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Ballyvara, Doolin Ireland
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#11 of 23 Specialty lodging in Doolin
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Tennis court
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Paul C wrote a review Nov 2022
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Went to ballyvara house last weekend for my wedding with all my family. It exceeded our expectations completely. We were blown away by its location and the views around it. Both kids and adults had a fantastic time in this house. It was clean and had everything we needed. It was perfect for what we needed and would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hugh P wrote a review Jul 2022
Long Branch, New Jersey102 contributions51 helpful votes
We had a Four generation reunion of 32 people, and this was a spacious and perfect rental. Full commercial grade kitchen, a common room, library, outdoor patio, tennis courts, and kids' play area. The house has a path that leads into the center of town that is safe and keeps you off the roads while walking. It's rustic and needs a few updates but a great experience.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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PhilipBBB wrote a review Aug 2020
County Meath, Ireland86 contributions59 helpful votes
Had a family holiday with 14 adults and 14 kids. House is great as even when weather isn't great it's so big everyone has space. There are a few things that need to get fixed to keep the house in order but can see that the owner is doing constant maintenance. Great place and will certainly return
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Cosmopolitan597759 wrote a review Aug 2020
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What a great place to spend a family staycation in the times we live in.Just home from spending quality time with the family in a very safe enviornment.Everything we needed was at our fingertips,As its self catering we had a very well equiped kitchen,large dineing room ,comfortable lounge and ample play areas for the children.Aready looking forward to our hols in Ballyvara next year
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Sor Col wrote a review Mar 2020
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I recently stayed here for two nights for my sister's hen - there were 17 of us in total. After the first night we woke up to a bitterly cold house. The boiler had apparently broken so there was no heating or hot water. We were frozen and couldn't have showers. It was 3PM before the heating came back and we could have showers. The owner was in Dublin so sent a few people around to fix it, and in fairness it was fixed as quickly as possible (within 4-5 hours) - but one of the people who came to fix it was an oil truck so we're not sure if it was the boiler or if it ran out of oil... It was unlucky enough to be during a storm so we were trapped inside and couldn't leave. It was miserable. The house is fine but is very dated and in need of a serious refurbishment. It wasn't a very comfortable place to be trapped in the freezing cold. We had to book for a 2 night minimum (even though we only wanted one night). We paid nearly €2000 so the least you expect is heat and to be able to shower. The owner refused to compensate us at all - not even a gesture for the extra money we spent on briquettes as the fire was our only source of heat. We're all a bit shocked that no money back was offered as compensation for the lack of heating and hot water.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 9 Mar 2020
I checked in the Sorcha Coller group at 4:30pm on the Friday evening. The group had booked a standard minimum 2 night stay. All heating was in perfect working order, the open fire was burning in the lounge, and there was plenty of hot water. Sorcha confirmed on behalf of the group that they were happy with the facilities and the property at check in. At 10:30am on the Saturday I got a text from Sorcha to ask if I could call over to look at the heating as they had tried to turn the heating on but it didn't seem to be working. I explained that I was in Dublin but that I would get onto the plumber to take a look. There was no mention of any issue with hot water at this point and there was plenty of wood/briquettes in the fuel shed to keep the open fire going in the interim and as they wished. The plumber arrived at 11am and reported an issue with a boiler part which he had to go get. At 12:10am Sorcha called me to say that they had run out of hot water for showering. I explained to Sorcha that when the plumber got the boiler back up and running there would be hot water again some 15-20 minutes later. The plumber returned and the boiler was back up and running at 12:30pm.
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Bee M wrote a review Aug 2019
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Wonderful place for a family reunion. My large family living in many different countries could spend a wonderful week together. My little family was unfortunate enough to be allotted the O´Loughlin Suite. Lets say the big bed had seen better days and we faced a flooded floor each time we took a shower and a smell of mildew was always present there. But all the other rooms were really great with a few minor hitches here and there, like missing door handles. I assumed the O´Loughlin Suite is still on the waiting list for renovation. The children were a bit disappointed with the play houses, they too are in need in renovation. But yes i recommend Ballyvara house but try not to draw the short straw on the O´Loughlin Suite.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Tour13411034631, Owner at Ballyvara House
Responded 9 Mar 2020
We did discover a leak affecting the en-suite in the O'Loughlin Suite and this has since been fixed. I'm not sure what this guest is inferring by 'better days' but we have had some guests comment on the softness of the memory foam mattress on the bed. The playhouse village is unfortunately not immune to the inclement Irish weather and maintenance of the structure is proving problematic. We are considering replacing the playhouse village under the current and ongoing refurbishment and maintenance plans.
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sarah120155 wrote a review Aug 2019
Birr, Ireland3 contributions2 helpful votes
luxury accommodation that is spacious clean and very well equipped.We travelled as a family of 26 covering 3 generations from 10month babies to seniors.The house had everything from large lounge to library, pool room, outdoor play area, fairy trail, tennis court large dineing room and a kitchen to die for. The location is perfect with plenty to do walks on theCliffs of Moher take a trip to the Arran Islands beaches in Fanore and Lahinch golf and pitch and putt also on the doorstep If you dont want to cook there are plenty of restrarants and pubs to suit every pocket nearby.If like me you just want to watch the world go by sit on the rocks at Doolin pier Bliss
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Date of stay: August 2019
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clvyncke wrote a review Aug 2019
East Moline, Illinois6 contributions3 helpful votes
two family’s together traveled to doolin for a wedding of our children. This house was great for the families to live together and become closer. Ballyvara provided all we could imagine for our celebration time. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Room Tip: Great view. Owners worked out our problems quickly. Walking distance to many pubs etc
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Omccarthybyrne_ wrote a review Aug 2019
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Wonderful accommodation, spacious living area with a great outdoor space for kids. Centrally located for beaches, cliffs, golf and pubs. Lots of indoor spaces also for board games, pool and movies for those down times.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sarah Y wrote a review Apr 2019
Jacksonville, Florida65 contributions36 helpful votes
This home was very nice and had enough rooms to accommodate our large group. It was very nice that all rooms had a private bathroom. The signage out front could be improved as we had a gentleman show up during our stay wondering if there was any vacancy. Also, the house decor could use some overall updating. Overall, very nice.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty ClareThe BurrenDoolin
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballyvara House
Which popular attractions are close to Ballyvara House?
Nearby attractions include Clare Coastal Walk Project (0.00 km), Doolin Cave (0.00 km), and O'Connors Pub (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ballyvara House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Ballyvara House?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ballyvara House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ballyvara House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Oar Restaurant, The Ivy Cottage, and McDermott's Pub.
Is Ballyvara House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Doolin.
Are there any historical sites close to Ballyvara House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting O'Brien's Tower (6.0 km) and O'Brien's Monument (7.8 km).
Is Ballyvara House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.