Enjoy a stay at the historic Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara

  Renvyle House Hotel is a beautiful old country house-style hotel set in the dramatic landscape of Connemara, Co. Galway.   The house was first opened as a hotel in 1883 and it’s now widely-known as a country house which is steeped in history.   The hotel prides itself on providing visitors with the highest standard of luxury and comfort, accompanied with a warm welcome.   The accommodation at the hotel comprises 68 extremely comfortable and elegant rooms which include a variety of single/double superior rooms and family suites.   There is a wide choice of excellent facilities available at Renvyle House Hotel indoors and outdoors including 9 hole golf course,   Yoga/Chi Gong classes, all-weather tennis courts, outdoor heated swimming pool, croquet, lawn bowling, boating, fishing, canoeing, clay pigeon shooting, hill-walking and nordic walking in the freshest air in Europe.   There are several important events coming up in the area which may be of interest to readers. There is a Literary Festival from 8th to 11th November to commemorate the life and times of Oliver St. John Gogarty, whose former home was Renvyle House. All the details of the festival can be obtained on the special website www.gogartysociety.com which will also detail the participating speakers.   There is a special art exhibition running for the month of November which will include the following artists: John Bekan (sculpture), Joe Boske (painting), Brian Bourke (painting), Rosemary Carr (painting), John Coll (sculpture), Roisin Coyle (painting), Dorothy Cross (photo print), Vicky Crowley (photo print), Kathleen Furey (painting), Dean Kelly (painting), Rosie McGurran (painting), Bob Quinn (photographs) and Padraig Reaney (sculpture/painting).   The Opera Theatre Company will give two performances at Renvyle House Hotel on the 23rd and 24th November – an evening of popular arias and an evening of Gershwin.      The performances will use the hotel’s grand piano which at one time belonged to the great tenor Count John McCormack. Special offer at Renvyle House Hotel that weekend is as follows: 2 bed & breakfast and 1 gourmet dinner – €215 per person sharing.   Last year Renvyle House Hotel was the recipient of the Good Food Ireland Regional Award for Connacht for its ‘best practice, high standards and beliefs and good food’. It was also awarded the Bord Bia creative use of Vegetables award in the Georgina Campbell awards.   Renvyle House Hotel is consistently ranked in the Bridgestone Top 100 places to stay in Ireland.   Renvyle House Hotel also welcomes business events and conferences with the popular Connemara facility equipped to handle business meetings and conferences for up to 200 people.   Renvyle House Hotel is offering special deals on the Internet with the following sample prices: Single €50, Twin €100, Double €100, Triple €120. These internet rates represent a saving of over 50% in each case.   * Renvyle House Hotel can be contacted at 095-43511 or Fax 095-43515 or e-mail -info@renvyle.com   ‘Best Chef’ award   for Renvyle’s Tim   The Renvyle House Hotel received another accolade recently when its executive chef Tim O’Sullivan was declared the Best Chef in Connacht at the Food and Wine Awards at Dublin’s Mansion House.   It’s the second year in a row that Renvyle House won an award as the hotel won the best Restaurant award in 2006.   The Food and Wine Awards are unique in that it is the readers of the Food and Wine magazine who vote on the awards and its judged by well-known restaurant critics Paolo Tullio and writer Raymond Blake.