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... below. It was about 3km round trip and I didn't have too much time so I was booking it up and down this trail. On my way up it started to rain, thank goodness I brought an umbrella and my EF rain slicker. I stayed dry except for my feet (and being sweaty). I got the photo I wanted and then booked it back to make the bus on time. From there we went back to Dublin, passing a bunch of Georgian style homes, including the one where Oscar Wilde was born and grew up.
Every now and then, you have a day where you have to take a step back and make sure it's real life.
Today was that day.
I took the bus to Inch beach today and walked along the beach...which is reaaalllly long.
It's not an inch.
I walked past a guy playing hurling and got talking to him.
He asked where I was from, and I said Tasmania.
This is where 90% of people go 'oh ok' and 9% ...
... with a grain of salt, we figured it out and were eventually.. on our way.
So first on our long list of sites was Castle Dermot Friary.
This was a broken down old Friary that was taken a few times and had very depressin energy. I felt the need to cry and thought that I was going to be sick in it.
(Awesome photos though..)
Ollie kept asking me “Do you feel anything”
I am amazed he cant. It is like eating cyanide.
... 7 p.m. (38 hours or so since we left Kansas), we pulled into the Dingle Skellig Hotel and Spa, situated directly upon the bay. (Yes - since you asked - we did inadvertantly take a slight detour through the unbelievably narrow streets of Dingle, but that's another story which may never see the light of day. It's better that way.)
We enjoyed a nice dinner at the hotel bar and slept like dead sailors through the night. ...
... main drag in search of one more Guinness, accompanied by a live irish band playing the sort of tunes you'd expect in a Kilkenny Pub on a Wednesday night. I walked home 'round eleven with light still very presenet in the deep blue night sky. It felt like it was five in the arvo on a winter's night in Melbourne. Trundled back to the hostel with a gut full of Guinness, found my way to my bad, and crashed. Duties as the Killer of Kilkenny complete...tomorrow, we go to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsButler Court Kilkenny
With an excellent location and wonderful accommodations at an ideal price- Butler Court has it all. Located at the top of one of the main drags in Kilkenny, you are treated to a great walk through the town center before enthusiastically welcomed by Ivonne. The orientation to Kilkenny is brief but comprehensive and Ivonne takes the time to help you plan your time. The rooms are immaculate and modern with the continental breakfast in the form of cereal, fruit , juice, tea, and coffee, in your room (you even have a mini fridge!). All in all, this is an emblematic stay in a fantastic and scenic part of Ireland.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Butler Court Kilkenny
My sister-in-law & I stayed here for one night this July! It was delightful - very very clean. I had e-mailed Yvonne a few times before making the trip, and when we arrived, I felt like we were friends, not customers! She couldn't have been more helpful with restaurant suggestions and maps, etc. The location is very central to the castle- right thru a courtyard, and you're on the castle grounds. The beds were so comfortable and the continental breakfast was great - nice fresh fruit, etc. If you go to Kilkenny, stay at Butler Court -- you will not be sorry! Great value!
Wonderful, light, airy
My sister and I were touring Ireland and after a long drive came upon Butler Court Apartments. We couldn't believe our luck! Yvonne,the owner was warm and welcoming. Our room was clean, light and airy. It was three minutes walk to the centre of town, yet hidden away. The decor was modern and tasteful with lovely wooden blinds and a super shower. We were so thankful to have found such a pleasant place to stay we would have paid anything as we were so tired; the price of 40 euros was so reasonable. I would recommend and stay here again. We were sad that we couldn't stay longer, but had a ferry to catch. I would also recommend Corrigans restaurant just down the road. We had a lovely meal at a very reasonable cost but beware as most restaurants seemed to stop serving at 7.30
Hope to go back soon!
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Butler Court for one night recently and thought it was lovely. The owner Yvonne is really nice and helpful. The room was gorgeous - extremely clean with shiny wooden floors and a continental breakfast (fruit, cereal, scones etc) provided. As well as holding juice, milk etc for breakfast, the fridge was handy for chilling water and some wine for a drink before going out! I liked the fact that unlike conventional guesthouses you are not in someone's house - you walk through the courtyard to your room. It was a great base for visiting Kilkenny because you are very close to everything but away from big groups there for hen/stag parties. The reason I give the Butler Court 4 rather than 5 marks is that it is a little bit pricey (120 euro for 2 for a Saturday night) and when people were leaving very early on Sunday morning, it was a bit noisy as our room was near reception. However, I would stay there again without hesitation and look forward to my next visit.
After a flight into Dublin with my family our first was here. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The owner was extremely delightful. It was a great place to start a trip.
Extremely impressed with Butler's Court
I was recently attending a conference in Kilkenny and stayed one night in Butler's Court. I couldn't of been more pleased. The rooms are beautifully presented and spacious with continental breakfast supplied in the room. The owners were very welcoming and always keen to help. The accomodation looks over Kilkenny castle which is lite up at night which only adds to the charm of the place. I would recommend this accomodation to anyone will definately be making a return visit.
Perfect for one
Butler Court was an ideal stopover for me on my driving tour through southern Ireland. I arrived at dinner time on a Friday night, exhausted from traveling, and found Yvonne and John Dalton to be the perfect hosts. Their guest accommodation is modern yet historic--a hidden courtyard right in downtown Kilkenny. Everything was fresh and clean, and my first floor room looked out onto a garden courtyard that even in February was carefully tended by the owners. The place is very quiet and secure, and the owners' presence and sense of responsibility for their guests was obvious. The continental in-room breakfast met a high standard: five choices of fresh fruits, milk and bottled juices in a mini-fridge, cold cereals and scones. The Irish love their tea, and I loved the custom of an electric teakettle in every room and a varied selections of teas to choose from.
Heading out to see the sights, shop, or enjoy the pubs was an easy walk. The reasonable prices, central location, and warm hospitality would bring me back again.
Great Find In Kilkenny city
I recently spent two days in the medieval Irish city of Kilkenny and stayed at a fabulous family run inn called Butler Court. (www.butlercourt.com)
The hosts are John and Yvonne Dalton and they are totally hands on with the day to day running of Butler Court. Yvonne greeted me upon arrival, showed me maps and menus to the various spots in town and even invited me on a walk around the city with the family dog Frisky.
My room was lovely with modern fixtures and polished wood floors. The bathroom was spacious and the shower had the best water pressure I've ever experience in Ireland. A continental breakfast was served in room and the rates were very reasonable for the quality received.
As for location, Butler Court is right in the heart of Kilkenny. It is within short walking distance of everything and actually has a view of the famous Kilkenny Castle from the second floor porch.
I beleive that your readers would agree with me and find Butler Court to be a great find while visiting Kilkenny and the surrounding area.
Great place to stay!!!
We stayed here for 3 nights in late October. We found the location, the lodging and the owners all to be excellent. Yvonne and John were wonderful hosts. The room was very nice and comfortable, with wonderful showers. A continental breakfast was provided in the room. We would stay here again and recommend it whole heartedly! Look out for their cute dog!
Best of Both Worlds
Staying at Butler Court was like staying with close friends who have recently remodeled their guest room. It was the best of both worlds: All the charm, friendliness and special touches of a Bed and Breakfast, but with the modern conveniences and bathroom of a 5 star hotel. We couldn't have asked for anything more. We will definitely stay there again and recommend to all of our friends!
Loved the Service
I sent clients to stay at Butler Court. They came back from Ireland and raved about this place. Clean and the service was above average. Good location and excellent breakfast. Would highly recommend this hotel to all travel clients from now on.