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Irish Bed & Breakfast Voucher System

Town Home: A House in a City, Town or Village. The choice of town house runs from detached and semi-detached to large period houses. Many are in an ideal location for city visits and shopping, they are often close to train and bus services.

Country Home: A House in a Rural Setting. Country homes offer a wide selection of premises such as Georgian residences, modern bungalows and traditional Irish homes - all with modern amenities and facilities and all with an adequate garden and green surrounds.

Farmhouse: A House on a Working Farm. The Farmhouse is a traditional or modern farmhouse all with modern amenities and facilities located in rural Ireland. Any home offering a holiday on a farm will allow safe access to the farm for guests.

All homes provide convenient and comfortable accommodation in a personal and homely atmosphere. You will find homes relaxing and ideal for getting to know the host. Hospitality encompasses warmth, sensitivity, time for guests and willingness based on local knowledge to provide information and directions.

Irish B&Bs Rating Approval Criteria

All properties will reach a minimum level of standard under the Failte Ireland regulation. To attain a higher star rating a higher quality and range of service and physical facilities must be provided.

3-star Irish B&B

A 3-star Irish B&B property offers a good level of comfort, facilities and service and in addition to the Failte Ireland minimum level of standard, will include the following additions:

  • property bookable online
  • guests satisfaction regularly monitored
  • attentive, more personalised service with good levels of customer care
  • strong awareness and anticipation of guest needs
  • nominated person contactable 24 hours a day
  • offer of refreshments on arrival
  • early morning call available or provide an alarm clock
  • directions to property available online at the time of booking
  • credit card facilities available
  • full Irish breakfast available
  • selection of newspapers and magazines available in sitting room
  • tea and coffee making facilities available all day
  • furniture and floor covering of a good standard and well maintained
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4-star Irish B&B

A 4-star Irish B&B property offers a high level of comfort, facilities and service and in addition to the Failte Ireland minimum level of standard and the services provided at 3-tsar , will include the following additions:

  • home baking offered with refreshments on arrival
  • selection of teas and herbal teas available
  • guests escorted to bedroom with assistance for luggage
  • safe available for storage of valuables
  • information available on restaurant booking, theatre, taxi and bus service
  • quality light fittings and furniture
  • linen or excellent quality napkins
  • excellent cooking with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal, locally sourced produce
  • selection of yogurt, cheese, cold meat, juices, homemade bread and herbal tea available for breakfast
  • internet connection available
  • bedroom will be a minimum of 14 sq.m for double or twin
  • complimentary drinking water supplied in room
  • furniture and floor covering will be of good quality and be in excellent condition
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5-star Irish B&B

A 5-star Irish B&B property offers a excellent level of comfort, facilities and service and in addition to the Failte Ireland minimum level of standard and the services provided at 3-star and 4-star, will include the following additions:

  • message service available
  • exceptional and innovative guest service and guests relations displayed
  • sufficient staff available to ensure guests needs are provided for at all times
  • guests will have the choice to dine alone or in a group setting
  • linen – high quality cloth tablecloth
  • extensive breakfast menu available including fresh fish when available
  • complimentary afternoon tea available to guests
  • if wine provided, a well balanced list will be available
  • access to computer or laptop available
  • bedroom will be a minimum of 18 sq.m for double or twin
  • private bathroom will be a minimum of 3.5sq.m
  • high quality linen or high grade cotton linen used
  • a range of quality toiletries available
  • top quality furniture maintained to the highest standard
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