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Island View House B&B
Ranked #1 of 13 Roundstone B&B and Inns
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Sydney, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Best Beds Ever”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Wonderful! Had the most comfortable nights sleep of our trip in one of the most comfortable, well presented B&B's in Ireland! Friendly, inviting and breakfast was great. Coudn't ask for a better B&B and would head back to Island View in a heartbeat

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We felt very at home in this lovely little town. The family feel of the Island View was comforting and relaxing. The view was fantastic. The breakfast was excellent and very filling. Maurice was charming and friendly. Such a lovely stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Back again with Maurice - he cooks an individual Breakfast better than a 5 star hotel
and the house is in the heart of Roundstone with great views over the sea and mountains
Ryan's Coffee shop near the Harbour is equallyngood -we will return again

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We had originally planned to spend one night in Roundstone but as soon as we checked in to Island View House we decided to stay another night. It was everything you could want, and our room had a fantastic view of Connemara hills and sea.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Roundstone itself is out there, a few of the roads might be tricky for foreign drivers, but once there, it is a wonderful, quiet, tiny town with a few good restaurants and cool shops. This is one road in, one road out, all in a few hundred yards This is not the place to be touristy, but it is coastal town that obviously still is home to fisherman and true locals. Some nice walks are available up the hills if you are in for some trailblazing with spiny heather, fuchsia, and free range goats, and mountains are not far away, within view when the clouds lift.

Island View is a simple row house kind of location, set up across the two lane road (the only road essentially!) from a small park that abuts the sea. Great views and quaint location. The rooms were simple and clean with on suite and the usual hot water maker and tea bags. Upon arrival, some wonderful scones and tea were brought out, which really helps you feel at home on a misty coastal morning. The owners, a family, were very accommodating and willing to suggest activities in the area. If you have the front room you could watch sailing and fishing boats ease in and out of the bay.

It is near the western edge of town before the road jogs north into some rural territory before the next, larger town. A great place for some quiet time or a lively dinner among locals in a small town, but if you want more of a city than a few pubs and restaurants and about 3 stores (1 working atm when we stayed), then you might want to stay elsewhere. It is, however, a wonderful home base for day trips and hikes, so if you are out that direction, island view and round stone are good choices. Another plus was the music at the pubs, good stuff! While there, check out the pottery shop and the adjacent music store where real authentic celtic drums are still made by hand... this is not one of those highway side plaza cooperatives, just a few shops down a little road at the end of town.

So to summarize, small, pretty, and real coastal town with limited activities but a lot of opportunities if you know what you are getting into. Island View is definitely recommended if in the greater roundstone area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oak View, California
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Certainly this must be one of the top B&Bs in Ireland! In spite of its being somewhat 'off the beaten path', Maurice and Asling were amazing with their friendliness and helpfulness. The weather was overcast and rainy but the welcoming tea and scones before the warm fireplace seemed to wipe away the clouds. In addition to its cleanliness and charm, Island View had the most wonderful bed I had slept on in 3 visits to Ireland!! My only regret is that Roundstone is so far away.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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York, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We were delighted to discover this treasure of a B & B!! We were warmly greeted by the owner and served up a scones and pot of tea! The incredible views, lovely room, genuine hospitality, and DELICIOUS breakfast made this one of our favorite accommodations. The mattress and bedding we absolutely dreamy! The surrounding town and area was just beautiful! We highly recommend this B & B!! Thank you for a fabulous stay!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Island View House B&B
Address: Bayview House High Street, Roundstone, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Roundstone
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Roundstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island View House is a family run bed & breakfast in the heart of Roundstone Village.Owned by Maurice & Aisling Ryan with years of experience between them,in the bar,coffeeshop and accommodation business. We are open all year and offer complimentary wifi to our guests. All rooms are tastefully decorated with all mod cons.Rooms offer stunning views of Roundstone Bay and the Twelve Bens mountain range.Choice of breakfast cooked to order every morning.Maurice is born locally and is great for local history and routes to take for touring Connemara,places to eat etc..Tea/coffee and Aislings now famous homebaked scones await you on arrival.Island View House and Roundstone village is an ideal base for touring Connemara and the Aran Islands. ... more   less 
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