Myself and my husband booked two nights at the Dromquinna Glamping site. Overall, we found the experience fantastic. The owners take great pride in the site and are on hand to answer any questions. It is a family run business and this adds a personal touch. When I saw that John & Francis Brennan were involved with the site, I knew the standard would be high and indeed it was. All the kitchen facilities and shower/toilet facilities were spotless and there was plenty of cutlery and kitchenware for absent minded glampers. I liked Dromquinna because it took the stress out of normal camping. You did not have to remember things like washing up liquid, cleaning products, shampoo (provided in tent), sugar etc.. The bar-b-q area was very clean and a disposable bar-b-q could be purchased in the shop for €5.
The on site shop provided all the basics and in fairness, it wasn't overpriced. we bought fresh coffee on the morning and you could buy small plastic bowls of cereal for €1.20. The Boathouse Bar/Restaurant was right next to the campsite and you can enjoy a nice relaxing drink or meal here. The only drawback was that it does not open on a Monday and we were staying on a Sunday and Monday, For food, we visited Caseys Restaurant in the Brook Lane Hotel (about 2 miles from camp site). The food here is exceptional and well worth a visit.,
The only concern I had over the campsite was the closeness of the toilet (I am 6 1/2 months pregnant) but it really isn't an issue. The toilets are quite close to the tents. The comfy beds were the highlight of the camping. The owners also provide hot water bottles in the tent. I would recommend filling them up before bed as it can get cold during the night.
John the owner said that they will be opening a cinema room for children in the future. I think this is a very good idea especially for bad weather. I recommended on my feedback that a relaxation room for adults would also be a good idea. It's important to cover all options when the weather is so unpredictable in Ireland.
One reviewer commented that the noise of children was a disturbance. We have no children yet and my mother and father (who are 70) visited the site and we had no problem with the noise of children. In fact, it was nice to hear children being excited about camping. That's what it's all about.
If travelling in to Kenmare, I would recommend people to visit 'An Cupán Tae' for light lunch or tea and cake. The owner is very nice and it's a very enjoyable experience.
On the way home, we called in to the Park Hotel for coffee and met Francis Brennan. He was very nice and exactly the same as he is on his programme 'At Your Service'. Overall, I would recommend staying in Kenmare, Anywhere we have stayed there, we have been met with a warm welcome and the food and atmosphere is great. There is always a buzz in Kenmare and it is not as touristy as Killarney.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dromquinna Manor is a 40 acre estate on the shores of Kenmare Bay. The Manor is dedicated to catering for weddings up to 170 guests in a magnificent Victorian building with a warm contemporary decor. A simply stunning setting with personal service.We have 12 tents on the grounds which are fully furnished and feature really comfy beds with duck down duvet and goose down pillows. Camping was never like this.The Boathouse Wine Bar & Bistro offers a tantalizing selection of dishes by the water. ... more less