I cannot say enough good things about Joy’s Rockside House. The location is absolutely perfect, right at the foot of the Rock of Cashel and around the corner and across a parking lot from the Bru Boru Heritage Centre, which has an excellent underground museum of Irish history as well as famous evening performances of Irish traditional music and dance. Cashel town centre is only a short walk away, with the Cashel Folk Museum, St. Dominic’s Abbey ruins, the Rossa Pottery Shop (excellent work by a local family), and many other attractions.
The Rockside House itself is a delight, with quiet, immaculately clean, well-furnished rooms, some with direct views of the Rock of Cashel, and the hospitality of Joan and Rem Joy is first-rate. (By the way, a clarification is in order regarding mention of the windows in another guest’s review. Here, as in many Irish guest houses, the windows open two ways. If one turns the handle one way, the window opens from the top and tilts forward, creating a transom effect and giving adequate ventilation. If one turns the handle another way, the entire window pane swings into the room. That does indeed give more air, but also allows someone without due caution (a child, perhaps) to fall out from the second story. That’s what the cautionary “open only in emergency” sign was concerned with, and I appreciated it.)
The full Irish breakfast is excellent, but Joan’s pancakes are also a quality alternative to the “full Irish”. They are huge, light, sweet, with choice of fruit toppings, almost as fluffy as crepes but a bit thicker, the best that I have ever tasted. I’ll have more, please, Joan! Cereal is available for lighter eaters. Joan was also very helpful in interpreting the complicated bus schedules from Cashel to Kilkenny and arranging for a taxi for part of the journey. When (not if) my traveling companion and I return to Cashel, we will definitely stay at the Rockside House again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome to our award-winning B&B in a quiet area below the Rock of Cashel. Walk to pubs, restaurants, the Rock & Bru Boru. Private off-street parking. Clean, comfortable rooms are specially designed to pamper guests. There are wonderful views of the Rock from our house. Delicious breakfast choices. Cashel is an excellent base for daytrips and we are delighted to help you plan your journey. Let us share the real Ireland with you! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Joy`s Rockside House Hotel Cashel
- Joy`s Rockside House Bed And Breakfast