I have just had a fantastic stay at this wonderful family run b&b. I dont often write reviews, but i feel urged to share my experience of my stay. Herewith I aim to explain all my thoughts on Sika Lodge:
Rooms - the rooms are modern and very nicely decorated, in a good, not cras way. The bedrooms are light and airy. Each room has a new flat screen tv and DVD player (with access to Alan's extensive DVD collection for those rainy evenings. The beds were impossible to get out of, they were so comfortable!!! There are tea making facilities, thick carpets and lots of storage space for guests in each room.
Ensuite bathroom - all rooms had Ensuite showers, we also were fortunate enough to have a bath too. There were all the soaps, vanity sets, and towels that anyone could need. The shower was hot and very powerful.
General b&b - Serena does a wonderful job on a daily basis on the tidiness and general upkeep of the b&b. There is a sitting room, which has a library with a range of lovely books. Like the rooms, the b&b is very homely and comfortable. The extra touch of a free nightcap of Irish Whiskey is a very nice touch.
Parking & cycling - we did not have a car as we took a coach from Cork to Killarney. The purpose of our trip was a cycling holiday. We hired excellent bikes locally from O'Sullivans, who were great. At night Serena and Alan allowed us to keep the bikes in their large garden shed. For those who drove, there is ample space for parking. By the sounds of it, if renting a car, it is best to book early.
Location to town - as I mentioned we arrived by coach into Killarney. It is a brisk 30 minute walk to Sika Lodge from the coach station. It is a 15-20 walk to the heart of Killarney town. However, most people drive, in which case it is about 4 minutes to town. There are taxis if needs be.
Location for sites - Killarney is a lovely town, albeit a tad touristy. However there are amazing sites. Before arriving I downloaded an app called Killarney on my iPhone. It is absolutely fantastic and I recommend it to anyone for any length of stay. I would recommend a short cycle into the national park, stopping by at Mucross house, Ross castle and Torc waterfall. This can be done by any level of cyclist. More challenging, for cycle or by car/horse and trap is a beautiful trip up to the gap of dunloe, the on through the black valley to the Moll's gap, ladies view and for a bit of extra distance the ring of Kerry. One day we rode the 175km round trip to Dingle and around the peninsular, this is not for the feint hearted. For those with a car, don't miss this, the peninsular is absolutely breathtaking.
Local bars and restaurants - we took Serena and Alans' recommendations very seriously. There are loads of bars and restaurants to pick from sependihn on budget and taste. Head to the smokehouse for a phenomenal steak, go to Courtney's for drinks (and get beaten at darts by locals) and eat at Pay as you please, where you do just that!
Breakfast - oh the breakfast, what a breakfast. Every morning we were greeted by a vast selection of freshly baked muffins, cakes and tasty goods. There is freshly made fruit salad and lovely fruit juice. You are given a choice of very nice tea or coffee. To top it off, you can choose from pancakes, full irish breakfast, eggs and bacon, French toast or a smoked salmon bagel. I went for pancakes nearly every day as they were heavenly.
Serena & Alan - as you may have gathered already, Serena and Alan are amazing hosts who go out of their way to help you with suggestions of restaurants, sites and things to do. Their ability to go the extra mile is Sika Lodge's unique selling point. When booking, Serena was extremely helpful with booking out bikes and quick to respond to emails.
Value for money - the place is amazing value for money, I would come back in a flash to stay in Sika Lodge.
The moral of the story therefore is, if you are comin to Killarney, in a family, as a couple, or with a friend, stay in Sika Lodge and you will have an exceptionally comfortable and lovely time, thank you Serena and Alan.
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