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The Harbour Masters House
Ranked #10 of 14 Birr B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 May 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Harbour Master’s House on our trip through central Ireland and loved it. The hostess, Grainne Kirwin, is the daughter of the last Harbour Master in Shannon Harbour, a small village of less than 30 people. She couldn’t be more friendly or helpful. In my experience, the best meal in Ireland is always the breakfast and her breakfast was no exception. Every day was something new and delicious. While European hotel and B&B rooms are typically smaller than their American equivalents, the space was well organized and thoughtful. The views of the canal were lovely and the location was excellent for touring central Ireland or for traveling from Dublin to the west coast. Given the opportunity, we would gladly stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2008

My mother and I stayed at the Harbour Masters House in September of 2007 and were sorry to be there for only one night. The photo we saw had appealed to us and the reality was every bit as good as the photo. Shannon Harbour itself is a very quiet little place on the Grand Canal, with the Harbour Masters House overlooking the canal itself. Our room was delightful, with one window on the front of the house overlooking the canal below and the other window looking out at the garden behind the house. Grainne told us about several alternatives for dinner, one being the local pub which is only a short walk from the B&B. The full Irish breakfast served next morning was delicious, an excellent start to our day. The location is central, with Clonmacnoise a few miles away. If I am able to travel to Ireland again, I would love to once again stay at The Harbour Masters House -- and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Stayed: September 2007
4  Thank Lorief
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Reviewed 16 April 2008

My Wife and I stayed one night along with another couple who was traveling with us! What a Great B&B! The Canal, along with the surrounding countryside, outstanding! We had a great time at the local Pubs. Grainne Kirwin is truly an outstanding Hostess, nothing is too good for her guests! The Irish Breakfast was so very good! Grainne took the time to give us information about the area and also took her time to go into town and put a basket of goodies together for all of us from friends back in The USA. This B&B was a true Ireland experience! Thank-you Grainne!

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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1  Thank BigPSaranac
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Reviewed 13 August 2007

We stayed here for 1 night - what a wonderful house with lovely views. Shannon Harbour is interesting and there are some nice walks down the canal and the shannon. It is a very quiet location and there is a pub/shop within walking distance. Grainne Kirwan is the proprietor. She is very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. This B&B is home from home and the breakfast is first class. We hope to return again.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 October 2006

The Harbour Master's House B&B in Birr, on Shannon Harbour, County Offaly, Ireland was an unexpected treat for my daughter and I when we traveled to Ireland last week. It is perfectly suited for families with children with two connecting bedrooms, both with private bathrooms. It is also very comfortable for singles and couples. All bedrooms have private bathrooms in the room. Grainne Kirwan, the hostess, goes out of her way to be accommodating to guests and she can arrange fishing (there is a drying room on premises and equipment for bank fishing), horseback riding, golf, hiking, Shannon cruises - all kinds of activities. The Harbour has mostly houseboats permanently parked on the shore and it is very quiet. Across the street there is a traditional Irish pub/grocery store. The pub has regular traditional Irish music entertainment and pub meals. The beds are comfortable, the breakfasts are outstanding, the site is lovely and relaxing and the historic Clonmacnois monastic site which has some of the best examples of Celtic crosses in Ireland is just a few miles down the road. I'm a seasoned traveler from the U.S. to Ireland and this Bed and Breakfast is truly outstanding.

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Reviewed 26 May 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 May 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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Address: Shannon Harbour, Birr, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Offaly > Birr
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Ranked #10 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Birr
Price Range: £264 - £312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Harbour Masters House 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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The Harbour Masters House Birr, County Offaly, Ireland

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