I travel quite frequently and it is rare that a Bed and Breakfast impresses me as much as Tinnycross House B&B in Ballymore Eustace has done. It is situated on a little sideroad in the middle of Ballymore Eustace in County Kildare and as soon as you drive into their driveway which is surrounded by beautiful manicured flowerbeds you know that you found a good one.
When we arrived we were warmly greeted by Laura our host runs the B&B and straight off she welcomed us with open arms and as she lead us up to our room I fell in love with the property as it has many personal touches like photographs of the surrounding areas and cute nik-naks in every nook and cranny. She also knows the area so well so gave us some great tips with regards travelling in the local area as well.
We stayed in the yellow room and it was clean, airy and spacious. It was well catered with a nice sized TV, little tea and coffee station the pillows even had chocolates on them! The room was very clean and with 3 windows it felt very open which we both like. The room we were in had one double bed and one single bed (which I of course used to hold all of my suitcase contents!), and the beds were super comfy. We both slept like logs the night we were there which was great. It was also really nice waking up the sounds of birds singing and not the noise of cars or citylife.
Our room was not en-suite but the bathroom was just outside of our room so this was really not a big deal. There was also no one staying in the room opposite to us so we had it to ourselves. Not sure if there was someone else staying in the room opposite would this have been bothersome. Overall, we were really pleased with the room and the comfortable nights sleep.
Another point to note is the WiFi – it was strong around the house but also in our room. One of my pet hates is when a place advertises WiFi but only has it in the main areas – like their lounge and breakfast area. This is especially true when travelling further than Ireland when data wouldn’t be included in my phone plan.
The breakfast was yum. There were snacks that you could pick from (chocolate, biscuits and crisps) as you wished while you were staying there and then breakfast was cereal, toast with many jams, cheese etc. as well as fruit and yoguarts. Laura really has a nifty little set up which works well and there was certainly no shortage of food that you could get yourself.
As well as the above Laura also offers a hot breakfast. My boyfriend had a full Irish which he couldn’t even finish as there was so much food and I had beans and eggs. Mine was simple food – but well made. And believe me I have had someone serve me burnt beans once!
The grounds around the house certainly deserve a mention. You can tell straight away the love that has gone into the upkeep – and as Laura said herself she would much rather be tending to her garden than being inside! She used to sell some of the plants/flowers at local markets and car boots sales until she started doing the B&B full time but you can see that she has never lost the flair. They are honestly just beautiful and we spent quite a while just taking pictures of the flowers.
The only bad point from our point of view is that we don’t know when we will be back in the area so don’t know if we will have another chance to stay there! But at less than an hour outside Dublin and situated in picturesque Kildare I would highly recommend staying if you are in the area. They have a website as well as being on Twitter and Laura if you are reading this – thank you for the great stay, it was a fantastic start to our weekend away.