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“An artistic gem and best breakfasts ever”

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Brendan House & Tin Jug Studio
Ranked #12 of 14 Birr B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 August 2009

I slept in a 4 poster bed and felt like in a time bubble. Music is wafting through the house, one is treated with the most delicious breakfasts of organic local produce and salmon and eggs. No expense is spared to make the guest feel comfortable. The lovely hosts Rosalind and Derek Fanning, who also run an art gallery are utterly charming and artistic!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

After 10 marvelous days in Dingle, we stopped in Birr on our way to Dublin. We were totally entranced by Rosalind and her step back in time B&B. From the claw foot tub to the starry night painted hallway to her funny cat, Keats, we felt we were in a dream. The cozy, four poster was so... comfortable and the breakfast, to quote my husband, was "the best meal we've had in Ireland". And... Rosalind is a font of knowledge! She urged us to see the bog sculpture parkland on our way out and what a treat!!!! If you go to Birr, don't miss Brendan House.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2007

Stepping through the door in the quiet sidestreet of Birr, opens a magical portal. Wonderful antique interior, designed Victorian beds, very comfortable to sleep in, the best breakfasts in my entire life and kind welcoming hospitality.
A place that is not yet eaten up by corporate fastness and commercial exploitation.
Very arty with an art gallery attached.
I can only recommend it!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2005

This B&B was a real special experience, an old historic house right in the centre of birr town. A double four-poster bed in an elegant period room for us, and arty and intriguing single room and bed for our friend. A huge claw footed bath with unusual selection of bath salts had us wallowing away our aches and pains and in the morning probably the best breakfast I have ever had. ----

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Additional Information about Brendan House & Tin Jug Studio

Address: Saint Brendan Street (Chapel Lane) | Uibh Fhaili, Birr 1111, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Offaly > Birr
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Birr
Price Range: £22 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brendan House & Tin Jug Studio is in the heart of Birr. It is close to Birr Castle gardens & Historic Science Centre, as well as the town's charming shops and cafés. It is the home of an artist/writer and a poet/journalist. This is the 'secret' B&B of Birr, with no sign outside the door and no hoards of people staying. Guests have said and written that they felt very relaxed and welcome in this bohemian and elegant Georgian house, filled with art and antiques. Creative, and a few famous folk have stayed, from musicians and composers to dancers and poets. There are three lovely period-style rooms: an antique four-poster (double) and two single rooms with canopied and cushioned beds. Each room has its own wash-handbasin (one from Morocco) but guests share one unusual bathroom. The bath was the second installed in a home in Birr in the 19th century. It was renovated to its original, rich and marbelled colours, discovered under flaking white paint. It is a very personalized experience to stay here, with little hints of luxury. We offer treats such as breakfast brought to your room (free of charge), and a candlelit, scented bath (with champagne as an extra!) Find sketch books and pencils in each room for drawing or writing. The guest wing corridor has been painted and decorated as if an Arabian tent, with shelves of books on travel. There are masks and lots of pictures with images of foreign places, and a silver tray has all you need for a cup of refreshing tea at any time. There have been many compliments about our breakfasts, some written into the visitors book, such as, 'The best we've had, anywhere'. Much of the food served is local, organic and home-made, and presented with attention to the visual as much as to the flavours and variety offered. Breakfast options can be large or small; hearty and healthy. When the drawing room fire and candles are lit, it is a wonderful room to relax in. Occasionally an informal dinner is served (with advance booking) such as Rozzie's Casseroles of Lamb or Beef & Guinness, etc. There are no televisions but a good selection of DVDs of Hollywood and vintage films as well as Russian, French, Japanese classics and opera, favourite old TV series, comedy and children's films, etc.Tin Jug Studio, our arts studio and gallery, is open to the public on occasions for art exhibitions, poetry readings and short film screenings as well as art classes and tuition. The studio is also available at certain times of the year for tourists budget, self-catering accommodation (maximum 2 people, for up to 3 nights) with an optional experience of sleeping in an original Irish Settle Bed in the gallery (a free whiskey included!) The studio is also available during the Summer months to artists who wish to work and stay in Birr for a week.)What's to see and experience in and around Birr? Many things, including theatre, visits to ancient castles and monasteries, the bogs and Sculpture Park, churches with glorious Harry Clarke windows. Lots of outdoorsy stuff such as hillwalking in the Slieve Blooms, cycling, horse-riding and trekking, etc., etc. etc. A custom 'little bus tour' with an excellent guide will extend your tourism experience on day or half-day trips. There are also excellent traditional music nights, Irish lessons and an Irish conversation circle, art tuition, art studio visits, and plenty more. ... more   less 
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