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Ardtarmon House
Ranked #4 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Sligo
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

My wife and I left our children with her parents in Donegal and had a few days in Sligo at various contrasting places. Ardtarmon House was exactly what we wanted when we had identified a grand Irish country house with some real family history. We first saw the house from across the bay as I rang Charles for directions.We made it without any problem and had a lovely afternoon and evening walking down to the beach and along to the little harbour. We ate at the fish restaurant up the road which was fine, though the chat in the bar between the locals and some flash folk up from Cork was the best bit.The next morning we had another trip down to the harbour and then breakfast in an environment which was wonderfully old world. It was not the hip of the Ice House or the extravagance of Harvey's Point, but a memorable and thoroughly authentic experience.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

After visiting Sligo and Yeats country, we easily found our way to Ardtarmon House, simply using the directions provided with the confirmation of the booking.The scenic narrow roads are simply part of the getting there experience. The house is reached from the main road after a long drive through a thick and green vegetation. Christa welcomed us cordially and over a cup of excellent tea,explained us a few walks to and along the seashore. The house is full of history and so was our room,the large window on the driveway was simply magic, the silence in the park makes this the perfect place to read or maybe even write a book or just simply to relax.
Breakfast in the morning was rich,organic and tasty,and we were lucky enough to taste an oustanding orange marmelade that Charles and Christa prepare themselves.
The beauty of the location and the friendliness of our hosts made this a memorable beginning of a wonderful extended week-end in Ireland.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Michele_Tuscany
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

From the website I thought I had found the best place to end our short tour of Ireland. While we had no major complaints, and Christa is a lovely lady, it lacks some of the basic requirements of modern B&Bs.
1. Adequate signposting. If I were not a good navigator, we would never have found it. Christa explained that they only have the one small sign at their gate because they didn't like strangers coming in to have a look, which I found an extremely odd attitude to running a business like this.
2. The photos on the website make it look far nicer than it actually is, which is shabby, both inside and out. It needs some modernisation and cleaning.
3. Our bathroom had no shower; just a hand-held thing you shove on the taps - not good enough. The water is so soft (a good thing!) that the bath remains slippery even when all soap is rinsed off. We therefore found it extremely difficult to get out of, as there are no grab handles. When I mentioned this to Christa she said they had them but just hadn't installed them. I urged her to do that soon, before someone fell and sued them.
4. Because of its remoteness, we had booked dinner. The starter salad was divine, but the main course was dreadful: slices of overcooked beef, overcooked plain vegetables, and plain gravy. The dessert was so-so: fruit salad; the cream with it made it a bit more palatable. For 30 euros I expected something better.
I love the Sligo area, but will not stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Patsy T
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Really enjoyed three nights here in July in blistering heat of 30 degrees in Co.Sligo! unusually hot but we were delighted to be able to cool off in the safe swimming beach adjacent to the Henry's lovely home. The beach has a lot of shingle until you get to the water's edge and then it becomes sandy . We enjoyed idyllic swims and a delicious supper served to us in the atmospheric dining room with a bottle of wine and a gentle stroll afterwards before bed! We were in heaven!
This area is very pretty and relatively undiscovered. We were made very welcome by Christa and her Charles and settled in immediately. The breakfast was very pleasant and set us up for a day of visiting and enjoying some golf at Castle Dargan. Would highly recommend Ardtarmon as a base for visiting this beautiful area of coast but stay longer than one night to experience the pure magic !

Room Tip: All the rooms we saw appeared to be charming
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dublindame2013
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

What a wonderful find! I visited in january with my best friend and her 6-month old baby from the UK, flying into the nearby and very convenient Knock Airport.

Ardtarmon House is a beautiful old house, atmospheric, lots of original features, furnishings and paintings, a great choice of books to read and very relaxing. The hosts are kind, friendly, interesting and very helpful and informative. The location is stunning - a short walk through the woods to a path that takes you to a large, deserted beach and lungfuls of fresh Irish air!

We only stayed one night en route to another location in Ireland, but we would have loved to stay longer and hope to return someday soon. Our bedroom was very large, clean and comfortable and cosy - despite it being the beginning of January the house's eco-friendly willow-fed boiler was doing a good job of keeping the house warm, and they had plugged in an additional heater in the bedroom should we need it. I would say though that this is the west coast of Ireland, it's an old house and therefore you might want to pack a cosy jumper if you feel the cold. There was a cot for the baby, and comfy beds for the adults with nice linen. The bathroom was simple but clean, with a good shower, Ecover shower wash and hand soap, and plenty of towels.

We booked to have dinner at the house, asking in advance for a vegetarian meal. We were told it was no problem and we were really glad we chose to dine-in. Our hosts offered us a choice of two red wines and then served us a beautiful homemade three-course meal in the large dining room which is decorated with some incredible family paintings and traditional furniture. We sat at one end of the large wood table, candles lit, and feeling a little like the ladies of the manor.

Charles made stuffed mushrooms for our starter, served with some of Christa's homemade bread. For our main course Christa had made a delicious lentil roast with roast potatoes, organic carrots from the nearby fields and even a special vegetarian gravy (that I now have the recipe for and make often!). We barely had room for the homemade apple tart and thick cream that was served for dessert, but we did our best, and then toddled up the stairs with a cup of tea and a sleepy but very happy baby.

We both slept well and enjoyed a lovely homecooked breakfast with fresh coffee and tea the following morning.

If you appreciate beautiful settings, interesting old houses and the atmosphere of an authentic, lived-in but professionally run B&B then this is great value for money and a really great location. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Rosemary_thyme
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

I spent one night at Ardtarmon House with my best friend and baby daughter. The house is set in a wild, yet beautiful area of the coast and is a short walk (during which we were escorted by the family dog) to a breath-taking beach. The House itself is imposing and holds such history-I loved wondering through its rooms and corridors. The owners are open, friendly and interesting. They couldn't have done more to make us feel at home-including providing hot water for baby food, a cot, sharing recipes and suggestions for places to see. The home cooked food was delicious and made us very welcome. The 3 of us stayed in the same bedroom, which was clean and the beds were really comfortable. I would love to go back and spend more time at Ardtarmon House. After one night I felt rested, revitalised and lucky to be in such a beautiful setting-just imagine how a week would leave you feeling!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank SBJJJones
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Where could one ever spend such delightful holiday! We just did it at Ardtarmon House and on a budget on Euro in USD. Hosts Chas and Christa Henry were super accommodating to us and the rest of guests. Sent us to countryside jaunts with ease. Just a grand country manor feel and experience. Would do same again but longer than five days. This is a destination we will treasure with such bright hosts.

Room Tip: Stay in main house but all are large rooms. Nothing dinky here.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ardtarmon House Ardtarmon House Ardtarmon House Raghly Road | Ballinfull, Sligo, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Sligo > Sligo
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Ranked #4 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Sligo
Price Range: $108 - $112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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