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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We did not have a reservation and "happened" into the Shelburne Lodge. Our stay was wonderful with the best breakfast of our 15 day stay in Ireland. A short, pleasant walk to town- I would highly recommend Shelburne Lodge for a stay in kenmare.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank VChi
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Kenmare was another beautiful small town we visited while traveling around Ireland. It seems to have a lot of lodging options, so it was hard to chose, but I was very pleased with our choice. Arriving in the afternoon, the large and beautiful house has its own free parking inside the charming yard. We were taken to the living room, by a nice fireplace and treated to great coffee and tea.
Rooms are on the second and third floor, and are all very charming. Mine had adjoining modernized bathroom; free wireless internet. Breakfast is served in another beautiful room, and is excellent.
The owner is very pleasant and eager to help, from history to all of the nice selections in town to eat or drink.
Downtown is about a 10 minute walk down the street from the place, a pleasant and easy walk if it is not raining. Driving there is very easy but seems unnecessary.
I was very pleased and would recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Familytraveler69
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

I have stayed at the Shelburne Lodge at least 15 times in the past 12 years and each time it is as hard to leave this loving, warm and comfortable inn as it was the first time. I look forward each time to the comfort of this old country house on the edge of pretty Kenmare. Tom and Maura Foley and their family are such wonderful hosts. Attentive without being intrusive. Excellent providers of local knowledge and lore. And breakfast. My goodness. It's the most important meal of the day and chef Maura Foley puts all of her passion into it. Recently we were treated to crab cakes which were the best I've ever had, smoked cod cakes another day, delicious Irish pancakes, fabulous made to order omelets, incredible arrays of fresh fruit creatively prepared including poached pear with ginger and a strawberry and rhubarb compote with a side of Irish plain yoghurt. And, there is more! You could spend a week here and never get through the various delicious breakfast options. Consider your breakfast your bonus meal of the day because you can easily pass on lunch. Rooms are exceptionally comfortable, large beds, some antique furniture, all modern comforts in the bathrooms. Original art throughout the house adds to the warmth. The drawing room is my favorite room in the house, where Tom keeps a log fire burning day and night. I love to sit there in the evenings with a bottle of wine and a book from their extensive library.

Room Tip: All rooms are great but numbers one, three, four and six are my personal favorites for double rooms. If you are a single, then two and seven are nice. Seven has a wonderful power shower which I love, but it is up two flights of stairs.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

we recently stayed at shelbourne lodge and loved it so much, that, instead of one night as it was planned,we stayed another night.
Maura and tom are great hosts and we had such a beautifull, big room overseeing the garden.
the breakfast was outstanding and im still dreaming about maura`s fresh cooked rhubarbs and strawberrys on joghurt....
tom is a living encyclopaedia, whatever subject, he knows everything and you could chat with him for hours and hours, its so intressting and informative.
i especially liked the salon with the always burning fireplace, where you can sit in the evenings and look at some of these intresting books laying around there.
a great place to be, we hardly didnt wanted to leave again.
we will be back-for sure!

Maureen and Eusebio, Basel, Switzerland

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

Shelburne Lodge is a beautiful building, and the rooms inside match the overall feel of the place. We had a large, light bedroom, with a huge bed, lovely décor and a decent sized bathroom with one of the best showers I’ve had in a bed and breakfast. There are no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms, but you only had to go downstairs to get a tray of tea complete with freshly-baked cake from the friendly and helpful owners. Surprisingly, there’s only a tiny TV in the rooms and reception is very poor – we only wanted to check out the weather forecast and even that was difficult. There is free wi-fi if but this didn’t seem to extend to the bedroom.

There was a huge range of options for breakfast, including a variety of fresh fruit salads, pancakes, freshly-squeezed juice, fish options, cooked breakfast, etc. The only let-down was actually the cooked-breakfast where the ingredients just didn’t seem to be of the highest quality. On our last day when we were keen to get going it was also frustrating that service was on the slow side – but it’s hard to complain when much of the delay is caused by the owners chatting and offering advice, and when the food is so good.

For all the undoubted quality of Shelburne, it does come at a price – it’s probably the most expensive bed and breakfast room we’ve stayed in. And whilst it was a lovely place, it certainly wasn’t the exceptional stay that we were hoping and expecting for the cost. Overall, a great place to stay but not great value for money.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank acr606
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