Stella Maris Shore House Welcomes Ballycastle Community with Local Art Exhibition and Open House Event - Visit North Mayo

Rolf Siegrist, a passionate Swiss native and the visionary owner of the newly reopened Stella Maris Shore House in Ballycaslte extended a warm invitation to both locals and visitors on Saturday, 27th April to rediscover the timeless charm of this historic property.

Mr. Siegrist extended a warm welcome to the local community, embracing his vision of inclusivity. The hotel strives to become a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. Mr Siegrist described the event as “a lovely opportunity to toast to new beginnings and celebrate the support and camaraderie that have made this journey possible”.

The newly reopened Stella Maris Shore House Hotel in Ballycastle 📸 Mayo North Tourism

At the heart of Stella Maris lies a dedication to preserving its rich heritage, inviting guests to step back in time and experience the allure of the mid-1800s. The hotel currently hosts an exclusive exhibition showcasing the exquisite paintings of renowned Swiss artist Emmanuel Matt who also attended the official opening.

The Conservatory at Stella Maris Shore House Hotel in Ballycastle, Mayo 📸 Stella Maris

Housed within the conservatory, Matt’s masterpieces captivate visitors with their beauty and depth. Additionally, his intricate drawings adorn the walls of the bar and lounge, creating a captivating ambiance for patrons to indulge in.

Emmanuel Matt, Artist; Carmel McMahon, Author; and Rolf Sigerst, Proprietor of Stella Maris Shore House celebrating its official opening and the showcasing the exquisite paintings of Emmanuel Matt.

Emmanuel Matt, who resides and creates in the scenic surroundings of Doonfeeney, Co Mayo near Ballycastle, infuses his art with a profound connection to nature and culture, reflecting the essence of Ireland’s rugged landscape.

Mairead Melody-Carr from Mayo North Tourism highlights that “while accommodation is Mr. Siegrist’s primary focus, he’s eager for Stella Maris to integrate into the local community. The vision is for it to serve as a hub where locals can drop by to enjoy art exhibitions, yoga sessions, or simply relax with tea and scones in the conservatory. It’s not just a hotel; it’s about fully immersing the business within the community, which is lovely for the community of Ballycastle and beyond”.

Rolf Siegrist showcases the hotel and artwork of Emmanuel Matt to local Cllr. Mark Duffy

For those seeking a blend of history, art, and hospitality, Stella Maris Shore House promises an unforgettable experience. Discover the allure of this enchanting retreat and immerse yourself in the beauty of Emmanuel Matt’s captivating works.

Locals attend the official opening of Stella Maris Shore House Hotel, Ballycastle, Mayo

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