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“Dromquinna Glamping” 5 of 5 stars
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Templenoe, Kenmare, Ireland   |  
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Cork
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“Dromquinna Glamping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012 via mobile

As a family we thought this was great. It is what we thought and you have to get into the spirit and mindset of camping. The facilities are clean, the kitchen has everything you need.
The kids loved the playground. It did rain on the first night but we went into town and got fish and chips. The rain did not dampen our stay and the tents are high end and comfortable.
There were a few midges at dusk, and then went,but the tents are well sealed.
There is a cliff walk on site. Unfortunately the boathouse was hired for a private function, but looked amazing and appears to be reasonably priced. We went to Kenmare for the day and evening which is relatively close by. We hope this takes off, as a huge investment has been input and wish the John and Gwen, Jane all the best. The hospitality was very warm, friendly and welcoming. We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kerry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We had our wonderful wedding reception at Dromquinna Manor 10 years ago...it closed very shortly afterwards much to our disappointment. We were delighted to learn last year Dromquinna would be opening again in April of this year, so we decided to have our little girls meal there for her first Holy Communion. We booked the boathouse for 14 adults and 6 children..the day was beautiful with not a cloud in the sky - our meal was absolutely outstanding...our guests were blown away by the tapas for starters which were tasty and very different. The main courses and deserts were amazing also!.... The service we received was first class and we were made feel so special - we had a section of the boathouse all to ourselves with double doors opening out to one of the best views in Ireland - all in all we will go back there time and time again - without doubt this is 'The jewel in the Crown'!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

We have just left after 1 night booked at this 'glamping' resort, in association with a package booked via the Park Hotel at Kenmare. We were disappointed as we were expecting an exclusive, peaceful posh camping experience at the edge of the water. At least that's what the website suggested. However our tent was placed well back from the shore, with several tents in front of us. We were right next to the path up to the shower block so that everyone passed by us, this was noisy and intrusive. There were also a lot of family tents and at midnight I had to go and ask for groups of small children to make less noise. On the positive side the tents were basic but very nice, and the bed supremely comfortable. I think this resort is not suitable to mix couples trying to have a peaceful stay with families, and that the website is misleading on this.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cork
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Dromquinna Manor is located three miles from Kenmare on the shores of the Kenmare River.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Myself and my wife and our two boys (3 & 5) bravely decided to head to Dromquinna Manor for the Easter Break and try out some Glamping. The tents are pitched and fully furnished including luxury beds which are mounted on tree logs. The tents are much bigger than expected with losts of room for all our stuff. Our main concern was the cold but at night you are very warm in the snug beds, during the day just need to make sure that you have suitable clothing as there is no heating in the tent itself. The facilities are excellent with a fully supplied kitchen for cooking and cleaning, which was handy for getting hot water and also cooking kids dinners / breakfasts. There is also bbq available so we cooked dinner each night that we were there.

Each morning we would have our breakfast just outside our tent, hot coffee and fresh croissants from the onsite shop, looking out at the view of kenmare bay. In the evening watching the sunset over the Beara peninsula with a bottle of red wine and some local cheese, the kids exhausted from a hectic day of exploring, priceless.

On the estate there is a restaurant called the Boat House which just opened. The food was fantastic, all fresh and very tasty and reasonably priced.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Templenoe, Kenmare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Kenmare
Number of rooms: 108
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 

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