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“Beautiful Grounds”
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Cabra Castle Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kingscourt
Certificate of Excellence
North Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Beautiful Grounds”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

The entry point into the castle and the grounds were stunning. Expectations are immediately raised driving up to check in. On entry, the mood continues but we crashed to ground when we were shown our room. The room was a courtyard room, which we knew when we booked however it looked nothing like the one on their website. We were later told that the one on the website was actually a suite. We asked if it was possible to see a different room and they showed us one in the courtyard on the second level. It was much better and closer to what we had expected in that it had the stone walls and the exposed beams. It still looked nothing like the one on the website but was quite nice.

For Wifi, there is none in any of the rooms and the connection they do have in the common areas is very slow and very unreliable. If you need to be connected this isn't the place for you. They do have one computer in the lobby for guest use but it actually has a slot to place money in it to buy time on it and it costs extra to print anything. Very odd for somewhere purporting to be a luxury experience.

It is clear their bread and butter is the wedding business and they tend to focus on that. We were told they have weddings every day of the week and as you can imagine, it can get noisy near the main building.

The food was good as was the restaurant service.

Room Tip: Check the room out first and avoid most of the main castle rooms as weddings occur almost every day...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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ramblor, Manager at Cabra Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Thank you for your review of Cabra Castle Hotel, we appreciate anyone who takes the time to share their reviews. Since your visit we have upgraded our wifi and we now offer free wifi in our guest bedrooms.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Spent one night at the castle to start my two week tour of Ireland. Very lovely room with a nice view. Food was good. The staff even surprized me with a birthday cake. The two Irish wolfhounds that live on the grounds are there to meet and greet as well. A very nice way to begin my tour!!!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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ramblor, Manager at Cabra Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review we are so glad to hear that you had a such a lovely stay and grateful that you took the time to share your thoughts with us.
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Ireland
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We attended a wedding in the Castle and blocked booked a cottage, which gives you access to the kitchen area (it is locked if cottage rooms are booked individually). It is a relatively short walk from the cottages to the castle, I did however expect it to be closer. Cottages are really well furnished and very comfortable.
Food at the wedding was good but we were more impressed with the breakfast the next morning- a great selection, very tasty and lots of it.
Function room is lovely but the layout wasn't the most convenient. There are 3 levels and if sitting at the top level it is quite a trek down a lot of stairs to get to the bar or toilet.
The grounds are beautiful and staff were all pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ramblor, Manager at Cabra Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Thank you for your review - we are happy to read that you enjoyed your visit to Cabra Castle Hotel and your stay in the Cottages. We very much look forward to welcoming you back again sometime soon.
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Spicewood, Texas
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Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We had a very good courtyard room during our stay of 5/25 to 5/27. Main castle is well furnished with antique paintings and furniture. Wondering the many halls is educational.

Excellent food, but the wait staff in the main dinning room was very poor for the three meals served. At one their conversation was louder than other customers. Our chilled bottle of wine was allowed to warm on the table.

May eat elsewhere at our next visit

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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ramblor, Manager at Cabra Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Thank you for your review of Cabra Castle Hotel, we appreciate anyone who takes the time to share their views. We value the opinions of all our customers and we apologise that we did not meet your expectations during dinner. We have taken your views on board and we hope to see you again in the future and wish you the very best.
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Woodford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2014

We stayed in the cottages on the grounds of the castle for a wedding. The scene was superb, fabulous castle with beautiful grounds. The food was excellent. We ate breakfast there twice and the wedding meal was impressive. First wedding I have attended where they offered a choice of 3 main courses despite 200 sitting for meal! Considering the setting and the quality of the food and accommodation, €110 per night was good value. On the downside, It is a fair drive of about 1.5 hours from Dublin, and local roads around Kingscourt are pothole ridden. No swimming pool but a nice golf course.

As an Irishman, I didn't appreciate the portrait of the "butcher", Oliver Cromwell, on the staircase, but that apart, a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in the cottages on the grounds which were very clean and comfortable.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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ramblor, Manager at Cabra Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
I would like to thank you for taking the time to send us your comments and we really do appreciate the feedback. The roads in Cavan are sadly famous for their potholes. We hope you decide to return to us for a stay and we look forward to seeing you.
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Enfield, Ireland
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

We are getting married there in March next year and after the weekend I can't wait to experience the full day with all in Cabra Castle. On the Saturday night we got the lovely pleasure of staying in the Bridal Suite in the Courtyard and I can't say enough how we enjoyed the experience. There was another couple who also came down with us and their room was also perfect. It was right next to ours and the 4 of us had the chance to really enjoy the luxurious space in the Bridal suite.

Not only that but we had dinner in the restaurant on the Saturday night and the food was magnificent. The service was also superb.

We normally deal with Therese but we met with Paul as Therese was not around and he was very helpful also, in fact all of the staff were wonderful.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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ramblor, Manager at Cabra Castle Hotel, responded to this review, October 1, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us. Best wishes with your wedding plans and we look forward to being part of your very special day.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Be careful when you check out of Cabra Castle. Their billing system is as old as the property itself. I was given an invoice that I approved and payed for with mastercard. When I checked my mastercard statement a few days later there was another charge from Cabra Castle that I was not aware of or had approved, which was a larger amount than the first mastercard charge. When I emailed the castle to find out what had happened they claimed they had not charged the full amount so charged my master card account without my permission or knowledge. There was no invoice attached to explain the extra charges nor was I contacted at any stage to tell me I had been charged the extra amount. It took over 5 emails to have the extra charges explained by 3 different people that still did not make sense to me or others I had traveled with. All I really found out from my inquiries was that Cabra Castle had an old invoicing system with inexperienced staff. The castles words not mine

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Cabra Castle Hotel
Address: Kingscourt | Co Cavan, Kingscourt, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Cavan > Kingscourt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kingscourt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cabra Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 105
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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