My husband and I traveled to Ireland for our 30th anniversary. We were fortunate to find Coolbeg Lodge! Everything about the cottage is exactly as described ~ no surprises. The location on a regional road just outside of Limerick is perfect for day trips to all of the major destinations in the mid and south west of Ireland, i.e. 1-1.5 hrs. The cottage itself is very spacious and clean with instant, unlimited hot water. The beds are very comfortable with heated mattress covers if needed.
Pat and Maura were excellent hosts! They greeted us upon arrival and made us comfortable with everything we needed, including directions to the nearest pub, petrol station and grocery store. They were onsite and available if needed, but were very respectful of our privacy. I have already showed this listing to several friends and co-workers should they have the opportunity to travel to Ireland.
We reserved the cottage for nine nights and it still wasn't long enough to see and do everything we would have liked. We did get in the "must sees." I must say, it was very nice to wake every morning at our leisure, look out the window and plan our sightseeing based on the weather; unlike on a pre-arranged bus tour. We walked the entire length of the Cliffs of Moher (3 hrs); we enjoyed immensely the entertainment of the Bunratty Castle medival feast; we drove through the Burren on a misty, overcast day; visited the picturesque village of Adare; toured both King John's Castle (Limerick) and kissed the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle (Cork); drove the Ring of Kerry, shopped for crystal in both Kinsale and Dingle; shopped for almost everything else at the Blarney Woolen Mills and ended almost every day with a stop at O'Dea's just outside of Kildimo.
Ireland is a most beautiful country, the people are very personable and polite, and I can't wait to return.