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“Eddies Bar - BEST food we had in Ireland” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fairhill House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Clonbur
Durham, North Carolina
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78 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Eddies Bar - BEST food we had in Ireland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012

My wife and I visited Ireland in mid-September 2012 and stayed at a guest house near Clonbur. When asked for a nearby restaurant recommendation she immediately responded "why Eddie's of course." We took her recommendation and WERE WE GLAD WE DID. The Eddie's restaurant and pub were attached to a small hotel. After perusing their pretty extensive menu -- meaning there are options for anyone -- we both selected from the fish menu, as we had heard about the great seafood in this part of Ireland.

There is no simple way to put this -- both meals were world class. My wife had fresh salmon -- cooked to perfection and gently covered with an amazing sauce, and presented across a bed of bed of mashed potatoes. Words just don't do this justice. The presentation was worthy of a 3-star restaurant, and the flavor/taste was other worldly. The salmon was cooked perfectly, not over done and too many do; and the sauce was simply incredible. I ordered another fish dish -- fresh cod. While not quite as exquisite as the salmon dish, it also was fantastic. Bottom line -- the ambience was more pub than restaurant, the service and wait staff helpful and efficient but not overly intrusive, and the food was simply amazing. My only regret was that we were leaving the next day and couldn't go back again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dukedad
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Eddie789, General Manager at Fairhill House Hotel, responded to this review, 27 September 2012
Thank you for your kind words and taking time to review us. We value all feedback. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal and look forward to welcoming you back to Fairhill House Hotel & Eddies Bar.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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207 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2012

We booked a 3 night getaway break here for a very reasonable price. The hotel has a small reception area. The room was nicely decorated with a balcony. Unfortunately the balcony area was dirty. Lots of cigarette butts. It looked as if it had not been cleaned in ages nor was it cleaned during our stay. Tea and coffee making facilities in the room but our cups and saucers had not been washed. We only had a selection of Green Tea available to us but this was put right fairly quickly when we went searching for assistance. The main light in the bathroom was not working and we only had a "shaver" light to light up the room. Again this was put right fairly quickly when we complained. I don't know why this had not been spotted and reported.
There is a lovely bar attached to this hotel with good food and pleasant staff. Nicely decorated in a fisherman's theme. Our 3 night break included one dinner, eaten in the bar and this was very tasty. There is also a nice seating area to the front of the hotel.
Breakfast could have been better. On our first morning our full Irish had hard fried eggs. On the second morning we specifically asked for our eggs to be soft but unfortunately we were again given hard fried eggs. Our bacon also looked as if it had been re-heated because it was hard crisp.
When we were checking out our bill did not show the fact that we had already paid a deposit. We could have easily paid this amount again as the person who gave us the bill didn't seem to be aware of this until we queried it.
The staff in this hotel are really lovely and very chatty.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank BOXtheFOX
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Eddie789, Front Office Manager at Fairhill House Hotel, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at the Fairhill House Hotel. We were delighted to read that you enjoyed our wonderful location, your meal and service from our friendly team of staff.

However we were disappointed to read your comments regarding cleanliness of our balcony's. I can assure you this is not our usual standard please accept our apologies.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Fairhill House Hotel in the near future.
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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55 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said by other reviewers. This is a great little hotel (with 20 bedrooms!) nestled in the village of Clonbur. It makes a great base for exploring the Connemara area. The food served in the bar is of the best quality and the service second to none. I can thoroughly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Ultomato
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Eddie789, Manager at Fairhill House Hotel, responded to this review, 31 July 2012
Thank you for your kind words, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back to Fairhill House Hotel.
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Belfast
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57 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012

Stayed in Clonbur village last week. Lovely village. Ate in the Fairhill twice with my husband and 5 month old son. Head bar man was so welcoming on both occasions and nothing was too much trouble. Food was plentiful and beautiful. We would like to stay in the hotel itself in the future.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank ilovedisneyBelfast
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Eddie789, Manager at Fairhill House Hotel, responded to this review, 26 August 2013
Thank you for taking time to review Fairhill House Hotel. We are delighted you enjoyed dining in Eddies Bar. Looking forward to seeing you again in Clonbur.
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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93 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

I have great experience of this hotel over recent years for general socialising, regular dining and most recently a small family celebration where we had over 50 guests attending for dinner in the main function area. The event was managed faultlessly by Eddie Lynch and his excellent team.

Some family members including myself stayed at the hotel on the night of the above mentioned celebration and I would also commend the hotel for it's excellent standard of bedroom accomodation and breakfast served the next day. It would put a lot of the bigger chain hotels to shame.

I would without hesitation recommend this to anyone who would like to treat themselves to a break in an establishment which truly represents what a small country house hotel should be like in Ireland.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank leex
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Eddie789, Manager at Fairhill House Hotel, responded to this review, 26 August 2013
Thank you for taking time to review Fairhill House Hotel. What a wonderful title you have given your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your family event and also staying in our hotel. It was a pleasure to look after you. Looking forward to seeing you again in Clonbur.
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Dublin, Ireland
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

We stayed here for one night on a friday. Its in a very nice quite little town & the rooms on inspection seemed quite nice & confortable. The man who welcomed us was very nice & friendly & we got off to a good start.

There were however a few issues that we werent happy with. The room was cold when we checked in. we had to ask them to put on the heating which we were told was on a timer but they put it on constant then for us. We had an11 week old baby with us so obviously we wanted the heat on. we had told them we were bringing a young baby & they did provide us with a travel cot which was good. There were no hand towels in the room. We didnt report this till the morning as I guess its not a huge issue (there were 2 bath towels alright) but I just think the rooms should be checked. Finally the breakfast wasnt what we would have expected. Beans & mushrooms were cold, 2 tiny sausages, we had to ask twice for extra toast & got one slice extra each. Wasnt the worst breakfast id ever had but I had hoped in a hotel like this one it would be top notch. we didnt hve a drink in the bar although it did look like a cosy irish bar & id say wouldbe very nice with the fire on.

We did relay our complaints to the reception in the morning & the girl did apologise & said she would pass on our comments to the owner.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank KPKK
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Ireland
Level Contributor
47 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

Spent two nights B&B in this lovely hotel in the village of Clonbur, Co Galway. The Fairhill House Hotel and Eddies Bar are one and the same establishment and offer a warm welcome to all their guests. You can enjoy a "full Irish" in the dining room or, for the late risers, in the bar at any time. The staff are very helpful and efficient and nothing is too much trouble. We had a very well laid out room with enormous bed. This hotel is decorated to a very high standard, indeed exceptionally good considering that it is a 3*. Clonbur is a very good base for exploring the Cong area and nearby Ashford Caste.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank maryreynolds66
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Additional Information about Fairhill House Hotel

Property: Fairhill House Hotel
Address: Clonbur, Connemara, Co, Galway, Clonbur, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clonbur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Clonbur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Fairhill House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between Lough Corrib & Lough Mask in Connemara, an area renowned for its rugged beauty & unforgettable scenery. Our family has been welcoming visitors to Connemara for over half a century now. Fishermen, ramblers, cyclists and visitors from all over the world just love the laid-back atmosphere here. Our 20 en-suite bedrooms are large & comfortable & our food is superb. We are told we serve some the best Chowder, Seafood and Steaks in Connemara, not to mention the lively music and craic we serve in our bar.New to Fairhill House Hotel is our membership with the Irish Whiskey Trail. We now have 150 different whiskies on offer, including the first malt produced in Kentucky since 1919, Pearse Lyons whiskey... distilled by an Irishman of course! It is without a doubt one of the largest selections in the West of Ireland. ... more   less 
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