Kilcaw House
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Kilcaw House

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4.5
#16 of 34 B&Bs in Kinsale
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Modern
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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Joe S wrote a review Jun 2012
Dracut, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Before our stay at Kilcaw House we were concerned that it was too far from town but we found that it is the perfect distance from the village. It is only a two minute drive into Kinsale but at Kilcaw house you have easy and safe parking at night, a quiet setting for sleeping, and a beautiful home and grounds where you can sit outside and enjoy the Irish countryside which is not available if you stay in town. Our room was spacious and clean and most importantly the bed was very comfortable for a great nights sleep. We found most of the B&Bs offer an excellent breakfast and here was no exception. If you start your day hungry after eating at Kilcaw house then it is your fault! :) The true test is that we will definitely stay here on our next visit to Kinsale.
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Date of stay: June 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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RandRose wrote a review Jan 2017
Baltimore, Maryland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The reservations were very easy to make online with the proprietor. He offered to make dinner reservations for us in town, as we were traveling in July and they are hard to come by otherwise. We did have difficulty finding the B&B, because we went into town and the roads are EXTREMELY narrow. We had a very difficult time navigating the roads. I tried calling both the mobile phone number and the landline number and finally got the son on the line. He did a wonderful job of figuring out where we were located and talking us through getting us to them. The view from the B&B was lovely and the room was large. It was suggested that we take the walking path into Kenmare (instead of driving again) and Marian walked us to the end of their property and showed us how to get to the path. We walked at a pretty good pace, but it still took us about 30 minutes to walk to the town and once the path ends it is a bit difficult to find how to get "into" the town. After an evening in town and a nice dinner, we took a very short cab ride back to the B&B. The breakfast was very enjoyable and they will make it to order, but did seem a little disorganized.
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Date of stay: July 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Baylife wrote a review Sept 2015
St. John's, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our hosts were spectacular ! A special place to spent a couple of nights and experience what Kinsale has to offer ....which is lots . Spotlessly clean guest rooms with a minimalist decor and casual pine furniture . Lovely linens and adequate towels and toiletries . A Hearty breakfast to fill any appetite. Has the feel of a farm house but just a lovely 20 min refreshing walk or quick drive into town .
Our hosts offered all kinds of information on things to see and do no matter your interests . Would stay again for sure !
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Date of stay: September 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Fabulous breakfast and lovely hosts
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JamesMac2803 wrote a review Aug 2014
Auckland, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our room was large by normal B&B standards. It was very clean as was the ensuite. Christine was a lovely hostess and made us feel welcome. The breakfast was delicious and beautifully cooked and presented. This B&B is just on the outskirt of Kinsale making it very quiet and pleasant in it's semi rural location. We would recommend Kilcaw House and would certainly stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lisa B wrote a review Jul 2012
East Lyme, Connecticut
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first experience with a true family run, owned and occupied bed and breakfast. what a lovely experience! Christine and her son Derek were warm, friendly and welcoming. The home was clean and charming with beautifully maintained grounds. Safe and generous parking available. Breakfast was great. Also, while not really walking distance to Kinsale, the drive was short--only minutes--with easy parking in town. We would highly recommend a stay at Kilcaw House if planning a stay in the area.
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Date of stay: July 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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binnie2 wrote a review Jul 2012
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a lovely inn outside Kilcaw hosted by a friendly family. Situated on the edge of town overlooking farmland, it offers a quiet respite. We highly recommend this warm and inviting inn as a place to rest and relax.
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Date of stay: June 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Xeger wrote a review May 2011
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Kilcaw House for four nights with my travel partner, and we have nothing but good things to say about the place! Christine, the proprietor, is supremely attentive to the needs of her guests and always has good advice. The other staff are friendly and efficient; they all do a fine job of making their guests feel at home.

The facilities are well-kept, the house is of modern construction and the rooms are painted in cheerful colors. Our rooms were tidied daily, towels replaced, beds made up, and the in-room tea and coffee facilities were replenished. This level of service is lacking even at many hotels!

Compared to most B&Bs in Kinsale, even without the magnificent staff, Kilcaw House is an excellent value!

One note of caution: as the guesthouse is about 1.5km from town along a narrow road, this guesthouse may be inconvenient for those who lack their own transportation. It's theoretically possible to walk along the road, but there is no shoulder for part of the route and it might be a bit dangerous to do so.
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Date of stay: May 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Globetrotters1 wrote a review Jan 2009
Geneva, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
December was my 5th time back to Kilcaw House and I would highly recommend it as THE place to stay in Kinsale. The Hosts are extremely welcoming and will do anything to help. Rooms are lovely and cosy and all amenities are modern and comfortable. The Full Irish breakfasts are delicious and provide you with all the energy you need to start your day!
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Date of stay: December 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Richard D wrote a review Jun 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have just returned from a wonderful stay at this property. My son & I stayed in the self-catering annexe for over a week. The apartment was beautifully furnished with very comfortable beds, a fabulous shower room, and a kitchen area that had everything you could possibly need. The hosts were lovely people who did not bother you but who couldn’t do enough for you if you asked for anything. The property was in the country just outside Kinsale but with a beautiful scenic walk into Kinsale and two of the best pubs, The Spaniard & The Bulman. After many visits to Kinsale over the past 15 years, this was the best place I have stayed. Overall, I cannot fault Kilkaw House & cannot wait to return.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Christopher T wrote a review Oct 2018
Wheeling, Illinois
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Marian and Andy are the most gracious hosts we ever had. The apartment we rented was brand new and had everything we could possibly need. The kitchen was fully equipped, which was great because it's nice to make your own meals sometimes when traveling as eating out for every meal becomes quite expensive. We could cook a big breakfast and that would take us through the day to an early dinner (with some mid-day snacking added in). The four of us (two teenagers and two adults) were completely comfortable. The king bed was such a nice change from the "full" or "double" beds we had been sleeping in at other stops in England and Ireland and was it ever comfortable. Each of the teens had their own bed, which were both in the huge bedroom but the teen bunk beds were tucked away in a corner nook so we really had plenty of room. The bathroom is wonderfully clean with all modern plumbing. It was such a pleasure to wake up and take a shower. (On a side note, the shower is handicap accessible with double glass doors and it could accommodate a wheelchair in the shower.)

The location is perfect if you have a car. It is not in the town but a mere 2 minute drive down. There was enough parking when we were there so that was not an issue. Taxies can be challenging to get late in the evening. One night we got a ride into town as I didn't want to have to drive home ;-) When we called for a taxi at midnight in downtown Kinsale it was about an hour wait for its arrival. We were not the only family waiting for taxis so it appears that there is a small number of them in the area. It is possible to pre-book your return journey and there are also other independent taxi operators other than the two offices in town. We found that out later so either drive down or plan ahead. If it's daytime, you can walk!

I mentioned how gracious our hosts were. We were arriving late from Dublin as we spent the better part of the day waiting for additional Aer Lingus flights from Manchester to deliver my wife's luggage. (The suitcase never arrived by the way and there will be a review of Aer Lingus soon, which I will link to with an update to this review.) As they knew it would be difficult for us to find a place to eat, they offered to book us a reservation at a restaurant in town for 21:30, which I'm sure they had to negotiate for as it was unconventionally late. Then, since my wife's luggage hadn't arrived and she was in her traveling clothes from England, Marian lent my wife some wrap around dresses she could wear into town so we could shop for new clothes. In the meantime, Marian even spent time on the phone with Aer Lingus trying to get updates on our luggage while we were touring Kinsale.

Kinsale is an absolutely gorgeous town (see pictures) [town pictures to be inserted later] and the Kilcaw house is a wonderful respite for travelers seeking some peace and quiet in a very relaxing atmosphere.

Thank you, Marian and Andy, for such a wonderful stay. We will be back someday. :-)
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Baylife wrote a tip Sept 2015
St. John's, Canada8 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fabulous breakfast and lovely hosts"
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mike_s0729 wrote a tip Aug 2015
Chicago, Illinois10 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You could walk to Kinsale from here (about a km) but would probably recommend cab or driving (or asking Andy if he is headed to town :) )."
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Karen W wrote a tip Jul 2014
Plymouth, United Kingdom9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Although I am a single person , I was given a lovely double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. I have seen several of her other rooms, all wonderful. Also, the dining room, hall/entrance and sitting area for guests all spotlessly clean,beautifully decorated and comfortable . I noticed lovely fresh flowers were always placed in this area too. Very welcoming and comfortable ."
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Dublinboy911 wrote a tip Jun 2014
Toronto, Canada42 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All good, your just sleeping for god sake........"
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jay r wrote a tip Sept 2013
Lucca, Italy111 contributions104 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are about the same size so it doesn't matter what room you receive."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kilcaw House
Which popular attractions are close to Kilcaw House?
Nearby attractions include Charles Fort (1.3 km), Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance (4.0 km), and Dalton's Bar & Accomodation (1.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kilcaw House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Kilcaw House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Kilcaw House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kilcaw House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Black Pig Winebar, Bastion, and Cosy Cafe.
Are there any historical sites close to Kilcaw House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Charles Fort (1.3 km), James Fort (1.4 km), and Mount Long Castle (4.7 km).
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