Recently I visited the beautiful Nire Valley in Waterford. It wasn't my first visit to this part as I have walked in the surrounding hills many times. It was however my first visit to Glasha Farmhouse in Ballymacarbry. I had heard good reviews about it so looked forward to my nights stay there with a friend. It was dark when we arrived and our gracious host Olive showed us to our twin bed room which she told us had been newly renovated. Indeed the room was well furnished and spotless with a 'just done up' look about it and a faint scent of receeding paint odour. We opened the window to air the room before joining Olive in the sitting room for a pot of tea and a slice of apple tart where we chatted about the area and Olive told us about places to walk the next day. She then told us breakfast was at 9 the next morning, not between 8 and 10 but only at 9am.For the relaxed atmosphere of the house this seemed a little inflexible but we understood there were certain reasons for this and decided to go with it. We had heard about the wonderful breakfast at Glasha and looked forward to the morning.. My friend and I went out for the evening to visit friends. Next morning we arrived down to breakfast at 9 and could hear the sound of sizzling coming from the kitchen. We sat at one of the 'so far' empty tables and about 25 minutes later the room stated to fill up with people who were staying for the three day coursing event in Clonmel. Olive arrived in to wish us Good morning and asked us 'would we have the full works', as in the big fry. We asked for a menu for some more choice. But there was none forthcoming nor was there any sign of a buffet breakfasf or similar or even cereal for that matter. We decided on the variation of a cooked breakfast ie poached egg and some bacon. Soon they arrived unadorned but very nicely cooked. A basket of bread also arrived with some delicious courgette and walnut bread. This gave us a hint of the style of breakfast we were missing and we later discovered from Olive when we asked about the breakfast that the big fry up on offer was the 'Coursing breakfast', for lads who wanted to get in, have a fast tasty breakfast and get out to see how their greyhounds would run. Sadly my friend and I were on this occassion relegated to the 'also rans' and missed out on the prize at the end of the day, the expected bountiful much talked about breakfast in terms of choice. As we paid our €100 for the room we felt a little short changed. Olive,it was not as we expected but maybe we will have better luck next time.
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