Frequently Asked Questions
Directions / Local Transport
How much is a taxi to or from Balally House?
Is there a bus stop near by?
Yes there is a main bus stop within a one minute walk. In fact you will see Balally House from the stop. There is one on both sides of the road. The road entering Shannon are the buses coming from either Ennis or Limerick (or Bunratty) and the road leaving Shannon (opposite the Old Lodge Pub) are on the way going to Ennis or Limerick (via Bunratty). So if you are at the airport you can get on either the Ennis or Limerick bus and jump off at the Old Lodge Pub (Shannon Springs) stop, also called the Ballycasey stop.
Where can I post my postcards?
What restaurants are nearby?
There is a pub within a minutes walk that does pub grub if you are tired and do not wish to travel far.
The Oakwood Arms Hotel is less than ½ mile walk
There is a very good Indian restaurant in the town centre, 1 mile from here called Bollywood Temple
The shopping centre has plenty of eateries
McDonald’s is only ½ mile from here on the main R471 road
Zest in the shopping centre our customers seem to like best within the area
The Rowanberry Café is in the Craft and Design Centre, only 1km from our house. It is a nice walk to get some lunch or tea and cake
The Bunratty Banquet I would highly recommend. To book call: +353 (0)61 360788
I would personally recommend our favourite, called Gallagher’s Restaurant in Bunratty only 4 km from here. Our guests say the same, it is totally worth it but needs to be booked in advance. Just let me know and I can organise this for you.
Where can I wash my clothes?
Help Yourself washing machine facility at the Texaco petrol station beside the shopping centre. If you drive on the R471 main road into Shannon from our house, go through the first set of traffic lights then take a left turn at the next set of traffic lights and turn at the next right. Here on your left is the petrol station.
Where is the nearest shop?
There is a small but good convenience store only a 3 minute walk from our house called MACE and it is open 7am – 11pm daily. It sells most things including having an ATM. To walk, turn left out of our gate, walk straight and take second turn to the right down a pedestrian alley way, take next left and up ahead on the left you will see a group of shops including convenience store, pharmacy and a Chinese takeaway.
But if you are looking for a large grocery/clothes shop then the main Sky Court Shopping Centre have plenty. It is only 1 mile from Balally House.
General 9am – 6pm, Dunnes Stores(large grocery and clothes shop) 9am – 7pm, Dealz 9am – 8pm, Lidl (Grocery) 8am – 9pm
Is the website secure?
Do you prefer cash or credit card?
Where can I find an ATM(bank machine)?
What are the check in times?
My flight gets in very late and so I will arrive late is this ok?
My flight leaves very early is this ok?
What is our cancellation policy?
We would appreciate you telling us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your room because we are only a small business and therefore we are holding a specific room for you, we will lose out fully if we can not get the room refilled. If you cancel well in advance you will not be charged but if it is within 48 hours of your arrival date, please note your card will be charged 100% of the room cost. We do not charge your card in advance.
Do you have ground floor rooms?
No all our bedrooms are on the first floor. If you need help with your bags we are only too happy to help.
Can I smoke?
Balally House is a non smoking house. Ireland has a smoking ban in all places of work including restaurants, pubs, hotels etc. If you wish to do so, please go outside, here you can find a sand filled pot to dispose of your cigarettes.
Can I have a cot for my child please?
Yes I can provide a travel cot for you in the room but please ask before you book to ensure it is available. Some rooms are bigger than others so will fit the cot easier, again just ask before you arrive. Sheets will be provided. There is no extra cost for a baby/infant bed.
Can I have an extra bed in the room?
Yes If you ask in advance I can organise a camp bed for one extra person. Some rooms fit this easier than others so please call me before you book. An extra person will be charged €15. This includes their fully cooked breakfast.
I have a food allergy
Please let us know all your food allergies before your arrival to help us be fully stocked to meet your needs. We will do our very best to accommodate you
Traveling from the USA
There is a scheme, whereby visitors from outside the European Union can purchase goods to take home with them and benefit from a refund of VAT (value added tax) which is a retail tax payable on goods purchased in Ireland.
This can mean a reduction of 17% on the normal purchase price.
There are two VAT refunding agencies in the departures lounge at Shannon Airport:
Fexco Tax Free 07.30 – 15.30 daily and Premier Tax Free 07.30 – 13.30 Mon – Thur / 07.30 – 13.00 Fri – Sun
What is US Pre-Clearance?
What is US Pre-Clearance?
Shannon is the first airport in the world, outside of the Americas, to offer Full US Preclearance facilities to passengers travelling to the USA.
This new upgraded service allows US bound passengers to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections at Shannon prior to departure, making your arrival in the US easier and faster. Your baggage is checked through to your final destination, without the need for pick up/drop off. & Arriving as a domestic passenger allows for a faster process though the airport.
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Reasons to choose Balally House
B&B Accommodation in Shannon, Ireland. The gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. The perfect hub to see the best of the Shannon Region, Clare and Limerick
Close to Shannon Airport
Only 5 minutes away from Shannon International Airport
Close to main attractions
Ideally situated for Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher
Clean, spacious and fresh en-suite bedrooms with fast, free wi-fi and TV
A Hearty Breakfast
Not only will you enjoy a full cooked Irish breakfast but we offer you a choice.
A communal seating area with free tea and coffee making facilities and biscuits. We have lots of Irish tourism books to help plan your journey.
Since opening we have received 9.5 out of 10 each year from over 500 guest reviews. We are ranked first on tripadvisor in our area.