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Longford Leader columnist Mattie Fox: Longford Arms a massive boost to Longford

Longford Arms Hotel

The Longford Arms Hotel

I visited Lough Rynn Castle Hotel recently. A nice, four star hotel, nestled in fabulous grounds on the edge of the lake just outside Mohill, and it’s one of the most peaceful places in Leitrim, a few miles from Drumlish.

Running a decent hotel is no frivolous task. In Lough Rynn the service and the food is exceptional. There are some hotels that try very hard to make the customer welcome, and others where it seems as though the customer is a major inconvenience - which never ceases to amaze me - but there’s no sign of that element in Lough Rynn.

A palatial building, that can do with attention to the spectacular windows which aren’t made for Irish weather, probably, but the place was well heated the day I was there. It must be very costly to heat. I’m sure in time they’ll upgrade the windows, which of course would be a major undertaking. Though the savings would be huge, yet must be balanced by the investment required.

Lough Rynn has become unusually attractive for one so far off the beaten track, but that has its own charm too.
There was a good trickle of customers in the few hours I was there. Some foreign accents also, which was encouraging to hear, and they seemed very happy in themselves too.

It reminded me that in Longford we also have a good hotel, which is being continually upgraded by the current proprietor Orlagh Reynolds, who shows no reluctance to have important work done, stylishly, in the Longford Arms Hotel.

It’s been slowly and lovingly transformed back into a place that will reek of style and decor that it may well have never seen before. It will be a massive boost to Longford whenever it is done.

Meanwhile, we wish Orlagh well in all her efforts.

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