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Swan Lodge Country House
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

Unlike arriving at all other B&Bs in Ireland, arriving at this B&B was horrible from the start. The woman of the house opened the door and didn't greet us at all. No hello. She might as well have said "I hate Americans. You should just turn around and leave right now because if you stay, you will have a miserable stay." We had no place to go so we stayed. And her frigid stare was correct...we had the only miserable experience during our 9 day trip in Ireland that night. She turned and walked away leaving us standing there wondering what to do. Eventually her husband came out and showed us to our room. The atmosphere was cold and creepy. It was the most uncomfortable feeling we have ever experienced. So much so that we had no appetite for breakfast in the morning. But when we told John that we didn't want any breakfast, the woman's voice was heard shouting from the other room "John, forget about them! Just let them go!" We were most certainly not welcome at the Swan Lodge. We told ourselves that we just had to make it through the night and leave in the morning. Well it was difficult to sleep when you are not welcome. Nevertheless, morning finally came and it felt so good to leave and get back to the lovely country of Ireland. Every other day of our trip was amazing, fun, and friendly. Can't say the same about our experience at the Swan Lodge.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Jessica S
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

Quite and remote, a good place to start exploring Downapatrick. Friendly hosts, nicely decorated rooms and your hosts take care of you well. The breakfast was exceptional for a B&B, with self made marmelade.
Unfortunately, no hot shower after midnight (in case you arrive late). Would we come back? I think we would try something different (also the claimed 4* are based on a 2008 assessment).

Stayed: April 2012
Thank SFH75x
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

We stayed in the delightful Swan Lodge back in August 2002 and we can see from other reviews that Liz and John are still providing excellent accommodation and service. From our travel notes at the time...

"(Swan Lodge) was a little out of town, with a wonderful view overlooking the bay. On arrival, they gave us a cup of tea and homemade apricot frangipanni pie in their gorgeous garden. The room was 6 star - it even had dressing gowns in the wardrobe and beautifully embroidered towels. There was a top quality waterbed and the best shower in Ireland. But wait...there was more. The next morning we had freshly squeezed orange juice, and a gourmet choice of breakfasts, with hot home made scones, and home made jam. Fresh fruits, eggs any way etc. etc., They were the most friendly people you could imagine. This place is the hottest tip in Ireland."

Also staying there at that time were three Canadian farmers on their golfing tour of Ireland. They had planned to stay only a couple of nights and then move on... but they could find no reason to move. They were well in to their second week.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank MikeFitzAU
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

On October 29 2011 my significant other, his parents and I arrived much later at night than the anticipated time we had told our host and hostess. John welcomed us and lit the fireplace so we could relax before we retired for the night. The water pressure in the shower and temperature were the best I had experienced during my trip. The french toast was the best I have ever had in my life. The four of us certainly enjoyed our stay and the hospitality of John and Liz.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Kathleen D
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Nothing negative to say about this B&B at all!! Made to feel very welcome, very clean rooms, great views from property, great breakfast - especially the porridge! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank alanaplin
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