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Kilgarvan, Kerry, V93 V4KE

Review Score: Superb 9.8/10

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

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)


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

Customer Reviews

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Angie Shumate

13 Aug 2019 
Review Score: 10/10

First stop in Ireland. Amazing B&B, Beautiful house in a lovely setting. Tom and Maureen could not have been better hosts. Tom gave us some great advice for dinner in Kenmare and sightseeing through the Beara Peninsula. Spectacular views with hardly any traffic. Breakfast in the morning was very tasty and plentiful. First experience with a bed and breakfast, Definitely would return to Birchwood.

Franc and Margaret

31 Jul 2019 
Review Score: 10/10

Awesome hosts! Very welcoming and friendly. The B&B was clean and the scenery was beautiful. We would highly recommend anyone to stop by for a visit. Tom was extremely helpful and the suggestions he made even prompted us to change part of the plans for our trip.

Beth Wonson

05 Jul 2019 
Review Score: 7/10

We were in Dublin on business and wanted a few days in the country before we flew out. Birchwood was a great setting for this. Tom was hospitable and provided us with some great ideas of things to see, places to eat and what to avoid given the tough weather. A great country setting.

Jim and Gloria LaMonda

17 Jun 2019 
Review Score: 10/10

When we arrived at Tom's B&B, we both noticed the scenery around this property, so beautiful! Our room was overlooking all of this and Tom almost immediately offered us tea and sweets. He asked us what we were interested in doing or seeing while we had a two night stay there! He provided maps and answered any questions about the area. We had a wonderful stay here and the breakfasts that he provided were over the top!

Janine & Natascha

13 Jun 2019 
Review Score: 10/10

Tom was the perfect host! When we arrived he made us a cup of coffee with cakes and was extremely helpful with planning our trip.The rooms are really comfortable and clean. The highlight was the breakfast, which was entirely freshly cooked by Tom, really delicous and fills you up for the day. Plus the view out of the room is gorgeous. We will definetly come back and highly recommend visiting Tom and his B&B.