Pax Guest House
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TravelPod Member ReviewsYe Olde Manor House Bed and Breakfast Elkhorn
John has made this an exception place to stay, wonderful.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ye Olde Manor House Bed and Breakfast Elkhorn
A Must Stay When In Dingle
New owner John is the consumate host. The food is excellent, the rooms are fabulous and have a great view of the bay. John goes out of his way to make your stay an enjoyable and comfortable one. You are close to town but still have the feeling of being in the country.
Commanding view and enthusiastic host
Pax House sits just a quarter mile outside Dingle on a hill overlooking the town and its lovely bay. The common rooms and some bedrooms have expansive views over the area. The rooms are well-kept and brightly colored.
The new manager, John, is an engaging and energetic host. He personally cooked and served breakfast each morning and presented afternoon tea. We stayed several days in September 2006 and had a wonderful time. Highly recommended.
Fantastic place to stay
If you're looking for something peaceful with a great location and a fantastic breakfast this is the place for you. The reputation of the place, as you can see, is very good. Now it's under new management and the owners seem very enthusiastic about maintaining the obviously high standards of service. The rooms are fabulous as well, but it's the warm personable approach that I was most impressed with. Little touches like putting fruit in our room and leaving cake out when we came back from a night out amply illustrated their commitment to your enjoyment. There's ample room for parking and the town of Dingle is only a short walk down the hill. I can recommend the Out of the Blue restaurant opposite the tourist office for top quality and good value seafood, but please book in advance.
My family of four (me, hubby, two teens) stayed here one night during a 10-day Scotland/Ireland vacation. The host, Ron, gave us the warmest welcome of our trip. Both our rooms faced the street, so we didn't have the beautiful views that you would have from rooms on the other side of the building. But still, the rooms were very comfortable, nice-sized, and extremely clean. In fact, the beds had the best wool blankets I've ever seen. Afterwards, I looked in every shop I visited for blankets like the ones in Pax House, but never found any. The main parlor/sitting area has wonderful furnishings and art. The deck has a breathtaking view, as does the breakfast room. One warning if you don't have a car: this inn is about a mile from town, and the walk back is all uphill. But even an out-of-shape middle-ager like me managed it without too much problem. (And the room keys have the names and phone numbers of local taxi companies attached, in case you change your mind about the walk.) Actually, I preferred the quiet and peace of the inn's location, instead of being in the middle of town. The breakfast was also one of the best of our trip - all the usual buffet items plus a cooked-to-order dish. The kids loved the "waffles," which turned out to be made of potato/hash browns. The Dingle peninsula is definitely worth a visit, and the town of Dingle was very charming. And Pax House is the perfect place to stay.
Outstanding View & Friendly Helpful Hosts
We arrived at Pax House around mid-day - earlier than they expected us. But Joan was gracious, and our rooms were ready. 2 Rooms on the front side with a spectacular view of the bay, one on the back side - no view, but very comfortable. Once we settled in, we wanted to head in to town (1/2 mile away) Joan gave us great advice - Lunch at Ashe's Pub - very cute and good food) and a fabulous dinner at The Half Door. We drove out and around the Peninsula, and visited the Blasket Center right at the tip in Dunquin. Very worthwhile. each turn brought a more commanding view than the previous.
My fiancÚ and I stayed at the Pax House in May 2005 by chance, we were due to stay at the Castlewood House, but due to a booking error on their half, we found ourselves with no where to stay in Dingle, the Castlewood House were great, they found us the Pax House, and we have to be thankful to the Castlewood for sending us to a great place.
Its a little way out of the town, so a car really is required, we arrived to a very warm welcome from Ron, and his lovely dog Max, who saw us to our room. What a great room! It was large enough, but the views were great from our bedroom! Right across Dingle Bay, quite breath taking. The bathroom was spacious, and very clean! I could not fault the bathroom. How often do you go into hotels, and the grouting is off colour grey, and really don't look that clean, not this place, the tiles sparkled. We felt very at ease here.
Breakfast was fantastic, yet more views of Ding Bay, we could have sat there admiring the views all day long.
We would recommend the Pax House to anyone, its value for money, and very comfortable. We will be staying here again.
A view and help if needed!
We were with a group fo 10 so we had 5 rooms at Pax House. Every single one was great...some with views and some without. The view is absolutely amazing, the breakfast is great, and Ron and Joan are most helpful and considerate. When we left to drive to Galway, I realized I had forgotten some important papers at their checkout area. I called Ron and he arranged to send them via overnight mail so they caught up with me before we left Ireland. They helped us arrange dinner reservations, horseback riding, and a hired car to drive us around the peninsula. I can't say enough about their house and their hospitality.
My only fear is that when we return, they'll be filled up!
Can't wait to go back!!
We stayed there on our honeymoon. Foolishly I thought it would be easy to find a place to stay in Dingle. We had almost given up hope and were headed back to the mainland when a small sign cought my eye. What a GEM!! Highly recommend!!We could almost see Funghi from our window. The room was spacious. I believe it was the Kells room. The view at breakfast was unreal!
Above and Beyond
Five friends and I stayed at Pax House in August (2001). While in Dingle, through complete fault of my own, I had a piece of luggage stolen. That piece of luggage included the film with all the pictures I had taken during my first 8 days in Ireland. Joan and her husband knew how upset I was about losing the film and went to extrodinary lengths to try to get it back. They posted signs around town, placed ads in the newspaper and even put messages on the Gaelic radio station. Low and behold, my 14 roles of film were returned to the inn a month after it had gone missing. She mailed it to me and refused any sort of reward. Combine that kind of service with the lovely decor of her inn and the most spectacular view of any place I've ever stayed and I cannot recommend Pax House more highly. I'll be forever grateful for her help!
Bed & Breakfast in Dingle
Excellent view. Convienent to town. Hospitality A-1. Rooms a bit small but nicely appointed. Very clean. Comfortable. Breakfast excellent. Planning to visit Dingle again, and would definately stay at Pax House again. Be sure you get the right side of the house for best view!
TripAdvisor Reviews Ye Olde Manor House Bed and Breakfast Elkhorn
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Our BB had the best breakfast yet with lots of homemade delicacies - muesli, fresh fruit salad, different breads, pancakes and scrambled eggs with smoke salmon. We had quite a distance to drive through many small towns like Bantry, Glengarriff, Kenmare and a stop off at the Lakes of Killarney with a visit to Ross Castle. We even stopped at Molly …
This time it was totally not my fault for the delayed updates, I haven't had internet access, but here is a recap.
Sunday 3 July 2011
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