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Mustard Seed in Ballingarry Co Limerick named Best Hotel In Ireland Mustard Seed in Ballingarry Co Limerick named Best Hotel In Ireland

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Mustard Seed in Ballingarry, Co Limerick named Best Hotel In Ireland

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Mustard Seed in Ballingarry, Co Limerick offers warm Irish hospitality and superb food at a Victorian country mansion.

The hotel is the proud recipient of the César award for the Best Hotel in Ireland 2023 from by the Good Hotel Guide

Proprietor John Edward Joyce Mustard Seed in Ballingarry
Proprietor John Edward Joyce.

The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry, Co Limerick has been named the recipient of the César award for the Best Hotel in Ireland 2023 by the Good Hotel Guide.

The Sunday Times calls the César awards ‘the Oscars of the hotel industry’ and the award is valued by travel writers, hoteliers, and guests because of the Guide’s reputation for independence.


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Describing the Mustard Seed in Ballingarry, the Good Hotel Guide editors said, “Warm Irish hospitality and superb food are on offer at this Victorian country mansion, where the restaurant is a destination in its own right. Angel Pirev uses food from the kitchen garden and orchard to help create his well-received menus, served in the deep-blue restaurant with wedding-cake plaster ceiling. Traditional-style bedrooms have fabrics and wallpaper by Zoffany, Jane Churchill, Cole & Son; everywhere there is carefully chosen artwork and furniture, plus vases brimming with flowers.”

The Blue Book property has won countless awards since it opened its doors almost 40 years ago.  Commenting on this latest one, proprietor John Edward Joyce said, “An award of this nature is testimony to the wonderful team here at the Mustard Seed.  I am blessed to be surrounded by incredible people who are naturally committed to ensuring that every guest’s visit is a comfortable, relaxed, yet amazing and unforgettable experience.”

The Mustard Seed is only Ireland’s Blue Book property in the Limerick countryside and is the ideal base for a vacation in the southwest of Ireland.

The Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Burren are all pleasant day trips. For the golf enthusiast, a choice of four courses is within 30 minutes drive of the house. Horse riding, fishing, and garden visits can be arranged nearby.

Surrounded by country lanes for leisurely strolls or close to the Ballyhoura Mountain range for more organised trails. The house looks across at Knockfierna, the highest peak in the Mid-West landscape, the perfect trek for even the amateur walker.

Located close to Lough Gur, one of Ireland’s finest archaeological and historical gems and a pleasant drive from Doneraile Court, listed in Ireland’s top 3 free attractions.

The news follows the Mustard Seed’s success at this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards where it received accolades for Best Customer Service in Limerick and Best Restaurant Manager in Munster. Congrats!

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