This was a truly wonderful experience from start until departure. I have visited Ireland and stayed at Salthill Hotel, Bellingham Castle (epic wedding), and as a main base the St. Helens Blu- all very different and unique properties-but I do consider these properties "posh". My favorite though- is the Loughdan House B&B. To me, it is "posh" in a different and now treasured way. The description of the location is certainly accurate-yet...not-- upon arrival-it really is- stunning- there are beautiful views in every direction (from Scar mountain, to looking over the Loughdan lake, as well as the pastures beside/around the B&B). This location is out of the way (but still close to the Wicklow way path) and enjoys literal proximity to nature -they have sheep as it is an active farm property- and I also saw deer, red grouse, and all types of birds. Arrived in Dublin and we were promptly greeted by Peter who transported us to the B&B-Peter was very personable and we enjoyed a safe and delightful trip. Upon arrival we were further greeted by Theresa who made us feel very welcome, asked for any meal preferences/allergies, and gave us information as to the property, meals, timing, and after settling- she also provided a perfect day trip hike map from the B&B to a gorgeous beach area at Loughdan that was secluded and beautiful-Theresa made a perfectly packed lunch for this spontaneous short hike (a few hours) that was much appreciated. NOTE: Should you be staying for a few days they have maps that you can take with you for many hikes both on the Wicklow Way proper as well as other day hikes from the B&B- this is their home on a large property and they know the routes, neighbors, gates, animals, and any terrain as part of themselves. Given weather, ability levels, timing, and preferred experiences- there is a hike for everyone- they provide transport to/from locations as needed and if they are not personally available to drive- they make arrangements with excellent local area transport to ensure a great day. BTW--Everyday was a great day. Those hiking the Wicklow Way proper from north to south or opposite- will not be disappointed by choosing to stay here- yes- it's a bit extra (1.5k) but repeatedly every night (I was there 5 nights) at dinner the multiple thru hikers/families stated this is the best accommodation on the Wicklow Way. As one who has hiked a LASH this year of the AT in the US-the 1.5km extra is worth the wonderful Loughdan House experience. Most thru hikers cited the friendly, quiet, beautiful, and private rooms as the best they had encountered- they also cited the...food. Dinner was served promptly at 7pm. It was a "pre fixe" menu and I never even bothered to inquire as to what the meal was- it was perfect every night. Three courses of excellent proportions that included a starter -creative and robust salad to include fresh cheeses/herbs, a fabulous and locally sourced dinner (fish, chicken, lamb) with fresh veggies/roasted potatoes, and dessert- everything was expertly timed for the dining room- and prepared to include temperature- I like my hot food HOT- and it was-consistently. The vegetarian dinners were lauded by those enjoying them each evening. One local driver stated this is a 5 star restaurant hidden in a B&B- food was superb (lets not go all Michelin level here- if a local says its the best dinner in the region and based on my experience it was wonderful) I agree. Breakfast has a menu to order from and was excellent every day-packed lunches were fresh and delicious consisting of a drink, some form of tasty sweet bar (twix, wispa gold, and picnic), and a fabulous sandwich that was more than enough. Sean was a delightful gentleman with whom we really enjoyed conversation, history of the region, and great insight on many topics-to include regional issues, preservation of nature, hiking sites, and so forth--his quiet sense of humor was charming and very much appreciated. I'm glad to have had met him (he is the type of person that will engage in a quiet delicious conversation that holds pearls of wisdom should one be attentive). Theresa the same--she also expertly gaged and knew the best hikes for the person, preferences, and ability. The room was great- clean, fresh towels daily, own bathroom/shower, and very comfortable beds. It was mostly very quiet (one night some late guests pounded up the stairs-likely disturbing everyone-but that's on those guests). If you are looking for a place with a bar, turndown service, TV, spa, pool, bathrobes, special soaps, etc.-this is not for you. In a special way- Loughdan House is more than those "amenities" to me and was for many others I met- Sean, Theresa, Nelly, and their family, friends, and associates have created a superb and special place that I am grateful to have experienced. Loughdan house is not a transactional place- but a place of lovely people, wonderful country, with personal and kind authenticity. Should you travel and enjoy the Loughdan House B&B- I hope you cherish the experience- it's rare -I'm better for meeting the Byrne family and I'll always treasure this trip.…
Walking the Wicklow Way, I was very happy to stay at Lough Dan House. Theresa couldn't do enough and the lovely freshly cooked dinner and breakfast were the best I had had so far. The bedroom was nicely furnished and the bed very comfortable. Even the packed lunch was great and very appreciated on my walk to Glendalough. Would highly recommend.
I arrived here with my two adult daughters on day 2 of our Wicklow way trip, very wet after 3 hrs heavy rain. We were met with a warm welcome, our boots and wet clothes were taken & dried over night. We had a delicious home cooked salmon dinner that evening with a well-needed bottle of wine. They went out of their way to accommodate our dietary requirements. It was superb from start to finish. We had a delicious breakfast to set us on our way the following morning. Highly recommend.
Stayed here one night of our Wicklow staycation. Very comfortable and friendly hosts. Breakfast was delicious. A nice, simple place to stay and the hosts very very helpful. Maybe a little off the beaten path and not as many facilities as would have hoped.
Came out to loughdan with friends to pay a tribute to my good oul skin carl. Met Sean on arrival and what a absolute gent he was. A lovely chap who went out of his way to make us feel most wecome, providing us with great parking spots. Ever the gent, Sean guided us in the direction of the scenic route, we were all amazed by all the beauty we came across along the wicklow way. Just a glimpse and we knew it would be a great spot to spend 2 nights. The beach area is a beautiful picturesque spot but due to the sand, we decided to camp out back at the big greens (away from all the rift raft). A magical and soul refreshing time was had by all. The avid camper that Carl was, meant he enjoyed many a night at his favourite spot. And we were truly honoured to have such a special moment captured in our hearts forever. Thank you, Sean. Emma (James & co)…
Six of us stayed at Loughdan House for 8 nights in September 2019, whilst walking the Wicklow Way. It was excellent!! The schedule that they put together for us worked extremely well, with Sean dropping us off each morning (after a fantastic breakfast) and, seemingly by magic, being there to pick us up at the end of our days' walking. Loughdan House is set in a beautiful location and the accommodation is very comfortable, providing everything we needed. The food produced each day by Theresa was superb, as was the warm & friendly welcome. Sean & Theresa were both extremely accommodating, particularly when personal circumstances impacted one of the group, doing everything that they could to help. We could not have wished for better hosts and would certainly recommend staying at Loughdan House and taking advantage of their services for walking in the Wicklow mountains.…
we stayed here was very nice and warm after a day of hiking. Owner was very welcoming and very helpful and dried our jackets so we could use the next day. breakfast was very nice. would definetly go back.
Truly a remarkable B & B! The room and amenities could not have be better. The hostess (Theresa) made us feel like we were family. We explored the immediate area with a very pleasant walk and thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
In the beautiful setting of the Wicklow Mountains, this B&B is fine, ok. But that’s it. The bathrooms are seriously outdated and shabby, and the general standard is far lower than comparably priced B&Bs on our tour (that is, fairly expensive). Much of the work done on the property looks like DIY; it requires serious investment to bring it up to the overwhelmingly high standard of B&Bs in Ireland. We had expected better. The evening meal (set menu with no choice) was very plain, and breakfast was uninspiring. If you’ve been touring around and staying in fab friendly places with superb breakfasts, you should not book here, as it does not compare. It turned out to be just a place to lay our head, and at that price it should have been more.
Was made to feel very unwelcome in this guest house, told to fill the kettle in the bathroom, told not to make noise when coming in from dinner, asked to check out once breakfast plates were swiped off the table, the lady running this guest house has a lot to learn about customer service and could do with a serious attitude adjustment, would not recommend at all