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“Best B&B in Ireland”
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Dunaree
Ranked #5 of 23 Bunratty B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

What a pleasant introduction to Ireland. Cosy yet classy B&B with super facilities, service.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

The Dunaree B&B was our last stop on our trip to Ireland and we saved the best for last! The rooms were very spacious and private and the scenery around the house was beautiful. Great location within walking distance to all of the shops, pubs and the castle. We had a super early flight the next day and Penny had breakfast all set up and ready to go for us in the morning. I would definitely recommend staying at the Dunaree.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

We spent a wonderful night at Dunaree. It was beautiful and immaculate. The rooms were spacious and the beds comfortable. Breakfast was custom order and delicious. Penny was so upbeat and cheerful and helpful. I would recommend Dunaree without any histation or reservations.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

I stayed at Dunaree three different times over the course of my last stay – sixteen days up and down the west coast of Ireland.

Dunaree is very conveniently located – the third B & B on the Low Road past the castle and Durty Nellie's. It's a really great launching pad for the beginning of your tour of Ireland. It's also one of the best places to unwind and get reorganized for your outgoing flight. Bunratty is a very easy drive from Shannon Airport -- just 15 minutes. If you're new to driving in Ireland, it's a great place to hone your driving chops. The roads are wide, a cinch to navigate, and surprisingly empty. I like arriving at Shannon so much better than Dublin.

Dunaree itself is beautiful – set back from the quiet road with a wide expanse of lawn and a splendid view of an open field. The house is large, attractive, and comfortable with a nicely appointed sitting room – stylishly decorated with comfy chairs and a television.

The bedrooms feature large bathrooms and European-style power showers. The towels? Big and fluffy! The breakfasts? Fabulous! Coffee is among the best I've had in Ireland. Be sure to try the pancakes. I was lucky enough to have himself – Kevin O'Connor – whip some up for me on Saturday morning . . . home from his day job with Shannon Heritage. Don't expect American-style pancakes if you're from the States. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

If you've had any experience with B & Bs you know that the best of hosts are friendly and helpful -- that's part of running a good business. Some, though, have a certain something that others may lack.

Penny is one person who falls into that category – the right amount of attention to your needs and the right amount of consideration of your personal space and time schedule. She's very charming, warm, and likable.

If she has availability, Penny will even open her house to you for an early morning arrival. My plane got in at 6:00 am, and by 7:30 (after picking up my car, etc) I was already settled in and catching up on the sleep I'd lost coming over from Boston.

Bunratty has good restaurants and shopping nearby. The Folk Park, Bunratty Castle, and Durty Nellie's Pub are a straight and very short shot down the road -- it takes seconds to get there by car (free car parking, too). Penny may have a Folk Park guide for you to borrow – very helpful. All of these places can be great fun and informative despite the tourist trappings.

Penny and Kevin will fill you in on the details of what to see and where to go in the Bunratty area.

I really like this B & B. Penny and Kevin O'Connor are a very attractive, fun couple – and very excellent hosts.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

Penny's home was like a breath of fresh air. The views were gorgeous. I kept taking pictures of her front and back yard. The home was very well decorated and clean. She even let us use her personal computer free of charge. Great location-very close to the Bunratty castle, pubs, shops, restaurants. She had a nice breakfast area that was open all hours of the day and a cozy family room as well. Penny was very friendly and generous and treated all her guests as family. I'd definitely go back!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

This was our last stop in Ireland and we just LOVED it. Penny was a GREAT hostess. She was funny and sweet and made us feel right at home. We had access to a great cozy sitting room and the sunny breakfast room too, which had a great offering of teas, coffees and little munchies! The entire house is charming and beautifully decorated and very clean. The landscape around the house is also gorgeous! We kept taking pictures! After we settled in we found it very close to Bunratty castle and Durty Nellies and several gift shops. Breakfast was big and filling! VERY HAPPY with this find!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

My husband and I felt so at home at the Dunaree B&B. The O'Connors really made us feel at home. Bunratty is a darling village... we had the best time there!

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  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Dunaree

Address: Low Rd., Bunratty, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > Bunratty
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Bunratty
Price Range: $53 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dunaree 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bunratty Dunaree is a traditional style residence, custom designed to provide a high standard of accommodation and comfort in a non smoking home for all visitors. Located on the Low Road, close to Bunratty Castle it is operated by the O’Connor family. Built on the eastern slope of Bunratty Hill close to the famous castle, it has panoramic views over the Owenagarney River and beyond to the hills of Cratloe. A warm friendly welcome awaits all guests. Dunaree is renowned for its fresh tasty breakfasts and now has free wifi throughout. The interior has a spacious relaxing lay-out and is decorated with a relaxing blend of modern and antique furnishings, complemented by an interesting collection of original artworks, prints and antique maps. ... more   less 
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