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“Homely, high quality and restful B+B” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Townsend House Guest House
Ranked #3 of 14 Birr B&B and Inns
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Galway, Ireland
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Homely, high quality and restful B+B”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

I had a 15 person Chinese group stay there for one night only. The only mistake we made was that we did not stay for 3 or 4 nights because the quality of accommodation and food was nothing short of excellent. This alongside the traditional and friendliness made our stay memorable. The Chinese( kids and adults alike) were so happy and really wish to make a return journey at some other time. Well done Martin and your beautiful wife Lorraine. You have a treasure of a business and hopefully many will read this and stop in the lovely historic Georgian town of Birr

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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kearns1, Owner at Townsend House Guest House, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Dear Guests,We are delighted for your kind and positive review for Townsend House.We are so sorry that your stay was so short as we enjoyed your company so much.Your group from Beijing were so happy with the Irish hospitality and we are pleased to hear that they look forward to their return visit.
Lorraine and myself appreciate your comments..
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

stayed here with my elderly mother and twelve year old daughter. travelled from county cork. Lorraine and martin were excellent hosts and run a very well organised guesthouse. breakfast and rooms were absolutely fabulous and accommodated my mother's off menu breakfast. we will definitely stay here again . thanks to townsend .

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank norma q
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kearns1, Owner at Townsend House Guest House, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your kind comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us at Townsend House.
Regards Martin and Lorraine.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We came from NY to visit our daughter who is currently getting her Masters at University of Limerick. By chance we visited Birr asked in a local pub if anyine knew the Fanneran Family! Well that was it, Bernie and Tony Fanneran got all the families together for a great BBQ so we all could meet . Well as you know the great hosptiality in Ireland, the party went all night. Bernie called Martin the ownner of this beautiful Guest House and Martin was true enough the right guy to call.
Martin opened up for us at midnight and gave us three beautiful, well aquinted rooms with private baths . The home was the deinition of Ireland and the acccmadations were grand and we had an awesome Irish breakfast send off. I have never had a better B& B experience.
We will be back!!!!

WELL DONE

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Fanneron
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kearns1, Owner at Townsend House Guest House, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review on Townsend House,we are glad you had a great "Gathering"
with the Fanneran's.We hope you enjoyed your vacation.
Regards Martin and Lorraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

Just back from a brilliant weekend in Townsend Guesthouse in Birr, and i cannot highly recommend it enough. We didn't arrive till late on Friday night (9pm) and were completely wrecked after a long 3 hr drive. We parked our car in the free car park in the courtyard which was really handy. The proprietors Lorriane and Martin were so welcoming.They have the most adorable dog called Harvey who by the end of my trip I wanted to take home with me!! Our room was lovely, nice and spacious and VERY clean, there was a lovely bathroom also with shampoo,conditioner and plenty of towels with a good size shower. There was also a t.v and FREE wifi which I found very handy. As we were there for one of the hottest weekend in Ireland in a long time Martin offered us a fan for our room which was definitely much appreciated!! Our breakfast was very tasty plenty of everything,you can also request certain things ie scrambled egg,poached egg etc..and their white pudding is to die for!! All their food is bought locally which is nice to see too. Overall i had a fab weekend in the Townsend it was literally a 5 min walk from Birr Castle and all restaurants and bars so no need for a taxi. We booked a meal in the Thatch Restaurant and Martin even offered to drop us there to save us getting a taxi!! I would highly recommend this guest house... 5 out of 5..easy!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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kearns1, Owner at Townsend House Guest House, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Dear Guests,
We are very thankful for your positive review on Townsend House,we aim to please and hope you can return to Birr to enjoy our Heritage Town again.
Regards Martin and Lorraine
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Tinahely, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

Situated in an old house in the centre of Birr there is no other place with such sweet care as this. The owners are most friendly, the rooms are beautifully spacious and breakfast is great.

Have been there three times, always a big pleasure.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bregisback
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kearns1, Owner at Townsend House Guest House, responded to this review, 31 August 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your positive review ,we are delighted you had a good experience with your stay at Townsend House Guest House.We look forward to your return visit.
Regards Martin and Lorraine Kearns.
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Pembrokeshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Townsend House in Birr. It is an immaculate, attractive and very friendly place to stay, I only wish we could have stayed longer than the one night. We booked the four poster bedroom and it was beautiful, it really did feel like a step back in time the photograph really doesn't do it justice. It is very tastefully decorated with luxury trimmings the bedspread and cushions alone are a work of art, in fact that sums up the whole place. Our host and hostess, Martin and Lorraine were delightful, Martin even drove us to the restaurant for our evening meal. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to stay at Townsend House. Birr, (which is a Georgian Heritage town) is a great place to visit with lots to do and see, including its own castle. Thank you Martin & Lorraine for sharing your beautiful property with us and for giving us such a lovely time.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Bronwyn39
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kearns1, Owner at Townsend House Guest House, responded to this review, 3 August 2013
Dear Guests,
Thank you for a positive review,we are so pleased that you booked the deluxe room with the Four Poster Bed,everybody says its a real treat.. Birr is a beautiful Georgian Town and plenty to offer. We hope to see you soon again.
Regards Martin and Lorraine
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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

Townsend House was the first place that we stayed during our Ireland vacation and we really enjoyed it. The house itself is beautiful with lots of beautiful antique furniture. Our room was lovely and comfortable. Lorraine and Martin were very welcoming and helpful and made us excellent breakfasts that kept us filled up almost until dinner time. The location is awesome as we were walking distance to Birr Castle and the downtown area. We were also very close to Kelly's Pub where we had a very enjoyable lunch.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DSHooch
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Property: Townsend House Guest House
Address: Townsend House Townsend Street, Birr, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Offaly > Birr
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Birr
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Townsend House Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Townsend House Guest House is located in the center of Birr,Co.Offaly,Ireland's finest Georgian Town.This 19th Century house is complete with mature gardens and offers an enclosed courtyard perfect for private parking.Townsend House Guest House is a period house and all bedrooms are decorated with a Georgian theme and have the finest antique furniture with a mixture of king and queen size beds. All 10 bedrooms are ensuite,complete with direct dial telephone,satalite TV,tea/coffee making facilities and complimentaryWifi access. Townsend House is a 5 minute walk from Birr Castle Demense and Birr Theatre and Arts Centre,it is also within walking distance from the finest restaurants,hotels and pubs. Townsend House Tapas and Wine Restaurant opens Thursday to Saturday nights from 6 Pm till 10 pm for food ... more   less 
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