Fancy a get away from it all destination? Delphi Country House and Fishing Lodge is your answer.
The mountains of Connemara provide a majestic backdrop for this country house and fishing lodge. Set on an 800 acre private estate with wild salmon lake and river, with the dizzy heights of the peaks towering above – this is a stunning location for any short break or holiday General Manager Michael Wade is an hospitality industry natural. He’s an ex farmer and vegetable grower with deep connection to the land – so no finer man to be looking after you here at the estate he loves. The moment your car crunches onto the gravel – he’ll bound out of the front door to greet you and make sure your luggage is looked after.
What a welcome – emphasising Michael’s message that Delphi Lodge is home during your stay. You’ll be swept into the house sitting room or cosy library for a cuppa if you need one. Otherwise it’s a hop up the staircase to one of the twelve comfortable bedrooms. This house has come through from the 1830’s living to present day first class accommodation and lost none of its charm or original features in the process.
Delphi has a homely nurturing feel – the house wraps itself around you like a big, gentle hug. Breakfast is taken each morning in the house dining room. Guests sit round the big dining table – you can specify the time you’d like to eat.. Scones, breads and house preserves, juice and cereals to start, then a cooked to order breakfast which includes scrambled eggs with salmon from the estate waters, smoked by the Connemara Smokehouse. Enjoy The Full Irish if you wish. This convivial way of having breakfast means you may get into deep conversation with your fellow housemates, and that could delay your day in a very pleasant way. Who cares? You’re here to relax and that’s exactly how you’ll feel.
After eating you might take a walk through the grounds or see the salmon fishery, which replenishes the estate waters with a couple of thousand baby wild salmon each year. These swim out to sea only to return to Delphi as adult breeding fish. This ensures a well stocked sustainable fishery, looked after by a dedicated fisheries and estate manager. The house has a Rod Room, with wet gear, and boats on the lake.
At dinner, its time for an aperitif from the Honesty Bar in the sitting room, then into the dining room for 8pm. Everyone dines together, discussing the happenings of the day. The set menu often features estate lamb or wild salmon, or fish and shellfish from nearby Killary Harbour. Homegrown vegetables, salads and herbs from the garden supply Head Chef Pascal Marinot with seasonal choices. An extensive wine list is impressive indeed, with some reasonably priced bottles in the mix. Lunch can be supplied if necessary. Delphi Experience Days can be booked at the lodge.
Hire the whole house for private parties or weddings. What a spectacular venue to tie the knot.