There are some places you just return to again and again. For my family, one of those places is Woodview Farmhouse. It certainly helps that this B&B is only 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, but there are quite a few B&Bs which are just as close. So what brings us back to Woodview Farmhouse again & again? Joe and Mary Clinton, the proprietors.
Joe and Mary are an incredible couple and, having been in the B&B business for over 30 years, embody ‘Cead Mile Failte'. On fine days you'll likely find Joe relaxing outside, ready to welcome you. Mary will come to greet you at the door, take your hand and say, “You're very welcome,” before leading you to your room. They are ready to answer any questions you may have, be it dining recommendations, inquiries about the train to Dublin, or nearby activities.
Your Stay at Woodview Farmhouse Near Dublin Airport
You'll be only a step inside the door when the kids will notice the ‘Kids Room', packed full of toys. Joe and Mary are grandparents, you see, and are well used to having kids about. There is even a swingset and trampoline in the yard.
Rooms are nicely sized, even the family room with its row of three beds has plenty of room to move about. Ensuite bathrooms have a shower, toilet, and sink.
Mary is quite used to the early risers that have to catch a flight. Despite our protests that it was too early, she made our final ‘Full Irish' at 6:30 am, a delicious send off and so much better than what we would have found at the airport!
Tip: as you handle your payment, ask Joe to show you the photo taken when he and Mary opened the B&B. Joe is a wealth of information and has wonderful stories to share- so be sure to make time with him!
Near Woodview Farmhouse
While Woodview Farmhouse is near the Dublin Airport, the location has plenty more to recommend it.
Just 1 km down the road is magnificent Ardgillan Castle Demense. Entry to the grounds is free and the gardens are well worth a stroll. Kids love, love, love the playground, so be sure to make time for a visit. Castle tours, tea rooms, and a Holistic Centre are also available.
The town of Skerries, just down the road, offers plenty of dining options, both take away and sit-down restaurants. Along Strand Street you'll find take-away options that include fish & chips, pizza, and burgers. Along Harbour Road you'll find sit-down options. Our favorite is Stoop Your Head, which has sea food and pub food. On the corner is Brasco's, which serves Italian with an Irish flair, and the Blue Bar Cafe which has a very fun ambiance and nice variety on its menu.
If you plan to head into Dublin, hop on the train in Skerries. A family ticket is inexpensive (just €15 when we visited in June 2013) and you won't have to worry about Dublin traffic or parking.
Great sites that are closer than you think: Newgrange and the Boyne Valley, the Hill of Tara, and Malahide Castle.
The majority of visitors to Ireland fly through Dublin, so book your stay at Woodview Farmhouse B&B right after you book your plane tickets!