Carrygerry Country House is a mere nine-minute drive from the Shannon Airport, making it an excellent choice if you are heading back home or have just arrived in Ireland. It’s proximity to the airport is one of the main reasons I choose to stay here on my last night in Ireland. Along with the fact that I wasn’t quite ready to leave Ireland and staying in a bigger brand hotel near the airport wouldn’t give me a real Irish goodbye.
After staying at Carrygerry Country House, I will be choosing it for future stays in Shannon, Ireland, for it is charming, budget-friendly, and in a very scenic location.
Carrygerry Country House offers its guests:
- Eleven en-suite bedrooms, each with their own style and size
- Warm and friendly service
- Free WiFi
- Tea/Coffee and homemade biscuits upon arrival
- Complimentary bottled water
- Outdoor courtyard
- Award-winning onsite restaurant
- Lounge and bar for guests
- Scenic views of farmlands
- Dinner and breakfast are add-on options
- Park and fly options
- Nine minutes from the airport
- A short drive to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Durty Nelly’s and Limerick
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Why Choose Shannon Airport in Ireland?
I’ve been to Ireland twice, and both times I’ve flown in and out of Shannon Airport. This airport is on the smaller size and therefore very easy to navigate. Plus, if you are planning to explore western Ireland, it puts you in a perfect position to head north or south. The airport has a fantastic website that includes everything you need to know including information on car rentals and transportation by bus.
For my 10-day trip, I focused solely on County Kerry. I drove the Ring of Kerry, the Skellig Ring as well as onto Valentia Island, and stayed in the quaint Irish villages of Killarney, Kenmare, and Waterville. Flying in and out of Shannon Airport put me an hours drive from County Kerry.
The first time I was in Ireland I was here for six weeks and used their train and bus systems to get around. I found them to be very affordable, safe and on time. On this trip, I partnered with Auto Europe and picked up my car rental at Shannon Airport. Auto Europe guarantees the best Car Rental rates or they will match it. If you are in need of some road trip ideas, they have some here.
Stay Close to Ireland’s Shannon Airport at Carrygerry Country House
A Spacious and Country-Inspired Room
I arrived in the early evening after visiting Blennerville Windmill along the coast. The owner of the inn checked me in, and within a few minutes, she took me up to my country-house inspired room, which featured a comfortable double bed, a sitting area with a chair and small table, dresser, and a huge bathroom. The window overlooked a large field with grazing cows and the parking area for the inn. There was more than enough room for me as a solo traveler and then some, and I think two people would be very comfortable in this room.
As I mentioned, Carrygerry Country House has eleven rooms. I chose the most economical room as I was traveling alone and would only be staying one night. The room cost €69 with breakfast, and keep in mind, I stayed here in October with an offseason rate. They also have rooms with four-poster beds, sleigh beds, courtyard rooms, and each room is decorated differently. The best way to see the rooms is to check out their gallery.
For guests, the common spaces include a living area, a lounge with a bar for guests only (open nights, even when the restaurant is closed), a restaurant with an atrium, and an outdoor courtyard.
I had planned to eat at the inn but didn’t realize, well actually, didn’t notice on the website that the restaurant closes on Monday and Sunday nights. So plan accordingly.
Later, that evening I enjoyed a beer in the lounge and had a lovely chat with the owner.
Travel tip: The road to Carrygerry Country House can be narrow with high edges, so use caution.
Morning Time Eats at Carrygerry Country House
When I booked my stay, I opted to include breakfast for €10. The meal takes place in the atrium with views of woodlands and pasture, and in the evening it is the dining room for the restaurant. The night before, I scheduled my breakfast time to give me ample time to return my rental and go through security. For breakfast, I started with orange juice and then ordered eggs and ham. They also have porridge, cereals, yogurts, and Irish breakfast two different ways.
Where Did I Eat for Dinner?
On my drive to Carrygerry Country House, I passed Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and the neighboring The Original Durty Nelly’s. At the time I thought, I’ll have to keep Durty Nelly’s in mind for next time as that looks a unique pub. Well, little did I know that I would be dining there that night.
I had a pint and ordered the Kerry lamb shank with veggies. The perfect way to wrap up my Ireland adventures.
Durty Nelly’s has been around since 1620. There is a great tale of Durty Nelly, a woman who made ends meet by collectings tolls when travelers passed the bridge over the river Owegarney. After being robbed of all her money, she created a life-saving whiskey brew. While it is one of the top restaurants for tourists to visit with folk park and castle next door, I found that on a rainy October night it to be a welcoming establishment to grab a bite to eat, enjoy an Irish beer, chat with locals and listen to Irish music.
Travel tip: Durty Nelly’s is a 15-minute drive from Carrygerry Country House. If you need to fill up your rental car with gas, there are gas stations in Bunratty.
Stay at the Carrygerry Country House
Whether you are arriving or leaving Ireland, the Carrygerry Country House is the perfect place to stay. It is close to the airport, and with nearby activities, it is an ideal place to kick off your Ireland adventure and recover from jet lag.
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Have you been to Ireland? Did you stay at the Carrygerry Country House?