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FreshEireAdventures
Dublin, Ireland

OUTSTANDING! Comfortable, central, delicious. Most authentic in Ballyvaughan

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 Apr 2013
I recently had the pleasure of staying for my 7th year running with Pauline & Gerry, the dynamic duo behind Ballyvaughan's best B&B. I don't say this lightly - I have stayed in the other top rated B&Bs - they come nowhere close to the Lodge for a myriad of reasons.
Firstly, this is the most central and professionally run establishment in town complete with a fabulous breakfast on par with the fayre at nearby Gregans Castle.
Secondly; expect a full buffet breakfast; berries, yoghurt, seasonal fresh fruit (stewed rhubarb last week), fresh (properly fresh; not tinned) pineapple, cereals, musesli (granola)...then followed by a cooked breakfast of your choice (full irish, eggs any style, smoked salmon, pancakes etc.). Beautiful home made brown breads. They really excel with their breakfasts...they even have Lapsong Souchong - seriously top drawer.
The Lodge is a short walk from anywhere in town so you don't have to worry about driving if you try the whiskeys in the nearby O'Lochlain's whiskey bar (of which there are many - you might even be introduced to Margaret by Gerry or Pauline if you see them there listening to the trad music). Park your car (lots of parking in their private lot) and don't think about the car again until you check out.
Thirdly; the hospitality shown by Gerry and Pauline is not the oft-pedalled twee 'shamrocks and shenanigans' fake enthusiasm one will often find in rural Irish B&Bs. Rather the sophistication, worldliness and charm of this pair of warm characters is evident from the moment you check in and is the reason why many of their customers return year after year. They are full of helpful up to date advice (eg. "don't forget your padded bike shorts" I heard yelled from the kitchen one morning) which is invaluable durting these times of recession whan businesses are closing and services curtailed.
Bathrooms are equipped with powerful showers and are maintained to a high standard. The beds are very comfortable with good quality crisp white sheets. Cleanliness is superb. This is 4 star hotel quality here. Even the flat screen tv (not that you'd want to stay in and watch TV in this area - theres so much to do) is brand new. We were offered the use of their bikes; a new addition to the facilities and internet connection is also good.
Highly recommended. Do not pass up on the opportunity to stay with Gerry & Pauline. Consider staying more than just a night - it's never enough. You could easily spent at least 3 days here and just scratch the surface.
And don't forget your bike shorts.
Date of stay: April 2013
Room Tip: All of the rooms I've stayed in over the years are top quality.
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Ballyvaughen Lodge while traveling the west coast. A wonderful B&B with wonderful hosts. I recommend this to anyone looking for a place to stay. If we make it back into the area again, I look forward to another stay here at the Ballyvaughen Lodge.

Date of stay: April 2013
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

I stayed here with my boyfriend for one night recently while we did a short road trip around the west of Ireland.
It is in a perfect location, right in the village and our room was beautifully decorated and the bed was super comfortable. Gerry and Pauline were fabulous hosts and told us about a great local pub called O'Loclainns which has the largest selection of whiskey in the country.
Breakfast was cooked to order and absolutely delicious and gave us tons of energy to then explore the Burren and Cliffs of Moher that day.
Fabulous stay, I plan to return again soon!!

Date of stay: April 2013
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

My partner and I stayed here while on our Christmas holiday and we found it to be a lovely place to stay with comfortable and very clean rooms, delicious breakfast and good location but we both agree that the owners were the best part. they were so welcoming, their recommendations for dinner was perfect and they were so lovely to our little girl Daisy who was on her first trip to Ireland. We would definitely stay again and would recommend it to all, especially young families. two very enthusiastic thumbs up :)

Date of stay: January 2013
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

We spent two nights in ballyvaughan which was made all the better by staying in the ballyvaughan lodge,a beautiful house,fantastic room and absolutely lovely hosts in Pauline and Gerry,they made us so very welcome,food was delicious and nothing was too much trouble,the personal touch we received was so lovely,quality people and quality accomodation,would recommend it to all.

Date of stay: January 2013
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

Pauline and Gerry are wonderful hosts and provide a delicious breakfast. They were welcoming and extremely helpful in mapping out our plans to explore the surrounding Burren and to visit the Cliffs of Moher, and seemed genuinely interested in making sure that we made the most of our time in Ireland.

The inn is pretty and well maintained, and has a beautiful new common area for guests to enjoy. We had a great experience and will definitely stay at the Ballyvaughan Lodge again if we ever have the good fortune to return to the area.

Date of stay: November 2012
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