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Located along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Stella Maris Country House Hotel is one of the finest four-star hotels in all of Ireland. Stella Maris Country House Hotel provides unsurpassed views of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, mesmerizing Downpatrick Head and the gorgeous countryside of Ballycastle in County Mayo.

Stella Maris is the epitome of serenity. Built originally as a Coast Guard regional headquarters in 1853, then converted as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy in 1916, Stella Maris Country House Hotel was lovingly restored and opened to critical acclaim as a four-star country house hotel in 2002. Today, Stella Maris Country House Hotel is a proud member of Ireland’s Blue Book of Country Houses and Restaurants, as well as Historic Hotels of Europe. It is recommended by fine travel guides throughout the world, receiving the praises of Ireland’s toughest hospitality critics. Since its debut as a country house with full hotel amenities, Stella Maris has been presented several national awards for the service, quality and comfort provided to guests who enjoy the benefits of this personable establishment.

Chef-Proprietor Frances Kelly, who grew up in Ballycastle, personally oversees the kitchen and fine dining. Her simple, organic approach to cooking has earned many distinguished awards, including the Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland, and Best Breakfast in the Connaught region of Mayo, Galway and Roscommon. Her cooking excellence is a major reason why Stella Maris Country House Hotel has been named Hideaway of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year and Best Seaside Hotel, as well as one of the Best Romantic Wedding and Honeymoon Venues.

National Geographic Traveler named Stella Maris Country House Hotel one of the best places to stay in Ireland. Major travel guides such as Michelin, Bridgestone, Georgina Campbell, Karen Brown, McKenna’s Guides and The Good Hotel Guide recommend Stella Maris Country House Hotel. Noted publications such as the Financial Times, Irish Times, Irish Independent, Sunday Times, Boston Globe and Food & Wine magazine, among others, also have praised Stella Maris for food, service and value.

Hugging the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s West Coast, Stella Maris Country House Hotel features 11 individually appointed rooms, most overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. A full bar and lounge complement the 100-foot glass conservatory where guests can pass the time immersed in the beauty of County Mayo.

We enjoy sharing our wonderful four-star hotel and home with others who appreciate the finer aspects of life. We work diligently to provide our guests with a memorable getaway from the rigors of everyday life, and wish that you soon are able to share the Stella Maris experience with us.

Frances Kelly & Terence McSweeney
Proprietors