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Ballingeary, Gougane Barra, Ballingeary Ireland
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4.8
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4.9
Value
4.6
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Gougane Barra Hotel is situated in a uniquely magical unspoilt lakeside location in the mountains of West Cork, in the South West of Ireland. Our 25 bedroom family run, seasonal hotel is renowned for its genuine old-fashioned hospitality, has a reputation for really good food, has a cosy friendly bar and sitting rooms overlooking St. Finbarr’s oratory. We have bikes and rowing boats and are just 1 kilometre from the National Forest Park. It’s waiting…
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Express check-in / check-out
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
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Ironing service
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Classic
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German
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Lisa O wrote a review Oct 2022
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Beautiful hotel set on the most beautiful scenery.Greeted by the most friendliest staff.The bedroom were nice and cosy with breathtaking lake views.Dinner was absolutely divine.This hotel has a warm,relaxing ambience vibe.100% worth a visit.You won't be disappointed.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 23, 2022
Dear Lisa O, Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed the scenery, our service, our food and the atmosphere of the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back. Le gach dea-ghuí, Jane Lucey
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Luke C wrote a review Aug 2022
15 contributions3 helpful votes
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We stayed here as a couple in peak season. Firstly the room with a lake view was gorgeous. Views were obviously stunning but the decor was tasteful and not pretentious, lots of character and history while still being modern, comfortable and perfectly clean. The bar and lounge areas are amazing, comfortable warm and friendly. Great selection at the bar with friendly service and lovely fires. The food (we had dinner and breakfast) was really outstanding- lots of personal touches such as edible flowers from their own garden with salads, great steaks and very good house wine selection. The buffet breakfast was exceptional- more choice than you could ever need. And I haven’t even mentioned the surroundings yet. One of the best locations for a hotel I’ve ever seen. If you ever get a chance to stay at this hotel, take it. And once you’ve stayed there, you’ll be back
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Sep 10, 2022
Dear Luke C, Thank you for your lovely review! I'm delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will pass on your compliments to the team regarding the cleanliness of the hotel, the service and the food. They will all appreciate your high praise and kind words. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back. Le gach dea-ghuí, Ali Lucey
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Kate wrote a review Oct 2022
Gougane Barra was one of the best places I have ever stayed! I traveled here from the US with my fiancé and we had an absolutely unforgettable, magical experience. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with warm smiles, checked in and escorted to our lovely lake view room. The room was incredibly clean and the view was unbeatable. Downstairs there is a restaurant situated in a small dining room that is so classy and decorated beautifully. It overlooks the lake and makes every meal feel like fine dining. We reserved ourselves a table each night we stayed. Again, the service was amazing and the food was so delicious and prepared beautifully. In the morning, breakfast operates the same way. The biggest memorable part for us was that my fiancé and I got engaged out on Gougane’s lake during our stat. Once we mentioned to the staff our celebratory news, we were treated like the most important guests of the night! All guests and staff were being told of our engagement and we were being congratulated left and right. It made us feel so special! This hotel is a family run business with much history and it truly shows through their respectable customer service skills and true desire to connect with each of their guests. We are sad we can’t come back here every year, but, we absolutely plan to make a visit again!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded Oct 23, 2022
Dear katelD8158LM, Thank you for your lovely review. I have passed on your compliments to the rest of the team and my family. Congratulations once again! We were all so excited for you both when we heard the news. We are so delighted you enjoyed our service, our food, our location and the room you stayed in. We wish you both the best and we look forward to welcoming you back. Le gach dea-ghuí, Jane
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Ann C wrote a review Oct 2022
11 contributions22 helpful votes
The setting is perfection itself., The welcome was warm and the service was excellent. We had a very special Sunday lunch featuring local food beautifully prepared and served to perfection. The menu provided lots of choices and as a vegetarian I was very well catered for. There is a warm family atmosphere and combined with a visit to the church, monastic setting and woods it is a perfect day out. I recommend it to visitors and locals.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded Oct 23, 2022
Dear Ann C, Thank you for your lovely review, I have passed on your compliments to the rest of the team. We are delighted you enjoyed the location, our food and our service. We are glad that you felt there's a warm family atmosphere here. We look forward to welcoming you back. Le gach dea-ghuí, Jane
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richweiler wrote a review Oct 2022
West Chester, Ohio2 contributions
Neil and Katy are wonderful hosts! Our group had a fantastic 3-course meal prepared by Chef and cook-book author Katy. Their hotel and restaurant are nestled into a most idyllic valley that shouldn’t be missed. Hotel’s lakeside view of the surrounding mountains is really awesome.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Oct 13, 2022
Dear richweiler, Thank you for your lovely review and photos. We are delighted you enjoyed the food, our hospitality and the location of our hotel. I have passed on your compliments to my parents, Neil & Katy, and to the rest of the team here. We look forward to welcoming you back. Le gach dea-ghuí, Jane
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Tim M wrote a review Sep 2022
2 contributions
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This is our second visit to this absolutely gorgeous location. Neil, Katy, and staff make you feel like you’re family. The accommodations are relaxing and very comfortable. We were very fortunate to stay in the lake view room and spent several hours just sitting on the couch looking out the window at the amazing view. Neil is a gracious host and Katy is a talented chef. Their daughters are both hardworking and very musically talented. The little on-site pub is quaint and well stocked with local beverages. The food is both delicious and presented like a work of art. No doubt - it’s a bit off the beaten path - but I challenge you to find a more idyllic setting and a more relaxing, welcoming location.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 5, 2022
Dear Tim M, Thank you for your lovely review and photos. What a great title to your review. I am glad you enjoyed the accommodation, the views and the food. I will make sure to pass on your compliments to my parents Neil and Katy, to my sister, Ali, and to the rest of the staff here. We look forward to welcoming you back. Le gach dea-ghuí, (Best wishes) Jane Lucey
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Kody M wrote a review Sep 2022
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My wife and I have been going Gougane Barra for 25 years. It is truly one of the most special places on earth. It is quite and peaceful, the hotel and accommodations are fantastic, and the food is top notch! All of this is only out done by the genuine hospitality of Neil and Katy. You will not be disappointed with your stay.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Oct 5, 2022
Dear kodym126, Thank you for your lovely review, I have passed on your compliments to my parents, Neil and Katy, and to the rest of the team here. It is our pleasure to welcome you back every year. We are delighted you enjoy the area, the accommodation, the food and the hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 26th year! Le gach dea-ghuí, Jane Lucey
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Dominic & Mary Conlon wrote a review Sep 2022
Ballylickey, Ireland82 contributions19 helpful votes
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A wonderful restaurant with a variety of dishes off an excellent luncheon menu. Service overseen by the proprietor and friendly table attendants. 5* quality in beautiful surroundings overlooking Gougane Barra Lake. A must visit.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 5, 2022
Dear DMC121, Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed the food, the service and the location. We look forward to welcoming you back. Le gach dea-ghuí, Jane
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Amanda P wrote a review Aug 2022
County Cork, Ireland23 contributions24 helpful votes
We stayed in the beautiful Gouganne Barra hotel last weekend for my sister &brother in laws renewal of their wedding vows and It was absolutely gorgeous, from the outstanding staff to the amazing food we could not fault it.The views from the hotel were beautiful and the peace and quiet was so lovely.Neil and Katie the owners were on hand the whole time and made our stay a really relaxing experience nothing was too much trouble for them.we will definitely return I would definitely recommend the lovely cafe next door,they sell very tasty paninis, sandwiches and homemade cakes.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: I would book a lake view room as the views are stunning!
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Responded Sep 10, 2022
Dear Amanda P, Thank you for your lovely review. It was our pleasure to host your sister and brother in law's vow renewal. I'm delighted to hear how much you enjoyed it! I will pass on your compliments to the team and to my parents, Neil and Katy. We look forward to welcoming you back to Gougane Barra Hotel. Le gach dea-ghuí, Ali Lucey
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Cheryl B wrote a review Aug 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania7 contributions
We visited this hotel while on the Vagabond tour and it was excellent! Neal and his family are gracious hosts and his wife is an amazing gourmet chef. All was excellent! Beautiful grounds and so picturesque.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Sep 10, 2022
Dear Cheryl B, Thank you for your review! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in Gougane Barra. I will pass on your compliments to my parents and to the team. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your Vagabond tour around Ireland. Le gach dea-ghuí, Ali Lucey
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PRICE RANGE
$173 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
hotel gougane barra, gougane barra macroom
LOCATION
IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty CorkBallingearyGougane Barra
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gougane Barra Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Gougane Barra Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Gougane Barra National Forest Park (0.02 miles), Gougane Barra Church (0.08 miles), and Top of Coom Ireland's Highest Pub (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gougane Barra Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Gougane Barra Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gougane Barra Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gougane Barra Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gougane Barra Restaurant, The Coffee Bee At Future Forests, and Cronin's Bar.
Is Gougane Barra Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.09 miles away from the center of Gougane Barra.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gougane Barra Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Gougane Barra Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Bull Rock (8.8 miles).
Does Gougane Barra Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Gougane Barra Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.