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Review of The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen

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The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen
Ranked #2 of 6 Loughrea B&B and Inns
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Cork, Ireland
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38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Can't say enough good things!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

We stayed here on a voucher and have been telling our friends about how wonderful it was it ever since.

The entire place is so thoughtfully and stylishly decorated, with luxurious bathrooms to match. No TVs in the rooms, but this wasn't a huge deal for us. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful without being pushy or over-involved. The food was amazing and all grown in the center's garden or locally sourced. It's served buffet-style and there's plenty of variety at each meal, so you couldn't possibly go hungry. We had to leave before breakfast was served on our last morning, and the staff made sure that some breakfast items were left out for us.

The only downsides: two twin beds were pushed together to form our double, which left an uncomfortable seem down the center (not so great for couples), and the wifi doesn't work in the rooms.

Definitely do a trail ride, even if you're a complete beginner, and pop into Loughrea for a quick stroll around the historic sites.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Caitlin J
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Loved the place
The set up
The area
The setting
The horse riding
The trails
The food was very unusual. In a good way
BUT very badly sign posted

The rooms are absolutely divine just so fab
The balconies are such a treat to sit out on
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  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cmbma
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bluetopaz99, Front Office Manager at The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to give us feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again some day!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

I had been planning a weekend break in Ireland with my boyfriend for some time. We wanted to go somewhere in the northwest that we hadn’t been before. A Groupon voucher appeared in my inbox for the Three Towers & Slieve Aughty Centre, and due to the fantastic savings (and element of adventure…horses!) we knew we had found our place.

Situated just outside Loughrea in County Galway, the centre comprises the ‘Three Towers', an almost brand new eco hotel with organic kitchen, and the well-established Slieve Aughty Riding Centre.

The directions on the website were good, and the receptionist (Jenny) gave us one of the friendliest welcomes imaginable. She greeted us like old friends, and made us a cup of tea, with mini biscuits and organic nougat which would be almost worth the long drive to Galway for on their own.

She designated us an absolutely gorgeous room (the pictures we’d seen on the website didn’t do the rooms justice) with high ceilings and pretty grey and pink décor - my favourite! Even my overnight bag matched the bedroom, so I thought it must be a good sign. ;) Some unoccupied bedrooms had the doors propped open, so we were able to see that all rooms were unique, and rather lovely.

The style of the hotel is somewhat eclectic, and d­one beautifully. There are interesting things dotted around and everywhere you look makes a pretty picture (especially the lovely dining room). I can imagine it would make a fantastic alternative wedding location - I believe a number of wedding receptions have already been held here.

We then went down the buffet style dinner, which was tasty soup, followed by baked aubergine, mashed potato and salad, and homemade rolls (there was also meat, but I chose the veggie option). It was all delicious, and accompanied with tasty organic wine. The only problem was there is no device to keep freshly cooked food warm, so it got cold quite quickly. This was followed by a banana cheesecake, which I’d never seen anywhere before…interesting!

The beds were comfortable, and everywhere was spotlessly clean, which is no mean feat in the countryside next to a riding centre. The rooms are quiet and also comfortably warm, which is important when you come inside after a long country walk. There is also a table of books to borrow during your stay – a very nice touch. The centre seems to offer a lot of activities such as English courses and organic gardening lessons from time to time, which sound fun. It also seems very child-friendly, with a number of other guests bringing along their little ones.

Unfortunately the next morning’s breakfast, my favourite meal, was a disappointment. Only some tables were laid out for breakfast, and we weren’t sure where to sit, so after looking around for a little while made for a table for four. The owner immediately told us not to sit there, as it was set for a family, so we were to sit at a table that had just finished being used. I don’t mind a few crumbs, but it did make us feel a bit second class.

It was a European-style breakfast, which was unexpected in Ireland. There was cereal, a lot of bread, cheese and meat. The only hot items were eggs and mushrooms, but again with no heating device these got cold quickly. I took an egg as had been looking forward to a hot breakfast before our horse trek, but the egg white was extremely runny (aargh!), so I couldn’t eat it. There was also toast, but as you don’t toast it yourself it gets cold very quickly. The hot things ran out as there was a queue of other guests waiting for them, and I did feel that there was a bit of competition for the hot food! The owner is Dutch, so a lot of the food was from the country. I was surprised at the omission of more Irish long-life products, but guess it was too expensive to source food here.

And now to the horses. They are wonderful, and clearly treasured by the small army of equine-loving girls and boys there on that Saturday morning. We went on an hours’ trek. As beginners, we found that the girl leading the trek (whose name I unfortunately cannot recall) was excellent - very relaxed, and patient and encouraging with those who were a bit nervous. It was a fabulous experience, and highly recommended.

I do feel the centre has made the most of the wonderful location with well-signposted trails in the nearby forest for those that fancy a woodland stroll, and laminated maps you can borrow.

Recommendations? I should mention that the Groupon offer was an absolute steal but I tried not to take that into consideration when evaluating the centre.

This is a newly opened place, so there are bound to be a few teething problems. I would recommend a seat in the bedroom, reading lamps on both sides of the bed, and shampoo as well as shower gel in the bathroom. Also, I think it should be mentioned on the website there is no TV in the bedrooms – I don’t own one so always look forward to surfing the channels when I’m in a hotel, especially on rainy Saturday afternoons.

Also, an accessible tea/coffee station nearer to the bedrooms (maybe located where the books are?) would be nice, so that you don’t have to walk through the busy dining room to make your evening cuppa. It just feels a bit weird to go behind the bar and help yourself.

A fully self-service buffet-style breakfast and lunch (with guests picking up their own cutlery, delph and food and choosing where to sit) would avoid confusion by allowing guests to look after themselves and ease the staff and kitchen’s workload. Heating devices for the food, and allowing guests to toast their own bread would also be a welcome element.

This place is obviously a hit with locals, as the restaurant was packed on Saturday night. The mission statements available to read in the bedrooms prove that this is a place that is committed to its vision of organic, sustainable travel, and that is admirable in an economy where cheaper is becoming better at any cost.

Finally, I have to mention Jenny again – she’s a sparkling asset to the hotel (without her, we may have felt a bit unwelcome!)

For something a little different, this is the perfect place to get away from it all. I have recommended it to a number of people, and will definitely return. Once the glitches are sorted out, this is going to be spectacular destination.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have access to a large, shared balcony, which would be lovely in the summer.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Eleanor R
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bluetopaz99, Front Office Manager at The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to give us feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again some day!
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

We visited Slieve Aughty for horse riding experience as complete biginners, and we had a great time. People are very friendly and welcoming and place is in a lovely enviroment. Very good experience! I will recommend to everyone to visit it with friends or with family because there are many activities for everyone. They served really tasty and homemade lunch for us!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Peter-Dori
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Esther Z, Owner at The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen, responded to this review, 15 May 2013
Thank you Peter for your nice feedback hope to see you again. Regards Esther
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Ireland
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

The Three Towers at Slieve Aughty offers a very unique experience. My husband, 5 yr old daughter and I had a very enjoyable 2 night stay in March. It really was a weekend where we really got away from it all. The weather was wild and cold, but Slieve Aughty was so peaceful and warm. Fantastic staff, very friendly, lots of fresh organic food (although not a great choice for vegetarians) and a very well equipped equestrian centre with lovely wooded walks around. Beautifully decorated bedrooms with the organic/environmentally friendly ethos carrying through. The Bar/Coffee area could be managed better - we found we needed to order some things twice... but this is a very relaxed place so good to keep that in mind.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank GoreFam
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Esther Z, Owner at The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen, responded to this review, 15 May 2013
Thank you for your feedback and happy you enjoyed your stay with us!
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

A very different and overall great experience ! The place is beautiful, modern, clean and almost feel at home, very well insulated too from cold and noise, all organic homemade food, very good atmosphere, met lovely people through guests and staff. The horse riding is for my experience fantastic, I went for a ride over 1 hour and on my own with a group of 4 people manage my horse across rivers, in the mud between rocks going up hill or down hill, very exciting a bit nervous but the time of my life Thank you Vanessa ! The kids had a fantastic time and lots of freedom to run around , no traffic, lots of friends. I love the food and will definitely be back with friends and family. Overall the stay was not too expensive compare to a basic hotel accomodation and this one was so much more ! bring wellies !

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Cecile S
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Esther Z, Owner at The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen, responded to this review, 15 May 2013
thank you for the feedback hope to see you again sometimes! Regards Esther.
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Cashel, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

Very relaxing, great food, lovely staff and horses.
Rooms are clean and comfortable, wonderfully warm after a day out riding. I have staid twice while on courses and would go back for a holiday any time!! Not your normal hotel type break but a real get away from it all break!! Very relaxing!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Stephanie C
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Esther Z, Owner at The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen, responded to this review, 15 May 2013
thank you for the feedback and we are happy you enjoyed your stay in our Eco House with a difference hope to see you back sometime. Regards Esther.
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Property: The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen
Address: | Kylebrack, Loughrea, Ireland (Formerly The Three Towers @ Slieve Aughty Centre)
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Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Loughrea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Loughrea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Three Towers Eco House is a warm and welcoming place, designed to make you feel at home so you can relax, be inspired and enjoy good organic food in a natural environment. The Three Towers offers nine bespoke bedrooms designed with comfort and rustic luxury in mind. Also on the property are two Eco Lodges, available B&B, full board and self catering. The lodges can hold up to 3 and 6 guests. The centre offers horse riding, miles of scenic hiking trails through adjacent forestry, walks with donkeys, farm bike loan, outdoor hot tub, toddler playground, art and craft room and Enchanted Forest. Certified SILVER by eco-tourism Ireland and offering organic food (certified by the Irish Farmers and Growers Association), The Three Towers is a remote escape where you can spend quality time with family and friends and enjoy the beauty of nature. ... more   less 
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