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When I first booked our B&B on the Dingle Peninsula, our host John wrote me "Greetings from this most special part of Ireland." He wasn't just being nice. It really is the most special part of Ireland. A truly lovely place. Extra special is the Pax House B&B, which oftentimes feels more like a Ritz Carlton because it is SO comfy and they …
We were both kind of tired of sightseeing today. We'd had six straight days filled with some pretty amazing experiences. And we needed a break. So we spent the morning at Pax House, enjoying the somewhat misty views and catching up on blogging. For some reason I wasn’t able to upload pictures to my blog, and even loading web pages was taking …
Today we toured the Dingle Peninsula. Here are the highlights:
* Dunbeg Fort: a series of defensive ramparts, set dramatically on a hillside next to the sea. There were more sheep here, a horse, and donkey.
* Beehive huts #1: these are round stone huts shaped kind of like beehives. Hence, the name. Here, there were a couple of …
Okay, very short and sweet:
1. Took a boat trip to Skellig Michael in the morning. It's a craggy island that juts up out of the ocean. There was a colony of monks that lived there and built a stair case and huts at the top. It’s been abandoned for a thousand years, but the construction was so good that the huts are still water-tight …
Today Erin got up at 7:30 but I stayed in bed until 8:00. We had pancakes and fruit for breakfast. We wished we could stay longer at Beach Cove but we have to move on. We got into Portmagee about 9:25, bought our sandwiches and potato salad for the trip from the deli we visited yesterday, and used the restroom for the last time until we got back. …
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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.
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 fiancé 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.
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!
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!
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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!