My husband & I spent a week in the self-catering accommodation at Railway Cottage. Our cottage was standalone, away from the main house and the B&B accommodation. It was on 2 levels with the lounge/dining/kitchen on the ground floor and the bedroom/bathroom upstairs. The bedroom and bathroom had sloped ceilings that had us walking around hunched over the whole time to make sure we didn’t hit our heads. Downstairs there was little room for us to settle in with no bench or cupboard space. One of the sofas was too uncomfortable to sit on so it was fairly cramped when we wanted to relax. The kitchen was only equipped with the basics though the owner had offered to let her know if we needed anything. There is a manic German Shepherd that is kept locked up most of the time but one afternoon it was loose on the grounds and, despite having been warned of it’s behavior, it managed to give me a serious fright, barking and jumping up at me. There was quite a bit of assorted rubbish outside the cottage taking away from any ambience the outside area may have had. A couple of times during our stay someone changed over the towels and made the bed, which was unexpected and not what we expect (or want) at a self-catered property. One afternoon we arrived back at the cottage to find their keys still in the door – so much for security. Overall we found our stay in the cottage disappointing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Railway Lodge and Cottage are situated at the Gateway to Connemara, you may wish to self cater in the Railway Cootage or you may want to be pampered in the Railway Lodge, this is the ideal base to experience and discover the majestic Connemara. The Aran Islands are a short drive and ferry trip away, climb Diamond Hill in the National Park Letterfrack or explore Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Gardens. Enjoy culinary delights in the village of Oughterard after a day in Connemara. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Railway Hotel Country