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“This place has the WOW factor!”

Review of Sunnybank House

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35 reviews
View of Sunnybank House from the front gate
Drawing room
Drawing room with open fire
Main hallway
Stairs leading to the first floor and 8 upstairs bedrooms
Library Room with integrated computer desk
Television room
Television Room
Dining Room- with 15ft Antique dining table which can seat 20
Kitchen- 6 ring hob- 3 ovens - 2 dishwashers- Ice machine
Kitchen pantry and utility room - with american fridge and freezer
Ensuite bathroom - Room 8
Pool and Sauna at dusk
Table and chairs outside back kitchen door near giant Weber bbq and herb bank
Gateway to Sunnybank House
Steps down onto Church Hill - 2 mins walk to the town square. 3 mins to private leisure centre
Driveway from the front door
Side gates, Tennis court and Car park from the front door
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Manor House -
11 Bedrooms, 12 Bathrooms, Sleeps 22
Clifden, County Galway, Western Ireland

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Excellent - based on 35 reviews
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Brownie61...
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“This place has the WOW factor!”
Reviewed September 24, 2011 for a stay in September 2011

We stayed here for a week with 16 friends and family for a 50th birthday. When we first walked in we were blown away by the beauty and luxury of the house and grounds. There was plenty of space for everyone and we never felt crowded. The place is so comfortable and it was very handy to have laundry facilities. We hired the recommended caterer, Gillian, for a birthday dinner. The food was to die for and she is an absolute doll! The location is superb in that you feel very secluded while at the house yet it only takes a couple of minutes to walk to town. Bottom line - it was better than we could ever have imagined!

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Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 15, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

Value Rooms
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Traveling group: Extended Family
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
Families with teenagers Tourists
Large groups Luxury-minded travelers
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Massachus...
massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic place for a large group; home away from home!”
Reviewed August 1, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

We just returned from a wonderful family vacation at Sunnybank. All 21 of us loved it! There was plenty of room for us, allowing the perfect blend of togetherness and private time. The house is very well equipped, and has so much character. It was easy to pretend that we were all living in a fancy country estate! Each of the bedrooms, with its own bathroom and shower, were unique. All were comfortable. The common areas were spacious and cozy, especially in front of the peat fire! The location couldn't be better, just a short walk from the charming town of Clifden, with its many shops, restaurants, and pubs.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists Large groups
Luxury-minded travelers
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RNL60
Bentonville, Arkansas
1 review
“A great experience for the entire group of 23 people!!!”
Reviewed June 23, 2011 for a stay in May 2011

Shane and Rachael were terrific to work with. We had a group of 23 intotal with an international travel business that I run and this trip was fantastic. I had a number of people with me that had never stayed in a property like this with a group of strangers and it could not have worked out better. Sunnybank House was clean, roomy, comfortable and great to entertain the group. So positive was this experience that many of the guests want to come on the next trip that ia am planning. The property is perfectly located to allow for walking into the town of Clifden. There is great golfing just a short distance away that we enjoyed for 3 rounds. I would go back to Sunnybank House without reservation.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
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Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Tourists
Large groups Luxury-minded travelers
Rugged travelers
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BrayJan
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
“Bar raised to the highest notch.”
Reviewed August 31, 2010 for a stay in June 2010

We booked Sunnybank House because the web site looked appealing and it could cater for our annual gathering of 20 friends (10 couples). We were astonished with the comfortable standard of accomodation, the pool, the location and the facilities. The kitchen was fine as turns were taken in the catering department, but it was a bit of a squeeze in the dining room. This did not detract from the enjoyment and camaraderie of our reunion. The bedrooms were spacious and the beds really comfortable. There is enough space downstairs with the sitting room, library (with internet access) T.V room and dining room to prevent cabin fever. Lunch in Guys, Coffee in Alcock & Browns, tea in the Abbeyglen and early evening music in any of the bars in Clifden in addition to the numerous attractions of Connemara made for fabulous memories. Sunnybank House is a wonderful location, and at a cost of €350.00 per couple for a week unbelievable value.

Value Rooms
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Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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rsrc
Dublin, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Expensive but worth it !”
Reviewed April 15, 2008 for a stay in March 2008

We booked sunnybank for a week in March for a family reunion. I was very hesitant about organising a self catering holiday because you feel responsible for the expectations of everyone in the party and sometimes the houses can be quite commercial by way of design and furnishings and not exactly a home from home !

We ended up booking the main house and the lodge because there were 25 of us and when we arrived we could not get over the houses.

Both houses were exceptional in terms of decor and facilities and the grounds are lovely. The main house is huge but warm and cosy and the lodge is obviously newer because it has underground heating etc., but is the same standard as a five star hotel in terms of how it is finished... great beds !!!

We were able to walk to the town in a minute which was great because we could all do our own thing. On one evening we booked a local chef to come in and cook for us all in the main house and it was brilliant and delicious and worked really well for the party.

We were also able to use the leisure centre in the local hotel which was great on rainy days !! Beware you do need cars because I dont think there is any public transport except taxis

I initially thought the rates were high but definitely well worth it especially when you divide it down by the number of people staying and you could pay less for someplace that turns out to be really grotty ! We are hoping to book again for a surprise 40th birthday party

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Liked best: Very luxurious, it feels like a treat !
Liked least: nothing
Visit was for: Quality time with family
Traveling group: Family (extended)
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Idler
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
767 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 755 helpful votes
“Great For Friends”
Reviewed July 18, 2007 for a stay in May 2007
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person found this review helpful

We stayed at Sunnybank House at the end of May. There were 20 of us, celebrating a friend's 40th birthday.

Shane, the owner, opened the pool for us- it is usually only open from June. We also used the sauna and the tennis court. The rooms were nicely furnished and we had a great time. Shane's Springer Spaniel is very friendly and made a fuss of us all.

On the down side, the kitchen could have been better eqiupped eg, more utensils and a better cooker. There should have been a music system in the main sitting room, and we would have liked a bigger T.V. There were chess sets, but they did not have all their pieces. Little things like this make a big difference when there are 20 or so of you, and you've paid several thousand Euros for the property.

We loved Clifden and the surrounding area. Having a decent week's weather helped. Highlights included lots of short walks (the tourist office has a guide), a game of Golf at Connemara's Championship course, a trip to Inishboffin, the charm and genuineness of the Irish people and a meal at Fogerty's. Great standard, well priced, lovely staff.

This property is wrongly listed. It is not a guest house any more, and would be better described as "Other Accommodation". Tripadvisor, please take note!

Value Rooms
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Liked best: Swimming Pool and Sauna
Liked least: Little omissions (lack of a music system in the front room)
Visit was for: Personal event (wedding, ...)
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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