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Cloghan Road, Shannonbridge, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Helena, MT
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47 hotel reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This B&B was handy to Clonmacnoise and was open in early Jan so we nabbed it. On entering it smelled heavily of smoke so we expected the worst. But the smell did not invade the halls, rooms or breakfast area. Brian loaned us his book about Clonmacnoise so we made a quick late afternoon run up to it. The Shannon... More

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boru22, Owner at Ely House, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your stay. Just to clarify that we lit a turf fire at Christmas time which gives a smokey aroma near the fireplace....It is a tradition in our home and gives a lovely ambience! Our modern heating system means that we don't light a fire very often! Thanks Brian More

Claremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

After visiting the ruins of Clonmacnoise, we found Ely House where we spent our next to last night of our two week visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Brian and his wife were amazing hosts. Brian wrote a wonderful little book on Clonmacnoise which we highly recommend. It is historically accurate and very accessible with great art work. We were... More

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Another night, another wonderful b&b. If you're looking for the craic look no further than Ireland's b&b owners... Have to admit, not the best we've visited but the others set a high bar; the en-suite was a lttle jaded. I got the feeling Brian was stretched a bit thin at the moment, but you couldn't ask for a better host,... More

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St Andrews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Stayed with Dympna and Brian for a short family break and had a wonderful time. The warm welcome we received was great after a long drive. Offers of tea and cake were a lovely homely touch.The rooms are a good size and spotless. Breakfast, by Brian, was a delicious freshly cooked breakfast. Nothing could have been any bother to either... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

A group of 5 friends stayed at Ely house in May 2012. The B&B was very comfortable and the village of Shannonbridge is beautiful and has some great pubs with live music, and nearby Clocmanoise is very interesting. The only difficulty we had was finding somewhere to eat as the town's only restaurant (which is supposed to be very good)... More

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Germany, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The rooms are definitively worn out and need refurbishment. However, the host is very friendly and the price is OK. A place to stay visiting Clonmacnoise. An brilliant advice was having supper at the local village taverne (Killeens) - a typical Irish Pub - a wonderful place (5 min walking distance) for a family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

We came to Shannonbridge quite late and were greeted by friendly Brian, who sent us off to the pub (a great one) for dinner. The room was spotless and there was lots of hot water, with comfortable beds. The next morning, we were the last ones out but did not feel unwelcome in spite of our late arising. Breakfast was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

We had a super time in Shannonbridge - we wanted to stay in a typical family run Irish B&B and Ely House proved to be perfect - reasonably priced, clean as a pin and conveniently located just outside of town within walking distance to Kileen's Pub where we watched Kilkenny defeat Tipperary for the All Ireland Hurling Championship. The locals... More

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Toronto, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

Absolutely spotless place - and in a good location in Shannonbrige. It was a quick jump over to the local pub where we had some nice Guinness pints. Free WIFI, clean as a whistle and comfy beds. Brian was an absolutely delightful host, and the breakfast was delicious! I would love to have the opportunity to come back. He also... More

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

Would normally never stay in a B&B, but that could be about to change. We were attending a wedding in the vicinity and booked this B&B for 2 nights. It was superb from start to finish. Brian and Dympna are wonderful hosts, the room was large and spotless. The delicious breakfast would put most hotels to shame. Killeens pub is... More

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Address: Cloghan Road, Shannonbridge, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Offaly > Shannonbridge
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Enjoy a visit to Ely House located in the riverside village of Shannonbridge with its waterside marina, traditional pubs and award winning Old Fort Restaurant. Brian and Dympna O'Carroll at Ely House offer you a warm welcome and offer guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TVs, Wifi and tea/coffee facilities. Close to the lost monastic city of Clonmacnoise, Ely House is an ideal central location for exploring Ireland. Ely house is eco friendly with sustainable energy heating and hot water. Activities such as fishing, golfing and boating are at your doorstep and we are only 20 mins from Athlone, Birr, Ballinasloe and Tullamore. ... more   less 
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