Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge is a sumptuous country house hotel with a highly acclaimed restaurant; a great retreat for lovers of good food and fine wine.

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The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge is a sumptuous country house hotel with a highly acclaimed restaurant; a great retreat for lovers of good food and fine wine.

Set amid the rolling countryside of County Limerick , in the rural village of Ballingarry, Echo Lodge is a classic 19th Century parochial house built in 1884. This genteel house, set within seven acres of leafy gardens was home to a community of nuns, "The Mercy Order" for over a hundred years, and it still retains an aura of tranquillity. Relaxed elegance and comfort are key features at Echo Lodge and this charming country house hotel is filled with attractive antique furnishings and intriguing objects d'art tucked away in neat little nooks and crannies.

The famed Mustard Seed restaurant has a highly regarded reputation stretching over a decade and drawing connoisseurs from far and wide. The restaurant itself is set out in a typically homely relaxing country way, for an intimate candlelight and silverware affair. The seasonally changing menu draws from the freshest local produce, with herbs and vegetables from Echo Lodge's own organic garden, for delightfully creative dishes; such as Warm oysters with a red kidney salsa, ginger coriander and sesame oil, venison sausage and spiced puy lentil. To be followed by breast of barbarie duck on a bed of buttered green, lime and vanilla mash and chocolate oil or baked Irish salmon with sun dried tomato tapenade and roast aubergine puree. All of which is complimented by an extensive wine list with bins from around the globe.

And then of course there are the bedrooms; each has been individually decorated affording luxury and taste. You could feel perfectly cosseted in these sumptuous bedrooms, spaciously appointed and set with old world furnishings and modern facilities and fittings. The hotel also has some exquisite two-bedroom suites with separate lounge, ideal for small groups travelling together.

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge has won wide acclaim, regarded as one of the best places to stay and dine in Ireland. Close to golf courses at Ballybunion and Adare and an hour's drive from Shannon Airport , the hotel is well placed for exploring the South West and Shannon area of Ireland.

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