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“fair but wouldn't rush back”

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Grove House and Courtyard Cottages
Ranked #1 of 12 Skibbereen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“fair but wouldn't rush back”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2010

We spent 2 nights recently in one of the courtyard cottages which was small but quite quaint and prettily done. Not sure anyone over 6 foot would be very comfortable though - some of the ceiling heights are very restricted! The owners were pleasant and welcoming, but the food was only average. It's located about a mile from Skibereen.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2010

I arrieved at this place with my wife and daugther on windswept afternoon after a three hour journey through heavy rain all the way. My daughter had just completed exams and in the wake of a very stressful year we wanted a few days R&R together. This would not happen. I booked a cottage? on the basis of viewing their website which appears to be endorsed by by failte ireland. On checking subsequently with said organisation I was informed that the grove house indeed is approved by them but not the cottages. Perhaps this has been rectivied and I stand to be corrected if so but a phone call to failte ireland will yield the answer for you dear reader. I spoke to the proprieter, forwarded my deposit, which I stiil wait to be returned and showed up at the agreed time on the day booked. We were met by the lady of the house and I offered payment there and then for the full stay as per instructions on the website. This lady declined my offer saying there was no rush and we could settle up on departure.My daughter reached the destination a short time before us and while not ecstatic declered it adaquate for a few days stay.
After unloading the car of bags,fishing rods and musical instuments we shopped for groceries and returned to discover the ceiling leaking and upon drawing it to the proprietors attention we thirty minutes of humiliating and degrading treatment.
This individual told us to put something under it and seemed surprised that we thought that an inadaquate response. When we realised that this person expected us to stay in this situation we iformed him that we inted to leave whereupon he appeared at our cottage? in what my family later described compasionatley to friends as a bad moustache day brought on by stress. To be honest I cant recall if this man had a moustache. We left, a couple of hours back through weather that had deteriorated to the welcoming hospitality of astonished Cork friends. Heres a tip for you dear reader, if you wish to book accomodation at this establisment? Speak with what is regarded in certain circles as a cultured accent for this person told me that he knew by my voice on the phone that there would be problems. As if somehow my Oirish brogue had caused the roof to leak. He said he knew this because he had been an advertising something or other and was well used to telling people by their intonation??? Which is odd for I would have thought that the type of accent described as ' cut glass' would be the one to also shatter roof tiles. The type of accent encounterd in people who have settled amongst us and been shown courtesy and kindness but still refer the other Island as the Mainland.
MEAN or Mane in local parlance is the safest word to descibe the spirit of this individual from our point of view. Perhaps his wife, who is a native of Eireann will explain the many and varied connotations this word has amongst a people who are renowned for their respect and generousity to those who respect them.
I leave you, dear reader not in rancour but rather with an exhortation to those bodies public or otherwise charged with promoting tourism to ensure that operators realise that they are not only the face of an industry but that they represent the Irish people.
And while an apology does not appear to be fortcoming.
I DU EXPC ME FIFDY EUROPS DEPOSETH BAC SHAM. DJU KNOW WHA I MANES!!!!

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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ghie, Proprietor at Grove House and Courtyard Cottages, responded to this review, March 21, 2010
This review is untrue and misleading. When the guest arrived it was in the middle of one of the worst rainstorms of the summer. During this storm, several drips - not enough to cover the bottom of a teacup - regrettably got into the cottage in one corner. As we could not investigate in the middle of a storm, we advised the guest to place something under the small leak. Contrary to the reviewer's claim, we were subjected to abuse at this suggestion with the guest leaving prematurely and without payment. Our cottages have been awarded Fuschia Brand status which is the highest mark of quality in West Cork. The Fuschia Brand is only awarded to establishments which demonstrate the highest quality of product and service.
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Dublin
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2010

So often a hotel or self catering accommodation looks nothing like it does on the website. Grove House cottages are the opposite; the website doesn't do them justice! We stayed at the Barn at Grove House for 5 nights over New Year 2009/10. Despite the fact that it was the coldest New Year in 50 years, we had the most wonderful time. The cottage was cosy and warm and so beautifully restored. So quaint but with every mod con you might need. Jacuzzi for two :) and a second wet room style bathroom. The bathrobes and slippers are a luxurious touch! the owners, Anna and Peter, couldn't be more helpful, but personal space and privacy are respected.
Skibbereen town itself is lovely and we can highly recommend Over The Moon restaurant. Our only regret is that we didn't get the chance to eat at Grove House itself, but we plan to rectify that when we visit again. Can't recommend these beautiful cottages highly enough.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Leiden
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2009

We stayed just one night in Grove House, where we received a very warm welcome including help with our luggage and a drink in the lounge where we could take a look at the menu. Dinner was excellent and the dining room absolutely lovely. The room was highly romantic with its four-poster and old-fashioned but comfortable design. The owners are incredibly helpful and the distance to/from Cork airport is ideal.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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wiltshire
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2009

Just on the outskirts of Skibbereen up a quiet private drive we found Grove House, a former Georgian home. Anna and Peter greeted us warmly and treated us more as friends than guests during our comfortable stay. Our ensuite room was spacious and well furnished and 4 poster bed ensured a good night's sleep.
The food was excellent with complimentary wine with the meal and was good value for money. Peter was a fund of information about the area and introduced us to some of its lesser known delights which made our stay even more special.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Essex
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2008

Stayed in cottage two for 3 nights, but took advantage of the breakfasts each morning at the main house and had a 3 course evening meal on two of the nights. Anna & Peter were welcoming and friendly and the accommodation could not be faulted - the jacuzzi was amazing! Anyone who wants a relaxing holiday in this lovely part of the world should consider staying here. Mike & Janet.

Stayed September 2008
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Chester, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2008

We had the great pleasure of spending 2 nights at Grove House earlier this month and would heartily recommend it! Anna and Peter are a most welcoming couple who love their home and delight in sharing it. This is an old building and they have spent much time, effort and money in restoring it very sympathetically. If you want a sleek, hermitically sealed, "boutique" hotel then this isn't for you, because the floor boards do creak, not all the doors fit tightly and some of the sash windows don't work.Those are some of the things that make it special.
The food is very good, both breakfast and the 3 course dinner - we only had dinner on one of the nights but wished we'd done it twice. You won't find better quality, and more to the point, value, locally, they even throw the (very nice) wine in! What more could you ask? Well, I asked for the soda bread recipe and can't wait to make it next weekend.....but that's another story. Should the weather let you down and you return damp and forlorn in the middle of the day, a pot of tea and biscuits will welcome and console you. Anna and Peter will chat,or not, as you please. Peter apparently loves to suggest places to visit (or not) and will help you find all kinds of interesting places, but this is well known territory to us, so we didn't need his service.
We would have no hesitation in returning, or trying one of their self catering cottages and we will do so on our next trip. A special place indeed................

  • Liked — The hosts and the house itself.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Grove House and Courtyard Cottages

Property: Grove House and Courtyard Cottages
Address: Skibbereen Retirement Village | Coolnagarrane, Skibbereen, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Skibbereen
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Skibbereen
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Courtyard Skibbereen
Skibbereen Courtyard

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