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Ballinalacken Castle Country House

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Coast Road R-477, Doolin R477, Ireland
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Brussels
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

My husband and I returned again to the Ballinalacken Castle on our trip to Ireland. We love it here. Whenever we're in Doolin, this is where we stay. It is quiet and peaceful with stunning views, and Declan and Cecilia O'Callaghan and their staff make you feel at home with their incredible hospitality. Nothing is too great to ask, they... More 

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I’ve been to Ireland four times now and have never missed a visit to Ballinalacken. 2000, 2006 and 2007, previously with family or friends. This year was my first visit with my sweetie—her first-ever visit to Ireland—and Ballinalacken did not disappoint. Cecilia and Declan are fine, charming hosts with a friendly, efficient staff. We stayed two nights early October, dining... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Booked a 2 night stay based on TA reviews. Arrived late and were shown to last open room. It desperately needed some updates - bed was extremely uncomfortable. Did not feel the warmth and ambiance that we had hoped for. Also, did not realize that booking through their website is considered third party.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Lovely stay! The staff was wonderful and the food is fantastic! We loved the tour of the castle and the faithful steed that looks over the property. So charming and we loved our 3 day stay. Thanks Cecilia and Declan!

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London, United Kingdom
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45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

This is like the curates egg, good in places. Great service around the dining room and check in, once they hear the bell. The food is to die for at both dinner and breakfast. But, a slightly tired building, very thin walls which enabled us to hear the sexual olympics of our neighbours at 4.30 in the morning and patchy... More 

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Coming up the driveway is a spectacular experience. If you are lucky as we were the white horse will be standing at the base of the castle greeting you. The rooms are a little the worse for wear but comfortable. Nice tiny bar, very friendly people, great tour of the castle itself. It does feel as if you are in... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We have stayed here twice! The staff is delightful, and very helpful. The rooms are great, and the food is Devine! We arrived around noon exhausted after a long flight, and a breakdown of our rental car that left us standing outside in the cold for two hours. We were aloud to check in early, warm up, take a long... More 

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Hotel room are so spacious and nice, you feel very spacial there. Great breakfast cooked just for you and great views out of restaurant and room windows. It is remote from bars in town but if you're looking for a place to forget about the everyday rush this is absolutely the place to be.

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Tucson, Arizona
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Be warned that this hotel is in the middle of nowhere. There is absolutely nothing around this hotel and if you are unfortunate to be there on a Tuesday night like we were, the dining room is closed. There appeared to be only 2 other people staying at the hotel the same night as we were but we were given... More 

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CeciliaDoolin, Owner at Ballinalacken Castle Country House, responded to this review

Dear Bc So sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your recent stay with us, You booked your stay through Irish Welcome Tours who informed you that our restaurant is closed on Tuesdays .,It is also stated on our website. I offered to take you to Doolin for dinner and you declined. However I was glad that you accepted the... More 

Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The location was beautiful and we were given a room with a view of the ocean and fields. The room was very comfortable and the breakfast was one of the best we had. The owners were very attentive to us and even took some time to chat over a pint.

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