The four-star Lough Rynn Castle Hotel in Mohill, Co Leitrim has been voted Most Popular Manor House Hotel 2016 in a Facebook poll that saw it beat off stiff competition from Ballyseede Castle, Tralee and Knockranny House Hotel & Spa, Westport. The award comes as Manor House Hotels/ Irish Country Hotels celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Ruth Conlon, Lough Rynn Castle Hotel, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won this award. It’s even more special to us because of the direct engagement of clients and friends on Facebook who wanted us to win. It’s a great recognition of the team effort that goes into running the hotel. Excellence doesn’t happen by chance and it’s a collective effort that makes a visit or stay at our hotel so special for so many people.”
Chairperson of Manor House Hotels/ Irish Country Hotels, Mary Fitzgerald, said: “The competition to win this title was hard fought and the Lough Rynn Castle Hotel award is a reflection of the impeccable standards of accommodation, cuisine, and recreation which typifies the hotel.”
Founded in 1986 by Bord Fáilte in conjunction with the Irish Tourist Board, the principle objective of Manor House Hotels/ Irish Country Hotels is to provide smaller, distinctively welcoming hotels with a vehicle to access the international tourism market, providing Irish and international guests with the very best hospitality including delicious food sourced from local producers.
Starting originally with a handful of hotels, the current membership of 55 hotels on the island of Ireland includes many award-winning establishments, while several of the properties have unique histories dating back as far as 1700 - for example, Cabra Castle in Co Cavan was built in 1750 while the Dunraven Arms in Co Limerick was founded established 1792.
A major contributor to their local economies, it’s estimated that the organisation currently employs in excess of 2,750 people. And with a Facebook community of 130,000 followers between them, Manor House Hotels and Irish County Hotels has the most interactions on Facebook of any Irish hotel group. While both Manor House Hotels and Irish Country Hotels have distinctive personalities they have one shared ambition – to offer guests the very best of Irish hospitality.