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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived Saturday, October 16, 2016 via cab after dropping our rental car for one night stay. We arrived much earlier than the 4:00 check-in and were received with a warm welcome by Allan, Fiona and their son. Our room (sea view) was quickly and efficiently prepared. This is a building that is over 100 years old, so the rooms... More 

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Kiama, Australia
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

A tr uthful review is difficult as we found the owners warm & friendly, However this does not make up for the missing ingredients for a Successful B.B operation. 1: comfortable bed ( not great grandmas ) 2: crisp white sheets. 3: quite room ( not over the top of very noisy bar that open till midnight. 4: clean bathroom... More 

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83alan, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

This supposedly "truthful" review is for the same room that last reviewer, Katrina, submitted review for less than two weeks ago, and also James, who reviewed it on 21st September. It is difficult to believe that this review is for the same property, never mind the same room. However, we obviously cannot please all guests all the time. The bizarre... More 

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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

We booked our ferry trip for a Sunday without realising at the time that the car hire desk at the ferry terminal was closed on Sundays. So we then booked a night at the Merchant House to stay in Cairnryan and collect pre-booked car on Monday morning. We are so glad this happened! This ended up being seriously one of... More 

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83alan, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

Hi Katrina Thank you so much for this fabulous review. It was lovely to meet you both and we are so glad that there was a nice group of other guests in on Sunday night for good ambiance and a chat. We were so pleased with all your lovely positive comments. We really hope you enjoy the remainder of your... More 

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6 reviews
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

A simple travelers gem. A post Brexit tour (Road Trip) of the UK by a couple of 40 somethings from South London, resulted in a one night stay at The Merchants House, prior to a morning sailing to Belfast. The Port is about a minutes drive away. Portpatrick is about a 15 minute drive and has a number of decent... More 

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83alan, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

Hi Ben How kind of you to take the time to review your stay with us and we are so glad you enjoyed the evening in the bar. We get such a lot of lovely guests from all corners, not only of Britain, but also the world and the conversations are always diverse. We were both thrilled with your comments,... More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

A beautiful 1701 building and of course there floor creaks in one or two places (you would too at 300 years). The rooms are comfortable and well set up. There is a nice sitting/bar room with beer on tap and most spirit mixes available. The dining room is separate and tables are elegantly laid. We had fish and chips and... More 

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83alan, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

Hi James It was very kind of you to take the time to post this lovely review of your stay with us, especially as you are both still on holiday at the moment. We hope you are enjoying your trip to Ireland and continue to have a great time during the rest of your holiday before returning to Australia. It... More 

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Reviewed 17 September 2016

had a twin room for 2 nights either side of a ferry journey to Belfast, hosts were welcoming, even though we were quite late on night. Made us packed lunches for both our morning departures. Would stay again

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83alan, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

Hi Edward Many thanks for taking the time to review your stays with us. We would love to welcome you back, if you are ever doing this ferry journey again. Thanks again Fiona More 

Mallow, Ireland
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37 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

There are three practical reasons for choosing the Merchant's House. 1. It is very convenient for the Cairnryan ferries .2. It is very reasonably priced .3. It has a licensed restaurant. However staying there brings much more. First and foremost are the delightful owners who will guarantee a warm welcome (and a lot of laughs! Alan has missed a vocation... More 

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Thank Jane A
83alan, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

Hi Jane Many thanks for taking the time to post this review of your stay with us. We were so pleased with your comments as we are striving to offer value for money in a friendly environment and it very much sounded as though we were succeeding on the night of your stay. Thank you again. Alan and Fiona More 

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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Home from home” 놑 excellent b&b , owners so friendly ! rooms immaculate . Packed breakfast /lunch was a nice touch for those like us travelling on early ferry. contained sandwich , crisps or yoghurt piece of fruit ,cereal bar and carton fruit juice . Perfect location for ferry. Didn't eat an evening meal there but when we saw it... More 

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Fiona D, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

Hi Elaine It was lovely to meet you last week and many thanks for taking the time to put in this great review. We hope that you both enjoyed your short stay in Belfast and are now refreshed and raring to go again following big family wedding. We hope to see you again if you are ever back in this... More 

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Reviewed 7 August 2016

Thanks for at wonderful stay. We arrived at the B & B late and were in the door greeted by the sweet hosts Alan and Fiona. The hospitality was so welcoming and relaxed, and it felt like home, nice homemade food and room for a cosy chitchat later in the evening. We will certainly get past when we come to... More 

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Fiona D, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

Hi Christian and Line It was lovely to meet you both last week. Many thanks for your lovely comments and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you are having a great time in Ireland. We received the photos of the sunset by e-mail and will put them online when we have worked out how to do this... More 

Mansfield, England, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Stop for one night at this lovely little b&b. Lady who runs it very nice and room was great looking over the loch. When we arrived made us feel very welcome and showed us to room. In the morning breakfast was second to none I have had previously in other b&b's Would recommend this b&b for anyone needing access to... More 

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Fiona D, Owner at The Merchants House, responded to this review

Many thanks, Tracey, for this lovely review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. It was lovely to meet you both and we hope you benefitted from relaxing for the couple of extra hours in your room before picking your dad up from the ferry and beginning the long journey home. Hope to see you again if... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Merchants House is a traditional property built in 1701. Situated on the shore of Loch Ryan, approximately 1/2 mile from P&O ferry terminal, we are conveniently located for guests travelling to Ireland. On 1st floor we have 2 comfortable en-suite family rooms and a further double room with shared bathroom. All bedrooms have colour TV, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. We also have a licensed restaurant and bar on the ground floor. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Merchants House

Address: The Merchants House Main Street, Cairnryan DG9 8QX, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Cairnryan
Price Range: £47 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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“Not over the bar which is the best room with a tiny water view.”
 of 5 bubbles SuseaQ, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Perfect for Ferry Port.”
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 of 5 bubbles bensW1988YV, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room 5 doesn't face the sea and is quiet but its bathroom is across the landing. Other rooms have sea views.”
 of 5 bubbles K1230VLjanea, 30 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Request a sea view.Stunning.Lovely sitting in bed with a cuppa,looking out over the Loch.”
 of 5 bubbles Nadd0n, 27 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Double room with single bed has a very small en suite”
 of 5 bubbles rosi254, 27 Jul 2016 | Read review
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