We visited Ireland during off-season in March, just before Saint Patrick's Day, so many B&Bs had not opened for the season yet. In fact, we were fortunate enough to change plans during our trip, based on local recommendations. At a B&B in Kinsale, the owner recommended we drive through the Ring of Kerry and head out to the Dingle Peninsula and specifically recommended we stay at The Shores Country House.
We sure are glad that we took her recommendation! While we arrived in the evening after a long day's drive and were starving, Annette was ready for our arrival and swiftly helped us to our room and made reservations for dinner at Spillane's Bar & Restaurant (which I also recommend for the stunning views at sunset and the mussels steamed in milk--amazing! Again, since it was off-season, we had the opportunity to sit at the bar and talk to the owner for a few hours!)
The Shores Country House room decor was Victorian--right up my alley. The room was beautiful and the bed was quite comfortable with a heavy comforter (thankfully, since nights are very cool in March). We had exquisite views of the ocean coupled with the cow and sheep farm pastures from our window, which was an added bonus.
The very best part about staying at the Shores Country House though was the breakfast--the best I had in Ireland! My husband and I were absolutely impressed with the Irish brown bread, the porridge, and this breakfast sandwich my husband had was amazing!
I hope we get to return to the Shores Country House again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shores Country House offers 5 star luxurious accommodation.It is owned and run by Annette O'Mahony along with her husband. We overlook the longest beach in Ireland (approx 26 miles) and at the rear of the house are a range of mountains, Mt Brandon being the second highest in Ireland. Pamper yourself in our award winning luxurious home offering "Laura Ashley" style 5 star accommodation , most rooms have panorimic sea view , all en suite some with bath, king size beds, sat elite t.V., Tea & coffee, hairdryers and telephones,beautifully decorated with antiques Delightful breakfasts are served in our dining room overlooking Brandon Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Shores Country House Hotel Castlegregory