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All reviews guest house ulster fry family room front of the house flat screen traditional irish breakfast excellent hosts the rooms were nice kind hosts family birthday carrickfergus castle near the train station spent one night here lovely surprise short walk breakfast was amazing tea and coffee making facilities
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

we happened upon 'The Keep". We were driving and started to get late as we got closer to Belfast. Heather answered the door and we found ourselves talking to Raymond and Heather for some time, before checking in. They love a chat as do we. Raymond helped with our heavy cases. Heather suggested we consider 2 nights to enable us to have a good look around Belfast. Our room was up 4 flights, but very comfortable. The B&B was on the busy Coastal route, but not at all noisy. We slept with a window open. Free wifi, but had to go down a couple of levels to get it working. Tea and coffee facilities in the room and Raymond even offered us a glass of wine.Heather and Raymond were very helpful with evening meal suggestions and things to do in Belfast. We could have caught a train or a bus into Belfast, but we chose to drive. We followed Heather's instructions and it was easy to find a park (it was a sunday) and return.She directed us to a pub wherev we could catch up with live music and a bite to eat. It was great.We stayed the 2 nights. Asked Heather whether there was a laundrymat around..she said she could get our washing done for us for ten pounds.Breakfast was great and we enjoyed our stay. When it came time to leave, Heather waived the washing cost, which was a nice gesture.
No hesitation in recommending "the Keep" as a good place to stay if visiting Belfast and surrounds

Room tip: Wifi struggled in the upper level room and staircase is steep with Heavy cases. Get smart and just have a relatively small carry bag and leave the cases in the car
Date of stay: October 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Barry M
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Only our second full day of driving in Ireland and we could not locate some printed directions we had for The Keep Guest House. Raymond heard our distress over the phone and offered to stand at the intersection to "wave" us in! His red t-shirt was ideal for the task. This was just the first of the kind and hospitable aid given to us my Heather and Raymond. They sent us to a lovely restaurant within walking distance for dinner. He was astute enough to pick up on our desire to find an area where MacAuley was a common name and directed us to Carnlough. To our delight the location of The Keep is ideal for exploring the town and the castle on foot.

Date of stay: October 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank CaroChampion
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We were not planning on ending up in Carrickfergus the night we stayed. We had been on the road for hours due to a detour that led us far off from where we intended to be. In desperate need for a place to stay we called The Keep and not only were they accommodating they also helped navigate us to their location. Ray was extremely friendly and really made us feel at home. He and his wife helped us get to a location for a late dinner and even made recommendations to us for traveling the following day.

Date of stay: August 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

The self-catered Acorn House condo looks out onto a scenic marina. Immaculate, great location, lovely owners, good price. We will recommend it to all our friends. 2bedroom, 2 bath, everything you need to cook and enjoy. 1 block from the best medieval castle on the island.

Date of stay: July 2013
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2  Thank Acworth1969
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day stay at The Keep. Ray and Heather are wonderful hosts, the accommodation was very comfortable and the location is ideal for accessing local restaurants, and places of interest. We highly recommend it!

Date of stay: May 2013
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1  Thank Merle T
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