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Coolbawn Lodge Farmhouse
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Coolbawn Lodge Farmhouse
Ranked #8 of 12 Skibbereen B&B and Inns
Auckland, New Zealand
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54 reviews
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“Best B&B I've been to.”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

If you are looking for accommodation in this area you must stay with Eileen here. We have stayed in a lot of B&B's, some very nice but Eileen takes it to another level again. First off, the wonderful welcome when we arrived. We were greeted with a cup of tea and plates of home baking.
The choice of breakfast is varied and tasty no matter what you have, supplemented with cheese and crackers, wonderful fruit selections and homemade jams and home grown honey. It is sumptuous.
The rooms are clean, large and have wonderful personal touches such as bathrobes and little slippers.
Padraigh and Eileen are wonderful people. We had some fantastic conversations and thoroughly enjoyed watching the Hurling finals with them. They made us feel like family and we were genuinely sorry that we had to leave. I highly recommend staying at Coolbawn Lodge.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Coolbawn Lodge is a little gem tucked away in the countryside near Skibbereen, County Cork. We received a warm welcome from Eileen together with her now legendary tea, scones, home-made cake, cheeses . . . . ; the blackcurrant jam was gorgeous. Our en-suite bedrooms were spacious, comfortable and immaculately clean. Eileen was knowledgable about the local area, recommending a lovely restaurant for dinner and the best place to buy local cheese. There was no down-side :)

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Hofkirchen, Germany
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Thanks to Eileen und Padraigh. We had at Coolbawn Logde the best stay of our journey around Ireland. A real warm welcome with tea, coffee, scones and marmelad (all of them homemade!) three sorts of water :-) yes that´s possible (lemon, fennel and still water) AND different sorts of cheese with crackers. The room, the bathroom and all other places were clean and we really felt like home. The best of all was the friendly and warmly welcome from both of them. Also the breakfast the next morning offered us more than we needed and expected. We get many advices where to go and what to do the next day. Thanks a lot. When we are thinking of Ireland, there always will be Eileen and Padraigh and their farm! :-)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leominster, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We were greeted by Eileen on our arrival at coolbawn lodge and offered tea, coffee, water (normal, lemon and fennel), cakes, scones and even a cheese board. Next thing I know 3 hours have passed in what feels like 5 minutes talking to Eileen! The whole experience was incredible, the location was gorgeous and the room was so cosy. Once morning came, and I have digested the massive afternoon tea, I made my way to the breakfast table to be greeted with the same layout aswell as fresh fruit, cereals and yoghurts. Eileen then appeared with coffee, toast, scones, jams and marmalades and eventually my full irish breakfast which was beyond perfect. overall the best b and b I have stayed at, so perfect that we over paid and it was totally deserved. thanks so much to Eileen and her husband for making us feel like family :) and we even left with a goodbag of cakes, breads and scones :)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Blenheim, Canada
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Although only for one night we wished it could have been longer. Eileen was most accommodating given we were booking on very short notice by email. The farm makes an ideal country get away with fabulous views of the surounding countryside and just a short drive to Skibereen. An excellent base for those wishing to explore the nearby penisula's. Our room was spacious with large en-suite. Eileen made us very welcome upon arrival and most helpful with local information and went to great lengths to provide a lavish breakfast given we were the only guests that day. Thanks Eileen!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnatus, New York
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

If I'd only known sooner of the warmth, fun, comfort and convenience of O'Driscoll's Coolbawn Lodge Farmhouse, my 15 day stay in SW Ireland would have been an even greater touring pleasure. My Coolbawn Lodge stay gifted me with panoramic views that beat almost any others. The property itself presents the old world preserved and new world at work. Eileen and Padraig are so positive and helpful and truly caring that you actually feel sad to leave them.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

This was definitely the best B&B we have ever been in!! Eileen gave us a warm welcome on arrival and had us sitting down for tea within 5 minutes! Tea on arrival consisted of homemade scones, a variety of jams, cream & homemade brown bread. Not only that but there was also crackers &various cheeses on a cheese board and cakes to enjoy! We had a wonderful evening chatting to Eileen. The bedrooms & bathrooms were large and extremely well decorated with great attention to detail. Breakfast was better than you'd get at any hotel, catering for all dietary needs - Absolutely delicious! It's quite obvious that Eileen loves her job! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Coolbawn Lodge and can't wait to return! - Stayed on 20/7/13

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Coolbawn Lodge Farmhouse
Address: Skibbereen, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Skibbereen
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Ranked #8 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Skibbereen
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Number of rooms: 3
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