Maggie does an impressive breakfast spread with cheeses, yogurt, yogurt parfaits, fruit, homemade bread and scones. Lots of choices in addition to an Irish fry. The location is ideal for touring the Sheep's Head or Beara Peninsulas. The room was clean and ours had a view, over the trees, of Bantry Bay. We also had an entrance to our room from the outside, which I liked.
There is a nice sitting room for lounging in the evening. Maggie gave us good advice about a couple different restaurants in Bantry. As we stayed three nights, we tried them both and they were excellent. We weren't offered tea on arrival but there is tea making equipment in the room. The second night we asked for tea and Maggie served it for us. She also made tea for us the third night. So if you prefer tea made in a proper kettle, ask.
As others have stated, breakfast is family style with 8 chairs around a single table. This can be good or bad! We like talking to other guests whether we are at a single table or multiple tables. The first morning was great. Three couples all from different countries. We had a super breakfast conversation. The second was a different story. There were six foreign ladies only one of whom spoke broken English. Not a problem, except the one beside me frequently had her elbow into me or her leg. And they all were constantly reaching over the table touching and feeling the fruit or other foods. A very uncomfortable meal indeed. The third morning we decided to get to breakfast very early. Guess what--there they all were taking over the table again. Not Maggie's fault, but the fact is, with only a single smallish table for eight people you don't have a seating option. Of all the Irish B&Bs we have stayed in, I can only think of one other that offers a single seating option and the table there is much larger. So if you would like a little privacy for your morning meal, this isn't the place to find it.
For our purposes, touring the peninsulas, this was a good choice. We would stay again and hope for better breakfast companions!!
- Also Known As:
- Atlantic Shore Hotel