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“lovely B&B...” 5 of 5 stars
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Crossroads Killowen road. Gortagass. | Roughty bridge, Kenmare, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 62 Kenmare B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Newton, Massachusetts
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“lovely B&B...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Spent 2 nights with the Kempe's in their lovely B&B. Traveled with other family members, so we had 2 rooms. Spacious, squeaky clean rooms with en suite. Wonderful breakfast - and Sam and Sheila are welcoming, warm, helpful and accomodating. So incredibly quiet - had the best night ever. It's definitely a bit outside town center - we had car - could be a nice long walk. But the peacefulness at the inn was a real plus!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at Forgefield House for two nights. The room was clean and spacious and the bed was large and comfortable. Our hosts, Sheila and Sam, were very warm and friendly. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts while watching kitties and bunnies playing in the field behind the house. The location is a bit outside of Kenmare, but we didn't mind the short drive into town. It was perfect home base for us as we explored the Ring of Kerry. I highly recommend this B&B and I wish we had a longer stay. We look forward to staying here again when we return to Ireland.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My family (mom, dad, brother) and I stayed with Sam & Sheila (& Casper the dog) on June 2- June 5. We checked in later than expected, but it was no problem. Sam & Sheila were soft-spoken but absolutely accommodating.
The stay was splendid and I could type a book, but I'm going to break it down into points so I stay concise.

- Breakfast was superb: you can mix and match to create the breakfast you want. I recommend the traditional breakfast. Need less food? Go for the poached eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and salmon.
- Sam & Sheila seem reserved, but they are incredibly helpful when asked. I'd prefer quiet hosts to overbearing ones.
- The beds are incredibly comfortable.
- They let us use the fridge for our beer and leftovers... even helped rearrange so we could fit everything.
- There's parking out front.
- There's plenty of natural light and mirrors for those who need places to get ready. The windowsills also function great for doing makeup.
- There are plenty of electrical sockets in the rooms (none in the bathrooms... that's different for Americans but you'll get used to it.)
- There is plenty of wardrobe space and hangers.
- The water pressure and temperature is awesome. In fact, you have to be sure not to turn the pressure on too high or it might knock you over.
- The towel racks are heated.
- It's quiet, calm and clean without being pretentious or stuffy.
- It's only a 5 minute drive max from the heart of Kenmare. Be sure to go to O Donnabhains Bar... Sam & Sheila will recommend it to you like they did for us. Great food, great music, great beer.
- It's an excellent point for daytime excursions- like the Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Ring of Bere.

Sam & Sheila are excellent hosts, and Forgefield House is an excellent place to stay. I recommend it over a hotel (or another b&b) any day.

Thanks for the wonderful stay!
-the traveling Texans

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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Henderson, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Sheila and Sam run an efficient and friendly operation. Sheila waited up late for our arrival and helped us find a late-night bite. Our room was enormous and quite clean, although the odd shower/bathroom combo took a minute to get used to in the morning. The breakfast room is really picturesque, with a view out into the country. The fresh coffee might have been the best on our trip. Sam also suggested a nice walk down the road which brought us to some great views. And we met Casper the dog as well, a nice bonus. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My husband and I and another couple spent three nights at Forgefield House. Sheila and Sam were wonderful hosts! They were welcoming, friendly and helpful. Our rooms were large with good-sized bathrooms. The beds were very comfortable, and we even liked the pillows! (This was the only B and B that had softer pillows.) The food was delicious, and we ate in the lovely dining room (sunroom) with windows on three sides overlooking the pleasant, grassy field. We enjoyed watching a pheasant. (The hosts even had binoculars for our use.) We would heartily recommend Forgefield House to anyone staying in Kenmare!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stayed (3 of us) at Sheila and Sam's place for four nights in May 2014. We had two upstairs rooms and shared a bathroom which was perfect for us. Great location and the breakfasts were fantastic. Also, they both provided some great tourist information, even making phone calls for us to help out with bookings. Thanks to Sheila and Sam, this was our best stay in our 8 week tour of Europe :)))

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Dubai, UAE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Sam and Sheila go out of their way to ensure you are completely satisfied. Their dog, Casper, sold me on this booking. Casper is a quiet and laid back friend that greets every guest with kindness.
The accommodations are excellent, the bathroom even came with a heated towel rate...ahhh nice touch. Breakfast was fantastic with many choices. Sam and Sheila's local recommendations were spot on. We highly recommend Forgefield House!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Address: Crossroads Killowen road. Gortagass. | Roughty bridge, Kenmare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Kenmare
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our home is set in some of the most scenic areas around Kenmare. All rooms are individually furnished with personal comfort in mind. There are 2 family en-suites with super king beds, 1 en-suite king bed, 1 double, & 1 twin with shared bathroom. There is also TV, hospitality tray, slippers, and hairdryer in each room. We offer a wide choice of traditional or continental breakfast which can be eaten on our lovely elevated deck with stunning views weather permitting. ... more   less 

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