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Reviewed 26 October 2015

The scenery is stunning, the walk around the grounds is fantastic and the food is Wonderful. The staff are friendly and helpful. I couldn't fault this place, even if I wanted to! If we could visit Southern Ireland more frequently, I would definitely stay here again. Out of this world!

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GouganeBarraHotel, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Claire D, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad you got the chance to walk around the grounds and explore Gougane Barra. I will pass on your compliments about the food and the service to the rest of the team. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to our hotel, Jane.

Norwich, Connecticut
Reviewed 25 October 2015

This was where we spent the first night of our 11 day Driftwood tour (Sept. 22, 2015). There was a collective gasp as the lake came into view. The skies had cleared during the late afternoon. What an absolutely lovely location. We were warmly greeted by one of the owners, Neil, and quickly shown to our rooms. If you are...

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GouganeBarraHotel, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear dlcul, Thank you for your lovely review. It sounds like you had a beautiful entrance to Gougane Barra! I will pass on your compliments to my father, Neil and my mother, Katy, and the rest of the kitchen team will be delighted to hear your compliments about the food. I hope that you enjoyed the rest of your Driftwood...

Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 25 October 2015

We confirm what "Bryno", "easymc2" and "Joan E" wrote about the hotel, the service, the food and the place. Notice that noice sensitive guests might need ear protection as rooms are not soundproofed. As far as we are concerned, we made a "mistake", i.e. we stayed there only one night ! Therefore next time we'll book a room at least...

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GouganeBarraHotel, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear MCPETE S, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad that you enjoyed the hotel, the service, the food, the place and the you would highly recommend us. Regarding the 'mistake'; it would be a pleasure to welcome you back to our hotel! Jane.

Cork, Ireland
Reviewed 19 October 2015

If you want to get away from it all then Gougane Barra Hotel is the place for you. Nestled beside the lake under the Shehy Mountains, this hotel is usually ignored by the 'Cork to Killarney' set, whose focus is on getting to the beautiies of Killarney without realising that Gougane Barra itself rivals most of the views to be...

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GouganeBarraHotel, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Bryno, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad that you got the chance to explore Gougane Barra and its surrounding areas. I agree that Gougane Barra Forest Park is a must see. My mother, Katy, the head chef, and the rest of our kitchen team will be very happy to hear your compliments about our food and that...

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Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the Gougane Barra Hotel for 3 days. Our room was very comfortable and clean with a great view. The staff is friendly and attentive making every attempt to satisfy the guests. The big secret at Gougane though is the meals. We arrived in Gougane after a month in Paris and our favorite meal of the trip was...

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GouganeBarraHotel, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear easymc2, Thank you for your lovely review. We love your description: 'home for your soul.' I will pass on your compliments to the front-of-house team for their service. I will also inform our kitchen team of, what you call the 'big secret' - they will be delighted. My mother, Katy, the head chef will also be glad to hear...

Carlow, Carlow, Ireland
Reviewed 9 October 2015

The hotel is situated in a picturesque, enchanting, spiritual and mystical area surrounded by a lake and mountains. Revisiting is like coming home where A Céad Míle Fáilte awaits all. We stayed in our favourite room “Room 25” which has amazing views of the island church and lake as does many rooms in this family run hotel. We awoke next...

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GouganeBarraHotel, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Joan E, Thank you for your lovely review. What a lovely description you provided of Gougane Barra! I will pass on your compliments to the breakfast team. Yes, bagels are now on our breakfast menu with poached eggs. My mother, Katy, will be delighted to hear your compliments about her cooking. I will also pass on your compliments to...

Cork,
Reviewed 6 October 2015

The setting is idyllic and the views are astounding. My room overlooked the New Church on the Island of Guagane Barra and the lake. The meals are scrumptious and the staff are pleasant and helpful. The room was large and well furnished but the heat needs to come on earlier in the morning. I will certainly be returning there again.

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Gougane, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Tony C, Thank you for your lovely review and photos. I'm glad that you enjoyed the views from your room and the setting. I'm also delighted that you were happy with your meals and the service. I will pass on your compliments to the restaurant and kitchen teams. Thank you for informing us about the heating, I will tell...

Southern Illinois
Reviewed 3 October 2015

We stayed here one night during our Driftwood tour of Ireland. It has been run by the same family by generations and feels more like a B & B than a hotel. It is outside of town on a beautiful lake with a 9th century small church by that lake. There is also a 6th century monastery on grounds. The...

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Gougane, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear macska, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad that you got the chance to explore Gougane Barra and learn about the history of the area. I'm also delighted to hear that you were happy with your meal and the service. I will pass on your compliments to the rest of the team. I hope that you enjoyed the...

Macroom, Ireland
Reviewed 29 September 2015

excellent food in a very French style.Don't go if you are following the weight watchers plan ,it involves lots and lots of butter.Fantastic view of the lake and little church from the dining room.Great service .

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Gougane, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jackie F, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your meal and the setting. I'm also glad that you were happy with the service. I will pass on your compliments to the rest of the team. It would be a pleasure to have you back again, Jane.

Thurles, Ireland
Reviewed 25 September 2015

Had an excellent dinner on Thursday evening. Menu extensive, food delicious, staff professional. The setting was beautiful - overlooking the lake - very still and peaceful. A delightful experience to eat here - the next time, will stay!

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Gougane, Daughter at Gougane Barra Hotel, responded to this review

Dear CarmelniNiadh, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your meal here - the menu, the food and the staff. I will pass on your compliments to the rest of the team. I'm also glad that you enjoyed the setting. It will be a pleasure to have you come back and stay in our hotel, Jane.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Gougane Barra Hotel is situated in a uniquely magical unspoilt lakeside location in the mountains of West Cork, in the South West of Ireland. Our 25 bedroom family run, seasonal hotel is renowned for its genuine old-fashioned hospitality, has a reputation for really good food, has a cosy friendly bar and sitting rooms overlooking St. Finbarr’s oratory. We have bikes and rowing boats and are just 1 kilometre from the National Forest Park. It’s waiting… ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gougane Barra Hotel

Address: Gougane Barra | Ballingeary, Gougane Barra, Ballingeary Cork, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Ballingeary > Gougane Barra
Price Range: €109 - €133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gougane Barra Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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