Dollardstown House | Bed & Breakfast in Co. Kildare | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Dollardstown House - Bed & Breakfast in Co. Kildare

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Athy, Co. Kildare
Leinster, Ireland

Antoinette & Andrew Behan van Gurp

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+353 (0)87 788 0169 (landline)

Sleep well in deeply comfortable beds, wake to Antoinette’s just-baked bread (and scrumptious everything). A delightful slice of Irish life

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A handsome old house in its own parkland – that is the impression as you drive over the cattle grid. Having inherited house and land, Irish horticulturist Andrew and Dutch Antoinette are delighting everyone with their new B&B. Come for home-baked scones on arrival, peace, space and a comfortable slice of Irish life. The largest room, the Master Suite, is suitable for a family of three – unpretentious yet curiously grand, with big sash windows, feather down pillows on a huge bed, a striped sofa, winged armchairs, and a great big bathroom in which an antique wardrobe eccentrically stands. The other rooms each get a small en suite, and the attention to detail is remarkable (note the local toiletries). Organic eggs, rashers, sausages, delicious bread (Antoinette's) and gourmet jams are enjoyed at polished tables in the 'fireplaced' dining room. There's a huge drawing room, too, with books, music, an open fire... the furniture and artwork are a rarity today. Andrew is putting his heart into the gardens and a chef friend can whip up three-course dinners – just ask!

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Antoinette & Andrew Behan van Gurp:

Local points of interest from
Antoinette & Andrew Behan van Gurp:

  • The house is ideally located for visiting a range of gardens. The counties of Laois and Carlow both offer Garden-Trails. Andrew is a horticulturalist and can show you our garden. The most well known garden nearby is the Japanese Gardens in Kildare Town.
  • In Moone, 10 minutes drive, stands the second tallest high cross in Ireland. The upper part and base were discovered in 1835 and in 1893 the middle section of the shaft was found and the cross was finally reconstructed to its original size.
  • Clancy’s of Athy is one of the great music pubs of eastern Ireland. Every Thursday up to 25 musicians congregate there having done so for over 45 years. This is celebrated every year with a music festival in May, offering 4 days of concerts and sessions.
  • County Kildare – the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. Think Kildare, think horses and horse racing. With three major race courses - The Curragh, Punchestown and Naas Race Course - all within 30 minutes drive from the house.
  • Castledermot is a small town in south Kildare, a 10 minute drive. This magnificent town with its round towers and castles is situated on the River Lerr. A must for historians, this town has a Hibernian-Romanesque arch, a round tower and two high crosses.
  • Nestled within landscaped grounds Kildare Village Chic Outlet Shopping is label heaven. 60 brands such as Louise Kennedy, DKNY, Juicy Couture, Brooks Brothers, Anya Hindmarch and Hugo Boss offering up to 60% off all year around.
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"This is a glimpse of how life could be. Commitment to the past & the environment, real hospitality and kindness. A wonderful country retreat, in comfortable surroundings with great food and marvelous people! "
September 2014
"We had the warmest welcome from Andrew and Antoinette, into a house which combines all the grandeur of the Georgian period with the sort of hospitality that every traveller hopes for. It's a delight to stay in a country house which remains a real family home, and the continuing restoration of this wonderful old building is a fascinating work in progress. Dinner was absolutely sumptuous, thanks to their chef, Lydia, who believes only in cooking the best local ingredients. An absolute oasis, and worth a detour. I only wish we could have stayed longer"
September 2013
"Antoinette and Andrew were the most attentive hosts and we had a wonderful stay being made to feel like family. Our guest book entry says it all: "We arrived as strangers, treated as family and left as friends". Antoinette and Andrew are doing a wonderful job restoring the house to its full glory and we wish them well with this amazing project. We will be back!"
October 2012
"Stayed in this beautiful B&B for one nite but wish we could have stayed for longer, what a beautiful comfortable welcoming place to stay couldnt fault the place at all homemade scones n tea on arrival and freshly baked bread for breakfast first class stay, lots of little extras in the room/bathroom thanks for a lovely stay John and Aisling Flood "
August 2012
"My husband and I had a very good experience with Andrew and Antoinette in their lovely Georgian house when we visited Kildare a couple of weeks ago. Their welcome was warm and genuine and their home very comfortable. We had tea and homemade scones on arrival, sitting in front of the big log fire in the diningroom. Antointette got up early to make the bread for our breakfast, which was delicious. We hope that their enthusiuasm and attention to detail will be appreciated by all their guests. We intend to come back in 2014 and we hope that they will have a room for us, perhaps even at the top of the house!! Maureen and David R-L"
May 2012

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  • 1 Double
  • , 1 Twin/double
  • , 1 Twin
Price:(i) 70 to95 per night

Singles from €55.

Booking info:


Dinner on request (BYO wine). Restaurant 5m.


Christmas, 1 December - 10 March.


Athy, Co. Kildare

B&B 1 Double room
Extra bed available
Price: (i) 90 to 90 per night
B&B 1 Twin/double room
Price: (i) 80 to 80 per night
B&B 1 Twin room
Price: (i) 70 to 95 per night

Antoinette & Andrew Behan van Gurp

Visit website Check availability

+353 (0)87 788 0169 (landline)