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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lismore
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Back again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

If you ever fantasised …that you wished your “real” parents lived in a lovely big old house, were always on your side no matter what you said or how late you stayed up, made you homely breakfasts and dinners, never asked you to do anything but make a decision between a cup of tea or a gin & tonic sitting in front of the fire, then Ballyrafter is the place for you.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Wicklow, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

What a wonderful example of old world charm, the Staff could not be more accommodating, the location is stunning and I will return when the weather is a little kinder!
The food was excellent and the log fires were most welcome on a cold damp Sunday.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We recently enjoyed a weekend break in this beautiful old house. It was, as other reviewers have said, like a home away from home. Noreen and Joe and the other staff members we met were extremely friendly and helpful. The grounds are magnificent and a pleasure to look out onto.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spanish Point, Co Clare
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We had the pleasure of staying in Ballyrafter house hotel in August. This is the place to stay if you wish to experience Irish hospitality at its very best. Ballyrafter house hotel has it all.
Beautiful location- with incredible view. Warm and friendly staff. Ballyrafter house hotel is a special place. Joe and Noreen are special people who makes you feel like you are staying in your own home. It really was a pleasure.

  • 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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Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

We stayed overnight in this country hotel. The house was originally part of the Lismore castle estate until it was sold and has been in private hands as a private home and now a hotel catering mainly for groups of Fishermen. The family that run the hotel are very welcoming and we has a nice dinner. Their home made bread is delicious. If you are looking for accommodation in this lovely historical country town Ballyrafter is a good choice.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

My Wife and I, recently spent a week end at Bally Rafter Country House Hotel, this is a quaint old style Hotel situated on the outskirts of the wonderful old Heritage Town of Lismore, with its Majestic Castle, and gardens sweeping down to the banks of the meandering river.
It's tranquility only upset by , the occasional patter of the Bunny Rabbits feet running around on the manicured lawns.
The warmth of the welcome by the hosts Joe and Noreen, is only surpassed by the glow from the wonderful peat fires in the Lounge. Dining Room and Bar areas.
We had just returned from a trip to Dubai where in spite of all the glitz glamour and high rise, it is some what lacking in Greenery, so we needed a green fix and we could not have chosen a better place.
The words of that song by Johnny Cash, forty shades of green, would be put in the shade here, there are way more than that.
I know its down to our mild climate, but I will never again complain about a nice soft day, or as its sometimes referred to as Irish Mist.
In fact there is a drink available at the Bar by that name, which is a wonderful aperitif to be enjoyed after Dinner, around that peat fire discussing the cares of the world while being somewhat removed from them, at least temporarily.

Room Tip: South side room. There is no swimming pool or fitness center.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Centennial, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Spent 2 nights at Ballyrafters, wish it had been more. Beautiful room with incredible view, great food, the dinners were gourmet! Excellent breakfast, particulary enjoyed the coal fires in the den and dining room.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ballyrafter Country House Hotel

Address: Ballyrafter, Lismore, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Lismore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lismore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ballyrafter House is perched on an elevated site opposite Lismore Castle and has a commanding view across the Blackwater River.The Property once part of Lismore Estate has retained the Charm of The 1830's whence it was Built. With modern creature comforts added over the years since first registered as a Hotel in 1966,Homely log Fires 12' ceilings and spacious rooms making it a unspoiled and uncompromised Country House Hotel.Ten Bedrooms, Residents Lounge, bright bay-windowed dining room, Conservatory and Bar Lounge to will away the worldly worries of the Busy Life in Peoples reality.'The Ballyrafter, so easy to enjoy, so hard to forget' ... more   less 

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