We spent only one night at Hillcrest in our tour of Ireland, and we wished we could have stayed more. If you enjoy nature, you will love staying at Hillcrest. We did one walk in the evening and another one, to the Megalithic Graveyard on the opposite hill in the morning - but there were plenty of other walks to do for at least one more day. We had a standard room on the first floor, facing the lake, with a functional and powerful hairdryer and a kettle with tea and coffee - and two much appreciated welcome chocolates! All the rooms are on the first floor, in the attic, and that might pose a problem if you're over 1,85. We used the shower a couple of times, and once the water cooled down progressively (around 21 in the evening - so maybe everyone was having a shower at the same time). The room is standard size - with practical nightlamps, storage cabinets and even a mobile heater in case you're cold. Bed is more on the soft side, I found it particularly comfortable. There was also a heating mattress, which we used briefly after our cold showers in the evening.
Breakfast was very good, homecooked, we had the one full Irish breakfast and one scrambled eggs with bacon and pancakes with real maple sirup. Besides the tea and coffee, you had the option of having hot chocolate, which we took advantage of - good to warm you up after couple days of rain. Noleen was a friendly and helpful host, taking the time to explain how to get places, her husband and the dog were also a pleasant company. The donkeys were also particularly people-friendly. All in all we really enjoyed our short time at Hillcrest and if ever we are in Ireland again, we'll stay for a few more days. Oh, and the wifi was working properly!
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