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Merv Griffin’s Country House in the west of Ireland near Galway was named one of the 31 top new hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.
The 45-acre estate with its fine Georgian manor was the idyllic retreat of the legendary director John Huston for 18 years, and the childhood home of his Oscar-winning daughter Anjelica. During that period, Merv Griffin interviewed Huston on the property and fell in love with it.
Griffin was able to acquire the hotel. After a multi-million dollar renovation, and with fabrics and antique furnishings chosen by the hands-on owner, the property was reopened as a 12-room guest house. Conde Nast’s “Hot List” praises the hotel’s Japanese chef, its art collection, and calls it “superbly comfortable” and “a dazzling newcomer to Ireland’s fast-growing hotel scene.”
Guest Room Accommodations. Twelve newly renovated deluxe guest rooms with fireplaces. Each room is individually named, offering history, character and charm. Elegant period furnishings and decor. Deluxe bathrooms with refined bathroom amenities.
Inviting Sitting Room with game table and plenty of cozy seating. Large selection of reading materials available in the Library. Additional amenities include 2-line telephones, CD players, clock radios and hair dryers, remote control color televisions, complimentary in-room safes for valuables, irons and ironing boards; CD and video library available upon request.
Staff. Full Irish breakfast served daily. Afternoon tea served daily in the Drawing Room. Evening turn-down service. Laundry and dry-cleaning service upon request.
Par 3 golf course on property to finesse your game. Galway Bay Golf and Country Club only 20 minute drive with Lahinch and Ballybunion nearby. Unique private dining and meeting facilities. Ample mature woodlands for private walks and hikes. Hunting and fishing in Galway and horseback riding in Connemara available. Plenty of charming pubs nearby.
Distances. 30 km/20 miles east of Galway City; 100km/65 miles north of Shannon International Airport; 200 km/125 miles west of Dublin; Connemara and The Burren in County Clare nearby.
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