have been papered and painting nearly complete.  The conservatory has also been painted and new furniture has been ordered.  Baths are being replaced and plenty more going on. 

Beola are due out soon to put up the irish oak pelmets and have been refurbishing our lovely solid irish oak furniture so it looks new!  I cannot wait to see it all come together.  Just under 2 weeks to opening, 12th Febraury.

 

Renvyle House Refurbishment Week 3

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26/01/2015
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The work continues with great gusto!  The conservatory floor has now been finished, the bedrooms have all been painted and work now commences on the corridors and bathrooms.

The curtain fabric is being woven at John Hanly & Sons woollen mills in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.  The furniture is progressing well with Beola (in Roundstone) and the chairs have been collected by Glencross Upholstery for  a facelift!  

Renvyle House Refurbishment - Week 2

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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.

Renvyle House Hotel & Resort

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."

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