My girlfriend and I stayed at the Innisfree while visiting for my niece's wedding, and all in all found it to be a very comfortable experience. We arrived later on a Friday night, but we had easily arranged with the owner Cindy for the late arrival, and she had given us the code for the keypad door in advance.
First impressions as we drove into the neighborhood was a bit of wariness, as there is an apartment building close by, and we were concerned about noise levels over the holiday weekend. but there was plenty of off-street parking, and we easily entered the B&B and got to our room to settle in. And the house itself was very stately and beautiful. We stayed in the Michael Collins room with it's adjoining bathroom, and were very happy with the selection. The bed is what I would consider a large double or small queen, but was comfortable for two, and we both slept well each night. Luckily, the apartments nearby were no issue at all, and we did not hear any noises during the night to tarnish our stay. About the only issue we had the first night was the cold snap that was going through and dropping temperatures outside, and it got a bit nippy in the room. We were not aware of the in-room heaters that are provided, but found a very comfortable blanket to slip on the bed, and slept very warmly the rest of the night.
The house is a historical landmark, and you can tell from the woodwork and the general layout that the house is quite old, but in wonderful condition. And as we learned later, has a very interesting history. The décor is decidedly Irish/celtic, and as another review has mentioned, does have a lot of religious knick-knacks. But there are also lots of nostalgic/historic photos and other items, and plenty of books to just pick up and start reading if an idle minute appears. We both noticed that the house was quite peaceful and quiet, especially when we were in our room. In fact, we were pleasantly surprised the first morning when we opened the door to our room to head down for breakfast, and only then realized/knew that there was music playing in the first floor sitting room, and the innkeeper was talking to the other guests. Needless to say, we decided that the house, although old, was very well insulated, and again, we never were bothered during our stay by noise or commotion.
The innkeeper Cindy was wonderful, and we truly enjoyed talking to her, and learning the history of the house and how it was moved and then transformed into the inn, and of how she had come to possess and run the bed & breakfast. We thought the breakfasts were wonderful. Both days started with a large communal bowl of sliced fruit to spoon our individual helpings from, and then Cindy brought out the main breakfasts after a short wait. Both days were delicious, with a wonderful egg-based casserole the first morning, and delicious French toast, with the twist of cream cheese filling, on our second morning. Cindy sat down with us each day, and the conversation and interplay was very friendly and enjoyable.
We highly recommend this B&B for those looking for a pleasant, quiet and enjoyable stay while visiting South Bend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historicaly registered Queene Ann victorian home newly renovated. ac/vcr, wifi, cable tv,n on-smoking. Three blocks from downtown in historical neighborhood minutes from Notre Dame. ... more less
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