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Kilgarvan, Kerry, V93 V4KE

Review Score: Superb 9.9/10

1km from Kilgarvan

Meet your host…

Tom Mac Donnell

In 1991 Mary and Tom Mac Donnell opened Birchwood their family home to guests. With a warm welcome, excellent food and friendliness, Birchwood gained a reputation as not only a Bed and Breakfast but a home from home to it's very many return guests. Each year sees guests from all parts of the globe return to Birchwood to again savour that feeling. Mary sadly passed away in 2012 following a long battle with Motor Neuron Disease and Tom continues to welcome guests just like Mary loved to do.

V93 V4KE

A Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Chartered B&B.

Relax in 4-star luxury at Birchwood, County Kerry. Family-run and nestled on 1.5 acres of beautiful landscape, host Mary MacDonnell has a long-standing reputation of excellent hospitality and looks forward to welcoming guests. In a tranquil rural setting just 1km outside Kilgarvan village, guests can enjoy a varied breakfast menu that includes delicious home produce, take on the Beara-Kilgarvan cycling route, fish in the River Roughty and see classic cars on display at Kilgarvan Motor Museum. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee/tea on arrival.

How to get here

800m east of Kilgarvan village, just off R569 route.

Sat Nav: Lat (51.906388) - Long (-9.430000)

  • Failte Ireland Safety Charter


  • Cot Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing
  • No Smoking House
  • Private Car Park
  • TV in Bedroom
  • Wi-Fi

Customer Reviews

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Ron Stephan

22 Jun 2022 
Review Score: 10/10

Tom and his wife were very gracious hosts. There were four in our party, My brother enjoyed his genealogy chats with Tom. I enjoyed the location of the Birchwood with its scenic views. The Irish breakfasts were great. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. I would definitely stay there again given the opportunity.

Krishan Ravisanka

27 Apr 2022 
Review Score: 10/10

Tom is the best....We stayed there only for one night, but his welcome is perfect. rooms are very clean and nice.had a very nice view from the room. He gave small map and few tips for the tour which was highly valuable.I will definitely come back and highly recommend any couple or family who wish to tour around kerry, Birchwood is the nice calm place to stay.

Susan and Jim, Eddie and Cathy

25 Apr 2022 
Review Score: 10/10

Tom was an wonderful host. He greeted us (upon our late arrival) and offered us tea and coffee. Tom offered provided us with direction as to our routes over the next few days. He recommended some local spots vs the typical tourist areas which was great! The rooms were comfortable and quite large and each had a private bath. Breakfast was HUGE and delicious. The grounds of the property were quite lovely and a welcome to Ireland for us. HIGHLY recommend Tom ! Thank you for your hospitality. We made it to the Mizen Head as you recommended and were certainly glad we did.

James Mietus

22 Apr 2022 
Review Score: 10/10

Tom was a great host--the rooms were large and clean and the breakfast was exceptional, especially the baking! He also gave excellent recommendations and provided interesting information about the area. There were two other guests during our stay who have been coming back for years, and I can see why.

Janine & Leon

29 Mar 2022 
Review Score: 10/10

Tom was one of the last B&Bs we stayed in during our trip - and it was by far the best one! Tom is the perfect host, who welcomes you with tea & coffee and homemade cake and gives you plenty of tips on where to eat and what to see and do. The room was spacious and clean with a stunning view. And the very best is Toms breakfast. We had fresh fruits, cheese, homemade cake, freshly squeezed orange juice and of course eggs and bacon. We highly recommend staying with Tom and whenever we come back to Ireland we definetly will! Thank you very much, also for the tip on driving through the mountains. The drive was beautiful!