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travelled as a couple: “Best part of our Ireland trip”

"Dun Ard" is a very special place! It's much more than a Bed & Breakfast. It's more like visiting old friends in a fine hotel! A contemporary home with all the amenities. Dun Ard offers its guests lovely, private rooms with an ultra-modern bath...en suite. It is the innkeepers, however, Joe and Aine Lyons, that give this B&B a 5 star rating in our book. They are genuinely warm, accommodating and truly interested in making you feel at home. Their attention to detail is obvious in everything they do, from the wonderful "cooked" Irish breakfast that are made to order, to their beautiful gardens.

Their granddaughter gave us a private tour and knew most of the names of the flowers and shrubs, including an unusual "bottle brush plant! She was delightful! The innkeeper was a tremendous help with our genealogy search and found lots of information for us. He went out of his way to point us in the right direction and even made contact with us after we left Dun Ard to see how we were doing. The innkeepers obviously enjoy what they are doing and it shows!

We highly recommend Dun Ard if your vacation plans include a trip to the Dungarvan area.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Joe. Janet and Chris: “"Perfect"”

We spent one night at Dun Ard which is a tastefully furnished luxury bed and breakfast even down to the wedgewood china crockery in the bedroom. Wished we could have stayed longer! The house is situated in a quiet village on a small development with wonderful views.

Joe gave us recommendations for evening dinner and we ate at "Merries" in the delightful town of Dungarvan. The place was buzzing and we had the best meal of our 4 nights travelling round Ireland and finished off with a drink in the pub across the road from Dun Ard.

Breakfast was excellent and freshly made to order we enjoyed the atmosphere in the lovely dining room and eating at the communial table where we chatted with fellow guests.

We highly recommend Dun Ard and would certainly stay here again!

Friday, 20 September 2013

travelled as a couple: “Above and beyond”

Joe and Anne definitely add the warm personal touch to the B&B. Not being from the area, let alone from Ireland, we had no idea what the town had to offer as we were just meandering our way through the country. Joe provided us with an excellent list of recommendations of places to eat while in Dungarvan, as well as names of local pubs with live traditional Irish music to enjoy. Even went so far as to suggest we leave our rental car in the city and take a cab back to the B&B after a relaxing night on the town -- providing us with a complementary ride back to our car the next morning when we were ready to continue our journey.

Upon learning that my bride and I were travelling about the country having just been married, Joe and Anne provided us with a complementary bottle of champagne for us to enjoy! The personal warm-welcoming touch was solidified with the hand-written card that was placed a midst rose petals scattered on the bed wishing us good fortune in our marriage.

Kitty, the cat, was eager to play with us. This was very nice since Kitty had the same disposition and coloration of our own cat back home.

The morning view of Dungarvan bay from our room was breath-taking in it's beauty. Joe and Anne definitely were the personification of the Irish hospitality that were expecting! The price was less than we had payed for much lower quality stays elsewhere in Ireland, however; the quality was much greater! Had we stayed at Dun Ard towards the beginning of our trip, the stay might have ruined our expectation of the rest of the trip.

We strongly recommend a visit to Dun Ard to anyone who visits the Emerald Isle!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Tom Burke: “Dusk over Dungarvan”

We had three lovely nights in early September at Dun Ard and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We were given a warm welcome by Anne and Joe and their friendly dogs and cats.

The room was fantastic with a huge bathroom and bed and the views over Dungarvan Bay were breath-taking. Waking up in the morning after enjoying a restful sleep in that lovely bed, it was a pleasure to open the blinds and relish those views of Dungarvan Bay whilst the kettle boiled.

Breakfasts were beautifully prepared including fresh fruit salad and Joe and Anne were very happy to offer suggestions as to where to visit in the area.

Days were spent further west in Ardmore and across the Co. Cork border in Youghal, plus quaint bays such as Bunmahon and Kilmurrin to the east. Dungarvan is a picturesque town with plenty of places to eat.

Before we left Anne gave Jackie a retirement gift - a lovely personal touch and much appreciated. We were sad to leave but took Joe's suggestion of seeing Mahon Falls off the road north to Kilkenny City.


We would highly recommend Dun Ard to anyone and hope to return in the future.

Room Tip: We would recommend the junior suite overlooking Dungarvan Bay

Monday, 29 July 2013

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