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Ballyrafter Country House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lismore
Certificate of Excellence
Cork
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“Unbelieveable service - delighted with stay”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

Home away from home experience. fantastic setting, magnificent gardens, classical mid 19th century architecture all very well maintained. Surperb hosts, well appointed room with views of Lismore Castle, tall elegant trees and playful rabbits. Our host Joe had almost persuaded me to take up fishing! Certainly worth a detour. (Breakfast was hearty).

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

We were so lucky to find room at this very comfortable hotel. It was the first place we stopped at on our way southwards from Connemara. We were given a really warm welcome by Noleen, who made us feel at home immediately, by providing tea and switching on Wimbledon on the TV! We also enjoyed the peace of the garden and the conservatory. The rooms were spacious and spotlessly clean with enormous beds. The food was delicious, the service excellent and the fish out of this world. I wish I could cook haddock like Joe does! Diolch yn fawr - Thanks for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Very nice greeting when we arrived warm feeling immediatly about the whole place.Bedroom was large and airy with loads of space,charming furniture and a beatiful view.Lovely little walk to a neat historic little town.Dinner was second to none with brillant service.Finished of the evening in snug corner next to a roaring fire and some friendly guests who visit their regularly.Sleep and breakfast followed with the same pattern, I honestly could not find a fault to this stay.
Thanks a mill and see you soon.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank finian c
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

It was true! Rabbits hopping on the lawn as we ate our breakfast. (We'd escaped from an awful disco thumping hotel the night before).

It was so quiet in the morning I thought I'd gone deaf. Big rooms, big beds, peace and quiet. Then great cosy bar, big fire with delicious bar food. Noleen and Joe had all the guests talking in the bar effortlessly. No need for television when you have good company and a view of Lismore Castle.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Tina N
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

I like our one night here, lovely welcome, nice room, and at last a guest house with a good shower, the meal was wnderful, candle lit, low lighting, like my Great Aunts Dining room, and romantic, Joe & Noleen where quite wonderful, short walk to the town, peaceful, happy sleep!Sssh!, we dined on 'wild' Blackwater Salmon, a rare rare treat. Thank you, Ballyrafter!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Alfreda31
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

I had the pleasure of taking my fiancée to Ballyrafter house hotel over the weekend. We arrived at 2 o clock and were met by a lovely lady, Maureen I think, who was so genuine and warm with her welcome that I was taken aback. We stay at many hotels, usually 5 star, and I have yet to meet anyone with such an interest in her guests. We were shown to a really lovely room and told to come down to the bar for coffee. When we did, she spent ages chatting to us about tge area. She was so generous of her time that I thought we must have been the only people booked in but no, it turned out that the hotel was fully booked!
The hotel offers exactly what I thought had been lost, a true Irish welcome and the food shows how great Irish food can be when we don't try to be something we are not. I never thought I'd say how good a boiled potato could be. Our meal was a fantastic representation of Irish cooking at it's best. and again the service was better than we had ever received as it was completely genuine. You can't train this kind of service.
The bar, which admittedly initially seems dated, was a perfect place to spend the evening and the decor is actually part of it's charm. It's not trying to be something it isn't. Everyone in the bar was charting to everyone else, even though we had never met before. Joe was a perfect casual host for the evening.
I would recommend the hotel to anyone who wants to experience Irish hospitality at it's best and not the packaged Irish hospitality so prevalent in hotels around Ireland.

  • Stayed August 2011
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1 Thank pmur74
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 31, 2011

Just stayed one night. Very pleasant reception - chatty and made feel welcome.
Lovely room but surprised not to have tea/coffee making facilities.
However the food! Eat somewhere else as it is grossly overpriced and not up to much.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Josepi1, Manager at Ballyrafter Country House Hotel, responded to this review, August 2, 2011
We are very sorry to learn of your disapointment with our Evening Meal. Your consideration of €33.00 being grossly over priced is I think a little unfair. On the Evening of your stay your choice from our Menu was exactly the same as four other diners who payed nothing but compliments to the kitchen.
Regarding the Tea Tray : Are not a standard fixture in all rooms but are as notifed in each Bedroom available on request, now days is a typical Three Star system.
Hopeing you make a return visit and sample our quisine with more appetite next time.
Joe Willoughby, Prop/Manager
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Property: Ballyrafter Country House Hotel
Address: Ballyrafter, Lismore, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Lismore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lismore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ballyrafter House is perched on an elevated site opposite Lismore Castle and has a commanding view across the Blackwater River.The Property once part of Lismore Estate has retained the Charm of The 1830's whence it was Built. With modern creature comforts added over the years since first registered as a Hotel in 1966,Homely log Fires 12' ceilings and spacious rooms making it a unspoiled and uncompromised Country House Hotel.Ten Bedrooms, Residents Lounge, bright bay-windowed dining room, Conservatory and Bar Lounge to will away the worldly worries of the Busy Life in Peoples reality.'The Ballyrafter, so easy to enjoy, so hard to forget' ... more   less 

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