Kilcarry Lodge and gardens, Carlow

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Kilcarry Lodge, Clonegal, Co. Carlow, Ireland

The Space

Three beautiful bedrooms are available at Kilcarry Lodge. The Lodge is a delightful country house set in a five acre parkland garden in an unspoiled area of county Carlow renowned for its scenery. It sits on the slopes of the Slaney valley with magnificient views over this fertile vale to the Blackstairs mountains.. The gardens sweep down towards the Slaney river and the house has private access to the banks.
Inside, the house is gracious and welcoming. As well as very comfortable bedrooms there is a large sittingroom for relaxation filled with books and information on the area.
The accommodation is two double bedrooms, both ensuite. The option of a twin room is also available.
I provide a full Irish breakfast made with homemade or local produce. (Any special dietiary needs can be met).
We are passionate about our home and our area which is a very special part of Ireland with friendly people, wonderful scenery, historic sites and lovely villages and towns. There are endless possiblities for rest and relaxation: excellent golf courses, salmon and trout fishing, horse riding, many scenic drives and , of course, the famous Wicklow Way Walk which is on our doorstep. Should you feel the need for complete rest you can spend the day in the garden or relaxing on a terrace or sitting by the fire.
There are many visitor attractions nearby such as Huntington Castle, Altamount Gardens, Newtonbarry House and gardens, Hardymount Gardens, Delta sensory gardens, and the Visual arts centre in Carlow.
For dining out one has a wide range of restaurants and hotels to choose from within a 10 minute drive, the nearest being the famous Sha-Roe Bistro in the village of Clonegal just two minutes away.
Should you prefer to eat here we can arrange to cook for you for at a reasonable cost.
In the evening I will babysit if you wish to go out, and Sean will happily drive you to and collect you from local restaurants and pubs all for free.
To make the most of your stay it is advisable to have a car as Kilkenny, Enniscorthy and Wexford town are closeby. Even Dublin is only over an hour away and we are within 30 minutes of the coast.
Should you have any special requirements please talk to us, we are flexible.

Guest Access

Guests can have use of kitchen if they wish.
Tea and coffee always available.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Extra people: $43 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $356 /week
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Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • We could not have had a more delightful stay. Sean and Sandra extended enormous Irish warmth to us on our first trip to Ireland.
    The house is in the most glorious location, sitting in beautiful grounds and was extremely comfortable.
    We will definitely be back, hopefully in the summer to see the garden in full bloom.
    Thank you for making our short visit so welcoming!
    Jol and Sarah Mitchell

    February 2014
    Sandra
    Response from Sandra:

    Dear Sarah, thank you for your great review! We really enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you both again this summer. With very best wishes.
    Sandra and Sean

  • This is the place to be! This is just like visiting a relative's house in Ireland! Sandra & Sean are great hosts - make you feel at home, in fact even more comfortable than home. My 9 year old nephew put it as "this is a great B&B "with friends"". The house is so lovely that you want to live there forever and you do not like any house you visit afterwards. Sandra & Sean literally spoiled us with great food on our arrival and then a great breakfast. They are beyond kind and helpful. The location is great stop among many touristic stops. I seriously recommend 2 nights here, 1 night would not be enough to enjoy the house, friendship, garden and surroundings. If I go to Ireland again, this will be the 2 nights stop and I will recommend everyone I know going to Ireland. THANK YOU!!!
    P.S: I recommend bringing a small local specialty/small treat for Sandra & Sean just like you would do when visiting a friend - and certainly not because they ask for it - you will just very probably feel like giving a small present to them in return. I was really sorry not to have brought some Turkish delight or "evil eye" for the gorgeous house. :)

    October 2013
    Sandra
    Response from Sandra:

    Dear Canan, thank you for your wonderful review. We also wished you could have stayed longer. We did miss you all when you left, especially the children, they were such fun and so happy. We wish you every happiness in the future and hope to see you all here again someday, Sandra and Sean

  • Best B&B in Ireland! This is the perfect place to stay if you're looking to be out of all the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to Sandra and Sean for hours around the fireplace -- it felt like you had visited your favorite family members because they were so incredibly welcoming! You can tell they definitely just love having company over, and their home is gorgeous (I fell in love with the built-in bookcase Sean made himself). If they keep treating all their B&B guests as they treated us, Sean will for sure have to come out of retirement because they'll be so busy with the B&B! Sean kindly took us down to the river at the end of their property, with their three lovely dogs Cassie, Jack, and McNab following along, where we saw a double rainbow -- we thought it had to be straight out of a movie! Sean was so kind to give us a tour of the nearby towns after making us a delicious and filling full Irish breakfast, and Sandra's potluck supper was superb! And the view from their kitchen is breathtaking; we completely wished we could've stayed at this B&B longer! Loved it, and we HIGHLY recommend it!

    September 2013
    Sandra
    Response from Sandra:

    Dear Jared and Keri, thank you for your lovely review, it was a pleasure to have you as guests and sincerely hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Ireland . Kindest regards Sandra

  • Sandra and Sean are the nicest people you can ever meet. I came to Ireland for one night only for a friends wedding. Not only did they welcome me warmly with delicious smoked salmon, wine and home-made bread, but they also offered to pick me up from the wedding reception party (irrespective of its 'middle of the night' ending), so I could enjoy it to the fullest and not be concerned about driving. Who does that?!?

    The house and surrounds are stunning, the bed is super comfy, and I thank Sandra and Sean sincerely for their incredible hospitality, endless generosity and wonderful 'full Irish' breakfast, which was just the ticket after a big night of celebration. Having never been to Ireland before, I had heard of the Irish pride in hospitality, but never would have expected that Sandra and Sean would epitomise it so fully - it is indeed true. Thank you!

    September 2013
    Sandra
    Response from Sandra:

    Dear Eduardo, thank you for your very generous review. You will always be welcome to stay. We really enjoyed your fun company. Very best wishes Sandra and Sean

  • It was my parents’ first visit to Ireland and Sandra and Sean made the two of them fall in love with the green island. Where to begin if a stay was perfect? The communication before arriving was really pleasant and Sandra provided me with the exact coordinates to put into our navigation system. Thus, we didn’t have any problems finding their place. After a trip through the Wicklow Mountains their house is a very convenient stop on your inland way to Kilkenny, Kerry, Cork or just to explore beautiful County Carlow. The area is magnificent and Sandra’s estate was even more amazing than on the pictures provided. We were astonished how the owners combine their horticulture and garden landscaping skills to perfectionism. If you are a garden lover, consider a detour to enjoy their garden which is full of flowers, trees and an amazing view to the nearby mountains. Also, the peaceful riverbank is as nearby as an easy downhill hike.
    Beside the outdoor amenities, the house also offers a very comfortable stay. Upon our arrival a fire was lit to welcome us and we were offered tea. As we hadn’t had dinner yet, we followed Sean’s recommendation to drive to a nearby restaurant (10min drive, Bunclody). As a well-prepared host he had already researched recent reviews of nearby restaurants and picked a place which suited the tastes of all four of us. Coming back to the house quite late, Sandra and Sean treated us with another cup of hot tea and a wonderful conversation about gardening, Irish history, tour recommendations and some ideas on how to spend great times around Ireland. After a wonderful night’s sleep in great beds (including high-quality linen) we enjoyed the beautiful and fully equipped en-suite bathrooms.
    Well rested, Sandra’s fresh-prepared breakfast was the perfect start for the day. She had thought of everything and spoilt us with a range of continental and Irish breakfast served on a wonderful tablecloth. Breakfast was served in the family’s large kitchen which is a perfect place to enjoy the garden view and to get a glimpse of real Ireland. Sandra went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and we felt really welcomed. Sandra and Sean really took care of us and made us feel like family.
    Overall, the time at Sandra’s and Sean’s place was joyful and the highlight of my parents’ visit to Ireland. We are very grateful to have met such a wonderful and inspiring couple who filled their house with warmth and love (and three cute dogs that are very well-trained!). I would definitely recommend this place and would be glad to come back one day.

    August 2013
    Sandra
    Response from Sandra:

    Dear Uta, thank you for taking the time to write such a heartwarming and detailed review. Sean and I so enjoyed having you and Benjamin to stay and it was very special to meet your charming parents.
    Very best wishes, Sandra and Sean.

  • My fiance and I would 100% recommend staying with Sandra and Sean! They were so warm and welcoming, and went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We went to a Bruce Springsteen concert in Kilkenny, so we weren't able to get to their house until late at night. They offered to wait up for us and had food waiting for us when we arrived! Sandra made us a delicious traditional Irish breakfast in the morning, and we spent a lot of the day sitting out on the back porch enjoying the absolutely stunning view, and good conversation. Sean also took us down to the river, which was incredibly beautiful and peaceful. And if that wasn't enough, they offered to accompany us to the Huntington Castle nearby! It was a special weekend and we VERY highly recommend staying with Sandra and Sean!!! We've stayed in touch with them since our trip and hope to visit them again someday! :)

    July 2013
    Sandra
    Response from Sandra:

    Dear Clare, It was a pleasure to be part of your first trip to Europe. Very best wishes to you and John. Sean and Sandra.

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I have settled in beautiful Co Carlow where I have created my dream home and garden after a career firstly as cabin crew and more recently teaching horticulture and catering. Airbnb seems a wonderful opportunity to share my home and garden with people from all over the world and introduce them to our lovely area. Cooking and gardening are both my work and my passion. For relaxation, I enjoying reading - and the house has an extensive library - local history and socialising in our community.
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