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Old Rectory
Ranked #1 of 4 Bray B&B and Inns
Reviewed 29 May 2014

First night after arrival, just needed a place to crash on arrival in Ireland. Our first of several B&B's and very satisfactory for what we needed. Sort of hidden away, so check directions. Nice upstairs bedroom, friendly hostess. Terrific value. Good breakfast. House is a little dated and a little worn, just what we expected and added to atmosphere. Close to Bray so we could stock up on arrival necessities such as drinks and snacks, and get phone chips. By the way, the O2 store in Bray was terrific for phone needs, nice young men, very helpful. Would recommend for a couple of nights stay if visiting Powerscourt and surroundings.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Myself and my wife stayed in this lovely B&B over the Easter Break when visiting family in Wicklow. The house is full of character and the hostess was lovely, she told us the house was built in the 1800's and used to be a church Rectory. We had a lovely big room with pretty views of the garden. Kay was more than helpful and catered for all our needs, my wife is coeliac and Kay provided a gluten free breakfast for her which was lovely. We visited Powerscourt Gardens, Killruddery Estate and Glendalough on our Trip, which were fantastic and well worth the visit. We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Ian k
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Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

I shall begin with the positives. Lovely warm bedroom with really comfortable bed. Hostess was very friendly. However....the bathroom was a different story. The towels were REALLY hard, the shower over the bath was like a hosepipe, what little toiletries there were was covered in mould. The whole room was rather tired. The house was full of clutter. On the first morning I asked for scrambled egg, bacon, toast and tomato. I received one slice of bacon, one CHERRY tomato and a very small amount of egg on buttered white bread. I don't take butter nor white bread. A dish of fresh fruit salad would have been nice. Healthy eating seems to be difficult to cater for. However, I did get porridge the following days. Within walking distance of Bray? Well, just. I wouldn't like to walk home as it is all up hill.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Louisechristie
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

We stayed at this adorable little castle/B&B this past February. The hostess was really wonderful! We had an awesome typical irish breakfast, with a large array of different sausages and cheese. There were only a few things that i might view as problematic: The bathtub didnt work in our room, to "conserve water"..It took my boyfriend and I a few minutes to figure out even how to work the shower. Very strange contraption. Also, it was a bit cold, and so we had to use the heater. Provided were of course extra blankets. There was also a water cooker in the room, so always the availabilty for tea! :)
The location is good, but indeed hard to find, if you don't look properly. We drove past the entrance quite a few times before we found it. I think she needs to put a few signs up saying exactly where it is. The driveway is between some bushes and trees...so you have to look very carefully!!!!
Otherwise, it was a great stay, for a great price. I definitely recommend this lovely B&B!!!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

I had a great sized room, with two antique brass beds, a vast bathroom and a super view of the gardens. THe rectory is a listed heritage building, which limits what the owner can upgrade, but is beautifully kept, and decorated sympathetically. The place was toasty warm, wifi was excellent, and there is an electric kettle in the room, and cookies. Kay even brought up a jug of water, with lemon. TV was interesting - there was a gaelic language channel I found with an Irish dance competition that was impressive to see. There was plenty of hot water for the giant bathtub, and good, plentiful, generously sized towels.
Breakfast was fabulous - 5 star quality, and served in the gorgeous breakfast room. Kay is a lovely host, warm and generous with information about the locale. She loves the rectory with a passion, and it shows. It's a great old building and she is doing a wonderful job keeping it alive and thriving. I'll definitely be back. The location is excellent for Bray and Dublin, and it was easy to find, even in the dark. There's a hanging sign for it on the road, just a couple of driveways away from the little convenience store.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank sjgiants
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Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights in december 2013 to see xmas market . The owners and there daughters were lovely and the service and are room were first class . Me and my husband will be going back next year . And i have to say there breakfast were the best weve ever had .10 out of 10 from mr & mrs ward cheshire .

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Wendy W
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Sort of a last minute (prior to our trip) change in plans to stay here, and couldn't have been more happy about it!
Kay is a wonderful hostess! She goes above and beyond to take care of her guests!
We were very lost at first while trying to get used to the roads and driving around, and she offered to jump in her car to take us to the restaurant where we had reservations for our 10th anniversary! And she did!
At the end of our trip we stopped back by to say goodbye, just because she is too sweet, and once again, she offered to jump in her car and show us the way to a shop we were interested in.
Finding The Old Rectory was a bit of a challenge, but it is absolutely worth it!
(Not to mention that the house and grounds are just beautiful!)

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Old Rectory

Address: The Old Rectory Cottage Herbert Road, Bray, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Bray
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Bray
Price Range: £69 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old Rectory is breathtaking Gothic Victorian guesthouse offering B&B accommodation located in a pleasant spot close to the coastal town of Bray in County Wicklow. It's a majestic old residence that was originally a rectory as its name points out, and the truly authentic design of the listed building really does ooze the character and charm of a bygone era. There's also a pleasant little garden area where you can enjoy the air and take in the scenery. The premises is fully heated and all of the rooms are non smoking, en-suite and equipped with TVs and tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi and there's private parking available for guest use. Nearby Bray offers you plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself, you can play golf, go fishing in the River Dargle, swim at the beach or just relax with a drink and a bite to eat in one of the nearby restaurants or pubs - Bray is a great spot to spend the day as well as the evening, and you are only a short journey by train to Dublin and the wealth of options that Ireland's capital has to offer. The Old Rectory is a great location for visiting Powerscourt Gardens, Glendalough and the walkways of the Garden of Ireland. Directions: Old Rectory 0.5Km accessible from N11 at Herbert Road junction. Also 1.5Km from Bray main street out the Herbert Road beside Ardmore Film Studios. Rooms from €60 (€30.00 Per person) ... more   less 
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