In our whirlwind trip around Ireland in September 2014, we made a one-night stop in Cork City and stayed at the Avondale Bed and Breakfast. While driving in Europe can be difficult with the tiny streets, driving on the wrong side of the road adds another complicated element. We had a hard time finding the B&B once we entered Cork City, but with a quick phone call to Delores, the owner, she was able to navigate us easily to where she was located.
The B&B was just off Western Road (Lancaster Quay), which runs through town, and across the street from the River Lee. The University College Cork was also down the street. We pulled into a tight little driveway, more like a parking pad, and arrived at a quaint row house; easy to drive by if you weren’t paying attention to signs.
Delores welcomed us into her home and showed us to our rooms. We were staying in rooms 4 and 5. Back downstairs she showed us how to work the front door lock, where breakfast would be served and also took our breakfast orders, touting her famous porridge. She suggested a place for us to have dinner in town and gave us a map with directions on how to get there.
We walked into town and made our way to Clancy’s for dinner. I liked walking through Cork. They had well-paved bike lanes and everything seemed on a much quainter and cleaner level than Dublin. I wish we could have spent more time there to be able to walk the town more and explore.
During our stay, the college kids were back for their first week of class, and like American students, were quite loud at night. Unfortunately having the B&B down the street from the college, and our room facing the front of the house, it was a bit of a loud night. We also had five spiders hanging out on our walls. However, the room for the most part was clean and functional.
In the morning, three of us had Delores’ famous porridge in the breakfast area that looks out to her back garden. She says she steeps the oats in milk and water before “minding” it on the stove. I also had a plate of bacon and eggs. I wouldn’t say it was a knockout breakfast to write home about; it was just ok. I still enjoyed the Baileys and porridge in Galway.
Delores talked to us about Irish culture and Irish colleges vs American colleges. And I really enjoy these types of conversations when traveling because I feel like you can experience the culture more up close and personal. I find B&Bs are the best way sometimes to do be able to have that chance to talk to a local.
After breakfast Blake and I went out into her garden to look at her fishpond. Once we were packed, Delores gave us hugs and directions to get to Cobh and we were off.
It was a short but sweet stay in Cork City. The website for the B&B doesn’t appear to be working, and it’s hard to find online if you are interested in staying here, but I have found this website: http://www.hotelscombined.com/Hotel/Avondale_Bed_Breakfast_Cork_City.htm