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“Why would you want to stay anywhere else in County Mayo?” 5 of 5 stars
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Mount Falcon Estate
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Foxford Road, Ballina, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Ballina
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“Why would you want to stay anywhere else in County Mayo?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Now please don't look away even though I am going to give you two dull facts before I tell you how good the Mount Falcon hotel is.

County Mayo is on the north west of the country and covers 2,57 square miles, making it the third largest County in the Republic of Ireland. And having given you that bit of nerdy information I am willing to take a bet with you that you will not find a better hotel anywhere in the county because, quite simply, Mount Falcon is terrific.

Set in 100 acres the reception, bar and dining area is set in a grand old country house which also offers some luxurious suites and an extremely well equipped spa. Our group were down in the lodges some 100 yards away from the main building, all well fitted out and spotlessly clean, three-bed accommodation overlooking a limpid lake full of brown trout.

We were there to play golf and three of the finest courses you will find anywhere are all within an hour's drive. We played at Enniscrone, Sligo and Carne returning each evening to our base looking forward to some fine service, delicious Guinness- why does it only ever taste so creamily wonderful in Ireland? and friendly, helpful staff who helped make our stay even more enjoyable.

We had one morning to spare and joined the specialist falconers who work for the hotel and walked with them through the woods with their two Harris Hawks, Arizona and Nevada. We all had a chance to fly these fine birds and have them come swooping around the mature woodland trees before slapping onto our falconers' glove which contained a small piece of chicken treat for them. If you enjoy hunting and fishing, Mount Falcon is the perfect venue.

Although we did not have time to get into it the spa is really slick and, given the pints of Guinness and fine cooked breakfasts I was enjoying might have made a small dent into my calorific intake. But perhaps I shall go there next time. Mount Falcon is far too good a place to only visit once.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

What a terrific time and value. For the price of a Marriott room in the states, Mount Falcon offers tremendous indulgence. Large, comfortable rooms with stellar grounds and arguably the best food in Ireland. There was good birding on the grounds and some good sized trout in the pond out front. We did not sample the spa or other offerings because we were here for the Salmon Fishing.
Fishing at Mount Falcon
-The Ghillie price seems excessive at first, but there is little hope without a man that knows the river(and the river is not as productive as years past)
-We had John and he helped us land 5 salmon in two days, plus another two we lost
-Stuart, the man in charge of the fisheries, is very busy and has a laser-sharp, dry wit that can be misinterpreted, but he's funny as hell. No matter how seasoned an angler you are I would advise listening to his recommendations. eg. I wanted to fish the Mount Falcon section of the Moy and I wanted to try Fly fishing. I was sent to an entirely different section of the river and had to fish with worms! And thank God I did, we were the only ones that pulled in fish that day and mighty ones they were. Whatever Stuart and the Ghillies tell you is years of experience on this time of year, this height of the river and who is catching where.
-I guess times have changed regarding eating your fresh caught Salmon. We could not find a restaurant in all of Ballina that would cook it up for us. So each night we ate at Mount Falcon with awesome meals, but ample cost.
-great laundry service, you will be hard pressed to find a coin operated laundry business so take advantage of this pick up and drop off service
-The staff went above and beyond with service
-The pub is wonderful, with great views and ambience

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The hotel, the staff, the food was excellent ! They went out of their way to make your stay a memorable experience. And don't miss the Hawk Walk an adventure you won't forget. Sorry to leave but a place I would return to on my next trip to Ireland.

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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Plus a lot to do here. We had the nicest room and bathroom here of the 5 resorts and hotels, all rated 4 star or better, on our stay in IE and NI. This place has charm. We did the falcon (or hawk) walk, but more time would have allowed for fishing and skeet shooting. The indoor pool and spa facilities are excellent, the bar is cozy and the staff superb. It may be a bit hard to find on your GPS as there is no street number...it is in a forested area about 5 km east of Ballina.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We brought some guests from Australia for a drink and returned to eat after they fell for the castle and the lovely views. the bar was very nice and friendly staff made us welcome. The restaurant was very comfortable. The food was superb and loved my dessert.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Difficult to describe in words the feeling one gets when you first sight the magnificent building but it is a feeling which stays forever etched in ones memory. The interior of the building is simple awesome and the spacious bed rooms are superb with the restaurant providing excellent meals. If we were to ever revisit Ireland it would be a definite place we would visit again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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 June 28, 2014

This hotel is excellent. The staff are friendly, helpful and professional. The food is second to none. The rooms are large and excellently equipped. The hotel has lots of nooks and crannies where one can hole up with a good book on a rainy afternoon. The hotel has a leisure suite and gym, which I didn't visit but has extensive grounds, which I did explore. Like Mayo itself, these are stunning.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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
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Address: Foxford Road, Ballina, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Ballina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ballina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mount Falcon Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mount Falcon Estate lies by the banks of The River Moy ( the most prolific wild Atlantic Salmon river in Ireland ) between Foxford and Ballina ( The Salmon Capital of Ireland ). The Estate consists of a 4 star deluxe 32 bedroom hotel, 45 lodges, 2 miles of exclusive salmon fishing, a 3 acre rainbow trout stocked lake, 100 acres of mature woodland, a 3 km walking / jogging / biking trail, an Elemis Spa and Clay pigeon shooting. The house was built in 1876 and was a wedding present from one young groom to his new wife. The estate was originally owned by The Knox family who came to Ireland in the Cromwellian era and their ancestors are buried in the circular graveyard next to The Megalithic tomb. Opened in 2006 Mount Falcon was the youngest hotel to win The AA Hotel of the year. Head Chef Philippe Farineau and his team have achieved 2 AA Rosettes in the restaurant and in 2011 achieved The Best Hotel Restaurant in Connaught and The Best Head Chef in Connaught by The Restaurant Association of Ireland. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mount Falcon Estate Hotel Ballina
Mount Falcon Country Hotel
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