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“Lovely Surprise in Kinsale”
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Perryville House
Ranked #6 of 53 Kinsale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Naples, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Lovely Surprise in Kinsale”
Reviewed September 24, 2008

Perryville House in Kinsale was a lovely surprise - its website and some user reviews just do not do it justice. The inn is elegant, comfortable, friendly, and convenient. Our room (and many others - I peeked) are large and bright, with floor to ceiling windows and fabulous views over the harbor. The inn was very quiet and we slept well the three nights we stayed. The furnishings are luxurious with silk drapes, antique tables, plump chairs and sofas, and large beds. The giant bathroom was the best we had in our three week tour of Ireland - huge tub with separate shower, two sinks, plenty of counter space, and a separate dressing area. Yes, the sisal rugs are scratchy, but they are overlaid with quite lovely oriental rugs. Everything was in good repair. The owners - Laura and Andrew - were extremely helpful, and booked us into three excellent restaurants for our dinners. We understood the need for the locked front door, given the location on a busy street and the quality of the furnishings inside, and it did not detract from our stay . The parking right across the street was included in the room price and very much appreciated.

  • Liked — Rooms, location
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Catherine C
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Chicago IL
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Reviewed September 24, 2008

Centrally located, Perryville House is really a manor house, not a hotel or B&B. It is family owned and managed and the family guards its property zealously. My sister and I travel in Ireland yearly and have for the past decade. We have stayed at all manner of hotels, inns, etc., from The Shelbourne in Dublin, Park Kenmare in Kerry to little inns in the west. We understand service, hospitality and amenities fully.

We chose Perryville House because there was a convention in Kinsale during our travel dates and The Blue Haven was fully booked. We understood going in that there would be no bar serivce and the house was small. We arrived in a rainstorm approximately 40 minutes before official check in time. Parking was convenient right across the street. We had to ring the doorbell as the door is kept locked ALWAYS. The lady who opened the door welcomed us coolly, explained right up front that the business was a family affair. Each of us was traveling with one small rolling bag and one large one. We brought our small ones with us and although we told her we would take the small ones to our room ourselves, she picked them up and took them. I don't think she wanted us to roll them up the stairs. She informed us that the person would would bring in our large bags was out on an errand and would return in 20 minutes. Being jet lagged, we went up the street for a bowl of soup and returned .

After ringing the doorbell and waiting an inordinate amount of time, my sister asked for her large bag. When no one could get it for her, she went to do it herself, only to have the owner say, "Well, you know, our check in time ISN'T for 15 minutes yet." She did retrieve the bag and once again carried it up a full flight of stairs.

Our room was spacious, well appointed with a large tub, great shower and fluffy towels. There was no reading material, but the room was furnished beautifully with antiques. However, there were no glass top surfaces on which to set a wet drink, so we felt we had to be very careful. The carpet was also sisal which hurt barefeet.

Breakfast was nice, typical Irish fare and the porridge (one of our benchmarks of a good breakfast) was very good. Waitstaff were courteous and prompt.

We have two big complaints about Perryville House that will prevent us from staying there again. The first is the attitude of the lady proprietor, which seemed to us to say "I own this stuff, you may look but sit politely and mind yourselves well." The other is the fact that the house is kept locked at all times and you must ring the bell to enter. The staff is NOT prompt about answering the door and once inside, the greeter must then go to the back of the house to retrieve your room key. This again gives the guest the feeling of not belonging.

A beautiful home, one in which a dignified older couple might have a nice holiday, being very proper, and not expecting the usual warm Irish welcome, humour or hosptiality.

  • Liked — The bathroom with its great tub and shower, water pressure was amazing.
  • Disliked — Having to ring the bell to get into the locked hotel.
  • Stayed September 2008
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5 Thank Cuileann8
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san francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2008

8 of us just returned from a wonderful golf vacation around SW Ireland.The worst place we stayed was at the Perryville in Kinsale.
I have stayed at many B and B's throughout the world, and never have I experienced a place which tried to cut corners and offered so little
None of our 7 rooms had as much as a pencil and paper, reading material re the Inn or the surrounding area, tissues, a plastic bag for laundry,etc. The hair dryer was basically the end of a vacuum cleaner hose.
There was no sense of warmth and Irish hospitality from Barry, and there was not even a fruit bowl, cookies, etc which I have always found complimentary in a small B and B.The halls were so dark I could not even get the key in the key hole!
The breakfast was sparce at best, and as mentioned before, you sometimes had to wait at the front door to be let in( once 20 minutes plus)
Location is on the harbor, but Kinsale is so small that any location is satisfactory, and currently the Inn fronts a huge parking lot and construction site
I would avoid this Inn, and if you want to really experience Irish hospitality and service, and find yourself in Lahinch, stay at the Vaughn Lodge.
Michael Vaugh, the owner, and his staff will do anything and everything to make your stay memeorable

  • Liked — proximity to Old Head
  • Disliked — owners' attitude, and lack of room basics
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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3 Thank SanFranciscoHal
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Florida
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Reviewed June 6, 2008

We stayed in Kinsale at the Perryville House for one night with 2 other couples. My husband and his buddies wanted to golf at Old Head, one of the most beautiful (and expensive - over $300 to play a round) courses in the world. I spoke with Andrew, the owner of Perryville House, to make hotel arrangements, and he graciously offered to reserve a tee time at Old Head for our party. He also offered to play with our group of 3 golfers, as he was a member of the Old Head Golf Club, and he suggested that the ladies also meet at the course to have lunch there before the guys golfed. On arriving in Kinsale, it was easy to find Perryville House because it was located directly on the beautiful harbour. There was very limited parking in front of the hotel that required you to move a traffic cone that was placed there to indicate hotel-only parking. To enter the hotel, you had to ring the doorbell and wait for someone to come and let you in - sometimes this took a while if they were busy on the phone or in the back of the building. The hotel had a homey feel, filled with comfortable and slightly worn sofas, oriental rugs and antiques - very old world. The hotel is made up of several maze-like buildings that were interconnected. We reserved 3 Superior Double Rooms that were spread out on different levels (the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor - no elevator). All had harbour views, and our room had a wonderful balcony overlooking the water, a comfy chair and ottoman, a small stereo system and a huge bathroom. All of the rooms we saw were decorated completely different, with beautiful fabrics and wallpaper, and huge antique beds. All seemed to have the same scratchy sisal carpet on the floor. When we left the hotel, we were told to deposit our keys in a large bowl on a table by the reception closet. We went up to Old Head, a truly spectacular site, that was walled in with a gate, guard and barbed wire fence to apparently keep the locals out - I doubt that they are very happy with the place. The clubhouse was spectacular, built of stone with custom made chairs and tables that were truly works of art in themselves. The lunch was wonderful and the view breathtaking. They guys then met up with Andrew, who was a fun and interesting character and a delightful golf companion. The golf was a once in a lifetime experience, playing along the edges of the cliffs dropping into the ocean - forget about lost balls. The ladies returned to Kinsale to do a little shopping but were disappointed with the selection of shops - it looked like many had closed and been turned into real estate storefronts - an indication of the hot real estate market in the area. The best place was Kinsale Silver, a small workshop only a couple of doors down from the hotel (next to the Post Office) that had wonderful custom made silver creations. There is also a fort and ruined castle in town. Breakfast was included and was fine, not the best or the worst we had in Ireland. By the time we reached this point in our vacation, we had a hard time facing another "full Irish breakfast" anyways. In all, I liked my stay at the Perryville House. Andrew was very helpful with the golf arrangements and his wife and brother-in-law were very friendly. It felt like visiting more like visiting grandmothers house - quiet, informal and filled with treasures.

  • Liked — Location, comfortable, homey, informal
  • Disliked — Sisal carpet, security
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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1 Thank rrayner
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Manhatten New York
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Reviewed May 3, 2008

we have just returned from a short vacation to ireland . the highlight of the trip was Kinsale . we stayed at perryville house for 3 days . what you would expect for a traditional family run irish home . clean , warm , comfortable bed and good breakfast the owners were very friendly and gave us the heads up on the restaurants .good value for money
we ate beautiful fresh fish all the time the best restaurant for lunch is the Fishy Fishy cafe . they dont take plastic
cards cash only . Crackpots and Hobies were the best for dinner .
I bought a real handmade aran sweater in cronins shop .Kinsale is devine . narrow streets friendly people lots of pubs with irish music . If you are coming yo ireland make sure kinsale is part of your trip . John and Mary Collins . New York

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank JohnCollins
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west palm beach
1 review
Reviewed April 16, 2008

We have just come home from a truly wonderful short trip to ireland .our trip was centred around a family wedding in kinsale .
we were booked into Actons hotel where the wedding was held . Kinsale is small fishing town with cute narrow streets and shops with a lot of resraurants and pubs parking is a nightmare . actons hotel and perryville house have parking Actons was overbooked and they put us in Perryville House. we were so lucky , this home was a real find . we were there for 5 nights and the service decor and hospitility was fist class . the breakfast was the best i ever had and the house was full of fresh daffodills . we ate in 3 restaurants . max's , crackpots and the vintage . all were good but crackpots was the best . We did the historical walk with Don and we were hoping to play golf at the old head but the course was closed for another 2 weeks . we went out to see it and we will be back to play , it looks amazing . This was our 1st trip to ireland . next time we will come for longer and tour counties kerry and clare. we love ireland

  • Liked — the traditional decoration and friendly owners
  • Disliked — the front door was always locked , but was opened by the recptionist after ringing a bell
Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank drogheds99
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San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2007

Perryville House is billed as a "luxury guest house" and while it is a decent place to stay, I have certainly stayed in better, less expensive places.

The decor of this accommodation is as advertised and you can tell that a lot of thought and effort went into making it homey, full of antiques and very "country chic". Our host was most gracious, helpful and welcoming. Our room, bed and bathroom were all large, comfortable and spotless. Plus the location in Kinsale is difficult to beat. Parking is provided (first come, first served) which is handy and most places in Kinsale are easily within walking distance.

However, the walls were a bit on the thin side; we could hear guests returning for the night for several hours after we had gone to bed (the fact that they didn't bother to keep their voices down didn't help, I'm sure) and we heard ones above us walking about as they got ready for bed. Further the rug that graced our room was rather unpleasant underfoot being made of some rough grass-like material that probably was good and study but not very cushy. The same style was used in the bedroom next to ours, too.

The cold breakfast was varied and filling (for me) plus we were offered toast and tea but I felt that €12 extra for a hot breakfast was asking a bit much. Between that, the cost and the thinner walls (unthinking other guests) the stay was, for me, not all that special.

I give four stars overall because it IS a clean, nice place to stay and, as mentioned, the location in Kinsale is difficult to beat. But I also warn that folks who consider this guest house read all the reviews thoroughly and completely so you know exactly what you are getting.

  • Liked — Big beds, very clean, neat decor if you like Irish antiques
  • Disliked — Unthinking loud guests, rough rug on bedroom floor
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank IrishFlair
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Property: Perryville House
Address: Perryville House Hotel Long Quay, Kinsale, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Kinsale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #6 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Kinsale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Perryville House 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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