A respectful merging of local Irish heritage with the boldness of 21st century design
Not a single watt of lighting needed in the lounge by day
An historic perspective of the contemporary Pier Restaurant Ballina
The richly furnished and softly elegant Heritage Suite
Classic contemporary design at the river's edge in the Deluxe Room
The Chill Spa Relaxation Room, and indeed it is
The Ice House
A refreshing architectural interplay of old and new, saluting a unique past and carving a vision for the future, all from a perfect location on Ireland's Moy River
Ireland’s Ice House hotel has a wonderful history. It is the site of a former ice storage facility that served the thriving fish export industry in the late 19th century. The original “Ice Cottage” was built in 1859 by the Little family who founded the Moy Fisherie Company. The ice cottage was positioned on the Moy Estuary which became a major seaport in Northwest Ireland. As guests of the present Ice House hotel, we benefit greatly from its lovely waterside location.
The original ice house is a small two-story structure built over three cellars that served as ice storage for salmon exported to Dublin and Liverpool. Ice was harvested locally or in milder times was brought in from the Northern countries. With the invention of refrigeration and increasingly milder winters, the ice house became obsolete, and the cottage was converted to residential use.
Today, the Ice House hotel honors its heritage and clearly welcomes the 21st century with a modern addition and interiors. The design objective was to respect and create visual distinctions between the old and the new, using natural materials and optimizing the waterside setting. The new architecture has a museum-like quality and, as such, is the perfect backdrop to display the works of top Irish artists.
There are 25 guest rooms and 7 suites, each created either in traditional elegance with period furnishings and fabrics, or in contemporary style to blend perfectly with the new construction.
The Pier Restaurant Ballina is set partially within the original cottage walls and extends into a new glass enclosed space that fronts the River Moy. The atmosphere is both tranquil and stylish, with contemporary furnishings and neutral colors that complement the artwork.
The Chill Spa is a standout feature of this boutique luxury hotel, with 5 treatment rooms, steam room, laconium (sauna), private gardens, and outdoor hot tubs.
The Ice House is licensed for civil weddings, and its unique design can accommodate receptions in a variety of indoor or outdoor settings. Corporate groups are especially welcome, and special golf packages are available.
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Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by The Ice House