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“A great taste of the real Irish country life”

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Kilmaneen Farmhouse
Ranked #1 of 1 Newcastle B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
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“A great taste of the real Irish country life”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Kilmaneen was a wonderful glimpse of life in the Irish country side in an out of the way, peaceful and serene piece of rural Ireland. Kevin and Bernadette made us feel very welcome in their warm and homely environment. The fresh berries picked straight from the garden are a delight and it is very hard not to be greedy with them! It's a great base for exploring areas around as we did especially Cahir and Cashmel but the little villages around are also delightful. All in all, a really important part of any visit to Ireland.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kilmaneen Farmh... T, Owner at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
We have had many visitors from Australia this season & it is always a pleasure to accommodate them at Kilmaneen Farmhouse so thank you Ross M for including a stay with us on your trip. Yes, as you mentioned, this is a great base for touring the southern counties of Ireland. So, whether guests like to explore the immediate area or go further afield there are lots of sights to see & places to visit which can occupy several days. We are always happy to help to plan each day's adventure with guests and provide maps, brochures and friendly advice. Our local villages generally don't get enough recognition for their beautiful flower displays, tidiness and natural beauty so we were delighted that you gave them a mention too. Thank you very much for your review and we hope it will entice others from 'Down Under' to visit us at Kilmaneen. All information can be seen on our website at www.kilmaneen.com
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

In a hidden nook, Kilmaneen Farmhouse is unpretentious and completely wholesome. We now have so many memories to recall of our two night stay as part of our honeymoon in Ireland - including our walk to the river, the curious cows, and the incredible breakfasts of farm-fresh strawberries, raspberries and rhubard. Kevin and Bernadette were incredible hosts and such warm people. We really enjoyed swapping stories and the tasty Irish coffees. It was a perfect base to explore Tipperary, including Chair and a fantastic scenic drive to Lismore in Waterford - highly recommended. We left completely relaxed after a truly unforgettable stay! It's a long way from South Africa but we sincerely hope to be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kilmaneen Farmh... T, Owner at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Thank you Rebecca L for taking time out in your new married life to write this review. We love having 'young romance' in Kilmaneen Farmhouse. The strawberries are all gone now from the breakfast buffet but the raspberries, grapes and plums have replaced them and the figs will be ready soon too. Cucumber juice, which has loads of health benefits, is on offer also. All together, they make a very colourful display. The scenery in this part of South Tipperary and in West Waterford is, as you said, fantastic and well worth including on a travel itinerary. We don't get to travel much but we feel very fortunate that the world comes to our door and your account of life in South Africa was so interesting & informative. Good luck and a happy life together & maybe we will see you in Ireland again soon.
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Reviewed 18 July 2013 via mobile

Take their word for it.... When they tell you to print out the directions, do! Fortunately, we did, and found this charming place easily, once we found our way to the starting point (of the directions!).

This is a beautiful, cozy place to stay in a spectacular part of the country. Kevin had just returned home when we arrived and was kind enough to make us afternoon tea as a pick-me-up. (Served with strawberries fresh from the garden!) We enjoyed the chance to wander and see the cows in the pastures on the way down to the river where my son was able to wet a line for a bit. Breakfast was delicious... I couldn't stop eating the wonderful rhubarb!

We had chosen to stay here, hoping to see a bit of "reql" Ireland-away from the tourist beaten track, and we certainly did. What a joy that in doing so, we were pampered in such a lovely, comfortable home as this! Thank you!

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Kilmaneen Farmh... T, Owner at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, responded to this review, 20 July 2013
Thank you LizardSC for pointing out the importance of using the directions that we encourage our guests to print off from our website and carry with them. They really help. Your lovely family was a pleasure to share our home with. It was great that your son got a chance to try his hand at fishing in the river and it is for that very reason that we keep a few rods for the casual fisherman/woman to use. Our rhubarb gives us such a rich crop between early May & August and it is a great favorite of our guests for breakfast but also in crumbles, tarts etc. Glad that you enjoyed it so much. Maybe you'll be back to try it again sometime.
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Cashel, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

The biggest drawback about this place is the withdrawal symptoms that you will feel when you leave! I am thinking of a support group maybe? Who will feed me fresh ruby red strawberries for breakfast? is just one such dilemma....
The place is perfect for a relaxing break with as much or as little activity as you want. 2 local websites visitcahir.ie and www.knockmealdownactive.com give you all the details of what to do in the locality
Kilmaneen is situated on a quiet road near the knockmealdown mountains. There are loads of opportunities for hiking and biking near by
I took my dog and he was treated like a prince. The highlight for me was being able to take him swimming in the river suir which bounds the property. The short walk down to the river was awesome. Through meadows with curious cows:-) The day was clear and i had a 360 degree view of all the mountain ranges that surrounded it
The food is top quality - all fresh and homegrown as much as possible in their extensive gardens.
Ber and Kevin are very warm and kind people who will help you in everyway to enjoy your stay. As a solo traveller I was totally relaxed and at ease

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Kilmaneen Farmh... T, Owner at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, responded to this review, 20 July 2013
It was great to have you back to stay with us Helens044 along with your well-behaved labrador Finn who was quite content to sleep in your car after cooling down in the river. Swimming is proving to be a very popular activity this year with the heat wave that we are enjoying so the fishermen don't have the river all to themselves as they usually do. The strawberries are one of the gems of our summer fruits but our raspberries and other summer fruits are ready now too. As before, you got the most out of your stay with us by exploring routes on your bike and on foot that you missed last time, with Kevin as your guide for some of them. There are still more adventures to discover too (maybe a canoe trip on the river which we can arrange for you) so hopefully you will come back again to us soon.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Kilmaneen Farmhouse was recommended by colleagues who stayed there in 2010 and we were not disappointed. The Farmhouse is set in a lovely part in the Irish country and an attraction for me was the opportunity to fish the River Suir.

Upon arrival Kevin provided a very warm and genuine welcome with tea and biscuits and information about the Farmhouse, the working property and the location. We met Ber (Bernadette) next morning at breakfast. The breakfasts were very good with fresh fruit as well as cooked choices. Our bedroom and ensuite (# 3?), with a large wardrobe, was reasonably large and quite comfortable. We had initially booked for 2 nights but stayed for 3, moving for the third night into part of River Cottage. Our only small, criticism was that our room could have done with a bit more of a clean…a few cobwebs in the higher parts of the ceiling and some bird dropping outside of the door into River Cottage. The rest of the Farmhouse and the ground around the house were very clean and tidy.

Ber and Kevin were very pleasant and busy hosts and I was happy they were able to provide me with waders to use while fishing the Suir. The fishing was not great, but I hooked a couple of small brown trout…at least I can say I have fly fished for trout in Ireland. Accessing the river was a little difficult as the banks are quite high. On the day we left the Farmhouse we left a jacket behind and Ber kindly texted us hoping we had not gone to far and return to pick up the jacket.

Overall a very pleasant and relaxing stay and we have no hesitation in recommending Kilmaneen Farmhouse.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kilmaneen Farmh... T, Owner at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, responded to this review, 2 July 2013
It was great to read your review of Kilmaneen Farmhouse today Greg S, thank you very much. We really enjoyed having you both to stay and we are glad that you enjoyed your fishing which was your big draw to us. Yes, we have a lot of birds around the garden and we failed to notice the birds nesting in the little porch outside the cottage door where you stayed for your extended stay on the last night of your visit. We have not dismantled the nest but we have now put a sheet of wood underneath the nest to stop the droppings from falling down. Similarly, we have removed all cobwebs and will pay more attention to them in future although they can develop in a matter of a day or two after the rooms have been thoroughly cleaned. We hope that you enjoyed your overall visit to Ireland and that you return home safely.
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Bogota, Colombia
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

I cannot rate this guesthouse more highly-we were given such a lovely,warm genuine welcome and made to feel very much at home throughout our stay. Kevin gave us great advice and stories from the local area and Ber's food was really delicious. We came back very relaxed from the fabulous long weekend we spent down there even if the predicted sunshine didn't materialise!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Kilmaneen Farmh... T, Owner at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, responded to this review, 2 July 2013
Thank you Traveller1208 for your kind review. Our quiet, rural location lends itself to relaxation and we are delighted that you were able to enjoy it. You got quite a lot of sightseeing into your stay too and it gave us great pleasure to share our lovely area with you. We hope to see you again soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Thank you Kevin & Ber for a wonderful stay. I stayed 2 nights in Kilmaneen with my boyfriend and really appreciated the warm welcome- as well as the delicious home-cooked breakfasts! Freshly baked rhubarb muffins were the highlight!
The B&B itself is an old farmhouse, beautifully decorated and is located amidst the idyllic mountain scenery of south tipperary. We flew to cork airport, just over an hour's drive away- Kilmaneen is only 15/20mins drive from the Dublin/Cork road.
Kevin is a local mountain guide, and we took his advice and did a lovely circuit walk in the Knockmealdown mountains, which are practically just outside the door. Mountains in every direction! We also took a drive the lovely waterford coast and did a stunning cliff walk. This is a great base to explore the best of Irish scenery. We only wished we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Catie D
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Kilmaneen Farmh... T, Owner at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, responded to this review, 2 July 2013
Hello Catie D. We're very happy that you decided to make our review your first and thank you for your summary of your stay with us. We hope that you will try out the recipe for the rhubarb muffins and maybe think about your visit to this part of the world when eating them. It is good to know that you found Kilmaneen Farmhouse a good base for touring the south east of Ireland and you certainly made the most of every opportunity to explore. Hopefully you will come back to do some more sometime soon.
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Property: Kilmaneen Farmhouse
Address: Kilmaneen Farmhouse Kilmaneen Farmhouse Ardfinnan | Clonmel, Newcastle, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Tipperary > Newcastle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Newcastle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Kilmaneen Farmhouse 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kevin and Bernadette O'Donnell offer award winning, family run 4* star Bed & Breakfast and 4*star Self-catering accommodation in Co. Tipperary near Clonmel and Cahir. Members of the O'Donnell family have lived and farmed here for six generations and the Farmhouse is over 200 years old. The accommodation has a quiet unspoilt rural setting and we endeavour to give our guests a very personal service in a genuine Irish home where they can enjoy....- Fishing on our farm in our private stretch of the rivers Suir & Tar- Walking in the Knockmealdown, Comeragh and Galty mountains- Courses including gardening, art & craft, beekeeping and others- A peaceful and relaxing stay which combines the solid comforts of the past with the modern conveniences of today- Freshly prepared, home-cooked breakfasts and evening meals (on request) made using home-grown fruit/vegetables. All dietary requirements facilitated- Nearby heritage sites - the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and the Swiss Cottage ... more   less 
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