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), and that the mattresses, at least in our room, could’ve done with a replacement. Otherwise, it was a very clean and tidy establishment, and the proximity to downtown was a huge plus. All rooms come "en suite" and have a color TV. Additionally there is a TV lounge as well as mini-kitchen facilities (you won’t be able to say, cook a turkey, but you could at least make yourself dinner there).
Unusually for a B&B, the hosts also offer massage, reflexology and aromatherapy. I didn’t get around to trying any of those, however.
Hazelbrook was built specifically to be a B&B, and the grounds include parking for several cars, as well as a shed where you can store bikes or other gear. Westport is a favored tourism center, not only for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, but for its proximity to Croagh Patrick, as well as general historical significance of the area. This B&B is an ideal place to begin exploring the region nearby, such as the Burrens and Connemara.
The host, Mr. John Cafferkey, is very friendly, and can tell you a great deal about the town and local environs. He was extremely knowledgeable, and quite entertaining with some of his tales! Also, he is an absolutely super cook, so breakfast was great. (He also has a lovely singing voice, and he sang while he prepared breakfast.)
Overall, a place I would stay at again.
Website: http://www.hazelbookhouse.com/ - ITB approved, credit cards accepted. Assisted access for some rooms.
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