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Belleek Castle
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Ballina
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“Best weekend break”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

We booked this as a last minute weekend break and boy were we delighted with this fantastic hotel. We arrived at night, it was lit up like a fairy princess castle, it looked stunning. It has been beautifully renovated with much love by a family. The food was sublime. If you go, get the drunken bullock, I had it both nights, was just super gorgeous. The staff are so friendly had helpful. The four poster bed in our room was so comfortable and I had to jump to get on it which I thought was hilarous. The open fire in the bar is so lovely to sit by and the grounds are wonderful to explore. Highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Three nights at the castle and we were treated like royalties or maybe like Robin Hood and Marion. Going up the ivydressed bolulevard towards the castle made you travel a couple of hundred years back in time. Although everything is up to date and we got one of the newly refurbished rooms overlooking the front lawn. Well down at the bar we had the the best cosmo ever made and reluctantly went into the main dining room only to have a spendid meny of different deletable surprises. Dont hesitate just go and leave your self in the care of the castles knights.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Londonderry, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Enjoyed a long weekend here recently. Standard room was OK with no real character. Superior rooms are more roomy and more in keeping with the property. Shower was particularly poor but bed was very comfortable.
Hall, bar, lounge and dining room do not disappoint in their period features and you really feel that you are staying in an historic building.
Continental breakfast choice might not satisfy everyone but the 'cooked to order breakfast' is excellent. Ate all three nights in the castle and were able to sample the early bird, a la carte and market menus. Everything we had to eat was excellent and we had the pleasure of dining in a smaller separate dining room as well as the main dining room.
All staff that we encountered were very pleasant and attentive.
As per photos on their site there are no formal gardens but the walks through the woods and along the river are a great asset on the doorstep.
Highly recommend for those that want a relaxing break and are' fond of their food'.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

My wife and I stayed in this wonderful castle for two nights. From the time we entered to the time we left it was an experience of wonderful delights that comes once in a lifetime. The staff were very informative and friendly and the food was absolutely marvellous. Credit to everyone involved and to the man who first created this great ambience. We enjoyed the walks along the Moy and in the evening could sit in the lounge or bar with its open fires and luxuriate in the comforts and surrounds. Our food from the first to last morsel was absolutely delicious and so wonderfully presented that I wanted to stay there for a long time. Once again to the owners past and present and all of the staff well done. It makes me proud that we have these hidden gems in our country. "I'll be back".

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

This was my wife and my third trip to Ireland and our only one where it was just the two of us. I wanted to find a couple really unique places to stay and Belleek Castle Hotel fit the bill. We stayed the second week in October. The castle itself is beautiful and the grounds and walk through the woods you can take to the river add to the adventure. We had a great room and since it was early in the week there were only 5 guest rooms of the 10 filled when we were there so the castle was all ours!

Daniel the manager was fantastic. We felt like honored guests and really enjoyed the time spent talking with Daniel and learning about the castle, it's history, his experiences, etc...

The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast in the beautiful dining room and had the castle tour with Miriam. It was just my wife and myself on the tour so it was a special private tour. Miriam was wonderful and full of knowledge. You have to take the tour if you stay at the castle it is a amazing to see the amour, the fossils, the private dining room and Grace O'Malley's bed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Stayed here over the bank Holiday.If you are looking for Swimming pools/Gyms etc.. This place is not for you.If you like old,Log Fires and Pleasent atmosphere then go no further.Lovely walks around the grounds and Forest.Staff very friendly.They talked to you because they wanted to rather than having to.Same goes for Ballina Town, friendly locals everywhere.Would definitely recommend

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We have just stayed in this hotel for 2 nights ( a couple and a teenage son). It was extremely relaxing and very beautiful. We would recommend. It is an old castle set in fantastic woodland along the river Moy. It has only a small number of rooms. The staff are all helpful and friendly.
We ate in the castle on one night. We are ambivalent. In many ways the experiences was exquisite. We had the Market Menu - several courses were unbelievably tasty and beautifully created. The beetroot and raspberry sorbet with rosemary martini was particularly memorable. The drunken bullock a theatre. The only down side - several courses were loaded with salt. There was no need.

We would certainly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Belleek Castle
Address: Belleek Woods, Ballina, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Ballina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Ballina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Belleek Castle 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belleek Castle....... an iconic Irish Country House, restaurant (AA 2 Rosettes), hotel and spectacular wedding venue…Belleek is unpretentious, cosy and friendly, rich in decor and antiquities, with open log fires to warm your steps back through this cultural adventure.Enjoy a contemporary dinner, with generous portions, in our unique light panelled dining room. We have developed a new food philosophy. Our spirit is to search for more “Depth of Flavour”, exercising both classic and imaginative cooking techniques. We use seasonal ingredients and produce, selected from the land, sea and air of Mayo, and combine these with the traditions of the Castle.However, our signature dish is a Castle classic, the "Drunken Bullock", a filet steak flambéed at the table and served flaming from a sword, adding theatre to succulent steak. Hand made oak tables, eclectic romantic music, lit by candlelight, with charming attention and delicious food.“One of the most atmospheric and delightful dining experiences in Ireland”, Bill Gooch, Virginia Beach.Guests may enjoy a private viewing of the Castle museum by appointment. Belleek Castle hosts The Marshall Doran Collection, the finest collection of mediaeval armour and Jurassic fossils in Ireland. How many times have I heard? “Oh my God!” or “Oh Gosh!”Belleek Castle... Unique, intimate and magical. ... more   less 
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