Westlodge Hotel in Bantry at the weekend. I didn’t have much luck getting through to them to find out what was going on, so headed up there to see for myself. Sure enough, eight waddlers were sticking together in the grounds, somewhat nervous about their new location. They’re lucky the foxes didn’t get them, with no night cover.
Darragh from the Westlodge was brilliant. If you want anything done there, he’s the man to go to. He contacted the groundsman, established that they wouldn’t be able to take the ducks themselves, didn’t have anywhere else for them to go, and gave the okay to rehoming them with a family the grapevine had found – all in the space of about half an hour. The grapevine being Mary Connolly, who’d contacted me in the first place, and found a family for the ducks in the end – brilliant!
So, at the end of the day, there’s not really very much to this tale – though another happy ending is always good!
What I loved the most was taking the time to wander round the grounds, and take a few photos! Some beautiful views (and some particularly gorgeous autumn colours this time of year), cosy spaces, fun things to do, and plenty of facilities. So much, in fact, that I’ve far too many photos, and couldn’t decide which to exclude. Be thankful I forgot all about the pool and gym facilities – they’re there, right next door to the hotel – or you’d have even more to be tempted by. So see the gallery below to experience the riches of the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry, Co Cork, temporary duck refuge for a few days, and a refuge for humans year round.
It goes without saying that abandoning any companion or farm animal or bird is illegal and carries fines, penalties and a possible prison sentence. If you see or know of anyone dumping their animals or birds contact the guards and the ISPCA – it won’t stop if it’s not reported. If you see a stray dog contact your local dog warden AND the guards.
Virtual Ducks & Tours
Hope you enjoy my virtual tour of the Westlodge Hotel. And if you drop in for a holiday, say hi to Darragh for me.