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Beechwood Country House
Ranked #3 of 10 Malahide B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Oakton, VA
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great B&B”
Reviewed August 28, 2010

I have had enjoyable stays at The Beechwood House on many occasions over the years. Joe O'Reilly is an amiable host , a former taxi driver , he can give you tips on seeing Dublin and the surrounds.The rooms vary in size but are well appointed,comfortable and quiet. A family can request the family suite over the garage,next to the garden for added privacy. Breakfasts are more than adequate.Malahide is an upscale town about 20-30 minutes by taxi from Nassau Street in Dublin. Bus or train service is also available to Dublin from Malahide towncenter.Malahide has many quality restaurants,pubs(Smyth's and Gibney's) if you want to avoid the bustle of Dublin.
The Beechwood House is convenient to many golf courses-Portmarnock,Portmarnock Hotel Links, The Island, Royal Dublin,St Anne's etc.
I was surprised to see a negative review by several New Yorkers, but on my 5-6 stays with golf buddies in groups of 3 to 14, I have only been treated very well.

Cash only policy was always clearly stated when booking was made. It is a nuisance especially with a large group but it was not a surprise

  • Stayed September 2009
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Olathe, Kansas
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Reviewed July 10, 2010

When I see the previous few reviews, I'm surprised anyone would have much negative to say about the place. We found the owners to be very warm and friendly. The house is beautiful and the rooms neat and clean (we stayed on two different occasions in two different rooms). We were made to feel welcome (perhaps it was easier because we're non-smokers?) and the owners were willing and able to answer questions about services (bus, laundry, etc.) and to chat when they had time. The location was convenient to the airport and to the city by bus. It was a very pleasant and positive experience for us.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York, New York
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8 reviews
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Reviewed March 2, 2009

The owners were rude and inhospitable.
- After insulting my boyfriend for being a smoker (already discussed this prior to booking, that he could go outside whenever he needed to have a quick cigarette) he asked me if I was with my boyfriend "for his money." (We're both Manhattanites in our early 30's- and both have fabulous careers.)
- The owner gave us a cold room with two small separate beds (We were the only guests and specified that we were a couple on a romantic getaway prior to travel).
- The owner frowned upon us asking for glasses for a bottle of champagne.
- The owner INSISTED on securing a cab to the airport the next morning with their "friend's company" over the hired car we had befriended over the day's touring.
- We had an early flight and asked for breakfast at 6am and HE LAUGHED and asked if we were kidding! I'm sorry--- but for $120US+ for a short night's stay we expected the breakfast that was advertised. How hard would it have been to make a little breakfast for your ONLY guests of the night?

They SAID they were in a superb location in Malahide village... but THE LOCATION IS $15-20 TAXI EACH WAY TO THE VILLAGE FOR DINNER! Beware!

It truly felt like we were being watched ... it was super creepy! It seriously ruined our preference for B&B for life.

Not for young couples, surely. Maybe if you're a senior citizen couple who just wants to talk to the owners about the 1930's and get to sleep by 8pm.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed October 9, 2008

Did not enjoy our stay here at all. Impressive house on first sight but unfortunately the B&B seems to be run to suit the owners - the guests' comfort is secondary. No nice touches in bedrooms - one titchy tiny piece of soap which was not replenished for the whole of our stay; one flannel and hand towel between two people; cheap sachets of body wash and no other pleasant touches (eg tissues, biscuits).
Breakfast was probably the worse in terms of choice we have ever had in a B&B: scrambled eggs (with bacon and tomato) or boiled egg - not much else on offer. Barely any choice of cereal or bread either. The entire breakfast had to be chosen the day before.
According to the B&B's website, there should have been a billiard room and lounge made available to guests. However, we were not invited to use either and the doors were firmly shut!
Other annoyances: credit cards not accepted - only cash - again, this was not mentioned on the website or at the time of booking, very inconvenient to discover this fact once we arrived. Very early checking out time: 10.30 am. However, on our last day, the maid very rudely barged into our room at 10.00 am - we were still packing and began stripping the beds (she did not even knock) - unbelievable!
On a positive note, the house is in a relatively nice position (20 minutes walk to centre of Malahide) and Malahide is a nice town. Joe was friendly (afraid we can't say the same for his wife). Overall, we found this establishment very poor value for money. Everything was done 'on the cheap' yet they charged good money for the privilege.

  • Liked — Joe was quite friendly
  • Disliked — Everything else!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2008

We actually spent a night at Beechwood Country House last November, but I wanted to share with everyone that (after one small glitch) we had a really good stay there and it's a good place for your last night in Ireland.
Beechwood is a beautiful, upscale home on the outskirts of the village of Malahide . Bedrooms were large and quiet, comfortable beds, clean & modern bathrooms. We found out that Beechwood is sometimes used by the Grand Hotel in Malahide (four star) to house their overflow guests which gives you an idea of the quality. At 95 pounds per night, it's cheaper than the Grand too, but cash only.

The "glitch" - I had booked with Joe quite early on and had not reconfirmed a few weeks before (always a good idea for any hotel or B&B, of course). I had also originally told him we wouldn't be there until at least 6 or 7 p.m. We actually got there earlier than planned - at 4:30 and no one was there and they didn't answer their phone. It also didn't help that Beechwood is on the edge of a very upscale housing development and didn't have the normal B&B sign. We were reassured by the photos from their web site that I had brought with me and went in to explore Malahide and check out other possible places to stay in case I had really goofed. When we returned at 6 p.m. though, Joe's son was pulling up to greet us (on schedule). Joe was out of town and his son took really good care of us including cooking a delicious breakfast!
We went back into Malahide for a good meal at Vinny Vannuchis - really nice atmosphere too on left going into Malahide on Church Rd. After a good night's sleep and delicious breakfast, we made it to the airport very quickly and easily.

  • Liked — Large comfortable rooms, excellent breakfast, close to airport.
  • Disliked — Next time would keep in closer touch with Joe and get son's cell phone number.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2007

Large newer B&B just outside of Malahide town. We stayed for 2 days in room #3 on the second floor at the front of the house. It was a very large red room - one twin sized bed and one Queen sized bed, with a large wardrobe with a nice bathroom. There was a small tv in the room with RTE 1 & 2, BBC, etc. Tea making facilities in the room. There is plenty of parking infront of the B&B. They have a menu for you to select your breakfast from. The breakfast room is beautiful. Joe made us toasted Chedder melts which were so rich - just delicious! He also made some great scrambled eggs!

Joe is very chatty - had great suggestions about driving to Powerscourt and the history of the place. He also suggested getting the brown bread at the Avoca Weavers (just wonderful). He provided us with an alarm clock as we had to get up before breakfast to make our flight. It is a 10-15 minute ride to the Dublin Airport. I would definately stay here again.

Malahide is a great town - highly recommend the crab claws at Vinny Vanucchi's.

  • Liked — Joe the host
  • Disliked — Hard to find
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2007

Beachwood House is a lovely home just outside of Dublin in Malahide. Malahide is a peaceful town filled with overflowing flower boxes, a castle and shops. We took the bus into Dublin for the day and the ride was about 40 minutes. It was a relief to return to Beachwood House at night after all the traffic in Dublin. It felt like we were visiting family.
Joe and his wife were very kind and generous. The breakfasts were made to order. We really enjoyed our experience there! The accomodations were wonderful!

It took about 20 minutes to drive to the airport from Malahide.

  • Liked — The rooms were spacious, clean and lovely. The home was beautiful. The hosts were very friendly.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Beechwood Country House
Address: Blackwood Lane, Malahide, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Malahide
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Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Malahide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your hosts, the O'Reilly Family, welcome you to Beechwood Country House, one of Dublin's most luxurious and most upmarket family country houses! Though of recent origin, this house has been lovingly designed as a replica of a typical 18th century Dublin City Georgian mansion.Complete with commodious hall, high ceilings and flooring of recycled church pine, Beechwood Country House follows the Georgian architectural and design pattern in all areas except the realm of soft furnishings that have been tastefully finished blending the traditional with the contempory.When you stay at Beechwood Country House, take a leisurely repose and capture the magnitude and unique ambience of the place. Take an imaginary journey back through time and visit the opulence and splendour of Georgian Dublin. ... more   less 
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