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Historical Traveler Reviews Heaton's Guesthouse Dingle
We spent one night at heaton's in August 2004. Things were crowded in town (August holidays; lots of American tourists; horse-racing weekend) and the rate was good (59 euros per person sharing, including breakfast). The room was fine, but nothing special. Heaton's is a big guesthouse (in the US, this would be an inn, not a b&b), which we prefer, and it was clean and efficient, but not great. The "room with shower and bath" turned out to be a bathtub with a shower head (vs what we'd found elsewhere: a separate shower); the room was quite small, and the bed quite soft; there was a TINY tv on a funny little wrought-iron-and-glass table; there were tea things in the closet but nowhere to really make tea...Heaton's had neither the warmth one expects of a family-run place nor the charm and coziness of a small inn (and coziness is in high demand on dingle, where the weather is INTENSE). And there was noise: we're late-night folk, but even we were awakened by doors slamming, people rolling in from the pubs, a dog barking quite close by (seemingly inside the house...).
Having said all that, Heaton's is well-located, on the main lower town road just beyond the harbour, the honky-tonk tourist shops and restaurants, etc (easy walking distance to both lower and upper town, but much quieter--and beyond the reach of the weird dingle sound system, which plays music out of overhead speakers all the time for some reason); the heaton family was very efficient and clearly professional; the public rooms are lovely (much nicer than our bedroom, at any rate) and the breakfast was EXCELLENT. I know the big draw there is the "american" pancakes; but we had Irish breakfast (being in Ireland, and all)--smoked salmon, eggs, tea, etc--and found it far and away the best of all the breakfasts we'd had in Ireland, from fancy hotels to modest b&bs.
Heaton's guesthouse was by far the best guesthouse we stayed. Food was great, the family was so gracious and the location is perfect. Don't miss Dingle. Give yourself a couple of days. We only stayed two and wish we had done more!
Great place to stay in Dingle
Spent about 2 weeks in Ireland in May. Heaton's had the best breakfast of any of the places we stayed. This is certainly a family run business at Heaton's.. and they are all wonderful hosts.
Rooms are extremely clean and have great sea views. Plenty of parking on the premises...a great plus in Ireland.
Heaton's is a very good choice in Dingle.
What it lacks in antiquity, it makes up for with charm and cleanliness
power shower, deep fast fill tub, room for toiletries in the bath, porridge that is unforgettable as is the smoked salmon, pancakes and sausages, crisp sheets, clean, modern, lady of the house, Nuala delightful, best deal in town. Our rooms were the least charming, but they were clean, comfortable and sunny...the other rooms were more spacious and elegant. The husband of the team, Cameron, is very nice in a take charge sort of way. My only regret was, first thing he said to me at breakfast was "check out is at 11." But the fabulous breakfast took the sting out of it....if I return to Dingle, I will ask for the upstairs corner king room and I will have the porridge, most definately, with the brown sugar, sweet cream and a spoonful of Drambue, out of this world! Thank you, Ann from NYC
Brillian Great, Staff, Food, and entertainment.
This is the best hotel we stayed in during the summer of 2003. When we traveled around Ireland. A total of 9 hotels in 3 months
Fantastic Food, views and comfy rooms.
The breakfast menu is amazing and all so delicious - I have to recommend the porridge with drambue, brown sugar and cream - pure heaven. Delicious selection of soda breads.
The room was spacious enough, with a black marble bathroom almost the same size. We were at the back, with no view but we were out so much that it didn't matter.
The is a first rate B&B, no wonder its won awards.
We were overwelmed by the friendliness and caring of this BandB. The room was large and most had views of Dingle Bay. The breakfast was wonderful with freshly cooked food ordered off a menu like a restaurant. They also had a buffet with homemade items on it. The location can't be beat. I can't say enough good things about the place or the area! We can't wait to go back.
Just returned from Ireland. Stayed at Heatons in Dingle. The Inn is just on the side of town. Can walk down town in 3 minutes but have the ease of parking in their lot. Our room was great. Clean, modern, great bathroom. We were on the second floor and our room looked out on Dingle Bay, stunning. The innkeepers are charming, helpful and take great pride in their place and it shows. The dining room is enclosed with windows looking out to the bay. We'll go back!
Five ladies arrived late at night and were directed by locals to Heaton's Guesthouse. It was the best place we stayed in a 10-day driving trip. In the three rooms we booked the decor was unique and varied--someone had a lot of fun decorating this place (I suspect it was Nuala). Though it is quite large and apparently built as a guesthouse, not a conversion, the warmth and atmosphere is still of someone's home.Careful at beakfast, Cameron and Nuala will make you eat more than you can possibly hold, and it's all deliciously prepared by their delightful daughter.
I just returned from a two-week trip to Ireland and spent two nights at Heaton's Guesthouse. Of all the places we stayed, Heaton's had the best accomodations on this trip.
The breakfast is superb and you enjoy a beautiful view of the harbour from the dining area. I saw four of the guest rooms and each is uniquely decorated. I was amazed at how meticulously clean the rooms are. They have a nice selection of books in the library and a sitting area in the front. Cameron suggested local places for us to eat local seafood and made reservations for us.
It certainly helps that this guesthouse is in one of the most beautiful places I've been to--the Dingle Peninsula. Regardless of the location, this is a first class operation at a reasonable price.
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Well, find one we did in good ol' Dingle!
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