My husband and I stayed at Dromquinna last September. It was the final weekend of the season and we were really pleased to get availability. The first night was as described in most of the reviews here. Really blissful! The luxury tent was lovely, the Boathouse Restaurant fantastic, the peace and calm so good for the soul, the loudest sound was the lapping water on the shoreline and the breakfast basket was a great touch. We thought we had found our 'get away from it all' place.
As we enjoyed the Boathouse Restaurant so much on the first evening we went back again the next evening. Again, great. Would really recommend the restaurant. As we strolled back to our luxury tent that evening we heard the sound of a band playing from the manor itself and thought nothing of it. We guessed it was a wedding party. We sat outside our tent for a while, and heard the music some more. Started getting a bit worried then, as it was drowning out the sounds of the previous night's blissfulness. We didn't sleep much that night, and not for a pleasant reason either. The band got louder, with a really heavy thudding base, the wedding party poured outside infront of the manor and continued to party on loudly. The manor house is not far from the camping area. At 3am in the morning we had to endure at least two, maybe three drunk revelers running through the tent area a few times, roaring at the top of their voices. The vulgar language was disgusting. We also had to endure wedding party guests coming back to their own tent at about 2.30am in the morning, to continue to party in their tent, extremely loudly. The night's experience was like staying in a first floor hotel room, just over a nightclub, with walls as thin as tent material. And, it was made worse knowing there was no one to go to at that hour of the night, no night security guard or night supervisor. To add to our disgust, when we described the night's events at reception the next morning we got no interest and no apology. In short: wedding parties at Dromquinna Manor are not compatible with the 'pure natural bliss' promised when staying in a luxury tent in Dromquinna. If you decide to book a stay here, I would advise you to ask if there is a wedding party on during the dates you request, and if there is, don't book these dates!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dromquinna Manor is a 40 acre estate on the shores of Kenmare Bay. The Manor is dedicated to catering for weddings up to 180 guests in a magnificent Victorian building with a warm contemporary decor. A simply stunning setting with personal service. We have 14 tents on the grounds which are fully furnished and feature really comfy beds with duck down duvet and goose down pillows. Camping was never like this. The Boathouse Wine Bar & Bistro offers a tantalizing selection of dishes by the water. Shutters on the Pier is an informal party venue on the water that is ideal for informal parties for up to 120 people. ... more less