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The four of us thoroughly enjoyed Jame's property during our five night stay in Ireland. The home was comfortable - it maintained it's rustic feel as an older home, but contained all the modern amenities you will need.
As for the home, we had plenty of room (four bedrooms to choose from), which could easily accommodate four couples. The kitchen and living quarters were plenty spacious. There is no main grocery store in the town of Kinnitty, but James recommended one to go to prior to our arrival. The home had plenty of accessories (pans, utensils, spices, etc.) for cooking. Should you need a last minute item, there were two stores in town within walking distance that carried the common necessities. But the best feature we enjoyed was coming back every night and starting a fire and burning peat in the fireplace - it warmed up the room quickly, and gave off a wonderful smell while it was burning.
Kinnitty was an excellent central point for our travel plans. We could wander off in any direction and be there within an hour and a half (Dublin, Galway and Tipperary). If you wanted to take the train (as we did to Dublin), it was just up the road in Tullamore. At night, there were two local pubs within walking distance - with Slieve Bloom Bar being right next door. There is Irish music sessions performed by local musicians on Wednesday nights. It moves between villages every week - we missed the session in Kinnitty by a week, but one of locals at Giltrap's Pub told us about the one being held in Cadamstown (Dempsey's Pub) - just 5 Km up the road. We also found the Dungeon Bar up at Kinnitty Castle as a great place for food and entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights. Being at the base of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, there were plenty of easy trails to take in (I'm sure there were more challenging ones too, but they were not in our agenda).
Thank you James for being a great host, and readily accessible when we needed you. We look forward to a return visit to the area, and hope your home is available when we do come back.
We had so much fun at this stunning country mansion at the kick off of our trip. It comfortably fit all 13 of us, and was a true experience in the gorgeous Irish countryside. Just an hour and a half (on the train located just 3 miles away) from both Galway and Dublin, it was a perfect location for us to see as much as possible during our 3 nights at Ballycumber house. All of us agreed that Connie was the best part of the whole experience. She was knowledgeable and helpful, and extremely passionate about the former castle turned home that has been in her family for generations. She even made sure we had reached our next destination safely. If you keep in mind that this is a unique experience and not a 5 star hotel (plumbing and electric were added well after the construction of the house) then you will not be disappointed! I would definitely send anyone headed to Ireland to stay in Connie’s beautiful home.