Strongly agree with all the postings about how gracious, kind and hospitable are the hosts, Tom and Maura. The house is historic and lovely and the rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious. Character, the house has character! The gardens are a pleasure to walk in or sit and enjoy or admire. A short walk or drive to Kenmare, the location is perfect for the colorful and vibrant town.
Now, back to the owners. They used to own and run one of the best restaurants in town (Lime Tree) and now run Packies (which was, alas, closed when we were in town, but I've heard that too is excellent) and it shows. The breakfast was far and away better than anything else we had on our Scotland/Ireland trip. The porridge is decadent with overnight steeped oats and heavy cream with a wee shot of whisky in it. When I exclaimed how I had never had whisky with breakfast, Tom scurried off to bring me a shot in a wee creamer, winked and walked away. I went to poor it into the oatmeal and my grown son and daughter stopped me to let me know I was supposed to drink it! I also ordered the fish of the day (don't get that for breakfast very often in the states) and Tom enthusiastically told me he had fresh Dover sole -- "the king of fish" he exclaimed!
It must have been the combination of being on holiday and simply enjoying the house, the people and my family, etc. and the food, but that fish I had for breakfast rivaled any fish I've ever eaten in a restaurant. It was perfectly prepared and cooked. I told Maura and she blushed and waved her hand in dismissal; however, it was clear she had made my day and I had made hers. What sets this residence apart is the caring nature of Tom and Maura and their sincere eagerness to ensure our stay was as near perfect as reasonably possible.
Tom is a consummate conversationalist and Celtic story-teller and Maura has a keen eye for decorating the rooms -- fresh wildflowers and all -- and as a chef.
Stay here and you won't be disappointed!
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