Ivy Bridge Lodge is a Self -Cater two-storey Thaatched cottage located just south of Mallow off the Cork road (N-20) on the property of the Ivy Bridge Equestrian Centre. It is one of three properties on offer. The other two are off-site, just down the road a bit.
We pointed the van towards Mallow and then ten minutes south to Ivy Bridge Lodge. That is what the directions promised. The directions I had printed and left behind on the printer at home. We found it, after several Faery Led moments , and were greeted by Boysie, Pup-Pup and David. David, Ivy Bridge's Barn Manager, greeted us like family with a "Welcome to Ireland! It's wet 'n wild but we love it here!" He gave us a guided tour of the cottage and told the girls to come up to the barn and meet the horses after we settled in. He was back an hour later to take us into Mallow for groceries and a Take-Away dinner of Fish-n-chips.
We had officially been adopted by an Irish Grandfather. I am sure we would have had a good experience at Ivy Bridge but with his personal attention, stories and compassion, it made it a unique one-of-a-kind experience.
I would, without hesitation, recommend this self-catering to families traveling over. it is about twenty from Cork City, ten minutes into Blarney and an hour outside of Killarney. Our Day trips from this location included, Cobh, the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Cashel, Cahir and Cork City.
The house was like something out of a Faery Tale. A two-story thatchie fit the bill on Carl's bucket list. It backed onto a large meadow with small paddock to one side. Our first evening, we watched foxes in the far pasture.
There was a split-door front entrance with a formal parlour off to the right and a dining room and family nook in front of you.
The formal parlour had french doors which led to an outside deck overlooking the large meadow and the paddock. Television was in this room, as was a baby grand piano.
The dining room/family nook had a slate floor, large table for eight, a stone hearth & wood stove, and two comfortable wing back chairs
Off to the left of the dining room was the Master Bedroom with an ensuite bathroom
At the rear of the house, through a doorway in the dining room was the kitchen which had a GAS stove! I was thrilled! There was a small dinette in the kitchen and a mudroom with a small powder room. You had a view from the kitchen windows of the meadow and the pasture.
Upstairs was another Master suite with a clawfoot tub and a second bedroom which had two twin beds and another ensuite bathroom with a shower.
Let me tell you, having three showers in a house with two young girls is a god send!
This was the other B&B we stayed at that was recommended by Michelle & Terry Flynn tours, it also was well rated at Tripadvisor.com.
As with all our other B&B rooms so far, we've been given a nice size family room with a double bed for the wife & I, while our daughter gets a single bed.
This is the 1st B&B where coffee isn't brought to the breakfast table, but all other breakfast items are the same:
2 eggs 'sunny side up'; sausuge & bacon (I opt for 1 link/slice each instead of the usual 2); 'black & white pudding'; mushrooms; tomato (I give this to the wife); various breads, and sometimes fruits as well.
Nice view of the Blarney Castle from the B&B front steps. We were able to walk to the Blarney Woolen Mills (which has become a chain of tourist gift shops that sells just about everything to do with Ireland) to do most all our vacation shopping.
Probably the best 'unique quality' of staying here (or anywhere in Blarney for that matter) is the fact that you can beat the tour buses to kissing the Blarney Stone, thus avoiding the lines & the spit of all those who proceeded you.
All in all though, this B&B has once again raised the bar on what we'll expect from an Irish B&B.
Overnight business stay. Rooms are great-particularly for corporate bookings. Facilities are really good; restaurant, bar spa etc not to mention on site golf course. Price at €95 was about reasonable. Breakfast was great and service was spot on.
No bar food or snack availability is a drawback. No shampoo and soap in the men's dressing rooms at the spa, we were told was an oversight. Overall hotel is recommended and as it's open only about 6 months it's fair to overlook initial small inconveniences.
Golf Course, Leisure Centre, Pool and Spa
We stayed 4 nights. The room was a twin, but had one double and one single bed. Big Tv, tea/coffee making facilities. Not enough wardrobe space perhaps. Nice shower. No complaints. Would be happy to stay there again. Bar and restaurant downstairs. Bar open until 1am.
Good position in the city. 3 minutes walk from Oliver Plunkett Street.
I spent three nights here. Not glam, but cozy. The hostel is a converted old multi-story house, with single stall bathrooms and showers on each floor. More like a home than the usual dormitory-style hostels I've stayed in. At least half of the tenants seemed like long-term residents. A few seemed a little dodgy, but if they weren't overly friendly, at least they were polite and easygoing. The hostess, named Tracy, was very friendly, and the kitchen and bathrooms were kept very clean.
Besides being a good deal, it was also right across from the train station and very close to both the nightlife area in the North of the city and the city center.
This beautiful red brick hostel is across Redclyffe from the University of Cork. Nearby are several Bed & Breakfasts as well, and you can take the #8 from the bus station to or from the hostel (it leaves St. Patrick's Street near the main Eireann bus depot). It is about 30 minute walk from the downtown core, but if you want peace and quiet, it is worth the extra travel time. The kitchen facilites are quite good and there is a big dining room/television room. They also have internet access. 15 euros a night for a shared 6 bed dorm room with a beautiful view of the front lawn. Definitely worth it!
really close the the University and the River Lee
It was 19 IEP per person sharing
Nice rooms and breakfast. Not a family atmosphere though, the place felt more like a hotel than like a B&B!
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