A wonderful Irish manor house well hidden – and all the better for it
Glenlohane is not your standard B&B, but an enormously welcoming and gracious home in a private estate in County Cork. There are just three guest bedrooms and three enchanting hosts who make every effort to dine with their guests: between them can help with the most specific requests. As the tenth generation to live in this ancestral home they share a fair bit of local knowledge. This is a place where you can tailor your experience, whether it’s fishing for salmon or trout, hunting for foxes or driving collectible cars and motorbikes for a tour of southern Ireland. It’s not a hotel but an experience of Ireland.
The three guest bedrooms – one double, two twins – are beautifully appointed with American-sized beds and all are en-suite. You’re not confined to your room here; there is also a large drawing room, dining room and library. Though centrally heated throughout – this isn’t any draughty old pile – the Aga is always on and there are log fires in all communal rooms.
Glenholane is at the heart of a 250-acre working farm. There are animals around, including sheep, horses, fantail pigeons, cats, dogs and a guinea hen called Fred. Guests here are welcome to tour the estate or even – if they care to take on Melanie – play a game of croquet on the lawn. Win or lose, tea and cake will follow.
Glenlohane B&B suggests
Your time here is nothing like a hotel stay. It’s a living experience of southern Irish daily life – with a considerable dash of lavish hospitality thrown in.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Bird Watching
- Places of Historical Interest
Price per room, based on two sharing, including breakfast
Double bedroom - €235 - €250
Single occupancy - €135 - €150
Suggested minimum stay 2 nights, average 4.5
Cork Airport is an hour's drive away: you can rent a car or - if you're doing a Moto Excallibur Tour - you can be collected in a Daimler or a Rolls. Check their website for detailed directions: the house is resolutely not marked out as providing accommodation as it resolutely not interested in walk-in guests: The signs to look for are for 'Glenlohane Bird Reserve' - it's a kind of code. Glenlohane welcomes those who seek the property out and intend to stay a while. there are two restaurants in Kanturk, five minutes by car, and a wider choice in Mallow. It's perfectly positioned to explore all the attractions of South West Ireland: Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, Blarney Castle, Cork City, Kinsale and Lismore heritage town are all within reach.
"Desmond, Melanie and Gordon are perfect hosts–happy to help with suggestions on things to do. Put your guidebooks aside and take their advice. They know this corner of the world and will give you access to the “real Ireland” that isn’t on the tourist routes. We’ve stayed in lots of hotels and guest houses all over the world, and Glenlohane is among the most gracious we’ve encountered. They made our two weeks in Cork something we will remember always."
Approved by The Irish Tourist Board, member of Hidden Ireland
Desmond, Melanie & Gordon Sharp Bolster
- Bio : Glenholane is the family home of Desmond, Melanie and Gordon Sharp Bolster, the ninth and tenth generations to live in the manor house. Their local knowledge is softened by several years experience living and working in America, making it uniquely accessible. They make every effort to include you into the life of the farm as a treasured guest, dining with you if invited and taking the time to get to know your interests and requirements They share a passion for vintage vehicles and have a selection of sports cars and motorcycles available to hire to explore Ireland in style.