Stella Maris Shore House in Ballycastle Reopens its Doors to Guests - Visit North Mayo

Stella Maris Shore House Hotel, a historic gem nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, proudly reopens its doors under the new management of Rolf Siegrist. This iconic establishment, with its rich history dating back to the mid-1800s, has undergone a meticulous rejuvenation to provide guests with a unique and unforgettable experience.

The stunning newly re-opened Stella Maris Shore House in a breath-taking coastal location 📸 Stella Maris

Hotel opens under new management

Under the guidance of Rolf Siegrist, a passionate entrepreneur from Switzerland, the house has been carefully preserved to retain its historical significance while embracing modern comforts. Stella Maris Shore House boasts 10 charming bedrooms. In addition to this it has a cosy conservatory which offers a peaceful retreat for contemplation, engaging reads, and inspiring conversations. As well as this, the adjoining lounge features carefully selected global beverages. One of the many standout features of this property is however its breath-taking surroundings. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Irish coast, guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty that the West coast of Ireland has to offer. The tranquil ambiance, coupled with the warm hospitality of the staff, ensures an unforgettable stay for every visitor.

Rolf Siegrist, the visionary behind this fantastic project, expressed his excitement, saying, “It’s such a lovely house and a stunning surrounding. I want to bring this hotel back on track again. It has always been a dream of mine to run a hotel and take care of guests from all over the world. I am so excited for what the future has instore.”

A historic gem by the Atlantic

The history of Stella Maris Shore House is deeply ingrained in the fabric of Ireland. Built as a Coast Guard Headquarters by the British in the mid-1800s, the building later became a convent before transforming into a small country hotel in the 1960s. The rich history is complemented by the mesmerising views of the Atlantic Ocean, making Stella Maris a landmark in rural County Mayo.

Mairéad Melody Carr, Manager of Mayo North Tourism, expressed her enthusiasm for the reopening, stating, “We are delighted to welcome back Stella Maris Shore House to our vibrant tourism landscape. This fabulous accommodation has played a crucial role in our community’s history, and its reopening adds a unique charm to our offerings. The surrounding area is truly spectacular. It boasts attractions like the Wild Atlantic Way signature point of Downpatrick Head, the world-renowned Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and the extraordinary Ceide Fields —a prehistoric landscape that preserves an ancient agricultural system, providing a fascinating glimpse into Ireland’s past.”

Mr Siegrist and his dedicated team strive to provide a memorable and sustainable getaway for visitors. Stella Maris Shore House invites guests to be a part of its storied history, offering a blend of tradition and modern hospitality. For reservations and more information, please visit

Ballycastle in North Mayo 📸 Bartek Rybacki and Mayo North Tourism ©

On behalf of Mayo North Tourism, “we would like to wish Mr Siegrist and the team at Stella Maris Shore House the very best of luck with their new venture”.

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