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B&Bs in Ireland - list your favorites here

The B&Bs we stayed at in Ireland last June were amongst the best that I have experienced anywhere. The hosts invariably made us feel like we were visiting family, yet respected our privacy. We were routinely welcomed on arrival with at least tea being offered by our hostess, often with baked goodies (cookies, cupcakes, and warm pear crumble – yum!). Breakfasts were plentiful and always good. We were sent out with a sing-along one morning, and other mornings with fresh scones, a packed lunch, etc.. All were spotlessly clean, had easy parking and free wi-fi. On a couple of occasions, we were offered a ride to a local pub, so that we could enjoy more than a pint ;-)

We were very happy with all of our B&B choices and would highly recommend each and everyone of them:

Just south of Armagh: Dundrum House Farm B&B (sheep)

Between Coleraine and Ballymoney (near Bushmills): Brown's Country House B&B

South part of Belfast: RavenHill Guesthouse

In the Ranelagh area of Dublin: Colette Carter B&B (3 min. walk to Luas Beechwood stop)

On the Dublin Road, coming into Kilkenny: Dunromin B&B

In the countryside, just a few kms outside Blarney: Claragh B&B

Just up from the main street in Kenmare: Abbey Court B&B

In Annascaul, on the Dingle Peninsula: Old Anchor Inn (understandably, a favorite with hikers and cyclists)

In Fanore, in the Burren region: Orchid House B&B (seafront, with a beautiful garden and cows)

Near Newmarket on Fergus and Shannon Airport: Cahergal Farm House B&B (horses)

Please feel free to add your favorites to this list! :-)

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Old Presbytery Inn in Kinsale -- incredible hospitality, private car parking court, charming, wonderful breakfast, afternoon tea/sweets, kind hosts, good-sized nicely decorated room, large bathroom/great shower, run very professionally. Recommend the downstairs room with the little balcony for greatest ease w/ luggage and quiet rest. Good restaurants close by.

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Milestone House in Dingle. Barbara and Michael were warm and welcoming, offering us tea and cookies. Michael provided us with two hand drawn maps, one of Dingle showing where every pub, restaurant, shop, etc. was, and one of the Dingle Peninsula. It showed all the interesting places to stop. The breakfasts were delicious, cooked to order and with the best homemade soda bread I've ever had. The brown soda bread was especially wonderful.

One night out at the pubs my hubby enjoyed the Guinness a little too much, and wasn't up to going out the next night. Barbara offered for us to watch a movie in the parlor and even brought me wine. I think she felt sorry for me. :-)

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I second the choice of the B&B in Dingle, have stayed at several but the Cilli Breach was our favorite, I really enjoyed being able to brew a cup of tea in my room and sit on the outdoor deck early in the morning and late at night. Hosts are great and breakfast was wonderful, Angela wasn't sure how to cook our soft boiled eggs but she did a great job. Be sure to stop At the Stonehouse restaurant, a great experience on The Dingle drive.

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Dingle - The Lighthouse B&B
Donegal Town - The Arches

There are lots more but these have been our favorite 2 so far!

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Thank you all for posting these! Planning a fall trip with two friends, so this is very helpful!

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Roadford House in Doolin was outstanding. Our room had a wonderful view of the Cliffs of Moher, and the pubs were only a short two minute walk although the place was tucked far enough away from the village to be serene at night. The breakfast was by far the best meal we had in Ireland. The B&B is co-located with a gourmet restaurant so the fare is a cut above what you would normally find in a B&B. Marian was welcoming and gave us good advice on how to enjoy the area and plan our outings.