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“Glanleam House - Gradens”
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Glanleam House
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Valentia Island
Belfast
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Glanleam House - Gradens”
Reviewed July 15, 2009

I am an avid gardener so you can imagine my delight when I recently went to Valentia Island County Kerry to find this attraction on the doorstep. However the experience of the visit to the gardens was a huge disappointment and extremely expensive.
The literature promises a magical sub tropical garden with various sections and wonderful walks. The reality is that for 20 euros (2 adults and 2 under 5's) you wander around and around overgrown paths which are so badly maintained that it is impossible to view or distinguish any of the plants or themes of the walks. The paths are actuially dangerous and some of the overgrown plants hazardous tskin and eyes. The visitor map highlights areas such as bamboo walk and orchard which in reality are completely overgrown and inaccessible. I could still be looking for the pond in the bog garden but had to call it a day!!
The directional signage is very poor if in existence at all - some missing and other signs lying on the ground. At the end of the visit I felt very ripped off and disappointed.This was made even worse when a few days later I visited Derrynane House and Gradens and paid 6 euros for the same family group to visit both the House and wonderful, accessible and maintained gardens.
Anyone taken in by the marketing literature should think twice before visiting.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Sussex, England
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3 reviews
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Reviewed May 25, 2008

I stayed at Glanleam House with three friends and we all enjoyed our stay tremendously. The standards were very high, the surroundings beautiful and the owners were helpful and friendly. Our rooms were comfortable and luxurious with spectacular views over the bay to mountains on the mainland. The exceptional and historical gardens are fascinating and their ongoing restoration is the result of the brave and imaginative owner. Glanleam is a great and relaxing base for exploring Valentia Island and parts of Kerry.

It would have been a bonus to have tea and coffee making facilities in the bedrooms, but that is the only thing that I would change in this comfortable and interesting family country house hotel.

Stayed May 2008
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NW Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2008

Having just returned from Glanleam house, we were delighted to return to our own bed and the comforts of home. Given the expensive rates charged in this house, I cannot dissuade potential visitors strongly enough not to stay here.

We were greeted by an interrogation as to why we were so late arriving. The room we stayed in had a beautiful view, but not basic comforts like a tea/coffee making facilities. We were provided with one litre bottle of water for our three day stay. Our bed was covered in a duvet that was too small for the bed, which meant one of us woke up without blankets each night.

Every time we met the landlady she was complaining, (the gate had been left open, the gate was broken, guests due to arrive were making awkward requests etc)

One evening during our stay we were chatting to the landlady outside, as we had just returned from a lovely walk around the grounds. Suddenly one of her dogs appeared, barking angrily. The land lady tried to reason with the dog, but he came straight towards me, jumped up on me and almost knocked me over, growling vicously. I dread to think what might have happened had the landlady not been there to restrain him. She said he had reacted like that once before to another lady also dressed in black. I found this experience distressing, so make sure you dress in the appropriate colours when going walking!

This is definitely somewhere we felt we needed to go on holidays to recover from. A very disappointing stay.

  • Liked — Checking out!
  • Disliked — The bed, the lack of friendliness, the expense & the uncontrolled dog.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Wexford
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2007

I think the reviews I read here were unfair. We had a lovely stay at Glanleam; our every comfort was thought of ; our hostess was gracious and attentive. She has restored a magnificent garden - no small feat on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean - and has saved a fine house from dereliction. Valentia Island itself is a place I have visited many times, and never grow tired of the it.
It's a real treat to stay in Glanleam House, but a trip to Valentia and a tour of the gardens is strongly reccommended for all visitors to Kerry

  • Liked — Peace and Quiet and lovely surroundings
  • Disliked — no complaints about accommodation
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Valencia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2006

Gardens and House are beautiful. Nice walk to the seaside and light tower. But the two household women are very unfriendly and finally aggressive to children. It is an expensive place to stay. The only lovely creature is the dog that was walking with us.
Not recommended.

  • Liked — Gardens
  • Disliked — very unfriendly
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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Dublin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2006

While the grounds of Glanleam House were beautiful, the unfortunate part of our visit was the owner was very unfriendly, unwelcoming and very abrupt. Constantly felt we were in the way. Would not recommend a visit to Glanleam House on Valentia Island.

Stayed August 2006
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Additional Information about Glanleam House

Property: Glanleam House
Address: Knightstown, Valentia | Ireland, Valentia Island, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Valentia Island
Amenities:
Beach Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Valentia Island
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Glanleam House Hotel Valentia Island
Glanleam Hotel Valentia Island

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