Glenlohane

Glenlohane

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Neither an hotel or a professional guest house, Desmond, Melanie and their son, Gordon, run Glenlohane as an extremely private house with an air of friendly informality so unique to Irish Country House Bed and Breakfasts. Certainly not considered a 'room for the night' type of B&B, there are no public signs at the roadside to draw the attention of casual visitors. Guests are welcomed on a pre-arranged basis and know where they are going by the detailed directions in this web site. There are no public and private quarters as in a professional place and guests may use facilities of the entire house as if staying with friends. There are family dogs and a cat in the background and animals play a large part of life at Glenlohane. Less than a quarter of a mile away, and still on the farm, is a Self Catering Cottage that can be rented on a weekly basis. Apart from farm animals, there are also horses, ponies, fantail pigeons and bantam hens in the traditional stable yard.Whether it be at Glenlohane for B&B or Glenlohane Cottage for self catering, staying is for the discerning visitor who wishes to learn more about Ireland's history and culture through personal contact with the owners. One is also well positioned for sightseeing throughout the Scenic Southwest of the country.
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David Voechting wrote a review Sep 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Glenlohane is a lovely country getaway for those wanting a quiet country retreat in a totally rural setting. The house is an authentic manor style home and our bedroom was huge. It was the large room displayed on their website. We had access and use of most of the main floor rooms. There are very nice gardens behind the house.

We were the first guests in the house for over two years due to Covid. It is a family run operation, with Desmond and Melanie (both in their 80s) and their son and daughter-in-law Gordon and Angela. All of them were very friendly and accommodating and interesting to talk to regarding local history and sights throughout Ireland. Desmond and Melanie had been very involved in the local “hunt” and “horse” society, but no longer have horses. They are involved in animal rescue efforts and have a rescue cat and two dogs and we enjoyed interacting with the animals.

Breakfasts were very good, available at the times we requested and the hosts provided us with the freedom to come and go for our touring and golf efforts. The house is a few miles north of Kanturk, which proved a good location for our touring and golfing during the 5 days with them.

They provided several suggestions for dining in Kanturk and we really enjoyed The Vintage restaurant. Another suggestion was Bobs restaurant, which we never got to visit but Bobs caters the local Kanturk Golf Club and our lunch at the golf club was very nice so we suspect the main Bobs restaurant would also be nice.

Just be warned that Glenlohane does not provide the usual resort amenities (pool, spa, tennis courts, night life) and is not for anyone who needs to remain continuously connected to the outside world. There is no TV and the WiFi connection to the internet only worked well from one main floor room rather than the 2nd floor bedrooms.

David Voechting and Melanie Wood
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Rachel C wrote a review Jul 2020
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We are just back from a wonderful week in the self-catering Cottage at Glenlohane. This truly is a hidden gem of a house with the most beautiful garden and views. When you first enter the cottage, using the wonderful huge old door key, you immediately feel at home. The Cottage is a wonderfully secluded getaway, set in the middle of gently rolling fields of barley and ancient Oak trees. It has bags of romance, character and history and also offers every modern convenience, including Netflix, which was a hit with our teenage son. Everything your heart desires is provided, including a bunch of hand picked daisies from the garden to decorate the dining table, a basket of logs for an open fire in the sitting room, fluffy towels in the bathrooms and a range of great books and magazines to pore over. Desmond even called down after our first night to see if we had settled in and to deliver the Sunday paper. This was a lovely gesture which made us feel genuinely welcome and perfectly at home. For groceries, a well stocked supermarket, Duhallow Seafood, a fruit and veg market stall and a range of other shops are all just five minutes away in nearby Kanturk. There are also a number of restaurants in Kanturk offering both eat-in and takeaway options. The Cottage is really well located for touring Cork and Kerry. We did some sight seeing - visiting Kinsale and the Old Head of Kinsale, Killarney and the Gap of Dunloe/ the Ring of Kerry and closer to home we spent a lovely afternoon walking in Duhallow Woods. There are so many wonderful local places to visit, you will spoiled for choice! Luckily, the weather was beautiful for the duration of our stay and we ate all our meals outside, both while at the Cottage and whilst away on day trips. The Pink Cottage at Glenlohane is a unique and beautiful destination and Desmond, Melanie and their son Gordon are extremely gracious hosts. We have arrived home completely refreshed and have already decided to return to the Cottage next year!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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LeinsterFamilyof4 wrote a review Jul 2021
Leinster38 contributions49 helpful votes
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Spent 2 weeks in the Pink Cottage in July (two adults and two teenagers). Lovely quaint old cottage in a very quiet area, with all mod cons supplied. Comfortable beds complete with pure countryside silence at nighttime ensured we all returned home well rested and totally chilled out.
Good base for sightseeing. Very friendly hosts. Nearby Kanturk has all you need.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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MandB-Dun Laoghaire wrote a review Aug 2021
County Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
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Situated in quiet countryside, in a part of north Cork that is undeservedly less well appreciated than the west, south and east, is the charming, welcoming and comfortable Pink Cottage at Glenlohane. The charm and welcome are echoes of its owners Desmond and Melanie Sharp Bolster. This cottage, whose roots and some of whose walls date to the seventeenth century combines the comforts of today with the tranquil setting of the past.
Well heated, well insulated, well furnished, it's bookshelves well stocked, it copes with all weathers and is a home from home. A great variety of attractive and important heritage sites are within easy reach and quiet walks are close to hand. A delightful place to spend a relaxing holiday. And a place to which we hope to return.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Richard C wrote a review Dec 2023
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We have been a guest at Glenlohane four times experiencing the best of what each season has to offer. The pink cottage is steeped in history yet modernized just enough to provide comfort and relaxation. Our host Desmond, Melanie and Gordon, were very happy to educate us on the history and points of interest in the area. Their knowledge is only surpassed by their hospitality. By the end of our stay, we were made to feel like one of the family.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Steve wrote a review Aug 2022
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I stayed with my brother, his wife and my wife. We had a fabulous time. We were treated to lodging that was like a piece of art. It seemed as if every painting, picture or antique was steeped in a family tradition with an exquisite story. The breakfasts were fabulous. I was fortunate to spend some time with each of Desmond, Melanie and Gordon. Each of these times was special in its own way but my favorite was spending the afternoon with Desmond and Gordon while Desmond gave me the blow by blow history of the kanturk battle of 1641 with Oliver Cromwell.

They were also a great resource for suggestions on things to do in Ireland generally!

In summary, they were all very hospitalable. My family had the experience of white glove service. I feel I could go back for a month.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Matthew L wrote a review Jul 2023
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Charming, traditional Irish cottage with modern conveniences!

We’re just finishing another wonderful stay at the Pink Cottage at Glenlohane. We stayed here in 2018 and could not be happier we came back. The cottage has plenty of room for our family of 4 with vintage Irish country charm and every modern update.

The cottage is secluded but not remote. Guests have all the privacy they want but it’s convenient to the Estate and Kanturk village. It is close enough to all attractions in Cork & Kerry but off the beaten path of the tourist traps.

Desmond, Melanie & Gordon are wonderful hosts.
We had a great time, once again!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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NaMacD2 wrote a review May 2005
172 contributions290 helpful votes
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Locatd on a quiet country road in County Cork, Glenlohane is a Georgian country house built in 1741 by the owner's family. We stayed here for the last three nights of our ten-day trip to Ireland, and while we thoroughly enjoyed each place we stayed, Glenlohane was the MOST wonderful. Desmond and Melanie Sharp-Bolster are consummate hosts, and we felt as though we were guests of the house. When I asked if I could visit the stable yard, Desmond smiled, waved his arm and said "Of course! You may go wherever you like!" and made me feel he meant it. Desmond is a great teller of tales, to suit any interest, from horses to 16th centruy history. Both the house and grounds are very beautiful. Everywhere the eye rests in the house, there will be something lovely and interesting to gaze upon and admire. Our bedroom looked out on the green green lawn dotted with sheep, and the bed itself was soooo comfortable, with the very finest linens. And the tub! Very deep and delightful. I wish we could have stayed longer. Much longer. **Take a look at their website (---).
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Response from gordon sharp-bo... s, General Manager at Glenlohane
Responded Mar 26, 2014
By the way I am Desmond and Melanie's son Gordon and I just wanted to thank you so much for the time you took and the nice things you said. I am doing my best to get up to speed with all of the things here and, as you might imagine, the learning curve is steep; TripAdvisor notwithstanding. Do hope you might come again and Mom and Pop are well. Oh, I created a group in Facebook called Glenlohane Country House which gives a great deal of all the goings-on over here if you care to peruse it. Cheers, Gordon
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Nee33 wrote a review Aug 2013
Sydney43 contributions35 helpful votes
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My adult children and I stayed 3 nights in early July and were absolutely delighted with our time here. We wanted to be in the country and yet in good driving distance of Cork, Blarney and the west coast. That is exactly what we found, but we hadn't expected such a lovely house full of history, beautiful family heirlooms and the charm of our hosts - Desmond, Melanie and Gordon. During breakfast each morning at the magnificent dining table we heard stories about life in Ireland and this area over the last century or so and discussed our plans for the day. Desmond gave us great advice about driving tours to do - he suggested visiting Garinish island which was a highlight of our trip. The peace of Glenlohane's setting combined with the friendly family dogs and cat and nearby farmyard animals was so lovely to come home to at the end of each day. Melanie even organised our washing to be done for a minimal cost - a great blessing on an overseas trip!
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from gordon sharp-bo... s, General Manager at Glenlohane
Responded Mar 26, 2014
I do hope that things on the home front are well. Thank you by the way for your most kind note and as I am just learning how best to work my way through TripAdvisor, I am now only just getting a thank you off to you. Mom and Dad are well and send their regards, as do I! Cheers, Gordon
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foffffffffff wrote a review Jun 2018
Perth, Australia5 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Glenlohane’s cottage for almost four weeks in May/June. The cottage was extremely comfortable and well and tastefully equipped and ideal as a base for our walking holiday in the mountains in the region. Although there are reasonable restaurants nearby we so enjoyed the cottage that we chose to eat at home most nights. Desmond and Melanie and their son Gordon were available to provide local knowledge and any assistance if needed. Richard and Mary Oates from Perth, Australia.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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AnnieBarbara wrote a tip May 2017
State College, Pennsylvania7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"My twin room had extraordinary views, but all views would be."
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breilly2016 wrote a tip Aug 2016
Rhode Island1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"My room was spacious, cheerful, and beautifully decorated, with a large canopy bed, and private bathroom."
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MLCChester_NJ wrote a tip Jun 2016
Chester, NJ14 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We loved the blue room. Wonderful view of the grounds and elegant furnishings, large bathroom."
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Gatorrx66 wrote a tip Mar 2016
Pensacola, Florida1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to arrive during daylight to appreciate the scenery and find the facility as it is tucked away in the rural Irish countryside"
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tilaksarkar wrote a tip Aug 2015
New Delhi, India103 contributions62 helpful votes
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"Grand-daddy's room is the one !"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Glenlohane
Which popular attractions are close to Glenlohane?
Nearby attractions include Kanturk Castle (3.6 km) and Albert Lynch's Pub (3.7 km).
What are some restaurants close to Glenlohane?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Vintage Restaurant, Bobs Bar & Restaurant, and Thomas browns.
Are there any historical sites close to Glenlohane?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Buttevant Friary (13.7 km), Spa House (15.0 km), and Lombard’s Castle (13.7 km).