RACE AND STAY
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
RACE AND STAY
Race and Stay are a dedicated Horse Racing Tour Specialist Company. We are based in the "horse County" of County Kildare in Ireland. We are the Largest and the Premier Horse Racing Tour Specialists in Ireland and we are proud to be the Official Guest Partner for Punchestown Racecourse.
With over 36,000 happy guests who have booked with us so far we have hundreds of genuine guest reviews. We will never pay a "review" company to rate us, or delete any negative comments. Every comment guests make to us helps us improve and we prefer instead to display emails guests send us, unabridged and unfiltered, that come directly from the guests themselves.
Below are a number of comments spanning a wide variety of Hotels, Race meetings and Services we offer, the originals are available on request and you can of course ask us to put you in touch with any of the Hotels, Racecourses, Service Companies and Attractions we use and our valued guests who have used our services on request. If you would like to do this, please call or email us We'll be delighted to help.
Dear Martyn, Everything was extremely well organised and perfectly beautiful. Thank you for your dedication and support. Regards, Dr Audrey Demicoli (Maltese - VIP Clients)
Hello Martyn, As a first experience I cannot really find fault. The Hotel was faultless, the food was excellent and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. Peter our driver was a great help, always on time and pointed out all the places of of interest throughout our trips. My wife who is never lost for words could find nothing bad to say and said merely roll on the next one. The racing too was what I expected - very high quality. All in all, the weekend was of the highest quality and I wouldn’t hesitate to book again with Race and Stay. In fact we have already done so. Again thank you so much for putting our package together. Season’s greetings to you too and see you in April. Roger Tanner (Punchestown Member)
What a weekend Martyn, Tamara, Greg, Peter were incredible hosts and we couldn't recommend them enough, we are customers (friends) for life now, roll on April!! Billy Upton and Lesley Jayne Upton (UK Owner and Guests)
Hi Martyn,I have to say my husband and his party thoroughly enjoyed it! They also loved the Kilashee Hotel! Great package, excellent value! Many thanks Jill Tennyson (UK Guests)
Hi Martyn, Myself and the girls had a fantastic day out at the races. Thank you, Ciara (IRE Guests)
Martyn and team, I Just wanted to contacted you to say a massive thank you for the way we were looked after last weekend when we stayed in the Killashee for Punchestown race meeting. Thank you so much for all that you did for us and we hope to see you again during 2023. Kindest regards. Fiona and Emmett (NI Guests)
Hi Martyn Fabulous, courteous and efficient service. We have been to Punchestown many times but this is the first time to a avail of this service. It certainly won't be the last! Thank you Martin and the lovely Amanda
Hello Martyn I would just like to take a moment to say thank you for the wonderful way we were looked after before & during the recent Punchestown festival, myself & our party cannot speak highly enough of all aspects of trip. This is the first time I have used your company but it certainly won't be the last as we are already planning for next year. Could you please thank your representative (Avene) for her help & bubbly personality, it certainly made the difference. Kind Regards Bryn
Hi Martyn & team Just wanted to say a big thank you once again for a great weekend everything was perfect. We have caught the racing bug and will definitely be back again. Your staff were fantastic so friendly and welcoming. Regards from Helen & John Lynskey
Hi Martyn, Would like to drop you an email to say thank you for our stay last week. We thoroughly enjoyed the package and thought Amanda was brilliant. Many Thanks, Ryan
This week has been outstanding! Lovely hotel, amazing racing, polite and friendly staff at hotel and with Race and Stay. From transfers to the racecourse and back, hospitality at Punchestown have been first class. Even with 41,000 yesterday I never felt overcrowded. Once back in Cheltenham and detoxed and recharged I'll leave some comments on line. One thing is that certain Racing Breaks are amateurs compared to you guys! Thanks very much Martyn. Speak soon. Pete Lansdown
Morning Martyn, Just wanted to say again a big thank you for your assistance with arranging tickets/vouchers etc. Pleased to say we all had a really good (and for a few of us a profitable) day. All were in agreement that it was really good of you to provide the matched bet tickets & the drinks funds went down very well. I will certainly be recommending you should anyone need tickets for Punchestown in the future. Daniel
Dear Martyn, On behalf of our party, I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much we all enjoyed our trip to Punchestown Races and our stay at The Heritage Hotel. The organisation of the trip by you and Trish was first class. You were both so accommodating, flexible, friendly and professional and everything ran perfectly to time. The Heritage was excellent too, with friendly and accommodating staff, lovely food and good ambiance. We all thoroughly enjoyed the Irish National Stud visit as well. I am only sorry that we weren't able to join the gala evening and dancing on the Wednesday evening but , as we all had early starts the following morning , we felt that we wouldn't be able to do it justice! Once again, many thanks - it was great. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Race and Stay. Kind regards Christina Hoare
May I send a huge thank you for going above and above in arranging for my friend Bryan and I to visit Quevega and her foal during our visit to the National Stud. We really appreciate what you did for us. We would also be most grateful if you could pass on our thanks to Ger. It was a huge privilege to get to see this fantastic mare close up. We had a memorable trip and to which meeting you was a highlight.
Hi Martyn, I just want to say a huge huge thank you to you! You and your sister are absolutely lovely, incredibly helpful and kind, as was everyone from Race and Stay! Everyone in the group had a great day, the bride especially! We absolutely loved it all, there was something for all the ages which was fantastic. I couldn't have done it without your help! Even the Osprey was great, we had a balcony area and it was such a laugh dancing, the area was perfect, so thank you for organising that for us. The Westgrove was beautiful and the staff there was so so helpful too. It was a really great experience! I'll definitely leave you a great review, is that a Google review or elsewhere? Just let me know! Also great news about my purse, a young lad found it and messaged me on Facebook so I'm collecting it tomorrow. Even that didn't ruin it because it was all so much fun so thank you very very much again!!! All the best, Laura
Hi Martyn, I would just like to say a big thank you to Race and Stay, for an extremely enjoyable few days racing and stay at the Westgrove. Please pass on our thanks to Amanda, she was brilliant and took very good care of us. Looking forward to next years trip! Kind regards Simon
Hello Martyn Thank you for the snaps. A happy reminder of a really good day. And I still have a couple of packet of crisps to make myself another Irish potato sandwich ……….thank you Fiona and Tamara. That was another lovely gesture which I really appreciated. It was a superb stay with you Martyn. The hotel was perfect for us and your organisation was also perfect. Trish looked after us beautifully and we thoroughly enjoyed Naas, The Stud and Punchestown. Especially Punchestown. I hope everyone else also enjoyed their stay as much as we did. Even if we failed miserably at picking winners. Best wishes, Ann & Richard
Good morning Martyn We had a fabulous day yesterday, and very successful! The only bits making it a little short of perfect were: Our main course was served a full hour after our starters! And then the dessert was served within minutes of finishing that! Our sandwiches were the dregs! Apart from a cheese/ham and a ham, there was only chicken mayonnaise – whereas every other table we looked at had wraps, rolls and a far better selection! And we had to ask for veggie option. AND we had to ask for the sweet treats, which were again a poor comparison to other tables! Something for you to take up with the racecourse? Anyway …. It seems I left my subscription sunglasses, in a hard case, in The Corinthian, so please would you ask Aveen to make enquiries for me today? It would be much appreciated. We certainly hope to return with you in future! Best wishes
Hi Martyn, What an amazing experience from start to finish martyn we've loved it so much I'm looking for a price for same thing next year and could you possibly give me a price pp for it as I think I could fill suite 16 on the Tuesday and Wednesday thanks again
Hi Martyn Absolutely amazing from start to finish everyone couldn't do enough for you and we met some lovely people at the races and then back at hotel the heritage thanks again martyn pipe, Trish byrne and team
Hi Martyn Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks very much to your team In particular Aveen & the lad who drove our coach over the two days. Myself and the lads thought the organisation of your operation was very slick and painless and we would like to be kept up to-date via e-mail of any of your jump racing packages in the future. With best regards Paul Cook
Good Morning Martyn Just a quick note to thank you for arranging our visit to Dublin and Punchestown racing. We have had a fabulous time. The hotels were perfect, particularly Barberstown Castle - what a perfect setting, accommodation and staff. Such a contrast to the city stay in Dublin. We will certainly book with you again in the future. Kind regards Lesley Penn
Martyn, Thank you for an absolutely wonderful weekend in Dublin! From the planning, to our arrival and departure, the experience was top notch, providing an incredible experience for three generations. Beyond the expertly arranged hotel, transfers, and experiences, the knowledge of the horse industry and access we received exceeded any of our expectations! Thank you for allowing us to feel like insiders for a weekend. We can’t wait to book with you again! Lisel
Hi Martyn, The whole stay was great, Paul our driver was a gentleman and yourselves with the meet and greet were great too. Oh so willing to recommend and we are looking to plan for more. Martin Colley
Hiya Martyn! I've been meaning to message you actually to tell you I had the absolute greatest time, we both did and would like to say a massive thank you for your amazing hospitality, everything was perfect, not a fault at all. Kimberley Rice
Hi Martyn, It’s a quick message to thank you and Tamara for everything. We had such a great weekend and you were so easy to deal with in the run up to it, despite all the changes! everything went off perfectly and we really had a great time! We look forward to booking with you again in the future. Thanks again, Helen
Hi Martyn, I would like to thank you for a great weekend. Your Race and Stay package was excellent from start to finish. The personal communication with with your staff ensured all our requirements were met. I would highly recommend your service and packages to all my friends and family. Della Killoran
Dear Martyn, First of all, I would like to say how much i enjoyed staying at your hotel and being a part of the race and stay initiative. I really think it is an excellent idea and one I intend to participate in again in the not too distant future. Regarding feedback I was very impressed with how my two days and nights were organised. One thing I must mention is the possibility of providing an airport shuttle service. You may already provide this so I apologise if that is the case. I would definitely be interested in booking airport shuttle services in any future visits as it's a visit where my preference would be not to drive.
An excellent visit, thank you so much to all the staff and I look forward to taking part in future race and stay packages. Again my apologies about the airport shuttle service if this is provided on request - my fault entirely for not asking about this !! Kind regards, Andrew Diamond.
Good Morning Martyn We had a lovely time, please pass on our thanks to Mandy & hope she is feeling better soon. Regards Lisa
We had a great weekend, the hotel was beautiful and the staff there were top notch. But Peter our driver wow what a guy. A1 isn't even enough to describe him. From the second he picked us up he was friendly, chatty, down to earth. An amazing person. We would highly recommend you guys. And we will book through you guys again
We had a great time at the races the hospitality was excellent, the travel to and from the races very smooth. The Maldron hotel was first class and the food and staff there very good. Thanks for a great time.
Hi Martyn, Thanks for a truly lovely weekend. Hotel was excellent both in every respect and your staff were courteous and helpful. Overall, a brilliant weekend which was due to you and your team being so well organised.
Thank you again for organising an excellent weekend everything was perfect for a great racing experience.
Thank you for all your hard work, and your staff. We had a great day at the racing and are already talking about next year. So glad you are on the ball for next year. I will let let you know asap
First of all, I would like to thank you for such an amazing weekend! It was personally my first time visiting Ireland, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was so seamless and easy. It was perfect, and I appreciate you answering all my questions lol!
First of all, thank you for your arranging such a great weekend, as we said on the way back it may have been our first time, but certainly won’t be our last!
Thank you for a wonderful weekend!! - My old man and I really enjoyed it, couldn’t have been easier from getting from the airport to the hotel and shuttle service to the races each day made it really convenient! The hotel was lovely, the staff couldn’t do enough for us, the breakfast & dinners where really nice and it wasn’t too overpriced either to be honest.
Thanks Martyn , we enjoyed the weekend. Please provisionally book us for next year, all being well we'll be there.
Evening Martyn. Just wanted to drop a line to say how well organised Race & Stay made our stay. Will highly recommend to friends and already looking into a return in 2023.
Terry had 5 wins and I had 3 today. It has been a great two days, we enjoyed it so much we are going to book it again next year. Martyn thanks so much
Hi Martin,I would just like to thank you and Sam who met us at the Westgrove on Saturday for a great weekend. From start to finish it couldn't of gone better, plenty of winners helped with that of course! Our group have 3/4 stags on the horizon and we'll definitely be using your company again. Again, huge thank you.
Absolutely fantastic experience. Incredibly well organised and run by the Race and Stay team. Great bonus to be able to check into the room before departure for the races. Look forward to next time. Thanks and regards
Martyn, Great weekend, thank you - everything worked like clockwork; airport transfers, racecourse transfers, tickets , hospitality, racing post! We will definitely be back - do you have a listing of other popular meetings across Ireland out of interest. Good to meet you as well. Many thanks
Hi Martyn, Thank you for a great weekend of racing, can't fault the service. I hope we can do some business in the future Many thanks Martin.
Enjoyed it so much. Well organised. Thanks again.
All worked out very well Martyn Great and very enjoyable weekend! Thanks.
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