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Reviewed 6 September 2019

Django's Hostel (named for the lovely hostel dog, Django, himself called after the jazzer Django Reinhardt) is set in Cloughjordan Eco-Village, an intentional community of people who have built their homes on the land of an old Anglo-Irish estate to live in a green and earth-friendly way.
The hostel is super-clean, with a catering-style steel kitchen supplied with sturdy white crockery, plenty of good pots and pans and a couple of electric cookers. The rooms vary in size - we shared a family room, with a double bed and bunks and a nice ensuite shower and facilities; that was €80 each for three days. You can also sleep in a dormitory, or in single rooms.
In the kitchen, a fridge has common supplies on the top shelf (left by the very nice Django proprietor Pa or contributed by departing guests), and lower shelves where guests can store their own food while they're staying. There are plenty of wooden tables and chairs where you can eat looking out at the beautiful fruit trees and flowers of the village. Ingredients like olive oil, soya sauce, etc, which you normally remember, cursing, are available.
There's a pleasant living room to relax in, with squashy chairs and couch, and pictures - nice abstracts and a couple of pictures of Django Reinhardt, natch.
Cloughjordan town has a couple of excellent cafés - The Middle Country, spacious and crafty with lots of cakes and salads, and Sheelagh na Gig, a bookshop-cum-cafe which also sells fresh local farm eggs.
Cloughjordan Eco-Village has brought a cosmopolitan feel to the sleepy little town, and many languages and accents can be heard and a multicultural feel is central. Ninety-seven per cent of the children ride their bicycles to school, and eco-villagers have a right to an allotment of their own, and can buy great organic produce from the village's farm.
The eco-villagers recently built an amphitheatre for plays and music; their homes are surrounded by 200 apple trees from 75 native Irish varieties.
The local bakery, multi-award-winning Riot Rye, is run by a family who have been making and selling organic food for two generations; their sourdough breads in several delicious varieties are for sale in the Centra shop at one end of town. Riot Rye's proprietors also run an extremely popular bakery school.
There are many wonderful walking trails and nice cycles near the town, including Knocknacree Wood, dedicated to poet, teacher and revolutionary Thomas MacDonagh, born and raised in the town (his statue looks benignly down the main street).
The town is a centre for amateur drama - to the extent that two to three nights every week in winter, the drama society is filled with rehearsing people from town and eco-village. There is even a weekly course in circus skills for local children - it's to be expected that the next generation of Irish actors and musicians will come from here.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Django's Hostel. We were warmly welcomed by Pa (and Django, who normally lives quietly upstairs but came down to greet us on his way to walks). I would certainly stay here again.

Room tip: Ask Pa when booking and he'll advise you
Date of stay: September 2019
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Thank Lucille R
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Pa F, Owner at Django's EcoHostel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2019

Hi Lucille,
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to write such a generous review and particularly for expanding it to describe in detail our ecovillage, the local town and the wonderful mix of talents and people living locally.

Pa & a woof woof from Django

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Reviewed 11 August 2019

I had a private room with ensuite. Clean, all the basics and great hospitality. The Eco villiage is a blended villiage with eco and standard housing. Has great events.

Django's was clean, quiet and in a beautiful location. Pa the host was friendly and excellent.

Kitchen was clean and a nice warm lounge area.

Basics all there :)

Room tip: I had a corner ensuite, but gues said even the dorms were nice...
Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank LiamZone
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Pa F, Owner at Django's EcoHostel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your kind review.
I'm very happy that you guys enjoyed your stay with us and I hope that we will see you again sometime in the future.
Pa

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Reviewed 23 June 2019

I stayed here recently for an event that was in the village.

Located in the middle of the eco village, the hostel and the area around it are lovely and peaceful.

From first contact at booking, Pa was accommodating and pleasant to deal with. He has a nice presence and was more than willing to give us some information about the local area, and the very interesting setup that the people of Cloughjordan have there.

Any time I'm in this part of the country, I'll be staying here, and recommend you do the same!

Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Jim B
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Pa F, Owner at Django's EcoHostel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2019

Hi Jim, thank you so much for your very kind review, I so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and Django and I look forward to meeting you again sometime. Pa

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Reviewed 4 March 2019 via mobile

This is the second time my organisation has taken a large group of people to Django's Hostel. I have also stayed here with friends on occasion. Our experience here was excellent, as always. Pa (and Django the dog) are wonderful, accommodating and helpful hosts. The hostel is modern, clean, comfortable and eco-friendly. We stayed in the hostel for 9 days. Pa was so welcoming from the first moment, the hostel felt like home straight away. Pa was available at any time of the day or night and responded to our needs with a smile at all times. He recommended an excellent catering company that served us delicious healthy meals 5 times per day. Pa, Johanna (the chef) and the catering team were simply amazing throughout our entire stay. We really felt like we had been welcomed into the community of Cloughjordan while we were there. We joined Pa and the local community for a music night in the pub and Johanna supported us to host a community meal during our stay. Pa went above and beyond on numerous occasions and even drove us to the train station when it snowed on our last day so we didn't have to struggle with bags. I would highly recommend Djangos for group bookings and also for individuals. The hostel is also wheelchair accessible. Pa was very helpful to our staff member who is a wheelchair user and responded to any requests that we had very efficiently. We look forward to our next visit to Django's.

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Pa F, Owner at Django's EcoHostel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Django's. I'm very happy your group enjoyed your stay with us, particularly Johanna and her professional team's wonderful fresh local food.
I really hope that we will see you and your group again with us. Pa

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Reviewed 21 September 2018

I was at Django's hostel for a few days with my class and the staff was friendly, the place was nice and the kitchen and breakfast very good at any time.
Would totally recommand to somebody who want to experience the eco village lifestyle!

Date of stay: September 2018
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Thank petitsashimi
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Pa F, Owner at Django's EcoHostel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2018

Hi Imane F, Thank you so much for your kind review and rating.
I happy that you and your classmates enjoyed your stay with us and I hope maybe to see you again sometime in the future.

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