Visited June Bank Holiday weekend and stayed for 3 nights with a voucher from Groupon. When I rang to make the booking the girl who was foreign and had trouble understanding my English seemed most confused. I asked if there was electric hook up for tents which I was prepared to pay on top of the voucher value. Was told there was electric hook up avaialble. Upon arrival I was told where to park the car, and p[itch the tent. It was up a farm track adjacent to the hostel. It was a farm track and NOT a road, and full of pot holes and being honest, I didnt like driving my car even the short distance up it. The electric hook ups were all together on an electric board bolted to a farm building, situated on a gravel area. Total unsuitable for pitching tents, and if I had been in a caravan or camper I would have been disappointed at the location, it was like being in a car park, compared to the lovely area where I eventually pitched my tent. Despite my very long electric hook up wire there was no way I was going to be able to have the electric supply to my tent as I had been assured of. The tent area is lovely, in the farmhouse garden and there are raised beds and a hen house from which you were allowed to help yourselves. The campers kitchen is seperate from the hostel kitchen and was absolutely FILTHY! The draining board was full of rinsed pots (there was no hot water in to the kitchen in the three days I was there) I dont think this is very hygenic, the pots not getting properly washed. There was odd assortments of cutlery, very few cooking tools. There was a four pan hob on top of which was a lime scaled kettle and a frying pan full of oil and other peoples cooking. The electric kettle was full of limescale and there was a microwave that was without its glass plate hence it was very difficult to microwave anything properly. all of these were connected to a extension lead, that dangle haphazardly over a stool. There were two fridges to use, (no freezer compartment). The table in the kitchen area was also filthy and rubbish was over flowing from the ridiculously small pedal bin (bathroom size) for a campsite?????
The shower/toilet block were draughty freezing add ons to a farm building. There was not always toilet paper, the taps leaked and needed maintaining the mirrors above the sink were so worn by the elements that you couldnt really see yourself properly! There was NO HOT WATER in the whole time I was there. The owner said the gas had ran out and she would see to it.....but still NO HOT WATER! the water is on a push in tap system, 30 second blasts if you can bear to brave the cold water!
There is wifi in the main house, however there seems to be some sort of problem with campers accessing the lounge area of the hostel in order to use the wifi. So wifi is a debatable subject.
There is a well groomed male yorkshire terrier called Coco allowed to raom the campsite. Which is fine if you like dogs, if you dont be aware he jumps up all the time, begs for food around the tent, is in the kitchen, sitting on chairs, and walking oon top of the picnic tables. On a positive note the campsite is set in beautiful surroundings and well located for the sights of County Meath. We also popped into the North visiting Newry which was only half an hour away. If this campsite was cleaner and better maintained I wouldnt hesitate to recommends it. I was happy to pay e24 for my Groupon voucher which entitled two people to three nights camping (normal price E10 a person per night) Had I paid the normal price of E60 I would be furious!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Slane Farm Hostel and Cottages are situated on a large working farm in the heart of the historic Boyne Valley. These old farm buildings have been lovingly transferred into luxury accommodation that would suit couples, families, groups or individuals. With Dublin city and Dublin Airport only 40 mins. away guests can enjoy the freedom of the countryside and stroll around the many walks on the farm and visit the dairy enterprise and family pets. Slane Castle is next door the many historic site of the Boyne Valley are close by. ... more less
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