Guest Reviews as seen on TripAdvisor for Dromcloc House Bantry B&B
“Beautiful couple, Beautiful couple, Beautiful place….”
Dymphna and Johnny were wonderful: picking us up and taking us back to the bus station in Bantry, calling the rural bus which passed at the bottom of their driveway to take us to Kilcrohane, and bringing us into town for shopping, The room was lovely,spotless, and comfortable and the breakfast was very good. Johnny entertained us with his accordion one evening and I only wish this adjoining picture showed the beauty of this spot on Bantry Bay rather than one of some beds. These folks were a “God send” for us as we approached Bantry not really knowing where we would be staying. A friend called and said he had made arrangements for us here and what a bonus!..They knew of some of our ancestors from Kilcrohane, Cork, and got on the phone to provide us with crucial information to aid us in our research.. This truly was one of those places which can honestly claim ” a thousand welcomes”. Thank you for your warmth and hospitality.
380Deanna – Silver Springs, Florida
“This was an unexpected surprise.”
I intentionally booked this B & B because it was a 5th generation farm house. As someone from Canada – you would be hard pressed to find a 5th generation building anywhere. I wanted to go somewhere that had character and charm and hoped this would fill my quest. It filled my needs well. The house is a few hundred years old with signs of lots of additions through the generations who lived here. The room we had was a modest size with a very small bathroom – only one person at a time and don’t be too large getting in either. Dympna and Johnny are the hosts and they play their role well. They certainly have the Irish charm I fell in love with. The breakfast was served in a large family dining room with large windows to enjoy the sunshine (yes – we found sunshine in Ireland). Of course, we had traditional Irish breakfasts for eggs, bacon, sausage and lots of toast. The floors are a little uneven and I was OK with it however it may not be for everyone. The property overlooks Bantry Bay and the you can easily walk to the water’s edge while being escorted by the family dog – he just wanted you to chase him but he would not allow you to catch him. The farmhouse is a working farmhouse and if you look in the backyard there is farm equipment and “stuff”; if you don’t like it – stay in the front of the house and enjoy the garden with its lovely seating arrangement and enjoy the beautiful views from there. Finding the farmhouse was a little difficult as it was just outside town on an old road; luckily the local pub gave us directions. If you go, get directions ahead of time. Johnny is certainly a good source of local information.
ScooterNovaScotia – Nova Scotia
“A very friendly place”
We stayed here for 5 nights in September and loved it. The bed was comfortable, and the room had a beautiful sea view. The moon shone obligingly. We found Dympna delightful, and her warmth communicated itself to the guests, so that in no time we were all chatting to each other over breakfast as if we’d known each other for ages. We liked the dogs and the new kittens too. The place is quiet and traditional, and a very short drive to the restaurants of Bantry. Would recommend it.
Gillian Drumherriff – Loughgall
“An ideal farmhouse B & B”
We spent two nights June 22 & 23, 2013, at this very special place. Dympna and Johnny Crowley, the proprietors, were very welcoming, and went out of their way to make our stay very special. Johnny Crowley entertained us with some stories, and with extreme concentration we were able to comprehend most of what he was saying. The rooms were very clean, and although the en suite bathroom was rather tiny it was very functional with an excellent shower.
The breakfast meals were superb. My wife, Daisy, was able to obtain porridge which Dympna took great pride in cooking to perfection. Of course I ate everything available (cereal, fresh fruit, scones,& yogurt, along with the traditional Irish breakfast served to perfection. Dympna did the cooking, and Johnny did the serving, thus taking credit for the amazing food and presentation.
The location of this B & B was perfect. A short drive into the quaint town of Bantry allowed us to visit The Bantry House & Gardens where the view, and the accompanying walled garden was a must see.. We also ate supper at the Bantry Bay Hotel where the food was excellent and reasonably priced. The Dromcloc B & B is located at the beginning of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, and the drive around this peninsula was one of the highlights of our 21-day trip. We were very proud that we, two senior citizens, were able to complete the challenging looped walk at the end of the peninsula. Also from our B & B we were able to drive around the Beara Peninsula. Both these peninsulas with their spectacular landscape & ruggedness were without a large influx of tourists. I must emphasize that the view from the Dromcloc B & B was itself spectacular overlooking Bantry Bay. A short 5 minute walk from the B & B, and we were able to walk along the shoreline.
Before leaving we were able to watch Dympna and Johnny’s son, Enda, do the milking of their large Holstein herd. I must not forget to mention their very friendly and entertaining dog, Wally, who in our presence would constantly chase cows, chickens, or whatever farm animal he could find, and then return proudly for our approval. No doubt, when we return to Ireland, hopefully in the near future, we will make sure we again stay a couple evenings at least at this B & B.
Ron & Daisy Bell – Kitchener, Canada
“Very nice and quiet place outside of Bantry town!”
We had a stay of three nights which we enjoyed a lot! We slept well-the rooster of the neighbour hasn’t disturbed us! Hopefully this poor fellow was only sold again and has not ended as a dinner.
Rooms are nice and clean, breakfast is very good and much and hosts are very friendly, welcoming and helpful! We’ll book Dromcloc House again when we are in holiday the next time near Bantry Bay.
Erik F – Besigheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
“A hidden pearl!”
We stayed here during 4 nights in a family room (2 adults, 2 kids). Located very close to Bantry town and very easy to find this guesthouse exceeded all our expectations. The room was very comfortable and clean. The breakfast was hearthy and we had different meals every morning. Our children loved paying with their very friendly dogs and even getting to see real cows being milked was a real treat. The view of the sea if fantastic and with only a short walk down to the water this felt like a private resort with the best service. I have worked for many years in the hotel business and the mixture of a great location, fantastic service and the right atmosphere for a holiday makes this a wonderful choice for a stay. As the weather was really nice we also got the chance to go fishing with Johnny in his own boat (this is not a standard part the service offering), but with time, tide and weather permitting for a busy farmer it is an example of the pure hospitality of the owners.
The guesthouse has also a private tennis court which was appreciated as well as tea and coffee making facilities which were available throughout the day/evening. If you want a slice of what it is like to live in Ireland and a great value for money stay this is a great option.
Colin B – Malmo, Sweden
“Very nice B&B”
We were travelling without a car, which is not easy in Ireland, but our hosts Dympna and John Crowly, and their daughter (don’t know how to spell her name) gave us a lot of useful tips and help to get around and see a lot of the area. The breakfast was nice and varied, the common guest room very comfortable (where we enjoyed a spontaneous evening of trad music by Johnny and his daughter). Our kids had lots of fun with the animals on the farm and the tennis court.
The view was nice as well, and there is acces to a private stony beach, from where you can reach other small beaches. Comfortable and spaceous family room, and free wifi connection, which actually worked like it should. Thank you Dympna and Johnny for your hospitality and hope to see you again in the future.
Our three night stay started with a welcoming pot of tea and scones from our hosts. A wonderful couple who, with their many years of experience, know how to make the traveller feel at home. We had a very comfortable room and ensuite with a handy 2nd sink in the bedroom and tremendous views over the bay and Widdy Island and the Beara penninsula. Full wifi connection is available throughout the house. Breakfasts were large, tasty with plenty to fill the heartiest appetite, and a really good selection of food. In the evening tea and coffee making facilities are available for those who like their ‘cuppa’ before heading to bed. All in all a charming place to stay which we hope to visit again in the near future. Thanks Dympna and Johnny!
Knitdroid – Belfast, United Kingdom