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Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Irish country atmosphere in the bar and dinning room with lots of interesting history in the old photos and items displayed. Our guest room was clean and tidy with a nice comfy bed, shower could have done with a bit more pressure but over all a great place to stay, Good breakfast provided and friendly staff, Poured the best...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Place was busy with a jazz band playing. In the main bar you couldn't hear yourself think for the Irish music playing which was a shame as the jazz playing was fantastic. Waited half an hour for a basket of fries and they were cold when they finally arrived.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We had a fantastic evening and many of our party guests took advantage of the motel suites on site, so no need to travel back to town for accommodation. Murray and Marcelle went out of their way to make sure everyone enjoyed the evening and the rest of the staff worked hard behind the scenes. We had great food, great...

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Thank Tracey R
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Peaceful, tranquil... Relaxed. Good proper food. Great roasts and fish. Big fire place, welcome bar, affable host. Very accommodating. The views are exceptional , fabulous roses mountains ( in the morning), across spacious gardens and ponds.

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Thank Vonnie S
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I instantly feel in love with the beauty of Donegal and its surroundings. The interior does need a little work but my friends and I really felt at home. Massive thanks to Marcelle on the bar and Shona in the kitchen for the most amazing hospitality and the lovely conversations. You guys made our stay extra special by being so...

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We were initially not going to bother driving up to Kaikoura if it wasn't for the 'swimming with dolphins' tours. We also wanted to support the community and assist, in our own little way, in the recovery by spending some time and money here. It's a shame not everyone is committed to the recovery of post quake hit Kaikoura. Positioned...

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This hotel in a rural setting, 5 minutes drive from the town centre was a delight. A warm welcome from the owner and staff set the tone for our short stay. Nothing was too much trouble. We felt very much at home here in this quaint hotel which prides itself on ' Irish style' hospitality,choosing to spend an afternoon relaxing...

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Thank DTaylor2002
Emsworth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Who would believe you would find this place in the middle of nowhere. Full of old world charm and Irish through and through. The grounds and lakes are magnificent and the atmosphere is there in spades. We did not eat there but the menu was inviting and reasonably priced.

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Thank Mikeb0848
Melbourne
Reviewed 20 January 2017

You need to take the time and effort to visit this gorgeous little piece of paradise hidden a km or two outside Kaikoura. Bar, restaurant, amazing grounds, accommodation and areas to park your caravan ... everyone is welcome at Donegal House. The manager (I think he was the manager) behind the bar was a delight. Interested in our small party...

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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

A trip in to Kaikoura to support the local businesses after the November 2016 earthquakes- called in to Donegal House for lunch. Have heard of the place but not been here before. The setting is beautiful, with large garden and pond features. We enjoyed very nice food (blue cod. Cajun chicken salad and open steak sandwich) and good service. Will...

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Donegal House 'The Little Irish Pub in the Country'. Steeped with history of the Boyd family who came from County Donegal, Ireland in 1865, with host Murray Boyd continuing the Irish hospitality. Offering 30 Ensuite rooms, Bar, Restaurant, Function facilities, Gardens & Lakes enjoy the warmth & humour that Donegal House is now famous for. You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the atmosphere & hospitality dispensed at this Kaikoura landmark. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Donegal House

Address: Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $144 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 29
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“Spacious motel accommodation with great views of the gardens, pond, mountains. Super comfy beds.”
TraceyR225, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Wifi available in the bar area”
DTaylor2002, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms that we saw were facing the lakes and grounds.”
Mikeb0848, 21 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are on one level and have stunning views.”
MarieChCh2016, 26 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Avoid any of the rooms”
IanFeb2016, 15 Mar 2016 | Read review
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