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“Lovely Time at the Ballinalacken”

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Ballinalacken Castle Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
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Brussels
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“Lovely Time at the Ballinalacken”
Reviewed 18 December 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at the Ballinalacken Castle during our holiday through Ireland. We are return guests and visit often because of the hospitality of the O'Callaghan Family, it's like our home away from home. Cecilia and Declan, the hosts of the Ballinalacken, are always ready to help with attractions to see in the area and making your stay more comfortable. They are always hospitable and friendly. Rooms are comfortable, great for sleeping, and roomy with gorgeous views of the Atlantic and Aran Islands. Breakfast is delicious, there are many choices, and it's very relaxing to sit, enjoy the views over a cup of tea or coffee. We always look forward to dinner here. Michael Foley, their chef, makes delicious meals. We enjoyed the rack of lamb and beef immensely. Service is excellent, they have the best staff, always efficient and friendly. If you'd like a tour of the castle ruins, just ask Declan. It shouldn't be missed. Doolin is about 3 miles down from the hotel if you'd like to hear some traditonal music in one of the pubs. Or if you'd like to retire to the hotel bar after dinner, you can enjoy some great conversation with Denis O'Callaghan, the proprietor. We very highly recommend staying here and look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

We stayed our first two nights in Ireland at Ballinalacken Castle Country House, outside of Doolin. Our first impressions were awe and excitement as we drove through a whimsical gate along a scenic driveway to the country house. Ballinalacken benefits from one of the best settings we experienced in Ireland: a mysterious castle ruin next door, an ocean view from the windows, and lush greenery everywhere. The house itself is beautifully decorated with vintage pieces, and it's a perfect combination of the intimacy of a B&B and the larger room/privacy of a hotel. The food was good, the hosts were friendly and accommodating, and the location is great. We'd definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kentucky
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

I traveled to Doolin in September this year and stayed three nights at the Ballinalacken, and could have spent my whole vacation there. Our host could not have been more accommodating, and the rest of the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Declan took a group of on a tour of the castle ruins and his spoken history of the area was a treat. Staff also recommended Pat's Walking Tour out toward the Cliffs of Moher and this was the highlight of our stay in Ireland. Breakfast was wonderful, and the evening meal was as good as you will find anywhere. Very, very highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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County Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

Stayed at the Ballinalacken Castle Country House during the October Bank Holiday weekend - really enjoyed it. Big, clean room, with a huge, comfortable bed. The room also had two armchairs and a table, with an old-school TV. Large bathroom, very clean, and a decent shower too. The staff were all very pleasant and welcoming.

We had dinner in the hotel on one of the evenings - very tasty, and quite reasonable too. The hotel also has a small bar - I had one of the best pints of Guinness I've had in a long time there.

Hotel might be tricky to find in the night time, there's no sign directly at the entrance to the hotel (some old white gates) it's across the road, and it's black, which made it difficult to spot, but if you go past Doolin Cave (on your right hand side), and get to the top of that road, Ballinalacken Castle House is straight in front of you, through the gates.

Lots to see and do nearby:
Doolin Cave
Lahinch
Cliffs of Moher
Fr. Ted's House
The Burren

In summary, the hotel is small and quaint, with lots of character. On a clear day, the views are fantastic; it's definitely worth a stay, if you're in the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Idaho
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

We spent 2 nights at Ballinalacken. My husband got sick and we had to stay an extra day. Cecelia was so accommodating and helpful. The rooms are comfortable and the views are incredible from the hotel. I think the views were my favorite in Ireland.

Cecelia arranged a driver for us to tour the Cliffs of Moher as our driver (my husband) was ill. The breakfasts were wonderful and the dinner we had was great, too. Be sure to visit their small pub and have a Guiness!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Concord, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

My wife and I were guests for two nights at this lovely property. This was our first visit and will certainly will not be our last. The hosts (Declan and Cecilia) were fantastic in all respects. They seem to go the extra mile to please. We inquired about the particulars relative to travel to the Aran Islands and Cecelia promptly called the ferry company and handed us the phone. What great service! The staff was also extremely competent and genuinely nice. We were fortunate enough to stay in Room 16, which has panoramic views of the sea. The room was appointed to a very high standard. Breakfast and dinner were simply delicious. The serving sizes were perfect as well. The menu is quite diverse and sophisticated.

The history and ambience of the property is noteworthy. The location of the property is ideal for travel to the Aran Islands and viewing the Cliffs of Moher. Additionally, arguably two of the best pubs in Ireland (O'Connor's and McGann's) are located in Doolin. Both offer fine traditional Irish music.

If in County Clare, I would highly recommend this lovely Victorian style hotel. We are returning to Ireland in May 2013 and definitely plan on staying at least two nights with Declan and Ceceila.

Visited October 2012

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Concord, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

My wife and I were guests for two nights at this lovely property. This was our first visit and will certainly will not be our last. The hosts (Declan and Cecilia) were fantastic in all respects. They seem to go the extra mile to please. We inquired about the particulars relative to travel to the Aran Islands and Cecelia promptly called the ferry company and handed us the phone. What great service! The staff was also extremely competent and genuinely nice. We were fortunate enough to stay in Room 16, which has panoramic views of the sea. The room was appointed to a very high standard. Breakfast and dinner were simply delicious. The serving sizes were perfect as well. The menu is quite diverse and sophisticated.

The history and ambience of the property is noteworthy. The location of the property is ideal for travel to the Aran Islands and viewing the Cliffs of Moher. Additionally, arguably two of the best pubs in Ireland (O'Connor's and McGann's) are located in Doolin. Both offer fine traditional Irish music.

If in County Clare, I would highly recommend this lovely Victorian style hotel. We are returning to Ireland in May 2013 and definitely plan on staying at least two nights with Declan and Ceceila.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ballinalacken Castle Country House
Address: Coast Road R-477, Doolin R477, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballinalacken Castle Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ballinalacken Castle Hotel Doolin is one of the leading Castle Hotels Ireland with views of Cliffs of Moher. This Clare Hotel has an award winning restaurant and is the best place to eat in Doolin. It would be difficult to find a more beautiful place on the West Coast of Ireland in which to wake up. The Ballinalacken has been described in the press as one of the finest located houses in Europe. Our guest rooms offer spectacular panoramic views of the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay. A 15th Century Castle ruin of the O'Brien Clan stands imposingly beside the Ballinalacken Hotel. ... more   less 
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