Neil and Katy’s Gougane Barra Hotel is one of the nicest hotels in Ireland. If you thought that this sort of hotel, where she cooks in the kitchen and where he meets and greets the guests, had vanished under the tsunami of zombie hotels that litter the country, then a trip to the lake of Gougane Barra will restore your soul, your sanity, and your faith in true Irish hospitality.
Mrs Lucey’s food is pure lovely, a timeless, fashion-free style of unpretentious cooking that fills your heart with joy as it fills your belly with goodness. Mr Lucey is an hotelier of the old school – polite, charming, modest, attentive to every need. We love the simplicity of the rooms, we love walking in the woods, and by the beautiful, peaceful lake and the church, and we love especially the Theatre by the Lake in summertime, when a evening of d ’n’ d ’n’ d – dinner and drama and duvet – is one of the best experiences you can enjoy in Ireland. Gougane Barra is priceless, just priceless, the expression of Irish hospitality at its simple, quiet best.