Stella Maris Country House Hotel
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Stella Maris Country House Hotel is an award-winning, 4 star premises located on the Atlantic Ocean in Ballycastle, County Mayo. The former Coast Guard station and subsequent convent is recommended by most independent travel guides including Michelin
Stella Marie Country House Hotel was built in 1853 as a Coast Guard Fortress, and subsequently became a convent in 1914. Antiques and leather furnishings combine to provide a homey sense for guests to enjoy the fine congenial Irish service of a local staff dedicated to the comfort of Stella Maris visitors.
Our guests are treated to a fine dining experience each day, commencing with an award-winning, cooked to order breakfast. Chef and proprietor Frances Kelly, the recipient of several honours for her culinary expertise, utilises local organic produce to complement the Irish meats, fish and availability of local products.
100-foot conservatory fronts the impressive building, overlooking the Atlantic and the nearby hills of Ballycastle, providing the every-changing, mesmerizing views. The area offers visitors a variety of options, including walking trails, bird watching, swimming, horseback riding, fishing, ruins of abbeys, visits to Ceide Fields, the largest Neolithic site in Europe, Ballycroy National Park, Downpatrick Head and many ruins of Abbeys and other landmarks.
For golfers, three world-class links golf courses are within comfortable driving distance. Carne in Belmullet has added nine stunning new holes to its already spectacular 18-hole layout and now offers visitors a varied array of playing options. Enniscrone Golf Links has 18-holes on its championship layout and offers a championship option and a less difficult alternative. This three unique links courses provide a sterling test for golfers for all abilities.
Ballycastle, where Stella Maris is located in Northwest County Mayo, is renowned for its sheer unspoiled beauty. Towering cliffs highlight the rugged coastline, which mesmerises visitors. Yet the surrounding area retains its own non-commercial sense of pristine Ireland, as it was centuries ago. The inhabitants of some villages continue to speak the traditional Gaelic language as it was spoken by their ancestors.