We have just returned to South Africa from a 4 week holiday in Ireland - during May 2010 - which was a fantastic experience . During this time we hired a car for 10 days and toured the country staying in a different town and B&B each night.
The only place in which we spent 2 nights - 20 and 21 May 2010- was Killarney and luckily we chose to stay in "Chelmsford House ".
The owners make you feel at home from the minute you arrive and their home is immaculate and the views are stunning.
One can immediately see the attention to detail everywhere and perfection seems to be the key word , from the dining room / lounge to the bedroom.
The bedroom is lovely and after a long days travelling the new mattress on the king size bed and excellent quality bed linen is most welcome !
It was most welcome to be able to use the PC in the lounge to retrieve emails etc , in a lovely, peaceful room and this was also free of charge .
Breakfast was another great experience and there were no less than 10 selections on the breakfast menu ( in addition to cereals, toast etc ) and the owner is an excellent cook and each meal is meal is prepared and served with the attention to detail that is apparent everywhere in this house.
The location is good , ie the views spectacular and the area good and by car its easy to get onto the correct road when leaving.
The walk into town is some 15 min and is fine as its downhill though coming back to the B&B could present a problem for some as there is a steep incline and I would recommend that one does this trip by car.
Whilst by far the best B&B that we stayed in during our trip around Ireland they would be considered the "perfect " venue if it were not for the fact that the towels provided in the bathroom did seem "over used" and not of the same quality as experienced elsewhere and believe that the owners could replace these as soon as possible. Also in an effort to save the environment the B&B requests that you do not change the towels each day and try to use them for 2 days running ( ie so as not to add more washing powder and chemicals to the environment etc ) and whilst this is a noble idea and we complied with it , the fact remains that wet , used towels are not ideal to use on the 2nd day .
It is hoped the above comment can be seen for the constructive criticism that is and we hope that ther owners continue running their B&B as will certainly stay there again when in the area and recommend it to everybody reading this review.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chelmsford House offers bed and breakfast in a no-smoking home, all rooms with private bathroom, wi-fi, tea/coffee facilities in rooms, hairdryers, multi-channel TV, clock radio, all local tours arranged, free internet access in lounge so you don't have to bring your laptop. Run by locals Louise & Pat Griffin & family, we look forward to welcoming you to our luxury bed and breakfast here in Killarney County, Kerry. ... more less
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