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Maranatha Country House
Ranked #2 of 25 Blarney B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cookeville, Tennessee
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8 reviews
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“Gorgeous old country house”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

My father and I stayed at Maranatha House one night on our trip around Ireland. The lady that was running it was very nice and attentive to our needs. The house is decorated in a very particular style that may not be some people's cup of tea, but you can tell the owners put a lot of effort into making it look the way it does. The owners help us out and pointed out area attractions and resturants we might enjoy. We actually ended up at a place she recommended that was probably our favorite meal of the whole 10 day trip! The breakfast room was was walls of big windows that let in a ton of morning light, great place to sit and enjoy and nice breakfast. We had a pleasant experience at Maranatha House and would recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

This is one of the more difficult reviews I have written. This is a country manor on the edge of Blarney. A bit hard to find. Even my GPS was of no use but one can drive to Blarney and call for directions. Plenty of parking. The manor house is rather impressive from the outside. The grounds are well landscaped, large and equally impressive. We even saw a beautiful red fox.

The hosts are warm and welcoming and certainly take pride in the B&B and interest in the guests.

The room... well... this is where it gets a bit difficult. I suppose that with such a historic looking manor I expected a traditional and antique interior. And it was... kind of... The owners are certainly risk takers and decorated with great imagination. Clearly what they created was a lot of work to produce and also maintain. But taste is something not necessarily universally shared. We stayed in the "Top Hat Room". One of several theme based rooms (not certain, but I believe they are entertainment industry based themes). The top hat room was apparently modeled after a scene from a movie with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Hard to describe but I will try. Large room with a round bed. Lots of lace and translucent drapperies. Coat stand with a top hat. Lots of artificial flowers. And a very large black and white photo of the two actors dancing. This was not something I wanted to wake up to each morning especially in Ireland. The bathroom was clean with Victorian style plumbing. The large bathroom window was not adequated covered and faced the parking area. To compound this the second night there was a very strong smell of paint thinner so apparently the hosts were decorating yet another part of the house (the positive is that the smell covered up the moldy plaster smell we had experienced the night before).

Downstairs there was an eclectic look of antiques, dolls and other items. Very cluttered. The dining area was in a Victorian-like glassed room facing the garden. That would have actually been very nice but there was so much decoration in the room (artificial plants/flowers, lace, etc...) that it detracted from the feel.

On the positive, it is located just a couple of minutes drive from Blarney. It is a quite location. And we did not get sick from the food or experience a live reinactment of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Other reviewers have noted their anger over religious materials distributed by the owner. Perhaps they got the message. On my way out she discretly placed both a business card as well as a pamphlet she described as "optional information". And that was all. I looked over the pamphlet and, while religious, the domination was a mystery to me.

I really feel bad about giving this negative review because I do believe the owners put their heart and soul into the decorations but they took a risk with their taste and the taste is not shared by all.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed here a few weeks ago and I really don't understand all the rave reviews. It was just okay. The decor was really gaudy to me and overdone. The hosts were nice, but we didn't like the religion pushed on us AFTER we paid our bill.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Vienna, Virginia
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Beautiful Country house with outstanding large beautifully decorated rooms. Fabulous sun room for breakfast. The best B&B of our 3 week vacation. Lovely host, good food, very clean. Good spot to be to get to Blarney Castle early the next day.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Colon, Michigan
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Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

The best B&B in Ireland, better than some of the sites visited. Don't miss the pub, Blair's Inn, the best herb chicken anywhere on the planet!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Westfield, New Jersey, United States
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39 reviews
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Maranatha house was a welcome haven after a long day of driving and site seeing. It also turned out to be a good 'base' to explore the area for a couple of days. The house reminded my wife and me of B&Bs at which we've stayed in Cape May, NJ. The room (Champagne?) we stayed in was very large, comfortable and clean with nice views of the property. Breakast was very good (and they had some of the best Muselix that we had on the trip). Doug and Olwen were amazing hosts and provided great dinner recommendations (Blairs Inn - we went both nights) and engaging conversation. Highly recommend staying here and if we make our way back towards the Blarney area again, we'll definitely look to stay at Maranatha.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My boyfriend and I were travelling through and we enjoyed Blarney for the afternoon and it was getting late so we thought we had better find somewhere to rest for the night. We happened to find ourselves driving up the prettiest hill to this B&B!! Lucky us! They had one room left - the lavender room! We loved it. The bed was so comfortable and I loved waking up to the sounds of the bird chirping just outside our window. the house was charming and the breakfast room is gorgeous. We would definitely recommend this B&B!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Property: Maranatha Country House
Address: Marantha Country House Saint Ann's Hill | Tower, Blarney, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Blarney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Blarney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stroll through the beautiful private gardens and woodlands surrounding this lovely Victorian mansion. Spacious romantic bedrooms. Beautiful historic antiques throughout. Ideally located for day trips to both east and west Cork and Kerry. Rates for bed and breakfast from €35 to €60 per person sharing per night ... more   less 
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