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Barholm
Ranked #5 of 8 Portaferry B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Stayed here for one night in December. . Room had stunning views over the lough.Room we had was ensuite and had been recently re-decorated, so felt fresh and up-to-date. Barholm is near to all local amenities, with a number of pubs nearby - including The Slip, where we enjoyed a pub quiz and some great live music. The breakfast was served in a beautiful conservatory, again overlooking the lough. The cooked breakfast was huge! Well worth the money and we will definitely visit again.

Room Tip: Ask for a front-facing room to enjouy superb views of the lough
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Had cause to stay in Portaferry for 2 nights on business. I picked Barholm becasue of their prices. Have to say Room was fine, had excelent seaview over Strangford Lough. Staff were friendly. Breakfast was good old fashioned fry, served quickly and tasted good. View from restaurant is to die for! Nightlife consisted of local pubs, plenty of craic and locals friendly. Overall you get what you pay for and I reckon I got much more than I paid for. Will stay again.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Tom K
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We arrived to Portaferry late in the afternoon, being on our 8 days tour around Ireland. Barholm has been described in our guide ( 2009 French edition ) as a Youth hostel.We didn’t expect much, as you wouldn’t expect lot from the hostel. We entered the building and walked in the nice conservatory, which we believed was a restaurant; they have good view from there and it wasn’t too crowded as it wouldn’t be at beginning of October.We asked for a double en-suite room and a price - £45.00 for bed and breakfast was rather lower than we expected. Woman serving behind the counter gave us the key and walked with us showing where the room was. It had a nice view, although they had a rainy day and we couldn’t see much. Room itself was bright, nice and comfortable, rather basic but above typical hostel standard.Bathroom was small but well organized – they provided nice towels, shower gel, hand wash gel – well maintained along with kettle in the room and coffee/tea facilities have been a nice surprise, especially for this price.We went to see Portaferry in the evening time – we have heard a lot about Irish Pubs and we had visited few before – and we had a great night out in The Slip, about 2 minutes’ walk from Barholm.Next morning, with a little headache, we had delicious breakfast with an amazing service. We didn’t want Irish Breakfast, as too heavy for us and we asked for omelettes. I had the best mushroom and ham omelette ever, served with freshly baked French! bread and olives, served with fresh fruits and delicious coffee. My partner had a Melon and croissants. We have been really amazed by the quality they provide.If within next few years we will have an occasion to visit Ireland again, we will definitely be back to this place. Well done!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Beata K
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Barholm was very good maintained and managed by lovely folks. Breakfast and diner were grand. Very comfortably, it was like being at home away from home. Beautyfull view. I highly recommend staying here

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

Polish owned: 4 of us Arrived 7pm 22nd June to find the place closed and no other guests living there, called number and a Polish woman came after about 5 minutes. Not very friendly, gave us the keys and disappeared, that was that. Was a cold and rainy day but no heating was on in the Hotel, room was freezing and had to lay a towel on the bed to sleep it was so damp. Complained at breakfast which is served in a cafe they also own attached to the Hotel, she told me "we only switch on hot water in summer" We ordered 4 breakfasts, 2 came and both our mates finished eating before ours arrived. We walk out and got breakfast round the corner. Would not board my dog here.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank James S
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Krzysztof P, General Manager at Barholm, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2012

Dear James S

Thank you for your review and comments.

We have in excess of 4500 guests stay with us each year from many countries. You may have noticed our "Visitor's Book", where most of our guests leave their comments and the feedback we get is over 96% positive. Unfortunately they are not using Trip Advisor to leave reviews at the moment but this is something we are currently addressing and asking guests to do.

You raised two points regarding heating in your room and your late breakfast. We have since put in place extra procedures to ensure this doesn't happen again.

We are very sorry that on this occasion we fell short of your expectations but can assure you that your comments have been taken on board and acted upon. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with good service at a reasonable cost.

We would love to see you again at Barholm and thank you for your feedback.

Best regards

Krzysztof Piorek

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Reviewed April 11, 2012

We got the overnight stay free as a promotion. If I had of been a paying guest I would definately not of paid!! I'm not usually the type to point out problems but this place had nothing good going for it other than the good view(which was obscured by dirty windows and bird poo)
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There was no TV, No bedside lamp, the plug socket was behind the head of the bed, without a headrest on the bed when you moved the bed out to plug in your phone charger the pillows fell down!
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All I can say is, this place was in need of a serious overhall.
1.Carpet hadnt been hoovered with nuts on it from previous guests
2.Dead spider on roof
4.strange marks on the wall which hadnt been cleaned from previous guests
3.Shower was covered in mould with a slime coming from the shower head and pipe
5. hairs left in the sink from previous guests
6. stains on the toilet seat

Have a look at the photos.
Staff where friendly in the restaurant and the breakfast was very tasty.
They seem to have a major problem with flies in the restaurant though.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank david m
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Krzysztof P, General Manager at Barholm, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2012

Dear Sir

Thank you for your review on Barholm accommodation.

I can assure you your post have been helpful with identifying points we have to and we will improve.

Please be ensured of our continuous attention to all feedbacks received from our guests.

We are changing our inner procedures to ensure situation described in your post will not be possible in the future

Thank you and hope to welcome you again in changed and improved circumstances.

Krzysztof Piorek

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Reviewed January 4, 2012

Work colleagues and friends booked the Christmas special - 3course dinner + b&b! The meal was outstanding value with superb customer care in a lovely family run venue!!! Can't wait 2hv r Christmas party here again next year!!

  • Stayed: December 2011
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1  Thank Mogo29
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Additional Information about Barholm

Address: 11 The Strand, Portaferry BT22 1PF, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Portaferry
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Portaferry
Price Range: $69 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the banks of Strangford Lough, Barholm is a tastefully restored Victorian house occupying an outstanding location on Portaferry’s shore front.We offer accommodation for up to 50 people with a mixture of Single, Double, Family or Group rooms. Reduced rates are available for group bookings.Our restaurant offers a wide choice of quality fresh food with undoubtedly one of the best views in Northern Ireland, over Strangford Lough.Conference facilities are available, suitable for seminars, workshops and functions. Full catering service is available. ... more   less 
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