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Greg & Kerry Smith said at 2:31 on Wednesday 22nd of July 2015:
It is difficult to express a view that hasn't been said by others. So it is a given that our experience with Marie meant that we had a well organised, thoughtful and very interesting holiday in Ireland and Scotland. What impressed us was the individual thought given to our trip. We were asked when we expected to arrive and when we expected to leave. From there what were our interests. What was planned exceeded our expectations. The B&Bs were very good, very comfortable and well located (breakfast and hosts were great). The distances we needed to travel each day were well planned, based on local knowledge with opportunities to see sights as well as an understanding of the need for some rest given the distance we had flown to get there. Whilst two weeks is only a short stay we felt the organization of the trip enabled us to get to know and enjoy the people and countries we visited.
Matthias , Annette Meier and family said at 13:07 on Thursday 28th of August 2014:
Dear Mary and Elspeth, 2 weeks ago we finished our Irish trip and it was a great expierience. Thanks for that and your effort and your support. I will give you some impressions about the trip and the locations as you have requested before. At first we had very untypically very good weather!! Summer for 14 days. In Ireland and especially at our route it was much more touristic than in Scotland. and more people were on the way and at the locations. The landscape were great and very exciting, and over all it was a very very nice trip for us and our children. Now some recommodations about the locations you booked for us. 1. Our B&B in Waterford: Very nice, good location. We were to early because we had not yet the real feeling for distances and times to ride i Ireland, but this was not a problem. Susan was very kind and helpful. here husband Desmond kept all clean. Rooms were very oK. Breakfast was good and the hens were happy too.Advisable!! 2.Our beautiful mansion stately home B&B at Bantry Bay: Great location, Very nice rooms, very nica Breakfast.Nice Tea time. Extraordinary good. In the evening we played Billard in the Billard room and had a private look in the Libary wich was open for the guests.A new and very good restaurant: Trawl&Trend, High street, Bantry (Fon 02751684) 3.Our little hotel in Killarney A very fine, familary drected Hotel. The owners were very kind and helpful. Rooms were very good and so was Breakfast. Diner at the first evening was not as reserved, because there were not so many people in the hotel and so dinner happened at the second evening, but it makes no difference. Diner was very good and for the first evening the owners called us Pizzaīs. Killarney is very very busy and all locations around were ful of people. If you will ever visit the famous Gap of Dunloe (and you must!) make it short after sunrise, so as we did. We were allone for us and with the nature and the sheeps and it was very great. The advice gaveīs us the owner! 4. Our B&B in Lisdoornvarna Clean and tidy rooms, Breakfast o.K. Advisable! 5. Ashford Castle, Cong Unexpected!! What a great location, But not for every day. Rooms were extraordinary and so the staff and so the food and so the service and so on and so on. High tea is unattainable (but also expensive.)!! Little things abroad: Windows in the rooms dosnīt close, and the shower dor dosnīt close so that you have wet floor after taking a shower. A very great expierience was a visit in the faulknery were you can take a walk through the park and forrest with the hawks on your arm. very advisable. 5. Our last B&B at Skerries great location, Nice, clean and tidy rooms and good breakfast. Familar contact to the owners. They have a nice dog, you can play soccer with. After all, we would make it ever again. The people were nice and kind and interested and communicativ.The organisation was very good. This were very great holidays for us and our children. We had very great expieriences. Thank you very much for this all !!! Matthias, Annette and all in Germany.
Chris, Vimala and Lavinia Whitaker said at 11:09 on Thursday 28th of August 2014:
Hi Marie Just got back to Perth (the one "down-under"!). Everything in Ireland was terrific thank you. All three of us had a wonderful time. And the weather was amazing until Sunday when we reached Mizen Head, when an appropriate gale made an appearance!! In 2016 we're thinking of France made Easy, so may well be back in touch. All the very best Chris, Vimala, and Lavinia. (Perth, Australia)
Susan and Herm Liebau USA said at 23:15 on Friday 11th of October 2013:
All of B& Bs were excellent. Great meals, charming hosts and very helpful and accommodating including a ride to the airport at the last place we stayed. I believe we all thought some of these witty wonderful women would easily be someone we would love to have as friends and neighbors. Ballina was great. We arrived the day they lost the match to Dublin. Met so many interesting Irish folks at the pubs that night. Did a bit of dancing. Great job altogether. Thank you. Sincerely Herm and Sue (USA - recommended by other clients - Line Caissie and Norman Jeffrey who had been in Scotland previously with Scotland Made Easy and have now done a trip to Ireland with Ireland Made Easy in June)
Garry and Shannon Labossiere (Calgary) said at 15:15 on Monday 23rd of July 2012:
Hi Marie We've had a very foggy day in Dingle today -- rather disappointing as we were really looking forward to this area. But we had stunning days for the Cliffs of Moher area and Antrim areas. Generally mixed weather but manageable otherwise - we were prepared for anything! This is a really lovely country and very enjoyable. Accommodation all very nice. Very nice choices. - Belfast hotel was lovely. Beautiful dining room. - B&B at Giants' Causeway also really nice - Donegal hotel was also nice. Of course only there for 1 night. - Connemara hotel was a lovely country house with nice gardens. Really glad we had 3 nights in this area as lots to see - B&B in Dingle also very nice. Only Cork and Dublin left now. Not enough time! Cheers - Garry (Calgary Alberta)
Clint and Julie Johnson said at 15:02 on Monday 23rd of July 2012:
Hi Marie! We had a wonderful time in Ireland and all of the accommodations were very nice. Thank you for arranging such a lovely holiday for us. I already wrote about the Cork manor hotel (excellent service, beautiful property, great location, high tea, good spa facilities, nice dinner), Bantry manor house (beautiful view and gardens, quiet location, we liked Bantry!), and the Killarney hotel (great service, beautiful room, perfect location, and we were upgraded to a junior suite). Our B&B in Dingle was wonderful. We had a beautiful view of the bay and Dingle, the location was perfect for walking into town, and Mary and John were very hospitable. Mary's breakfasts were by far the best of the whole trip! Our B&B in Lisdoonvarna was also nice. Mary was especially helpful in giving us ideas for our drive and walk through the Burren area, a stop at The Burren Perfumery, and the Cliffs of Moher. Dromoland Castle was a real treat. We were upgraded at the castle and had a gorgeous room! We wished we would have had more time there as the property itself has so much to offer, but it was a perfect way to end the trip since it just made us want to come back! We enjoyed wonderful spa treatments there and went on a horse drawn carriage ride around the property. The "tour guide" on the ride was very informative and provided great history about the property. Each and every location was wonderful - we're still not sure what our favorite accommodation was since each one was special and unique. We were also very pleased with the dinners included in our package at two of our hotels. We had assumed there would be a set meal or of a certain monetary amount. We just ordered what we wanted and then found out the entire meal, drinks not included, was part of the package. The meal service, for the dinner and breakfasts, was superb at the Killarney hotel. The included breakfasts at each location were very good, but as I mentioned above, Mary's breakfasts at Dingle were exceptionally good and varied each day. The pace of the trip was perfect for us and we enjoyed being able to drive through the beautiful country. We decided not to go diving on this trip, but I think we both had second thoughts when we were in Dingle. We'll do it on our next visit! We just wanted this to be a relaxed trip and getting everything ready for a dive takes time. We really didn't want to do that much pre-planning this time around. We did visit Bunratty Castle, Blarney Castle and grounds, the Blarney Stone, the English Market in Cork, the old Jameson Distillery in Middleton, and Cobh. In Cobh we took a walking tour and visited the Titanic Experience. We drove the Beara Peninsula and especially enjoyed a VERY NARROW road called Priest's Leap. The road was a bit treacherous at times but the view was spectacular! On that drive we stopped in Glengarrif and took a ferry over to Garninish Island and the gardens there. On our way to Killarney we stopped and walked through Molly Gullivan's Cottage and Traditional Farm. It looked very "touristy" but ended up being a lovely stop! It gave us a great idea of how a traditional farm would have looked and we enjoyed being able to walk through the property at our own pace. We also stopped at Bonane Heritage Park for close up views of a ring fort, stone circle, and famine ruins. While in Killarney we enjoyed visiting Muckross House, the pub scene, Killarney Park, and of course the Ring of Kerry Drive. Dingle was a great little town and on the way there we stopped at Inch Beach. It certainly wasn't Hawaii, but it was great to get out and walk along a sand beach. While in Dingle we ate at Global Village and the Chart House - probably two of our best restaurant meals. We loved how restaurants seemed to focus on local meat/fish and produce. While in Dingle we drove the Dingle Peninsula Loop and visited the Great Blasket Center. The next day we went on a four hour boat tour of the Blasket Islands - really a nice trip and we had good weather. The pub scene in Dingle was lots of fun! We drove through Connor Pass on our way to Lisdoonvarna and enjoyed more incredible scenery. The highlight of our stay in Lisdoonvarna was visiting the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. As I mentioned earlier, our night at the castle was fun and made us want to stay longer. This may be more feedback than you wanted, but we really had a fantastic trip and wanted to share a bit with you. Thanks again for lining up some wonderful accommodations. We will definitely be in touch when we visit Ireland, Scotland, or France again! Clint and Julie Johnson (Anchorage Alaska)