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Natural Retreats Parknasilla
Ranked #6 of 9 Sneem B&B and Inns
Dublin, Ireland
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great location, in need of some TLC”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2012

We spent a family weekend here in June 1012, 2 adults and 3 kids aged 5 to 10. Natural Retreats is a small collection (total 13 locations) of rental houses connected to up-market hotels in Ireland, the UK, the Canaries and the US. Visitors can either become members, or rent on an ad-hoc basis. We were ad-hoc renters, and this was our first experience of Natural Retreats. The location here is stunning, in the grounds of the fabulous 5 star Parknasilla hotel. The rental houses are about 15 to 20 minutes walk from the hotel, and house guests can use all the facilities of the hotel, including the restaurants and the spa (which we used extensively). There are some fantastic walks in the grounds, well laid out by the hotel, and with excellent maps. There is also a kids fairy walk, which is worth a visit. The house we stayed in was semi-detached with 3 bedrooms, one of about 20 units. It was recently built, and a very good size, with 3 large double bedrooms, a large living/dining room and a large galley kitchen. There are two good-sized bathrooms (one en-suite) and an extra toilet downstairs. All-in-all, the perfect size for a self-catering stay, with the added benefit of being able to eat in the hotel if desired (though rain meant we had to drive up to the hotel for meals). In our package, at EUR 275 per night, meals were charged as an extra. Serivce in the hotel was very friendly and accomodating - the hotel has a long history in hospitality, and it shows. However, some of the procedures meant longish delays in checking in, making enquires, booking meals etc. While the location - on the beautiful ring of Kerry, in the grounds of a fantastic hotel - is hard to beat, I was disappointed by some features of the house. There was a feeling of poor finishing in the build - soap dishes off the wall, bathroom layout poor (toilet too close to the sink); the parking area was full of potholes, which filled up with rain water and became mini ponds; the area for rubbish disposal was untidy with bins in open sight of the houses. While these are small gripes, at this price level more is to be expected. The work needed to rectify these problems is small, but by not identifying and correcting these issues, the name of both Parknasilla and Natural Retreats is tarnished. In summary, a great family self-catering house with benefits, in a fantastic location, though with some work needed to justify the price level.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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dublin
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20 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

If you're looking for a relaxing family holiday self catering then this is the one! Beautiful scenery, gorgeous pool/spa, delicious food, lovely accomodation, fab beds. We booked through Natural Retreats.com a 3 bed lodge for my hubby and two sons and I for 1 week. It is a little pricey but it's luxury! It's a long drive from dublin but worth it. Kerry is just breathtaking the drives, national park muckross house, killarney, sneem, kenmare need I say more, just real relaxation. Parknasilla itself is stunning. Our only qualms were that the bar food was very average and our only other option was to eat in the pizzeria (which is lovely but my son doesn't like pizza but they did accomodate us!) Also we couldn't bring him swimming until 10am and anyone with young children know they're early risers and itching to get to the pool as much as possible! But otherwise we will certainly go back, I had the most amazing treatments with the lovely Martina in the spa, in fact the best ever. All I'll say is nothing is a problem in parknasilla, it's old world and modern mixed together. Go you'll love it!!! I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Natural Retreats Parknasilla

Property: Natural Retreats Parknasilla
Address: Parknasilla, Sneem, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Sneem
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Sneem
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
To discover the charm of Ireland with the perfect holiday on the Ring of Kerry, Parknasilla is the place to be. The resort has a rich heritage dating back to 1692, attracting such literary luminaries as George Bernard Shaw to its beautiful location. The name Parknasilla comes from the Irish, Pairc na Saileac, meaning the 'Field of the Willow Trees'. Due to the effects of the Gulf Stream and its sheltered position, the resort boasts a pleasant climate where vegetation flourishes. ... more   less 

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