Me and my family stayed here in during a recent trip to the UK and Ireland and I have to say we found it just fantastic - Mary and Pat gave us a beautiful warm welcome into their home and that put us all at ease straight away.
The rooms were comfortable, and better than some of the other places we stayed - a double room for me and my wife, and our 2 kids shared a twin room. I had read some of the other reviews and wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised (maybe some people just expect a hotel I guess!) Thankfully we did not have any problems with cold that some of the other reviewers experienced, and there was always piping hot water for showers.
Breakfast was tasty and filling too - for the parents, the "full Irish" breakfast with coffee and for the kids cereal, fruit & yoghurt with O.J. and toast for everybody.
What particularly impressed me was the fact that every day before we left, Mary and Pat would drop whatever they were doing to help us plan out our day. They had great local knowledge and we always ate well based on their recommendations. On one occasion, we took a day trip to Connemara (all the way to Cliften town) and were totally blown away by the beauty of the countryside there. That alone would make me want to come back to Ireland!
So in summary, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Birchgrove house, and Mary and Pat are some of the warmest hosts I have encountered on my travels. I can give it a big thumbs up, and we'll definitely be back to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Birchgrove House is a comfortable modern bungalow with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere situated about 1.5 km outside of the picturesque village of Oranmore, and about 8 km outside of Galway city, the cultural capital of the west of Ireland. It is an ideal base, as it is situated on the main national routes, and is especially popular for touring the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Lough Mask and Lough Corrib, each of which comes recommended by our guests. When you stay with us, you can be sure of a place of lodging of only the highest standards. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Birchgrove House Oranmore, County Galway