Originally we made inquiries at another B&B in Kilkenny, but they had no vacancy. It was they who recommended Val and Tom and their B&B, “Dunromin”. We booked three nights at Dunromin in Kilkenny, our final destination of a truly wonderful 20 day trip to Edinburgh, London, and mostly Ireland. Now we can't imagine spending our last days in Ireland any place else but sweet Dunromin.
We were hoping that our final days in Ireland would be be delightfully Irish, but never could we have planned or imagined the awaiting excitement and fun of Kilkenny, "ceol agus craic", local music, Kilkenny hurling, dog racing, mass at the Black Abbey. The many Kilkenny tourist attractions such as magically faded here in Kilkenny where my travel partner’s heritage lies and where we set forth on a family heritage adventure lost in time that brought us to several of the smaller towns visitors would never stumble upon. This was not the Ireland only from a tourists’ viewpoint; this was even more real yet magically surreal. Our final days were charmed by our stay in Dunromin with Val and Tom.
We never asked, but the name, “Dunromin” was fairly common at one time. It means a home where one can settle down after a long period of moving about, and that description perfectly aligns with our final magical days in sweet Ireland. Dunromin is a B & B where you will receive the care and attention travellers need during their journey in order to be receptive to the personal and cultural opportunities that travel to Ireland offers.
We arrived in the late afternoon, and we met Tom who greeted us and helped settle us in our room. We had stayed in seven other incredible towns, Galway, Adare, Killarney, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, and London. Our room at Dunromin had 2 comfortable beds ensuite. The large window gave us a sea of green. It felt comfortable, like home. After exploring Kilkenny, we stopped at a local deli and bought 2 kinds of local cheese, meats, etc. in order to have a kind of grand picnic at Dunromin. Upon returning we met Val who was occupied with three other guests in another room. She greeted us warmly, brought us plates and silverware, and offered tea. We felt comfortable and happy and content. By magic, we still had energy in the evening and Tom drove us to the local races. We found our ouwn way back.
We had an itinerary different from any other part of our trip because my traveling partner’s family had once lived in Kilkenny, Tipperary, and Carlow counties for the first time and we planned on renting a car. Val and Tom are famous on tripadvisor for their maps. They each worked their magic by giving us excellent maps and by drawing the best routes to the places we wanted to see. These maps are more important than simply finding the correct road; they help the driver navigate the many challenging "roundabouts" ("traffic circles", "rotaries").
Even though we had an itinerary, we allowed each day unfold itself as we moved from small town to smaller town. At Holy Cross Abbey we witnessed a beautiful wedding early that afternoon on the way to Cashel. We actually saw two weddings and a christening at three different churches. Later, after a brief sprinkle, we followed a huge rainbow back to Holy Cross. It was the thickest rainbow we had ever seen. We made it to Cashel and climbed the rock and walked 360 degrees around the edifice and enjoyed the magnificent view, but we were too late to go in. We were content. To waver from contentment because simply because we didn’t see some of the “must sees” never occurred to us. Killkenny, Dunromin, Val and Tom, and our journey in Ireland had welcomed us to the magical place where we settled in, satisfied chasing rainbows and allowing the day to unfold.
We went with the flow. We didn’t force our long-planned itinerary, bur we found time to enrich our experience with Val’s suggestions for music and dining. On the next afternoon, Tom gave us walking directions to the local hurling game which he knew my travel partner would enjoy since he is a professional athlete. Several thousand locals, and two Americans, one from Boston, the other from Austin were in attendance as the local team won the championship for the first time ever. Oh to see and hear the proud Captain address the crowd and his teammates after the sweet victory is something I will never forget. I never saw such happiness.
I should at least mention the best wifi in Ireland, and the delicious breakfast. Breakfast at Dunromin was bountiful and magical. There was a bountiful buffet set up with juices, coffee/tea, cereals, fruit, nuts… I could go on and on. Val and Tom also have delicious cooked choices including a full Irish breakfast. Everything was delicious, and we couldn’t ask for a better start to each day, including our last morning before we made our final trip to Dublin airport.
On that final morning, Val and Tom rose early and served our breakfast before our bus trip to Dublin airport. After breakfast, during our final hour in Kilkenny, Dunromin cast a charm upon my travel partner and me. Dunromin was a magical storybook as Tom played his accordion and Irish Bodhran (with his own foot pedal invention) and Val handed us lyrics to familiar Irish tunes. We sang Irish songs together and snapped photos. We were the only guests there now, and Dunromin came alive with magical friendship and love. My travel partner and I were the enchanted final guests of the season. It was an emotional good-bye for everyone and it seemed natural even though we had met Val & Tom only a few days earlier.
Val and Tom, the Dunromin Magic didn’t stop there; it followed us onto our Kavanagh Bus to Dublin, through our journey back to Boston and Austin and has endured even to the present. It still is alive within us. Such is the lasting magical effect of our wonderful days with Val & Tom at Dunromin.
We send our love and hold you dear in out hearts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming 19th Century family home where the kettle is always boiling. Located on the Dublin Road, 10 minute scenic walk to the City and Railway/Bus stations. Ideal centre from which to explore the South East. All rooms ensuite with TV / hairdryers. Two seperate guest sitting rooms with coffee/tea facilities and literature on local events/ attractions. We offer a private car park for guests' use. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dunromin Hotel Kilkenny
- Dunromin Bed And Breakfast