"Wonderful country manor"
Had a lovely time in a beautiful old manor house in the Irish countryside.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Service a let down"
Beautiful hotel and location spoiled slightly by poor service, especially in the restaurantGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very relaxing stay"
Stayed at Dunbrody for 1 night on 9/6, very tranquil location. Despite an empty reception desk on arrival, there was a very warm welcome and relaxing vibe. Dinner was good and service was very good. Came away feeling rested and relaxed. Would highly recommend for a chill-out break away.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very pleasant stay. Cosy hotel, friendly staff. Ideal for a romantic break or quiet getaway. Breakfast is served from 8am-12. Make sure its included in your package.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Amazing - love Dunbrody and will definitely be back again!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very nice.staff great.will do it againGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We had a great time beautiful place but I would have liked a kettle in d room and the shower was not good food excellent breakfast excellentGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Nice country Hotel. Staff very helpfull and friendly. Breakfast not worth the price though.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Gorgious Place & people"
We both loved the experience from start to finish. Dunbrody House is a beautiful period house with lovely surrounds. The Owners Kevin & Catherine are hard working and it shows in all they do. The food is fantastic and the staff are on hand for all your needs. South of New Ross there are beautiful areas to explore, there's no nicer place around whenthe […] sun is out. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A la carte disaster"
09/19/14 Susan C London, United Kingdom
We booked before, but nobody there to greet us, a feeling from the kind staff that she'd sneak us in and no one would notice!! So fortunately there was a bar with good food and service. We decided to stay the extra night, but a Faulty Towers cum Frazier comedy didn't communicate that to whoever was supposed to know and on this misunderstanding, and after a tasty breakfast well served a la carte we went out to nearby JFK Aboretum. As we went to the hotel carpark a lady full of the jolliest demeanour imaginable popped out of a main door and enquired 'going out for a walk then?' we thought this very strange until our return after 6pm when we found they hadn't got us booked for a second night, hadn't taken our card number or some such excuse! Well now the a la carte dinner was a mistake not because it wasn't delicious and served with grace but the wait between courses would give time to read a novel, and somehow nobody was ready for us to eat in the dining room, fair enough if it was crowded but only six tables to serve, c'mon! The next days leaving was a great relief to me. Our toast and tea brought from the night porter was supposed to include fruit, never mind we probably paid for it. The whole experience will remain in my funny bones, the room historically decorated with the widest red and gold stripes ever seen, (good perhaps for a day study or library) but unsettling to relax in felt more comfortable in the bathroom which was extra large and had a lovely shower. Utter grandeur but not my cup of tea. Somehow the place was run peculiarly and we felt uncomfortable except for the kindness of some of the staff.
09/09/14 GordonB19 Dublin
We visited Dunbrody House as an end of summer treat and were expecting great things from Kevin Dundon and his team. While there was nothing particularly wrong (other than the bedroom not being as clean as it should have been), the whole experience just wasn't anything special and at over €400 for 1 night D, B&B with a bottle of wine and 2 drinks, we were very disappointed. The manager has said he'd make my next visit more enjoyable but unfortunately, at those prices, we won't be making a repeat trip to take up his offer!!! It definitely felt as if Kevin has taken his eye off the ball to concentrate on other things.
"A fabulous but pricey venue."
09/07/14 Shirley S Dublin, Ireland
Lovely drive up to Dunbrody House, a very elegant but equally welcoming reception. Beautiful room overlooking the gardens. Lunch and a couple of drinks was very pricey for what it was. My dinner was delicious, my husband was very disappointed with his gnocchi, to quote him 'very ordinary'. Breakfast was a tasty experience for both of us. Our overnight was courtesy of a voucher which took the hardship out of the bill but even the few incidentals packed a punch on the credit card. I'd love to say I'd be back but I don't think it's worth it.
"Restaurant Food was excellent but......"
08/30/14 Randal M
My word here is be cautious if you book an Early Bird sitting at Dunbrody. My partner booked an early bird for 5 people a couple of weeks ago - sitting down at 1845. We arrived on time and actually had a lovely meal, everyone agreeing that the eating experience was top class. When I received the bill however I was very taken aback to see that we were being charged the Seasonal rate and not the early bird. I highlighted this but was told that the Early bird sitting had been taken away about two weeks previously and that all customers who had booked this had been contacted and told about it. I mentioned that we had booked the previous day and the booking had been taken and confirmed as an early bird by their staff. At this point I began to feel uncomfortable - I felt as if I was trying to pull a fast one. I paid the full bill and left. I went home and looked at the website which still clearly states an early bird @ €35 per person so I wrote an email highlighting this negative experience. I got a responses from who I now understand to be a new Operations Manager - his response was to tell me that he appreciated the positive feedback on the meal and he will educate his frontline staff and get the website changed. Two weeks later the website still offers customers an early bird option. The final insult was the respondant offering to meet me should I return to Dunbrody, and I can see he uses the exact same words with others who have negative experiences on this web site. Let me be clear here - I have no intention of EVER returning to Dunbrody despite an annual holiday in Duncannon, and I will tell as many people as I can about the incident but more importantly how it was dealt with
"The blurb sounded good but Dunbrody failed to deliver"
08/26/14 Babethski Dublin, Ireland
They say that sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind so here I go! My culinary experience in Dunbrody House was not just a major disappointment but also a waste of money and anticipation. The kind part of my comment is in the hope that the managment might reflect on some of the recent negative reviews received and address the issues raised. My high expectations started to flag when I found it difficult to get excited at the limited menu offerings. I started with the foie gras and was rather underwhelmed. Slightly burned brioche does not excite the palate and the pimms jelly tasted more like marmalade than pimms!. The main course of dry gnocchi was similar to eating mini fried potato crocquettes with some strange tasting "emulsions" which did nothing for the gnocchi. The flavour combinations simply did not work. I had hoped that dessert would bowl me over as the two preceeding courses had failed to do and make up for such a disappointing meal but I was wrong again. A white chocolate cream mixture buried underneath some crumbed chocolate bourbon style biscuits with a strawberry on top does not in my mind constitute an impressive or seasonal dessert. It raised the question, where was the skill involved in any of the food I got on the night? I have never considered myself a harsh critic nor am I a trained cook in any shape or form but I came away annoyed that I had paid for this meal. I did make my disappointment known to the waitress on the night but all I got was "oh, right". The food was mediocre at best and I would not recommend the restaurant after my experience. I am sorry that I did not do better research prior to my visit but at least I can say that I made up my own mind about Dunbrody from experience. Before I finish, there was one positive that is only fair to note, the breads at the start of the meal were really lovely. I could have eaten the entire basket and probably should have in hindsight... Just a pity that standard couldn't have followed through in the rest of the food. So in conclusion, I wish to amend the famous Arnie line by saying......I will NOT be back.
"Good but could be great..."
08/25/14 Ifor W Wexford, Ireland
Stayed in "The Chichester" suite recently. To be honest I think it's time Mr. Dundon ploughed some of his profits back into refurbishing the rooms and also investing in some pieces of interest to place around the hotel. (Art, sculptures, clocks, furniture, musical instruments, hunting artefacts...just some pieces to display the heritage and past of this historic house.) Disappointed to see some very tired, water stained and sun bleached repro furniture in my room...some fit for a skip. Stained carpets and grubby couch. Bed sheets though spotless were tired and practically laundered to death.. one nice painting over the bed, an attractive bed head and an old fashioned sowing machine...not really splendid enough to warrant €400 room rate per night. At these rates there should be an extra little touch or two, the complimentary bottle of luke warm tap water didn't really cut it. A little gesture needed. Maybe some fruit or a hand made chocolate or candied almonds whatever... Just a little touch would have gone along way. I chose to stay in an historic house partially expecting to enjoy the whole ambiance including the surroundings, However this experience ended passed the main entrance hall, bar and lounge. The hotel though perfectly clean is a bit soulless and certainly isn't comparable to say Marlfield house in Gorey. The dining room again was a let down with mismatched paintings, hideous naked lady plastic-esque lamps... It just let down the house and the overall experience. We had €15 cocktails on the garden terrace....in plastic garden seats with dirty cushions. The tables were suitable for a public house beer garden. On the other hand the staff were absolutely amazing, the food was fine...simple and tasty and fresh. Wines were well matched. If I was in the area we would certainly pop in for dinner, but not for an overnight.
"Great place to visit & dine"
08/24/14 depapa13 Orlando, Florida
On our first trip to Ireland, stayed & ate at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel. One of the most relaxing places we have ever been. The service in both the hotel and restaurant is top notch. Dinner in the main dining room is out of this world. We enjoyed every mouthful. Eating in the bar was just as pleasing. Every course was so good that you were left waiting for the next one. If we are fortunate enough to get back to Ireland from the states, it is on our short list of places to visit. It should not be missed.
Stopped off at Dunbrody House on our Round Ireland trip and enjoyed our stay in this lovely old house. Food was enjoyable but choices on Menu are very limited for a " celebrity restaurant " and was unchanged on our second night , no specials !!! Nonetheless we all enjoyed our meals but felt lacked what one would expect from a supposedly celebrity chef. The service in the dining room is appalling, untrained staff trying their best but with no supervision or support unless the lady of the house is about when things do improve !! Urgently needs a trained full time restaurant supervisor with a commitment to get this issue sorted. Not up to "The Blue Book" restaurant standards, hopefully will have improved when next in Ireland. Thorview.
"Lovely Surroundings, Reasonable Food..."
08/18/14 ijustlovegoodgrub Dublin, Ireland
Booked Dunbrody House as we was looking for a foodie night away. I was very impressed with the hotel and its surroundings... possibly because I was looking forward to the food, I hadn't given much too consideration to the hotel. On arrival, there was no one to meet us at reception and we ended up wandering around the hotel until a member of staff approached us. We were directed to a spotlessly clean, large bedroom. The ground floor bedroom had two French doors that opened up to a quiet courtyard area at the rear of the hotel. There is a small pub on the grounds that also serves food. It is a very enjoyable and laid back area, just a one minute walk from the house. We had beautifully cooked prawns whilst sitting outside the pub. On booking the hotel I had asked for the five course tasting menu and told that it would be available. On arrival in the restaurant we we told that the three course set menu was the only available menu that evening. I found the menu quite restrictive and the food was both good and bad. I had two spoons of the soufflé for dessert as it was not pleasant and simply tasted of egg. However, the starter of salmon with smoked salmon ice cream was one of the best starters we have had. We both had the confit of duck for main which was fine. We retired to the residence bar after dinner and were served by an excellent bar man, although, he appeared to be the only person working in the bar which made it harder than it should have been to order a drink. We had tea and scone the following morning on the beautiful terrace at the back of the house. Similar to the previous night, there was not many staff on duty and it took longer than it should to be able to place an order. In short - relaxing hotel on beautiful grounds with excellent rooms, and reasonable food, however, service times were very slow.
08/17/14 Seanban Cork, Ireland
We stayed here two nights last week ...rooms are class and very comfortable but the food is way off ...we thought with owner being such an accomplished chef that we would be blown away but sadly it was the total opposite !! Bar food not too bad but the restaurant was just awful beef for two was more than likely the fattiest pice of beef that we ever saw in our lives how Mr.Dundon can put his name as executive chef to this actually beggars belief !! The cereals tasted stale in the morning as for the local bar ...everyone told us we should eat there as the food is better !! I actually couldn't recommend this place as a romantic or gastric place to visit ..it's really a pity with such scenic surroundings ...staff very friendly bedrooms are lovely but sadly for the cost the food is a huge let down.
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