Stayed here because we thought it would be fun to stay on a real farm. Accommodations were nice enough, perfectly fine (you are on a farm, remember), everything was clean, and they provided an excellent breakfast--probably the best breakfast we had. If you're going to Dingle you probably have a car so the location (just 2 km from town) shouldn't be an issue, and it was very nice and quiet here. The X factor at a B&B is your hosts, and that’s what’s missing here. Reading the reviews over the past several years, I think that the husband and wife that used to run the B&B are no longer there. One older review alludes to the wife having passed away; I believe I saw the older gentleman one morning who waved to be across the yard. But the people now running the B&B don’t seem to me to have their heart in it. My guess is that they keep it running for the income, not because they love meeting the travelers who come thru the door. The woman I emailed to book the room met us when we arrived, showed us our room, and then I never saw her again. There was a younger man (in his 40’s?) who we saw talking to one couple when we first arrived, who I never saw again until we paid for our room, and then he chatted me up for quite a while about our route, where to drive, how to get there, etc. I wish we had met him a little earlier in our stay. There were two other women who served and cleaned up the breakfast room; it didn’t appear to me that they were part of the family at the farm, but I could be wrong about that. They were friendly but a little rushed when we asked questions about what to see and where to go. In the end, it was more hotel than B&B. So if you want a clean, quiet, out of the way place to stay and don’t care about whether or not you interact with your hosts, you will like Killfountain Farm. If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy rapport with your hosts, you will be very disappointed. I don’t want to knock any of them personally, those I did speak to were nice enough, it just it was it is… this B&B is not about the hosts, it’s about clean spacious rooms and excellent breakfast for a very good value. Note: they had the best black pudding we had in Ireland, actually the only black pudding I liked; it’s all in the seasoning, and this was very good.
A word of caution to US travelers: we thought it would be fun to be on a farm, I love farm animals, but because it was rainy the fields were all muddy so we neither went into the fields nor went anywhere near the animals. This was a blessing in disguise. When you go through customs and immigration for the US, you have to declare if you’ve been on a farm or come into contact with any livestock. We had to answer yes on our customs forms to these questions, and the customs official told us that had we actually gone into the fields they would have had to go through our things to make sure that all of our stuff was clean from the livestock. Staying at the farm was totally OK, but stay away from fields and animals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Killfountain Farm, is a traditional family run farmhouse bed & breakfast offering an excellent standard of accommodation.It's a great base from which to explore the Dingle Peninsula.The thriving town of Dingle is only 2km away. There are 6 guest bedrooms, 5 of which have en suite facilities. We are approved members of Bord Fáilte (Irish Tourist Board) and Irish Farmhouse Holidays. Also we are Le Guide De Routard recommended. ... more less
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