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The Irish B&B reboots: How will the ceád míle fáilte survive Covid-19?

How are Ireland’s B&Bs and guesthouses reimagining themselves for post-pandemic staycations? Nicola Brady finds out

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There’s something deliciously unique about a stay in a classic Irish B&B.

You can’t beat pulling up at a gorgeous country house to be welcomed at the door like an old friend, with a cup of tea and some freshly-baked biscuits never too far behind. Stay at a B&B and you’re (more than likely) staying in someone’s home, with all the charm, personality and warmth that goes along with that.

But in an industry so reliant on a close, personable experience, how will things change in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic? As the industry prepares to open from June 29 after months in lockdown, Ireland’s B&B experience looks set to be very different to the one that we left behind.