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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“How Have I Missed this Perfect Hotel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

First visit to this wonderful hotel and just wonder how I have missed staying here before. It is perfect with its log fires,charming staff and wonderful food and service. Location is magical, with 450 acres of gardens, walks and mountain views. What a spectacular dining room looking out on the river and a myriad of Winter trees. I thoroughly recommend this hotel and can't wait to revisit again soon.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the river have a magnificent view
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

this place is a Shangri la of old world comfort and service
couldn't fault our experience over a November weekend.
Food was 5 star and the ambience of the place was just magic.
Log fires and a general feeling of calm throughout make this place one of the real hidden gems of the west

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

We spent 2 nights here in late October and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The Hotel is in a beautiful location and has fabulous grounds to wonder around - the hotel produces a handy map of walks to do around the estate.

We had a lovely room in the main house and whilst small was really well furnished, comfortable and had plenty of character and most importantly a great view of the river. I particularly enjoyed the offer of complimentary tea and coffee in our room and it was a lovely touch to have proper tea in a silver teapot delivered to our room first thing in the morning rather than having to flap about with the usual standard hospitality trays normally available in hotels.

What really impressed us about Ballynahinch was the staff and how friendly they all were and there was a great mix of local and international staff and everyone including the General Manager made us feel very welcome and sought to create a relaxed atmosphere. Food was great, service was attentive and it was wonderful to have the choice of fine dining in the restaurant and then a more informal pub meal the following night.

Would thoroughly recommend Ballynahinch!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

This was probably our tenth or twelfth visit to Ballynahinch and it just keeps getting better every time. This trip we took our nieces for two days and then came back after they headed home for another two days just for us. Everything is always perfect - or the wonderful staff make sure that it comes up to that standard. We love the setting in Connemara, the rooms are spacious with great views, beds are so comfortable and the food - in both restaurant and pub - is as good as you will find anywhere. Everyone here is so helpful and friendly. The manager, Patrick, is like an old friend and his teams, from Freddie and Kathleen at front desk to Michael, Matt, Damien, Shankar who assist throughout hotel are folks we look forward to seeing again. Next year we plan to stay for a full week and just relax in this little paradise.

Room Tip: We love the 12 luxury rooms that overlook the river - worth the extra money. Look into the special...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sara K
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Ireland
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

fabulous location in the middle of scenic connemara. We had a lovely room overlooking the river. Dining room a bit pricey so we ate in the bar where the staff were friendly and chatty. Very comfortable four poster bed and good shower. You'll enjoy the walks around the hotel and lakes. A pricey place to stay but excellent for a special occasion.

Room Tip: Take a spin to Roundstone and walk on Gurteen Bay and Dogs Bay beach - must be the best beaches in t...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

Absolutely beautiful location and quality service. Our room was comfortable and large with a fantastic view of the river. We both had delicious and memorable dinners in the Fisherman's Pub and breakfast in the dining room. We loved the whole atmosphere at Ballynahinch. We regret not budgeting time to stay longer this trip. It is quite remote so not for you if you are looking to do a lot of shopping. Galway is about 45min. away.

Room Tip: Can't imagine a bad room here.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington, United States
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

Don't let the clever marketing fool you, this IS a Manor home rather than an authentic castle. That being said, rooms were okay, food was good but expensive. Staff was friendly, but no 24hr desk. Wait staff was mostly french speaking. Bathrooms were nice and newer but rooms could be refurbished. No pool, or fitness center. Definitely get the vibe this the "Shareholders" fishing playground that they allow you to stay at. Staff referenced the "shareholders" several times. Overall, it was fine for a night but more than that would be too much. There are real castles for the money in the area like ashford.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Address: Ballinafad | Connemara, Recess, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Recess
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Recess
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballynahinch Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury 4 star hotel located on a 450 acre estate with 48 bedrooms & suites overlooking the river, mountain or both. The Fisherman's pub serves lunch and dinner by the open log fire, dinner is also served in the award winning Owenmore Restaurant. On site, miles of scenic river & lakeside walks, bicycles to explore the area, fly fishing and clay shooting. Locally we have a boat trip from Roundstone fishing village which includes a trip to a deserted island & lobster fishing and great hiking. Connemara National Park, Connemara Golf Club and Clifden are all a short drive as is the ferry & airport to the Aran Islands. Ballynahinch Castle is the ideal base for touring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way. ... more   less 
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