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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Carnaween, Narin, Portnoo has a superb location with stunning views over the beach. The restaurant is decorated in a pleasing and fresh seaside blue and white but…oh, the food! My first course was described as salt-and-pepper squid, but what arrived look like tiny desiccated dogs’ t..ds or defrosted, dried up chicken nuggets. The lamb was overcooked and grey [defrosted?]. I...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Dear Peter Thank you for taking the time to write to us with your experience of Carnaween. As you have kindly noticed from other reviews that this indeed was embarrassingly not to our normal standard. Our chef, Arlene, who produces fantastic food was indeed not cooking that evening. We have since taken measures to ensure that the cooking always remains...

Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Returned after an absence of many years. Although the decor has changed and a restaurant has been added the location and views are still wonderful. We had 2 excellent meals in the restaurant - very friendly staff. The menu is extensive and well priced. We had booked our accommodation at the last minute and the only room left was a...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Dear Frances Thank you so much for taking the time to review Carnaween. We very much appreciate feedback so that we can continually make improvements. Unfortunately some of our rooms are on the smaller size due to the original layout of the building having bought and totally renovated it in 2007 but glad you found it comfortable. I'm disappointed to...

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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We have just spent a week in Portnoo Co Donegal We recently had tea in Carnaween restaurant On our arrival there was no one to greet us. We stood for 10 minutes with staff running round us but not acknowledging us whilst another lady tried to collect pre ordered pizza We were seated in the back of the premises at...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us your experience at Carnaween. We are of course disappointed to learn that this was not an enjoyable one. Summer was particularly difficult with some new staff who had clearly not been trained enough. Our food is usually very well reviewed so also very disappointed that this was not up...

Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We stayed at Carnaween from 10th July for 3 nights and had a fantastic stay. We had Room Nine which is a family room at the front with amazing views along the beach. The room was decorated really nicely in white and blue beach house style. Beds were very comfy and great shower. A huge bonus was we could bring...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Dear Clc789 Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review of both Carnaween and Team Carnaween - very proud. Your review summarises the advice i was given whilst embarking on this adventures - the 3 b's! beds, baths and breakfasts and so proud we are getting that right into what will be our 10th year...

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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Decided to drop in on spec without reservation on a Friday evening. A lovely young guy-Mark managed to get us a table. Throughout the evening he was so attentive and pleasant to all customers. Ann our waitress also looked after us so well. The food was cooked to perfection and so tasty and tender. My husband ordered rack of lamb...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Dear Caitriona Firstly, thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of Carnaween and team carnaween - very proud of our staff! Apologies for the slow reply! So glad you had an enjoyable experience and we all look forward to welcoming you back to our little 'gem' soon Best wishes Jude, Arlene & Team Carnaween xx

Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

My husband, 3 year old and 5 month old and I embarked on our first stay away from home as a family of 4 to Carnaween House at the weekend. Friends of ours booked two family rooms for the 8 of us in total (4 adults and 4 under 4 years of age). Carnaween House was perfect! From the moment...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Dear Nicola Thank you so much for your lovely review of Carnaween. It's feedback like this that touches my heart and the reason for all the hard work that goes into Carnaween! The fact that you chose Carnaween as your first family of 4 outing is truly an honour! I'm consistently proud of Team Carnaween and so pleased to read...

San Clemente, California
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Carnaween House has a whole new look since my last visit in 2011--and it is very appealing! I love the new ''beachy'' blue and white motif. Fortunately,everything else remains the same---same warm greeting,same outstanding dinner and breakfast,same great views and same feeling of finding yourself in one of the world's truly magical spots. All three of us--cousin, niece and I...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Dear Gretchen Thank you for taking the time to review Carnaween and apologies for the slow response! We agree - a magical spot for us and truly blessed to have these views......in the same vain of keeping that magic we are in the process of a wee freshen up - we get battered by the weather over the winter so...

Tullamore, Ireland
Reviewed 17 May 2016

What a beautiful place to stay!! Right on the beach with an amazing seaview from our bedroom. The decor was absolutely gorgeous. Such a busy little restaurant with gorgeous, tasty food.i would highly recommend the beautiful Carnaween House & you just have to go for a stroll on the fabulous Narin Beach

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Dear JojoEire Thank you so much for taking the time to review Carnaween House and write such lovely things. We are so glad you had a great time and hope to welcome you again in the future Best regards Jude & Team Carnaween

Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

We recently had our wedding in Carnaween House. The service, accommodation and quality of food was amazing. All the staff went above and beyond to make sure our special day was perfect! Arlene and Donal really took care of us for the weekend just as if we were a guest in their house. I would highly recommend it. The views...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Carnaween. We were delighted to be a part of your special day and wish you both congratulations again and every happiness in your lives together. We hope to see you again soon Best Jude and everyone at Carnaween x

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 3 May 2016

We went there for lunch yesterday. Seldom does one have such a great menu that it's difficult to choose what to have. I had the blue cheese, pear and rocket salad for starters and a fish pie for main. Both were absolutely delicious. Great food coupled with gorgeous view make this a wonderful place to dine. Next time I am...

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Carnaween, Owner at Carnaween House, responded to this review

Dear RosB Thank you so much for taking the time to review Carnaween. We are delighted you had a great lunch and look forward to welcoming you again! best Jude and team carnaween x

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Carnaween House is the ideal escape from busy lives. We love to welcome couples, families, foodies, sunset worshippers, golfers, walkers, runners, beach enthusiasts, surfers, dogs (extra charge) - whatever the purpose of your visit we strive to make sure it will be a memorable experience! We have 9 bedrooms of varying size, some rooms can be small due to the original layout when purchasing and renovating the house entirely in 2007. Only 3 rooms have tvs as we believe narin&portnoo is most enjoyed outdoors. Our restaurant has become a bit of a destination so it can be very popular and sometimes noisy, especially at high season and weekends. We also have 2 self-catering accommodations a few minutes walk away: Caranaween Cottage, a secluded 3 bed (sleeps 6) traditional irish cottage tucked away with private garden Carnaween Chalet, a cosy 2 bedroom dwelling to sleep 4 (1 double bed/1 bunk bed) and coming soon Carn'a'van, a shabby chic newly renovated caravan for those who don't mind up close and personal - could be used for extra bed space for the chalet as situation behind! we look forward to welcoming love - from all at Carnaween x ... more   less 

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Address: Naran strand, Narin-Portnoo, Ireland
Region: Ireland > County Donegal > Narin-Portnoo
Number of rooms: 9
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“All rooms are furnished to a high standard and very comfortable.”
  • Room 9 fantastic sea view
 of 5 bubbles 642shelleyg, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room 8 for best views”
 of 5 bubbles holidaytrish, 4 Sep 2016 | Read review
“book the restaurant well in advance to get a delightful sea view when the weather is on your side”
 of 5 bubbles Frank2510, 18 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 8 and 9 have sea views”
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“Room 9 is a great family room at the front.”
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