Wandesforde House near Castlecomer in Kilkenny is simply all you could possibly want, when driving from Dublin to the south coast via Kilkenny. Anna & Michael McDonald have created a small paradise of a B&B, set in a wonderful garden with chickens wandering on the lawns. Anna's welcome was balm to tired travellers, and a cup of tea in her sun room followed by a comfortable bed was nothing short of heaven.
Breakfast next day boasted eggs from the hens or a full Irish, followed by home made hot scones. Anna never rests and a glass case full of her hand-sewn crafts is well worth a look, if you are wanting souvenirs to take home.
The dining room is huge and a former school hall but you'd never know that, as the attractive decorative style is a modern miracle. There are ground floor rooms for disabled travellers and excellent bathrooms en suite.
Please try this place even if you have to make a detour to stay there. Castlecomer Discovery Park is nearby and well worth a visit.