Our recent Bed and Breakfast experience in Ireland was positive except for one experience with Olivia Quigley at the Benwiskin Lodge in Sligo, Ireland. Our hostess, Mrs. Teresa Burke at Lynburgh ( a lovely B & B) in Galway made a phone call to Ms. Quigley to assist us with locating a B& B for the following night. The reservation for 4 rooms was accepted and our credit card number given for confirmation purposes. When Ms. Quigley learned that we would be using Town and Country Vouchers she declined the previously agreed upon reservation. The hostess who was providing us with assistance then spoke privately with Ms. Quigley expressing her dismay that she was listed in the Town and Country B&B book for 2006 as accepting vouchers and that she should honor the agreement she had made with us. Ms. Quigley refused to reconsider her position and hung up. The next day we stopped in Clifden at the Tourist Information Office and requested assistance with finding lodging for that night in Sligo. The only listing available for 4 rooms was ironically Benwiskin Lodge with Olivia Quigley. I quickly told the woman at the counter that we would not consider staying at that location and she asked me why. After a brief explanation she said that she would like to attempt to make a reservation and see what happened. During the course of that phone call when asked if she had 4 rooms available Ms. Quigley asked if they were for the people who had phoned the previous evening. Claiming ignorance of that situation our helper simply restated that she was looking for 4 rooms and that the computer indicated that she had them available. Ms. Quigley then hemmed and hawed and said that she only had 3 available and once again hung up.
We were able to find very nice rooms with Eileen Mulhern at Ardlenagh View in Donegal, but I thought folks needed to know that Ms. Quigley is using the Town and Country system to advertise her B&B under false pretenses and does not accept vouchers.