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Griesemount House
Ranked #1 of 1 Ballitore B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 29, 2013

This house is in a time zone so far from today's fast world. We love old houses with steeped history and this big old house has plenty real history. This is an experience we can cherish in our fond memories. We attended a wedding in Rathsallagh House (15 mins by car once you know the way) but stayed in Griesemount as the hotel was fully booked out. Carolyn had our room turn down prepared for us on our return at mid-night and it was so lovely to come back home into the warm cosy and quiet environment of the our unique guest bedroom. We even had books available to read as we had forgot to bring our own. To find the house, talk with Carolyn in advance to get accurate guidance and understanding of the location. It is easy once you have found it but as in the countryside of Ireland, little historic gems such as this are off the beaten track. Allow extra drive time to find and we recommend check-in during daylight hours. Irish breakfast was just fabulous and set us up for the day ahead. A home from home!
Many thanks to Carolyn & Robert

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carolyn A, Owner at Griesemount House, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2013

Thank you very much for writing your review of Griesemount and loved what you had to say about our house, so lovely for us when guests appreciate it.
You are right, it's much easier to get to Griesemount when it's light, especially if you are unfamliar with the local roads and I'm sorry you had trouble. I always give our guests emailed,detailed directions and suggest they get here to collect their key early before going to Rathsallagh...which is..or should be...less that 10mins away!!
Thank you for all the comments about getting back and the books. As you probably noticed the house is coming down with them!! Nice too be cosy and warm when you come in late from a party.
Hoping we meet again, Kind Regards Robert and Carolyn

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We were looking for a place to come back to after a wedding, the wedding venue suggested Griesemount. We were expecting something functional but what we found was remarkable. Griesemount was built in 1817 by the Shakleton family (of South Pole fame). Although it is very close to main roads and to Naas, when you drive up the driveway you feel like you’ve entered a world that runs at a different pace to the 21st century.

You enter a huge house, decorated with Regency era sketches, Vanity Fair cartoons from the 19th century, souvenirs and ornaments from the far east, a series of wonderful bookcases, antique furniture and huge bay windows that look onto streams and (quite impressive looking) ruins. The owners couldn’t have been any more friendly or agreeable, in fact we almost would have preferred to spend our day chatting with them, strolling around their garden or relaxing while drinking tea, reading books and imagining we were living about 100 years’ ago.

Carolynn and Robert have created a wonderful, unique home. I have every intention of going back for a weekend, I would recommend their house highly,

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carolyn A, Owner at Griesemount House, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Wow!! That was a joy to read and so complimentary both about us and Griesemount. We really do hope you come back, we really enjoyed having you here to stay. Til then, take care, Robert and Carolyn

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Well, what can we say? We stayed at Griesemount as we were guests at a wedding in Rathsallagh. For the four of us (two sisters of the bridegroom and their other halves) the stay at GH was a major highlght. The house is, as so many others said, an absolute gem, with so many interesting features/furniture/contents - and breakfast made by Carolyn in the morning was one of the best. When we returned from the wedding reception in the wee small hours we met the statue of the warrior in the hall for the first time (behind the front door), which made even the hardiest of us jump out of our skins! Although in the sunshine the following morning we realised he was just an impressive work of art, at 2:00 am at night he seemed altogether different. For anyone not sure about B & B's in the area, GH is a real experience and a treat for anyone looking for a place with real character.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Griesemount is a charming Georgian house in a remote area near the village of Ballytore in County Kildare. The owners, Robert and Carolyn Ashe are personable and very welcoming and of course very knowledgeable about both the house and the area. They have preserved the character of the building very well, no mean feat in this day and age. The guest house operation is small and well managed. The beds are comfortable and the breakfast is above average with well-chosen ingredients which are freshly cooked. What more does one need from a bed and breakfast facility?

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Stayed with a few friends at Griesemount after traveling to Ireland from United States. The accommodations were terrific, cozy, convenient and beautiful, but the highest praise goes to Carolyn the house keeper.

Carolyn met us at the front door, showed us the house and spoke briefly about the area. She was always available for an advice, great breakfast or even help with cleaning a dress shirt :) The house was in great shape, tailored to every need we had. comfortable and clean rooms with beautiful views. BRING YOUR CAMERA, this area is amazing.

Griesemount made our visit to Ireland stress free and enjoyable, and I would recommend to anyone traveling to the area.

PS
2 black labs keen on playing fetch that live outside of the house provide great morning entertainment.

Room Tip: We stayed in the 2 bed room, but having seen the rest of the rooms, you can't go wrong there.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Carolyn A, Owner at Griesemount House, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Thank you Anton for that great review. On our part we just loved having you and your friends here, It's fun when a group of friends stay for a wedding at Rathsallagh, it makes for a real house party, especially as you stayed the weekend. As for Corrie and Zola, they had the time of their lives, I'll not forget the sight of you four boys out with the labs on the slope whilst Wimbledon was on, definitely a much better use of a tennis ball!

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

We stayed at Griesemount for 2 days for a wedding in Rathsallagh. It was a wonderful place to stay and was convenient and close to Rathsallagh. Carolyn was extremely helpful and very sweet. We couldnt have hoped for a better host!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carolyn A, Owner at Griesemount House, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2013

Thank you Chris for your review and we so loved having you and your fiancée Angelica here to stay. Hopefully one day you will pass our way again. Love to you both, Carolyn

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I have been a regular guest at Griesemount House over a period of five years and I cannot recommend the house highly enough. Carolyn and Robert are amazing hosts - warm, welcoming and friendly. Their level of service goes above and beyond what you might normally expect from a stay at a B & B and it always feels like a home from home for me. Choose Griesemount ! You won't be disappointed and I guarantee you'll be planning your next stay before you know it !

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Carolyn A, Owner at Griesemount House, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2013

Thank you Joe. We really miss you coming to stay. Hopefully you will be back over our way before too long as we'd love to see you, we too so enjoyed your visits to us!

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Additional Information about Griesemount House

Address: Ballitore | Co Kildare, Ballitore, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kildare > Ballitore
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Ballitore
Price Range: $35 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built 1817 by the Quaker family of Ernest Shackleton with wonderful views over the valley and the River Griese and surrounded by majestic trees and pretty gardens. Carolyn and Robert enjoy welcoming guests where on chilly evenings there's a warm open fire blazing in the drawingroom.On summer mornings breakfast is served in the Sunroom or out on the Terrace, Griesemount a haven of tranquility and old world hospitality. Come and let us spoil you- ... more   less 

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