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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

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

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Maurice and Alan

15 Oct 2021 
Review Score: 10/10

Tom was the perfect host! We stayed here for 2 nights and when we arrived he served us coffee with cakes and gave us lots of useful information. The rooms are really comfortable and clean, we slept very well. What really impressed us was the breakfast, which was freshly cooked by Tom, delicious with local foods and kept us going for the day. Probably the best breakfast we’ve ever had! We will definitely come back and highly recommend visiting Tom and his B&B. Thank you so much.

Stefan Wülfert

20 Aug 2021 
Review Score: 10/10

I highly recommend Birchwood. Tom has been a great, welcoming host. Thank you so much!

Marilyn Cawthon

18 Jan 2020 
Review Score: 10/10

I was early to arrive after a long journey. Tom recommended Davitts in Kenmare. It was just what I needed, great food and conversation with strangers, a town getting ready for Christmas. When I got back to the Inn it started to storm. The inn is lovely and you are not confined to your room.I had a wonderful tea with mince pie while I watched the news in the living room and the winds howled outside. My room was large and very comfortable,breakfast next morning was amazing. Thank you Tom !

Stacy Whigham

12 Dec 2019 
Review Score: 10/10

We were scheduled to stay with Tom on November 29 and visit Killarney national Park the following morning. Late in the afternoon we learned of the Rally race to be held the following morning and the road closures. It was recommended that we stay as close to Muckrosss House as we could and get into the park the following morning before the race started. Tom was gracious enough to allow us to cancel our reservation with him at a late hour. He had every right to charge us, but chose to allow us this change so we could still experience Kilarney national park even with the Rally race going on. The Torc mountain trail hike was the highlight of our trip! Thank you Tom for your altruism! I give this man 10 stars for his integrity!

Rita Knab

27 Sep 2019 
Review Score: 10/10

Whenever you're booking on-line you never know what really awaits. This was exceptional. Tom and Maureen were very welcoming and we felt at home. They were interested in our journey and recommended places we didn't know about that were beautiful and much nicer than what we had planned. Tom, thank you for the Cliffs at Kilkee recommendation! The home was very comfortable and clean, breakfast was awesome. Our last evening we just wanted to relax and hang out, and Maureen accommodated with a hot whiskey and great conversation. Definitely should be on your list when you visit Ireland!