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“Peaceful B&B”
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Cavangarden House
Ranked #10 of 11 Ballyshannon B&B and Inns
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“Peaceful B&B”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

We have been traveling to Ireland every year for the last 15 and stay at Cavangarden every year. We have always been pleased with our accomodations. The rooms are large and nicely decorated. The B&B is located outside of Ballyshannon down a winding road thru woods. It is a very peaceful & beautiful location. The breakfast is ordered the prior evening and ready at the requested time. You will have a number of breakfast choices. The breakfasts are always delicious. Sitting in her breakfast room, enjoying your tea, looking out at the surrounding fields is very calming. We are planning our trip for next year and will stay with Agnes again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed our stay in this lovely old mansion. Agnes was a delightful hostess and directed us to a lovely sitting area on the main floor for a relaxing evening. Our bedroom was a two bedroom ensuite which was much more than we had paid for. Breakfast was lovely and very filling in a resort type dining room. Would love to return again!

  • Stayed October 2011
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Port Douglas, Australia
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Cavangarden House B&B
(near) Ballyshannon
Cavangarden House is an old mansion at the end of a tree lined winding drive which must be at least half a kilometre from the main road giving it a very quiet setting. Our room was, expectedly, old but clean although we did look at each other when we simultaneously saw 2 towels thrown over the back of a chair. There was also no bathmat, no hairdryer, no lift and no wifi.
Breakfast was quite satisfactory. Unfortunately, the country setting meant that we had to travel at least 10 minutes back into Ballyshannon (the birthplace of guitarist Rory Gallagher) for something to eat for tea. The worst part of our stay was having to get out of bed at 2.20am to ask the occupier of the room next door (who may have fallen asleep?), to turn his TV down.
We may have been a little unlucky but it was not in a location that suited our travel plans.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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PA
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We travel to Ireland yearly and without fail always stay at Cavangarden. The hostess is pleasant and helpful. The nicely decorated rooms are spacious. There are a delicious choices for breakfast. Agnes slips a menu under your door nightly so you can select the time and breakfast you want. We have always had a wonderful stay at Cavangarden and cannot recommend it highly enough. It is very beautiful and peaceful.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Thank kathy49
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Tecumseh, Canada
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Very nice accommodations with a good breakfast and friendly hostess. The grounds around the house are beautiful, and it is only a short trip into Ballyshannon for a meal or some entertainment. Belleek Pottery is very close, about 10 minutes away. The room we had was nice, the only complaint would be that there was a frustratingly weak shower.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank korodiver
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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2011

We had a booking here that was made weeks in advance to have one of the rooms in the 1750s Georgian Manor. We reconfirmed twice and after having landed in Belfast and driven all through the North (Dunluce Castle was my highlight of the North although Glenarm Castle gardens were a very,very, very close second) we called again to say we would be there the following night after staying one night just outside of Letterkenny.

We drove out to Sliabh Liag and stopped in Ardara on the way for what my wife informed was a well deserved shopping stop. We rang again to inform the owners of Cavangarden that we would be late and would arrive around 19:00.

When we finally arrived, we were told that there was a mix up with our (confirmed and reconfirmed) booking and that a large party of Germans had arrived that day and that the only room available was in a new build section attached to a renovated Church conversion in a shared self catering area. We were given the downstairs room and told that we would be sharing the unit with two men in the upstairs bedroom. We looked at each other and said that we could live with this. At this point, I would like to point out that the temperature was about 10C.

We brought our luggage in, and Brenda turned on the central heating. She then went into the attached ensuite. She called me in, in horror. The shower area (a sunken tiled area with a filthy curtain) had mould growing between the tiles. By this time, the radiators still hadn't produced any heat. Brenda washed her hands and ran the taps for 5 minutes before again calling me and telling me there was no hot water.

We went up to the House and told the old lady that the heating didn't work, the bathroom was filthy and there was no hot water. She told us to make sure the booster switches were on. We went back to the room but they were already on and there was still no hot water. Now I've backpacked in many places around the world and had cold showers in the backend of nowhere but for 60 euro a night, I expect a hot shower. We went up again to talk to the old lady, and she said, and I quote " Ahh...what a pity, dears. I can't be after getting the man out til tomorrow." She also didn't offer to clean it at all either. We decided to look for somewhere else, jumped in the car and being the middle of summer, it was still daylight at 21:30.

My girl is from Ballyshannon so we drove through there looking for a place to stay (what a stunning town!!) and then into Bundoran before we found a room at Fitzgerald's Hotel. We drove back to Cavangarden to pick up out luggage and on the way were discussing whether to leave the keys on the bed or go up and tell the old woman that we were leaving. Brenda, my wife, agreed that we should tell the woman why weren't staying.

We took the keys up and Brenda said "We are on our honeymoon and my husband really wanted to see where I come from. I'm from Ballyshannon and I am embarrassed and ashamed by your B&B and what you call service and hospitality." A sentiment to which I wholeheartedly agree. And the worst part is, her response was "Oh well dears, no loss".

The owners should be ashamed to provide tourist services. I have copied this review and sent it to Bord Failte and Discover Ireland. There is no way on God's green Earth that this place qualifies as a 4 star B&B with Irish Tourism approval. Her attitude and behaviour were reprehensible and the dismissive nature of her interactions certainly cemented in my mind the lack of any aptitude for customer service.

This B&B was the worst experience of Ireland I have ever had.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wicklow, IE
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

Stayed here again and really recommend it, big rooms. Very quiet and comfortable. Really nice people and lovely breakfast

  • Stayed May 2011
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Additional Information about Cavangarden House

Property: Cavangarden House
Address: Donegal Road, Ballyshannon, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Ballyshannon
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Ballyshannon
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Cavangarden Hotel Ballyshannon

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