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Ballinalacken Castle Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Doolin
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“Wonderful "Castle"”
Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely stay here. The rooms were big and although our view of the castle wasn't great we had a few cats walk by which made our son's day each time. The breakfast was wonderful and enjoyed the view while eating. The front desk gave very good directions for the next leg of our trip and appreciated their opinion. An excellent stay altogether. Would definitely come back.

  • Stayed April 2013
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CeciliaDoolin, Public Relations Manager at Ballinalacken Castle Country House, responded to this review, 6 May 2013
Hello Dodgefan
Many thanks for review and kind words.We are very glad your family enjoyed the stay and the wonderfull views and food.We hope the next leg of your journey was just as good.
We hope to welcome you back in the future
Regards declan
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Reviewed 29 April 2013 via mobile

My wife and have just returned from spending a couple of days here. It's the perfect base for touring the attractions of County Clare. We were lucky to have good weather for two of our three days....the third one wasn't bad either! Cecilia and Anita made sure that our stay was comfortable. The room was very comfortable and breakfasts were excellent, as was the view of the cliffs from our room. Declan gave us a detailed, informative tour of the castle ruins....including a description of plans for some restoration work to protect it from further. Only (minor) negative was the very limited range and low speed of the WiFi.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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CeciliaDoolin, Manager at Ballinalacken Castle Country House, responded to this review, 3 May 2013
Hi Canadian Traveler
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel
We are glad you enjoyed the rooms and the food.
Glad also that you liked the trip up the castle.Since your departure we have now wifi available in all bedrooms .
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in ireland and we look foward to your return
Regards Declan
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Dublin
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We stayed here last year and it was absolute bliss. The hotel is in a beautiful location only a short trip from Doolin, the Cliffs of Moher and numerous other tourist attractions.We were greeted by Celia who was so welcoming and friendly. Her husband Declan took us on a private tour of the old castle ruins and filled us in on the history of it. The food here is excellent and the menu caters for all tastes huge compliments to the wonderful chef. lts the most romantic place you could dine, looking out at the beautiful rolling hills and the breath-taking North Clare scenery. The bedrooms are lovely and so comfortable and peaceful. You will be guarnateed a good nights sleep here. Doolin is only about a five minute drive if you fancy some bustling lrish traditional music then this is the spot. Celia and Declan are wonderful hosts and they will go the extra mile to help you. All the staff are lovely and friendly lf you want a quiet drink after dinner you can retire to the lovely old style traditional bar something which is rare l find in these times. The bar is lovely very relaxing with its wooden decor and Denis the owner will be only too happy to chat. l would highly recommend Ballinalacken Castle, my experience there was wonderful and l certainly plan to return there this year. A pure gem you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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California's Wine Coast Country, California
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

We stayed here in August 2012. My wife had done her research for a place to stay while spending time at the Cliffs of Moher and Ines Mor. The reviews were really good, so we gave it a go. Undoubtedly, it was one of the best choices we made on this trip. We were coming back from Ines Mor, and were running really late. One of the main reasons that we booked here was for the dining. We were so late, that we missed our opportunity to have dinner there on our one night stay. We called them to let them know we were coming, and they were extremely hospitable, and kept the kitchen open well past closing! Lucky for us because the food was in the top two during our two-week stay in Ireland. We arrived late and got the tail end of the sunset, but it looked great from the restaurant. After dinner, we made our way to the small bar where the conversation was warm and inviting. Two pints later, it was time to make our way to our rooms.

The rooms were beautiful and inviting, with great views. Overall, the experience was outstanding despite our short stay. I would recommend this place to anyone in the area.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2013 via mobile

A lovely romantic setting. Restaurant is amazing and food is as good as the best restaurants. The day after the owner brought us to see the castle and there was a white horse roaming around...like a scene from tir na nog.

I feel the place could be developed and would be a unique wedding venue with a small bit of investment. That said the fact that it is do quiet is part of its charm.

Will be back soon!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Brussels
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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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Grand Junction
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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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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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