Mallmore Country House
Mallmore Country House is one of those rare, perfectly proportioned Georgian houses that seduces the eye from the first glimpse of its elegance. Here is a house that looks, and feels, like it is in exactly the right place, and to find yourself driving up towards the house as you arrive is to feel that you too are in exactly the right house in exactly the right place – in Mallmore, in Clifden, in Connemara, in Galway, in Ireland.
The front door of the house is offset by eight Corinthian columns and, like the best Georgian design, Mallmore impresses on account of its restraint, its sublimity. The house is a listed historic home, so being able to stay in such a place is a rare privilege, and the Hardman family have maintained the historic feel and ambience of the house, with all the appropriate design and furnishings.
The house is surrounded by well-kept lawns, and there are a further 35 acres of walks and woods that wend all the way down to the sea, a wild and natural habitat where badgers, foxes and birds cavort amidst wild flower meadows. The contrast between this sublime wildness, and the charm and fire-lit comfort of the house, makes mallmore even more welcoming, and the family's hospitality – and the excellent breakfasts – copper-fasten the feeling of having found a true Connemara gem.
The only difficulty you are likely to encounter arrives at breakfast time, when you will have to decide if you will have local hen's eggs, scrambled and served with smoked salmon, or maybe you might have the buttermilk pancakes, or the French toast with bacon and maple syrup. That’s just the sort of dilemma with which we love to start the day. Many people who have stayed at Mallmore return time after time, to get another chance to enjoy the pleasures of a great Galway destination.