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Old Bank House, Kinsale

Old Bank House

Located on one of the main streets of tiny Kinsale, Old Bank House is an intimate hotel set in a large Georgian townhouse with high ceilings and plenty of period detail. It has a quiet, restful atmosphere, though its central location means all the bars, restaurants and activity that Kinsale has to offer are just a few minutes’ walk away.

The elegant rooms at Old Bank House are spacious and inviting with palettes of gold and white accented by rich shades of purple, red and green. In addition, there’s a gourmet cafe on the ground floor where a full Irish breakfast is served as well as hearty lunches and delicious cakes in the afternoon.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

Subtle patterns and fresh, natural palettes prevail throughout the rooms reflecting the hotel’s overall Georgian style. Accents of purple, green and red welcome visitors into well-appointed rooms with comfy beds and plenty of space to move around. All rooms are en suite, and bathrooms have a shower over the bath in all but the suite, which has a separate shower and bath.

Location

The Old Bank House benefits from a central location in charming Kinsale and is set at the quieter end of Pearse Street, one of the town's main thoroughfares. Kinsale’s myriad shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries are all within easy walking distance. The property is also easily accessible from Cork which is about a 30-minute drive away.

Food and drink

The Gourmet Cafe serves a hearty breakfast every morning, with the option for a full Irish breakfast or something a bit lighter and healthier. Lunch is also served at the cafe, including a children’s menu, with delicious soups and sandwiches made from locally-sourced ingredients. Alternatively, guests can dine a few doors up the road at the hotel’s sister property, the Blue Haven Hotel.

Accessibility

There’s a lift at the Old Bank House but this is not wheelchair accessible. There are sets of steps throughout the property and narrow corridors.

Our opinion

We like the privacy and tranquility offered by this guesthouse-style property, despite its central location.

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      Kinsale historic walk

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      Discover the historic town of Kinsale with a highly engaging guide on this hour-long walking tour. You'll hear interesting details about the town's links to Robinson Crusoe and the Spanish Armada, as well as the Lusitania and the New World.