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Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) have been a special part of the Irish tourism experience for generations. They stand apart from other forms of client accommodation because of their informality, personal touch and home-cooked meals, all in a uniquely Irish environment. Many B&Bs are located in out-of-the-way places, allowing clients to reach and appreciate the remotest parts of Ireland and benefit from the local knowledge provided. And with B&Bs costing an average of €30 per person per night, they appeal to independent clients on a budget.
To see what makes this type of accommodation stand out across the island, have a look at B&B Ireland’s Irish B&B of the Year competition, run every year with impressive results. This year’s winner was the family-run Springview Farmhouse in Urlingford, County Kilkenny. This charming farmhouse is situated on a working dairy and Angus beef farm. Nestled halfway between the medieval city of Kilkenny and the historic Rock of Cashel, it is close to a wide range of activities, including hiking trails, craft trails, golfing and fishing.
"Springview Farmhouse epitomises all that is within the core values of an excellent Irish Bed & Breakfast.......and then some more that they add themselves in a warm and hospitable way".
The awards shortlist was based on customer reviews from bandbireland.com, with the winner selected by independent adjudicator Charlie Boyle of Customer Service Excellence Ireland.
“We decided that the Joyce family and Springview Farmhouse B&B were the winners based on the depth and length of the praise given by those guests who took time to comment on their stay,” said Boyle. “Springview Farmhouse epitomises all that is within the core values of an excellent Irish Bed and Breakfast... and then some more that they add themselves in a warm and hospitable way.”
Almost 50 B&Bs gained a top score in their reviews, and the best nine of these were then chosen as finalists.
An Rosalithir, Rosscarbery
Bun A Bhaile, Ballyvourney
Dromagowlane House, Adrigole
Sunville House, Ballycotton
Lis-Ardagh Lodge, Union Hall
Riversdale Country House, Carndonagh
Ocean Breeze, Donegal Town
Honeysuckle Cottage, Ballymoney
"We are delighted to acknowledge the fantastic work our Bed & Breakfasts do every year,” said Helena Healy, CEO of B&B Ireland. “The reviews they receive are testament to the exceptional service and experience they are delivering to their guests".
B&B Ireland specialises in a range of themed holidays which include walking, activity, farmstay, pet and food. These B&B properties offer a unique holiday experience providing a range of services that cater specifically for your clients chosen themed holiday.
To find out more, visit www.bandbireland.com