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What was your favorite Irish place to stay?

What was your favorite Irish place to stay?

Apr 23rd, 2001, 11:31 AM
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Mal Dua House in Clifden, Connemara, or Ballynahinch Castle nearby.
Apr 24th, 2001, 05:53 PM
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Two of my favorites (got back from my first trip to Ireland last week):
Legends Guesthouse in Cashel, County Tipperary. Right at the base of the Rock of Cashel. Fabulous views. Fabulous house. Owned by a chef and his wife who made us probably the best meal I've had in 20 years. Comfortable spaces with a wood fire always burning.
In County Clare: Fernhill Farmhouse. Run by a woman named Suzanne, who has been described by friends who recommended it to us as "life changing." She was wonderful. It's a big old comfortable farmhouse, with peat fires and peaceful fields and two residents dogs who greeted us every day. No, they're not allowed in the house. Suzanne plied us with homemade sweet breads and tea.
Apr 24th, 2001, 11:24 PM
Patti Suttle
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Patp: I am so excited to hear your description of the Legends Guesthouse in Cashel as we will be staying there in June! I picked it because of its proximity to The Rock but I had not heard too much else about it. I do know that Pat Preston (www.irelandexpert) recommends it.
Anyway, so glad to hear about it-
Apr 25th, 2001, 12:11 PM
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I think that is the place - it was formerly a polic station a few centuries ago and you can here the sound of running water from a stream that is at the back of the house.

Apr 25th, 2001, 12:52 PM
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just returned from from ireland last week. in dublin stayed at number 31. great place owners very nice.
in cobh stayed at a B&b called elmville over looking the harbor. old victorian house dating back to 1857. owner couldn't of been nicer. great place.
in killarney stayed at the great southern hotel. very nice hotel. beautiful grounds.
in shannon area stayed at dromoland castle. unbelievable place.restaurant and service couldn't be beat.
Apr 25th, 2001, 09:22 PM
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The Arches Country House on Lough Eske in Donegal is the bset B&B I've ever stayed in. The setting is beautiful, the rooms are fabulous, and the hostess, Noreen, is wonderful.
Ashford Castle is also great but if you stay in the cheapest rooms hope you don't get a honeymooning couple next door...unless you're into that kind of thing.
Sheen Falls Lodge has to be my favorite of all the expensive hotels I've stayed in in Ireland. Service was great, setting fabulous and room ultra comfy (never would have guessed it was the cheapest)...great breakfast too!
Oct 5th, 2005, 04:55 PM
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This is an old topic but still Joyces Waterloo House is great...we keep going back...its the best
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Oct 6th, 2005, 05:18 PM
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Thanks to the posters for all their great suggestions. When should one start making their bookings for August? I'm still working on itinerary, but perhaps I need to finish asap so I can decide on where to stay and make our reservations. Thoughts?
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Oct 7th, 2005, 09:23 AM
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Ditto on loving Sheen Falls Lodge. However, a place I didn't see mentioned here but absolutely loved was St. Cleran's a bit east of Galway.

It was the former home of John Huston. Some years ago Merv Griffin bought it and turned it into a small country hotel. Although expensive the room there was one of the nicest we've ever stayed in and the setting was lovely.
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Oct 7th, 2005, 04:58 PM
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Returned 2 weeks ago, I would say Emlagh House in Dingle and Ballymaloe in Shanagarry, Co. Cork, WOW!!!!
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