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County Galway hotel offered for sale

A quaint hotel, located in the picturesque town of Kinvara in south county Galway near the border of county Clare, has just recently been put up for sale. The Merriman Hotel will be offered by auctioneers O’Donnellan & Joyce at 3pm on Friday 25th May in the Victoria Hotel in Galway city. The Merriman is expected to have an Advised Minimum Value (AMV) of €400,000.

The 32 bedroom hotel is located right on Kinvara main street. The town of Kinvara is one of the main tourist attractions in County Galway and can be considered as a gateway to neighbouring county Clare. Kinvara main street is part of the busy N67 road which brings hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to two of the most famous tourist attractions in Ireland, namely the Burren and the cliffs of Moher. The Burren, (coming from the Irish Boireann), meaning great rock, is one of the largest karst-stone landscapes anywhere in Europe. The area is a National Park and, along with the cliffs of Moher, forms an almost obligatory pilgrimage for any tourist visiting the west of Ireland.

Given its strategic location and huge potential from passing trade, the Merriman is sure to attract interest at the sale in Galway later this month. The hotel has a traditional look, complete with whitewashed walls and a thatched roof. Apart from the thirty two bedrooms, which are spread over the first and second floors, the ground floor contains a bar called the M’Asal Beag Dubh, which is one of the busiest pubs in Kinvara and a large function room with a fully-equipped kitchen. The hotel overlooks Galway Bay and, according to Colm O’Donnellan form the auctioneers, offers “a tremendous business opportunity to acquire a distinctive hotel in one of the west of Ireland’s main tourist destinations at a very attractive price.”