Originally a private residence (ca. 1868), this castellated house overlooking Kylemore Lake is a splendid example of neo-Gothic architecture. In 1920 it was turned over to the Benedictine nuns, who have since opened the grounds and part of the house to the public. The highlight is the recently restored gothic chapel, considered a miniature cathedral. The complex also includes a cafe, which serves produce grown on the nuns' farm; a shop with a working pottery studio; and a visitor center where a video presentation gives you an overview of life at Kylemore Co. Galway, both past and present. Kylemore Abbey is just 5 minutes drive from our country house hotel, Clifden.