Gavin's Irish Country Inn Review

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118 Golden Hill Road, Cornwallville NY
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Editor’s Review of Gavin's Irish Country Inn

When I told my family and friends that I visited the Catskills, almost every person mentioned the classic film, "Dirty Dancing." And when someone asked if I stayed at a hotel like the one in the movie, I actually replied "yes," because there was plenty of Irish dancing, children's activities, food and festivals, similar to the events "Baby" and her family attended in the 1987 hit.

There's nothing luxurious about Gavin's Irish Country Inn. It's old and hasn't visibly been updated in a while. Yet, it has a unique charm that I've never found at another resort.

The hotel's history began in 1961, when Ireland-natives Nellie and Jim Gavin purchased Golden Hill House. With eight children in tow, the Gavin family
... more turned old-fashioned boarding houses into a resort for families like themselves.

While the owners of the resort have "passed the baton" several times since its inception, the business has stayed in the family, maintaining its original cozy, Irish ambiance. Today, it has eight buildings, a pool, a pub and more.
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  • All-inclusive, four-season resort
  • Outdoor swimming pool
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  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Game Room
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  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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Housed in several buildings and a cottage, 65 very basic rooms accommodate guests. Each unit has a private outdoor entrance (similar to a motel) with a small, shared patio and chairs.

We stayed in one of the Plan B rooms, which had a Queen bed, mini refrigerator and bathroom with a shower. Beyond that, there wasn't much, other than a small dresser and desk. It was just enough space to sleep, but certainly not a place to spread out and relax. Other Plan B rooms come with two twin beds, two double beds or one double bed. All of these units are smaller than the average hotel room.

Plan A rooms offer slightly more space, with two double beds and a pool-side view.

If you're traveling with a large group, book the cottage, which has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common area with a microwave, refrigerator and a flat-screen TV.