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“A Wonderful End to a Fabulous Two Weeks”
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The Tides B&B
Ranked #2 of 21 Ballybunion B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
North Carolina
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25 reviews
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“A Wonderful End to a Fabulous Two Weeks”
Reviewed June 27, 2009

We ended our two week Ireland vacation with a two night stay at The Tides Guesthouse. Such a fabulous place, so beautiful and cozy! My husband had an early tee time, so they let me check in, I was so appreciative of that! The thing that impressed me the most, is David and Doreen treat you as if you're a personal friend in their home, and go out of their way to get you anything you need. It was the perfect place for us, we'll be back!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Naperville (Chicago, IL USA)
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Reviewed November 7, 2008

The Tides is a fantastic B&B right outside of downtown Ballybunion on the road to Listowel. The room was great, everything is brand new and very clean. Breakfasts were excellent, all home cooked meals right out of the kitchen. David greeted us the 1st day and took us to the 150th anniversary horse races in Listowel where we saw great Irish horse racing (and wagering) with "the bookies". Played golf at Ballybunion and Cashen, both great courses. David is a great host and the TIDES is worth the stay.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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rockville, md
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Reviewed October 10, 2008

I have just returned from a week in Southwest Ireland with my son and two golfing friends. We had the great pleasure of staying three nights at the Tides Guesthouse in Ballybunion. I have had numerous golfing vacations in Ireland and Scotland, staying in five star resorts to B&B's, and this was the best. We booked our accommodations sight unseen and upon arrival we were very pleased. The Tides is new, modern, simply and tastefully decorated, well designed for both privacy and congregating and very convenient to the golf course and town. I believe it is the cleanest overnight accommodations I have experience in decades. Breakfasts were wonderful.

The best part of our stay was being hosted by David and Doreen Walsh. They are truly committed to making your stay the best it can be without being intrusive. The only thing they can't do is control the weather--if they could, they would! Any request or question was responded to with "not a problem in the world"--even if it was. Directions, dining recommendations and reservations, ATM machines, arranging caddies, you name it, David came up with the solution cheerfully and professionally.

I know for my next trip to Ireland my first call is going to be to David and I will recommend the same to my discerning golfing friends who are looking for a wonderful experience.

Thank you again David and Doreen.
Ray

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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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warwick ri
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Reviewed September 30, 2008

David greeted us with open arms and helped us with all of our itinerary and what was going on socially around us there. Very very helpful and accomodating. The guesthouse is pristine and the food is excellent. Very easy for traveling to the golf course and into town.
Would do it again.!!!! Thanks David

Stayed September 2008
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Lucan, Ireland
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Reviewed September 24, 2008

The views from the dining area are fantastic. Your look out over the sea while having your breakfast will leave you in a relaxed mood for the day ahead. All the rooms are finished to a very high standard, so much so that they are better than some 4* places we have stayed in, in the past. Breakfast is cooked fresh and David is a very gracious host with a great flair for golf. This is the place to stay if you are visiting Ballybunnion. You will not be disappointed!!!

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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed September 12, 2008

What a gem! The nicest place we stayed at on our two week golf holiday (and we payed a lot more at other places). David is an excellent host, the facility is practically new and the attention to detail throughout was amazing. Calling the Tides a B&B does not do it service. It is much nicer than that. Further, the location is very convenient for golfing in Ballybunion and other spots not too far away. We self drove on this trip and one nice added touch was that David would program our GPS unit with the details of where we were driving to that day (not as easy as it sounds...).

Overall, the strongest thing I can say is that we will be back, soon.

  • Liked — Very clean and new, with fantastic service
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank CaliforniaGolfer08
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Co Kerry
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

We booked The Tides Guesthouse in Ballybunion as we were attending a wedding locally.

The service and attention that we received was excellent. When we booked we asked if it were possible to arrive early (12:30) in order to change and get ready for the wedding as we had to travel for over an hour from our home and wanted to arrive at the wedding fresh and rumple free. Most guesthouses only accept arrivals after 3pm ish however, this request was was not at all inconvenient.

The room we had was truly 5*. The bed was extremely comfortable and with beautiful linen. The ensuite was something to see. Apart from what you would expect in an ensuite ie toilet, washbasin suite there was a large corner bath and a seperate shower; the ensuite beautifully tiled and looking brand new.

The whole house was extremely clean and beautifully furnished and decorated and the breakfast we had in the conservatory was excellent. (Full Irish) The usual cereals, yoghurts, juices, toast, tea and coffee was supplied and there was a selection from which you could choose your hot breakfast. The tables were laid with full linen including the serviettes.

David and Doreen obviously enjoy having guests to stay and it is evident in how they treat every one. I would have no qualms about recommending them to anyone and would definitely stay there again.

Thank you David and Doreen.

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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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Property: The Tides B&B
Address: Listowel Road, Ballybunion, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Ballybunion
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Ballybunion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Tides B&B 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Tides B&B. Your Family host David & Doreen Walsh await your arrival in Ballybunion, County Kerry. Recently awarded Five Stars by Failte Ireland you can be rest assured you will be well looked after in Ballybunion. Free Parking Free WI-FI ... more   less 
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