We stayed here for 4 nights during a week-long trip to Ireland. First let me say that I've never stayed at a B&B abroad before (only in the States), so perhaps my expectations were unreasonably high...
Here's the upside. The house is impeccably clean, the rooms large, the beds comfortable. The bathrooms are clean and spacious (but don't expect shampoos, extra towels, etc...). The staff are pleasant, the property beautiful, the breakfast yummy (the scones, bread, and eggs are great).
Here's the downside. The breakfast is great, but it's made-to-order and the staff take a while to realize you're in the breakfast room. If, as a tourist, you are on a schedule in the morning, you might end up eating mostly scones and bread like we did. Also, you should know that there is no internet or phone access. Maybe this is standard for a B&B, but it stunk that there was no land line from which to use our calling card and no option for internet.
When we were planning our trip, I gathered from Cahergal's website that the staff would show us where to walk around the farm, offer us use of the tennis courts, or ask us if we wanted to go horseback riding (for a fee, obviously). Not the case. Because we weren't sure where we were allowed to walk and no one from the staff was around much, we didn't explore the farm at all.
Lastly, I accidentally broke a mirror in our room - I tripped over a suitcase and hit an armoire, and the mirror hanging inside it fell out. I was asked to pay 50 euro to replace it, which rubbed me the wrong way (it wasn't a piece of heirloom furniture, and I didn't expect a nice, established B&B to make us pay the entire cost for something like that). In addition, the staff made me feel terrible about the mirror and questioned whether I'd been drinking when I broke it, which was ridiculous (it happened at around 3pm) and unnecessary. If I'd hurt myself when I broke the mirror (which I was about an inch away from doing), I doubt they would have acted like we were a couple of irresponsible kids.
Overall, the accommodations were everything we wanted, but we left there with an odd vibe. I think our experience was an abnormal one, though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful, restored farmhouse is surrounded by scenic farmland, offering spacious rooms with countryside views. Guests can enjoy horse riding, tennis, and home-cooked breakfasts sourced from the farm itself. Each room at Cahergal Farmhouse includes an en suite bathroom with power shower, and hairdryer. Some rooms include a king-size bed, and guests can relax with a TV in the room. Some rooms also overlook the Fergus River. Breakfasts are served in the bright and airy dining room overlooking the rose garden and ancient stone walls. Freshly cooked, full Irish breakfasts are available, along with an extensive breakfast menu. Horse riding is available on-site with qualified instructors, and walking tours of the farm and surrounding countryside can be arranged. Free parking is provided, and Shannon Airport is only 5 miles away. Bunratty Folk Village is 4 miles away, and Dromoland Castle and Golf Club is 2 miles from Cahergal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cahergal Farmhouse Ireland/Newmarket-On-Fergus