The 400 metre high Diamond Hill is an undisputed highlight of the Connemara National Park, a rugged 5,000 terrain of bogs, woodlands and four of the Twelve Bens.
A two hour hike to the top offers unrivalled views, but it's the treasure at the food of Diamond Hill that is now quietly receiving rave reviews from guests in the know from Ireland and overseas.
Diamond Lodge, an 1840's hunting lodge has been lovingly restored and while the phrase can be overused, this truly can be described as a 'home-from-home' with elegant and comfortable luxury with an upscale five-star feel.
"You are guaranteed a good night's sleep here", promises the owner, who has opted for light neutrals, luxurious fabrics and soft lamplight, resulting in successfully-designed and very relaxing reception rooms.
Carefully chosen paintings add interest and there are countryside views out to the private gardens set in one acre with magnificent trees as far as the eye can see. The high-spec kitchen is perfect for entertaining and the dining area is flooded with natural light.
Formerly a Presbyterian rectory, the garden with a river running through it offers complete privacy "apart from the occasional wild goat or deer, a visiting badger or the sound of an owl."
With 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, this historic and beautiful home is the perfect location for those that want solitude – whether for writing, fishing, walking holidays or a place to get away from it all.
There are no shortage of culinary options close to Diamond Lodge however - nearby Letterfrack, only 1km away is a hidden gem when it comes to restaurants. Veldon's Seafarer Bar and Restaurant offers fresh seafood and great food served all day in the bar. There's also Paddy Coynes in the village of Tullycross, again with great seafood and pints. The nearby Rossleague Manor and Letterfrack lodge are also highly recommended.
Clifden, with its pubs, restaurants and charming shops is only 20 minutes away and Diamond Lodge is only 3kms from Kylemore Abbey. Renvyle Beach and Lettergesh Beach are also within 10km and for the more adventurous, scuba diving West is only 20 minutes away.
Go West for gracious living at Diamond Lodge – a true jewel in the crown of Connemara.