If you’re looking for a little (or a lot) of luxury for your family staycation, the 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers the perfect way for you to unwind together. It is on a stunning 138-acre estate on the edge of Ireland’s largest lake, Lough Corrib. Overlooking the River Corrib and only 4 kilometres upstream of Galway City it’s the perfect location to explore the city and the Wild Atlantic Way – that’s if you’re persuaded to leave the hotel.
You will receive the warmest of welcomes in the most luxurious surroundings with a wide range of activities nearby for the whole family. If you don’t fancy venturing outside the hotel grounds, there’s an abundance of on-site activities and some very impressive dining options. With so much to do and see on this magnificent estate, the choices are endless.
The epitome of opulence and pure luxury is Glenlo Abbey’s Presidential Suite. A real treat for all the family, even our 21-month-old was impressed. Our teen couldn’t believe his eyes, he’d never experienced anything like it. Which he voiced numerous times as he explored the grand rooms, sending photos to all his mates.
The Presidential Suite is located in a prime corner position of the main manor house. It consists of a welcome lobby, large luxurious bedroom with an interconnecting living room and adjoining roof terrace with breath-taking views of Lough Corrib and the Estate.
The bathroom is stocked with complimentary Irish-made toiletries, from The Handmade Soap Company. Plush robes and slippers are waiting in the wardrobe and the private terrace offers seating and the most stunning views of the grounds. You can choose to have breakfast on the terrace if weather permits.
Gleno Abbey provides guests with a selection of dining options from afternoon tea and private dining to fine dining with a difference in the Pullman Restaurant and a more casual setting, ideal for families, in The Oak Cellar Bar.
Dining in The Pullman Restaurant is an experience in itself. We genuinely felt like we were stepping back in time as we entered the Orient Express. One of the carriages, the Leona, dates back to 1927 and was part of the original Orient Express which carried VIP’s all over Europe and the UK during its lifespan.
Our son Phoenix (21 months) was slightly obsessed with the setting and kept calling out, “the choo-choo train!” Thankfully we had our own private booth so we didn’t disturb any fellow diners.
I’m so glad we didn’t book any outside dining or activities; the on-site amenities and dining options were outstanding. We really enjoyed the first-class service and fine dining aboard the Orient Express. The food was exquisite and the service was excellent. It was the ultimate dining experience for our family and a highlight of our staycation.
During our stay we opted for breakfast in bed. We didn’t want to leave our suite, we wanted to luxuriate a little longer in the wonderful setting. The breakfast menu was plentiful with gluten free options including salmon and cream cheese, made to order omelettes, full Irish fry, fresh fruit and so much more. All chosen options were presented well and arrived on time, piping hot.
Things to Do on the Estate
Glenlo Abbey is a luxurious base during your travels. However, there’s no need to leave the grounds, stay and make the most of the stunning surroundings and exciting activities.
Oak Cellar Bar Whiskey Tastings give guests the opportunity to trial and be guided through a selection of three Irish whiskeys.
Make use of the estate bicycles, complimentary to hotel residents. The hotel can arrange a picnic for you to enjoy, if the weather permits. Bicycles are cleaned and sanitised after each use and must be booked in advance.
Designed by Ryder Cup legend Christy O’Connor Jr, the nine-hole golf course is located on the grounds of the hotel.
Falconry in the Walled Garden
Come up close and personal with many birds of prey within the sheltered Walled Garden.
The falconry experience was the highlight of our staycation. Not only because of the magnificent raptors but falconer, Jason Deasy. Jason was so passionate about his birds of prey, and extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of falconry and the history of birds of prey, and Ireland in general. Jason’s personality, infectious laugh and passion added to the overall experience. If you’re visiting Glenlo Abbey, I urge you to book the Falconry experience, it was pure magic.
Cinema at Glenlo Abbey
Sink into luxury, velvet chairs and lose yourself in a good movie in the cosy surroundings of our Abbey Movie Theatre.
In line with our social distancing guidelines the Abbey Movie Theatre is available to hotel guests but must be reserved in advance to guests from the same party. Please been advised that the theatre is cleaned and sanitised after each use.
The hotel overlooks the rugged landscape into Connemara with beautiful countryside scenery, ideal for a family hike.
Cruise on Lough Corrib
The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city. The hotel can arrange for pick-up from their private jetty at Glenlo Abbey Hotel for their guests.
The hotel team are happy to assist you in planning your fishing activity on the shores of Lough Corrib. Guided fishing ghillie packages can be arranged directly at reception. Fishing rods and life jacket provided, just bring you own rain-gear.
Our visit to Glenlo Abbey was before Covid-19 restrictions. The hotel reopens on June 2, with Classic Room rates from €350 per night, glenloabbeyhotel.ie, (091) 519600.