Ross Lake House Hotel
Oughterard, Connemara, County Galway
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 in fine carpet and antique furniture. Scrumptious biscuits, homemade jams and pots of Irish tea fortify those who decline the dining room's full breakfast. Five world-class golf courses dot the region and fishing the waters of Lough Corrib yields a bounty of wild brown trout and pike.