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“Great B&B in the Burren.”
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Cappabhaile House
Ranked #1 of 16 Ballyvaughan B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We only stayed one night but I’d love to return to the Burren and I would stay here again. The location is very convenient to the Ailwee Caves/Birds of Prey, close to the Poulnabrane Portal Dolmen and scenic stopping areas in the Burren. It is also very close to Ballyvaughan and a selection of good restaurants and pubs.

We were referred here by another B&B owner who could not honor our reservation. The hosts at Cappabhaile kindly honored the pricing from the original B&B even though they would normally charge a bit more. Furthermore, we when arrived and were shown to our room, the host upgraded us to a nicer room that was larger and had a great view. Both husband and wife were friendly yet professional. Check in and out was efficient and the WiFi worked very well.

Our family room was very clean and quiet, with large comfortable beds, nice chairs near the window and a good size wardrobe. The bathroom was functional, a decent size and had a good shower. Our view looked out back looked at a hillside pasture. In the morning I heard mooing and looked out to see a farmer and his dogs leading cows out to the pasture in the mist.

Adjacent to the entryway, there is a lounge with a pool table for the use of the guests. That room was a bit worn looking but my daughter really enjoyed playing pool. There is also a sitting area near the entryway so your children could play in the lounge while you sit nearby. I like having a public area so that each person can have some privacy in the room or to accommodate early risers.
Regarding the comment by another poster about the odor in the entry way, when I first entered, I did notice a slight musty smell odor and was concerned about our room. However, no other area had the musty odor including the lounge, hallways, room or breakfast area. I really regard this as a non-issue.

The breakfast room was large and bright with lots of house plants. The portions at breakfast were incredibly generous. I think that hikers or backpackers (or growing teenaged boys!) would be thrilled with the selection and amount of food. If I had known how large the portions were I would have ordered less. The evening before you fill out your breakfast sheet. It includes cereal or porridge/oatmeal or yogurt AND a choice of entrée such as eggs, fruit plate. I ordered the porridge and eggs. If I had stayed another night I would have just ordered the oatmeal. It was plenty for me for breakfast. All the food was good and it came with toast, juice and hot beverages as well.

We stayed in 3 B&B’s, 2 hotels and 1 guesthouse while in Ireland and this was my husband’s favorite lodging.

Room Tip: The king room at the rear had a nice view and was very quiet.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We were delighted with our stay here, the location was wonderful for exploring the Burren, our room was lovely, with a nice modern bathroom, and the surroundings were beautiful. Our hosts were great, friendly and full of good suggestions about where to go and where to eat. Breakfast was delicious, with cooked-to-order omelettes, breads and jams, etc. We had the good fortune to be staying there the night Clare won the national hurling championship, so we got to share in the general excitement. All in all, I would highly recommend this excellent place!

Room Tip: I suspect they are all good!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

There is at least one nice family room (for four) with en suite - spacious. The hosts lent us a book about local attractions and were able to accommodate our children's breakfast wishes. Big breakfasts!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Conor and Margaret run a lovely guesthouse - large rooms, large bathrooms with bathtubs, views of the Burren, 1 storey building with good insulation, ie modern building techniques and with a cozy feel, warm beds and comfy mattresses.

This is more like staying in a 5 star hotel than in a bed and breakfast. The rooms are lovely, big tea pot, mugs and teacups, and different cookies in the room every day.

Conor provides help planning your day, maps and books on where to go and what to see. He will guide you to the best known spots but away from the crowds. Every tip he gave us was spot on. Conors tailors his information to your interests - for the hiker, the historian, the linguist or the nature lover. If he doesn't know about something, he will find you someone who does. He is a veritable font of information you could spend all day just talking to him, it's a real risk! Both Conor and Margaret are lovers of quality and take great pride and joy in what they do. Breakfast is plentiful and for those of us who care as much about the look of the thing as the taste beautiful. Fruit and cheese plates come out with melon, and kiwi slices, ribbons of orange and grapes, and generous slices of 5-6 different cheeses, the porridge is divine and the eggs are free range organic sourced from a German couple down the road. Conor and Margaret like to source local produce and if you care about that they can point you in the direction of local restaurants that do the same. The place settings are "olde style" the cutlery practical stainless steel but with a lovely empire design, and the plates and cups cream-coloured, heavy and homely. What I loved most is the fact that the jams are served not in the glass and not in those horrible plastic cheap containers, but in style each in it's own jam jar, there is nary a bottle or commercial container in sight, and fitingly the jams are home-made by Margarets mother. The bread is organic and locally sourced, during high season Margaret's mum makes that too.

The tea is the way it should be, the overall quality of this place is stunning. Free wifi, and adapter plugs in the room Conor and Margaret's customer centric approach puts the business hotel I stayed in prior to Cappabhailie house, where I had to buy an adapter plug for 6 Euros at the front desk, to shame.

If you want to get away from it all, you like the countryside and peace, and you are happy in a hamlet with a population of 280 souls this is a good place for you. Aran Island ferry from Doolin 35 minutes drive away, Connemara National park a slog at 3 hours, but worth it, and County Clare is lovely. Highly recommend the place, we will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Among the best I have stayed in. More like a spacious luxury hotel - large room, fresh and clean, large open spaces -- and well situated to explore The Burren. Conor provided me with books on the area to read, and then sat down at breakfast and mapped out a day's route to cover the high spots. He has a wonderful knowledge of local history and literary anecdotes and is ready to share. A more than perfect host, and Margaret too a gracious hostess. Breakfast is plentiful and really more than you can eat. I spent two nights and have no problem visiting again. And, a good value for your money!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed here on a self drive around the U.K. and were very impressed. It is in a lovely part of Ireland. It is a great B and B. Although it is on a main road it is very quiet and peaceful. We were in a back room which backed onto a farm so we had a great view. Conor has so much knowledge about the area and is very helpful. We had a scrumptious breakfast with plenty of choice. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Choose one of the back rooms for a very peaceful sleep.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Though the room was very nice and comfortable and the breakfasts were delicious - the best part of Cappabhaile House has to be Conor and his thorough knowledge of the area. He mapped out a full day itinerary for us that allowed us to explore both the unusual natural beauty of the Burren as well as it's architecture and history. Fantastic!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cappabhaile House

Address: Newtown, Ballyvaughan NA, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Ballyvaughan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Ballyvaughan
Price Range: $95 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cappabhaile House 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As a large, spacious B&B Hotel in the Burren Hills, we offer great rooms and a very extensive breakfast, coupled with peace, quiet and a warm family welcome in a rural environment. We are situated right in the middle of the Burren region, which is a mountainous terrain in North Clare, famous for its flowers, rocks and scenery. The Hotel accommodation at Cappabhaile House is unique, with fantastic views of the Burren Hills. We have built on our own 12-acre site, where you can mingle amongst the cattle and take a stroll at your leisure. ... more   less 
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