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Armagh Country Lodge Rafters & Spa
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

If you ever want friendly service from people prepared to actually put the time in to make you feel welcome and comfortable, then Armagh Country Lodge provides just that. They extremely helpful during the booking process, especially when it comes to someone like me who likes to chop and change their minds. They were always accommodating, which, in my opinion, helps make the experience all that better.

We stayed in the Keurboom suite; very quaint and cute with all the necessities required for a good few nights' stay at the lodge. The room itself was nice and airy, with a comfortable king-sized bed and pillows for a good night's rest. The room was equipped with DSTV (mostly all channels if I recall correctly), a bar fridge, air con, heaters, a good WiFi connection, etc. The dressing table area had ample lighting, which, as a woman, is normally one of the essentials, especially when checking up on the air in the morning - and allowed for all those little nitty gritty plugs a woman usually needs. The overall maintenance of the room was nicely kept. In addition to this, the room was always cleaned during breakfast or when we were out - so there were no intrusions or anything of the sort. And the room was ALWAYS cleaned every day. The only issue I had with the maintenance of the place was the fact that sometimes the linen/towels would be replaced with ones that had dirt marks on them/brown splotches - although I do understand that this may sometimes occur due to water quality in the area?
Other than that, there were no complaints about the room, and we found things to be simply perfect for our 3 night stay at Armagh.

Breakfast and dinner at the Rafter's Restaurant were always a treat. Not only were we greeted with smiles and warm welcomes in the chilly mornings, but the hospitality extended further than that. Friendly conversation and an interest in the day's activities were shown, which was quite refreshing, instead of being just another pair of customers. Breakfast itself was delicious. Ranging from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, pecan nuts and raisins (a personal little favourite snack) as a 'starter' to the 'main' which included the usual breakfast of eggs, bacon, etc. We even dared to request an omelette... And it was absolutely delicious. Dinner was even better. The lamb shank was a personal favourite, and I would recommend that to everyone and anyone out there. The meat was soft and tender, and cooked in a delicious marinade/sauce. It literally fell off the bone in places, and was absolutely delectable that I could not request having it for a second night in a row. The vegetables served were fresh, and the mash was also very tasty with few lumps. Then the pork ribs happened. And I kid you not, that was an equally scrumptious and definitely worth the wait (they ran out of ribs on the Saturday and Sunday evening). The meat was soft and tender, and there were some sections where you could literally slide the meat right off the bone! I would definitely recommend these two meals from the menu they provide. It was literally some of the best food I have had. The beef hot pot was not as thrilling as the lamb shank nor the pork ribs. They lacked a wow factor - but I cannot comment further on this as I was not the one who ordered the meal.
The brownies and ice cream for dessert simply rounded off a very filling meal ... They are definitely not shy with portions and you do not leave there hungry.
The menu was short and concise, leaving few options for those who felt like meat but wanted to avoid things like burgers, fish, and chicken. However, the one thing I did enjoy about the menu was the connoisseur's list, which helped you pair your wines with the right foods.

The position of the Armagh Country Lodge allowed us access into Storm's River village via a short walk or cycle along the roads; there were plenty of attractions and things to do around the area which left us with an exciting journey every day. Overall, the place was highly enjoyable and I would definitely recommend having a visit at this true little gem.

Room Tip: The Keurboom honeymoon suite was basically nice and secluded and provided us the privacy needed
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

The poeple were friendly and helpful. The rooms are nice. You can find the Guesthouse easy from the N2.
There was a good spa. Good massage.
The breakfast was good, but the portion was a litle bit small.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

The finer little things made the honeymoon garden cottage a delight! Candles everywhere, fragrant bath goodies, real ground coffee and plunger in the room are but a few of the luxuries that we treated to. It made all the difference to feel special. The cottage offers privacy and has been appointed with style and class. We loved it so much we stayed an additional night and did not want to leave. A little piece of heaven.

Room Tip: The other rooms were part of the lodge and restaurant building. We chose the cottage at a minimal additional charge it was well worth it.
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2016

This is such a special place! We spent two nights at Armagh on Honeymoon and LOVED it from the moment we saw it! It is the perfect place to unwind and relax. The view from the cottage is stunning. The staff members were all extremely friendly and helpful. My husband and I will definitely return to this establishment. Great setting, great people and excellent service.

Stayed: March 2016
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

A rustic but comfortable lodge with delightful staff. Read the information folder as it is not only informative but very amusing. We enjoyed the quirkiness of Candlewood cottage. Lots of interesting art on display.
Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Marion A, Owner at Armagh Country Lodge Rafters & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2016

We really appreciate when our guests take the time to comment on their stay. So thank you indeed for your visit and the fact that you interpret our information folder, our quirkiness and our art exactly as we are albeit with a bit of Ireland thrown into the mix! We were delighted to have you both and thank you again for your visit. Our very best wishes and thanks.... Marion

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