Racket Hall Hotel, Ireland
Racket Hall Country House in Roscrea, Ireland is a perfect base to enjoy what the region has to offer. Beautifully refurbished in 2016, the 4 star hotel now has a new lease of life and offers quality and luxury in the form of a hotel, and also providing the perfect venue for weddings, as well as musical events. Set deep in the Irish countryside, the exterior of the hotel is inviting and friendly, and stepping inside, it becomes a place of quality and relaxation. The local area has plenty to offer in the way of tourist attractions such as castles and abbeys, and if guests want a long stay, then the major cities are all easily accessible as the hotel is just off the motorway and has excellent public transport connections.
The hotel has underwent a major renovation and refurbishment programme as it had lacked any investment for over ten years explained Allen McEnery, Managing Director of the hotel:
“The hotel has been through a number of evolutions. In 2006 it was purchased by a Limerick based developer and was upgraded and extended, forty rooms were added and a fine ballroom, a total send of €4.5m. The current owner purchased it in 2016 and the upgrade works cost in excess of €700,000. The hotel needed investment as it had been neglected for a good period, and we had set aside a budget for this and the ultimate goal was to upgrade the property to achieve a fourth star. It was a £700,000 project, but means that we now have 40 high quality rooms. In addition, a lot of the customers won’t see areas like the kitchen that needed major investment. We replaced the heating system and installed heat pumps which are more efficient and more environmentally friendly. All public areas have been upgraded as of course has the ball room – which is an integral part of the hotel, and now it’s popular for weddings and music events. Locally we’re in a good position for acts on the Irish Country music scene.”
Aside from a perfect event venue, Racket Hall Country House Hotel provides a wide range of dining options from full Irish breakfast to daily carvery to evening dining in their Lily’s Bar & Restaurant. The lounge is a modern setting for a light snack, and then there’s the Parlour, serving freshly brewed tea, coffee and homemade cakes, all by cosy log fires. The staff are on hand to help with menu choices, and all produce is fresh and locally produced.
“We want to give tourists a proper Irish experience, and improving the hotel – it’s good for the town as we’ve employed 60 people locally, generating income for the local economy. And from my own perspective, it’s an asset that we will appreciate, we’re still working hard on the hotel and we’re all pleased with it.”