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“Midsummer break” 5 of 5 stars
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Dollardstown House
Dollardstown | Kilkea, Athy, Ireland   |  
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SPRING BREAK 2N B&B 139EU
Ranked #1 of 12 Athy B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Galway, Ireland
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“Midsummer break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We spent 4 nights in Dollardstown House in mid-June and, like the other reviewers, found it absolutely excellent. A wonderful old house with really idyllic pastoral views but still convenient for lots of locations - ideal for Kildare and Carlow but Kilkenny, Laois, Wicklow and Dublin also within pretty easy range. Exceptionally friendly and hospitable hosts and a lovely room with crisp white linen, great shower and lots of extras (including a selection of magazines and books). We were offered scones on arrival and had wonderful freshly cooked breakfasts which set us up for the day! Overall, a really pleasant stay - we hope to return.

  • Stayed June 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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  • Sleep Quality
    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
    5 of 5 stars
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Axminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We were lucky enough to arrive at the wonderful Dollardstown House and meet Antoinette who gave us the warmest of welcomes. She is the perfect hostess (nothing too much trouble) and as others have said before within ten minutes we felt we were talking to a good friend. The glorious three course dinner we ate in the cosy dining room was delightful. We also had our lovely Irish breakfast in here, making us both think life doesn't get any better than this. With family photos all around and a log fire this was the Ireland we both love. Our bedroom was so cosy with great views of the front garden and drive. More than once we thought we wished we could stay a little bit longer. So thank you Antoinette and Andrew for making our two days very special.

Wendy and Pete

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We stayed with Antoinette and Andrew for one night as we were attending a wedding in the local area. Our first impression of the house as we pulled through the gates was fantastic and we were made feel very welcome by Antoinnette who came out to the car to greet us. The house is a historic property which is being lovingly restored by the owners. The bedrooms are full of character with really comfy beds with high quality bed linen. Our room had an ensuite with a great shower along with a wc and wash hand basin. The view from the bedroom was lovely with rabbits, pheasants and cattle all rambling around. The owners arranged for a local taxi company to bring us to the wedding and we were given a key to the front door to let ourselves in when we got back which was a lovely touch. Breakfast the following morning was excellent with a full irish breakfast and wonderful home baked brown bread. Following breakfast we settled down in the lounge to read the Sunday papers with a pot of coffee. We felt completely at ease in Dollardstown house which really did feel like a home from home and we would definitely reccommend staying here in the future.

  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Just back from a night stay at Dollardstown House for TriAthy. We brought our 3 children and my husband stayed an extra night. There was a double room for us and the kids had a kingsize bed and a single in their room.

Can't praise Antionette and Andrew enough for the warm welcome and friendly and attentive service. Nothing is too much trouble and they really do go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and have everything you need.

Home-baked scones were lovely on arrival and I can recommend the full Irish breakfast.

Great value for money and a lovely house on lovely surroundings. Furnishings are in keeping with the house.

Kids are asking when we can come back - hopefully next year!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I stayed at Dollardstown House for six nights in March. I really needed a break. I had a very nice and welkome stay. Antoinette and Andrew are wonderfull people and I really did feel at home. I stayed in the Iris room, a really lovely room, with authentic furniture and old big windows witth long tall curtains and shutters. It. Is a very warm and cosy room and I would recommend it to everybody. Dollardstown House is a beautifull place, very authentic. I think that the surrounding area's are really beautifull. I did love Wicklow Mountains and the old Celtic remains. It was my firts time in Ireland and I felt overwelmd by the beauty of this country and the kindness of it's people. I was there during St. Patricks day and wathed the parade in Athy and then was taken to a pub by some friendly lokal people. One week was just not enough and I certainly will go back. I would like to thank Antoinette and Andrew for a very warm and welkome stay and I can certainly recommend everybody a stay at Dollardstown House. I never will forget the wonderfull time I had there and in Ireland. And by the way, the breakfast is really very good and a good way to start the day.

  • Stayed March 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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DollardstowHseBandB, Manager at Dollardstown House, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Thank you so much Annemarie for your kind comments. Andrew & I are delighted you enjoyed the authenticity and tranquility of Dollardstown House; the historic sites in the area as well as the friendly athmosphere in Athy town.
It would be fantastic to see you return to us one day.
Warmest regards, Andrew & Antoinette
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We recently spent 2 nights at Dollardstown House and had a wonderful time. The house is wonderful and atmospheric, set in beautiful grounds. Our hosts, Antoinette and Andrew could not have been more welcoming and friendly. The legendary scones lived up to our expectations, and both the breakfasts and evening dinner cooked by local chef Lydia were fabulous. (We had booked dinner for just one night and ended up booking for a second as we enjoyed our meal, and Lydia's company so much!). I can't recommend this guest house too much. I'm coming back again, next time for a girls' weekend :-)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DollardstowHseBandB, Manager at Dollardstown House, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Dear C.
Thank you so much for staying and dining with us. It was lovely to have you here and it would be great to see you return with your friends for a girls weekend away.
With the new rooms finished soon, we'll be able to welcome small groups for anniversaries, family get-togethers, special birthdays, or like you've planned girlie weekends etc. There is plenty of space for 12 dinner (and B&B) guests by our blazing fires.

Warmest regards,
Andrew & Antoinette
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

My Husband and I are just back from a lovely relaxing one night stay at Dollardstown House. Arrived to a very warm welcome and lovely homemade scones which we kept for the next day as didn't want to fill up before dinner. Lovely surroundings and homemade dinner cooked by Lydia. The food was excellent. Was able to relax by a nice fire for the rest of the evening with our bottle of wine. Breakfast very nicely presented along with a extra treat of a chocolate easter bunny as it was easter sunday. Thanks to Antoinette and Andrew for their hospitality. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DollardstowHseBandB, Manager at Dollardstown House, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Hi L and K. Thanks very much for your lovely review. Seeing our guests having a good time and the house enjoyed is what it is all about in Dollardstown.
We hope to see you on our doorstep again some day.

Warmest regards, Andrew & Antoinette
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Address: Dollardstown | Kilkea, Athy, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kildare > Athy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Athy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Join us for a heart warming break in our period home, an early Georgian country house surrounded by 20 acres of parkland. Unwind by an open fire with home baking and locally sourced breakfast foods. Ideal base for visiting more than 20 beautiful gardens, horse races in The Curragh and Punchestown or exploring Wicklow and Carlow. Our 3 en-suite guest rooms overlooking the gardens are full of character. 1 hour from Dulbin - 40 mins from Kilkenny, 20 mins from Kildare Town and Carlow Town, 10 min drive from Athy and M9 motorway.Andrew & Antoinette are looking forward to welcoming you to Dollardstown House. ... more   less 
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