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... 16 + km from Balinspittle. It was a nice ride at first because the shine was shining even though it was cold. However, strong winds started to pick up and it started to rain on route. The area near the Atlantic Ocean was so bad I had to get off my bike and wait a couple minutes to continue. Had the weather been nicer the ride would have been more enjoyable. Primarily because it was relitively flat with limited turnoff points (maybe 3 turns to continue on the main road (R600) ...
... might meet him for coffee in Limerick on his way down but that was out as well as he was travelling down by train.
I decided then to go to Kinsale anyway prepared and that if I didn't like what I saw I could always walk away.
Catherine and myself traveled down the night before,stayed in Cork and drove out to Kinsale to see the boat and meet the owner on Friday morning.
The yacht was a 31 foot sloop with ...
... if there is another car coming in the opposite direction you must stop and wait for them to pass before heading through. I bought myself an Irish Rugby jersey while shopping. I'm excited to wear it :) For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant. We decided one day of our vacation we would eat something other than Irish food. Then, we called it an early night and headed back to our hotel to relax. Tomorrow, we will do some exploring of the ...
... over the Plain of Tipperary. It's also called the Golden Vale because its rich soil makes for excellent farmland. Anyway, it's green and gently rolling and it's even got a ruined abbey in the fields right below the Rock. It's sort of what you imagine Ireland is going to look like.
We were given a tour of the Rock by Stephanie. It is the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster and it's where St. Patrick baptized King Aengus. For the baptism ceremony, Patrick invited ...
... areas. We picked a trail and then we were on our way.
The sky was clear and the sun was out but it was still pretty chilly. The hour trail along the water was filled with scenery that made it hard not to take a zillion pictures.
Once we arrived at the Charles fort we grabbed a map and started wondering around the National Monument. It was constructed ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Haven Hotel Kinsale
Perfect place in Kinsale
We stayed two nights at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale. It is the perfect location in town. Just outside your door is the harbor, shops, pubs and restaurants. Nice rooms, nice touches and good service. The food in the restaurant and pub was very good. We wouldn't consider another place if we return to Kinsale. If you are a golfer and end up in Kinsale, drive out to Old Head of Kinsale golf club for a visit. Make sure you are not wearing jeans or have kids under 14. If so, they won't let you in. Easily the most scenic golf setting I have ever seen. More so than even Pebble Beach, it is on a promotory that juts out into the Atlantic and has sheer cliffs all around it.
The Blue Haven was an excellent hotel. The staff was kind and helpful - they provided us with great restaurant & sightseeing activities recommendations, and helped us out when there was a problem with our hot water. The rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated, and the bathrooms were lovely - very modern and incredibly clean. The breakfast was delicious, with a choice of several hot entrees - a nice change from the standard eggs and sausage in Ireland!
My husband and I stayed one night at the Blue Haven. It was absolutely wonderful. Our room was beautifully furnished and the location was perfect. The staff was very helpful and even gave us a complimentary upgrade on our room. The pub attached to the hotel was also great. We stayed in Ireland/UK for two weeks and this hotel was one of our favorites.
Blue Haven great place to stay
Just returned from Kinsale and think we made a good choice with the Blue Haven, the staff are friendly and very helpful. The food is excellent we dined in the Conservatory and the restaurant and were not disappointed, the flavour and presentation first class. The menu is varied and we were spoiled for choice. The bedroom was quite small, spotlessly clean and nice furnishings and large bed, a bit too large for the room. Having said this we were out all day and so really only slept in the room. It is in an fine position a few minutes walk from the harbour and all the fine restaurants in Kinsale. A thoroughly enjoyable break and should we go to Kinsale again wouldn't consider anywhere else to stay.
Friendly Staff with great rooms & great breakfast
Stayed here for one night...and choose the Blue Haven based on the reviews in Tripadvisor..thanks! We were not disappointed. The rooms were well finished, large bed, complimentary water, chocolate and tea/coffee making facility with cookies. Room had iron & ironing board with trouser press. The breakfast was fantastic! Hard to decide which warm breakfast to have...a tasty choice from regular Irish breakfast, to eggs benedict or fresh fruit pancakes. Also on offer - breakfast buffet with smoked salmon, choice of cheeses, cereals, fruit juices, etc. Hotel centrally located. Great town and great hotel!
A Great Little Hotel
We had a 3 night break at the Blue Haven and i must say i was impressed. The hotel itself was charming, a little bit of old worldy and a little bit of modern luxury. The room (One of the three top ones) was splendid, the bed was very comfortable, spa bath and other ammenities was very good.
On the down side, when i booked there was no mention of the massive road workings that was going on outside, which didnt spoil things just suprised us when we arrived. But the receptionist reduced our room rate for one of the nights as a away of an apology.... This was great as we hadnt even mentioned it...
I was dispointed with the restaurant, (We might have been unlucky) but there was a large group of loud golfers in who were placed in the middle of the restauarnt and seemed to trying to out do each other with how loud they got.... Not what i wanted when i was trying to have an intimate dinner with my wife for her birthday. Food was OK, but well worth trying all the other restaurants in Kinsale too.
Overall a very nice place, wonderful countryside, and i would recommend anyone to stay here (if you have the budget for it.....)
A Wonderful Experience
We just returned from a two week vacation at the charming Blue Haven Hotel, Kinsale located in the South West of Ireland. The hotel is a wonderful combination of old world charm and contemorary luxury. We stayed in a beautiful room that was recently tastefully refurbished.
Eventhough we used the Blue Haven as our base to explore this beautiful part of the world, we found ourselves rushing back to have have dinner in the Hotel's restaurant. (The sea food dishes were fantastic) I am embarassed to admit that we had either lunch or Dinner at the Hotel every day and sometimes both!!! I preferred the bar for lunch, my wife the Cafe.
The staff could not have been any more accomodating, they were very friendly and helpful (even when we did return late for dinner after our travels). Every one seemed to know our names within a few days, it was great to feel important and that our business was appreciated. The service was incredible.
Overall it was truly a wonderful experience that both my wife and I will never forget.
Blue Haven Was Wonderful
We recently returned from Ireland and two nights at the Blue Haven. We were a bit concerned after reading some of the negative reviews, but during our stay we found no basis at all for any of those comments. The room was comfy, the food fantastic and the people friendly and helpful. I don't know what anyone could have done to make our stay more pleasant.
I have just recently returned from the Blue Haven and was pleasantly surprised to see that the hotel had been taken over by new owners and it had been beautifully refurbished. The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly. I used to frequent the hotel years ago until it changed hands and had a similar experience to other people who wrote in. I m now glad to report that the Blue Haven seems back to the charming hotel it once was. Strongly recommended.
Not what we expected
When I say "not as we expected", I mean this positively as, having read the other reviews posted on Trip Advisor, we thought we were going to the biggest dive in Ireland! However, after having spent a lovely relaxing long weekend at the Blue Haven (16-19 April 04), I can honestly say that we were not disappointed. In short, the staff were friendly and helpful, the room was welcoming, comfortable and extremely clean (excellent daily servicing), the food was good (especially the breakfast!) and the atmosphere in the bar was great (& it was packed full every night). It was a shame that the restaurant was closed due to refurbishment, but the conservatory area made a great "makeshift" restaurant environment. OK, so it's not a 5-star hotel & there may be a few little bits of "housekeeping" in terms of the decor (which incidentally it appears they are currently addressing), but we were in no way disappointed - it seems from the reviews that some people need to get real about their expectations. If you want the 5-star treatment/environment, then book a 5-star hotel!