I'm a bit late in posting a review, as our stay at Windsor Lodge was three nights in the last week of September (2013). Windsor was our only non-hotel B&B stay in Ireland, and had it been logistically possible to stay there for the whole of our two weeks while driving across all of Ireland, I believe I would have been just as satisfied. We literally dropped in without prior reservation, and private rooms were available for both of us. Mr. John practically met us at the door and turned us over to Ms. Olive after we initially decided to stay at least one night. We were satisfied enough after our first night, we settled in for two more.
I recall both rooms being spacious with private bathrooms, very clean and comfortable with several small amenities (tea, electric water kettle, ironing board & iron, etc.). The only noticeable difference in the two rooms were the TV network boxes (the room upstairs had more channels available than the room downstairs), but that was really no big deal as we spent most of our time in the larger upstairs room discussing sight-seeing plans or unwinding at the end of the day. I know there were other guests because I saw them at breakfast, however, I don't recall ever being disturbed by noise from other rooms.
On the first night, I bravely imposed on Ms. Olive by inquiring if she might consider doing a small load of laundry. While certainly not advertised as part of the room cost, she was graciously accommodating. Each day of our stay, Mr. John was extremely helpful, though never intrusive, by inquiring what we might like to "see & do". He offered many great suggestions for local sightseeing (and there are several within easy driving distance), restaurants and driving directions. On a side note: among the many historical sites in the broader area, St. Peter's Cathedral in town center of Drogheda is worth a visit.
Breakfast was always wonderful and filling with many options available. I can't imagine that any guest would ever leave hungry. After breakfast we really didn't need to eat again until dinner in the evening. I don't know if Ms. Olive made her Irish brown bread from scratch or bought it from a bakery, but it's definitely something I would love to know - maybe I can get her to ship some to me? :-) Maybe I'm just being really nostalgic, but of all the bread I had in Ireland I remember it as some of the best!
I also fondly remember being able to just visit with Ms. Olive a little in the parlor area on our last morning after turning in our room keys, and discussing our families, life in general, etc. I consider the stay at Windsor Lodge a most excellent choice, and definitely plan to stay there again should I ever make it back to Ireland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Drogheda's premiere Bed and Breakfast facility, fully certified by Bord Fáilte and the only B&B facility in the area listed in both the prestigious Michelin and Routard's travel guides. Our lovely home is located on the North Road in Drogheda, just off the M1 Motorway at the "Drogheda North" exit #10 and only 30 minutes north of Dublin airport. Proprietor Olive Murphy takes special pride in ensuring that every guest is welcomed and made to feel very much at home. Over the years, Windsor Lodge has built up a very loyal base of repeat guests, all of whom remark on the consistent quality, comfort and attention to detail provided by Olive and her guest services team. We welcome new guests and friends as well; we cordially invite your phone call or e-mail and your reservation. ... more less
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