I think we didn't get the full Ballinwillin House experience that others reviewers raved about due to the owners being away. Nevertheless we had a very pleasant stay albeit with some bizarre moments. After arriving at the electric gates (unusual for a B&B) we where buzzed in and on reaching the property warmly greated by a charming lady called Freda. She showed us to our room which was upstairs in the court yard building. The room was relatively newly decorated and was very clean, bright comfortable and tastefully decorated. After a good nights sleep, I awoke to the noise of pigs squealing and the vision of butchers in white coats crossing the yard! We were a bit of a loss as to where breakfast was being served, having not been told. I found a staff member making up the room below us and she kindly showed us over to the main house.
Breakfast was served at a large communal table in the kitchen of the main house. We shared the table with a very pleasant and friendly family from Luxembourg. Freda cooked our very fresh and tasty breakfast to order, and it was delicious. No sign of the famous venison sausages etc though. Freda was very friendly and charming.
All went well till I went to drop the key back to the main house (not being sure what to do with it) when we were ready to leave. Off I went through the shrubbery and was greated by two large over friendly dogs, a collie and Golden Retrevier who proceeded to jump all over me with muddy paws, I am used to dogs but I couldn't get these two to stop and let me pass. In the end they chased me around the shrubbery, with me shouting my husbands name and trying to fend them off. Eventually the same lady that showed us to breakfast came and called the dogs off, at this stage I was destroyed with muddy paw marks, hot, sweaty and out of breath.I had to go and change my clothes, only put on clean that morning. Thankfully I have a sense of humour and I knew that the dogs were just excited and friendly, but for someone else this could have been a frightening and off putting experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballinwillin House provides an unique experience that combines luxurious accommodation, wine and artisan food. The newly-refurbished courtyard is home to exceptional guestrooms and private relaxation area and now available for bookings.Your hosts, Pat and Miriam Mulcahy have created a restful and luxurious offering on the farm, blending modern expectations with the natural beauty of the surroundings. Farm tours are available where safe walking tracks welcome adults and children. ... more less
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