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“Irish welcome” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Martinstown House

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Martinstown House
Ranked #1 of 2 The Curragh B&B and Inns
Co. Down
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Irish welcome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

We broke our journey from Ballymaloe to Belfast for one night and it was a really enjoyable experience. Edward and his wife Roisin are excellent hosts. They couldn't have been more welcoming with tea and cakes on arrival and again when we came in at night. There was a blazing log fire in the grate and they encouraged the guests to be sociable in their cosy drawing room. The breakfast in the morning was excellent and the dining experience was reminiscent of old fashioned country house charm with genuine home cooking. The house and furnishings are lovely and the location is very convenient to Kildare Outlet Village, Japanese Gardens and National Stud. The downside is that it is hard to find but with the right co ordinates and a satnav you can drive straight to the door

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

Martinstown has ambience, architecture, food, seclusion and hospitality. It's hard to pick the best aspect - but, if we had to, we'd say the hospitality. You get the impression that your hosts have nothing better to do with their time than to serve your every need unobtrusively. That's hospitality at it's best.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Waterford, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2011

We'd never stayed in a Hidden Ireland guesthouse before so we weren't quite sure what to expect. However, from the moment we arrived, our hosts Edward and Roisin could not have done more to make us feel truly at home. We arrived mid-afternoon and were treated to a cuppa and some lovely biscuits in front of a roaring fire before being given a tour of the house with associated history by Edward. Then between rain showers, we had a bit of a stroll around the estate. As we were the only couple staying that night, we dined alone – the food was delicious with a great array of vegetables with the main course – the roulade for desert was a particular delight. For tea/coffee, we retired to the living room and the fire – absolute bliss. From time to time Edward popped in to check everything was ok and for a bit of a chat. The bedroom was glorious and the bed very comfortable. In the morning, the breakfast was a sight to behold and ranks as one of the best breakfasts we have experienced anywhere. As this was a stopover on a long journey we had to leave straight after breakfast and this all-too-brief, magical interlude in our lives came to an end.

Edward was so attentive during our stay and on a couple of occasions we found that he'd already taken care of things before we'd even realised that we would like them to be done. Martinstown house is a very special place to visit and one to which we are certain to return.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2011

It took some finding but was well worth it - very friendly, professional service. Our room was beautiful & the beds extremely comfy - no TV & no telephone = bliss. We met our fellow guests for cocktails in the drawing room & spent a splendid evening with them over a delightful dinner. Wish we'd stayed longer & can't wait to go again.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

The chocolate box exterior of the place pales into insignificance compared to the genuine warmth of the welcome, a warmth that extended throughout our stay. I can see why friends of ours chose it to have everyone meet on the (penultimate) eve of their wedding. BBQ was great. We arrived late, but Mr and Mrs Booth rushed to get us fed and watered. My wife, who is not easily impressed, was bowled over by our suite, which had a bathroom larger than our cottage.

The gentleman's dinner the night before the ceremony, in the dining room that looked something out of Downton Abbey, was extremely well done, albeit it may have strained the definition of gentleman. ( Groom excepted, of course). We were also blessed with the world's most patient and understanding barman ( Patrick, if I recollect rightly)

From the moment we arrived it was like being in a very old friends house. Can't say better than that, really

Gareth

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2011

Had a lovely stay here for a special family event. We had the place to ourselves and the youngest members of the party really enjoyed all the lovely open spaces and animals. The food was excellent, and the hosts did everything to make our stay great! The bedrooms and bathrooms are fabulous. I wish we had stayed for the whole weekend instead of just one night. Definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London
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14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2011

My wife and I stayed here in on a Saturday night to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We don't get to spend much time away from our children, so we had very high expectations on our one night stay at Martinstown House. We were not disappointed.

The house is a gothic style hunting lodge, dating back to the 19th century. It is set on a farm, with beautiful grounds. Our room was absolutely stunning. Very large bed, with an enormous bathroom to the side. Furniture is old and rustic, so if you are into spic and span hotel furniture, it may not be for you. No TV either, so don't show up here hoping to watch Sky News or BBC World. There is a very quaint book selection all over the house, however.

We arrived a lot later than we had hoped, due to over-confidenct on my part. Finding the house is a little tricky, so it is best to print a map and/or get detailed directions. Edward and Roisín were very welcoming hosts, and showed us to our room very quickly (Edward actually met us as we got out of the car!). Edward noted that dinner would be at 7.45, and that he would be dining with us and a Canadian couple who were also staying there. I am sure we could have said we preferred to dine at a different table, but we were glad we didn't as the company was very nice at dinner. It was served in a very nice dining room, and the food was lovely (we had rack of lamb, garden vegetables and lovely fish starter, soup, chocolate mousse and cheese board).

Breakfast the next day was delicious. Served in the same room, but we eat by ourselves. We had a few hours to kill before heading back to Dublin, and our hosts offered us freedom to wander about the farm, look at the animals and even a tray of 6 eggs.

All in all, a very enjoyable stay. Maybe for acquired tastes, but if you are the type that likes old style houses, excellent service and lovely food; this is for you.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Martinstown House

Property: Martinstown House
Address: Martinstown, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kildare > The Curragh
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in The Curragh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful romantic Historic Country House set in 180 acres of private Park land with many specimen trees. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Martinstown House The Curragh, Ireland - County Kildare

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