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“The tea cosy on my teapot to keep it warm was a charm !”

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Sandy Hills Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Rush B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
County Cork, Ireland
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“The tea cosy on my teapot to keep it warm was a charm !”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

I referred in another review to the persona formerly referred to in Irish as the 'bean a' tí' or 'the woman of the house' to describe the owner of lodgings of another era. I used the expression as part of an accolade to the Guest House that I had stayed at in Westport.

Here, three months later, I am a guest at Sandy Hills B&B in North County Dublin. Rush is one of a number of interlinked towns and villages that stretch along the coast northwards from Dublin City and are convenient to the airport. This is Mary Buckley's home and her business at which she and her young son work very hard.

This is the former family home which has been extended to create a sizeable Guest House. The rooms are modern, large, bright and airy and are well appointed. The dining room is at the front of the house and is a nice comfortable place to dine. The breakfast is given an individual touch with home baked bread, scones and jam as well as the more familiar breakfast fayre. For me the tea cosy to keep my teapot warm was a delightful charm from another era.

As previous reviewers have extolled Mary's personality so too will I. She is a nice chatty lady that has her guest's needs at the heart of her business. Her modern four oven Aga is at the core of her kitchen and she quite justifiably is proud of the food she produces from it. She is one of the nicest 'bean a' tí' that I have met in my travels. Go mbheannaig Dé a stócaí cadáise !!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Mary was the kindest, most gracious host I had at any Hostel or B&B I stayed at in Ireland. The rooms were very large and the service in general spectacular. Breakfast was fantastic and when I return to Ireland I will most certainly plan a Trip to this area specifically to stay at Sandy Hills again. Simply Fantastic

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Mary, proprietor/hostess, a lovely Irish Lady, was most gracious and genuine. She was very free with her time, and her "right on" recommendations( Harbor Restaurant-"just awesome", and knows the best 20 minute short cut to Dublin airport. Relaxing and refreshing stay.

Mary thanks for sharing, my dad and I really enjoyed the accomodations. Next time were definitely staying longer. And yes thanks for introducing me to those fascinating neighbors.

Frank Flynn
Lafayette, LA
USA

Room Tip: Recommended. Kick your shoes off, and relax. The airport is only twenty (20) minutes away.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Maryville, TN, USA
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

A gracious and charming host, great location, good food, and spotlessly clean B&B are highlights of this wonderful B&B.

Mary made us feel at home immediately upon our arrival and during our stay. She took time from her busy schedule to talk to us at length, providing insight to nearby attractions, giving us good directions to find things and just making our stay very memorable and delightful. She not only recommended the Harbor Bar (probably the best pub restaurant we have encountered in Ireland, Scotland or England) for dinner but booked our table and offered to drive us there, since we had just arrived in the village. But with her directions it was easy to find.

Our room was spacious and warm, with the room temperature under our control at all times, something we seldom encountered in Ireland. Furnishings in the entire house were tasteful and were like new condition. And the whole house was spotlessly clean, bright and cheerful.

Situated in a quiet neighborhood in the village of Rush, about 15 minutes north of the Dublin airport, and away from Dublin traffic, this is an ideal location for visiting attractions north of Dublin. And it is only a short walk to a pretty beach on the Irish Sea.

Rush has a large grocery store and two petrol stations as well as quality restaurants. Since we were there only one night in preparation for our trip home, we did not get to explore any more of the village.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

This exceptional B&B won its proprietor Mary Buckley the AA Bean an Tí of the Year award last year and it is easy to see why. The friendly welcome, the homemade bakery and preserves, the spotless accomodation, the spacious and well appointed rooms: what's not to like? Mary treats you as a friend and is a font of local knowledge. The regular train service gets you into the centre of Dublin without the necessity of dodging the busy traffic, navigating the unfamiliar streets and finding scarce and expensive parking. Being north of Dublin it is also convenient for visiting the famous prehistoric sites of Newgrange and Knowth at Brú na Bóinne. Dublin Airport and Croke Park are both nearby.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Como
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

In our return to the Dublin airport we met the special place of Sandy Hills B&B in Rush, a village very close to the airport.
It was a beautiful experience for several reasons: the nice room, very large and comfortable,
the rich breakfast, with handmade products, but more than the other reasons, the special welcome of Mrs Mary, the owner, with her homely kindness and peace of mind.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cannes, France
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Definitely an adress to keep ! B&B impeccable in all aspects : size of rooms, rooms and public areas very clean, the BREAKFAST certainly one of the best we had in Ireland, everything is homemade by Mary (jams, breads, scones...). But the most important thing is the kindness of Mary (it looks like a real mom with her guests), a person you can not forget ! Mary thank you again for all things you do for us.
For the geographical situation, it is very good because we are near the sea (20mn from airport, 20 miles from Dublin) and it is very quiet.
ABSOLUTELY PERFECT STAY!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sandy Hills Bed and Breakfast
Address: Corrs Lane, Rush, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Rush
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