We stayed only one night at Fallons after a long day of driving and visiting Clonmacnoise. So we were all a bit tired when we arrived. We were not offered tea upon arrival which we could have used for sure. There are kettles in the room for heating water for coffee or tea. But when I looked inside it was so disgusting I wouldn't use it! We had been warned by a TA poster that Castlerea's water supply had been contaminated by the winter storms and was not drinkable. When we arrived at the B&B we were told that they had bottled water for sale if we wanted it to drink or brush our teeth. I know it isn't the locals fault that the water isn't drinkable but we felt the price for the bottled water was far above the B&Bs cost and felt they were taking advantage of a bad situation.
We wanted to take a walk to stretch our legs after the drive but the B&B is located on a main road that we didn't feel safe walking. I happened to notice the drive that enters the B&B continues on over a railroad track. There are gates you have to open to get across. Be careful but do take the walk. It is basically a farmers track that leads thru fields and eventually comes to a house. It was a very pleasant walk. It would have been nice if we had been told about the walk rather than finding it ourselves.
When we returned from eating in town, I laid down and my wife and our traveling companion went to the lounge to relax a bit. They were able to get tea at that time which apparently tasted fine. The next morning breakfast was very good but we all agreed the tea was terrible. I don't know if this had to do with the water or something else but none of us drank it.
We all agreed this B&B was not near the top of the list of B&Bs we stayed at this year or prior years for that matter. I was surprised to see so many glowing reviews as our experience just didn't match that of others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fallons is an attractive dormer style family run bed & breakfast situated on the outskirts of Castlerea Town. Peaceful and unspoilt, Fallons is bright and spacious and tastefully decorated throughout. The large bedrooms are on ground floor level each with en suite, TV, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities as standard.Wholesome Home Cooked Breakfast is served in the spacious sun-room. A relaxing visitors lounge is available for guests to unwind. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fallons Bed And Breakfast Castlerea, Ireland - County Roscommon