Name: Mount Falcon Estate
For a countryside retreat, stay at the stunning 4 star Mount Falcon Estate in Ballina. Co. Mayo. in Ireland and enjoy a variety of natural pursuits; it’s also the perfect spot when driving the epic 2,500km driving route of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The 100-acre estate is located on the west bank of the River Moy right in the heart of the Moy Valley (which encompasses Mayo North and Co. Sligo). Mount Falcon Estate is in a stunning setting, surrounded by pretty woodland and West Ireland’s spectacular and rugged coastline.
Style & Character
The estate is legendary for its luxurious accommodation and award-winning food and is a must-visit for your Irish escape. The hotel itself is housed in a former Victorian Gothic manor house (est. 1876). It now exudes understated elegance from a bygone era. Known as one of the most romantic houses in Ireland and one of the top hotels in Ballina and Mayo, it’s a definite favourite with luxury travellers.
Service & Facilities
There is much to do on the estate itself: you can learn to fish on the beautiful Estate lake, have a go at catching the elusive wild Atlantic Salmon on a private stretch of the River Moy, enjoy a Falconry experience with their resident falconer, try your hand at Archery or Clay Pigeon Shooting, work on your drive on the 9 bay golf driving range (perfect if you plan to visit one of the 12 golf courses which lie within an hours drive of the estate) or simply soak up your surroundings exploring the numerous walks and cycle routes hidden in the forest trails. After all that fresh air, indulge with a spa treatment at the fabulous Elemis Spa. As well as a large range of specialised treatments, you can make use of the 17m heated indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi which are surrounded by loungers, there’s also a steam room and sauna, or you can workout at the fully equipped gym or take a fitness class.
The warm and genuine staff go out of their way to be accommodating and helpful.
There are 32 polished guest rooms, including Deluxe Rooms and Suites in the original house and 26 Superior Rooms in the newer annexe. It’s definitely worth a room upgrade and the original house is the place to be. Extras like a huge bed, antique furniture and his n hers sinks will please the luxury traveller in you. Upgrade to a very grand Suite for that bit more space, free-standing cast iron bathtubs, spectacular estate views, separate lounges and some have fireplaces too. There are also lodges available if you prefer to self-cater or wish to stay in slightly more contemporary surroundings; some are located lakeside and the others are spread throughout the courtyard and woodland.
Food & Drink
With an action-packed agenda for your day, start the day right with a full Irish breakfast. Lunch at the Boathole Bar and if you’ve room, the Afternoon Tea, served in a refined dining room, is very popular so be sure to book in advance. In the evening, dine in the award-winning, 2 AA Rosette The Kitchen Restaurant and tuck into fine Irish and international cuisine with a vast wine list to accompany the delicious cuisine.
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