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“Guiness cake and homemade bread”
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The Orchard
Sydney, Australia
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“Guiness cake and homemade bread”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

A warm welcome awaits you at The Orchard. The rooms are of very good size and our bed was comfortable. Breakfast was delightful and nice and fresh. For a good conversation you cannot go past Eilleen - she could talk for Ireland!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

In one word: WOW! Could not have been better. Every word in the past reviews is true. Best and friendliest hostess in Ireland! Best breakfast we ever had and an impeccable room! The bed was really comfortable and the temperature was just right. A real treat to stay here.
Hard to believe she makes al of the jams herself and that the bread and cake were homemade as well, it's so good! The eggs were superfresh and the meat was as local as possible. What a cook and what a lovely woman. True, it feels like home. But at our own place, we have a small bed and our breakfast contains of two dry slices of bread :p. So I would say, more than a home. Thanks!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

We arrived at The Orchard on Saturday evening last. When we rang Eileen on our way there she told us she would have the kettle on for when we arrived. Sure enough on our arrival we were treated to tea and the most beautiful porter cake (homemade) that I have ever tasted.
Only that we were going to a gig that night in the town we could have sat there all evening long in the lounge, chatting away with Eileen. Even then when the time came for us to go to the gig Eileen had no problem in driving us in to the venue, and of course gave us the contact numbers for local taxies etc. for later that night. Having danced the night away we arrived down for breakfast on Sunday morning (pre-arranged) at around 11am. The breakfast was just amazing, but the one part that stood out was the delicious homemade black pudding - it was a taste to remember forever! Overall a lovely stay, just a pity it was only for 1 night - hopefully the next time we might manage to stay a bit longer, well done to all concerned! Marie & Ger, Cork

Room Tip: Go for the rooms at the back of the house, as the main road is so busy
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, Texas
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

We arrived late in Newcastle West on a rainy, cold night. Eileen welcomed us with a warm smile, hot tea and Porter cake. We watched debates on TV with her other guests and family. The house was really nice. Rooms were impeccable. Breakfast was amazing. This was one of our special memories of Ireland. Don't miss this one !

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ramat Gan, Israel
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

WE stayed a few nights in sep 2011 at the ORCHARD .
WE have stayed during the last years in many B&B and Eileen was the best .
IRIS AND MICHA

Room Tip: Room nr 4 is the best
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Graeagle, California
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

Orchard House is a great place to stay to access the Irish countryside, culture, history, and take long walks. The house itself is older and with much character. Our room was quite large, bright and sunny, and the king bed was unbelievably comfortable. The shower was perfect! Being from a rural area, we were a bit worried about facing the main road, but the road noise was virtually non-existent by 8:00 PM. Eileen’s breakfasts were phenomenal – the duck egg omelet was excellent. Sim devoured Eileen’s Porter cake and she just kept it coming! And then she brought out her lemon curd and despite our full stomachs we both started eating again. Eileen introduced us to a great walking trail, essentially like the “rails to trails” in the U.S. – and what a beautiful long walk it was. The highlight of our stay was meeting Eileen. She is a true delight – so warm, generous, and filled with a brilliant sense of humor and fun!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

Eileen is the most amazing hostess ever! She was incredibly flexible with our timing for both food and travelling. Breakfast was phenomenal every morning! Fill Irish breakfasts, French toast, endless loaves of bread, homemade chutney and jams, etc.
She might as well have been a full time concierge as she helped us figure out every bit ignite two days there and in the surrounding towns.

You simply must stay here with Eileen. The rooms were warm and cozy and always clean for when we got back. You will be wiser, fuller and more Irish than you've ever felt before if you stay here. When you go Ireland, go The Orchard!

  • Stayed February 2011
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Property: The Orchard
Address: The Orchard Limerick Road | Co. Limerick, Newcastle West, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Limerick > Newcastle West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Newcastle West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Orchard 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our home is 100 years old and when you stay at The Orchard Bed and Breakfast, you will be stayaing with The Murphy Family. We have only 5 guest bedrooms. All of them are ensuite and towels are supplied. There is a cot available on request. I am a short distance from the centre of Newcastle West. (distance: 1.5 Km.) Parking is free. On arrival, there is complimentary tea/coffee and some of my homemade Guinness Cake. Try it and I am sure you will like it. My speciality is home baking. There is always some cake in the cake tin for the guest's use. For breakfast, I serve cereals, juice, fruit and yogurt. Then, would you like bacon, sausage and eggs? Or bacon and scrambled eggs? Maybe scrambled egg and smoked salmon? Or my French customers like my pancakes! I always have homemade Soda Bread and sometimes griddle Bread. If you stay a few nights and use Newcastle West as a centre to visit Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Limerick City and Clare, I will have time to show you how to make my Guinness Cake or scones. Did I say that my husband is a farmer so would you like hen eggs or DUCK eggs? Just asking! You don't have to make your mind up now!As Newcastle West is not a tourist "hot spot" you will find the people very welcoming.In the local area there are many historical sites to see. Check out the Desmond Castle in the town centre, or the monastic ruins at Askeaton. Why not visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscaroll or Adare Heritage centre. Our local Pet Farm at Stonehall now has Zoo Status. The third in Ireland and the only one in Limerick.The Orchard Bed and Breakfast in only 1 hour from Killarney/Tralee and 2 hours from Dingle. Going north, I am just an hour and a half from the famous Cliffs of Moher and the Burren and an hour from Bunratty Castle. A trip to Blarney Castle and then onto the Rock of Cashel and home by the Glen of Aherlow is a must.To get to me is is very easy. I am on the N21. Coming from Limerick, I am on the right hand side of the road, just 200m after the 60 km/hr sign post. If you reach the roundabout you will have passed me by so just turn around and come back to me and I will have that tea or coffee and Guinness Cake ready for you. ... more   less 
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