We stayed here for two nights with extended family. As we were booking for six people - we chose to stay in the cottages in the hotel grounds. We booked what we thought was a three bed cottage - when we made the booking - that was what we asked for anyway! We arrived to discover that the cottage was actually just five separate bedrooms - not a three bedroom self catering cottage. Only some of the cottages are self catering apparently - I wish reservations had made this clear to us on booking!
The cottage therefore had five bedrooms - two of them accompanied by other visitors. Having other people staying there meant that we had the pleasure of hearing one party arrive in very late at 5am in the morning (guests of a wedding in the hotel) and we had the pleasure of all being woken up! The following morning we were woken up early again by two guests leaving to catch a tour bus. The cottage has one entrance - a very heavy front door and anyone leaving or entering makes a very loud noise!
We were so disappointed - having booked what we thought was a cottage and all that entails - we only had 3 bedrooms and no other benefits - we had assumed a living area and kitchen area would be included. It was a very wet weekend - we had two young children and elderly grandparents and a full self catering cottage would have been ideal. We would have been better staying in the castle itself - at least we would have had a communal area to sit and would not have got wet every time we wanted to eat.
Breakfast in the castle was okay - as was the bar food. If you are booking the cottages make sure you ask plenty of questions beforehand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you arrive through the 100 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and parkland to the magnificent 19th century 4 Star Castle Hotel set deep in the Cavan countryside you will feel totally welcomed and thoroughly spoiled. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabra Castle Hotel Ireland/Kingscourt