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Lough Key House
Ranked #1 of 9 Boyle B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“There are no words...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

...but I will try.
I saw Frances' gorgeous house on 'At your service' and immediately knew it would offer what i wanted to host my birthday in October 2012.
We headed down in convoy from places as far away as western Canada and London and indeed Kilkenny, a group of 16 people(including 3 children) to eat and stay at Lough Key House. A huge welcome awaited us. Rooms all decked out, fires lighting, the smell of roast pork wafting from the kitchen....
Buttercup and Gwen were delighted to see us again and welcomed our canine travelling companions(which really brings the number to 18), who slept comfortably in their own 'bespoke accommodation' for the duration.
Friday night, we 'inned and outed' to Carrick for a bite. Upon return, we sat by the (always lighting) turf fire for a chat until late. It was like being at home only she had enough sofas to fit us all... We retired to our opulent rooms in the wee hours, each one individually decorated and furnished. Fireplaces, 4 poster beds, roll top baths, soft towels, 1 million thread count linen (ok maybe not 1 million).....all in a days work for Frances.
Saturday morning, up and ready for the day at Lough Key Forest Park(3 minute walk to entrance)
Homemade wholesome breakfast with delicious homemade breads and jams... huge selection and everything cooked to order... with a smile and a laugh for the guests and the fire lit in the breakfast room. Endless pots of tea or coffee and linger as long as you like.
Some headed off for the day to walk, some hung on to read by the fire(still lighting)
Saturday night was the birthday dinner. 5 courses, all home made and magnificently delivered by Frances' team. Lots of it from the garden and more locally produced.
We supplied our own wine and other drinks and Frances has refrigeration set aside in the dining room for same.
We went on until the small hours...
Big smiles again on Sunday with breakfast for so many. Same choices, nothing gets forgotten...
We had the birthday cake and coffee at 12 before a lot of the 'weaker'guests headed off. The birthday girl and the Canadians (and the dogs) stayed an extra night to chill... so glad we did.
There is nothing I would change about this special weekend, and my husband feels the same.
It was everything I hoped for.
Superb service, superb surroundings, superb food,superb management. What more could you
ever want? superb is the highest level of excellence...
Thanks Frances. We will see you again in the spring for a night or two, alas minus one of our canine family.
I thought I said there were no words?
D

Room Tip: Red room...my favourite... but i am a bit of a diva, so some may prefer more understated.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank QueenofChina
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Teeside england
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Firstly a massive thankyou to Frances,what a lovley lady and what a lovley place,the attention to detail is superb.my wife booked a suprise break,and what a surprise we both got when we drove up the drive to see an outstanding building but once greeted buy Frances with a very warm welcome,I couldn't believe just how beautifull it is inside,spotlessly clean and the breakfast is simply the best iv every had,we were planing another return trip as we were heading home.thanks again Frances and a very merry Xmas and a happy new year see you soon,steve and Gayle xxx

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Steven F
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Stamullen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Our weekend started with a warm welcome at the door from our host for the weekend Francis, who showed us to our room "The Yellow Room". Beaufiful bedroom, with warm comfy 4 poster bed and white fluffy towels. Attention to detail in the bedroom delighful. We were then given afternoon tea which was a delight with stewed plums, yogurt and freshly brewed tea and coffee. Breakfast the following morning so fresh and filling with homemade breads, freshly squeezed orange juice and cooked to order breakfast yummy. Dinner that evening was 5 course's and each course was better than the one before, it was so filling however some of us managed seconds!!!! the homemade breads, home grown vegetables and excellent company of the other guests made it one of the most enjoyable meals I have had in a long time. The ambience in the room was lovely with the twinkling candle light, the roaring fire and the gentle music really set the scene. Retire to the sitting room after dinner for tea, coffee and choclates and to while away the evening in front of the roaring fire bliss!!!!!

All the guest staying in the B&B eat their meals at one large table which is a lovely idea and nice way to get to know your fellow guests and allows for some interesting conversations!!!

If you want to stay in a warm welcoming house were your treated like a friend rather than a guest then stay here.

I cant recommend the house enough and cant wait for my return visit. (I want to stay in the pink room the next time)

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Melanie W
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Drogheda, Ireland
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35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

A hidden Gem and a must stayover. I arrived to a true Irish welcome. Frances' smile and energy, a roaring fire and before I could think, the thinking was done for me !
An amuse bouche of home stewed plums and greek yoghurt followed by homemade shortbread biscuit and a pot of tea (Silver pot and china). ahhhhhh...
From the twinkling of her daughters jazz on the grand piano to the old style music on the wireless at the breakfast table, great conversation with guests around the breakfast table, while indulging on again more 'homemade' treacle soda bread. Restaurants shuold heed hospitality the fare which is offered here and so lovingly home cooked.
An informal stay in a formal setting. A home, made for memories.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dermot S
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Dublin
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42 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is a lovely homely guest house. Each room in individually styled, with considerably more charm and imagination than most large hotels in Ireland. While the rooms are great the highlight is the breakfast, served at the large dinning room table which allows you to meet the other guests.

Everything we were served from homemade jam, to the made to order hot breakfasts and freshly squeezed juices was just wonderful.

The location, just outside Carrick-on-Shannon is great. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MissesMoMo
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Round Lake, New York
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55 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

What can we say? Maybe a seemingly minor point, but Frances' scrambled eggs are truthfully the best I’ve ever had! But so much more, this house (like a manor) and all its details were so perfect! This was affordable luxury with an Innkeeper (Frances) who was so friendly and helpful and her rooms immaculate...a fireplace in the room with four-poster bed...this place is at the top of our list of favorite memories for our Ireland visit this year. If we return across the pond in 2013 we will stay here again! Thank you Frances, you are terrific !

Room Tip: You cannot go wrong !
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank yogaroom
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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

Lough Key B & B is a beautifully appointed home with stunning Victorian decor, and a serene ambience. Attention to detail is the best my husband and I have seen in any of the B & Bs that we have visited on our 3 trips to Ireland (make up mirror on the dressing table, IPod compatible alarm clock and more). The B & B is on a farm on which the hostess, Frances, grows the herbs and vegetables she uses in the complimentary breakfasts cooked in pans she evidently treats with high regard. The best Trad Fry and smoked Salmon we've ever had! Frances is brilliant! She is gracious, humorous and intelligent, and treats guests "royally." We will definitely return.
Marty McDermott and Brigid Cronin
Chicago, IL, USA

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KingAndKingdomQueen
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Property: Lough Key House
Address: Carrick Road (N4), Boyle, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Roscommon > Boyle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Boyle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lough Key House is a small but pleasing Georgian period house located next to the main entrance of the beautiful Lough Key Forest Park. It has 6 bedrooms in total: 3 rather grand & 3 more modest in the back of the house. All for the enjoyment of guests and also provides a sumptuous feast as breakfast: a generous buffet of fruits and cereals as well as fresh herb omelettes or eggs scrambled with smoked salmon. It is beautifully decorated and furnished and the welcome is genuinely as warm as the open fires. ... more   less 
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