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“A lovely spot, disappointing breakfast.”

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Mount Falcon Estate
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Ballina
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Just back from a two-day mid-term break. Had considered Harvey's Point or Solis Lough Eske in Donegal, but Mount Falcon (although a 4 star) seemed to offer a similar experience and setting, but at less cost. We stayed in the main hotel, standard room which was lovely, and a bathroom that was huge (too big actually, I could see no point to all that space - there was a standard-sized bath and you could have fitted a small swimming pool in there!). Bathroom fan was exceptionally noisy and stayed on for ages at night - in the end I put a sheet of paper over it which deadened the noise considerably. No fridge in the room was a surprise - we like to keep a bottle of white wine in the room when away - we ended up keeping it cool in the car, just bringing it in at night! Lovely bar, but very small - can't imagine how they cope when the place is busy. Lovely lounges with log fires. Great pint of Guinness. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Breakfast on our first morning was a huge let down. My wife had Eggs Benedict (lovely apparently) and I opted for a full Irish. I got served two totally dried up wrinkly bits of back bacon and a cold sausage. No-one came near me to ask if everything was okay so I just loaded up on toast and croissants. I did complain as I was leaving to our server Paddy - she was very apologetic and said that all breakfasts were made to order. This was definitely not the case - the bacon had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp (or similar) for way too long, and the sausage was barely warm. She offered to get me a new breakfast but it was too late for that. I had expected to see some sort of adjustment to the bill as a result, but it didn't happen.

We had very nice bar food on the first evening (burgers) and a very nice meal in the main restaurant on the second evening. On the second morning we both opted for the Eggs Benedict, which was delicious - so maybe the poor experience the previous morning wasn't typical.

We both had spa treatments too - not cheap but these never are and the facilities are very nice.

All in all, a very relaxing trip and I'd like to think that we will be back!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We stayed in The Courtyard which are self contained 3/4 bedroom houses a few steps from the main hotel. They are beautifully furnished to a high standard - most of the bedrooms have ensuites. The houses are fully equipped with everything you would need. Ample parking is provided and you feel that you are part of the hotel - without being constraint to timetables, etc. Would thoroughly recommend this estate for a relaxing break - a breakaway from the madness.Its only a short drive into Ballina - would recommend a drive up to Pontoon - beautiful scenery.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We were a group of 9 guys on a fishing trip, arranged through the hotel's "3 rivers package" for 4 days fishing. We stayed in 2 of the courtyard cottages. Lovely spot and most of us had an individual bedroom. Excellent accomodation and fully equipped cottages (coat hooks in the utility rooms would help for wet fishing gear!). For meals we had the option of self catering, walking up to the hotel or taking a short drive into Ballina.
Stuart, the fishery manager was wonderful in accomodating our requests for fishing venues and even better at rearranging these at short notice when conditions changed. This was reflected in our tally of 31 salmon for 4 days fishing!
Our ghillies were great too from the Mount Falcon beat itself to Joe on lough Feagh. A wonderful trip and we look forward to getting back as soon as possible next fishing season.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

From the minute we pulled into the long drive and walked into the front door with the smell of the fireplace, it was wonderful and felt warm and cozy. Our room and bathroom were very clean, large and beautifully decorated. We were there in October, so it was a bit wet outside, but we were able to enjoy some of the property. We had the opportunity to meet one of the owners and he showed us around the main part of the original house. Our room was in the new section connected to the original building. I would love to go back and spend some more time at this beautiful property in a lovely part of the world! We traveled with three other couples and all the rooms were as nice and one was even larger than our own.

We had a wonderful breakfast and then we were off to the next stop. Wish we had been able to stay longer.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

My brother in law had his wedding reception here earlier this year and the whole event went absolutely perfect from the moment we drove in the gates. Tree-lined avenue, gorgeous luscious grass, not a bit of litter in sight, fantastic massive oak door at reception, receptionists that could do no more for you. I could go on and on. Basically, for anyone looking for a nice comfortable place to stay, close to loads of activities, shopping, historic monuments, walks, fishing, golfing, good food etc, i would highly recommend this place.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Easily reached from Knock airport, this hotel is lovely. The setting is gorgeous and staff welcoming, efficient and friendly. I stayed in the main hotel. The room was large, comfortable and had everything you would expect from a high quality hotel. Some of my family stayed in the 3 bedroom waterside lodges they have here - which I would highly recommend if you have kids.
My only gripe about this place is that because of how nice is, it attracts weddings. My room on the first floor was directly above the banqueting suite and later in the evening, the dance floor. This made the room vey noisy until well in to the early hours of he morning.
Sleeping was a challenge.
I guess our options are to either gate crash the wedding or have and extra pint or two of Guinness before you go to bed to assist your sleep!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We spent 4 great days at Mount Falcon this week - it is an ideal venue if you want to chill out and relax. Accommodation is superb and the food is to die for. Great on site facilities -including fishing - close to Ballina if you want a bit of retail therapy & near Enniscrone if you want to go to the beach. Will be back soon

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Foxford Road, Ballina, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Ballina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ballina
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ballina
Price Range: $167 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mount Falcon Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mount Falcon Estate lies by the banks of The River Moy ( the most prolific wild Atlantic Salmon river in Ireland ) between Foxford and Ballina ( The Salmon Capital of Ireland ). The Estate consists of a 4 star deluxe 32 bedroom hotel, Luxury lodges, fishing for wild Atlantic Salmon on its own stretch of the river Moy, a 3 acre rainbow trout stocked lake, a School of Falconry, 100 acres of mature woodland, a 3 km walking / jogging / biking trail, an Elemis Spa and Clay pigeon shooting. The house was built in 1876 and was a wedding present from one young groom to his new wife. The Estate was originally owned by The Knox family whose ancestors are buried in the circular graveyard next to a Megalithic tomb located on the Estate. Opened in 2006 Mount Falcon was the youngest ever hotel to win The AA Hotel of the year. In 2015 the Hotel was named the best Manor House Hotel in Ireland. The Hotels 'Kitchen Restaurant' holds 2 AA Rosettes and has received numerous awards for Best Hotel Restaurant in Connaught and The Best Head Chef in Connaught, the most recent award received was in 2015 for Best Chef in Connaught(by the Good Eating Guide). ... more   less 
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