Travel Blogs from Navan
... pretty good. The Guinness pints kept coming and coming. THEN shot guy arrived. Shot guy usually accompanies us on outings in Arizona and looks a lot like Trevor. We found that the Irish version of Fireball is called Hellfire. Heather and I opted out and Trevor bought a round for the guys. A billion Guinness later, we closed down the bar and headed for some late night eats. Dublin, like every other big city in the world, has dive eateries whose bread ...
... for about twenty minutes. The wind carried the smell of burning plastic, and we figured it was coming from whatever was on fire in the distance.
When there was no more sign of the storm we left the shelter and started off for the other end of the island. We made it about half way down the island when we noticed that the sky was getting dark again. We climbed up the sand cliffs from the beach to see if there was a place to hide. All we saw were sand dunes. So we picked a large ...
... 25 minutes from Dublin city centre, his house is great, not too dissimilar setup to ours back at home with the racecourse outlook. We meet Tom his 10 year old, his other son Mark is at Quazer (laser tag). The kids are 'Irish twins' (both born in the same year, 11 months apart). Both kids are great at football and tennis. We meet his wife Elaine - she is delightful, and her daughter Amy. Elaine is a Donnelly, her and Doc aren't married (like someone else I know lol), she's a ...
... Longgggg lectures (two are 2.5 hours and one is 3) several times a week with very few small evaluations in favor of essays, presentations and final tests that make up about a third of our grade each. This is always a little weird to get used to, and combine that with the fact that we would probably always rather be out and about, three hours feels mighty long. All the teachers should be great, and hopefully the class portion ...
... the region. We did a tour of the Guinness factory. It's interesting to see the brewing at work, but Kate is not enamoured with 'the black stuff' as I am, so I had to (unfortunately) finish off both pints. The hot weather is continuing here as well with another hot day here again, with temperatures more than 30 degrees. We brought a number of warm clothes for these parts, but so far have been getting around ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bellinter House Navan
My wife and I stayed here for a night during a weeknight in early May.
Stayed here one cold and wet Friday night in March. It took us just under an hour to get there from Dublin city centre and we were extremely impressed upon arrival. The staff were exceptionally courteous (but not OTT), the Reception, Games Room and the Library (no children allowed!) were such havens of relaxation and comfort. Our room (located in the Main House) was probably one of largest I've stayed in and again, was pure comfort and really peaceful.
Booked a two night package including one meal at Belliner House for St Patricks weekend. If you are looking for a place within an hours drive of Dublin this is an ideal place to go. This country house is lovely, very cool and suitable for a young crowd. There is a games room with a plasma tv, a lovely little wine bar, Eden restaurant is in the basement and our room in the west wing was lovely. The interior of the house is fab. The extra touches were nice - turndown service and the paper delivered to the room each morning. The house was very busy with young couples and families. Highlight was Eden - excellent organic food. The breakfast is excellent - such a wide varierty of choice. The staff were so professional and attentive, going the extra mile at all times. Any niggles? - the house was quite cold. The pool is lovely, as is the sauna, the SPA is semi - finished but looks lovely. We wil definately return, its pricey but so worth it. The personal touch is what made this stay for us.
My partner and I stayed in this hotel for one rainy night in January. This hotel is a combination of a country house and the modern touches and hi-tech gadgets of the G hotel in Galway. We really liked it but it might not suit everyone.
Went to Bellinter on a very rainey night...cold and windy..however when inside the main house it was warm and comportable...with open fires in the hall and main rooms.
We stayed as part of a large group. We were charged a special rate of 200 euro per room and ate dinner and breakfast in the hotel. Our room was not worth even the reduced rate - if you ever go to Bellinter, specifically request NOT to be accomodated in the "East Wing". It is entirely decorated in wood - including the two flights of stairs and halls which results in a lot of noise - even the lightest pitter patter of feet sounds like a herd of elephants! Our room was tiny and the bathroom, while rather trendily tiled had no bath and was unfinished - understandable teething problems but not at these prices. We saw some rooms in the main house which are more impressive and better maintained. Although, in one of them you had to go through the ensuite to reach the main bedroom! Quirky. The food was typical Eden fare. Staff were generally friendly. Our waiter for the evening was definitely unimpressed to be looking after 18 40 year olds. We were only offered a limited menu. Breakfast was fine. This place has potential but rack rates are definitely over the top.
We had booked into Bellinter House for three nights early January as the highlight of our weeks tour of Ireland, and were keen to see what looked like a splendid Georgian building with smart rooms and restaurant to match. We arrived just after 3pm and were to told our room would be ready in 10 minutes. We had a drink in the stylish bar, but couldn't help notice the number of staff scurrying around putting up paintings in the main building as well as a number of interior elements unfinished. We ordered food from the bar menu, which was apparently not available? 40 minutes later we were led to our rooms - a stable duplex to the side of the building - where we were deposited outside and asked to dial 0 if there was any problems. The accommodation was at best unfinished and definitely not what we were expecting. The place was freezing. The door had no internal handle. The TV had no signal. The window in one bedroom had no curtains. A light bulb was bare without a shade. The lounge shared between our two rooms didn't have the capacity to seat all occupants. Limited furniture in the bedrooms and lit solely by two bedside lamps.In short, the accommodation was not yet ready for occupancy. We dialled 0 to ask for alterntative accommodation and reception sent over a porter who was not in a position to appease our concerns. The duty manager who arrived to deal with our issues was surly and unhelpful, not even able to offer cover for the bare window. Needless to say, we were disappointed to have booked several months in advance and to turn up and be offered that poor quality of service and accommodation. We hastily rearranged our holiday plans and returned to Dublin sharp. Bellinter House clearly has potential as a country house retreat, but it is way off completion and if the attitude of the current staff is anything to go by, should be given a wide berth.
A wonderful new hotel near Navan
We stayed at Bellinter House just before Christmas and really enjoyed its great rooms, extremely friendly staff and the wonderful food in the Eden Restaurant. The restoration of this marvellous old house in extensive grounds in county Meath is immaculate and the rooms well-equipped with a 40-inch plasma TV and lighting gadgetry. The open fires in the lounge are particularly conducive to late night chat and drinking. The spa had yet to open when we were there, but we had no doubt it would only add to the experience greatly.