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Ballinalacken Castle Country House
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Reviewed 27 January 2011

We were originally planning to stay for two nights at what was supposed to be an outstanding resort hotel in Adare, but were greatly disappointed. So, we checked out after only one night and headed out to see the Cliffs of Moher. Before leaving, I searched the internet and found Ballinalacken Castle Country House was near our destination. The ratings were all good, so we decided to give it a try. Well, as it turned out, we were overwhelmed with the gracious hospitality, location, food, and comfortable, quiet and restful accommodations. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we stayed an extra night. We would have stayed longer, but they were sold out. And, no wonder. This was definitely the highlight of our entire 15 day coast-to-coast tour of Ireland -- and we stayed in four and five-star rated resorts and hotels the rest of the time! We don't know how they do it, but the chef is previously from a five-star resort and we enjoyed the most magnificent, romantic dinner of our entire trip. The owner's son, Declan, manages the property with his wife and they share duties as hosts and servers in the dining room. Declan's father (the owner) was tending bar during our stay. He was very welcoming, warm, and entertaining. Another highpoint was the nightly visit by the local fox which shows up for a meal of tasty scraps around 10:30 PM every night. We, under the supervision of Declan's father, were able to hand-feed the fox.
I've been reluctant to write this review for fear that the property will become so well known that we won't be able to get a reservation when we return. But, we will definitely try to stay there again. The owner's deserve all the accolades they get... and more! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2011

The owners of Ballinlacken are lovely. We arrived quite late on a Friday and they were very accommodating. The staff knows the area very well, and can recommend a driving route if you want to spend your days exploring. Breakfast was great, and dinner was a wonderful way to end our day. Don't miss the tour of the castle on the property. Would recommend for a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank MollyUVA
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Reviewed 14 December 2010

This was our second visit to the "Castle", having stayed overnight in October 1999 after driving from Dublin to see the Cliffs of Mohar. We so enjoyed our evening that my wife and I vowed that upon our return to Ireland, we would make it a point to stay in the Doolin / Lisdoonvarna area, and at the Ballinalacken Castle Hotel. Our visit this time was for two nights, the 16th and 17th of October 2010, and was every bit as enjoyable as it was 12 years ago! Dennis and Cecilia are great hosts, as well as Dennis being a fabulous bartender. Furthermore, the views of the Cliffs of Mohar and Galway Bay from the hotel are breathtaking. Very, very highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

Just outside of Doolan - actually 3-4K's outside - down a winding road in the countryside. Not really a castle - more an old mansion hotel - but there are the ruins of a castle next door that the host will take you through.

Very nice rooms with large bathrooms - well appointed.

Excellent Breakfast - we didn't have dinner - we wanted to eat in a local pub - but we heard that it was excellent.

PS: We stongly recommend that you visit a pub for the music - try McMcGanns Pub, B&B, Roadford, Doolin, Co Clare - has its own web site. Very original. Down the road from the Ballinalacken Castle Country House. It is where we had dinner. Local cuisine. Very rustic. Very local - almost no tourists. Great lilting music "the term sing for your supper" for the 4-performers truly applied. Highlight of our Doolin visit.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank DRouatt
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

We stayed here for two nights and very much enjoyed it. Our room had a beautiful view of the Aran Islands. It was so peaceful, looking from our window across a green expanse of lawn to the water and the Aran Islands with the late afternoon sun streaming through the clouds. Very calming. It is farther out of town than I thought it was going to be, definitely not walking distance.

Our large room was nicely furnished with a king bed, two night tables, two upholstered chairs and a round table, and a chest. Very comfortable. The bathroom was fine with a tub/shower combination, but sadly lacking in counter space. The public rooms are elegant in an old school way, but still comfortable.

Dennis took us to the old castle so we could go inside it. We could climb the winding stone staircases all the way to the top of the tower. No handrails or barriers here!

They serve both breakfast and dinner at the hotel. The breakfast was very good and we had dinner the second night of our stay. Dinner was wonderful, and after dinner we went up to the bar for an after dinner drink.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank SanDiegoCoco
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