We spent two nights at Cairbre House. We originally booked as we were traveling from Dingle to Dublin and figured this would be a good stop. We also wanted to tour Waterford factory. Alas, Waterford is on the brink of bankruptcy and has moved all its operations to Poland and Germany. So we used Dungarvan as a base to visit Cashel and Kilkenn
Cairbre is a family owned property, having been in the hands of Brian's wife's family for close to 200 years. The exterior of the house is quite impressive but we arrived on a terribly rainy night and the interior was a tad musty. Brian lit a fire in the parlor and that seemed to help.
Our bedroom had everything we would need, including a VERY comfortable bed. The bathroom, however, reminded me of a Maine camp. But for two nights it was sufficient. The highlight of Cairbre is the sunroom and on the second day, bright sunshine finally broke the mid-summer winterlike spell and it was truly heaven to sit there with a good book and just gaze at the river. Additionally, Brian keeps BEAUTIFUL gardens - he is truly devoted to his property.
Breakfast was quite sumptious, with the best smoked salmon I had in Ireland. But the presentation was a bit below the standards of our previous two b&b's.
Upon arrival, Brian presented us with a stack of menus and offered us a complete run down of dining options in Dungarvan. WE chose Queedys but then couldn't find it so decided upon Merry's. Merry's is run by a lovely woman who hails originally from Ireland but spent time stateside. We enjoyed dinner so much that we returned the second night as well.
Truthfully, if I had it do over, I'd skip Dungarvan and spend the additional nights in Kenmare, then head directly to Dublin. But no matter, don't skip Ireland as a vacation destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1819,this beautiful protected Georgian Period house is a multiple award 4*B&B. Award of Excellence Tripadvisor 5* Rating. Situated in a peaceful scenic setting with striking views, yet is located less than one km from the picturesque Dungarvan harbour and town centre with its excellent shops,hotels, restaurants, traditional music & entertainment. All rooms including the Guest Lounge & Breakfast Room are furnished and decorated in period style. Bedrooms are ensuite and in room facilities include TV, Wifi and tea /coffee making facilities. Car park in house grounds. Cairbre House is renowned for its gourmet home cooked breakfasts. All dishes(incl vegitarian options) feature home grown garden & quality local produce. The Comeragh Mountains provide the perfect backdrop to the outstanding one acre waterfront gardens containing many rare & unusual plants. The conservatory/sunroom & balcony overlooking the Colligan River provides the oportunity to view the many wetland,seashore & wildlife close at hand. Dungarvan is an ideal location from which to visit the historic cities of Waterford,Cork,Kilkenny and the heritage towns of Lismore & Ardmore. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cairbre House Dungarvan, County Waterford