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“Best afternoon tea!” 5 of 5 stars
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Gregans Castle Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   on the N67, Gragan East, Ballyvaughan 01, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ballyvaughan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Best afternoon tea!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

I went for afternoon tea in Gregans about a month ago and I have to say it was amazing. The best afternoon tea I have ever had. The food was amazing. Ever mouth full was like a flavour explosion. The staff also could not have been nicer. One of our group is a celiac and they accommodated her with afternoon tea that was just as nice as ours.
I can't wait to go again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This hotel has utterly charming decor, delightful staff, a cosy bar and an amazing restaurant all with breathtaking views of the Burren. I have been going back for years and finding each visit a delight.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main house have the most charm
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  • Stayed August 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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Buckley, wales
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Ok... where to begin?
My new wife and I spent some time deliberating on WHERE we should spend the precious three days of our honeymoon 'without' our three children. Having been married in the lovely Seiont Manor Hotel in the Llanberis Pass, Snowdonia on the Friday, we decided to book a suite at Gregans Castle Hotel.
We made the right choice! From the moment we arrived to the moment we departed on the Wednesday morning, we were treated like a King & Queen in residence! Simon, the joint manager with his wife Freddie were the perfect hosts affording us space yet attentive to every need. Simon had time to chat and advise on trips out to local attractions, despite the demands of his role. The staff in all areas of the hotel, from the Housekeeper to the Reception and Restaurant staff were all very warm and friendly. We couldn't get over how genuinely amiable and welcoming the whole team were!
The food presented to us was, in both my wife's an my own views, the BEST food we'd ever been served! For the six course evening menu at €85 (I think!?) which translated to about £65 per head... we deemed absolutely FANTASTIC value! Foie Gras with Lobster Tail, Noisette D'agneau... all my favourites cooked and presented to absolute perfection! We deemed every penny well spent! Let's be fair, if you want to be entertained with your menu this was a lesson in both the Art & Science of food preparation and presentation. Just a 'wee' note to those food guru's out there... between 1985-1992 I served under Anton Mosimann at The Dorchester on Park Lane, then The Savoy Hotel and then specialised in Fish Buffet presentation at Le Grand Hotel des Thermes in Brides Les bains in the Savoie Alpes (during the 1992 Jeux Olympiques - I actually trained the French chefs in this art)... I'd like to think I know a little about food at it highest level, although I'm NOT a food snob or pretentious 'know-it-all', I do believe you get what you pay for!!. And all the reviews we read before our arrival at Gregans... all the National and International Awards cannot propose to represent anything but the best that Ireland has to offer!!! We would return there again and again...
We left the hotel beaming with the belief that we had just experienced the Honeymoon of a lifetime, we shall never forget our visit and although the sun didn't always shine during our sejour... we'll recount the brightest of chapters in our newly wedded life together...
Simon & Freddie Haden and your team... hats off to you all!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, 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 August 1, 2012 via mobile

this house is truly beautiful- lived in and cared for as you would expect of a country house. grounds are beautiful and well maintained. it rained for our time there but this did not hinder our experience as the rooms are lovely and the bar is very cosy. there is a subdued atmosphere there that really is conducive to relaxation.
the food was amazing- an experience in itself. our waiter was so friendly and knowledgable and it seemed that he really enjoyed what he did- which is refreshing.
the only negetive was the poor check out service- there was no warmth, not even a glance at me- just hand out for the credit card. my husband felt there should be coffee making facilities somewhere.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

First off, Gregan's castle is NOT a castle. But they charge castle prices (very expensive for a night). Moreover, afternoon tea -- which is tea and a scone will set you back 8.50euros. The breakfast is grand as is the restaurant, but the rooms are small and the ones on the lower level have that musty damp smell. The hotel overall is aging, and it shows. The "corkscrew bar" was a bust. Walking in there you think you are in a basement of a 100 year old house -- the musty smell is overwhelming. Best to get your drink and escape outside where the gardens are well kept. The drawing room is nice, and provides for a pleasant view of the Burrens. Given its distance from town, you are a bit of a captive audience for the dinner. Not what we were expecting....

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs are small, but downstairs you risk that musty damp smell, which is hard to overcome a...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Gregan's Castle is a beautifully appointed country house in the heart of the Burren - an area of outstanding beauty in the west of Ireland. The views from our spacious room stretched across the limestone landscape to the coast and captured the ever-changing light that is characteristic of the area.
This was a repeat visit and did not disappoint in any way. Our room was graciously comfortable and a long bath is perfect after a day's work. The new chef produced memorable, artistic and imaginative food and the Gregan's personnel are faultless striking a perfect balance between care and friendliness. We were on a one night stopover after work in Ennis and had a tasty breakfast and leisurely departure next morning... with the hope of many more visits to come.
Other reviews mention expense but I would argue that Gregan's provides a level of attention to detail that does not come from minimally resourced staff and cut price produce. I have no problem paying for the assurance of such quality as one finds here.
If you like walking in stunning landscapes, comfortable accommodation and relaxed, unfussy luxury this is the place to go.

Room Tip: On each occasion we have stayed in a first floor room at the front of the house and been very happy...
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  • Stayed June 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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San Juan, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

What a gorgeous place! My husband and I were driving to the Cliffs and saw this hotel and we had to pull over because it looks so beautiful from a distance and once you get there it is breathtaking. We walk in and took a little tour before sitting at the bar. The Lady was extremely nice (sorry I'm not good with names) but thank you, you are amazing!!!hello from SJ, Puerto Rico. The restaurant wasn't open for lunch, but the chef offer to make us some soup and it was very very good. After that we were sold and we had to stay and so happy we did. Of course we had to eat dinner at their award winning restaurant and chef and it was probably the best meal and service we had in our lives. What a detail and presentation in every dish!!! Room was beautifully decorated and cozy. The next day we woke up to a beautiful view and an amazing breakfast. I love this hotel, very relaxing place. We had such a nice experience and would definitively love to go back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: on the N67, Gragan East, Ballyvaughan 01, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Ballyvaughan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ballyvaughan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gregans Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With breathtaking views across Galway Bay and idyllically situated overlooking the unique Burren landscape, this is the ultimate luxury and gourmet hideaway. Simon and Frederieke manage this oasis of comfort and offer genuine Irish hospitality, award winning innovative cooking and elegant bedrooms free from the intrusion of televisions. Antiques, modern art, turf fires, candlelight and garden flowers add to the indulgently relaxing atmosphere. The ideal location from which to enjoy the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Walking, Cycling, Aran Islands, Horse Riding, Surfing, Sea Angling and Golf. Awards include: Best Country House Award 2013, AA Hotel of the Year 2012, AA 3 Rosettes 2014. Recommended by Andrew Harper, Georgina Campbell, Fodors, Frommers, Alastair Sawday among others. ... more   less 
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Gregans Castle Ballyvaughan
Hotel Gregans Castle
Gregans Castle Hotel Ballyvaughan, Ireland - The Burren

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