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Manor House -
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13
Galway, County Galway, Western Ireland

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Linda F
Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Everything is Perfect”
Reviewed September 25, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We stayed at Banba House for 5 nights in early Sept. 2013. The house and host, Ray McGrogan, were wonderful. There were only 2 of us, middle aged women from the U.S.. Ray met us at the train station and took our bags the one block to the house and up the stairs to the bedrooms.
We were both immediately enchanted by the house and hospitality. We had arranged to have the welcome dinner on our arrival, and it was set up beautifully just as in the online pictures, and the next morning we had our breakfast delivered to the kitchen by Ray as well. It was all delicious and beautifully presented with a pot of mums on the table as well, And we actually had so many leftovers that we got several meals out of the food Ray prepared.
Banba House is so grand, and welcoming. Lots of huge windows, and comfy seating, The beds were very cozy as well. We had no problems with the hot water, very simple to heat up the shower. Everything was clean as a whistle. There is a booklet on the entry table with all of the information needed about the house, local medical facilities, restaurants, pubs, trains, buses, hair salons, laundry, anything you could need. And if there is anything you need beyond that Ray is right next door and would be at the front door in a matter of minutes to help out when called.
It is about a 10 minute walk into the lovely town of Athenry. Very small and quaint. Not touristy, not so good for shopping, but wonderful for pubs, and meals out. We visited a different couple of pubs everyday and met so many interesting people. They were all friendly and helpful, from the shop owners to the bartenders. One night we listened to the lovely trad music at one of the pubs and enjoyed it immensely, especially the fact that young and old all enjoy it together. Only a few minutes ride on the train to Galway where there is lots of shopping and street performers and fun.Round trip for 11 Euros on the train, the bus takes much longer and was 5 euros one way.
My advice is to consider this wonderful way to vacation, visiting a small town and having time to meet, and get to know the Irish people and culture. Athenry is lovely, has a 1000 year old castle to tour, and don't skip over the Athenry Heritage Center tour, it was very interesting, full of history and amazing artifacts. Can even try on the medieval military wear. And the ancient cemetary and parish are amazing to wander through and great picture opps as well.
So thanks to Ray for a wonderful time at Banba House. And thanks also to the people of Athenry for making us feel so welcome.

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Liked best: The location and landlord.
Liked least: Chilly at night until the heat kicks on.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Oct 5, 2013
What can I say Linda, you ladies where so gracious during your visit and its such a pleasure for me to have you as guests at Banba. Firstly thank you so much for making a very special piece of art as a present to me while you stayed in Banba. It now takes pride of place in my kitchen and everyone who comes into my cottage remarks on your inspired talent. The owner of the local pub where you pulled your own pint of creamy guinness was asking about you guys.I think its great that you experienced the real Ireland in a small local village and had a chance to meet some real local Irish people. It is such a thrill for me to realize that the place inspired you during your visit. I love your photos, your such a good photographer, it easy to see you have a special talent, would you allow me to use a couple of your photos you posted in trip advisor as I would love to have them on the Banba House web site. Hope you will visit us again soon. very best regards ..Ray
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Carol2676
Madrid, Spain
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Felt at home”
Reviewed September 24, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
5
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Thank you so much, Ray. These are my lines to future guests: a wonderful house in a pretty village, but the host is top of all: charming and helpful, with good reccomendations for any traveler. You're gonna feel immediately at home. Stylish, comfortable, grand, superb house. A gourmet welcoming meal which we all still recall. Perfect situation to travel around and all the facilities nearby. No noises, privacy, room enough for adults to relax and children to enjoy. What else!

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Liked best: The spacious rooms and the charm of everything.
Liked least: None.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Oct 5, 2013
You guys were fantastic, so glad you enjoyed your time at Banba, we would be delighted to see you coming back sometime again soon. regards
Ray
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Stella802...
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect Stay”
Reviewed September 5, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
3
people found this review helpful

Staying at Banba House made our trip in Galway perfect. The house was so comfortable and clean. The proprietor was extremely accommodating and helpful. Every aspect of our stay was catered for. All amenities were within walking distance or already on site. Spacious and well decorated with an artistic flair. Would recommend to anyone. Felt just at home

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 12, 2013
Its easy to be helpful to great people, thanks and see you soon again I hope.... Ray
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jane m
Cork
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful House, Superb Location.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
2
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We stayed in Banba House for three days. When we arrived we got a delicious complimentry meal with two bottles of wine prepared by the owner Ray, he was a very friendly and helpful man. The house was beautiful and spotless and everything was in perfect working order. The location was terrific so near to Galway by train, and so many sites to be seen. We were a large group of ten women and we will be definately returning next year. Thanks to Ray for looking after us during our stay in Banba House as you are guarenteed a warm welcome in a house of complete luxury.

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Liked best: The relaxing athmosphere of this beautiful house.
Liked least: That our holiday had ended.
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
Sep 12, 2013
...................brilliant group of people, really glad you had such a great time. Regards
Ray
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New York
Reviewed September 1, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
3
people found this review helpful

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Had to leave
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 12, 2013
twas was a pleasure to meet all of you, thanks for coming to Banba House and am so glad you enjoyed... All the best... Ray
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Finksburg, Maryland
Reviewed August 1, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: Ray was a very excellent host. We felt comfortable and thought he would be reliable if we had some sort of emergency.
Liked least: Wi-fi was spotty throughout the house, but the couch in the kitchen has the best signal.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 7, 2013
, thanks so much guys, I always feel that you should be able to contact me if you need something during your stay. Its good to be available to advise people who take the trouble to come and stay at Banba House. We take great pride in Banba House and value all the new people who we meet on their travels from around the world. Now that we have just had our wi fi booster installed, we expect we will be able to reply faster better sooner to any info requests we receive.Our moto is...We are here to help... Very Best Regards
Ray and Rita.
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Houston
Reviewed July 24, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
2
people found this review helpful

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Liked best: The owner attention to detail and his help
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
Aug 7, 2013
a brilliant bunch of people, It was my pleasure to be able to help. Ray
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