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“Wonderful hostess, superb chef, outstanding B&B”
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Lorum Old Rectory
Ranked #1 of 1 Kilgreaney B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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“Wonderful hostess, superb chef, outstanding B&B”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

The warm welcome Bobbie extends her guests is like none that we've experienced. After being slightly overwhelmed by the stately house, beautiful grounds, and our four-poster bed in our huge room, we were invited to have afternoon tea and home made goodies by the fire in her lovely sitting room. My wife preferred an herbal tea, and Bobbie had a fine selection. While we absorbed the fire (and couldn't resist taking some pictures), she also had books and reading material describing the lovely Irish countryside. This was a great way to relax after a long drive, but the real highlight was still to come. We chose to have Bobbie's dinner (reserved ahead, at 45 Euros each), and that was the best decision we could have made. It was a five-course absolutely wonderful meal - actually, it rates with one of the best meals we've ever had, regardless of price! It started with the appetizers - crackers served with a very tasty home made pesto, an outstanding humus dip, and fresh pitted green olives. When we were asked if we'd like something to drink with the appetizers, we each chose a glass a Madeira. As we leisurely finished our appetizers, we were invited into her beautiful dining room. Huge mahogany table, candlelight, and large fireplace. Just for the two of us (we were the only guests that night). Bobbie gave us her wine list (fairly extensive, but all were reasonably priced) and we chose a beautiful St. Emilion. Then came the starter course - a melon and avocado salad (fanned out - beautifully presented) with a fantastic dressing. Next, a fresh parsnip soup (with a hint of garlic) was served. Again, quite extraordinary. Then came the palette cleanser - a home made elderberry sorbet. The main course was even more outstanding - local Borris lamb (extremely tender, perfectly medium-rare) with roasted squash, elegante sauce, and shredded zucchini. The desert to finish this sublime meal was vanilla ice cream and almond cake with fruit, accented by a scented geranium leaf.

Bobbie is truly a great chef! But, as a hostess, she truly made us feel like we were one of her extended family. We met her daughter and her new grandchild. And her very friendly dogs. We hated to leave - this was a most memorable home and one we feel fortunate to have been welcomed into. She deserves 5 stars (and more).

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Oh wow! I remember driving up the drive and seeing this wonderful house and wondering if we had actually come to the right place. Thankfully, it was the right place. Parking up in the gravel car park and being greeted by Bobbie made an impression that this stay would be a rather pleasant one.

In true 19th century country house style, we were presented with high ceilings, deep coloured walls and a grandfather clock. Working, of course and chiming every hour on the hour, in a soothing and pleasant fashion.

The website tells us, "The spacious, pleasingly-proportioned drawing room, where our Bed & Breakfast guests may enjoy afternoon tea, drinks before dinner and coffee afterwards". We did enjoy some afternoon tea after arriving. There is so much to see in that drawing room, photos, books and not forgetting the exquisite views of the surrounding area through the grand windows.

Our room was the one advertised on the website with the blue wall colour and the four poster bed. A large room at that with (again) wonderful views of the surrounding area. A large, comfortable bed in which two nights were slept. The windows had shutters and thick curtains that can come in handy if a little more sleep is required in the morning after the long night before!

Breakfast is a grand affair, served in the dining room at a time of your choice. Bobbie will ask you the day before when you will be wanting breakfast so if you think you'll need a little more sleep, you can request a later breakfast. Breakfast was "just what the doctor ordered", well not quite a doctor of today I think but maybe a doctor of the 19th century. Cereals, fruits, coffee (or tea) and a cooked breakfast to set you up for the day or to banish the effects brought on by last nights shenanigans!

Would I recommend staying here? ABSOLUTELY. Do it, it is truly a wonderful stay!

Room Tip: Well, the blue room with the four poster bedroom is the only one we experienced and there is no faul...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durham, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2013

You know that you have reached home when the hostess greets you at the door with a big sincere bright smile and hug that says, welcome back. We found this amazing Bed and Breakfast two years ago and we promised then that we would find a way to return. We were lucky again to travel back to Ireland and our thoughts turned to our wonderful stay. This time was different. We were returning home to a dear friend.

Bobby is amazing and made us feel special. The room that we had stayed in before was still filled with my favorite homemade cookies. The beds are amazing with personal touches such as a warm electric blanket under the mattress pad. We elected to have a homemade dinner with Bobby and discovered the cooking skills of a well thought out chef. The meal is served candle lit in the historic dining room. Perfect will describe the meal of lamb. From the starters to the desert, everything was amazing. The next morning, the dining room was filled with fruits too many to count and a Irish breakfast made to order. The best cooked eggs anyone could ask for. After dinners drinks are served in the adjacent parlor with a Irish peat fire. Please take it from us and discover this historic home run by a hostess that you will soon call a friend and long enjoyable conversations will be found.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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dublin, ireland
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I'm only reading reviews of this B&B after having spent the weekend there by chance & couldn't agree more with all of it's excellent reviews. Not only is the house really beautiful & the food fantastic but Bobbi herself is what makes this place unbeatable. I couldn't recommend it highly enough & can't wait to get back down there!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had a wonderful one-night stay in Lorum last month. Bobbie was a wonderful host, and had tea and freshly-baked cookies for us on arrival. Our room was spacious, with a wonderful 4 poster bed.

In the evening, after a g&t in the living room, Bobbie served up a delicious 5-course meal in the cosy dining-room.

A great welcome, and a lovely stay! Will definitely return.

Room Tip: The room with the 4 poster is very spacious and comfortable!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Limerick, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2012

Stayed here recently for 1 night while at a wedding in nearby Borris. Lovely old house and found the owner Bobbi to be as helpful and friendly as mentioned in other reviews. The rooms were excellent and spent nearly an hour and a half over breakfast. Would have loved to have tried dinner as would think from the quality of breakfast that dinner would also be of a very high standard. Would highly reccommend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2012

Stayed at Lorum for a night while attending a wedding locally in June 2012.

Bobbie the owner is not only a great cook but a real traditional Irish hostess who went out of her way to make us feel welcome (including driving us to the wedding reception!). We rarely stay in guesthouses in Ireland these days because of the number and choice of hotels around the country but this place far surpasses any recent hotel stay. Sleeping soundly in a 16th century four-poster bed in a room with double aspect views and chocolates on your pillow is a real treat you don’t get in any hotel. Breakfast is a feast too where you can sit together with some of the other guests (7 rooms in total) at a massive old dinning table in a beautiful dining room. Lots of things to see and do locally and only a short hop from Dublin. We will be back!

Room Tip: Ask for the master bedroom with four poster bed in order to step back in time!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lorum Old Rectory
Address: Kilgreaney, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Carlow > Kilgreaney
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Kilgreaney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Lorum Old Rectory Ireland/County Carlow

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