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The Rose Garden B&B and Cafe
Ranked #26 of 64 Kenmare B&B and Inns
Acton, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Nothing special, but fine budget location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2006

We stayed at the Rose Garden Guest House in June 2006 on a Monday night. We were the only guests on that night which means that it was pretty quiet (which was nice). The guest house is a short walk to "downtown" Kenmare. We liked that since it meant that it was in a quiet location but still convenient (although be sure to ask for a room facing the back of the hotel if you are sensitive to noise since there's a semi noisy road out front). The inside of the guest house was pretty ordinary, but it certainly does the trick if you're looking for a decent place to spend the night and are on a budget. This certainly isn't a good choice for anyone looking for lots of comforts or charm since you won't find those things here. Our breakfast was fine as well - fairly comparable to the other B&Bs we stayed in in Ireland. We might stay at this place if we go again, or we might be tempted to "upgrade" to a slightly nicer guest house.

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2005

We stayed here for 1 night and found that everything was average - it was a little odd that in the bathroom there was a sign up asking you to take short showers! For breakfast we requested one fruit and yoghurt meal rather than an Irish Breakfast - the fruit and yoghurt were miniscule and the yoghurt warm. We asked for more soda bread to compensate and were told that there may be a small bit we could have - we feel we were involved in a cost saving exercise - we would not describe the rose garden as warm with a friendly welcome! However, we were in walking distance of the town of Kenmare and had a lovely evening meal in the Lansdowne Hotel at the top of town - the food here was great and well worth sampling. Don't be put off by thinking it's expensive as its part of a hotel, the food we had was in the bar area which is separate to the rather plush looking hotel.

  • Stayed September 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2005

My girlfriend and I have just returned home after a memorable vacation in the Sunny South West of Ireland and The Rosegarden guesthouse! We flew into Shannon and travelled direct to The Rosegarden guesthouse, checked-in, dropped our bags and ran out to the garden to catch the rays. We were told thesun doesn't shine very much in Ireland - I'm not so sure - the first directions I requested was to the local pharmacy to buy aftersun and factor 20!

The guesthouse was spotless, the breakfast room spacious, the service was outstanding, but most of all the staff were amazing. They could not do enough for us. The new owner Padraig is a young local publican with the typical personality you would associate with an Irish pub. He had a keen interest outdoor activities. We disposed of our guide books when we met him - a fountain of local information from the best tours to the local mechanic (thats another story!) to the parish priest (thats another story too!). He also got special discounts for us on most things.

In 1 week we were swimming, touring, walking, sailing, kayaking, golfing, we heard some amazing Irish music - we didnt have time for sunbathing after our first effort. The food and drink in Kenmare was great with something for everyone.

Everyone at the Rosegarden from the cleaning lady to the receptionists made us feel very special.

I proposed to my girlfriend under the setting sun at Reenagross Park (a hidden treasure Padraig told us about - not in any guidebook). 1 week in Kenmare wasn't long enough - next year when we return as Mr and Mrs Forbie we will stay for longer.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2005

The glowing reviews of the Rosegarden Guesthouse on tripadvisor.com all mention the charming house itself as well as the charming owners. The owners mentioned have now retired and sold the property. The house and rooms are still very tidy and the gardens are still beautiful, but the new owner is still working out a few kinks. No real problems, just not quite what I expected.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2004

This was the nicest place we stayed in Ireland. The hosts are terrific. They went out of their way to help you, whenever you needed anything. The rooms were immaculate. The food was great, although we only ate breakfast and dessert there. We'd stay there again in a second.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2003

The Rose Garden Guest House met all our requirements when visiting Kenmare: home-like atmosphere, friendly service, and within easy walking distance of the village. But, to top this off, the dinners exceeded our expectations by offering a combination of continental cuisine and typical Irish fare. We shall return!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2003

We spend 3 nights in the Rosegarden in october, one of the very view that have the heating on full blast, clean, good food and fair rates.
Peter and Ingrid are hosts from heaven. We highly recommend the Rosegarden in Kenmare.

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Property: The Rose Garden B&B and Cafe
Address: Rose Garden Sneem Road | Gortamullen, Kenmare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
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Ranked #26 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Kenmare
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Rose Garden B&B and Cafe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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