Warm and entertaining hosts, beautiful situation on the top of a hill, convenient to a surprising number of places no more than half an hour away, e.g. Youghal, Dungarvan, Lismore, Fermoy, Middleton, Clonmel, also right beside (well, nearly beside) the charming village of Ballyduff, whose inhabitants were super-helpful to us when we had bike problems. Rooms are lovely and the place is spotlessly clean. Trevor and Lynette never seem to rest, they keep looking for something new to do, so on top of their farm of Saddleback pigs, Dexter cows, hens and geese, plus a few dogs, they have added a swimming school with their super instructor Treacy in their small but “endless” pool, where thanks to a current-maker you can swim “on the spot” and apparently many fearful have become swimmers. Bring your bikes as there are lots of nice cycles (as well as walks) in the woods behind the house, but DO NOT make the mistake of cycling to the bottom of the hill unless you’re a triathlonist, as you may not get back up again! Breakfasts are delicious with fruits, cereals, yogurts as well as a wide choice of freshly-cooked food, dinners are simple but tasty and good value, bring your own wine. Can’t wait to visit again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ard na Ciuin is an idyllic rural retreat with facilities unique to the region. Learn to swim, find new direction, or just relax and recover in peaceful, holistic surroundings. Enjoy our warm welcome and our first class service. After the perfect night's sleep, far from traffic noise and away from the 'rat race' wake up to incredible views across the Blackwater valley and beyond. Savour delicious home cooking made with fresh seasonal ingredients produced right here on our organically run 15 acre homestead. Take time to explore the area or stay close to home and develop new life skills, safe in the hands of our experts. With forest trails and mountain views right on our doorstep you won't need to walk far to find inspiration and nature at its best. Family run, we know the true meaning of hospitality and we'll ensure your stay feels like a "home from home without having to lift a finger!" ... more less