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In a bayside location set between the mountains and blanket bogs of South Connemara, the house is comfortable, with big Teutonic beds and leather sofas. If Screebe feels like a family home, more than a restaurant with rooms, or a country house - then it's because it's been cherished as just that and kept to serve as a place where owners, the Burkhart family, can come for their holidays. The Burkharts also love having guests to stay at Screebe, and love to see the house come alive, which is why the property has a staff of 26 to look after approximately 20 guests. The Screebe estate is huge - more than 40,000 acres – and the house is made for entertainment. There's swimming in the little harbour at Camus Bay, on whose shores the house sits; there's herding venison from the estate, should you wish to get involved in the running of the farm, as well as fishing and hunting.

Within the hotel there is a wonderful swimming pool that opens out on to the bay, and there's pampering to be had from their Spa, and wellness in the local walks in this beautiful watery part of south Connemara.

At the heart of this is the very special cooking of chef Damien Ring. Damien would describe his work as being influenced by the classical French style, and here in Screebe he has fantastic ingredients, from the local seafood, to the venison, woodcock and snipe from the estate. He’s a chef to watch, in a house to be enjoyed.



Duncan Cusack
Rosmuc, Galway GA1, Connemara
+ 353 91 574110

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