Rivermount House B&B
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We woke up to fog this morning, but were assured by Peg that “hoarfrost is a good sign.” After a breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage and toast in the company of a father and daughter from the States and two couples from Holland, we said our good-byes to Peg and her son and headed south to Lismore through The Vee. …
The last three days (except for Friday) was eventful with very nice weather.
Took bike ride on Wednesday from the house into Balinspittle to Old Head of Kinsale and back. Used and found a small and narrow side road Dan and Iona suggested. It was pretty steep and almost out of breath near the end. But it was satisfying non the less. Stopped for a coffee at Diva's restaurant in Balinspittle and lunch at the Specked Door restuant near the Old Head of ...
... the invasion of the Normans. It is told that in 450 AD, Saint Patrick baptized King Aengus here. Legend has it that St. Patrick was so caught up in the process, he accidentally pierced King Aengus' foot with his staff. The King, believing it was part of the baptismal process, bit his lip and said nothing. Legend also has it that the Rock of Cashel was formed from the bite of Satan created when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave ...
The drive to Kinsale was an adventure. At times the two lane roads were so skinny I thought for sure one of us would end up in the ocean. Thankfully though, drivers are quite polite and everyone shared the road. The sights were amazing (see some of the photos below). It really was just like I pictured it to be. So green. I kept thinking of the movie PS I Love You – the girls and I ...
... flattery we'll be after tellin' ye. Then it was down to Kinsale, a lovely little fishing village off which shores the Lusitania sunk. The trial of the captain was held in the Town Hall which is now a museum, although in typically Irish fashion it is hardly ever open because no-one works there! This morning we leave Cork and head off to Limerick by way of ...
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My Favorite B & B on our Ireland trip.
Rivermount House was recommended by our Irish travel agency in Virginia. It turned out to be my favorite B & B of the 10 day trip to Ireland. Claire is a character. I loved being around her as she is so bubbly. Her breakfast pancakes are the best!
The room was clean, spacious with TV and hair dryer. She has a porch that looks over the river with the most fantastic views. This is where travelers would gather in the afternoon after touring and compare information. I really enjoyed meeting other travelers.
Claire took time to help us find good restaurants and some Irish music as not all pubs were having musicians during the off season. She called a half dozen pubs to find out which ones had music for the evening. No other B & B did this for us.
The B & B is only 5 minutes out of town with a very easy drive over the river to get to the town. If she wasn't just out of town you would not get the view of the river that you get. Claire, you are the best and so is your B & B! Hope to cross paths someday!
Beautiful location but far from Kinsale
Rivermount House was a lovely house with a beautiful setting. Our room was plenty big and the tea, biscuits and cookies provided were good. The TV did not work well. The walls were very thin and the man in the next room over snoring kept my husband up most of the night. Rivermount was much further out of Kinsale than expected...about 15 mins. The city of Kinsale was OK but if had to do over I would go and stay in Cobh.
Stay somewhere else!
Rivermount was not a comfortable place to stay! It was clean, however, the room was small and the shower did not work. The ride into town was a nightmare because the cab driver was reckless and the price was very expensive. The breakfast was average, and we did not find Clare to be hospitable at all. Upon check-in, we were offered no help with our luggage and had to ascend very steep stairs to get to our room. The walls are very thin and we could hear TVs and voices throughout the evening hours. There was a dog barking on the property next door that kept us awake through most of the night. In the morning hours, a neighbor rode his tractor until we finally decided to check-out. We decided to stay at the Rivermount because it looked peaceful - however, we would have had more peace if we had stayed in the center of Kinsale.
Rivermount -- A Great Place To Stay
I also stayed at Rivermount in March, 2006, travelling with my 16 year old daughter. To say that my experience was vastly different than the earlier negative reviewer would be an understatement.
First of all, I found Clare and her husband, whom I met and chatted with one morning, to be charming, amiable and outgoing hosts. The home itself is immaculate and set in a lovely pastoral environment. One word of caution -- if you are looking to be right "in town," then this isn't the place for you. Kinsale is probably only 5-7 minutes away and, at least for my tastes, I prefer the country environment offered at Rivermount.
As for the rooms, they are spectacular and well-furnished. And, the showers (indeed, all the facilities) worked great. And, as seems to be the case with so much of Ireland, the entire home was absolutely spotless.
As for breakfast, it was magnificent. You were offered a number of alternatives including, of course, the traditional Irish breakfast. Everything served was tasty and fresh.
Speaking from myself, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Rivermount again, and I'd recommend it without any reservation.
One of our favorite B&Bs!
We stayed with Clare at the Rivermount B&B last week and had a wonderful time. The home is lovely and our room was very comfortable (and our shower worked just fine!!!). Clare is a very personable host who provided great tips on planning our itinerary. The view is terrific to boot. We loved our stay at Rivermount and will definitely be back!
We stayed at Rivermount House for one night, in March 2006. As with the previous reviewer, there were also 4 of us. That apparently is all we have in common. Our stay was short but wonderful. We arrived while some workmen were finishing up with some remodel work. It was no problem at all. Clare was helpful and very attentive. The place was clean, quiet and everything, including the showers, worked fine. She recommended places for us to eat that evening, and helped us plan our route when we left in the morning. What more can you ask for?! Don't hestate to stay here, you won't be disappointed.
Not the best.
Four of us stayed at the Rivermount House in March 2006 for two nights. When one of the owners answered the door to check us into the B&B, he appeared to be rushed because he was busy watching a game on TV (he did not even introduce himself, so I do not know his name). The welcome was not very warm and we were told that we would have no problem getting dinner in town without reservations. This was not true. The cab ride cost 12 euro (one way) for a 5 minute drive, and was not a bargain at all. One of the bathrooms had a broken shower and when we told the owner, Clare, that we would be going into town for several hours, she assured us that the problem would be fixed upon our return (she seemed "put out" by our request). Her husband waited to look at the shower after we had returned back to the B&B and were ready for a shower and bed. This was obviously intrusive and did not allow for privacy. He also did not fix the problem and we had to go 2 days without a shower. They did not offer another room to us and did not appear to care about their service. Upon checkout, Clare quoted a higher price than previously arranged and we had to show her an email with her original quote for the rooms before paying the bill. The telephones were useless and Clare indicated that she had been having problems with new service. Their website did not allow booking online due to problems with the service as well. Clare asked that I email my credit card number to her which is obviously not wise due to security concerns - so a very expensive phone call to Ireland was made in order to make reservations for a B&B that was supposedly very good. The small rooms and bathrooms were clean and the breakfasts were good. The view was lovely - however, there are other places in Kinsale that are more comfortable and convenient. We do not plan to return to Rivermount again in the future.
Beautiful, hospitable, Rivermount B&B
Recently we stayed at the Rivermount B&B and enjoyed our all too brief stay very much. Of the dozen B&B's we stayed at, this was by far the best.
Our friendly hostess, Claire O"Sullivan, cooked a wonderful breakfast (the scrambled eggs wrapped in smoked salmon was yummy!). Later, when I inquired by email about the egg recipe, she promptly sent it and another.
While relaxing on the sun porch of this elegant home, we enjoyed a tranquil, rural view of river and dale, where we met and chatted with travelers from other countries.
Our stay at Rivermount was a highlight of our trip and a fine example of the friendly and hospitable Irish people!
Loved our stay at Rivermount House
Last month we stayed at the Rivermount House B&B in Kinsale, Ireland. From the time we arrived we were treated like family. This was only our second stay at a B&B and we really did not know what to expect. We wondered what it would be like staying in someone's home as a guest. Let me tell you we now feel like we have family in Ireland. We were impressed with our room which included a coffee maker and some snacks. We were served tea and coffee at arrival and all our questions about the town of Kinsale were answered. We knew where to shop, where to dine, and where to play. Clare O'Sullivan the proprieter was very helpfull and made us feel like family. We even had the pleasure of interacting with her two children which gave us a greater insight into Irish families. The breakfast that was included in our room rate was delicious. I cannot wait until our next trip to Kinsale and the Rivermount B&B.