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Golfkeel Cottages
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Golfkeel cottages represent a wonderful value if their location suits you. I brought a golf group here and we rented two of the three cottages. The cottages are close together so work well for groups. They are comfortable and have real character, if a bit light on amenities (more towels, please). The location outside of Banbridge turned out to be very convenient for a group that was doing some golf and some touring. One of our group didn't have a car and would walk into town and catch a bus somewhere to hike or visit. The Giant's Causeway, Ards Peninsula, the Mourne Mountains, Belfast and several great golf courses are all within a two hour drive from Golfkeel. I was very pleased with this choice and John was a great host.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Our first trip to Northern Ireland proved to be beautiful one. The views from our cottage windows and in deed, the cottage itself, were second to none! We travelled with a group of friends from Canada and we occupied all three cottages. The cottages were clean, tidy, nicely decorated and comfortable for our "home away from home." John & Oonagh O'Neill take obvious pride in providing their clients with accomodations that they would like to stay in themselves. John shared some comical stories and offered some insight to a few Irish curiosities. The town of Banbridge is quaint and offers all amenities. A night at "The Railway Inn" is to be treasured where you will become a welcomed member of their family. Within 25 minutes of Belfast, these cottages offer a central location for travel around this beautiful & historical country!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Shelley H
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

Just back from our fourth stay at these lovely cottages and we’ll certainly be back!!!! Grand place, grand welcome and excellent value. Everything to hand and nothing too much trouble………including the delivery of the mobility scooter for the duration of our stay.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank Karen P P
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

My wife and I rented "The Loft" and "Dovedale" cottages for our group of 11. These cottages are an absolute gem. Lovely location, beautiful cottages and wonderful, informative and friendly owners. The cottages were clean, modern amenities yet with rustic look. What a deal for a weeks rental. John, the owner, recommended a local pub, "Railway Inn" for our pleasure after a day of exploring and that was also a hidden gem and very close by. I highly recommend these cottages and hopefully will be able to rent again the next time we visit Ireland.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

I stayed here for 6 nights and rented both cottages with my family. We loved our stay here and really found time to unwind and relax. The cottages are in a fantastic location, close to town, and Oonagh is a fantastic host as she is friendly and helpful. The cottage is well set out and it was lovely to have to the privacy of our own bathrooms and a big laundry. The heating works well, but unfortunately we got cold at night when it turned itself off.

The few downsides that we found were to do with missing homely touches; particularly in the bathrooms. For 6 nights, 2 toilet rolls didn't last long at all, and it was a shame to only have one towel each. There was no soap left, or basics such as bath gel. There was some soap in the hand pumps, but in most bathrooms they were empty. The bathrooms weren't quite up to stratch with the cleanliness of the rest of the cottage either, with lots of dust and hair on the roof and shower. The most disappointing part however, was not having any wood left for the fire and being told we had to buy our own - for the price of the cottages, this was crazy!

We loved our stay and I would definitely recommend these cottages to others, I would come back - but my overall observation says they're 4 star, not 5.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

We recently returned from our second trip to Golfkeel Cottages in Banbridge Northern Ireland. We stayed in The Loft which is one of three cottages owned by John & Oonagh O'Neill. The three cottages are located on the same property which makes it perfect for large families. We chose the Loft because of the rustic yet modern decor. The Loft contains 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and all of the modern conveniences. We love the original stone walls which are in the living room, kitchen and upstairs bedroom. It is very cozy and inviting. Golfkeel is very conveniently located. It is surrounded by beautiful scenic farmland which gives you the feeling that you are very much in the country yet you are only a 5 minute drive into the town of Banbridge. There is also a Golf Course which is adjacent to the cottages.

John and Oonagh keep the cottages in excellent condition and always very clean. They live very close by in the event that you need anything. John is very knowledgable about the area and is more than happy to give you tips on sightseeing.

A car is necessary unless you are just planning on relaxing and not going anywhere. There isn't really anywhere that you can easily walk to. The town of Banbridge is a nice size town with some nice stores and good restaurants and pubs. The large Tesco supermarket is a short drive away. There is a small market on the main street of Banbridge. It is approximately a 35 minute drive into Belfast. Banbridge is a convenient location for visiting the Giants Causeway, The Bushmill Distillery and the Carrick A Rede Robe Bridge which are all within a 15 minute drive of each other. The Titanic Museum in Belfast is a must see. Dublin is approximately a 90 minute drive to the South.

Golfkeel is a beautiful place to stay for your trip to Northern Ireland. To view photos look at the website www.golfkeel.co.uk John will answer any questions you may have.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

We have just returned from a 5 night break and stayed in Oatfield Cottage, we were over visiting family (I come from quite a large family 11 siblings) this cottage was perfect plenty of space for cars, very private we had a couple of barbecues, it was perfect, loads of space both inside and out, we will definitely be booking up again, very relaxing, beautiful scenery.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Golfkeel Cottages

Address: 15 Ballykeel Road, Banbridge BT32 3UE, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Banbridge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Banbridge
Hotel Class:5 star — Golfkeel Cottages 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Golfkeel Cottages Banbridge, Northern Ireland

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