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Manor House Rathlin Island
Dublin
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127 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Great food and wonderful sea views”
Reviewed 23 June 2011

Rathlin is a beautiful place to stay, and the Rathlin Manor House affords wonderful sea views. Evening dinner is superb; some great home style food, beautifully cooked. Rooms dont have tv, but with such views maybe that's a good thing! The Manor is located right beside the boat terminal, very handy for coming and going.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

So, we stayed at The Manor House again (see last year's review a few pages down) and it was still a great experience. The food was great, the staff friendly (especially the waitress with the brightly coloured hair & face stud... (see review below - what a wh**ger!!). The weather was a tad sparky - the boat was cancelled all day on Sunday - just as well we were leaving on the Monday. So we had wind, rain, sun, rain, sun and lots more wind. It sure blew away the cobwebs! Being there at the height of the bird season was quite special. We walked over to the West Light & back on Monday morning to the RSPB station. Much, much better than the rather empty place we visited in August last year.

Many moons ago I visited Iceland - to a huge puffin colony, which was empty. No puffins last year, either, (wrong time of year). This time round - plently of them. At the West Light, they nest waaayy down on the grassy banks near the sea, but eventually, we were treated by one that landed on a grassy bank close to the viewing platform. I'll post a piccie in a day or two. Elsewhere on the island, hares abound. We saw dozens on the way to & from Rue Point (my favourite spot on the island).

Back to the guest house - Thanks again for making us welcome in The Manor House. Pity the Guiness ran out - but there were alternatives aplenty, so I didn't go thirsty - although maybe I should have stuck to Harp & not Jameson's on the Saturday night.... See you next year, unless we get a rush of blood to our heads later in the "summer" & decide to make a return trip before then.

To the undecided. It's guesthouse. Remember that. Go and enjoy.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Londonderry, Vermont
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2011

We are a group of bird watchers who have stayed in the Manor House on several occasions in the past.This time the hotel could not accommodate more than 6 of our group so 3 stayed in B&B. We all met for dinner in The Manor House in the evening and the quality of the food was good and but the presentation and the waiter service was not in keeping with the prices. Furthermore it was obvious that the organisation of the kitchen needed improving and the dress/ uniform of the waiter detracted from the enjoyment of the food ie. pierced lips with studs etc.and overalls which were not fresh and clean. There were 10 individual people having the meal and 7of those were resident yet they were told that they could not charge the food to the room number but had to pay in the restaurant .2 bottles of wine were ordered and we tried to pay for them immediately but were refused and told we should pay after the meal yet when we asked to pay individually for our different meals we were told that it was not possible and we had to take one bill and work out each individuals amount and then try to collect the money from each to make up the final total. Altogether not a customer friendly establishment. The inefficient and ineffective management was again evident when in the morning one of our group having ordered a full Irish cooked breakfast was presented with a continental breakfast and after refusing it and explaining what she had ordered she sat for at least 45Min.during which time she reminder the obviously confused and harassed waitressed
several times but no breakfast was forthcoming.These are just examples (I could go on)
of the need for experienced and professional management in this establishment which benefits from such a wonderful location and a near monopoly of the business.
The house keeping is atrocious and again some examples(but not all). The fire was not cleaned out and as well as the old ashes there were papers and discolored tissues in
the grate which appeared to have been there a long time as did the withered vegetation hanging from the chandeliers and the leftover Christmas decorations over the fireplace. The carpet was badly stained and in need of not only a through cleaning but at least a run over with a vacuum cleaner. Furthermore the house brick supporting the couch appeared to have been in place for some considerable time. I could go on but the above will serve to highlight the missed opportunity to make something of this wonderful location and to justify the pretentious prices charged for what is really a hostel or 2 star establishment with a fairly decent chef.
It would appear that some at least of the other reviews were written while the hotel was under previous management.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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rathlinmanorhouse, Owner at Manor House Rathlin Island, responded to this review, 3 June 2011
I do recall the group in question and the dinner being referred to. We do have a policy that we do not split bills. For such a large group it would be very difficult and time consuming to try and allocate every dinner item to a particular room. This is standard practice for large groups dining in a restaurant. An itemised bill is presented so that guests can split the bill amongst themselves. It would be very difficult for us to split a bottle of wine amongst multiple rooms.
I do apologise about the issue with breakfast. I apologised numerous times through the day. I met with staff after breakfast to discover what happened, why things went so wrong and how to not have it happen again. Unfortunately mistakes happen and we do our best to learn from them.
I would like to say that you hit the nail on the head. We are a two-star guesthouse. We are not a hotel. We are a family run business and when you are staying in the Manor House you are staying in our home. We offer as many amenities as possible to try and cater to the various types of travellers that visit Rathlin; however, we are not and do not pretend to be a hotel. If things were not clean, I do apologise about that. It is unacceptable for things to be dirty. No matter what type of establishment we are, everything should be tidy.
It is unfortunate that that your group did not enjoy your time at the Manor House – I hope that we will get the opportunity to make it up to you.
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Bangor, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

Have to agree with fellow reviewers who criticise previous travellers for being somewhat deluded as to what you can expect from this place - that said, the Manor House was a pleasant surprise for us.

We found the staff to be informal and friendly, and the restauarant was a revelation - we had one of the loveliest meals in recent years in a gorgeous setting. Our room was clean and basic but the view from the window is all you should be concerned with - stunning.

The hotel does have something of a hostel feel to it but this has more to do with the nature of the people who stay there or pass-through it, rather than the premises. All-in-all, we would highly recommend the Manor House both in its own right and for giving one the chance to experience Rathlin Island in comfort.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wilton, Connecticut
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2011

We travelled to Rathlin at the end of a two-week stay in Ireland and the Manor House, where we just stayed one night, was the last stop before flying out of Belfast to London. Rathlin was of interest because long ago, the whole island had belonged to ancestors on my mother's side in the Gage family. The same family built and lived in the Manor House, so it was a treat to be able to stay in a piece of family history and walk the island's trails. We arrived on an early ferry from Ballycastle (a very pleasant 45 minute hop) and you see the Manor House as you are coming into the harbor. The hotel itself is quite simple but very pleasant, and we thought very good value for money. We had a lovely room for three with ensuite bathroom (not all rooms are ensuite). It wasn't huge but the views were spectacular and it was as comfortable as anyone would need. We didn't linger there, but headed out by island bus for the seabird cliffs, looked after by the RSPB at the other end of Rathlin. The cliffs are incredible and at the time we visited, heaving with kittiwakes and puffins. There are plenty of telescopes to look through at the RSPB observation deck and very helpful volunteer naturalists to tell you all about the birds and the ecology of the island. After a couple of hours here we decided to forgo the bus and walk back to Rathlin Harbor. This was a wonderful 4 mile or so hike along the road with fantastic views and through wild and farming landscape. Back at the harbor we visited the lovely little Rathlin Island museum and enjoyed tea and scones being served in someone's front-garden cafe. Back to the hotel for dinner where the food was absolutely delicious and as fresh as could be. Whatever seafood is on offer, cooked in any way is the smart choice here! As we ate our dinner, some rain came in and we could see a beautiful rainbow forming over the harbor. As it was light so late we could take one more walk around after dinner - this time up to the church, where some of our ancestors lay in the graveyard. Exhausted from our day of fresh air sleep came fast and we woke refreshed the next day for our trip over to England.
There is nothing fancy about this hotel and the service is very basic. With the exception of the restaurant waiter, the staff weren't especially welcoming or even particularly friendly, but that's no big down-side for one night when the place is so clean and comfortable and in such an incredible venue, and when the food is so great. To be honest, the hotel is much better than one has the right to expect on an island of just a few square miles. We loved our stay and would definitely return if we had the chance. It was great and calming way to say goodbye to Ireland.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2011

We stayed here in oct '10... When we arrived r room wasn't ready had a scone & coffee:-)... Which was delish!!... Room was basic but very clean!! That nite in the hotel we'd dinner which I can honestly say was 1 of the nicest meals I'd even had!! I ordered surf & turf which I thought was going 2 b prawns n steak it was 1/2 lobster & steak which was freshly caught that day I even seen the chef bringing it 4m lobster pot 4m boat:-)....... Hubby had crab which was lovely 2 & freshly caught!!.... The view from bedroom & dinning room are xcellent just looking out over harbour:-) The cost was brillant 2 £70 4 double room & breakfast which was lovely 2:-)

  • Stayed October 2010
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 31 December 2010

I have been on Rattling quite a few times now as we take our boat over for the great fishing of Bull Point. We normally pull in at the new Marina and head to the pub for a few pints of Guinness but this time we decided to go to the hotel for something to eat. To say we were impressed is an understatement. Guinness was even better than the pub and the bar food was excellent. We got talking to the barman who showed us the restaurant and one of the rooms. Menu looked delish and rooms looked very cosy. Could picture myself here with the wife on a cold night in front of the fire. Prices are also quite reasonable. As a bit of a ww2 war buff I was also interested in the war graves situated in the grounds of the small church.
Rathlin is one of those places that should be on 100 places to visit before you die.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Property: Manor House Rathlin Island
Address: Rathlin Island BT54 6RT, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Rathlin Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Rathlin Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Please note that Manor House Rathlin has now re-opened under new Management, after a major refurbishment. The Manor House is a lovely, late Georgian property overlooking the harbour in Rathlin Island's Church Bay. It's the perfect place for those wishing to enjoy peace, tranquility and an island to explore. ... more   less 
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The Manor House Hotel Rathlin Island
Manor House Rathlin Island County Antrim

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