My wife and I stayed at Driftwood at the end of last June. We had booked 5 nights at the B&B on the basis of the Trip Advisor reviews and also Kenmare appeared to be an ideal location.
We were not disappointed on both counts - the key points to the B&B were: it was immaculately furnished, clean, bathroom/shower was fantastic, breakfasts great, hosts were very helpful, off-road parking, ideal 10min walk max to the town centre and great value for money. Some people have referred to the 10min walk being a bit over the top - no way especially after eating out and a few pints, the walk back to the B&B was really just what was needed. Be warned that eating out is relatively expensive and most pubs tended to serve relatively expensive meals (ie 15-20 euros for a basic pub menu). Nevertheless eating out was enjoyable just be prepared to pay slightly more than the UK. The hosts offered plenty of advice regarding days out. If anything 5 nights in Kenmare is a little over the top and coupled with last summer's torrential rain at times, if you don't mind getting out and about (and wet) you'll be ok, otherwise be prepared to spend a bit longer in the pubs etc. We did the Ring of Kerry drive in the driving rain with very limited views - we'd recommend stopping off at the visitor centre at Valentia Island and learning about the Skelligs. Peter had recommended Gleninchaquin Park and we spent 3 or 4 hours walking in Park's hills. The park is approx 5 miles along a single track from the main road but just keep going until you reach the end. We enjoyed a great walk and finished off with a fantastic tea, scone and cream at the Park's cottage! The best day was undoubtedly our drive to Kate Kearney's cottage where we left the car, walked up and over the Gap of Dunloe to Lord Brandon's Cottage via Black Valley. A boat trip onward to Ross Castle then walked back to Killarney and taxi back to the car - totally unplanned but a great day and well recommended. Even better to return to Kenmare rather than stay in the coach and hotel chain magnet of Killarney.
Kenmare was an ideal base for visiting Kerry. Also recommended is the location of our first night's stay in Kinsale (be patient and eat at Edwards) and MIzen Head lighthouse/ visitor centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The contemporary 4 star rated property is ideally situated on the edge of Kenmare and a short walk into the town. All 3 bedrooms are presented to a very high standard and all en-suite. A fine eye for detail by the owners and complimentary tea/coffee, shower and shampoo and free WI-FI ensure a very comfortable stay for guests. ... more less
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