Renvyle House Hotel celebrating 130 years.
With an indoor market with the Roberts family from Connemara Smokehouse showcasing their organic smoked salmon, the Benedictine Nuns from Kylemore Abbey with their chocolate (and a sideline of soaps). Also present was Connemara Rowan Jelly which is produced by Brigid Sealy locally and an array of seaweed products by Connemara Food Ventures. Tim O’Sullivan Executive Chef of Renvyle House Hotel made delicious breads with three types of seaweed, which would be delicious with cold meats or indeed smoked salmon.
Renvyle House in Connemara is one such great historic house on the Atlantic shores. Raised to the ground in the 1920’s in a fire and built again in the 1930’s, you can’t but, whilst gazing out on the islands, and trekking through the 200 acre estate of beaches, heathers and ferns, think of the Clans of O’Malley, O’Flaherty and Joyce, who lived loved and died in the wild mystic beauty of Connemara and the area that is Renvyle itself. The house has been renewed over generations and lived its life with the turbulence that is Ireland’s story through the Land League and the Civil War. It has been the home of Oliver St. John Gogarty and has played host to luminaries such as Augustus John, Lady Gregory, Winston Churchill and W.B. Yeats – who spent his honeymoon there. Rebuilt in the 1930’s in an Arts & Crafts style, Renvyle House is totally unique. It oozes warmth, character and style, and you can almost visualize Agatha Christie characters languidly lounging around on the sofas in front of the fire in the hall.
This year sees Renvyle celebrating 130 years of hospitality, having first opened its doors as a country house hotel in 1883 under the auspices of the Blake family. However, it has been in the ownership of the Coyle family for sixty years, with John and Sally Coyle being the present incumbents, and their charming daughter Zoe Fitzgerald being hands on Marketing Director. It is one of those places of happy memory that people visit as children, and return in time with their children.