We booked sunnybank for a week in March for a family reunion. I was very hesitant about organising a self catering holiday because you feel responsible for the expectations of everyone in the party and sometimes the houses can be quite commercial by way of design and furnishings and not exactly a home from home !
We ended up booking the main house and the lodge because there were 25 of us and when we arrived we could not get over the houses.
Both houses were exceptional in terms of decor and facilities and the grounds are lovely. The main house is huge but warm and cosy and the lodge is obviously newer because it has underground heating etc., but is the same standard as a five star hotel in terms of how it is finished... great beds !!!
We were able to walk to the town in a minute which was great because we could all do our own thing. On one evening we booked a local chef to come in and cook for us all in the main house and it was brilliant and delicious and worked really well for the party.
We were also able to use the leisure centre in the local hotel which was great on rainy days !! Beware you do need cars because I dont think there is any public transport except taxis
I initially thought the rates were high but definitely well worth it especially when you divide it down by the number of people staying and you could pay less for someplace that turns out to be really grotty ! We are hoping to book again for a surprise 40th birthday party
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We stayed at Sunnybank House at the end of May. There were 20 of us, celebrating a friend's 40th birthday.
Shane, the owner, opened the pool for us- it is usually only open from June. We also used the sauna and the tennis court. The rooms were nicely furnished and we had a great time. Shane's Springer Spaniel is very friendly and made a fuss of us all.
On the down side, the kitchen could have been better eqiupped eg, more utensils and a better cooker. There should have been a music system in the main sitting room, and we would have liked a bigger T.V. There were chess sets, but they did not have all their pieces. Little things like this make a big difference when there are 20 or so of you, and you've paid several thousand Euros for the property.
We loved Clifden and the surrounding area. Having a decent week's weather helped. Highlights included lots of short walks (the tourist office has a guide), a game of Golf at Connemara's Championship course, a trip to Inishboffin, the charm and genuineness of the Irish people and a meal at Fogerty's. Great standard, well priced, lovely staff.
This property is wrongly listed. It is not a guest house any more, and would be better described as "Other Accommodation". Tripadvisor, please take note!
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We rented this wonderful house in Connemara with friends. Owner Shane was charming and helpfull. Thouroughly enjoyed our stay in Clifden and look forward to returning to Sunnybank soon. H