By Judy Enright
Special to the BIR
Last month, we wrote about Irish bed and breakfasts and how many of the owners have elevated B&B accommodation in Ireland to an art form. Our favorites, as outlined then, include: Cahergal Farm in Newmarket-on-Fergus and Riverfield House in Doolin, both Co. Clare; Glasha Farmhouse in Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford; Gearhadiveen in Kenmare, Co. Kerry; and The Heron’s Cove in Goleen, West Cork. We also added Heaton’s in Dingle to the list even though the owners actually list it as a guesthouse. We think it’s nearly a B&B because of the warmth and personal attention from the owners that you experience in many B&Bs.
True, some travelers prefer the anonymity of a large hotel where you are just a name on the books. I have a friend who teaches photography all over Ireland and, when he’s working, he prefers hotels so he can focus on his lesson plans and his thoughts and he doesn’t feel obliged to chat with anyone. Read more