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History of Twin Trees Hotel

The History of Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina

Twin Trees Hotel is owned and managed by husband and wife team, David and Rachael Smith, a family with a long history with the hotel.

Twin Trees Hotel and Leisure Club re-opened its doors in August 2014 after a major refurbishment project which saw the renovation of the Twin Trees Bar, the accommodation and the breath-taking Ballroom and Banqueting Suite.

David and Rachael and the team at Twin Trees Hotel are looking forward to welcoming you warmly with fine food, quality service and unparallelled hospitality.

Whether it is a family getaway, a romantic escape or activity break, you will find everything you need at the Twin Trees Hotel.

Relax and unwind in the Twin Trees Leisure Club or enjoy a cappuccino in the hotel foyer while the kids play in the hotel gardens. Whether you are visiting Ballina for business or treating your family to a well-earned holiday, Twin Trees Hotel is your perfect touring base, nestled in the heart of Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way.

History and Hospitality

In the 1920’s, “Downhill” was the residence of Mr & Mrs Garvey. Mr Garvey was a retired Crown Solicitor. During this time, the house and its valuable contents caught fire. Chamberlain Worcester China, Spode, Old Crown Derby, an irreplaceable library, an historic picture of St Francis of Assissi, a picture of Our Saviour appearing to Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane, antique Chippendale and Sheraton furniture, pianos were all burnt to the ground. Not only did the burning affect the owners, but also the many poor people who were daily supplied with milk free-of-charge by Mrs Garvey.

Downhill House and the Moylett Family

Downhill House, as it was then known, was purchased by the Michael and Frances Moylett in 1936 as a private residence, then registered as a Guesthouse on 1938. Three years later, a new extension meant that the Moylett family could register as a Hotel, which they continued to develop.

At this stage a young hotel management student called Ann Moore was placed by the Shannon Hotel & Management School with the Downhill Hotel from her summer work placement. During that summer, Ann fell in love with the owner’s son, Brian, who owned Moylett Stores, a thriving grocery business. They married and Ann continued to work under the guidance of Mrs Frances Moylett.

On the death of Mrs Frances Moylett, Ann took over the complete management and running of the Downhill Hotel, supported and encouraged by her husband Brian. By 1964, the Downhill Hotel boasted 33 bedrooms and was one of the finest hotels in Ireland.

During the late 1960’s the Downhill expanded rapidly under the guidance of Ann Moylett. The superb Brosna Restaurant was built overlooking the Brosna mini-waterfalls along with the state-of-the-art entertainment centre, The Stables Inn. To tap into the developing leisure market, Ann and her husband Brian converted The Stables Inn in 1973 to a Leisure Centre with indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gymnasium and two squash courts – the second hotel in Ireland with these facilities.

The 1980’s heralded the advent of new Frogs Piano Bar with its grand piano. International entertainers from all parts of the globe came to play (and continue to the present day). At this time, the third generation of the family joined the business.

During the 1990’s, the Moylett family renovated the hotel and leisure centre once again, introducing modern conferencing facilities and the latest technology as well as ensuring that the hotel was adapted for wheelchair access.

In the winter of 2000, the family demolished the 12 bedroom block and opened up a garden view to 27 of the bedrooms and the hotel’s exquisite Master Suite.

The Downhill House Hotel  celebrated its 72nd year in business in March 2008 with a fantastic new €2 million refurbishment. The new development introduced the beautiful façade to welcome guests from around the globe.

Then, in July 2014, the third generation of the Moylett family renovated and re-branded the Downhill House Hotel. It was re-born as the Twin Trees Hotel and Leisure Club.

The Twin Trees, of course, are the two monkey puzzle trees at the front of the hotel which were planted in 1954 by Mrs Francis Moylett. They have grown with the hotel and the family and continue to do so to this day.