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Derrymore House
Reviewed 26 August 2014

I stayed at Derrymore House for 9 days with four other friends. The location had been selected for us by our pilgrimage guide, Andrew Steed and we all found it to be above any expectations we may have had. The beds were very comfortable, the rooms spacious, clean and well- appointed. The rooms with a shared bath were perfectly suited for friends traveling together who want a bit of privacy. Penny, the hostess was so accommodating with any of our special dietary requests for breakfast (Her "Griddle Cakes" and homemade "Muffins" were my personal favorites!) as well for any variations in our morning departures. Finally, the location was superb! The setting is beautiful and features are designed to permit views of the mountain opposite and the lake below. The large property has its own maintained hillside walking trails which are perfect for solitary getaways. When you have walked those paths, you can take and easy and enjoyable stroll to the Glendalough Lower Lake. If you need a destination for your walk, the picturesque St. Kevin's Monastery ruins are within walking distance down the hill to the left. If you prefer to put your feet in the sand and water of the Upper Lake (You can swim there as well.), that is nearby (down the hill again) and to the right of the B&B. If you like hiking up a mountainside, trails around the Upper Lake can satisfy any desire you have for scenic overlooks as well as other sites associated with St. Kevin. I found Derrymore House to be a perfect location for day trips as well as providing the tranquility, beauty and connection with nature that I find so rejuvenating.

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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here as part of our honeymoon through Ireland and the UK. Out of all the places we went Glendalough was definitely one of (if not the) most beautiful. Derrymore was within walking distance to the monastery ruins and the two gorgeous lakes. Definitely a perfect location with spacious rooms and a great view! Penny was so sweet and breakfast was delicious! We also really loved the pub in nearby Laragh.

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

My wife and I were traveling with our 22-year old daughter and her best friend. We stayed in the spacious family room and had great views of the lake. Best of all, we could walk everywhere - whether back up the road to the rightfully famous monastery ruins or down the road to the trail up into the beautiful valley and onward the amazing views above it. Also, there was a welcoming pub just down the road where we ate and watched the World Cup. The B&B itself was a bit quirky, and Penny was not as openly friendly as most other hosts we encountered on our 2 week holiday around Ireland. But for comfort and location, we would return for sure.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We spent one night at Derrymore House. It is in a beautiful location, with wonderful views of the lake and just across from walking paths that go into the hills and around the lake. It could not be more beautiful. The inn was a challenge to find, with only one tiny sign and an imposing wooden gate that was not at all welcoming. Our room was comfortable, with a nice view of the lake. We had a double bed and two twins. The room had only two picture frame mirrors, so getting ready in the morning is fine if you don't need to see how you look. There was a funky little sign on the shower door reminding one to only take a short shower in order to conserve water, and on the TV cautioning the viewer to keep the volume down below 20. Our little coffee maker water heater thing didn't work, so no instant coffee this morning. The wifi works great. All in all, I think I would choose a different spot to stay in Glendalough.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We drove into the Glendalough valley and loved this little village. Old ruins and a great tourist stop. I programmed my GPS with the wrong coordinates and when we left the village toward the B&B we found our selves not in the correct place :) I redid the GPS settings and as we were driving back to the village we were excited to find that the place was just next to the ruins. We couldn't have picked a better location.

Our room here was very spacious, perfect for a family. The breakfast the next morning was more than we needed. Bathrooms were a bit small and dated but not bad at all.

Great hosts and location ! I can't wait to go back...

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Derrymore House is located in a quiet setting with a nice view of the Lower Lake in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. One of the trails around the lake is accessible right across the road from the bed and breakfast. Derrymore House is outside of, but very near the town of Glendalough. The nearby Wicklow Heather Restaurant is a good choice for dinner. Penny's full Irish breakfasts were one of the best we had while in Ireland.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

There could not be a better spot for exploring the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the Glendalough monastic site! Just cross the road and there you are. The setting is stunning and Penny's breakfasts were better than several others we had throughout Ireland. We'll definitely return. Kids will love the hidden swings just off the parking area.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Derrymore House

Address: Derrymore Lake Road, Glendalough Village RVY 44PO, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Vale of Glendalough > Glendalough Village
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Glendalough Village
Price Range: £60 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Derrymore House Vale Of Glendalough, Ireland

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