We just returned from our fourth trip to Ireland. We have stayed in pretty much everything to be offered-from minute B&Bs not en-suite to the Ritz Powerscourt, Adare, etc. but predominately nicer B & Bs per recommendations or reviews. We had some concerns given the reviews of Celtic House, but given that we had never been to Kilkenny City and wanted to spend some time there, we chose this due to location-which is absolutely perfect. There is so much to see and do and within walking distance, and superb restaurants and pubs from which to choose. There is secured parking there, which is also a plus.
The physical property is lovely, with one of the nicer breakfast areas we have seen-spacious, lovely leaded glass, fascinating art pieces, as well as Angela's quite lovely oils. The breakfasts were more than ample and luscious. We were also offered a later breakfast time than many places, which we deeply appreciate, even though it is not to be expected.
Our room was large by most standards in Ireland, indeed much of Europe. The same would be said of the bathroom-which did have rather lovely tile. Yes, there was a bit of wear in the bath, but the carpet looked new, and everything was clean and the bed was more than comfortable.
Now, some of the critical comments of other reviews. First, we had absolutely no noise problem. (We also stayed at Dromoland Castle on this visit, and had to be moved due to extremely disruptive noise and we were in an upgraded suite.) Also, the comment about the hosts asking for vouchers on check in-that is only routine and expected, although I know some places do not until check out. But I have stayed very few places anywhere that do not ask for a credit card before or at check in, regardless of payment method. How is this any different?
The family was lovely and helpful with suggestions in town. They were professional and warm. We appreciated the freedom to come and go without feeling we were causing discomfort as can happen in some situations.
There is no "lounge" or "living room" apart from the breakfast area, but I only mention that if it is very important to someone. There are so many, many places within a very short distance, that would be a shame to miss. So the balance of spaciousness, thoughtfulness, and great food more than surpassed what I thought might be things that had to be compromised for the location. Far from it!
As to the "cold"-other than standard hotels or castles, almost all places we have ever stayed are perhaps chilly by States standards (we travel in the spring or fall to Ireland to avoid the crowds/tour buses, etc and get to be more with the local people, which is one of the biggest draws of the country.) Ireland is a rich experience and openness to things and cultural differences and if you let it happen, you won't be disappointed. Celtic House is a lovely place to stay, and I would most certainly recommend it.
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