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Desmond House Kinsale
Ranked #2 of 55 Kinsale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Just as charming as the first time...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

My family and I stayed at the Desmond House 13 years ago and I promised that when my boyfriend and I went to Ireland that we would stay there. It didn't disappoint. Michael was the perfect host; we were exhausted and had a bit of a harried drive to Kinsale, he was a sight for sore eyes when we walked in the door. Within seconds all of that stress melted away and we knew we were in the right place. I can't imaging going back to Kinsale and not staying at the Desmond House. The breakfast was great and as long as you have a high threshold for charm and warmth, you'll be just fine.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

My husband , daughter and I stayed for 3nights while traveling in Ireland. Michael, our host was tremendously helpful and full of history and information. Each morning he gave us tips on our travels while serving delicious breakfasts. Our room was large and comfortable, it became our favorite "place" in Ireland and we would love to return someday!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Vero Beach, Florida
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39 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We stayed here one night....room very comfortable. The owner we found to be so very charming and helpful and just a delightful person. The breakfast was superb. We're stop here agian.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

My husband and I visited Kinsale and stayed at the Desmond House. We quickly fell in love with this town!! We had a gorgeous room with a view of the harbor and Michael was extremely warm and welcoming. We hope to come back for a longer stay next time!! Thank you, Michael!

  • Stayed September 2011
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South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

We arrived at Desmond House for just a one night stay and were met warmly by our host, Michael. He and I stood outside reserving a parking space while my husband relocated our car. While waiting Michael shared the history of this lovely,historic house, most interesting.
We stayed in the Castle Suite, very charming. Enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with an abundance of choices, including Michael's homemade marmalade and rasberry jam....the best I've ever had!
A most gracious host, Michael provided great conversation, local recommendations and sights to see on our way back to Dublin. The Desmond House is well located in Kinsale, easy walk to wonderful restaurants and pubs! You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
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191 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

Returned to Desmond House and Kinsale after visiting 5 years ago. We were very pleased to see Michael still running the business, still with his entertaining and informative style. Great accommodation, welcome, breakfast, and service. Could not pick any fault with anything at Desmond House, and recommend it in the highest terms to anyone thinking of visiting Kinsale. Thank you again Michael!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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110 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

Desmond house, and it's host Michael is a true delight! He is knowledgeable and gracious and a pleasure to talk to (about anything!). The breakast is marvelous - the eggs are local and the salmon is delicious and a hearty portion.
The rooms are large and well-kept and the place is in a great location!
I could not recommend this place enough! We were there three days and could have stayed on endlessly! I'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Property: Desmond House Kinsale
Address: Desmond House 42 Cork Street, Kinsale, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Kinsale
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Ranked #2 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Kinsale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Desmond House Kinsale 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Desmond House Kinsale is a lovely old Georgian house in the center of the old part of Kinsale. Huge bedrooms and full bathrooms including whirlpool tubs. Park your car and walk to the award winning restaurants. Only 4 bedrooms so personal attention of knowledgeable owners is available to help with enjoying your stay. Desmond House Kinsale is a great place to stay. ... more   less 
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