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“A NEOCLASSICAL JEWEL”
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Stella Maris B&B
Ranked #2 of 12 Keel B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
limerick
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“A NEOCLASSICAL JEWEL”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

This tribute could write itself.......Words have not been mined to describe the location and character of the absolutely perfect bed and breakfast home of Stella Maris.. The word Perfect is only half good enough to describe every aspect of this little gem especially the food. .
Truthfully I only rate when I do find a treasure of a rare jewel - Stella Maris -, in the beautiful, seaside resort of Keel in Achill Island is just such a jewel ,and is the home of the welcoming Mary , Greg and family. We shower praise on the charming , efficient , diligent staff.....A special treat was presented to me by Mary for my birthday Go raibh maith agat .. and "charming " could be Greg s middle name.
This spacious neo clasically decorated and finely furnished home would not be out of place in a photoshoot for "Hello " magazine.
We intended to stay one night only and then move on but when you find perfection it captivates you, so we stayed for only one week !....This B and B is situated one hundred metres from Keel beach which is just Greg s pristinely manicured lawn and a small field away .
All bedroom windows view the sea and the village amenities are within a very short walking distance of Stella Maris' secure carpark..
A sense of pure class, beauty , style , cleanliness,space, peace,serenity and tranquility, , brightness and homeliness prevails. It could be a retreat , and should be visited .. good for body , mind and soul.....Pat and Aine

Room Tip: room no. 6 is best room in the world ....
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Highlands, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

The Stella Maris B and B is a gorgeous home, beautifully furnished and impeccably decorated. However, its loveliness is far surpassed by the graciousness of its hosts, Greg and Mary, who never stop going out of their way to care for their guests. For instance, when I asked Mary for a phone number for a taxi, she said, ""don't bother,'' and drove me herself to the pub. Then, she arranged for me to get a ride back with a tour group who traveled to the pub on the tour bus. Greg wrestled with my very heavy luggage, not allowing me to touch it. And, when I left behind a drawer full of clothes, Mary dropped off my left-behind items in at a pre-arranged spot at least an hour away, where I was going to be passing through. So, I was happily reunited with my lost clothes. Thanks again for that, Mary. You are a lifesaver. Despite all this, the absolutely best thing about Stella Maris is its location. There is probably not a more beautiful spot on the planet. Just behind the lush green lawn in the yard is a spectacular beach with clear blue water. Achill Island is chock full of unspoiled beauty. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Mary and Greg are wonderful people, but their daughter Saundra, on hoidayl herself, won us over with kindness, charm and hospitality. Supper location on Keel Beach, with back gate for evening walks on the beach. just magic FiDV

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Appledore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We stayed only one night at Stella Maris but it was the best night's sleep we had during our whole holiday. There is a lovely, easy-going feel to this charming B&B that makes you feel right at home the moment you walk through the door. And the breakfast is a real cut above the usual fare, with a wonderful view from the breakfast room out to the sea.

When our car broke down in the car park as we prepared to leave in the morning, everyone at Stella Maris could not have been more helpful and understanding. Huge thanks to Mary for giving us a lift to the mechanic once our car had been repaired. Irish hospitality at its best!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Uster, Switzerland
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We stayed three nights at Stella Maris and we loved every minute. Our room on the ground floor was clean, spacious and bright with a wonderful view to the sea. The beach, the reataurants and the grocery store are within short walking distance. Mary and Greg are down-to-earth and were very helpful. In such a way that Greg prepared an extra breakfast for us early in the morning because we had to catch the 8.30-bus back to Westport (Bus stop is only some 200 metres away!). Thanks a lot for the wonderful days in your house!
Thomas & Ornella
Switzerland

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Stella Maris, and would like to have stayed a lot longer. The views and weather were GREAT. Our hostess were very helpful and were always available when we needed them. The breakfast was very good with a good selection. My Wife thought the pancakes were some of the best she has had. They have plenty of parking, and it is only a few yards walk out to a very nice beach.

Room Tip: Room 6 has fantastic views and is very large.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stayed at Stella Maris for a couple of days to escape from small children and city life and to complete the Achill Half Marathon. As regulars to Achill we never cease to be amazed by the beautiful beach and amazing views, framed to perfection from Greg and Mary's garden. Luckily the sun shone and we were able to sit in the sheltered garden one evening enjoying the views.
The rooms are spotlessly clean, bright and airy, with all comforts you would hope for from a top guesthouse. The breakfasts are wonderful with huge amounts to choose from and hot breakfasts cooked to order - the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs were wonderful, as was the granola with berries.
Greg and Mary are very welcoming and incredibly helpful, even happy to let us eat breakfast early in readiness for the big run! Thank you for a wonderfully relaxing break!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Stella Maris B&B
Address: Keel, | Achill, Keel, Achill Island, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Achill Island > Keel
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Keel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our family run guesthouse offers luxury accommodation, a welcome retreat after a day of activity. Relax and prepare for the evening where you can sample local cuisine in one of the many restaurants within walking distance of Stella Maris, or join in with some of the traditional music in one of the local bars. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Stella Maris B&B Achill Island/Keel

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