RePAWter Review in Connemara

 By Joanne and Rieko 🐾 



We recently returned from a glorious, sun-drenched, trip to Renvyle in Connemara with our 8-month-old golden doodle Rieko. I was so blown away by it that I wanted to share our experience. It was our second time going on a stay-cation with Rieko - our first time was in the fabulous Trump hotel in Doonbeg - a hard act to follow!

This time around however we did not have the benefit of a large cottage with a separate sleeping area for Rieko as we did in Doonbeg - so we were a little apprehensive at being confined to the same room as Rieko at night- but we need not have worried.
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The drive to Renvyle House Hotel was a dream. We stopped off in Moycullen en route and had lunch outside the beautiful White Gables restaurant - where they offered Rieko a big bowl of ice-cold water to cool him down. So taken were they with our blonde bombshell that the owner gifted us a beautiful bottle of red wine (an amazing Argentinian organic Tempranillo if you’re ever in there ) in exchange for a photo of Rieko outside the cafe! Result! His first paid acting job!
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On we continued in the sweltering heat to Renvyle House Hotel. Check-in was seamless - a side entrance for dog owners meant we could access our room within 2 minutes. All dog owners stay on the ground floor for easy access to the gardens.

A quick check-in and we headed straight to the beautiful gardens overlooking the croquet lawn and outdoor heated - yes there is an outdoor heated pool- for a well-deserved Aperol spritz. Rieko was also well looked after with dog bowls of water everywhere and loads of happy canine companions to mingle with.
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The weather was so good that over the course of the following 3 days we ate our breakfast and dinner outside in their glorious terrace - where Rieko could join us and just take it all in. Am reluctant to write this - for fear that our secret will be out- but the food, service, and setting of Renvyle house hotel are just outstanding. I have stayed in many 5 star hotels all over the world and can honestly say that this was up there with the best of them. There are no fancy marble bathrooms, no hi-tech gadgets in your room, and no luxury spa - but the food - my word the food- really is on another level!!

Our favourite thing about the whole experience was however how dog-friendly this gem of a place is. Whilst our dood strutted his stuff around the gardens - admittedly on a leash - we made friends with all the other dog owners and exchanged daily pleasantries about this unique place.
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Early morning pre-breakfast walks to Renvyle beach where we would swim with Rieko became our daily ritual. A memorable hike up Diamond Hill is also highly recommended followed by an outer-worldly lunch at the Misunderstood Heron where dogs are also extremely well looked after.

A day trip to Inisbofin on the ferry - also dog friendly - with an amazing lunch at Andrew Murray’s Doonmore Hotel - doggie friendly too- was also a real highlight.

If you, like us, are reluctant to leave your canine companion in a kennel and you are looking for a dog-friendly hotel with amazing food and service set in the most idyllic of places then look no further. This really is a special part of the world and we cannot wait to go back!
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I would like to thank Joanne and Reiko for sharing their dog-friendly holiday with the Paws Friendly family! It sounds like they had an absolutely PAWsome holiday, and hopefully there are some new places and adventures to add to your "dog-friendly must see and do" list!

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