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Ballymaloe House Hotel
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

For €90 b&b pps I would have expected more from Ballymaloe! Breakfast was poor, as was the service....very unprofessional.....with staff members talking about fellow work colleagues while cleaning up around guests, as if they were on their break! Dinner at €70 per person definitely wasn't worth it.... no wow factor here! Stopped off in the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford on the way back to Dublin from Ballymaloe and got the real taste of how professional restaurant staff deal with the public!!! Won't be hurrying back to Ballymaloe House in the near future and certainly won't be recommending it to others after this experience!!!!

Stayed: March 2014
14  Thank Kevin C
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Thank you for your comments - we liked your comment on having no TV -

Hazel

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Reviewed 20 February 2014

We stayed recently at Ballymaloe and had a really enjoyable break. We 'lived' there for about six months in 1979, but haven't stayed there again since the early1990s. We wondered whether things would still be the same - or would they be better or worse.

We were not disappointed. The things that really matter were essentially the same as they always were - a warm welcome, a warm and cosy ambiance with excellent food and excellent service. A few things had changed - like the disappearance of the help-yourself honesty bar [which commenced when Mr Allen (Ivan) wanted an early night] and the appearance of a reception desk.

It was great to meet Hazel, Joe, Rory, Jim and Ann again - all looking so young and so well; it brought back so many happy memories. It was also lovely to visit our old haunts including Ballycotton and Cobh - East Cork is such a lovely 'un-touristy' place to visit.

We've promised ourselves that we won't leave it so long before we return again.

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the courtyard rooms - beautiful room on the ground floor, but our sleep was constantly disturbed by an inconsiderate guest clomping around in the bedroom above all through the night. We could also hear all about her visits to the bathroom - but that's far too much detail! Perhaps an upper floor room or a room in the main house would be a better idea next time.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank glitteringprize
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Thank you for your kind remarks - we were delighted to see you again , we hope you won't leave it so long before your next visit as we are all getting older - Joe keeps telling us is going to retire .

Hazel

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Perfect, cosy stay in the Winter. We had eaten here on my occasions but this was our first stay.
Attention to detail is excellent. Our room was in the main house. Really lovely but sound proofing is minimum between adjoining rooms. If you don't want to hear your neighbours book an outside room.
Dinner was terrific served by an International Staff with all the same excellent, friendly service.
Drinks in the drawing room were accompanied by a couple of traditional musicians - great fun!
Breakfast was healthy and then a Cliff Walk around Ballycotten completed a lovely break.
Go raibh mile maith agat!

  • Stayed: November 2013
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Thank you for your kind remarks and so sorry for delay in responding .

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We just went down for a one night stay and had a lovely walk around when we got down there, the shop is fabulous for gifts then we had dinner in the restaurant. The starters were just amazing, laid out buffet style and the staff member in the room was extremely helpful. The main courses were a little disappointing, I wasn't asked for a choice on how my lamb was cooked so I guessed it would be medium but it was over cooked and my partners sauce with his beef was very watery. The cheese selection was also a little poor and the deserts came out on a trolley which I would have expected a much higher standard. The wine is amazing value and the staff more than made up for the disappointing dinner, they were very very friendly and professional, we had a lovely drink by the fire in the Drawing Room afterwards. Would definitely go back and recommend.

Room Tip: We were in one of the cottages, it was stunning and we loved it.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2014

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to Ballymaloe , we hope next time you can stay a little longer and settle into the cottage , we can lend you our bicycles to explore the area.

Hazel

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

My wife and I stayed and dined at Ballymaloe on December 30 for our wedding anniversary. It was our second time eating here but our first time staying and we absolutely loved it. We stayed in the Courtyard in the Fuchsia Room and it was wonderful. Really cosy and comfortable and loved the fact that there was no TV.

When you book to stay here you are automatically booked in for dinner and you can arrive any time you wish up to 9.30pm which is nice. Having eaten here before we were really looking forward to our dinner and once again we were not disappointed. Even though it was between Christmas and the New Year and the weather was bad, the menu of fresh and seasonal food was exceptional.

Every course that we had was absolutely beautiful and as usual the dessert trolley was a major hit, and all this was washed down beautifully by some lovely wine. We proceeded to the drawing room for a few drinks and the service, as during the meal was top class.

The next morning we enjoyed one of the nicest breakfasts we ever had and again the staff were outstanding.

Bottom line is that if you are looking for somewhere to go for a special treat or special occasion then this is the place for you. The staff are great, the atmosphere is hugely welcoming and the food is magnificent. It's not cheap but it's worth it.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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hazel071, Manager at Ballymaloe House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2014

Thank you . We are delighted you enjoyed your visit

Hazel

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