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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mount Falcon Estate Hotel Ballina
- Mount Falcon Country Hotel
- Mount Falcon Country Ballina