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The Old Bank

Bruff, Limerick, V35 H744


Meet your host…

Miriam Sadler Barry

Miriam, her husband Pat and family restored this historic banking town house as a 4 star B&B. Previously a retail manager she decided that home was where the heart was and welcomed her first guests on the 17th June 2008. A full Irish Breakfast is provided each morning made fresh from local produce from her husbands Pats Butcher shop.Continuously earning a great reputation for the quality of both accommodation and service, Guests enjoy refreshments in the library on arrival by the open fire.

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V35 H744

Situated in the beautiful quaint village of Bruff, County Limerick, The Old Bank bed and breakfast is owned and managed by Miriam and family who have earned a great reputation for the quality of both accommodation and service. This restored historic banking townhouse offers accommodation in luxurious en-suite jacuzzi bedrooms each possessing its own individual style that blends period decoration with all of today’s modern services and luxuries. A grand lounge area with an open fire is available for guests use along with a large meeting room and a charming dining room where a delicious breakfast is served each morning.

How to get here

Check-in time is between 6 and 9 pm.  This home is unable to take earlier arrival 

From Limerick to Bruff - Take the R512 which takes approximately 15-20 minutes. From Cork to Bruff - Take N20 to Croom. Then take the R516 to Bruff. Approx 60 minutes drive. From Tipperary to Bruff - Take R515 to Emly. Outside Emly take the 2nd left turn right onto the R516. This will take you to Bruff via Hospital village in 25-30 minutes. SatNav settings are as follows: Latitude 52 .476275, N Longitude 8.548012W ,

Sat Nav: Lat (52.476275) - Long (-8.548012)

  • Adventure Seekers
  • Walkers


  • Cot Available
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Cycling
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing
  • No Smoking House
  • Private Car Park
  • Tea In Bedrooms
  • TV in Bedroom
  • Walking
  • Wi-Fi

Customer Reviews

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Overall Score



Joe and Kelly Kakert

04 Feb 2019 
Review Score: 10/10

What a fabulous nights stay. I WISH WE STAYED 8 NIGHTS WITH Miriam at The Old Bank. We arrived a bit early, but it was nice to have a rest and then dinner next door. Miriam gave us suggestions as to what to see and where to visit as we departed the next day. Breakfast was incredible, and there were two gentlemen who stayed the same night as us that were great to talk to and find out they always drive out of their way for the very homey environment and incredible homemade muffins and pastries. We couldn't agree more!!!

Host's Reply:
Ah What a lovely review from two fabulous Guests.... Thank you Joe & Kelly. We are delighted you enjoyed our home and we are so lucky to welcome back regular guests who become part of our Extended family. Till Next Time, Fond Farewells Miriam & Family

Marianne Mitchell

28 Oct 2018 
Review Score: 9/10

We were a bit early for check-in but a kindly gentleman stopped to chat with us in front of The Old Bank B&B and told us about some of the local sights to visit and so we did. This turned out to be one of the high points of our Ireland trip! We walked from town about 1/2 mile or so to the ruins of an incredible extensive castle in the middle of a cow pasture. The owner of this property, and the dairy cows, drove up and was wonderfully friendly even though we were on his private property. We had a memorable 45 minute conversation with this lovely gentleman. And it was really nice to be up close and personal with the very happy dairy cows. Then on our walk back to town we met a few more friendly people and had some more great conversations. The Irish are so friendly! There was also a "stonehedge" type site to visit that was close by and quite interesting. We had it all to ourselves which we relished. The pubs in town were great and so friendly and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner just down the street. It's so nice to be able to walk to everything as Bruff is only a couple blocks long. We really loved this B&B and highly recommend it. The accommodations were great and breakfast was wonderful. Miriam had a full house of guests and with running a family too I don't know how she keeps up. Yet Miriam spent some time with us helping us decide the best places to visit on our trip. We really loved this B&B and it turned out to be the favorite of the seven B&B's we stayed at!

Host's Reply:
Thank you So Much Marianne for taking the time to review our home and our lovely little town. The people of this town are the friendliest you will meet and as a result Bruff was voted one of the top 20 friendliest places in Ireland last year and your review is a true reflection of this. We are delighted you enjoyed your trip Miriam & Family


06 Oct 2018 
Review Score: 8/10

A lovely place. Very convenient and deliberately chosen for our trip and plans. Easy to find, move in, have dinner at an excellent 'local.' The carpeting throughout made it seem a 'class act.' Just what we wanted.

Host's Reply:
Thank you Frazer for taking the time to review our home. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay. Till next time Fond Farewells Miriam & Family

Autumn sherlin

06 Sep 2018 
Review Score: 2/10

I should’ve known this wouldn’t have been a great place when the customs lady asked why Bruff? Well I chose it bc it was my significant others 50th bday. We wanted a small town to walk around and enjoy. We were late arriving to the old bank and even after multiple emails with me explaining we would be late it wasn’t ever made that it would become an issue. I stayed in contact with the owner who’s response was safe journey see you when you arrive. We came In late around 11 pm to her locking the front door and scolding us for being late. We were also told then upon arrival that there was a water shortage and we were not to use shower until a certain time as well and we needed to be to breakfast and an exact time. The owner was very short with us and never made more conversation with us other than what we would like for our breakfast. I enjoyed the room. The bed was a bit hard but it was a place to stay. I wouldn’t however recommend staying for anyone else. I felt like we imposed on her and being treated like a child. As a seasoned traveler I have never been treated the way this owner did to us. Maybe another line of work is in order for her. People pay good money to stay there and we are no exception we tried to cram as much of Ireland into our trip as possible which was a grand time minus our 2 nights at the old bank!

Heather Gradowski

14 Aug 2018 
Review Score: 10/10

What a wonderful stay! Miriam was a wealth of information and ideas about things to do, which we appreciated for our first trip to Ireland. We were a little later in our arrival and she called the restaurant down the street (which was to be closing very shortly) and asked them to hold a table for us. We were starving and grateful! Our room was so cozy and charming, and having Netflix was a surprise treat and very nice. Breakfast was excellent, with lots of options for various appetites and appetite sizes (!), including the freshest sausage we had anywhere in Ireland. On our last day we had to leave quite early for the airport and Miriam sent us off with warm muffins and coffee for the drive, made and ready for us before the regular breakfast time. This was completely unnecessary, but greatly appreciated. We happened to be in town for the hurling semi-finals, Limerick vs. Cork (?), and she even gave us a Limerick flag for our car that day! We have never stayed in a B&B before this trip, but Miriam's hospitality is making me rethink this completely. Although Bruff is a bit out of the way, it's a great stop if you're doing a visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and a delightful stay no matter what!

Host's Reply:
Thank you so Much Heather for taking the time to review our home. I'm so delighted you enjoyed your stay and our home and little town. My husband will be delighted you enjoyed his sausages.. x our muffins are certainly proving to be a big hit. Don't forget the final for Limerick is this Sunday at 3pm , it will be a great excuse to find a Irish pub and cheer us on flag and all. Till next time, fond Farwells Miriam & Family


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