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“Older Home with Charm; No Private Parking”
Review of Kent House B&B

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Kent House B&B
Ranked #11 of 58 Cork B&B and Inns
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Older Home with Charm; No Private Parking”
Reviewed 15 March 2011

The Kent House is a townhouse that was built in the 1800s. However, in comparison to many other B&Bs we stayed in during our recent trip, the Kent House rooms are of good size. We stayed in a triple room, so we lost some floor space with the twin bed added, but the bathroom was enormous. The B&B is located on a one way street north of town right next to the train station. It took us a while to find it because we didn't know initially how to get to Lower Glanmire or where #47 would be located. We spotted the building from its bright red appearance because the sign had been taken down and is being redone.

You will notice that at the Kent House and the other B&Bs attached to it, the train station sits directly behind the house. Not a pretty view of the city unfortunately. You may be thinking, "The train station, oh no, that must be loud." Well, it isn't loud. The trains are quiet and when we had the windows closed we couldn't hear anything. They must be double paned windows. They looked pretty new.

The only problems with the B&B were that the bed was pretty firm for my liking, but I sleep on a cloud at home, and there's not private car park. It is true city living. The parking is free from 5pm until ~8:30am on the street in front of the B&B. However, if you want to park at the train station for 7euro for 24 hours, you'd better get their early... real early. The parking lot fills up. There is another parking garage that is 8euro another 3-5 minute walk down Glanmire.

The B&B is in a decent location. it is 15 minutes by foot to downtown and the English market. There's good food and good entertainment, and we weren't scared to walk around town at night. It's also an easy drive to Kinsale in the south or Blarney in the North.

Are their better B&B's in Cork? Probably. However, it looked like you'd have the same parking issue with all of the B&B's IN Cork. You'll have to not stay in the city to have free parking. Also, the hosts were very gracious in helping up find places to eat, giving us maps and directions, and giving us ideas for things to see.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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JDineen, Owner at Kent House B&B, responded to this review, 23 April 2011
Thank you for your review.
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us.
We appreciate all your comments.
Thanks
Lorraine & John
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Reviewed 22 March 2010

Positive first-the owner was very friendly and helpful, the breakfast in the morning was wonderful and the place was clean. The building is very old and it shows-the front door would not open all the way(I think because of settling maybe?), the floor in our VERY small room was not level either. The veneer on the front of the armoire ws not attached & the bathroom had a closet that must have been storage for all extra items-which were thrown into the closet. The view out of the window was a roof of another part of the house which appeared to be in disrepair. Parking is on a one way street with a lot of traffic, had to park a distance away and wait for the area businesses to close for the night to move our car closer. Would not stay here again if we returned to Cork.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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JDineen, Owner at Kent House B&B, responded to this review, 6 May 2010
Dear farmerswife75,
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased with the positive points.
However we have to dispute several of your negatives :
1 - The house is very old :- it is a Victorian Townhouse built in 1850. ( as per our website )
2 - The front door does open fully, however we keep an umbrella stand behind the door, which stops it from opening 100%
3 - The very small bedroom is 15ft by 13ft ( 180 sq ft ) with a bathroom of 12ft by 7ft ( 84 sq ft ).
4 - "The veneer on the front of the armoire ws not attached" - you are correct, it took us some time to find it, but you are correct.
5 - "the bathroom had a closet that must have been storage for all extra items" - again you are correct, it is a hotpress ( Storage tanks for hot water) - We use the sign on the door "For Staff use only" to explain it.
6 - The view out of the window is of the Railway Station. From a certain viewpoint you can see an extension roof.
7 - Again "Parking is on a one way street" and as we are in Cork City, it is busy between 8.30 and 9.00 in the morning and 5.15 and 5.45 in the evening , and as we told you when you arrived ( 5.30 approx ) it was easier to let the traffic ease off and then move the car to outside our house.

We are sorry you were disppointed with your stay, but we feel there is not a lot more we can do.

Regards

John
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

My husband and I were at a wedding in St Partricks Church, Cork and reception at the Metropole Hotel in September last.
We stayed at Kent House B&B as it was only minutes away from the Church. We had four rooms in total as we also booked in relations from Manchester, who were also going to the wedding.
It was perfect. The rooms were spotless, fully equiped ( all of them had a hair dryer supplied - very useful for us), and spacious. The bathrooms were modern and again spotless. The breakfasts were wonderful, more than you could eat.
Our hosts, Lorraine and John could not be more helpful. Early check in was no problem, and they organised airport taxis for 6.00am for some of our group. They gave us lots of useful information on where to go in the City.
We would recommend this B&B to anyone withouit hesitation.
In fact we have booked a room again for next March as we are back for a 50th Birthday.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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JDineen, Owner at Kent House B&B, responded to this review, 17 August 2011
Thank you for your kind comments.
Naturally we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and took the trouble to post a review.
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Additional Information about Kent House B&B

Property: Kent House B&B
Address: Kent House 47 Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Cork
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,369 - ₹ 7,453
Hotel Class:3 star — Kent House B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lorraine and John Dineen welcome you to our home, Kent House Bed and Breakfast. Our house is a beautiful end of terrace Victorian Townhouse, built in the 1850's originally as a Merchants Townhouse. It has gone through many changes since then , and is now our home. Kent house is a family run, family friendly Bed and Breakfast. The Bed and Breakfast consists of five comfortable spacious and tastefully decorated guest bedrooms, all en-suite.While staying at Kent House, you are ideally located to tour Cork City, the capital of the south of Ireland, and the surrounding area. We are adjacent to the Railway Station, the Bus Station is 5 to 6 minutes walk and the City Centre is within 10 minutes walk. It's also convenient for the ferry port and the airport. Cork City is renowned for it's top class shopping, excellent pubs, restaurants and theatres.Lonely Planet 2011/12 :Cork City has been named among the top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2012'. The guide praises the city saying 'Cork is at the top of its game right now: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit.'Whether your stay is long or short or you are on business or pleasure, you will certainly enjoy your stay with us. Lorraine and John Dineen ... more   less 
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