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“Ideal place to stay in charming town”
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The Maltings
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Birr
Certificate of Excellence
Bangor, Maine
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“Ideal place to stay in charming town”
Reviewed June 12, 2011

Can only concur with most previous reviewers: The Maltings, more guesthouse or small hotel than classic B&B, offers good accommodation at a very reasonable price in a historical building in a quiet setting alongside a small river; the reception is friendly, rooms are spacious and clean, and the breakfasts ample. The castle grounds (chief sight) as well as the various pubs and restaurants in this attractive small town are all just a short walk away. Birr, a classic planned town, may seem more English than Irish in appearance, but it has lots of character and the castle grounds make for a pleasant stroll - I delayed my departure the next morning to spend more time there.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

I just spent four nights at The Maltings. It's in a historic building on the Camcor River, in the town of Birr, right next to Birr Castle. You can walk to restaurants, the town, the Castle gardens--all a few steps away.

Birr itself is in the heart of Ireland and a great base for day trips to many sites. The people are amazingly friendly and helpful and that is totally true of Maeve, the pleasant and energetic owner/manager of The Maltings. She is a big part of why this is such a great place to stay.

My room overlooked the river--I love a water view. The room was a good size, simple in decor. Very comfortable mattress. Flat-screen TV. There is a computer available for guest use but I didn't use it.

Breakfast was wonderful--every kind of choice, hot and cold, and fresh-cooked to order. Delicious coffee too. And I could sit and look out at the river, the ducks--even a fish jumping here and there. In good weather, there is a deck where you can eat as well.

I would definitely stay here again and highly recommend The Maltings to anyone exploring this fascinating part of Ireland.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Skaneateles, New York
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

I've been coming here for years. It's quiet, clean and comfortable. Maeve is great and will help you with whatever you need. Breakfast by the stream is a terrific way to get the day started. Walk everywhere (except you'll need a car to get to Birr Golf Course or the Thatch.) The Maltings is a special unique place with atmosphere. A great night's sleep. And incredibly reasonable. Looking forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed December 14, 2010

I stayed here in November with my sister and one of my friends. We wanted to go to Wicklow and spend the night there, but the weather and roads were awful, and so we didn't make it to Wicklow. We ended up in Birr because it was close to Dublin where we had to be by the next day and we read there was a castle and museum there. So that's how we found ourselves in Birr.

We checked one hotel first, which wanted 50 euro per person which was too much for us. Then we found the Maltings, and they offered us a much cheaper rate. It was probably the best night's rest I got during my week long vacation in Ireland. The room was warm and very clean, and the owners were so hospitable. We had a great time.

We had breakfast in the morning before leaving and even though we were the only people staying there, they had the whole spread out for us. We also loved the dining room and the view of the river outside. Lovely!! Would recommend to anybody stopping over in Birr.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Cork
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2010

The Maltings B&B/Guesthouse is located beside a little river, so you eat your breakfast to the sight of little ducks swimming past and to the sound of water rushing over the nearby weir. The room we stayed in was large, comfortable and immaculately clean. The breakfast was excellent with a full range of different options. The B&B is located beside Birr castle and is within 1 minute's walk of the town centre, yet it's very quiet and tranquil. Birr town itself is a very attractive little town and well worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vienna
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

Very good modern room overlooking mill stream. Excellent high-quality breakfast. Very good indeed.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Co Antrim
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

We having been staying over at The Maltings yearly for nearly ten years. Maeve, family and Susan run a lovely Guest House, with great family atmosphere, (home from home) beautiful setting, cosy and clean family room accommodation, great food and the craic is good too! Our Kids wouldn't stay anywhere else, especially when its breakfast time, they always like to keep a few slices of toast to feed the ducks.
Ross Family, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Property: The Maltings
Address: Castle St., Birr, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Offaly > Birr
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Birr
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Number of rooms: 10
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