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B&B's of the Emerald Isle

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An August 2003 trip to Ireland by Sierra

Hazelbrook Bed & Breakfast Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
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B&B's of the Emerald Isle

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Welcome to Ireland Photo, Ireland, Europe
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The B&Bs in Ireland far outnumber the standard hotels, and provide a far more interesting experience as well. You get to know some of the local people versus just passing through, you often stay in historical homes, and many B&Bs are located in highly scenic areas. There is a huge variety of B&Bs in Ireland, not just in terms of quality, but in terms of what kind of B&B - ranging from city townhomes, to farmsteads, to even castles! Most fascinating B&B host: The gentleman who had previously worked as a cook for the local correctional system. He was a sweet, friendly man who gave us lots of fantastic recommendations for throughout northwestern Ireland.Quick Tip...Read More

Bromley House B&B￿

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Hotel | "Bromley House B&B"

Bromley House Photo, Ireland, Europe
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We’d driven from Dublin that day, seen Waterford, and unfortunately, the B&B in Youghal we’d been eyeing in the T&CH guide had just booked their last room. (That’s what you get for not booking ahead, even in August.) Both rain and darkness were setting in and we feared we’d end up searching Cork in the darkness when we spotted the B&B sign in front of a tan stucco-and-brick house while passing through Killeagh, a small village about five miles west of Youghal, and 30 minutes east of Blarney. Bromley House is a clean, well-kept B&B offering private parking, several double rooms (both queen size and twin beds available). The proprietress, Mrs. Eileen Fogarty, was a sweet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2004

Ocean Wave

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Hotel | "Ocean Wave House"

Ocean Wave Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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When exploring the Kerry peninsula (also known as "the Ring of Kerry"), most people stay in the town of Killarney and make the loop in a clockwise direction. However, my family isn’t known for always doing things the "usual" way, and that often is to our benefit. Case in point: after consulting the T&CH guide, we concluded that most Killarney accommodations were pricey compared to surrounding towns. So we choose the Ocean Wave House, located just east of Glenbeigh on the N70, and were pleased to find they had space available when we arrived. The parking area is a little tight (as is common with many B&Bs) but there is enough space for a few cars. The Ocean Wave sits atop a we...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 27, 2004

Ocean Wave
Glenbeigh
Kerry, Ireland
+353 66 9768249

Hazelbrook Bed & Breakfast

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Hotel | "Hazelbrook House"

Hazelbrook Bed & Breakfast Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Hazelbrook House was another interesting find via T&CH guide. Hazelbrook is located within walking distance of the city center (mind you, that walk is all uphill!) of bustling Westport, which is one of the few planned communities in Ireland, which was designed in the 18th century by James Wyatt. This B&B is located on a quiet street about five minutes’ walk from "the Mall" in the center of Westport. Family rooms with one queen plus one twin bed are available, which is rather unusual in Irish B&Bs. My only complaints about the stay were that loud noises carried easily through the house (a rather tipsy pair shared the room above us and they were giggling and laughing into the wee hours...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2004

Hazelbrook Bed & Breakfast
Newport Road N59
Westport, Ireland
+353 (0)98 26865

Sunville House

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Hotel

Sunville House Photo, County Cork, Ireland
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We'd made our goal for the night Ennis, since our next planned major sight was the Cliffs of Moher, but we arrived in town to find the town booked solid. A few weddings were in town, explained one kindly landlady, and she was wonderfully nice enough to call around and track us down a B&B. It was a bit away, she apologized, in Lisdoonvarna. Lisdoovarna (population 822) was only another 15 minutes or so north of Ennis. The town is famous throughout Ireland as a spa town and to this day, people come to "take the waters". (Unfortunately, "the waters" help lend a slightly sulfuric scent to the air!) The town is also world-famous for its annual Matchmaking Festival, which happens every September (...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2004

Sunville House
Ballycotton
County Cork, Ireland
+353 (21) 4646271

Ballywillan House

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Hotel

Welcome to the Ballywillan House Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Northern Ireland is quite lovely, most notably on the north coast, where the rugged Atlantic and North Channel shores are ringed with spectacular cliffs and dotted with several holiday towns. It had actually been our intent to stay in Portstewart, a lovely holiday town with an interesting shore-side golf course, but finding the town full of no-vacancies (the bad side effect of "winging it") we eventually found ourselves lodgings at the Ballywillan House just south of Portrush. Portrush, like Portstewart, is a popular holiday town, having that rarity in the British Isles: a sizeable sand beach. Homes painted with varying shades of bright, attractive pastels line the main streets. It is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 2, 2004

Blackrock House B&B￿

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Hotel | "Blackrock House"

Blackrock House B&B Photo, Blackrock, Ireland
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At the end of August, there is a major annual rock concert held in the sleepy village of Slane. This events attracts over 75,000 concertgoers not just from Ireland but across Europe, and as a result, hotel rooms as far as Dublin, 40km south, are booked solid the weekend of the event, months in advance. Had we known this, we would've plotted our trip differently, going counterclockwise perhaps around Ireland, but instead ran smack into this hotel dilemma. After driving many miles in torrential downpour, trying hotel and B&B after another without success, the gracious Briege of the Fairlawns B&B in Dundalk was kind enough to call around to a few places for us and landed us a triple room a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 2, 2004

Blackrock House B&B￿
Main Street
Blackrock, Ireland
+353 (42) 9321829

Lake View B&B￿

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Hotel | "Lake View B&B"

Lake View B&B Photo, Ireland, Europe
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After the misadventures in finding accommodations due to Slane, we made sure to find rooms before heading to Clonmacnoise. Unfortunately, the places we'd picked out in the B&B guides were all booked, but one kind B&B proprietress called around and found us a spot at the newly-opened Lake View B&B in the Wineport area of Ballykeeran, near Athlone. (It was in fact our experience throughout Ireland that if you could not find accommodations because the B&Bs were full, the innkeeper almost always offered to call around a few spots to try to find something for you). The Lake View was newly opened; in fact I think we were the first guests to stay there. It was a bit of a chal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 2, 2004