My adult daughter and I stayed here in early September for 3 nights. It is a beautiful location, as others have mentioned, but one needs to realize that it is pretty far outside city center. Don't go to the Pub, have a few beers and expect as easy drive back - it is very dark, no street lights, etc.
When one arrives, the view of the house across the lush green pasture is idyllic. Check-in was handled by owner's daughter and went smoothly.
Room was comfortable and we woke each morning to a view of the horses grazing in the pasture. However, we couldn't use the shower because the water came out at a trickle. When we mentioned this to the owner, she proceeded to comment about how another visitor had turned a faucet too far and it cost 250 euros to have it fixed. I also heard her talking to a frequent guest about other "issues" and expenses of running a B&B...not something we should have been privy to. If it's costly them too much to run a B&B and provide good service...than they should quit in my opinion.
You have to be sitting at one particular table in the dining room to use their Wi-Fi.
They operate somewhat of a petting farm on grounds - supposedly for local families to visit. Although I doubt if it is much of a money maker for them. I disliked the fact that they had purchased an entire litter of puppies from someone, had them in a pen in the barn, and expected to sell them to any visitor who desired to take one home. The animals seemed to be well cared for, however there was a Shetland pony in a very small stall that was a mess and the stall hadn't been mucked for awhile. They claimed they couldn't let the pony out in the pasture, because the other horses and donkey would pick on it! No excuse for not cleaning the stall and letting it out for exercise!
In addition, my dream had always been to ride while in Ireland. I've been riding my entire life and I booked our stay at Muckross specifically for this purpose. Upon seeing their horses, I decided they were for beginners...some actually looked like cart horses, not riding horses.
In closing, I think this is a nice family who has experience some serious health issues recently, perhaps even fallen on hard times financially. Perhaps they are now realizing what a chore it is to run a B&B...especially when there are probably a hundred or more B&Bs, and several large hotels in Killarney.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farmhouse set in a peaceful valley. Large warm comfortable rooms with panoramic views of the mountains, oak forest with red deer. Our area is considered a walkers paradise and of course perfect for riding. Short stroll to Muckross House and the Killarney Lakes.Pet farm avaible to gusts staying and pony rides avaible for small children ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Muckross Riding Stables Hotel Killarney