Guest Testimonials

A small handful of comments and reviews from past guests at Hidden Ireland’s Historic Houses.

The Castle, Castletownshend

"What a treat to stay in this handsome home. I can't imagine what work it is to maintain this old house and extensive gardens, but the owners do a great job of it, and we are delighted they were willing to welcome us. I think there is great variety in the rooms, so our experience may not be the same as yours. Our room was not at all fancy and the bath was tiny, but the small balcony and view were delightful. I think it was called the "Army" room. The breakfast was delicious and the staff was friendly. We especially loved Lassie the dog. I would be happy to stay here again, but it is not easy to reach."

— TripAdvisor, September 2021

Temple House 

"I recently booked a whole weekend house takeover at Temple House, with dinners on both nights and was delighted with the entire weekend. The food and wine list was fabulous even though a set menu for circa 24 people. Roderick and the staff were very friendly and obliging for a group with diverse requests, and also including catering for children. While at the end of October the weather is turning cold, I did not feel cold in the house. The rooms were lovely with nice vintage features and lovely views. We were just over 20 mins from Strandhill beach where we went for a lovely breezy stroll to blow away the cobwebs, and also went to the Eagles flying show just down the road - a bird of prey sanctuary, which was interesting to see."

— TripAdvisor, November 2021

Roundwood House

"We stayed for one night as a family and had dinner too. The welcome was wonderful and the room , the yellow one called “Garden room” was beautiful. We had local craft beer and stunning food. To be honest we have not always had an ok food experience in country house places, which have other attractions and charms. Not so here, the food was really great thank you Paddy and Hannah. Total dedication to local quality produce and friendly but not intrusive approach. The library and animals all gorgeous. This place exemplifies why Irish ☘️ business which had a tough tough pandemic will bounce back. They deserve to do so well. We will be back!"

— TripAdvisor, July 2021

 

Ballyvolane House

"This was our second visit to Ballyvolane House, and although we enjoyed the first, this one exceeded it by yards!
The house was quieter this time and it was a different time of year so we could enjoy a more peaceful stay and cosy up at the fire in the beautiful sitting room. Our room was large and characterful, and we loved the huge Victorian-style deep bath with steps in the enormous bathroom - such a unique feature and incredibly comfortable. The staff were wonderful - so friendly and attuned to the needs of guests with being obtrusive, they really help to make Ballyvolane special. Now the food, oh, the food! On our last visit, we enjoyed the food, but I believe there is a new chef in situ now and the food has definitely moved up a notch in quality. It was absolutely superb - every course was gorgeous each night, but special mention to the shortrib beef and the salmon and cucumber mousse on the second night! We also availed of a picnic, which was very good value and quality - plentiful sandwiches, cake, and so on, and we had enough left over for snacks on our journey home the following day.
All in all, we had a fantastic stay and cannot think of anything that we did not like. Ballyvolane is unique - it may not be for everyone - but we love it and will definitely return."

— Trip Advisor, November 2021

The Quay House

"I stayed for 2 nights with my mother. We were given a wonderfully warm welcome by Julia & Paddy. The quay house has an amazing collection of beautiful pictures, animal artefacts and quirky antiques, reflecting Julia’s artistic eye and previous career as an antiques dealer. We were given tea and delicious home cooked brack in one of the several cosy sitting rooms, where you can sink into a comfortable sofa or armchair to read a book in the sunshine, talk to fellow guests or plan the numerous activities on offer locally with Julia. The home cooked breakfasts are very generous in portion and set you up for the whole day. All served in a very inviting conservatory enabling you to look out across the bay at the sailing boats and seagulls. In short nothing is too much effort for Julia & Paddy truly exceptional hosts who welcome you into their home. Thank you for a very magical stay. I will be sure to return."

— Trip Advisor, October 2021

Lorum Old Rectory

"We stayed at Lorum Rectory for 3 nights in July 2021. We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) together with 2 grandparents. We took the whole house. We can’t thank Bobbie and Rebecca enough for their incredible hospitality-nothing was too much trouble. Comfortable rooms (all en suite) fluffy towels, sumptuous beds and amazing food - this really is a special place. Thank you for making us feel so welcome."

— Trip Advisor, July 2021

Kiltariff Hall

"What an amazing welcome to Kiltariff Hall. The open fire in the drawing room was so cosy and Catherine shared some special memories of her childhood in the Rathfriland area where my father grew up. Fantastic breakfast with locally sourced produce."

— Trip Advisor, February 2022

Kilmokea

"Fantastic hospitality for a lovely two night stay. Stayed at Kilmokea as a base for exploring the sunny south east. Lily bedroom was very comfortable and breakfast was very tasty. We dined there both nights and food was great. Being able stroll around and explore the gardens every day was bonus."

— Trip Advisor, August 2021

Clonalis House

"We spent a wonderful time at Clonalis House. It was a real privilege to be surrounded by history and to be in the company the O'Connors. A special thank you to Piers for such a fascinating and interesting tour around the house. We learnt so much about the ancient and noble O'Connor lineage. Thanks also to Carol Ann and Richard for looking after us so well. Our room was spectacular - The Gold Room. We are keen to experience the cottages within the grounds when we return for our next stay."

— Trip Advisor, January 2022

Ashley Park House

"We stayed in Ashley Park last week for a wedding. I am dreaming of going back! The grounds and views are gorgeous. The bedrooms in the courtyard are sublime. Beds so comfy, underfloor heating & those rainfall showers!!! The food was gorgeous from the canapes to the breakfast. Staff went above & beyond to make sure we had a great day- special mention to Sheila who was so kind to my son. Everyone is still raving about the venue. The marquee/pavilion is so cosy & the views from it were amazing! We got stunning pics in the ceremony room too. Such a special place. Highly recommend"

— Trip Advisor, March 2022

Collon House

"We had a wonderful stay here. Michael and John were excellent hosts and were very knowledgeable regarding the local history. A beautifully restored house, full of interesting and fascinating artefacts and paintings. Very comfortable bedrooms and surroundings giving the impression of staying in a private country house. We had a truly excellent dinner, delicious food served in a very attractive dining room the table laid out with lovely silver and ornaments. In the morning a wonderful breakfast, again beautifully cooked."

— Trip Advisor, July 2021

Frewin

"In the style of M&S adverts "This is not just a B&B.....this is Frewin House B&B. This place is fabulous in every way. We were warmly welcomed by Regina with a cup of tea in the library when we arrived. Our room was large with a seating area and a very comfortable bed. Regina told us we had exclusive use of a shower room a short distance away but we both loved having a bath as we'd sat in the car for long periods of time and both being of the age when aches and pains are more frequent. Soaking in a huge bath with endless hot water was bliss.
We stayed on a Monday and there aren't many eating places open on a Monday night but Regina phoned through to one for us and we had a meal a few miles away"

— Trip Advisor, September 2021

Lorum Old Rectory

"We stayed at Lorum Rectory for 3 nights in July 2021. We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) together with 2 grandparents. We took the whole house. We can’t thank Bobbie and Rebecca enough for their incredible hospitality-nothing was too much trouble. Comfortable rooms (all en suite) fluffy towels, sumptuous beds and amazing food - this really is a special place. Thank you for making us feel so welcome."

— Trip Advisor, July 2021

 

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