Charming Irish Bed & Breakfast in County Kilkenny

“Let’s find someplace beautiful to get lost”

When we arrived in Ireland, we spent our first few nights in what would become my favorite Irish B&B, Lawcus Farm Guest House, in the area of Stoneyford, in County Kilkenny.  Why was it your favorite, you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you:  It was a small working farm in the countryside, with quite a few farm animals – pigs, cows, goats, chickens, and a dog or two; it had the nicest, most welcoming, friendliest, most helpful, informative, down-to-earth, delicious-breakfast-cooking hosts; the accommodations were comfortable, quaint, charming, and well-thought-out; the other guests that we met were friendly and fun to get to know; the property was great fun to explore; it was close to a little town with a small pub with really good food; it wasn’t far from Kilkenny; there were some great ruins nearby to explore; and staying there gave us a taste of what it would be like to live in Ireland.

a two story stone building with a slate roof and windows outlined in red brick with green bushes in the front
An outside look at our favorite Irish B&B

We felt so welcomed and cared for while staying at Lawcus Farm Guest House.  As I am sitting here writing this, I am really yearning to go back . . . . . maybe next year . . . . . I can dream, can’t I?  Anyhow, I had learned about this B&B while researching on TripAdvisor, and it had really good ratings, and they had availability for the three of us – the room included a queen bed downstairs and a loft with two twin beds – perfect for my husband, myself, and our college-aged son.

stone lodge with brown wooden door and window on the left and a lantern on a post across the walkway from the door
The door to our room is on the left
a queen sized bed with a plaid quilt and floral bedspread in a room with orange walls, two nightstands and two lamps
The lower floor of our room had a queen sized bed on one side of a divider
a small kitchen with a table and four chairs, a sink, wooden cabinets, a dorm sized refrigerator and a microwave
There was a kitchenette on the other side of the divider, and also a bathroom
a small room with angled ceilings and two twin beds with red bedspreads and floral sheets
Our room’s top floor had two twin beds – perfect for kids or teenagers (or our adult son)

Part of the fun of staying in B&Bs in Ireland is getting to meet fellow travelers from other parts of the world.  Every morning, our hosts, Mark and AnnMarie would fill up our bellies with an amazing breakfast.  In the breakfast room, we met people from Australia, England, and also others from the USA.  Some of our favorite new friends were from Australia and we are now connected with them on Facebook.

a kitchen with windows on the walls and clear glass panels on the roof with a smiling man and a pleasant smiling woman wearing an apron
Mark and AnnMarie were so lovely, warm, and welcoming
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Enjoying the full Irish breakfast!
an open room with tables and two smiling men and two smiling women sitting at one table with dishes and breakfast items on the tables
Our new friends from Australia – beautiful people, inside and out!

Before coming to Ireland, I did a lot of research about things to do and see, but once we landed at this B&B, we opted to change our plans and enjoy a little bit of down-time.  It was fun to walk around the farm and watch the animals and hang out by the peaceful water that flowed by.

two white pigs with big black spots, one laying in a rocky yard and one standing and eating in the yard
The resident pigs
a little black goat with horns standing on rocky ground and looking at the camera
This little goat kept us laughing. He was either climbing on top of the pigs or butting them while they slept.
a young man standing in an overgrown green bank looking at a dog that is scratching the sand at the water's edge of a small river
The farm dog, Bruce, followed us as we explored. He was also pretty amusing

Besides the lodging found in the stone house, Lawcus Farm Guest House also has a tree house nestled among some trees at the back of the property.  I think there were some honeymooners staying there at the time.  It was a little more expensive than the other rooms, but is quiet and private and would be a great place for a couple to stay. Image may contain: tree and outdoorImage may contain: tree and outdoorImage may contain: tree and outdoor

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Lawcus Farm Guest House tree house

I can’t say enough about how much I liked this place.  But I am not the only one.  When we were there, one of the couples from Australia was on a return trip and they brought a gift for Mark and AnnMarie to show their appreciation for everything.  Also, TripAdvisor just ranked this B&B #2 in all of Ireland, and #18 in all of Europe.  But they are #1 in my book!

two women and one man sitting down on a deck outside while the man looks at a framed picture with one man standing and watching
Our friends from Australia presenting Mark & AnnMarie with a piece of artwork

When we first arrived at Lawcus Farm Guest House, Mark pulled out an artistically hand-drawn map and sat down with my son and I (my hubby wasn’t there yet, as he got a stomach bug right before our flight to Ireland, as mentioned in my last post, How Do I Love Thee, Ireland? Let me Count the Ways) and showed us all the things of interest in the surrounding area.  Now, I can tell you that not all hosts go to this much trouble, and Mark was able to direct us to things that I hadn’t really noticed in my guidebooks, or hadn’t noticed in my online research.  Some of the things he pointed out were a local artisan studio, a mill (historical landmark), and a ruins called Kells Priory.  He also told us where to get a meal locally and some interesting things to visit in the bigger town of Kilkenny.  That first day, my son and I headed over to visit Kells Priory and then into the tiny town of Kells to the local pub for dinner.

Kells Priory was amazing!  Some people may look at it as kinda boring or just a pile of rubble, but my son and I had the best time exploring.  It’s the kind of place where, if you were a child with an imagination, you could have played there for days, inventing stories about knights and kings and all kinds of adventures.  But I will share more about that in my next post.  I have so many pictures to share!

After the priory, we ventured into Kells and visited our first Irish pub.  I didn’t really know what to expect.  We don’t really do pubs here in the states.  I mean, we have bars, but there’s a whole different expectation with bars than with pubs, I came to realize.  When I think of a bar here, it seems to be all about the alcohol.  But a pub in Ireland is more about community.  Sure, they serve beer – Guinness to be exact – but it’s not just about the beer.  Pubs are like community centers where you can get a good meal and connect with your friends.

inside a building with dark walls, a sign that says "Guiness for strength" and shows a man pulling a cart with a large horse riding inside it. a sign that says no bloody swearing
Funny pub signs

In hindsight, I wish that I had taken a few more pictures inside the pub.  I had my first fish & chips meal and had mushy peas for the first time.  I didn’t know quite what to expect with the mushy peas – it didn’t sound that appealing.  But they were surprisingly good!  Overall, we were very pleased with our meal, and it was a great ending to a very long and tiring day.

I have so much more to share about our time in County Kilkenny, so I will have to save that for my next post.  Our introduction to Ireland and the Irish countryside was beautiful and brilliant.  We were just beginning our Irish adventure, and were looking forward to all of the excitement that was to come.

Please come back and visit for my next post about County Kilkenny.  Until next time, happy traveling!

Do you have a favorite Irish B&B?  If so, please comment below!

 

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