Paul Carroll, of the lovely Ghan House in lovely Carlingford, is a visionary hotelier. His vision has gifted him with a bullet proof optimism, for this radical hotelier fashions victory and satisfaction from every year’s work. But he only manages this by being intensely focused: "95% of my business is from Ireland - most tourist traffic is directed to the West, so the local market is hugely important for us" he will tell you. And those customers are looked after superbly: the Ghan House style of service is subtle, but there is Mr Carroll with his umbrella as you begin to leave the car in the pouring rain. You haven’t even gotten into the house and he is looking after youThere are the little notes, reminding you to use the blue key, not the black. There is the glass of iced water that you didn't know you wanted till it was put in front of you. The wood fire in the hall, blazing away. The sun-drenched metal chairs in the mature garden. The lovely cooking. In Ghan House: everything focuses to create the most delightful vision of Irish hospitality.
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