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The Brown Hen B&B

B&B Ireland Quality Assured

Bandon, Cork, P72 FP68

3.2km from Bandon

Meet your host…

Gwyneth Busteed

Spend at least 2 nights to explore what Co Cork has to offer. Guests have said they wished they stayed longer! Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside & a true rest in nature. We are passionate about 'eating clean' organic food, produced on our farm or sourced locally. Eat in the fabulous Poachers Inn just 5 minutes drive from our home. Explore Kinsale, Blarney Castle, Cork City, Cobh & the beautiful coastline that surrounds us. We look forward to welcoming you to The Brown Hen.

Lissaphooca House
P72 FP68

The Brown Hen is a beautiful Bed and Breakfast located just 3.2km from Bandon Town and 18km from Kinsale.  Whilst set in a countryside location with panoramic scenic views, it is ideally situated near to a variety of restaurants, pubs and attractions. Guests will love the peace and idyllic location of The Brown Hen, with its stylish décor, comfortable bedrooms and antique pieces that add a unique charm. Breakfast is a real treat as I have a passion for good food and only use organic produce in my cooking with ingredients sourced from our working farm. All dietary needs are catered for. You will feel instantly at home at The Brown Hen with its tranquil setting, mature gardens and relaxed family atmosphere. Our home is the ideal base for touring the south of Ireland.

How to get here

From Cork, follow the N71 West Cork route.  On entering Bandon from Cork, take the first exit of the first round about, onto the by-pass N71, until you meet a T junctiion.  At the T junction, turn left signposted for Kilbrittan onto road R603.  Stay on this road and after 3km approx, you will see a junction with 5 roads (there will be a cream building along the road on your left hand side with 3 brown doors and O'Leary on the frontage.  Take a left at the end gable of that building on your left.  We are the first house and first entrance on the left hand side with beige walls and 4 piers with black cappings.  The house is half way up the avenue on the left. 


Sat Nav: Lat (51.714637) - Long (-8.731135)


  • Cycling
  • Fishing within 5kms
  • Golfing within 5kms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Horse Riding
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing
  • No Smoking House
  • Private Car Park
  • Tea In Bedrooms
  • TV in Bedroom
  • Walking
  • Wi-Fi

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Nancy & Kevin

05 Dec 2018 
Review Score: 9/10

Gwyneth was a gracious and accommodating host. We arrived later than expected as the gps in the car and on our phones had difficulties (google maps wasn’t working at all). She helped us navigate over the phone, and suggested a very nice restaurant to have dinner at in Bandon. It was a great recommendation. We were offered a choice of a standard room with a king-size bed or the larger room with a queen-size room with the sitting area. We chose the larger room and left a small gratuity, as the host did not need to even offer it. The breakfasts were delivered to our “cottage” at an agreed upon time, and we thought that The Brown Hen was the most beautifully appointed room we stayed in during our trip. Beautifully situated and gorgeous place in which to lay our heads. Added bonus: an absolutely comfortable bed!


16 Nov 2018 
Review Score: 3/10

My clients were booked here. On arrival they were offered a "free" upgrade to a better room with a view on arrival. The room was lovely with a great view, however there was an envelope in the room that strongly "requested" they pay for the upgrade with a "tip". Clients were unsure how to handle as they were in a new country and they did not want to appear ungrateful. As a travel agent, I wont be using Brown Hen again, which is to bad because many of my clients have liked it otherwise, but we don't do business with anyone (in any country) who doesn't treat our clients like family.

Host's Reply:
Dear Nancy, Many thanks for getting in touch. While you haven’t disclosed the name of your clients, I was delighted to read they found the accommodation at the Brown Hen lovely. Based on the information you have provided, your clients were upgraded in our Garden Suite. This is a large, newly decorated room comprising a luxurious double bed, large shower ensuite complete with its own sitting room area which offers panoramic views of the West Cork vista. Traditional in design, the room is bright, warm and cosy and has a 5-star ranking for country home accommodation. In relation to the gratuity card, it appears there has been a misunderstanding. There is no envelope in the room that strongly requests payment for any upgrade. There is, however, a generic gratuity card on the coffee table. As you are aware, gratuities are standard in the service industry and are very much the norm in the USA. They are discretionary and I would never request any guest to leave a gratuity. When guests arrive, they are given a wonderful West Cork welcome and are helped in every way possible to make their stay most memorable and enjoyable. Everything from the weather and breakfast requirements to local tourist attractions are discussed. They are advised on arrival that my door is always open and are welcome to seek advice in relation to any issue. It is regrettable that your company has decided to cease using the services at the Brown Hen. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your business over the past couple of years and I wish you and all your clients every success going forward.

Rachel & Richard

23 Oct 2018 
Review Score: 8/10

Gwenyth was a wonderful hostess! The Brown Hen is in a lovely setting and the cottage was exceptionally clean, cozy and very quiet. Breakfast was wonderful and fresh! The location is a little off the beaten path but a short drive to Kinsale, the coast and other favorite tourist spots. Gwenyth is wealth of knowledge and can offer you tips on where to go and what to see. The only drawback was that the room, although comfortable, was a bit small and there is no other area in which to spread out. Otherwise a fabulous stay!

Craig Lamb

09 Oct 2018 
Review Score: 10/10

Gwyneth was a wonderful warm hostess and well informed about the area. The rooms were spotless and comfortable. Breakfasts were outstanding. The home is in a beautiful quiet location with good access to County Cork. We especially enjoyed Kinsale and access to the Wild Atlantic Way. Her recommendations for Poachers for dinner was excellent. Highly recommended.

Scott M

07 Oct 2018 
Review Score: 10/10

The Brown Inn was our favorite B&B of our trip. The setting was absolutely gorgeous! Breakfast was delicious. Best of all, the room was spotless, comfortable and quiet. Gwyneth suggested we dine in the nearby Poacher's Inn restaurant and it was the best meal of our trip.