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“An Accidental Stay”
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Aran Lodge B&B
Ranked #1 of 3 Ballylickey B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Our stay at Aran Lodge was purely by accident as everywhere was full due to a long weekend and the fact that they had just had a cancellation.
Unwittingly I had emailed Joe several months before we came to Ireland asking about family history in the area. It was one random email sent out. Then I didn't have time to act on his reply. I did not know that they ran a B & B at that time. When we arrived and after giving our names etc, Deidre asked if I had emailed about family history. I looked at her amazed that she could know that. She said that I had actually emailed her husband Joe!!!!
They were the most amazing hosts. The rooms were spic and span, the view from our room upstairs was delightful across Bantry Bay. They were very informative and helpful and most of all friendly. I felt we were at 'home'. We stayed two nights instead of the original one and would love to visit again. Highly recommend this B&B - you won't find anywhere near as nice.

Room Tip: We stayed in the family room upstairs. Beautiful view. But I imagine all the rooms would have been...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

recently had the pleasure of staying at a wonderful b&b. The view from the lodge was beautiful, it overlooked scenic Bantry Bay. The rooms were very clean and confortable with great service and a daily outstanding breakfast meal. Joe and Deidre Oconnell were very gracious and informative about the surrounding area and special places to visit. I am looking forward to visiting them again in the near future. I would recommend this B&B to anyone planning to visit West Cork.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We had the opportunity to stay in the nearby summer home of friends, when the water pump broke and we were forced to find alternative lodging for a few days. The Aran Lodge was recommended by a local neighbor and what a lucky break for us. We were greeted warmly by the O'Connells, owners of the B&B. You won't find a more delightful family anywhere. They are wonderful hosts, know everything about the area and efficiently addressed our every need whether it was sightseeing advice, dinner and entertainment recommendations, or just general information. Our room was super clean, cozy and comfortable, and the window view stunning. We were actually sad to leave and wished we could have stayed longer. We will return!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

I cannot speak highly enough of the Aran Lodge in Ballylickey. The property offers stunning views of the environs, and the accommodations are sparkling clean, comfortable and inviting. The owners, the O'Connells, are superlative hosts, so very helpful and knowledgeable about West Cork--not just where to visit, but also the history of each place. The atmosphere is warm, yet private, friendly yet quiet. I plan to return there on my next visit to West Cork, and I encourage anyone interested in this lush and unique part of the world to book at the Aran Lodge.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

A wonderful and delightful stay. Spring in west Ireland is lovely. The Aran lodge was a peaceful, beautiful setting. We were well taken care of and will most certainly return. West Cork is a natural wonder. spectacular bay views from the surrounding hills (as well as our B&B room).

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

An, ideal choice. A warm welcome, comfortable room, lovely view, very good breakfast, and helpful hosts. Lovely people!!! We loved our stay, and felt like we were part of the family.
We felt this is B and B at its best. If you do not want to drive into town for dinner there is a very friendly pub at the end of the lane.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

No nice and comfy to come "home" to after a long day of walking on the Sheep's Head Way. Breakfast was excellent -- even my husband's omelette what at first Dierdre didn't think she could make right -- it was perfect! Our group of 12 had two excellent night's stays.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Liz S
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Additional Information about Aran Lodge B&B

Address: Ballylickey | Bantry, Ballylickey, Bantry, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Bantry > Ballylickey
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Ballylickey
Price Range: £47 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scenic tranquil B&B/Guesthouse, on two acres of landscaped gardens overlooking Bantry Bay at Ballylickey on route N71 between Bantry and Glengarriff. All rooms en-suite; wheelchair-friendly; central heating; TVs, tea/coffee and sea views. Coach parking, one minute’s walk to local bar/restaurant. One hours drive of Killarney and the famous “Ring of Kerry” Mizen Head & Blarney Castle. Ideal location for touring, hill-walking, golf, lake, river & sea angling. Credit Cards. ... more   less 
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