"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
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"Most beautiful place"
02/21/14 baskets & bears OHIO THE BUCKEYE STATE
My husband and I had a perfect celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary by traveling to Ireland, and I must say that Ballynahinch Castle was the most special place to be during our trip. We were priviledged to be assigned to room 18 that has a magnificent view from two sides of this beautiful castle. You can roam the estate at your leisure. Staff are friendly and helpful. If you ever have the chance to visit Ireland and are in Connemara Co. Galway, please plan to spend a night or days at this most beautiful place on earth. You will not be disappointed.
"The Beauty of Ballynahinch"
02/15/14 hazelLakewood Lakewood
I have visited Ireland 14 times in the past years, and Connemara is my favorite, and if I stayed in the area I always booked a night or two (or three) at Ballynahinch. I don't think people do their research on this hotel if they expect a sprawling, high class, castle, etc. I remember the first time I booked at Ballynahinch the first question I asked was "can I dress casually" as I was on vacation, and their response was "absolutely". I would sit in front of the fireplace and they would bring me coffee or tea with cookies, newpapers, and anything else I might want. I found the staff very helpful and accommodating, and would give you extra toiletries if you need it. Coffee and tea was available in the room so no complaints there. In fact, no complaints at all. I no sooner come home and I start making plans to return to Ireland, but now I am 79 yrs. young and may have to think more about it, but if I can I will. If you want traditional castle look at the sprawling Ashford Castle, but I wouldn't trade Ballynahinch for something fancy. I almost forgot to mention how beautiful the scenery is. I sat and had breakfast by the window, and just took in the beauty of it, and how much I liked the beatiful scenery in this area.
"If you love Fly Fishing and or Rivers Come here"
02/08/14 Sullyhadadrink Dubois, Wyoming
This was an excellent place for my new bride and I to spend our honeymoon, we were too late in the season to enjoy the fishing but boy if a person loved to fly fish this would be top notch. The room was at ground level overlooking the river. You had to be okay with the other guests milling past your windows but wow what a picturesque place. This was my first five star accommodation and I have to say everything was wonderful. Even though I would agree with other reviews that one would call this a manor far before you would call it a castle. One thing that I think if they advertised it better is that the water is drawn straight out of the river. It is 100% safe as I sell systems that work just like theirs. Cleaned of any contaminants it has a brownish look to it. There is a spring they set you up with drinking water from. And if you know where to look you can find another spring of crystal clear water. All in all even though my bride and I agree for a place to sleep and eat Ballynahinch is a bit overpriced, at the same time they deliver a valuable product.
"Relaxing stay in a wonderful hotel"
02/03/14 Buttans Dublin, Ireland
Went for a romantic weekend away to Ballynahinch Castle recently. Very friendly staff. Cosy bar which served hot roasted hazelnuts. The food in the bar is also excellent and some traditional music was played on the Saturday night we were there. Breakfast is very good and the river views from the restaurant are amazing. The log fires and comfortable couches, with a bottle of red wine, are very welcoming after a day walking In Connemara National Park and battling the wind and rain on omey island. I would highly recommend a stay at Ballynahinch Castle
01/31/14 Sandy F Cork, Ireland
My boyfriend and I decided to spend our romantic escape at Ballynahinch Castle the 24-26th of January 2014. We had a lovely welcome by the receptionist who was very helpful, kind and competent as any of the staff in the hotel. We really had a good time there and filled it with walks around the castle ( unfortunately some of them were flooded due to the bad weather ) . The dinner in the Owenmore restaurant was excellent and lavish , with beautifully presented dishes and a superb service from all the waiters. Our room, which was situated on the riverside , was very pretty , with all the comforts and a dreamy view. I would highly recommend a stay at Ballynahinch Castle.
"I wish I had more time!"
01/29/14 Debbie D Minneapolis, Minnesota
I stayed here as a part of a small group tour around Ireland (Vagabond) and loved this place. Very cozy and the building was beautiful. The pub served fantastic food, not just your typical pub fare. The grounds were even more stunning than the building. Several trails around the property. I was only able to take 2 short treks, both of which were nicely mapped out for the guests so they didn't get lost. The rooms were very spacious and comfortable. My only regret was that I couldn't stay longer than one night! *I know this property can be quite pricey. My night's stay was included with part of my tour package so I did not pay for the hotel directly. I would still recommend it to travelers who are able to afford it. Well worth it!
"Relaxed, Beautiful, Outstanding Food, Ambience"
01/27/14 alanrbrowne Galway, Ireland (Republic Of.)
Stayed at Ballynahinch Castle January 24-26th 2014. Was 8 years since we were there last but we were glad to see the quality, service and hotel has not diminished in anyway. It is a little pricey but we knew that before we went so it didn't spoil anything. Staff were ultra-helpful in all areas - reception, bar (both day & night staff), restaurant (especially the french girl working there) etc. Food was fantastic with a great range. Really good wine menu too. Due to the recent bad weather (lots of rain) - the river was fuller than usual and really made for some stunning walks/photos. Would highly recommend trying the seasonal and local foods from their menu too.
"Dropped the ball!"
01/15/14 Colin D Athlone, Ireland
Up until this January my wife and I together with our regular companions would spend some down time at Ballynahinch Castle wining and dining ,enjoying drinks in the bar,and lovely walks in the grounds of the castle,but sadly no more - why? Well, last year we arrived as usual and were looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation. Unfortunately on the first evening my wife took ill and the following morning,as her condition had not improved, we had to check out early and my wife and I made our way to Galway where she was hospitalised.My wife was diagnosed with pneumonia - she was very sick. We insisted that our friends stayed on as a family member of theirs was due to join the party the following evening.I rang Ballynahinch from the hospital ,informed a staff member of our predicament ,and settled the hotel bill . Thankfully my wife recovered but my point is this . Ballynahinch Castle promotes itself as a first class establishment and for many reasons I can endorse that fact ,but when a follow up enquiry from the hotel would have been a nice touch we got nothing. Having witnessed how the manager works the place with his concen for client well being we now have to accept,on all the evidence, that the level of sincerity show was precious little (no great surprise) Ballynahinch you let yourself down - if you want to be considered best in class then first of all you need to show some. Sadly after many years of satisfaction we(and our friends) will not be returning.
01/10/14 Craig B Saint Anne, Illinois
Pricey but well worth it. Our room was the largest of any on our Scotland/London/Ireland trip. The trails on the grounds along the river were suitable for the inexperienced hiker and the views were outstanding. We were there on a Saturday night and they had traditional Irish music live in their pub.
"A magical, warm and welcoming retreat not to be missed"
01/10/14 Ruth L Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland
We stayed in Ballynahinch Castle along with another couple just before Christmas for a single night and were blown away by the warm welcome, exceptional staff and a wonderful boutique style bedrooms overlooking the river. We arrived, stayed during and left amidst heavy rain, however, it in no way could dampen our experience. The old-style, country house décor and hunting lodge style bar was spotless and complimented by modern, impeccably decorated bedrooms, an excellent menu and highly knowledgeable staff regarding the menu and history of the Castle and surrounding area. The only critique I could make is less formal attire to appropriately suit the surroundings. A most homely welcome into stunning fairy-tale surroundings. Somewhere we will make a conscious decision to return to for more than one night.
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