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“Opulent, Quiet Countryside B&B” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Maranatha Country House

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Maranatha Country House
Ranked #2 of 25 Blarney B&B and Inns
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Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
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“Opulent, Quiet Countryside B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

What a gem to find! Out in the countryside, but not far to drive, this B&B is filled with eye candy in every direction. I fell in love with the breakfast dining room on line, but in person it was even more spectacular. See photo. The room (only 6 in all) were all uniquely appointed and the sleeping was grand. The owner grew up in the house and later turned it into a B&B. Bunnies all over the lawn, a retired jumper horse down the lane who will be glad to make your acquaintance. I wish we'd had more than one night here. If ever I go to Ireland again, this will be top on my list of places to stay.

Room Tip: I stayed in the Champaign room - Queen and Single bed. Well appointed.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

One of a kind and fit for royalty!! Wow! The rooms are huge, very well appointed and luxurious. This was an amazing experience and I will definitely go back! Owners are lovely people and the breakfast was wonderful. Best one yet and hated to leave!!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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st john's NL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

Quite the most charming and well appointed home that you ever wish to find, and finding may take a few minutes as it is well hidden off the main Blarney/ Tower road. But from the moment you drive down the driveway you will be captured and enchanted by the grounds, the individual rooms, the breakfast conservatory and by Olwen and Doug who make you feel like you are personal friends staying for the weekend. An Irish country home at its best with delicious hot or cold breakfast and a get away from it all feel. So bring a book and leave you smart phone at home and chill

Room Tip: They are all good
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

A senior couple plus a friend shared a huge triple room for three nights, and Maranatha couldn't have been a nicer place to stay. The room was bright, clean and spacious, the bathroom was clean and easy to access, and the breakfast was a great start to the days. One of our party had some lower intestinal problems, and the staff was solicitous and helpful and we especially appreciated that courtesy. All in all, a great place to stay, and with plenty of parking.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Quite simply, this was the most beautifully decorated B&B we stayed at in all of Ireland. Olwen, although with no formal training to speak of, poured her soul into the decor of this house and the results are outstanding. Along with the comfort of the room, the graciousness and hospitality of the owners, and the wonderful breakfast provided, this is truly a great stay. I most definitely would return and would highly recommend this to anyone for visit. A must stay in Blarney, Cork, Ireland.

Room Tip: Any room offered is wonderfully decorated and comfortable.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jim H
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Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Our original B&B booking was with a different place in Blarney, but our reservations had to be cancelled on account of a personal time conflict with the host (Blarney Vale B&B, please see my review there as well since she was ever so helpful and kind) - HOWEVER, she took care of moving our arrangements to Maranatha Country House and WOW! Talk about a vertical move. This manor house is absolutely spectacular. It's impressive grounds and breath taking scenery is enough to floor you, but once you walk inside, you feel like you might just be royalty. Elegant and stylish decor abounds and Olwen has an amazing ability to combine antiques and personality so that you feel comfortable but impressed.

Olwen and her husband were away when we arrived, but their children and friends took fantastic care of us. Their son, Robert was so kind and funny and we were so grateful when he procured a nice bucket of ice for our evening cocktails for BOTH nights we stayed. We were lucky to stay in the Regal Suite, and the name is certainly suitable! Massive room with high ceilings, beautiful four poster bed with gorgeous draperies, and a step down open bathroom with large jet tub. So luxurious!! The room and entire home is kept so clean you would think that a large team of maids are shuttled in there every day.

Robert helped us find a restaurant to eat at and provided us with a local cab company number. Better yet, Robert forewarned us that when the phone call was answered, we would pretty much be unable to understand the extremely heavy accent and he explained exactly what we needed to say to get through the call. Haha! If you need a cab, try to ask for Noel O'Sullivan's number. He was simply wonderful and so very kind and helpful.

Breakfast was fantastic, and even though there were only 5 guests (including our group) at the time, they still provided a large gorgeous spread of options. Whichever sausage they use, it was the best I had while we were in Ireland. Yum! We loved watching the foxes and rabbits playing in the back garden while we ate. So picturesque!

We also got to meet Samson, the "guard" dog who is definitely the most imposing creature I've ever laid eyes on, but he's a sweet harmless boy who just wanders around and enjoys the breakfast leftovers. His name suits him to a tee. Don't be frightened when you arrive to the B&B late and he's laying by the front door! He's probably just snoring or will glance your way, and might just be the best burglar deterrent I've ever seen!

Unfortunately, I had a bad meal one night in Cork and came down with food poisoning, but we were allowed to take our time checking out the next day, which was so kind since I was really in a state. Olwen and her husband arrived just as we were leaving, and it was a pleasure to meet them, I only wish I hadn't been feeling so off; I would have liked to have been more social. Nevertheless, they were both very kind and thanked us for staying with them and apologized that the (gorgeous, not even slightly overgrown) garden hadn't been recently tended! Really fantastic owners. Thank for for a memorable stay! We will be back!

Room Tip: The Regal Suite is absolutely stunning!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

I loved staying here in May for 2 nights! It is absolutely gorgeous on the inside and all the rooms have cute names! I stayed in the Top Hat room and it did actually have a top hot on the coat rack! It was pink and Old Hollywood styled. There was a big picture of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that really gave the feeling of the room. The breakfast buffet was great! Olwen and Douglas are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet and very helpful! I hope to visit Blarney again and stay here!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Maranatha Country House

Property: Maranatha Country House
Address: Marantha Country House Saint Ann's Hill | Tower, Blarney, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Blarney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Blarney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stroll through the beautiful private gardens and woodlands surrounding this lovely Victorian mansion. Spacious romantic bedrooms. Beautiful historic antiques throughout. Ideally located for day trips to both east and west Cork and Kerry. Rates for bed and breakfast from €35 to €60 per person sharing per night ... more   less 
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