We spent one night here. Our host, Pat Boylan, was terrific. He guided us to a terrific Chinese dinner and to a local pub after for an evening with local musicians having a traditional night of music. the rooms are clean, comfortable and the breakfast was superb. If you have a little extra time ask Pat for the keys to Athlumney Castle. He is the caretaker of this 17th century castle ruin. It's quite a treat as it's not open to the general public.
As the prices of Hotel rooms in Ireland start to head back to pre crash, tiger economy rates once again. I've decided to try Bread & Breakfast properties. I stayed in Athlumney Manor in Navan last night and was delighted to say that this property is of a very high standard, spotlessly clean, comfortable and very quiet to ensure a good night's rest. Most importantly good value for money, free secure parking and breakfast included in the rate.
Breakfast was of a high standard with plenty of choices, served by the host and hostess, Pat and Pauline Boylan.
These pair know the hospitality business well and would put many of the hotels charging twice and three times the price to shame.
Pat has plenty of time for his guests over breakfast and appeared to be a one man tourist office departing advice on all the local tourist attractions and tips on how to get into Dublin City using parking facilities outside the city and public transport to avoid the high cost of parking in the city itself!
It might not be to everyone's taste, but great conversations were struck up with some of the other guests at breakfast making for, in my opinion, a most enjoyable stay.
My wife and I arrived at this establishment about 9.00PM last Thursday evening as we were travelling home from Killarney. We were welcomed by the Proprietor Pat Boylan,and shown to a very nice bedroom and decided to stay for the night. The house is situated on the outskirts of Navan about a 5 minute walk from the town centre, in a lovely area and the garden is a mass of beautiful flowers. There is a large secure Car Park for guest cars and the approach to the entrance area is most impressive and welcoming. The bedroom was well equipped with a comfortable double bed and ample storage wardrobes and dressing tables etc. TV, Tea/Coffee Facilities,Hairdryer, Telephone & Free Wi-FI. The adjoining en-suite containing good sized shower area was well fitted out and plenty of hot water available. All necessary toiletries, of a high quality, were supplied.
Breakfast was served by Pat, who has spent most of his working life in the hotel industry and has an excellent manner. A very wide choice is available and all tastes are catered for. We had fruit and cereal followed by a cooked breakfast. The outstanding feature of the cooked breakfast was that every item was hot and on a hot plate, which is not always the case in other catering establishments. The food is of a very high standard and sourced personally by the Proprietors.
The atmosphere in the entrance hall and dining room immediately gives one the impression that it is a very professional, yet friendly, run establishment where families wishes and needs are adequately addressed.
Pat was very willing to supply us with maps and information regarding local walking trails in the area, which is of great historic interest on the River Boyne. Navan is a very tidy town, having all the major shops, restaurants and entertainment centres including a first class racecourse.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this Bed & Breakfast as in every aspect, it easily surpasses any other including 4 star rated hotels!
Good B&B only 10 mins walk from Navan town centre. We were greeted by Pat in the off road car park upon arrival and soon after by Pauline. Our room was at the edge of the car park and the door took you straight into the room. To get into the house for breakfast you had to go back out and up steps to the main entrance. Whilst we would have preferred a room in the main house as we found the room a little dark, and the standard size double bed a bit small, we did arrive just after 2 mini vans carrying about 14 Americans! We didn't see Pauline again, but Pat was a mine of information about the town and was very attentive at breakfast. We booked breakfast 30 mins earlier than scheduled (they normally start serving at 8.00am) to avoid the "crowd" but unfortunately they turned up earlier than expected and soon took over the breakfast room. We might stay here again, but would prefer a smaller and quieter B&B.
Our host was a great talker and shared many interesting things and places to do/go. We enjoyed the room although one could hear others plumbing and talking (not words just noise of talking) through the walls. The breakfast was nice as were most all the Irish B&B's.