Celebrated my birthday here with 7 friends. The chef worked with me for a special menu and cocktail hour. It couldn't have been more delightful! Service as well as food/wine. The grounds are beautiful and the rooms more than comfortable. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone interested in experience Ireland at its best!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Amazing hotel with great service! The grounds are spectacular.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We stayed here for one night on our honeymoon. It is pricey, but so worth it. By far the best hotel I've ever stayed in, every comfort provided. We will remember it for the rest of our lives. If you splurge one night, make it here.Genuine Expedia guest review
Only stayed here 1 night , but the grounds and area are beautiful! The staff were wonderful - friendly, patient and helpful. The hotel itself is cozy, but roomy, with a wonderful sense of history. So enjoyable!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Country Manor in Ireland"
A great place!!! Old Ireland Manor Style.. Drive up and you know your not in Kansas anymore.. Classic Style and feels comfortable. Staff is great too... Food was tremendous and a great breakfast too... A memory forever on my trip to Ireland.. Highly Recommend the Ballynahinch.Genuine Expedia guest review
An interesting stay in an old classic hotel, clearly an Irish treasure, like an old lady that is a little worn. The setting is fantastic. Two days unless the fish are running is enough as there is little else to do. The downside of the old lady is no elevators, or air conditioning, or screens on the windows to keep the bugs out which means no ventilation […] or open windows at night. It is a destination resort with an excellent dining room and dining in the bar. I am glad we visited and was a nice break from a city hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"The best in Ireland"
The Ballynahinch was the highlight of our 9 days in Ireland. We stayed for 2 nights and I wish we could have stayed longer. The staff members were fantastic and they made our stay so enjoyable. We loved sitting in the library in the morning having our coffee with a nice fire. I can not say enough about the food. My husband had a cold seafood platter […] served on a slate tray that put our Charleston SC resturants to shame. The grounds are so beautiful and we loved all of the walking trails. I can't wait to come back! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
When my husband and I decided to make a trip to Ireland, there were obviously cities we wished to visit, beautiful natural sites and we knew the drive alone would be breathtakingly beautiful, but I asked that we stay in a castle. He made it happen and we stayed in the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. It was such a lovely experience. It was simple to find […] and a beautiful view along the way. The entrance is breathtaking. Entering the estate, you pass a gate house (privately owned) to the right and continue across a small bridge to reach the hotel. From the main entrance, the castle does not look very big (most of the pictures provide a backside view), but it is beautiful none the less. It is a rustic building, includes a pub and restaurant. They provide a map of the hotel grounds, fishing spots and trails on the property. The building is well kept and really takes you to a different era. When we walked in we were greeted by very friendly staff and a warm fire place. Our bags were taken immediately by the staff and we were lead to our room personally. The room we had was spacious and had a beautiful view of the river. The food was exquisite! Every meal was perfectly cooked. At dinner we ordered the fish. Every bite just melted in our mouths. We wish we could have stayed longer. We would highly recommend to anyone visiting Co Galway region. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great place!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Enjoyed every minuteGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"have a dinner there too"
We had a main building room - not huge but with a lovely river view. The various sitting rooms are cosy with fires (and almost needed, in August!). We also had dinner 1 night in the restaurant - really excellent quality.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This was our one evening that we thought we would have a splurge. We were disappointed in the room. The room was dull and dark. Not much of a luxury accomodation. Considering the rate that we paid. When I complained to reception she said that is the rate for that room. This was the most expensive hotel during our entire stay in Ireland. I would discourage […] other travellers from staying here. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"out of the way but worth it"
This castle was spectacular in terms of the property, castle itself, food and service. It was a little tucked away but worth it. It's a nice place to relax but there isn't a whole lot to do there. It was welcoming in the middle of our trip which was very busy.Genuine Expedia guest review
What a place! It is breathtaking and yet has such a welcoming feel to it. Very nice staff (especially Matt!). Magnificent rooms, great food.Genuine Expedia guest review
"LOVLEY hotel BUT!!"
Stayed here with my husband beautiful grounds &food BUT NO T or Coffee NO FRIDGE in room And water was left only on the first night after that u had to BUY IT!!!! Remember you are miles away from any shops so it's buy or be dry (would hate to be here in the summer with no fridge ) I took to having 2glasses of water from the bar when retiring to our […] rooms No slippers/dressing gowns (Would we go again) no have been very expensive with limited facility no spa no hairdresses limited menue Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Fantastic hotel and very friendly staff. We arrived late and they prepared us a great meal.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Back again and it's even better!"
10/28/14 Mrs Picky Manchester, United Kingdom
Recently returned from yet another lovely stay at Ballynahinch. This was our first visit since the recent change of ownership (and renovations), so we were a little anxious as to how things would be. We've stayed at other hotels previously which have totally changed after similar situations and lost their "soul". We need not have worried! Everything is still the same and the refurbishment just enhances your visit. We had a luxury riverside room this time (Emlough). These have recently been refurbished including the bathrooms. The bedroom/sitting area has a neutral scheme, with a small sofa, armchair and big 4 poster bed. The newly refurbished bathrooms are lovely with double sinks, limestone style flooring and a bath and shower. (Not the most powerful, but just fine). Supplies of localish seaweed toiletries are provided. The only tiny changes we noticed were some very minor ones on the dining room menu, but we only spotted these as we are such regular visitors. We ate in the dining room on 2 nights and in the bar/pub on 2 nights. Excellent quality food in both venues! A special request in advance for lobster on our first night was no problem. The breakfasts remain fantastic, with a generous selection of cold items and hot food cooked to order. All staff are very helpful and want to make your stay as good as possible. Patrick O'Flaherty the general manager is a very visible (and hands on) presence. All in all, a lovely relaxing stay, and our very special place hasn't changed adversely in any way. There are plans to create 10 further bedrooms at the hotel.
"Great Staff and great old place"
10/28/14 186605Dublin Saint Petersburg
Back again for the umpteenth time in this wonderful place. Always feel we are among friends and longstanding staff are worth their weight in gold. So thanks Brid, Des, Matt, Freddie, everybody. Yes there were glitches but with you guys around they will always be resolved. So we will see you again soon we hope. Ballynahinch needs your care and attention and it is getting it in spades.
"I will be back"
10/15/14 Joe T Dublin, Ireland
Had a fab 2 days & nights. Staff are wonderful & very helpful. Room at top of house overlooking the river was lovely but could hear a lot of doors closing loudly & also my neighbours next door. Food is wonderful & plentiful so make sure you are hungry. Plenty of short walks available . Has a lovely bar & a great pint of Guinness. I will be back in the fishing season as river was full of jumping fish. Can't wait.
10/14/14 Focused_Trim Trim, Ireland
What a remarkable experience! From the charming drive up to the castle to the time we left we were just so impressed with it all. Not sure it is a castle in the real sense of the word more like an elaborate hunting lodge with castellated detail but it didn't matter in the least. Well, it does have a phenomenal advantage given the setting but boy do they build on that and rightly so. We were not guests, just drove by and went in, curiosity aroused. We went into the bar first. Lovely huge fireplace with enormous logs constantly topped up from an equally enormous stack in the corner - in itself a wholesome addition to the general ambience of the area. Lots of evidence of fishing, fly fishing that is, everywhere. Staff extremely personable. Liked it so much we booked for dinner the following night in the dining room You can order good quality food from the bar too but we felt like indulging ourselves and I wanted to dress up a bit. Dinner was everything we hoped it would be given a previous night's rather disappointing experience in a different establishment. We were shown to a lovely table at a window which would have afforded a delightful view if it hadn't been dark - not the fault of the hotel obviously. There was a harpist who played demurely in the background and that lent a certain charm to things. The dining room was busy but tables were well spaced for easy conversation. Service was impeccable and the training showed and what was really nice was the friendship we were shown which is often absent in high end restaurants who seem to feel it is not the done thing to exhibit such a basic emotion. The menu was interesting, plenty of choices but not overly long. The wine list was very interesting featuring really expensive wines at the front which was fitting for the standard of restaurant we were in but also featuring very reasonably priced and well selected wines as well. Our meal was divine, faultless, imaginative, tasty and now I'm running out of adjectives..... I don't know when I have been so impressed with food. Desserts were unremarkable which was fine with me as I am not a big fan but I mention it for those who might be. Cost was pricey but very fair for the standard, the location and the sheer professionalism we experienced and my only quibble would be that there was a surcharge for the vegetables which I found inexplicable but not sufficiently so to dampen my enthusiasm to return - that said, I wouldn't want to encourage this shabby practice. Can't wait to return.
"Off the beaten path"
10/14/14 flobee5000 butler pa
Loved this place from the moment we entered the driveway. Our rooms was large, open and airy. We walked the grounds before dinner and scenery was fabulous. Very picturesque surroundings. The dinner was excellant as well as the service in the lounge. We enjoyed evening entertainment from two Irish men - made for wonderful memories. Breakfast was amazing, but didn't have enough time to fully enjoy all the options. Must stay here again.
"Great old Castle"
10/11/14 ken m Vancouver, Canada
We decided to treat ourselves to a castle stay on our recent trip to Ireland. After a considerable amount of research we selected Ballynahinch and were very pleased with our choice. We booked one night including breakfast and dinner. It wasn't inexpensive but was reasonable for what we got. Room was large (BIG King bed). Dining room was elegant. Pub was a classic with lots of locals. Beautiful trout and salmon river that was a gorgeous settling at sunset while we were enjoying a fabulous dinner. Would love to go back and try some fly fishing (they provide guides and equipment - I think) and some golf.
"Wonderful Start to our Trip"
10/11/14 Mary B
Didn't feel like a castle, more like a manor house, but nonetheless it was a great experience and a great place to stay. The food was really good, the service was great and the rooms were very nice. The grounds are beautiful and highly recommend walking the paths.
10/11/14 ellenorIreland Ireland
We have been coming to Ballynahinch every year for a decade now. It is one of our favourite places. This years we arrived to a room which smelled dusty. The heat was barely on and it was chilly. I wokebothnights feeling cold and had to but the bathrobe over the covers. There were holes in the net curtains over the windows. There was a 12 inch intermittent rent in the bed sheet which was clearly falling to pieces with age. The mattress was so worn, there were two deep depressions divided by a ridge down the centre of the bed. Upstairs, there were changes in the dining room. The price of the menu has increased from 60 to 65 euro and the soup/sorbet course has been removed. Vegetables are now surcharged. There was no game listed. The starters lacked the usual wow factor. On the second night, husband was served Monkfish that was actually chewy. My medium rare steak was grey and had to be sent back. Worst of all was the cooked breakfast which had clearly been cooked hours earlier. The Bacon was like biscuit, the sausages small and chewy and the pudding not crisp but swimming in grease. I don't know what has gone wrong. The staff could not have been nicer, particularly those whom we recognise from previous years. There are big extension plans now that there is a new owner and the bedroom we werein will get a makeover next year but there is really no excuse for charging €235 per night for a room with holes in the sheets no matter how spectacular the view. I am not sure we will ever go back and that is terribly sad.
10/10/14 Tony O Dublin, Ireland
We've been regular visitors to Ballynahinch Castle over the years. However, after a break of some two years we returned recently and it was better than ever. The rooms have always been magnificent, with views over the river and absolute peace. This time our room had evidently been refurbished; the layout was the same, but it felt as if it had got a real uplift. The Manager, Patrick, and all his staff are most friendly, welcoming and spared no effort to make our stay a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The food was superb, whether in the restaurant or the bar. Everything about Ballynahinch seemed to be better than we remembered it from previous visits. It is a real gem and may it stay that way for a long, long time.
"Good To Be Back"
10/09/14 Craig D
It has been 6 years since we last visited "The Castle";and what a great pleasure it was to return. The moment you drive into the estate,you are in a different world. Everything is reassuringly familiar : the staff have been around for many years, exceptionally skilled at what they do,but also able to remember a face - even though it was from so many years ago......not rehearsed as can be the position with many other hotels. The Castle has been one of our favourite hotels and within moments it is easy to see why. There is little to fault - perhaps loosening up the dining room as so many, including ourselves, opted to dine in the bar
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