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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

Customer Reviews

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Overall Score



Steve Bartell

04 Oct 2023 
Review Score: 9/10

We had a wonderful stay at Birchwood! Tom was a perfect host....great conversationalist....and the breakfasts were superb! He made the best French toast I've ever eaten! It's a lovely home with awesome views and close to Kenmare, Killarney National Park, etc. Great location! Our only minor complaint was that the bathroom in our room was quite small. I would recommend Birchwood to anyone! Thanks Tom!!

Sherri Holland

02 Sep 2023 
Review Score: 9/10

We loved our stay at Birchwood. Tom was a gracious host, so helpful with recommendations! Our rooms were lovely and the view out the window is peaceful and pastoral. Maureen was loads of fun at breakfast, which was delicious. My husband enjoyed the smoked mackerel all three mornings. We would definitely stay here again!

Jen Marshall

23 Aug 2023 
Review Score: 10/10

Fabulous B&B with Tom as an amazing host! Breakfasts were delicious and a perfect way to start the day. Would stay again and recommend!

Cyril and Eibhlìn

10 Aug 2023 
Review Score: 9/10

Tom is beautiful, kind and considerate host. He provided us with a very wholesome breakfast and even gave me the recipe for his beautiful brown bread. The house is beautiful and has great character. It is in a great location, close to the town of Kenmare.


30 Jul 2023 
Review Score: 10/10

Très beau gîte, chambres très confortable ainsi que la literie. Petit déjeuner somptueux et produits maison de grande qualité, un délice ! Sympathie des propriétaires, nous reviendrons sans aucun doute.