Ross Lake House Hotel
Considerably smaller but no less proud than the region's grand castles, this 19th-century Georgian estate is hidden in the wilderness of Oughterard, convenient for expeditions to the Burren, Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher. The 13 expansive rooms and suites surround guests with fine carpets and antique furniture. Several world-class golf courses are nearby, and those who love to fish can plumb the waters of Lough Corrib. There's a tennis court on site.