Friday 22 March 2019

Ireland's B&B of the Year has been named - and you can stay for €30pp

B&B Ireland's best of the best

Springview Farmhouse B&B, Co. Kilkenny
Springview Farmhouse B&B, Co. Kilkenny
Eileen Joyce (centre), whose Springview House is Irish B&B of the Year for 2017. Photo:
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The best B&B in Ireland? That'll be the Joyce family's Springview Farmhouse in Urlingford, Co Kilkenny.

The family-run farmhouse was named Irish B&B of the Year by B&B Ireland, a national representative body for the B&B sector, at its AGM yesterday.

“I'm absolutely thrilled," said Eileen Joyce.

"I would like to thank my guests for their lovely reviews and B&B Ireland for the recognition this award gives to us and our farmhouse."

The awards shortlist was based on customer reviews from, with the  winner ("a B&B that went above and beyond for its guests") selected by independent adjudicator Charlie Boyle of Customer Service Excellence Ireland.

Springview ( epitomizes the "core values of an excellent Irish Bed and Breakfast", Boyle says. "And some more that they add themselves in a most warm and hospitable way.”

Eileen Joyce (centre), whose Springview House is Irish B&B of the Year for 2017. Photo:
Eileen Joyce (centre), whose Springview House is Irish B&B of the Year for 2017. Photo:

Rates at the Urlingford farmhouse start from €30pp.

B&B Ireland's bookings have been surging, it says, jumping by 15pc in 2016, with members' annual revenue rising by 19pc to over €9 million.

Demand for B&B accommodation in Galway, Kerry, Cork, Dublin, Clare, Donegal, Antrim and Kilkenny now exceeds supply, it has said.

The figures come from a relatively low base, with B&B bed nights and market share having plummeted in the face of hotel competition in the 2000s.

“B&B’s are usually run by just one or two people, yet they make a huge contribution to their local economies, particularly by attracting overseas visitors into rural areas," commented B&B Ireland chief executive, Helena Healy.

"The reviews these B&Bs have received is testament to the exceptional service and experience they are delivering to their guests.”

Irish B&B of the Year finalists for 2017:

  • An Rosalithir, Rosscarbery, Co Cork
  • Bun A Bhaile, Ballyvourney, Cork
  • Dromagowlane House, Adrigole, Co Cork
  • Sunville House, Ballycotton, Co Cork
  • Lis-Ardagh Lodge, Union Hall, Co Cork
  • Springview House, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny
  • Riversdale Country House, Carndonagh, Co Donegal
  • Margaret Elliott, Ocean Breeze, Donegal Town, Co Donegal
  • Honeysuckle Cottage, Ballymoney, Co Antrim

Overseas customers make up over 90pc of B&B Ireland bookings, it adds.

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