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Decoy Country Cottages
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36 reviews
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“Special Memories”
Reviewed 22 September 2011

We absolutely loved our stay with Decoy Country Cottages. We stayed in The Stables which was big enough for us to hold a first birthday party for our daughter. The day was beautiful and the children loved the den and playground while we relaxed around the BBQ. The day was made even more special when my boyfriend proposed under the archway :-) Thank you again Paula for our bubbly!

The only issue we had was the house wasn't as clean as we would like. It was like it had been cleaned weeks previously and not given a quick polish before we arrived.

Overall I think the complex is fantastic! The den, playground and BBQ area are all excellent features that would encourage us to come back as often as the finances would allow!

I also loved how environmentally friendly it was! I absolutely hate going to accommodation that has one bin! We had so much we could recycle while we were there, so it was great to see all the different recycling bins.

Another thing we loved was the turf provided for the house so we could snuggle up in front of the fire at night. So cosy.

I will definitely be returning and would highly recommend this accommodation!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

Our honeymoon was also our first holiday together, and neither of us has had much experience of travelling abroad recently, so we had decided to avoid the hassle of airports, passports, sunstroke, language issues etc etc and have a stay-cation 'down South' as we say in N.I.

We're so glad we found Decoy Cottages (on the Alistair Sawday site). Paula, the owner, was really helpful from the very start, with negotiating a number of nights different to the default provided on the website, and she emailed a confirmation with helpful directions and information very promptly after booking.

The cottages are a set of converted farm outhouses surrounding a courtyard, and they all have different names of a rural nature - a nice touch. We stayed in the 'Tack Room', but, as we wrote in our comment on the visitors' book - there's nothing tacky about it!

Everything was so well thought out, all you would need in self catering accommodation and more - washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher...right down to oven gloves, and a first aid kit. The cupboards are also really well stocked with loads of mugs, plates, glasses etc.The 'welcome pack' is a lovely addition - wheaten bread, jam, milk tea, coffee, sugar, butter eggs. And because Paula knew we were a honeymoon couple, she also had a huge ice bucket with champagne waiting - such a novelty factor!

I also appreciated the effort Decoy go to be environmentally friendly. I hadn't realised this before we booked, but if this is something you're 'into' then I highly recommend the cottages. Features include geothermal heating to avoid use of fossil fuel, separate bins for tins, glass, paper, compostable items etc, Eco friendly soaps and washing up liquids, biodegradable bin liners....

When you arrive, the cottage manual answers all the questions you never knew you had, in alphabetical order! These aren't just about how things work in the cottage itself - e.g. manuals for the electrical appliances are included - but also tips about places to go nearby for days out, meals, even hair-cuts! There are also plenty of maps and leaflets left for you, and Paula is at hand (her mobile number is there) if you need any more help sorting your holiday plans out.

In terms of location, the cottages are very handy for making your way around Co. Meath. We were never in the car any longer than about 40 minutes. The roads are also excellent, and, in our experience, never busy. Just make sure you're prepared for the toll bridges!

All in all, we had a wonderful holiday, with Decoy proving a great base. Our only regret is possibly that the cottage was so relaxing we sometimes didn't get up and out early enough to see all that could have been seen in Meath. But, sure, what's a honeymoon for if you can't relax and forget the schedule! Highly recommend a visit whether you're a couple, a family or a group of friends. They cater for everyone's needs perfectly.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

This was a return trip for us, a family of 6. Very comfortable, clean accommodation and our 4 small boys really enjoyed the den, the play area and the cat. The small basket of groceries on arrival is a really nice touch and very welcoming. We travelled a bit further this time and went to Powerscourt Gardens and waterfall which was a fantastic day out. Unfortunately we left behind a few items of clothing at Decoy and the owner posted these to us. We couldn't have asked for more. First class accommodation.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Cambs
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

Decoy was a wonderful place to get away from it all....but close enough to Dublin for city action! The accomodation was of a very high standard with large spacious rooms and everything that you can think of provided for you....The den was great for our 2 young toddlers, with books, DVD's and some toys provided but the favourite for my boys was the giant blackboard which they loved!

Personal touches like the guest comment book and selected brochures on places to visit was also appreciated having not had a lot of time to research the area well before arriving.

Overall, a fantastic stay and would definitely go back!

Room Tip: We stayed in The Stables which had lovely views of the countryside..
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Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

We loved Decoy Cottages. We had a fantastic week in co Meath, there is so much to see and do with little ones (ages 4 and 6), and Decoy was the perfect base, well equipped, nicely furnished, great play areas for the children. We did not mange to fit everything in, in the week we were there, so we will definatly be back.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Decoy Country Cottages
Address: Decoy House | Garlow Cross, Navan, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Meath > Navan
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Navan
Price range (per night): $151 - $570
Hotel Class:4 star — Decoy Country Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious self-catering accommodation in the heart of historic County Meath. A haven of peace away from the pressures of today's hectic lifestyle. Houses range from 1 - 4 bedrooms. Ideal location for families and groups. Beautiful courtyard gardens. All marble or solid oak floors. Underfloor heating throughout. Playground, BBQ area, Boules alley, private parking, all mod cons. Great range of golf courses nearby. Horse riding and fishing locally. Beauty treatments available. ... more   less 
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