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The Cairn Bay Lodge

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cairn Bay is a lovely house right on the beach at Ballyholme. You will get a friendly greeting from the owners and all of the staff are great - friendly and attentive. The big feature of Cairn Bay is the breakfast. A wide range including vegetarian options and eggs benedict with smoked salmon. Breads are first rate. Good tea and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here several times and absolutely loved it. The food is great, the setting is awesome and the staff have always been lovely, particularly the maltese waiter. Today was horrendous, we were seated at a dirty table by a sullen waitress, she said she would come straight back and clean it, 20 mins later we were still sitting... More 

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think that my title of this review sums up my view of it. I don't expect other people to agree with me. This place is overpriced and overrated. I won't be back. Stop calling all your customers "guys". There are those of us who still have a regard for the English language, without it's awful American adulterations. Please speak... More 

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Thank DLP555
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first stay in a guesthouse for many years, and what a very different experience it was - from the friendly welcome to the minute I left! I didn't get a sea view, but my room was very comfortable and uniquely furnished. The products in the bathroom are gorgeous and the food for breakfast is fantastic. I will... More 

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Midi-Pyrénées
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is incredible. The whole house is decorated in an anglo-saxon style, but mixing old and a modern in a very tastful and discreet way. Each room is completely different. The breakfast is really original and really good. You have all the services: wifi, tv, speaker for ipad or ipod, coffee and water in the rooms. The host are... More 

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a place I've intended to try for some time now and I finally got the opportunity. The bonus was the lovely sunny morning, enjoying a great view over ballyholme bay from a table at the window. The food (let's face it, the main reason for the visit) was fantastic. I had one of the specials, crab meat on... More 

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Bangor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great breakfast menu. Good quality produce all beautifully cooked except bacon. I wondered if had been pre cooked and warmed up. Coffee top ups a bonus. Staff were very pleasant and attentive. Will definitely try again.

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Thank trinas18
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just returned from our first visit here. It's a real find. We were made so welcome by the lovely girls each one made us very welcome. Food was fabulous and the view stunning. We will return regularly now. It's somewhere different away from the usual hectic cafés. Beautiful decor. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Wexford, Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Just spent 4 nights at the lovely Cairn Bay Lodge in Bangor. It is a real gem and we had a terrific stay. It ticked all our boxes. Our room was spacious and comfortable with stunning views over Ballyholme Bay. The Voya toiletries in the ensuite bathroom were a very luxurious treat. The breakfast menu was impressive with homemade breads... More 

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Thank Claire B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Huge thanks to Chris & Jenny for lovely stay at their b&b. Rooms were spotless and very comfortable. Fabulous breakfasts during our two day stay. I understand, both owners are responsible for the lovely touches throughout the very large house. Every room you went into left you in awe of their artistic imagination. Would go back again without hesitation.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Suites
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Breakfast
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Chris & Jenny Mullen welcome you to a guesthouse for the discerning traveler, set in extensive gardens directly overlooking Ballyholme Beach, offering the highest standard of food, accommodation and service. All en-suite rooms with either beach or garden views. Gourmet breakfasts, health and beauty treatments and shop stocking local crafts and produce. Winner N. Ireland Tourism Award Guesthouse of the Year 2006 and 2007, runner up 2008. Ideal base to tour Belfast and Ard Peninsula. Off street parking. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Cairn Bay Lodge

Address: 278 Seacliff Road, Bangor BT20 5HS, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Bangor
Price Range: $107 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Cairn Bay Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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