Blain Gowing, AB, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, October 2019
We had a fabulous time and the arrangements worked out very well. Our driver Owen found us in Dublin and we started out on time but with rain as we headed south. Owen was super at adjusting the itinerary based on weather and the whims of the 4 of us. Nothing we threw at him was an issue that he couldn’t solve. The larger Van was perfect and gave the 4 of us and our luggage lots of room and great visibility for viewing the country side. As both of the ladies suffered a little from car sickness, Owen was able to minimize the Van time while not giving up significant sightseeing. The distances were actually longer than we might have imagined but again Owen was responsive to that.
The Castle Hotels were fabulous and we were able to avail ourselves with many additions activities beyond what we had pre-booked. I suspect availability was a little easier as we were moving into the shoulder season but we were right to book the Hawk Walk at Ashford Castle ahead of time as it was an incredible adventure and seemed to be heavily booked. After dinner at George V – Ashford Castle we had the Blue room to ourselves with a great singer ( McDonald I think ) and danced as if the Castle belonged to us. We booked the Fitzpatrick Castle as our last night near Dublin prior to our flight departure the next day. Enda suggested this as we wanted Castle Hotels but she was also good at telling us that it would not compare (at 4 stars) to the 3 properties we had just stayed in. When you spend 2 nights at Ashford and then go to the Fitzpatrick, it is hard not to feel let down…….even though we were prepared appropriately. I think the 4 of us agreed we might spend the last night in Dublin at a 5 star just to finish things off as if we were really Kings and Queens which we felt at Muckross, Dromoland & Ashford. If Fitzpatrick was a first night hotel it would be just fine but not after the luxury of the Ashford. Queen Shelley and Prince Phillip as we called them had also upgraded to suites and these suites were exquisite at Dromoland and Ashford (Ronald Reagan Suite) so they were coming off a very big high arriving at Fitzpatrick.
We were very pleased with all the work put into our travel plans and would not hesitate to recommend your services to others contemplating a similar trip. Ireland is beautiful in spite of us encountering a bit of the hurricane and we did not let any of the liquid sunshine impede our enjoyment. Of course the Irish people were a big part of our enjoyment along with the food and a new fondness for Guiness. Thanks again to the whole team at Sheenco.
Blain Gowing, AB
Donald Walkinton, NZ, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, October 2019
We enjoyed our trip immensely, very lucky with the weather, only rained a few times when we were driving, so we really didn’t need our rain coats at any stage. This is the first time we have used a driver, and it won’t be the last. It was just so relaxing to be picked up each day, sit back and enjoy the scenery or the points of interest. Ray our driver was absolutely excellent, he was very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics, a good conversationalist and very soon picked up on what was of interest to us. I sure we saw more in 12 days with him than we would have if we had been driving ourselves for 3 weeks, plus we would have missed some of the best sights. He also had a lovely sense of humor which we enjoyed. He was a very good driver, his car was very comfortable and nothing was too much trouble . Your choice of hotels and where they we situated was another highlight. A great holiday, thanks for you organization.
Donald Walkinton, NZ
Jim Carney, WA, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, October 2019
We made it back Saturday although our luggage made it on Sunday. We had a wonderful trip and arealready discussing our next visit. The stay at Ashford was wonderful and the staff were great and it made for a very special visit. The remnants of hurricane Lorenzo made for some dramatic waves on the coast. With the exception of Dublin we seemed to dodge most of the rain. In general it was a great trip and we really enjoyed the places that you had reserved for us.
Jim Carney, WA
Jon Harkins, TN, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, October 2019
The trip you guys helped setup was amazing! All the accommodations were top notch, especially the Bishop’s Gate Hotel. The bad parts of the trip were not enough time to do everything and having to come back. I appreciate all the assistance you guys provided and I will certainly look to you guys for our return trip, which we are already considering.
John Harkins, TN
Tom & Anne Hyatt, NC, Escorted Castle Tour, Scotland, September 2019
Overall we had a wonderful time. The highlight for us were the Highlands especially the Isle of Skye. Now for some specific comments. Gary our tour guide was terrific. He really looked after us and the changes he made especially touring the Isle of Skye made our trip extra special. The places we stayed for the most part were terrific. The dinner the first night at Crossbasket was really special. We felt like we were at Downton Abbey. The last place we stayed Carberry Tower was really beautiful and our room was fabulous. We really enjoyed our free day taking the Hogwarts Express and exploring Fort William. Lastly our driver Gerry for our extra 2 days was wonderful. He was very personable and accommodating. So as I said overall we had a great time and hope that we can travel with Sheenco again.
Tom & Anne Hyatt, NC
Don Currie, CA, Custom Self Drive, Scotland, September 2019
What an incredible journey than you have provided. So professional and polite. I would recommend you to anyone and next time we plan to travel to Europe we are calling you!
Don Currie, CA
Jon Martin, BC, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, September 2019
We all had a wonderful time thanks to the beauty of Ireland, the friendly people and your planning. We never could have accomplished all we did without your precise planning and hotel bookings. I would not hesitate to, and will recommend you services in the future and who knows maybe you’ll be booking Scotland and Wales for us before you know.
Jon Martin, BC
Kathleen Ferrell, AL, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, September 2019
We just returned from our trip to Ireland and we wanted to thank you for helping us with the arrangements. The trip exceeded our expectations at every level. The attention and guidance we were given during the planning stages helped build a personalized itinerary that included the sights and activities that we were most interested in. The hotels you helped us select were amazing; the only disappointment was at the Great Southern Hotel. The accommodations were very nice but our dinner in the dining room was very disappointing, as the service was very slow, and the food was served cold. The following night’s dinner in town at Lord Kenmore’s was lovely. Both the Westbury and the Lough Eske Castle were amazing! Thank you for helping us find the best of Ireland!! We especially want to thank you for our driver, Paul Hehir. He provided so much history and information about Ireland and every area that we drove through and stopped to visit. I think we wore him out by engaging him in so much conversation!! He was gracious and always made sure our bags were delivered and we were settled in at each destination. He made the trip very memorable for us — the perfect driver and guide! We are referring Sheenco and Paul Hehir to our friends that are planning to visit Ireland. Our granddaughter wants to visit Ireland and we will definitely ask for Paul again. You have an amazing team! It was a perfect trip.
Kathleen Ferrell, AL
Jessie Gray, UK, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, September 2019
Suzanne and I had the most wonderful holiday which is all down to the fabulous choices you made for us and for organising it all so brilliantly. Our first surprise was at the ferry when we received a ticket into the exclusive lounge. That set the standard and after that everything was just first class. The accommodation in the hotels was beautiful and the golf courses were just a golfer’s dream. We met such friendly people, enjoyed the local eateries and pubs and of course had some Guinness and Baileys. The only glitch – and this is not a complaint, but it might help you in the future – was at the K Club which we found amusing as it was the 5* hotel. There was a bit of confusion as to which golf course we were playing and in the end it got sorted out at the Pro shop in the morning and no harm done. At breakfast there were no cereal bowls and it took about 5 mins for them to bring them, I had no spoon on the table and before I was finished my cereal they brought my poached eggs. In the great scheme of things it was nothing but as I said we found the lesser starred hotels slightly better. We also very much enjoyed the Titanic experience and the Cliffs of Moher were pretty spectacular. Ireland is a beautiful country and we were very impressed by the quality of the roads, the beautifully kept houses and gardens and the floral displays that were abundant. We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday of a lifetime and you should give yourselves 5***** for your organization and support throughout. With much appreciation and grateful thanks.
Jessie Gray, UK
Gary Coles, ON, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, September 2019
We all had a great time. We ended up with 2 drivers and they were both very good. Jay got to know us best and was very accommodating and patient with us. Dave was very funny and was very knowledgeable about Irish history and music. I would recommend both of them. We loved Ashford Castle of course. As nice as a hotel as we ever stayed. Close to that was the Great Southern, Killarney. Beautiful property and rooms. River Lee in Cork had a very nice bar area and the service in the Kilkenny hotel was first rate. The Davenport in Dublin was in a great location but felt it was missing character. Water bottles only showed up the 3rd night and the room had 2 very uncomfortable chairs. The bar area was brightly lit like a cafeteria. No bathrobes. Seems more like a hotel for business people.
We loved Kilkenny and especially Killarney. Could have skipped Cork and Galway. Dublin has lots to see and some great pubs. Our favorite activities were the Hawk Walk at Ashford, Jameson distillery tour at Middleton, Guinness Tour, Dublin and the Blarney castle. We give Sheenco 5 stars. Everything went without a hitch and we felt very cared for. I would recommend Sheenco to anyone wanting a carefree, top notch service travel company in Ireland. Thanks.
Gary Coles, ON
Paul & Leslie Tsourounis, ON, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, Sept 2019
Brenda Bauman, AB, Custom Chauffeur Driven, England & Scotland, Sept 2019
We had an exceptional time and visit to the UK. Our driver/guide John Moltwould was exceptional!!