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Dollardstown House
Ranked #1 of 10 Athy B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
County Antrim, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“Another winner!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We stumbled across Dollardstown House recently while looking for somewhere to stay near Athy. How fortunate we were! As members of the National Trust we often dream of staying in an old mansion or castle and Dollardstown certainly fulfils our dream. It is approached by a driveway through mature trees which brought us to the magnificent deep rose painted three storied house. Here we were welcomed by Antoinette who showed us to the drawing room where freshly made scones and locally made preserves awaited. Then it was up the grand staircase to our large bedroom which had a view to the front of the house. It was furnished tastefully in period style and had an attached bathroom. We slept very well (using the shutters to block out early morning light!) in a comfortable bed with beautiful linen. Next morning we went down to the dining room where a huge log fire blazed in the grate. We enjoyed a splendid “full Irish” breakfast and also freshly baked wheaten bread (two types, one with apricots in and another with seeds, baked each morning by Antoinette). The large dining table held six people and we enjoyed conversation with two other couples to such an extent that our breakfast lasted from 8.30 until 10.45! That’s how relaxed the atmosphere is. Later, Andrew gave us an interesting account of the house and his work to refurbish it. Unfortunately, our stay came to an end all too soon, but we really look forward to a return visit to Dollardstown.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

My husband stayed here just for a night due to rugby blitz my son attended in Athy Rugby Club. The title of this review says it all!!! Dont even doubt booking your accomodation here, it's probably the best B&B country house my husband has ever stayed. Wish I was there too, will find events around the area/county so the family can stay in Dollardstown House again in the future. Sincerest thank you to Andrew and Antoinette for their great hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We found a true gem of Irish hospitality in Dollardstown House. We stayed for 3 nights over the weekend to visit family in Athy.

The welcome we received from Andrew and Antoinette was absolutely first class. Nothing was a problem, and my 2 children and I were made to feel right at home.

The room was well appointed, and had loads of period features as does the whole house. Breakfast was a delight, with all of the food sourced locally, and absolutely delicious - my kids polished everything off. The home-made soda bread was simply a delight, as was breakfast and dinner.

We had dinner cooked and served by Lydia on the first night - I was so glad we took the opportunity - The setting in the period dining room with a roaring fire was superb, the roasted red pepper and tomato soup was excellent, and the main course of lamb just melted with flavour, the apple tart for desert was delicious. My children had some pasta and tomato sauce which they said was the best they had had. The BYO option on the wine is great. But the setting and food is set against the most fantastic Irish welcome.

We will definitely be coming again.

Room Tip: All the rooms appeared to have period features and were well appointed. Like a home from home.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We had such a lovely stay at Dollardstown House. It's a really comfortable and relaxing place to be. Antoinette and Andrew were fantastic hosts, always available for anything that was needed but in no way pushy or intrusive.

The scones on arrival were great and breakfast next day was really delicious. Beds were really comfortable - and being 7 months pregnant I was delighted to have had such a good night's sleep.

All in all, great value and a real find. We had the run of the house without any of the hassle of self catering but with the bonus of roaring fires, comfy drawing rooms and super home baking and tasty treats. Perfect spot for a get together.

Thanks again.

  • Stayed February 2014
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DollardstowHseBandB, Manager at Dollardstown House, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Dear SD201,

A massive thank you to you and your friends for choosing Dollardstown for your get together. Andrew and I are delighted you had a good time and enjoyed catching up with home baking around the fire. You and your friends brought a wonderful buzz to the house and reminded us houses like Dollardstown back in the 17hundreds were built with entertaining in mind.
Thanks again,
Andrew & Antoinette
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Thanks for a fabulous weekend. You are all so welcoming & accommodating to our every need. We were a party of 10 girls who wanted to spend some quality time together chatting & catching up around a fire and Dollardstown House was just perfect for us. We'll be back for another girly weekend!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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DollardstowHseBandB, Manager at Dollardstown House, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Dear Hellsbells2013,

We thank you for coming to Dollardstown for your friends reunion and for your kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and the quality time around the fire. We would be honoured with your return for a girly weekend.
Thanks a million again,
Andrew & Antoinette
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Straffan, Ireland
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Perfect country retreat, close to Dublin but nestled in the beautiful countryside. Absolutely loved this place and would highly recommend a visit. Andrew and Antoinette are the perfect hosts and made us feel so welcome. Definitely worth a trip to this hidden gem!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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DollardstowHseBandB, Manager at Dollardstown House, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Dear Niamhybeavy,

Thanks very much for your kind words. We're delighted your enjoyed your 'country retreat' and the warm welcome in Dollardstown House. It was lovely to have you here with us.

Warmest regards,
Andrew & Antoinette
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

We stayed here this week with our grown daughter and her partner, who are experts at finding beautiful, high quality country stays - but Dollardstown House must take the prize. Andrew and Antoinette are the second generation working to restore this lovely, well-proportioned country house, sharing it with lucky travellers as a B &B. We were warmly welcomed by Antoinette and settled into an elegant sitting room warmed by central heating and an open fire. We chatted and knitted over tea, hot chocolate and homemade scones before moving across the corridor to the dining room for a delicious three-course meal prepared and proudly served by a skilled local chef. After dinner we returned to the sitting room for a happy family evening of board games and chat. Antoinette joined us from time to time to stoke the fire and answer our questions about the house's history. Falling into warm, deeply comfortable beds was the perfect end to the day. Andrew's skills as a professional horticulturalist are a great complement to the work they are doing here, and they deserve every success.

Room Tip: We enjoyed two big rooms on the middle floor with ensuites.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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DollardstowHseBandB, Manager at Dollardstown House, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear C & C. First and foremost a big thank you to the four of you for staying with us last week. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed the open fires and the warmth of Dollardstown House. To us it is very rewarding to see the authenticity of the house enjoyed and shared by our guests.
Your kind words are of immeasurable encouragement to continue the preservation of this historic home.
Thank you so much again, and hopefully we may welcome you again,
Warmest regards,
Andrew & Antoinette
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Property: Dollardstown House
Address: Dollardstown | Kilkea, Athy, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kildare > Athy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Athy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dollardstown House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Join us for a heart warming break in our period home, an early Georgian country house surrounded by 20 acres of parkland. Unwind by an open fire with home baking and locally sourced breakfast foods. Ideal base for visiting Ireland's Ancient East, more than 20 beautiful gardens, horse races in The Curragh and Punchestown or exploring Wicklow and Carlow. Our 3 en-suite guest rooms overlooking the gardens are full of character. 1 Hour from Dulbin - 40 mins from Kilkenny / Glendalough, 20 mins from Kildare Town and Carlow Town, 10 min drive from Athy and M9 motorway. Andrew & Antoinette are looking forward to welcoming you to Dollardstown House. ... more   less 
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