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Desmond House Kinsale

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42 Cork St., Kinsale, Ireland
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Cave Creek, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

All the reviews are correct...Michael is a terrific host! The Desmond house is charming and was a highlight to our time in Ireland. We had a lovely view of the harbor from our room(Charles Ft) and the made-to-order breakfast was excellent. Ireland would not have been the same without Kinsale or the Desmond House.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When we booked our time in Kinsale, we found that none of the B&Bs were able to accommodate us for the total length of our stay. We were lucky that Michael at Desmond House was able to take us for our first night (though I admit that we were comparing our other lodgings much less favorably, after that!) Desmond House... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Michael made such a lasting impression 5 years ago we decided to bring friends and family along to share in this years experience. The food was outstanding and Michael spoiled us even more by calling around for our dinner reservations.

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Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you arrive at Desmond House - you feel as if you have walked into a favorite relative's home. There is so much history even in the pictures on the walls - including the one in the breakfast room of Michael's boat. The rooms were well appointed and the shower had lots of water pressure. My favorite thing about this... More 

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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Michael stands out as a warm and genuine host of a lovely B&B. Now, even several weeks after our return, we remember our stay at Desmond House as a highlight .. and Michael as our favorite host. Our room was spacious and comfortable, and his breakfast was outstanding (yes, Michael, yours is the best sausage in Ireland!) I'm so glad... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Michael (the proprietor) was by and large the best aspect of Desmond House. We arrived in Kinsale after an arduous drive from Dublin, famished and flummoxed by bad Google Maps directions. After finally finding the B&B, we were greeted (by name, no less) by the warmest man (Michael) we'd experienced yet on our tour of Ireland. While showing us to... More 

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Sacramento, California
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a wonderful experience. We parked nearby in a church parking lot and Michael helped us with our luggage up the stairs to our spacious and very warm and friendly room. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge and couldn't wait to get us informed and up to speed on what we should know and where we could find what... More 

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University Park, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Desmond house is just down the hill from the castle on a quiet street. Michael your host takes good care of you, he will orient you, and see to your every need. The rooms are large and very comfortable. The breakfast is made to order and delicious. Kinsale is seeped in history, has great food, and great energy so if... More 

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We traveled throughout Ireland for 10 days staying in hotels, a castle and guest houses and Desmond House was by far my favorite stay. Our room was inviting and spacious and breakfast was just delicious. The owner Michael is a great conversationalist and possesses a wealth of historic knowledge for the area. Although we only stayed one night we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My daugher and I had the extreme fortune to stay at the Desmond house during our recent trip to Ireland. My only regret is that we did not make our stay here longer. While Kinsale itself is such a charming village, Michael has to be the best host I have ever met. He has a great knowledge of the history... More 

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