.... all those positive reviews on Trip Advisor (and our first ever arrival into Shannon) drew us to Mariam and Patricks "jewel" on Main Street in Bruff, an easy drive south passing Limerick on the highway then into the lovely Irish countryside at Croom for our FOUR-NIGHT-STAY. Mariam (ready to delivery her fourth child ... with "bump" the size of a large watermelon) with due date passed and still running a tight ship at the Inn with a great breakfast and immaculately clean and spacious rooms and baths. Truly a home away from home. How lucky we were to have found this lovely Inn, from which day trips to all the scenic spots in the southwest of Ireland are a breeze.
Slea Head at Dingle Peninsula, Blarney with it's Woolling Mill and Limerick at Dunnes for great shopping ... but STAY AWAY from "junky" Cobh, instead spend a day in Kinsale and Baltimore (lovely towns and area with fabulous fresh sea food in authentic Irish pubs and restaurants)
Mariam recommended dinner in nearby ADARE (beautiful upscale country club - horses/golf - atmosphere in old Irish setting ..... put the Wild Geese Restaurant on your bucket list) and whatever else you do, do not miss the MUSTARD SEED RESTAURANT located in an old country Villa in Ballingarry ...just a short drive back home to THE OLD BANK after a fabulous dinner, to rest up for the next day's travels.
How lucky we were having found this tucked away B & B ... four years in a row at Five-Star properties which were reasonably priced and provided a local flair to our visits. WE SHALL RETURN !
Other similarly great places are the CARRIG HOUSE on Carrig Lake in Killorglin, the ZETLAND COUNTRY HOUSE on Cashel Bay up north in Connemara and the SEA BREEZE LODGE on Galway Bay in Salthill.
Our memories of these and THE OLD BANK B & B will stay with us for a lifetime. Note to Mariam and Patrick: Come visit us on San Francisco Bay ... we too will make you feel at home as you did us !
... and congratulations on the new baby and Patricks wonderful butcher shop (spotless and so well organized).
Jerry and Mary
Menlo Park, California
(San Francisco Bay Peninsula)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 4* banking town house offers accommodation in 8 luxurious ensuite jacuzzi rooms, ranging from family interconnecting rooms to the serene intimacy of four poster bedrooms over looking peaceful courtyard gardens. Each room possesses its very own distinct individual style that blend period decoration with all of today's modern services and luxuries. Miriam & family have earned a great reputation for the quality of both accommodation and service, and breakfast is a treat - an impressive selection of home baking is served next to a extensive menu in a dining room that is set up like a restaurant. For golfers & cycling entunacity the house is ideally located among 5 golf courses and with in short distances of Europe’s largest mountain bike park and is on many road cyling routes. The house is a excellent touring base for historic Lough Gur, Adare with day trips to Cliffs of Moher, Rock of cashel, ring of Kerry and Cork. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Bank Bed And Breakfast Ireland/Bruff