‘Things have always stayed the same here,’ says Henry Hodgson, fifth generation of his family to run their home as a guesthouse, ‘it would be rude to change them now.’ And that’s the joy of this Victorian country house. Beautifully set on Lough Corrib, with huge sash windows and original shutters, the house was built in 1840, though the family has lived here since the 17th century. Inside, you are transported to a calmer, more dignified time, where a gong heralds dinner and the breakfast coffee is served in original ’50s glass Cona receptacles, warmed by methylated spirit burners. Henry is charming and funny and totally at ease; his wife Lucy is a marvellous cook and dinner is always delicious. You feel completely relaxed: what more could you possibly want? Room keys? ‘We don’t have them,’ says Henry, ‘your things will be perfectly safe.’ And you know, without doubt, that he speaks the truth.
Inchagoil Island, one of the 365 islands on Lough Corrib, with its 7th century monastic sites and reclaimed village.
Lucy’s food at Currarevagh, superb menus using the best of regional produce.
Smoked Salmon from Connemara Smoke House; cured meats from McGeough’s Butchers; local tweeds and of course Aran Jumpers!