Stella Maris Country House Hotel is one of the finest four-star hotels in all of Ireland. With unsurpassed views of the Atlantic Ocean and the gorgeous countryside of Ballycastle in County Mayo, Stella Maris is the epitome of serenity.
Our unique building—originally a Coast Guard regional headquarters and subsequently a convent for the Sisters of Mercy—was lovingly restored and opened to critical acclaim 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.
Since its debut as a country house with full hotel amenities, Stella Maris has received the heartfelt praise of Ireland’s toughest hospitality critics. Additionally, Stella Maris Country House Hotel has been presented several national awards for the quality, service and value provided to guests who enjoy the benefits of this personable establishment.
Frances Kelly, a U.S.-trained chef who grew up in Ballycastle just across Bunatrahir Bay, personally oversees the kitchen and dining room. 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 also contributed to Stella Maris Country House Hotel being named Hideaway of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year and Best Seaside Hotel, and one of the Best Romantic Wedding and Honeymoon Venues.
Major travel guides such as Michelin, Bridgestone, Georgina Campbell, Karen Brown, 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.
Located along Ireland’s rugged West Coast, Stella Maris Country House Hotel features 12 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