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Fanad House
Ranked #9 of 73 Kilkenny B&B and Inns
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Henderson, Nevada
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“Awesome B&B!”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Our first two nights in Ireland were spent at Fanad House. Patrick was wonderful, very funny. Gave us great recommendations for pub/dinner both nights. We had the quad room, was spacious, very clean and comfortable. Bathroom was also spacious, great water pressure in shower. Breakfast was delicious both days, met Patrick's dog Treacle, very cute. Quiet neighborhood, 10 minute walk into town.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Anaheim, California
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Fanad House was very gracious to take us in when our original booking was unable to due to a family emergency. Patrick was very fun and funny to chat with and a very nice host. Fanad House is in a really convenient area, within walking distance of the castle and town which we really appreciated. Our first "Full Irish Breakfast" was prepared by Patrick and we really enjoyed it - we sure needed it while we went touring Kilkenny!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DuBois, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone. Pat was absolutely fantastic. What makes the Fanad House shine most of all are the little touches. Since we were staying for an extended time, Pat brought us a mini fridge. He was willing to offer us a good rate for the same reason. Finally, I accidentally left my keyboard in the room, and he posted it to me in the USA. This kind of service is exceptional and we very much appreciated it.
The price is definitely competitive, the location is perfect, and the food was delicious. If you are going anywhere in Kilkenny County, STAY HERE.
We stayed for 8 nights at the Fanad House and were so happy we chose it as our home base. The beds were very comfortable, and it was quiet and peaceful. It was also a great location to get in and out of the city to explore the rest of the county. Pat had great advice on places for us to see.
It's also across the street from the castle gardens, so you could take a relaxing walk any time to see the grounds or feed the ducks at the pond. It is an easy walk in and out of the city center, so we were able to walk to all of the Kilkenny tourist attractions without having to pay for parking.
Breakfast was FANTASTIC with the traditional Irish breakfast available as well as a wide variety of fresh fruit, cheeses, and cereals. We were eager to get up to eat each morning--despite the jetlag.
If we go back to Kilkenny, we will book at the Fanad House again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tramore, Ireland
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We went to Kilkenny to celebrate our 25th Wedding anniversary,staying at Fanad house for the weekend. The location is excellent, a lovely 10 minute stroll through the castle gardens into town, so away from all the noise of the pubs & nightlife but not to far to enjoy a pint in Matt the Millers. Pat the owner is a genial host & serves a fantastic fry up as well as a full continental buffet, with plenty of tea & freshly brewed coffee, breakfast is served till 10am which is great as you don't have to be up to early!
The room was spotless with crisp,clean linen & comfortable pillows.There were tea & coffee making facilities in the room, nothing as nice as kicking off the shoes and having a cuppa after a busy day round the shops. The ensuite was spacious and had a shower & a bath ,which is so much better than just the option of a shower, with lovely fluffy towels.
We will definatly stay here again & will be recommending Fanad House to anyone visiting Kilkenny!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We *loved* Kilkenny, and Fanad House proved to be a good home base for our brief (2-night) stay.

We were traveling with my mom and in-laws, ages 75-80, and even they managed the walk from the castle back to our lodging. You can make your way either inside or outside the wall of the castle garden, so it's situated nicely. I made the walk from Fanad House to the castle and Design Center area in probably 7-8 minutes, and we were able to walk back pretty easily from the pubs at night.

Parking was easy, and the rooms were nicely furnished.

Pat provided a great breakfast, and was great with recommendations and directions. He really does a super job as a host.

If we could change one thing, it would probably be the hot water supply, and maybe a little update in the bathrooms, but they were clean and spacious.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Lots of pretty flowers and good parking on site. Great location. A few minutes walk to center of town. This B & B has been Michelin rated for several years in a row, but to nitpick; several lights in our room didn't work ( sometimes bulbs burn out and if other guests don't mention it, how owuld owner know? Bulbs promptly replaced), no toiletries provided (but we didn't ask for any either), and the iron in the hallway was so gunked up that I didn't want to use it.
But that is minor. The room was spacious ( a triple room for our family) and had ample storage room. The view out had flowerboxes right at our windows. Very quiet location.
The host was friendly, and had a nice cereal, fruit and yogurt buffet out to get you started while he prepared whatever you wanted for your hot breakfast. We had full Irish breakfasts and they were very nice. Would stay there again. Thank you, sir!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

We stayed three nights during the Arts festival and got tips on the city and also surrounding area... we went as far as Waterford and south coast on a day trip.
Great service especially since it's a one man owner/operator... always the personal touch when needed... full brakfast choices and an easy walk to the city after to help it settle

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fanad House
Address: Kilkenny, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kilkenny > Kilkenny
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Ranked #9 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Kilkenny
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Number of rooms: 8
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