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An Irish Country Inn


Crocnaraw is an old Irish Georgian Country House presently being run as an Inn close to Ballinakill Bay,six miles from Clifden and on the scenic Westport-Clifden road.Set in 20 acres of fields,gardens and trees ,Crocnaraw has won the Irish Guesthouse Gardens Competition for 4 years.

This privately-run establishment offers Irish friendliness and a cordial service without a trace of casualness.The interior of the house is cheerfully and tastefully decorated ,all the bedrooms being individually and comfortably furnished .

Crocnaraw is fully licensed and the kitchen has the use of fresh vegetables,salads and fruits from the garden and orchard as well as free range eggs and local produce from the Conemara Region. Crocnaraw is well located for pursuits such as poney trekking, sea-angling,salmon and trout fishing in lake or stream, links golf or walking the hills,beaches and rocky shorelines or boglands that are to be found in Connemara and the nearby Islands

Weddings and similar Functions

Lucy and her mother,Joanne Fretwell, in earlier times have entertained the public and hosted weddings in Connemara at Cnocnaraw from the early Sixties until this day.Although it would not be so large yet it is a much-loved location for just-weds to host their Receptions (and other gatherings) Perhaps this is because Cnocnaraw has a particular Character that many people take to or is it its size ( very large but essentially a private House with large Gardens and a surrounding wood,hills and fields) which allows one to feel quite at home.50 would be about the largest number of Wedding Guests that would be comfortably accommodated on such occasions.

The History of the House itselfSource
Crocnaraw was "built in the early 1850s, when it was known as Rockfield, possibly by Thomas Butler who occupied it at the time of Griffith's Valuation"    -having leased land from the Crocknaraw Estate owned by Robert Graham and sold in 1858    "It later became a Protestant boys' orphanage" -  which accounts for its local nick name of 40 boys.   "In the later 20th century known as Crocknaraw Guest House and renowned for its beautiful gardens"