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.
- 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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