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Kathleens Country House
Tralee Road, Killarney, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #21 of 141 Killarney B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Abingdon
1 review
“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This review is long overdue and our apologies to Kathleen for the delay.
My wife and I stayed at Kathleen’s Country House for 4 nights in May 2011.
We selected it based on good reviews in TRIPADVISOR and were not disappointed.
Our bedroom was very comfortable and quiet; Kathleen also provides a library, two sitting rooms and a lovely garden.
The location is perfect, just a short drive from Killarney and with easy access to the Ring of Kerry and to The Dingle peninsula.
But best of all was the unbeatable welcome and care provided by Kathleen and her Staff. Kathleen’s advice on the best locations and routes for exploring Kerry was provided in abundance which enabled us to make the best use of our time there. The choice of restaurants in nearby Killarney was huge and Kathleen’s recommendations and bookings provided us with most enjoyable evening meals.
Hope to return.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We had always wanted to visit Ireland as my grandparents were from here. We arrived for our two week holiday with just the first two nights booked (we didn't want to schedule everything as I am told there are a lot of hidden gems in Ireland). Our first stop was in Killarney, with our pre-booked reservations for Kathleen's County House! I must say I am SO glad that we had pre booked this place! When we arrived Kathleen herself welcomed us with a warm smile! She gave us lots of information about Killarney town and about the wonderful surrounding countryside. She even booked us tours of the Gap of Dunloe and tee times for my husband and I in the golf courses.
After arriving in our beautiful room (taking time to look at the beautiful paintings on our way) Kathleen came up and gave us some fresh milk for tea and lovely Irish biscuits. I must say this was definitely a life saver as my husband and I were tired from driving from the airport. She has a lovely cosy library with many books about Ireland and a free computer with wifi. She booked us into a lovely restaurant for dinner. The breakfasts was delicious (freshly cooked bacon and sausage- a true Irish breakfast) with lovely fresh fruit salads.
We stayed here for five nights (we couldn't resist) and Kathleen arranged accommodation for the rest of our trip for us.
Kathleen's definitely stood out from all the other places that we stayed in over the years. A true Irish gem. She and her staff were wonderful . They all shared their local knowledge with us providing us with great tips for everything from touring to restaurants to dry cleaning to anything else we needed help with.
Overall, it was a welcoming, comfortable, safe and inviting place to return to after a day's touring.It was a home away from home where we could come and go as we pleased. I highly recommend this place and we hope to return to Ireland with our relations again.
I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a nice place to stay in Killarney. Even if you have not done research on Ireland before your vacation I would highly recommend you stay here. Kathleen and her staff will help you with anything you need. It really made our trip to Ireland a memorable one!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

The décor is dated and cheap looking, although the outside of the building, the entrance hall and the garden are beautiful.

It's no better than a B&B, yet charges more than many hotels would, without the facilities.

The cleaning lady burst in on us at about 9am while we were dressing. Same thing happened to someone in another room.

The hostess likes to get to bed early and gave us the impression she resented people arriving back in after midnight.

Frankly, we felt a bit ripped off and will stay in a hotel next time.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

Very charming B & B! The hostess is lovely and shows great attention to detail and was very helpful in recommending nearby places to visit. Would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

This review is delayed as I stayed at Kathleen's a couple of years ago, but never made the time to write a review. Our stay was perfect - the B&B is beautiful and Kathleen is such a lovely person. She got us onto the Ring of Kerry trip last minute (We didn't realize we had to register and show up earlier!), and also booked us a new hotel at our next destination elsewhere in Ireland when she realized that the hotel we initially booked was too far from the airport. My friend and I still talk about our wonderful stay at Kathleen's, a charming B&B with a wonderful owner. We hope to come back again one day!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

We spent several nights in June at this lovely B&B and it was our favorite inn! It was charming, clean, convenient to town and very comfortable. Our breakfast was wonderful too and we were grateful for free Internet. The best asset of this inn is its hostess Kathleen. She invests in her guests and devotes tireless energy in seeing that your wishes are met and you experience Ireland at its best. She is well connected and eager to assist in your travel plans. She truly enriched our stay and we will most certainly go back! Tom & Catherine Donahue

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Lovely, immaculate hotel with excellent facilities, thanks undoubtedly to Kathleen's own warm personality, efficiency and attention to detail. We are so grateful to Kathleen for taking so much trouble in ensuring we got the most from our short stay and certainly plan to return as soon as we are able.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tralee Road, Killarney, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Killarney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 141 B&Bs / Inns in Killarney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kathleens is a charming family run 4-star Bed & Breakfast Hotel, renowned for its traditional hospitality and welcome with exquisite decor throughout. Immersed in luscious gardens and ideally based for touring The Ring of Kerry or Dingle & Golfing, walking, climbing, horse riding. Private parking. 5 mins to town. All bedrooms with private bathrooms, flat screen TV, orthopedic beds. Sumptuous breakfasts are cooked fresh to order. Free Wi Fi & computer in the library for guests' use. ... more   less 
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