having been to Ireland many times over the years we usually stay with family. This is one of the few times we opted not to, esp. in the Dublin area.
I scoured the websites of all the hotels and Trip Advisor and read all the reviews. (My Mother is quite particular in her standards for accomodations.)
I came upon the Red Bank Guesthouse while assisting my cousin in deciding on a restaurant for a family celebration, that we were going to be attending. I noticed that they had accomodations and looked into the rates and availablity.
As noted by another reviewers unless you have a car this place is not exactly easy to get to. We arrived at Dublin airport at 5 am after direct flight from NYC. After getting out rental car adventure we were on the road by 6:30 am. It was raining and dark. If you've never driven in Ireland - lets just say that you'll be a round about expert by the time you get to Skerries. :-)
We arrived way before our anticipated arrival time. Only the night manager was there - a foregin woman who spoke little english. Because we were early she said we would have to wait for the day manager to arrive. She offered us coffee/tea.
The day manager arrived about 20 min later and after we ate a hearty Irish breakfast, settled us in our rooms. Rooms were very clean, nicely decorated and comfortable. I was given a room that was equiped with handicap accessable bathroom. The other rooms on our reservation were also nicely decorated and very clean. All our rooms were on the ground floor and off the street. We could see into the kitchen of one room. (They might want to put up some type of screening for the view, but it really wasn't that bad. We weren't staying in the place for a view.) We stayed for two nights. I found the bed very comfortable - I have a bad back but had no problems with the mattress quality. Breakfast is included in most of the advertised rates.
I enquired of the day manager about parking situation. How much was it for a certain period of parking time. They have meters along the street as the Guesthouse is located along a secondary commercial road. This Guesthouse and its restaurant (excellent!!) are located in converted space in a older area of Skerries and therefore when these building were built cars probably didn't exisit. Anyway, she said they had just gotten their allotment of parking permits. You pay (5 euro?) and then display the permit for the time specified instead of feeding the meter. This permit allowed us to park all day without worry. The permit worked out great for our first day since we slept and explored Skerries by foot.
Guests are asked when they would like breakfast - your given a bout a 1/2 window of time so if you say 8 am you can arrive between 7:45 and 8:15 am this is so that everyone doesn't come in at once and there will be no table or a have to wait for a hot breakfast.
Chef Owner Terry McCoy was happy to come out and speak with us. He also was happy to make modifications to the menu based on dietary needs and request as long as it was something that wasn't too outlandish. For example I requested a ham, egg and cheese on a croissont. (typical American, right? LOL) He did just great fulfilling the request. Others in our party raved about the salmon and eggs - made to order. Lots of fresh juice, yogurt, coffee, tea, cold cereal and fruit.
I had trouble with the TV in my room - and I reported it and upon our return that afternoon it was fixed. The internet access was available in the room. Without a laptop I was able to check yahoo and hotmail, using the basic setup via the TV.
The reception area had fax and copier...they don't have a full Business Ceter but would do in a pinch. Has a few business travlers staying there during our time staying at the guesthouse.
We stayed at a few other Guesthouses and B&B during this trip to Ireland and everyone kept comparing them to our stay at the Red Bank. We would happliy stay here again. Will be recommending it to others.
Great local Pub just down the street and there is a nice Fish and Chip take away on the main street. We found the restaurants on the Harbor a little overpriced for the quality.
Skerries has a walking path for a heart healthy Ireland initative, we found out later that most of the towns and villages have these marked paths, its a good way to get out and see the local area. It goes along the harbor and the bay area long the beach. For dog lovers this was great to see all the doggies out there having fun in the surf. For my mom who grew up in Dublin, reacalled coming to Skerries as a child during the summers. The library serves as a good place for local information.
Visit Skerries Mills - has nice Tea room/shop with a good locally made lunch, the view of the bay is a great one from the windmill on the hill. (if the locals are eating there then it must be good)
Also recommend a visit Ardgillan Castle in Balbriggan - the view of the Bay is absolutely breaktaking.
Newbridge House and Demse in Donabate has a absolutely fabulous Tea room another good place for lunch even if you don't do the tour. Freshly made cakes and pies - homemade cooking.
Of course you have to eat at the Red Bank Restaurant - So worth it!!!
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