"Outstanding in every way!"
We recently had the great pleasure of staying in Ballyvara House for 2 nights, which is just not enough! We were a party of 30...15 adults and 15 children ranging from 1 to 11, all family. As we are a large family, with 2 living in america, getting together in one place just doesn't happen unless it's a wedding.....but now we have Ballyvara! It's hard to even verbalise how great this place is, so going to try and breakdown into what for us are important factors...
Bedrooms - all 11 are large and en suite, with Queen Beds as standard. We had enough rooms for every family to comfortably fir in their room and then we had some 'sleepover rooms' where the bigger kids got to share, which was a great novelty.
Kitchen and dining areas - As expected the commercial kitchen that has everything, heating lamps, bain maries, griddle for eggs and pancakes, numerous fridges, dishwasher, ample plates, cups, cutlery etc., all the basics plus lots more. The highlight of the kitchen for most of us was the Boiling Water Berco (?) ready for tea/coffee instantly! Dining areas were spacious and well laid out, suited our needs perfectly.
Lounge and Bar - perfect for gathering, we got the fire going and it felt like home (a LARGE version). There's also an ice machine near the utility if anyone decides to knock up some cocktails...everything is thought of!
Pool room - The guys and kids spent a lot of time here, great addition.
Outside area - you just couldn't believe all there is for kids here, even though we were there during Storm Doris so kids only got out for short spell one morning, it would be fab if weather had been a little better.
Host - Becky was super nice and helpful, she has a good sense of humour and is very relaxed..even when there are kids thundering around her in excitement!
Weather - it doesn't matter...and that comes from someone who HATES the rain! I thought the kids would go crazy if they were cooped up for two days, but they had so much space to run around, play Hide and Seek, hang out in the pool room or library, they were begging to stay longer.
Overall I couldn't speak highly enough about Ballyvara House, no-one wanted to leave and we would definitely aim to arrange another gathering there. Thank you so much Becky, it was the best!