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Ballyvara House
Ranked #11 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Doolin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2005

We stayed at the Ballyvara House in 1999 and loved it so much we returned in 2005. We were pleasantly surprised to see that they expanded the old property. It is lovely. I traveled with my parents, husband, 11 month old daughter, brother in law and 8 year old niece.

My parents had a double on the first floor and we had a huge family room on the second floor above the entrace. It had 2 twin beds, a double and a crib for he baby. The bathrooms have a spa like feel and fluffy towels.

The sitting room, bar area and patio are a great place to relax after a long day of sightseeing, especially when it is cold outside as it was out first day there.

This location is so wonderful to have as a base. We drove all the way to Galway one day and had a great time. We will definitely return to the Ballyvara House. Hopefully it will be sooner than later. Thanks again Becky and staff.

Stayed May 2005
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2005

I just returned from Ireland and my stay at the Ballyvara was for one evening to see the Cliffs of Moher. The B&B was convienently located about four miles from the Cliffs.

The property was tastefully adorned, light bright and airy. The room was comfortable and roomy as well, particularly for a single. They even had an in house bar. Smoking was allowed outside on the back deck.

They even had face towels which seem to be a luxury item of sorts in Ireland.

It was a good value at $55.00 Euros. It was about a two minute drive into the pubs at Doolin and about ten minutes into Lisdoonvara.

I'd stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed October 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2005

Excellent food, smiling service and decor out of Vogue. Rooms are spacious and beds huge. Every last detail has been thought of and the whole impression is of style, elegance and resident comfort.
Liked the empty breakfast idea - it is a small full breakfast with only bacon & eggs. The dog is called itch and there are horses in the adjoining field. Convenient to pubs and other restaurants, great base for touring Clare and The Burren. Good selection of books for a rainy day, plus a jacuzzi for those weary limbs. Hate to tell other surfers about this, would like to keep this one a secret. Probably one of the best I have stayed in.

  • Stayed September 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2005

Touring around the UK and Ireland being one of my main hobbies (usually on a motorbike), I was most pleasantly surprised to come across this absolute gem of a guesthouse in Doolin, County Clare. Doolin is a pretty enough village with no dearth of places to stay but this new guesthouse deserves special mention. I do not exaggerate when I say that the american owner Becky has the kind of thoughtful attention to detail (see below) one only encounters in four and five star hotels. Perfectionism, while a burden on the soul of the possessor, certainly has its merits for the consumer. The earlier reviewers comments are ALL entirely accurate and I would here like to make a few additional ones.

The building stands on a good vantage point and can be seen from a distance. Since I am usually on a large bike (Triumph Rocket 111 2.3L) little details such as the quality of the drive-in (often gravel and hard to negotiate especially in rain) and the size of the car park (usually little room for turning arond) was a most welcome sight and bode well for the interior.

The reception lobby is bright, airy, well furnished and seems to double as an art gallery for a talented local artist. The lounge has the kind of comfortable chairs, armchairs (even a recliner!) one would see in upmarket hotel yet simultaneously manages to exude a cosy country kitchen feel - a sort of double act I have not encountered previously. There is a lovely rock garden visible from the lounge, adding to the view of the countryside.

There was a poignant touch to the bar; it was dedicated to a handsome eighteen year old who had done some work for the guesthouse and had died recently whilst driving to and from work in the early hours of the moring on the poor quality roads of rural Ireland. I found this gesture of Becky's most touching - a window to her soul and a testament to her as an employer.

In addition to their standard bedrooms. They have two suites, one upstairs - the other downstairs. We stayed in the downstairs one- a two roomed unit large and pleasant enough to equal that of most superior four star hotel suites (but for half the price). Not only was it immaculate but the huge antique style brand new Kingsize mahogany bed and matching furniture was most indulgent for the price we paid.

The toiletries were of the variety one usually encounters in spa hotels. I was surprised to discover a modern jacuzzi bath. There was a built in iron and board of the kind one seldom sees in business hotels (also a boon to a biker with wrinkled clothes!). The hospitality tray included a half bottle of wine. The explanatory booklet for the hotel and the environs (often entirely missing in three and four star hotels) was written by the propriter herself and was most lucid, informative and honest. Though they serve dinner she seemed to have no hesitation in recommending others and being prepared to make reservations for us.

The dinner was of a high standard, hearty, wholesome, well presented and tasty. Same applied to the breakfast. The little conservatory extension to the restaurant added considerably to the entire building and very much to our lovely dinner.

Overall, an outstanding accommodation for the price with excellent service.

  • Stayed July 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2005

Went to Ireland on my honeymoon in August 2004, Ballyvara was number one on my list of accommodations!
Newly renovated and updated. Beautiful, clean, quite and comfortable accommodations and grounds. Private lounge, billiards room and small weight training room.
Breakfast was out of this world! B&B staff were personal, knowledgeable and very helpful.
Fabulous location, close to Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Ailwee caves, Aran Island ferries, and less than 10 minutes walk "down town" Doolin pubs & restaurants-try O'Connors for lunch and McGann's later on for music.
Located on a slight slope, this B&B has a great view of Doolin and the Galaway Bay.
Should I return to the area, I would stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2004
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Additional Information about Ballyvara House

Property: Ballyvara House
Address: Ballyvara, Doolin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Doolin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballyvara House 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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