My husband, teenager daughter (in her late teens) and myself spent 10 nights at Knight Haven in August. If only the Irish weather had been as welcoming as the family who run Knights Haven.
We arrived late in the evening having been delayed by both the flight from England and blocked roads caused by torrential rain. John O'Donovan was there to greet us and the instant offer of a cup of tea was turned down as we were desperate to eat. John phoned up a nearby restaurant to see if they were still serving dinner and he drove us there in his car so my husband could have a drink.
He told us to phone him when we had finished eating so he could pick us up - in fact he had also dropped another family off at the restaurant and also collected them at an arranged time. He certainly didn't have to do this and I suspect not everybody would have done so.
And so began our 10 days stay with the O'Donovans and their 3 children. Our family room was on the ground floor and we had a private door if we didn't want to leave via the front door as you have to pass the O'Donovan's kitchen/living area to get to the front door otherwise so you certainly do not have to pass through their living quarters if you chose not to.
I couldn't help thinking how lovely it would be if I kept my house as tidy as they do, bearing in mind they have 3 children and an every changing list of guests as I suspect most people unlike ourselves just stay for a few days and then move on.
Our room was a family room and although not luxurious the room was clean and with comfortable beds and the room was serviced every day even though we always locked the room. Yes the bathroom had been added on - the house itself was clearly not built to be a bed and breakfast - it is a lovely sprawling house which the family have tastefully turned into a bed and breakfast whilst keeping the family at the heart of the place. So the bathroom wasn't particularly big, but it was certainly adequate. A hook on the back of the bathroom door would have made things a bit easier, but it wasn't the end of the world.
Breakfast every morning was a treat. We chose the night before what we wanted from french toasts, pancakes (the previous comments about the size of the pancakes is bizarre to say the least) , full Irish breakfast and all this after organic porridge, fruit juice, pots of lovely tea, yogurts, home made bread & scones. The breakfasts always kept us full until mid afternoon.
There is one large dining room with seating for about 8 people around the large table and a small table for 2 in that room and if necessary on the odd occasion when everybody wants breakfast at the same time there is seating just outside the dining room, but if we'd gone to sit out there it would have been fine by us. There is a lovely view of the Shannon from the dining room.
As both myself and my husband work in the service industry we could not help but observe how the family were with their guests - nothing was too much trouble.
John usually served breakfast whilst his wife Josephine did the cooking. On one occasion their eldest daughter cooked the breakfast and a fine job she did of it.
Would we return to stay with the O'Donovans again? Yes we would. The genuine kindness shown to us almost made up for the poor weather we had whilst in Ireland. They could not have been kinder.
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