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Ballinalacken Castle Country House

Coast Road R-477, Doolin R477, Ireland
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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Declan, Cecelia and all the O'Callaghan family were wonderful hosts! There were 12 of us who often had additional family members join us last minute for a meal. The food was the best in Ireland and the service impeccable! The guest rooms were lovely and we enjoyed sitting in the front parlor admiring the beautiful grounds and view. Declan's tour... More

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Paris, France
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were disappointed with our stay: 1. Be aware that you will not stay in a castle but in a house near the castle 2. The style of the room is on the old side We stayed in other B&B for 90€ that were more comfortable. In conclusion, I believe it is not worth the price.

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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this place beyond measure. There's a real 14th century castle in the backyard and a view of the Cliffs of Moher in the front. The staff are delightful, the food is incredible, and the owners go out of their way to make you feel like one of the family. One of the proprietors went out of his way... More

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CeciliaDoolin, Public Relations Manager at Ballinalacken Castle Country House, responded to this review

Hello Cynthia Glad you got the special Baileys We are very happy that you returned to our hotel on your second trip to Ireland. Thank you very much for booking direct and availing of one of our seaview rooms It was my pleasure to show you around the castle ruins We do hope to see you back in Ireland again... More

Fairfax County, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an old country home with comfortable, quiet rooms. We were offered a tour of the castle, which turned out to be phenomenal! Our host, Declan, shared the history of the castle and escorted us to the very top. Once there, the views were outstanding!! The best part of our 4-night stay was the dinner served in the very... More

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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here for one night and the location is a great base for touring the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Lahinch. The country house is old-style and has a certain charm. Our room was nice but had a slight musty smell. Our bed was large and comfortable and we had a great night's sleep. We had a drink in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ballinalacken is about 5 miles out of Doolin which I didn't realize, so we spent extra $ on taxis. Upon arrival we were politely greeted. However, no one helped us with our luggage upon arrival or departure even though it was obvious that we could have used help. We were not offered a tour of the castle like other reviewers... More

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

Hello Alaine We are disappointed you did not enjoy your stay.Alot of your disappointment was outside our control.Firstly we are 3 miles outside doolin village and we never advertise that we are in doolin village.As you were using taxis you should have made sure that you stayed in a place in the village rather than taking your revenge out on... More

Omaha, Nebraska
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first night in Ireland couldn't have been any better. we had been in Europe for 10 days up to this point and this gem was magnificent. We almost booked another night because it was so nice. We had our entire family(3 rooms) and they all loved it. If it was just my wife and I going back I would... More

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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The guest house is a fantastic place to observe beautiful views from atop the castle, of the surrounding area. The owners are lovely, helpful, and polite. The dinner, and breakfast were high quality. The rooms were a bit older looking, but honestly thats part of the charm, and feel of the property. It's suppose to feel that way. Overall, a... More

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11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The food at this B&B was amazing! Great views of the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, the sea, and our own castle! You even get a private tour of the castle ruins by the owner. Rooms are nice & spacious. Sets on a hill just 5 minutes outside Doolin & Lisdoonvama.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Our room at Ballinalacken was very nice and spacious, and breakfast was great - you could order from the kitchen and there was a buffet as well. The castle right next door was cool to see too - we were given a tour.

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Address: Coast Road R-477, Doolin R477, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
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Ballinalacken Castle Hotel Doolin is one of the leading Castle Hotels Ireland with views of Cliffs of Moher. This Clare Hotel has an award winning restaurant and is the best place to eat in Doolin. It would be difficult to find a more beautiful place on the West Coast of Ireland in which to wake up. The Ballinalacken has been described in the press as one of the finest located houses in Europe. Our guest rooms offer spectacular panoramic views of the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay. A 15th Century Castle ruin of the O'Brien Clan stands imposingly beside the Ballinalacken Hotel. ... more   less 
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