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“Rural Ireland at its best”
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Foxrock Inn B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Ballacolla B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Just back from a visit to the beautiful counties of Laois and Kilkenny. We had a wonderful 4 night stay at the Foxrock Inn on a B&B basis. We had a large comfy bedroom, and the full Irish breakfast was great to keep you going. TV is in the lounge.
Marian, Sean and Laura made us so welcome over the entire stay and they went out of their way to help us in our research into our family. Sean also serves up a nice pint of Guinness.
The Inn is located in beautiful countryside and is a relaxing place to visit. Around the village of Clough (pronounced Cluck) there are many ancient sites and Grantstown Lake woodland and nature reserve, is a gem hidden away just down the road. To the north, you find the Abbey of Aghaboe and Saighir (important sights within the ancient kingdom of Osraige) and the Slieve Bloom Mountains, which we travelled around in the car and took some wonderful pictures. To the south, we travelled down to Kilkenny with its Castle and historic city. Just down the road from Clough is the town of Rathdowney, which has pubs and takeaways and also has a great Supervalu shop for all your bits and bobs that you may need, including a Payzone facility to pay for the M50 Dublin toll.
The people that we met, both in Laois (pronounced Leesh) and Kilkenny were all very friendly and helpful and we will make a point of returning to this charming area of Ireland once again in the future.
We would recommend the Foxrock Inn to anyone.

Room Tip: Our room at the front of the Inn was overlooking the quiet road in the village. Rooms at the rear ov...
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

I stayed here for four nights. The beds are comfy the food delicious and the hosts are extremely welcoming and friendly. I would recommend this place it is full of Irish charm and hospitality !! Its easy to get to from Dublin in a lovely rural setting.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

I stayed here for a full weekend around the end of June 2015. What attracted me was the quality of the reviews on here. Do you know? It is even better than the reviews say it is.
It is run by a couple Sean & Marion who make every effort they can to make sure you enjoy your stay.
The place is not the easiest to find but be patient because when you do it is well worth the effort. Out in the country in County Laois it really is a tranquil place. At night when you sit outside you can hear nothing and I mean nothing, except perhaps a distant sheep or cow, it is also noticeable that you can see the stars without any light pollution. You are right out in the countryside, and it is a great place for a "Chill Out".
The rooms are very clean and are cleaned properly every morning. The showers are large and roomy and significantly have a wand rather than a sprinkler high above your head, There is plenty of space in the rooms as well.
At night the bar is a must (but you can watch the Sky TV in lounge if you want instead). A great place for pint and you are made welcome not just by Sean behind the bar but by the locals that go in for a late night drink too. Of course most importantly it also keeps the usual Irish countryside licensing hours.
Breakfast is huge. So is the selection. Fruit, yogurt, and all the expected cereals, a full breakfast with everything you could possibly expect. Other guests had just what they wanted and I noted a vegetarian option too. But you must try Marion's home made brown bread she could make a fortune selling it.
Car parking is safe, the wifi works very well and you are not rushed out of your room in a morning.
It is an ideal stopping off point on route between Dublin and the West of Ireland (just a nice distance from Dublin), but also has fishing and golf courses locally.
The price 40 Euro's is terrific value for money the exchange rate from Sterling makes it only £29. . . A cheap holiday.
I will definitely be back next time I go to Ireland

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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I first reviewed Fox Rock Inn as a customer just using the excellent bar in April,while staying nearby.On this visit Marian showed us round the main part of the hotel,we where so impressed we came back to Clough in June and stayed there.The bedrooms are first class.with all the usual niceties(tea coffee etc) and the en suite is beautifully set out to make best use of space.Breakfast is served in the lounge/dining room and it is more a banquet the portions are so generous.For trips around Ireland,this hotel is ideal, as most popular destinations are within two hours driving.I can't praise this hotel enough and will be back soon.Thanks Marian and Sean we loved every minute.John B Sheffield.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Marian H, Owner at Foxrock Inn B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2016

John & Anne,
haven't see you in a while, hope you and your family are all keeping well.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Have stayed at the Foxrock Inn on an annual golfing break for the last 9 years.Could not praise this place more highly.. Central for all the golf courses in County Laois Small pub in a village with very comfortable rooms and breakfast and evening meal to die for. Excellent value for money! Sean and Marian could not make you feel more welcome, treated like one of the family.Nothing is too much trouble for them. The locals are a great bunch and the "craic" in the evening is terrific.
Have never stayed in a more friendly place. Thanks Sean and Marian. Love you both.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Foxrock Inn B&B

Address: Clough, Ballacolla, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Laois > Ballacolla
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Ballacolla
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Foxrock Inn is a traditional Irish Inn located in the heart of the Irish countryside. Nestled on the edge of the Slieve Bloom mountains, the area is rich in natural beauty. The Foxrock Inn Bed & Breakfast and the adjoining Mary's Bar offer peace and quiet in surroundings of intrinsic beauty. The guest rooms are exquisitely furnished with private bathrooms and a variety of breakfast choices are readily available. The area has numerous superb 18 hole golf courses within 15 minutes of our premises: Rathdowney, Mountrath, Roscrea, Portarlington, and The Heath Portlaoise to name but a few. The exclusive Mount Juliet in Kilkenny is 30 minutes away and the "K" Club in Kildare can be reached in 45 minutes. Both Coarse Fishing and Game Fishing are located within 5 minutes of the Inn - and the list of excellent spots is endless: Grantstown Lake, Ballyfin Lake, Templemore Lake, Ballinakill Lake, the River Nore and River Erkina and more. Group bookings are available on request, complete with a packed lunch and a evening meal to enjoy. ... more   less 

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