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Sunday, September 5, 2010



Pinebrook B&B in Arklow, County Wicklow

On Friday 3rd September 2010, I travelled to Arklow in County Wicklow with my partner. We were in Arklow to visit a friend and due to work commitments we would only be staying for one night. Arklow is a wonderful town, blessed with a friendly and welcoming people. The harbour in Arklow is picturesque with its array of yachts, sailing boats, swans and a variety of wildlife. Arklow has expanded in recent years and hosts a cosmopolitan shopping centre and one of Ireland’s largest Tesco stores. The pubs and restaurants provide good value and quality food that is complemented by good and friendly service.

We wanted a B&B for Friday night and the Pinebrook had been recommended to us. When we arrived to check-in there was easily accessible private car parking at the front of the Pinebrook. The Pinebrook is set in a small residential cul-de-sac and we immediately felt a sense of security. The Pinebrook is a former private house that has been creatively converted to incorporate both a self-catering unit and a number of tastefully finished bedrooms in the main house. It was immediately obvious that this is a family run B&B the young lady who greeted us was courteous and friendly. We had booked a double room. We were not disappointed; the room was like home from home, comfortable double bed, remote TV, powerful electric shower, soft towels, peace and quiet.

Breakfast was served on Saturday morning and there was no push for space, while Pinebrook had full occupancy the dinning room is spread between a well laid out room in the main house and this is complimented by a bright and airy conservatory extension to that room. We had ordered a full Irish breakfast and a hearty breakfast was laid before us, a variety of breakfast options are available, but my partner and I like our bacon, sausage, potato bread, egg, tomato, tea and toast. This breakfast set us up for the day ahead. Our double room with full Irish Breakfast cost 70 Euro for one night, this was good value for money as the service was second to none that we have experienced to date.

My own rating for accommodation ranges from: * = Fair to ***** = Excellent.

The Pinebrook gets ***** Excellent.

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