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Edencrest Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 25 Bantry B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Raleigh, NC
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29 reviews
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“Spectacular views and beautiful house”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Great great experience! This house has great views of bantry bay and a short carride or leisurely walk near the town of bantry (which has excellent food- try brick oven!) Great central are for exploring Bantry. We loved Josephine and she is just the sweetest lady. The house takes full advantage of the views with picnic tables and sky windows. Highly recommended. Breakfast is made to order.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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josephinewalsh, Owner at Edencrest Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Thankyou for your compliments which are very much appreciated. Also the views of 'Whiddy Island' are amazing from here, a small island, approximately 3 miles long x 1.5 miles wide & nestling in the sheltered heart of Bantry Bay, Its inhabitants, mostly devoted to fishing and farming, are warm natured people who welcome both day-trippers and holiday makers alike. Getting to Whiddy could not be easier with the 'OCEAN STAR' ferry boat. Tim is full of stories and would chat forever!! This weekend as the 'Whiddy Island Gathering' festival is on. - Promises to be fun filled with Open Air Music, barbeques and dancing out doors, walks and talks. - The Brick Oven as you say is amazing Whatever the occasion - romantic night out, birthday, anniversary, club dinner, office party and with the 'The Mariner' upstairs for music making any occasion a memorable one with delicious food, music, and a full range of refreshments for children and adults. - May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all your heart might desire.
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Josephine and Barry give you a fantastic Irish welcome and make you thoroughly at home throughout your stay. Be prepared fro Josephine's legendary breakfast plate - you will not be disappointed! And if you need any advice on local travelling, routes, sights etc. Barry is a font of knowledge. Ideally situated for exploring this magical area of the emerald isle. Definitely 5*!!!
Book direct for better value - we booked via an agent and hence paid a hefty commission to them.

Room Tip: probably best views from upper floor front facing - looks over the Bay. Take some slippers tho as th...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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josephinewalsh, Owner at Edencrest Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Thankyou so much for your kind comments, your comment about Barry been a font of information was just the what he needed to hear, he's always up to date with what's going on and where to go, don't forget we have the Walking Festival June 1st and 2nd which should be great fun and packed with walking trails. I just love cooking and am delighted to hear you loved my Breakfast. Take care and God bless.
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St.Marys, GA
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

My wife and I chose Eden Crest because of it's proximity to Bantry bay. When we met Josephine and Barry, the owners, we felt as if we had met friends. The room, ensuite, was large, comfortable, and perfect for us. The breakfasts were wonderful, I recommend to salmon, and Barry and Josephine's hints about Bantry Bay were right on. We went to the Snug, an old favorite, and found that the first round was on Barry,(we were celebrating our 25th anniversary). Could not have asked for a better B&B in the Bantry area.

Room Tip: Great view of the bay from our room , left at the top of the stairs.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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josephinewalsh, Owner at Edencrest Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
25years is worth celebrating, the Snug for Bar Food an ideal cozy little spot with great food. Delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. the Salmon is ' Union Hall Smoked Fish' not far from here, it's natural without any additives. It's smoked in a real old tradition by a family whom have generations of expertise in the fishing industry. Next time try our 'Kippers' by the same family. Simply a real treat!! May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Myself & my son stayed at Edencrest in July 2011. Since then, I have been planning a return trip - knowing that once I would return to the area, I would only consider staying with Josephine & Barry Walsh. (There is no doubt, in my mind, or in the minds of the other guest´s reviews here at Tripadvisor that this is Ireland´s best B&B.

I live in Sweden, and towards the end of a very harse winter, we decided to head off to West Cork for a short break, knowing that Spring would surely be on its way in Ireland, and St. Patricks weekend was coming up too. As it turned out, there was a mixture of all sorts of weather during our stay in the area, but it didn´t matter in the least. (All weathers were better than the snow covered gardens & driveways that we had left behind).

We recieved a wonderful warm welcome from our hosts, and our feelings were feelings of returning "home". Josephine & Barry are not just professionals (down to the last item) but they are very warm, & genuine people. They do the Irish justice. Hospitality 100%.

Once more we were given that same wonderful bedroom, upstairs, with the spectucular stunning views of Bantry Bay - the scenary changes every second. Each moment more breathtaking than the last. Having arrived late in the evening, and feeling tired, Josephine suggested a smoked salmon sandwich, on her own homemade Irish brown bread. Naturally we thought that she might be joking, but being the wonderful caring person she is, she assured us that this was part of the service, if needs be. It was so relaxing to be able to stay indoors and relish being waited on, given that the first evening was quite stormy, and we so tired. We relaxed in the lounge and I was happy to admire the view of the Bay and of the beautiful garden, while my son played the piano. Such a beautiful house. There was nothing missing whatsoever, to make our stay top class (again this time). (Nowadays homemade scones available too). (Who could consider staying in some boring hotel, when this lovely "home away from home" is available for such an affordable price). Again this time, I found a lovely book on the bookshelf, and headed off to retire, in that wonderful comfortable bed, that I remembered from last time.

We were not disappointed the following morning with the selection of breakfasts on the menu. I remembered so well the wonderful omelettes from 2011, and needless to say, they tasted even more wonderful this time, or maybe it was my imagination....... My son went for the Potato cakes, (with Tomato & Mushrooms), and of course he was not disappointed. So relaxing to enjoy such healthy breakfast, over a cup of Barry´s Irish tea, and the newspaper, while listening to my favourite Irish radio programs.

Recomended by Barry, one of the evenings we attended a local festival called Bantry Fado Festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7wV68VHxGw. It was a lovely evening with warm & fun y athmosphere everywhere. Had a nice meal at the Tractors Restaurant (with some special offer of a 3 course meal for 2 persons, inclusive of a full bottle of wine at a very reasonable rate). What a strange name for a restaurant though ! http://www.tripadvisor.ie/Restaurant_Review-g211922-d2260418-Reviews-Tractors_Restaurant_and_Bar-Bantry_County_Cork.html

Remaining evenings were spent in other nice nearby restaurants - all with very good food, at very good prices. Day time spend by exploring the area, by foot, and my car, (given the few unpredictable showers).

Now that Im back home, (and the snow has finally melted) I cannot decide, if Im happy we travelled in March, when we did, or if we should have waited until June, when the Walking Festival will commence http://bantrywalkingfestival.com/.

B&B´s in Ireland do not get better than Edencrest. Once more I can highly recommend this jewel to all travellers.

Next time we visit the area, in a few years time, we will stay again at Edencrest, but I think we will try their newly built "holiday home", (next door to the B&B - can be booked for 1 or more nights, Barry said) . But breakfast I will stay order from the experts.

Hope all visitors will enjoy their stay as much as we did on both these occassions.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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josephinewalsh, Owner at Edencrest Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thankyou so much we really appreciate your positivity, we have the walking festival in June in Bantry, so I am really looking forward to treating my guests to my new blend of Prorridge with mixed fruit as an alternative to the original. It is always nice to see guests returning to our lovely B & B. 'May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.
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Wexford, Ireland
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

A fantastic B&B. We had a lovely room with a very spacious bathroom. Breakfast was excellent with a breakfast menu to better any cafe/restaurant. The hostess Josephine was very welcoming and helpful. I couldn't recommend Edencrest highly enough!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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josephinewalsh, Owner at Edencrest Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thankyou for taking the time to share your experience. A good Breakfast is the perfect start to a great day!!! Looking forward to seeing you all again next year.
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Longford
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

2 of us on motorbikes. Stayed one night, Sept 2012. The house and surroundings were absolutely immaculate. The traditional irish breakfast was the best I've ever had. If this was a hotel, it would definitely be 5 star. B & B's don't get better than this!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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josephinewalsh, Owner at Edencrest Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thankyou for your kind comments they are really appreciated. I enjoy cooking the traditional Breakfast with a twist that is Fried Potato with it, we're always improving on our Menu and this year we have added another Fish 'Smoked Mackeral' to our Menu, from a local Family whom have generations of Smoking Fish. Last nite we have Six Motor Cyclists whom were thrilled with the Security of Private Parking for their Bikes. Today they are off to the Harley Davidson Show in Killarney and used our place as a stop off on the way.. .Looking forward to seeing you again this year.
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Epping, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed for two nights in Aug 2012 for a friend wedding in the area. We were greated by Josephine who simply could not do enough for us from start to finish. The bedroom was stunning and very clean (view from our bedroom was to die for), communial areas again very clean and the biggest TV I've seen.
Breakfast was amazing and kept me going for the rest of the day.
We honestly can recommend Eden Crest as one of the nices places we have ever stayed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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josephinewalsh, Owner at Edencrest Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thankyou so much for your comments. I enjoy the buzz of having Wedding Groups staying and love arranging complimentary their Hair Stylist on the Day and indeed it is not a bother to iron up the Shirt for the Gents. A good Irish Wedding is a real experience and another place I would recommend for Weddings is the little Church in Gougane Barra, a very spiritual tiny little Church in beautful tranquil surroundings. - I always recommend to eat a good breakfast if going to an Irish Wedding, as food is usually not served till about 7pm so it would be a very long day otherwise!!! Bantry House is also very popular and perfect for Photographs. Just like our home the sea offers a very picturesque backdrop.
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Property: Edencrest Bed and Breakfast
Address: Glengarriff Road | Glengarriff Road,, Bantry, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Bantry
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Bantry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Edencrest Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrity Singer /Strictly Come Dancing Star Daniel O'Donnell and his lovely Wife Majella stayed with us as part of their UTV B & B show. Enjoy the B & B experience in our home with views of The Atlantic, Bantry Bay,Beara and Sheeps Head Peninsulas as part of your trip on the Wild Atlantic Way. Edencrest an ideal base with ensuite rooms, fresh toiletries and towels on a daily basis, Tea/coffee facilities, flat screen TV and free Wifi. Guest lounge with 60" TV., Buffet contintental, and freshly cooked breakfast made to order, with a choice of cereals, juices, cold meats, cheeses and home-baking with Tea/coffee also a choice from our extensive Menu from Traditional Irish breakfast to Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs to an Omelette of your choice. Garden with private and secure parking. Edencrest also offers a Lodge next door with rooms and self-service breakfast available. Special rates for weekly rates. ... more   less 
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