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“An outstanding B&B, the perfect hosts.” 5 of 5 stars
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Shanlin House B+B
Maree Road, Oranmore, Galway, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #8 of 11 Oranmore B&B and Inns
Amman, Jordan
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“An outstanding B&B, the perfect hosts.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

I spent about 5 weeks in Shanlin House, and I have to say that I enjoyed every single moment there. I was utterly touched by the incredible kindness and friendliness of Mr. and Mrs. Grady from the moment I got into the house till the very last minute of my stay.
As for the services, one would not ask for more than the high-quality services I was offered. The 24/7 hot water, towels being changed every day, the room being kept warm, providing me with an extremely comfortable bed, the outstanding breakfast that was as perfect as it could be, and on top of all that, the friendliness of the owners of the house, who were chatty and fun to have conversations with.
If I were to go to Oranmore, Galway once again, I wouldn't have the slightest bit of hesitation in choosing Shanlin House again, because, I promise, its standards far outrank other B&Bs in that region, and the kind-heartedness of its owners speaks for itself.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

I have to say, upon initially driving up to Shanlin House, we were a little skeptical because it was located on a slightly busy road. It turned out to be a totally quiet and relaxing place, and we got excellent sleep both nights. Seamus was very welcoming as soon as we got there and gave us lots of recommendations on where to eat. Oranmore itself isn't super exciting, but it's very close to Galway and the surrounding countryside is beautiful.

One thing that really stood out for me was the shower... great water pressure and steaming hot, perfect after a day of mucking through cold, muddy fields while exploring 12th century abbeys. The breakfast was very good, and oddly enough, I'm not a cereal person but I really liked the muesli. We came to Shanlin House for the last two days of our stay in Ireland and as a former vegetarian, I had enough of meat at that point (be prepared for a lot of meat in Ireland!). I didn't eat a lot at breakfast because of this, so I hope Seamus doesn't think it was his cooking!

He talked with us for a long time about where to go and what to do. We followed his recommendation and we weren't sorry. He totally understood what we wanted (no crowds, no tourists, like us). He was also very accommodating when I was 5 euros short at checkout. I feel badly about that, but he was incredibly gracious. All in all, it was everything you could ask for in a B&B: quiet, great shower you could stay in for hours, wonderful hosts and in a great location close to Galway, Connemara, and The Burren. It's a great option if, like us, you don't want to stay directly in Galway because of noise and crowds.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011 via mobile

Oranmore is a nice Town to base yourself in.The cliffs of Moher & The Burren are just 1hr away & Galway city is just 15 mins. Shanlin House is a real good place to stay.Sheamus & Geraldine just make you feel right at home.Food was great and Sheamus made sure if we did'nt like something on the menu for breakfast he replaced it with something else.
We eat in Riordens pub/restaurant in Oranmore and all four of us were delighted with our meals.Good Irish portions to tuck into,value for money and the waitress who took care of us was just amazing.
What I love about most B&Bs is there is not that rush to get you to checkout early as most hotels do and Sheamus told us to take our time. Just nice people doing a great job. Thank you for a very pleasent stay.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

The Grady family were the perfect hosts for our trip to Galway. On a friend's reccomendation we stayed with Seamus and Geraldine. It was a great stay. Not only did they make sure we were comfortable and well fed within our lodgings, but they made sure our adventure on the coast was one we'd enjoy. It's in a great location within walking distance of the town with excellent restaurants and great pubs. Also very close to Galway and public transport. Will definiately visit again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

On a recent tour of Ireland (from Australia) we were lucky enough to find Shanlin House, & I have to say this was THE best B&B we stayed at during our entire trip, Seamus & Geraldine are so warm and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble for them, Seamus's breakfasts were voted the best of the trip. The rooms were tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean and everything was supplied, we couldn't have asked for more. Seamus was a font of information for directions, local attractions and facilities. Shanlin House is well located, an easy 5 min walk to restaurants/pub in Oranmore town, a short drive into Galway itself, perfect for exploring this beautiful part of Ireland, we were very sad to leave, but will definitely be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bucks County, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

Seamus and Geraldine have a perfect bed & breakfast. We found it to be both cozy and luxurious, with rooms that were clean and comfortable. The breakfast both mornings were fabulous. Seamus was very helpful with directions and suggestions.

Shanlin House is very convenient for touring the Galway area; we also went out to Inishmore. We will definitely return to Shanlin House.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bolton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

We have stayed at Shanlin house on numerous occasions throughout the years,and we continue to return. We found Shanlin house to be accommodating in every way from the friendliness and treatment, to the breakfasts and tea.. We found Seamus and Geraldine to be valuable with information and to be very gracious in getting us ways to be where we wanted to go, And so near Galway , the sea, the city , and the countryside. We were even escorted to a session in Oranmore town that featured Local artists in music song and dance. We were directed to wonderful restaurants as well. We highly recommend Shanlin house for your choice in travel. It is located easily outside Galway city and walking distance from the ocean, and is convenient to bus lines

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Address: Maree Road, Oranmore, Galway, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway > Oranmore
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Oranmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shanlin House Bed & Breakfast, is the ideal location for the visitor to stay, relax and "watch the sun go down on Galway Bay." It provides a central location from which to tour the major attractions of the West of Ireland, a variety of local attractions and activities and the village of Oranmore within a few minutes walk for a selection of restaurants, pubs and music. A residence for comfort and relaxation. Check our prices and make a reservation by post or online. From the first glance at the outside of Shanlin House, the guest knows from seeing the well-tended gardens, the colourful window boxes and imposing facade of the house that this is no ordinary guest accommodation. Shanlin House is the ideal base for the tourist wishing to visit the major attractions of the West of Ireland. Local attractions include Galway Bay Golf and Country Club and Clarinbridge village, the home of the Oyster Festival. ... more   less 
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