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“Organic old world charm” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Annesbrook

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Annesbrook
Ranked #2 of 2 Duleek B&B and Inns
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Organic old world charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2007

As a travel agent I'm always looking for something extra from travel experiences. Annesbrook delivered. Yes it is a little lacking in glossy paint but it more than makes up for it with old world charm and individuality. With the silent ambiance of later years it's easy to imagine the rich history that surrounds.
Room sizes are bigger than overpriced suites in many 5 star hotels, but you should be able to appreciate the original furniture and not expect everything to be totally 'restored'
Breakfast was the best I've had in any hotel, with home made breads, great selections of fruit , cereal, and a scrumptious full Irish breakfast. Book, experience and enjoy, but don't delay, it might be discovered by the rest of the world and change.

  • Liked — A higgen gem of the lost world of old Ireland.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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96 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2007

We were looking foward to seeing this place as the pictures seemed to indicate some grande estate. And yes, it was once a great estate complete with entrance portal and long driveway. But alas, the estate has seen better days and has fallen into some disrepair. It looks like it needed about a 2 million Euro renovation by someone who has the money to lovingly restore it to its grandeur. Having said that, we still enjoyed our stay. We roamed the house and saw a curious collection of modern paintings alongside Victorian country scenes and antique stained glass. Our room was large and needed some paint, but the beds where comfortable. Breakfast was plentiful and good too. I must say it was a bit spooky at night and we were waiting for the ghost of some Christmas past to saunter into our room after the sun went down! I felt it was a good bargain for the price, but certainly not luxury accommodations. Bill H. - USA

  • Liked — The Location and ancient "feel" to the house.
  • Disliked — Needed a good coat of paint
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank DrBillH
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Denver, Colorado
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67 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2006

We wanted a unique B&B close to Newgrange, and we won't soon forget our experience here. I felt like a character in a Daphne DuMaurier novel. Our host was mysterious and noncomittal and we roamed at will through the house and grounds without encountering another soul. This was obviously once a great estate, but it appears the owners have fallen on hard times, and evidence of needed repairs is everywhere. The house is stately, with period furniture and art and some lovely plasterwork on the ceilings and marble columns in the foyer. There are ruins of other parts of the compound all around, as well as in the walled garden that reminded me of the Frances Hodgson Burnett work. Most spaces needed paint or caulk, and the front door was kept closed with a 2x4. Our room was enormous and comfortable, although the shower sent water all over the bathroom. Breakfast with fabulous, with homemade and homegrown ingredients to order.

  • Liked — the setting and the history of the place
  • Disliked — upkeep was lacking
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank indenver
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Midlands
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2005

This is an interesting old house where the walls are covered in original art and you will eat in aging splendour with a view of the gardens. We discovered the place by accident and it really is quite hidden away but worth the search. The owner tends beautiful climbing roses and grow organic vegetables in the 19th century walled garden. The results are served in a superb breakfast overlooked by portraits of the 'ancestors'! Each room is individual and has big old furniture with matching clawfooted baths. If you are looking for a taste of the real rural faded Irish gentry this is the place to visit - Alistair Sawday has already mentioned it in his book.

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Additional Information about Annesbrook

Property: Annesbrook
Address: Annesbrook, Duleek, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Meath > Duleek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Duleek
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Annesbrook is a family home set in the countryside of County Meath. Less than an hour from the M50 it is the perfect location to enjoy some of the most renowned archeological delights of Ireland; Newgrange, Knowth, Douth and the Hill of Tara, to name but a few. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxed break or need a private venue for a party, Annesbrook could be your perfect match. ... more   less 

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