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Leim Siar Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 9 Belmullet B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Léim Sar, at the southern end of the Mullet Peninsula on Ireland's west coast, is a real jewel of a B & B. Léim Sar is located in the little community of An Fód Dubh (Blacksod), right on Blacksod Bay (Atlantic). Down the street is the lighthouse that sent the June 4, 1944 critical weather report to the Allied Command that resulted in the decision to go ahead with the D-Day Normandy invasion. Walk up the road 2 km in the other direction is the Atlantic with a dramatic view across the water of the heights of An Sliabh Mór on Achill Island. This country road winds past an old cemetery at the edge of the sea and some historic ruins. There is also a wonderful golden sand beach a little past the ruins. We were there on both rainy and sunny days and the scenery was enjoyable whatever the weather. The B & B is owned and operated by Hannah, with the able assistance of her husband Gerry. When we stayed there, Hannah was assisted by several capable and enthusiastic young volunteers from Germany and Belgium. The B & B has a water view -- is about 2 blocks from Blacksod Bay (Atlantic). The interior is spacious and light-filled, the flooring is tile, the heat source is geothermal - the interior temperature was perfectly comfortable with the tiles body temperature instead of cold like tiles usually are. Our bedroom had a sea view, was large, spotlessly clean, the beds were good quality and comfortable. The bedding and toweling was pristine. The bathroom was very clean and everything was in good working order. There is a large sitting room with ocean views from large windows on two sides, 2 very comfortable long leather couches and a large screen TV. There is a good view of the organic garden from the sitting room. The breakfasts featured a generous amount of fresh fruit salad, a variety of yogurts, wonderful pancakes... the full Irish was excellent as to quality and quantity. An extra special bonus in this B & B was Hannah herself, who has an engaging personality and is a natural B & B hostess. It will be the rare guest who does not warm to Hannah!
An Fód Dubh (Blacksod) is a location that will not work for everyone. This little community is not a center of commerce - indeed, there are no restaurants or shops in the vicinity. We ended up driving to Belmullet for dinners, which is a 15-20 minute drive. However the road is good (and straight) with some nice views. We did not mind the lack of businesses as our aim was to spend some time in a remote, beautiful spot (like the tip of the Mullet peninsula.)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Surprisingly it was raining when we arrived at eco friendly Léim Siar B & B on the tip of the remote Mullet Peninsula but Hannah's welcome was beyond compare in her very confortable house. Irish breakfast was generous and excellent.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

This is a very good, clean, functional b and b in a very remote part of Mayo, Blacksod Bay. The room was clean and suited us three perfectly. The hospitality was a bit strange; I think the hostess was under a bit of pressure and although she welcomed us and made us a pot of tea, her behaviour was a bit odd. As all the other reviewers seem to find her great I will have to assume she was not firing on all cylinders - maybe it was a bad day. Breakfast made up for it; freshly cooked and very generous it was delicious; we were inundated with offers of extra everything. I would very much recommend this B and B but if you are wearing fake tan, don't admit to it!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Stayed at this B&B recently. I have to say I cannot agree with other review as we certainly did not get a warm welcome - quite the opposite. Maybe we got Hannah on a bad day. Didnt get to meet Gerry. Room was nice and clean but cold. Shower really not great. Very small TV in room which was obviosly linked to family TV as we had to watch whatever the family was watching. However on a good note breakfast was really good and while we didnt get a great welcome we got a very friendly send off - go figure!! I wont be back.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

During multiple travels through Ireland, my wife and I have stayed in a lot of different B&Bs, but Leim Siar was a very special experience. The standard of the house (rooms, breakfast etc.) is definitely high and leaves nothing to be desired. On top of that, Hannah is an exceptional host and gave us a great welcome. During our stay of two nights, we had a great time chatting with her, learning so much about local history, the most beautiful spots in the area and other things. She even invited us for dinner one night. After two nights, we felt we had already become friends and it was a pity that we had to leave again. Hannah is very open minded and I'm sure she'll give you a welcome as warm as the one we got. I highly recommend the place!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Franz B
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

I wish I had had more time to spend here. Great hospiitalty and beautiful and interesting environs. Hannah went out of her way to help us arrange the booking and golf at Carne. She was in the USA when I inquired about staying at Leim Siar, but promptly was in touch with me. The minute I walked into the B & B, I knew we had made a good choice. She was knowledgeable about the area and provided us with a special breakfast along with an irish language tutorial. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Stephen O
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Hannah went out of her way to make our brief stay in Blacksod memorable and satisfying. Her B&B is a great place to relax after a day on the links at Carne, and her hospitality is exemplary.

Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
1  Thank Jim O
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Additional Information about Leim Siar Bed and Breakfast

Address: An Fod Dubh | Blacksod | Belmullet | Beal An Mhuirthead, Belmullet, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Belmullet
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Belmullet
Price Range: $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Leim Siar Bed and Breakfast is at the end of The Mullet Peninsula, just a stone’s throw from Blacksod Pier and the famous square Blacksod Lighthouse. We are near Carne Golf Links, Colaiste Uisce, Colaiste Riocard Bairead. There are lots of wonderful sandy beaches nearby. Deirble’s Twist, part of the North Mayo Sculpture Trail is just up the hill from us. Birdwatchers will love our Snowy Owl, Corncrakes and lots of seabirds. Dolphins are regular visitors to Blacksod Bay. Boat trips and walking tours can be arranged. Evening meals and packed lunches available when booked in advance. ... more   less 
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