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“Lovely accommodation and a warm, Irish welcome to Dingle!” 5 of 5 stars
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Am Lui | Ballinaboula, Dingle, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #22 of 73 Dingle B&B and Inns
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“Lovely accommodation and a warm, Irish welcome to Dingle!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I stayed at The Liston Family B&B in August and this turned out to be the highlight of my Irish trip, despite only spending 2 nights in Dingle (I definitely recommend more). Jill was the perfect host, and immediately made me feel at home. Despite having consumed Irish breakfasts for the previous 5 days, It was impossible to resist Jill's! I had the downstairs bedroom, which was very clean, comfortable, and quiet. The B&B is conveniently located a mile from the hustle and bustle of town. I arrived early evening, but was keen to experience as much of Dingle life as I could during my short stay. Jill recommended and booked a ticket on my behalf to a concert at the Dingle Music Shop, which turned out to be a great introduction to traditional Irish music and dance! She also recommended a meal at the Boathouse restaurant, and being a lover of seafood, I was not disappointed!! The following day, she provided me with various leaflets of things to do in Dingle, which included a drive around the beautiful Slea Head Peninsula and a boat trip to meet Fungie the dolphin, as well as viewing the wonderful coastline and islands. I will definitely be visiting Dingle again, and there is no doubt as to where I will be staying:)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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sunshinekerry, Owner at The Liston Family Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Trish you put my heart sideways during your stay and I thought you'd be staying here for good, but it wasn't to be!!!! You know what I mean!! lol!!

Thank you for your lovely comments and I especially like to make single guests feel safe during their stay here.

I'm glad your recommending guests to stay more than two days if they can. You could tell them a tail or two as to why one needs to stay awhile here in Dingle!

Delighted you enjoyed my breakfasts and enjoyed your room. I'm lucky to have such a quiet house and everyone enjoys a good nights sleep after a night full of Irish culture and dance.

The concerts are back on again in the Music Shop this year and now David is 5th time World Champion Irish dancer. A first for anyone at the World championships. We are proud to have him here in Dingle.
Fungie our wild dolphin of 31 years is still happily jumping around for the guests who visit him.

So lovely to hear you say you will be back to Dingle at some stage and I look forward to meeting you again. You did make the most of your few days here in Dingle and I know you had a 'ball'!! See you soon.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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La Grange Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed here at the last minute and it was just perfect - lovely host, adorable dog to give us a puppy fix (especially for the kids) and amazing views from the rooms upstairs. When friends at home asked my 14 year old son the best food in Ireland, he said the porridge from the Liston B&B (it WAS really good!) Do ask about the famous relative, you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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sunshinekerry, Owner at The Liston Family Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Maura, thank you so much for your lovely comments and I know you all got a 'puppy fix' while here.

I really did enjoy your comment or should I say both you and your sons comment about my Famous PORRIDGE!!! It won't be long now before your 14 year old will have eyes in another department besides food!

Thank you for keeping my famous relation a guessing game for my future guests. You HAVE to be of a certain age to know the answer though!! lol!!

I'm delighted you enjoyed the views from your bedrooms. I appreciated them myself every day too. It's fun watching the lambs at the moment in the fields, AND where can you see two mountains from your bathroom and bedroom windows and also the sea in the distance. The fact that your hired car is safe and off the road in private parking is also a plus.

Bengie says Hi to you all too. He is very well at the moment but of course he is 16 years old and I fear what lies ahead for us both?
I hope you have very happy memories of your stay on the Dingle Peninsula and Ireland.
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My wife, two daughters, and I spent one night at the Liston Family B&B and had an excellent experience. Jill was an extremely gracious host, the rooms were very clean, and breakfast was delicious. Jill is clearly very passionate about the Dingle area and we very much enjoyed talking to her about the local history and attractions. This was a very good value and a great location.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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sunshinekerry, Owner at The Liston Family Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Kevin, thank you so much for your lovely comments and that you had an 'excellent experience' while staying here. And yes I am very passionate about my bed and breakfast and what we have to offer my guests on the Dingle Peninsula. It is easy to be passionate when we have such beauty here.

Also I get to meet all the lovely people there are in the world which makes my job so worth while. Every day is different and sometimes I don't want guests to leave!!

I know your girls enjoyed having fast broadband available for their iPads!! That makes most of them very happy during their holiday!! lol!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here on a last minute booking as we went to Dingle for the day and loved it that much we wanted to stay. If you are looking for good old fashioned Irish hospitality and a breakfast of champions to boot then this is the place for you. It's about a mile from the town centre, and I'd advise asking Jill for a reputable taxi number to get you home in the evening to avoid getting stung for €9 like we did by some chancer the bar called for us.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sunshinekerry, Owner at The Liston Family Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely comments and it was a pleasure to have you all to stay. Your two children were so good. I'm still wondering if Dillon got home without getting car sick? Also I would love to know that your new four legged addition to your family recovered well from her operation. Neutering can be tricky sometimes. My poor Westie Bengie has now gone deaf so it's a very quiet world for him now. I don't have to spell 'Walkies' anymore which is so sad. I hope you all enjoyed the Aquarium here in Dingle and the beautiful scenery we have on the Peninsula. I hope we meet again sometime. My number is : 00353-669151373 should you see this.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for one night and could not fault our stay in any way.
House is immaculately clean.
It's bright, tastefully decorated.
Jill is a very welcoming host who made us feel at home instantly.
The breakfast was excellent especially the porridge:)
Also met the lovely Benji who looks nowhere like his age.
Thank you so much Jill for having us.
One in a million!
Xxx

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sunshinekerry, Owner at The Liston Family Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Siobhán, it was so lovely meeting your family and again the best children in the world. I hardly knew they were in the house. You have left such an impression on me as one of the loveliest people I've met in a long time. I have contacted Glanbia about the food for Bengie and waiting for a reply to my email!!! Thank you so much for your advice. Bengie is now deaf and I am so sad for him.

Your lovely comments have left me with a 'swelled head' but that doesn't get the work done, but it does make it easier, and it's so lovely when someone notices!

I hope we meet again sometime.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

We only stayed for one night but would have loved to have stayed a lot longer. One of the loveliest and most friendly women i have ever met. The room was amazing as well as the breakfast. Would recommend this place to anyone!!
Thank You
Heather Sims

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sunshinekerry, Owner at The Liston Family Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Heather, thank you so much for your lovely comments. They are much appreciated. We did have a good laugh as I always look on the bright side of life. You were such a wonderful person and I hope we meet again some day soon! Jill Liston 00353-66-9151373
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We just spent three great nights in Dingle at the Liston Family B&B with Jill and Bengie (her 15 year old Westie). Jill is a wonderful hostess who made sure we were well taken care of. The accommodations are warm and cozy including our favorite - the instant hot water in the showers! Jill is a sweetheart who happens to be related to a very famous Hollywood star (I won't spoil her secret, but she'll gladly tell you if you visit her). We also had nice chats with her about life in Dingle. We especially loved the breakfast room surrounded by sunlight and the beauty of the countryside. She's located a few miles out of town which makes it peaceful and quiet. As for Bengie, he's such a sweet dog. He's over 15 now and has his good and bad days, but all in all he's hanging in there! His presence gave us a much needed "fur fix" being away from our dogs. Thanks Jill for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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sunshinekerry, Owner at The Liston Family Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
I can still see you both sitting on the floor in the hall with Bengie. HE had the best time ever too, and I am so glad he helped you both feel less lonesome for your own treasured dogs. I hope they had a great welcome for you when you got home.
Thank you for your lovely comments they are very much appreciated here. I had other guests since, who came because they were curious about your comment about my ' Famous Hollywood Star' and they were very impressed!!!!! That's all thanks to you keeping that secret here!!
You won't believe it but my home is only ONE mile from Dingle town and is a lovely walk as the road is flat. Most of Dingle's roads are up hill but not out here. Your car is safe and off the road and of course a good nights sleep is guaranteed. I do hope we meet again sometime. Bengie is doing well but spends a lot of time asleep.
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Address: Am Lui | Ballinaboula, Dingle, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Dingle Peninsula > Dingle
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Dingle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jill and family welcome you to our spacious and comfortable home in the heart of the Dingle peninsula with commanding views of Mount Brandon; Irelands second highest mountain, and Mount Eagle, with Dingle harbour in the distance. Our three large bedrooms have spacious en-suite facilities, pie beds with orthopedic mattresses; clock radios; hairdryers; TV and electric blankets on request. Tea/Coffee making facilities. Members of Bord Failte the Irish Tourist Board. ... more   less 

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