We stayed here for two nights in August 2004, and boy, did we get what we paid for! If I could give it 0/5, I would.
The Cottage Bar in Glengarrif is ideally located to visit areas of interest in West Cork, particularly the beautiful Garnish Island. When you consider that a weekend away in Ireland can often be as expensive as a two-week vacation elsewhere, however, this gives you some idea of what €25.00 a night B&B gets you.
We chose B&B accommodation rather than the self-catering option. B&B accommodation consists of four rooms in a holiday cottage, and rooms can be rented individually or for groups. Each room contains one single and one double bed, and all rooms are en-suite. But don’t let the term ‘holiday cottage’ deceive you: there is no kitchen or lounge area – all you get are the four rooms.
The website photos of the rooms are very misleading – they look nothing like that! The rooms themselves are very basic and quite shabby. The layout of the room is an awkward L-shape, leaving a fair bit of wasted space in an already very small room. There is nowhere to store your clothes, unless you count the hooks on the wall (yes, that’s right, hooks… there isn’t even a wardrobe).
Bathrooms in the two downstairs bedrooms are quite grotty. The showers have tiled floors and the tiles themselves are in need of replacing (or at the very least, regrouting and a good scrub with bleach). The bathrooms in the two upstairs bedrooms have shower trays, which makes you at least hope that they might be cleaner. You may be lucky enough to get a small bar of guest soap in your room. The two towels you are given are small and worn (we bought new ones rather than face using them). Both upstairs rooms are dormers and the ceiling is wood-panelled, making the already small rooms seem even more claustrophobic. The roll-down blinds on the windows are flimsy and frayed, and do little to block out light. Soundproofing between rooms is non-existant.
Breakfast is served in a very dated and dingy dining room with horrible net curtains, swirly carpet and knick-knacks. The food itself is your run-of-the-mill fare, but edible. The premises also has a full bar facility which fronts onto the street.
Unless you are really, really stuck for accommodation in this neck of the woods, you can do much better. (And if you ARE really, really stuck, go elsewhere!) There are several lovely B&Bs and small hotels in the area, many of which don’t advertise online or in guide books. My advice? Stay well clear of the Cottage Bar and find somewhere else.
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