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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cappabhaile House Ballyvaughan, Ireland - The Burren