I was feeling really overworked last week and in need of a break which seemed like a good opportunity to go on an impromptu road trip with my boyfriend and finally see Kinsale.
I had considered booking the weekend but then I saw the following day, Tuesday and Wednesday the weather had been predicted to be nothing but sunny. I think a last minute mini break is sometimes the best kind, as you don’t have time to fuss over too much planning and packing.
It’s almost like a spell has been put on this town to make everything pretty, tidy and magical! It’s filled with colourful houses and so many photo opportunities. It’s the perfect tourist town full of award-winning restaurants. I overheard someone say it has it’s own micro-climate, which means it stays warmer throughout the year than other parts of the country.
Kinsale is a part of the Wild Atlantic Way with many treasures to see along the way.
One of the first things I always do in a new place is pick up one of the free maps of the area, as it’s so much more personal and you have it even if your phone dies. Kinsale town is small and really easy to get around, but it’s built on a hill, so that means there’s layers of cascading houses to explore.
One of the most picturesque spots in town is the Market Street and Market Place and it’s every bit as pretty as it looks in the photos, if not more!
If you’re ever in Kinsale, make sure you check out Sundays Ice Cream and Coffee Bar. It’s such a cool place, with 50’s décor and colourful treats of all sorts. I had a berry smoothie and Kenny had a chocolate sundae, mhh…
In the afternoon we chilled out in the sun at the Blue Haven Bar and I almost felt like we were in Florida, not in Ireland.
In the evening we drove out to Charles Fort, where we just caught the sunset over Kinsale. It’s such a serene majestic place, that if I wasn’t paying attention to the sound of a lawnmower in the background, I was able to believe I had gone back in time, It was closed as it was after 6PM but you can actually go in and explore it during the day.
The next morning we were lucky enough to catch Kinsale Farmers Market which is on every Wednesday. Kinsale is great for supporting local businesses and you won’t see many multinational companies, which is so refreshing!
After walking around town all morning, I felt like I needed a pick-me-up and so we went to Jo’s Cafe, where they serve lovely gluten free goodies and tempting praline hot chocolates. How cute are those seats and pink cushions outside the shop?
On the opposite side of town from Charles Fort is James Fort, which offers a different view point over the marina. There’s also a gorgeous white sandy beach underneath it, not to be missed!
After a bit of searching online, Perryville House immediately struck me as the obvious choice for our stay in Kinsale. It looks like a mini Grand Budapest Hotel!
Driving into town, I was wondering if it’ll be difficult to find and I had to laugh as it was the first thing that catches your eye! It sits proudly overlooking the blue marina.
If you saw my previous mini break post on our stay at Restored Church in Athenry, you’ll know I love a place with a personal touch and a bit of history!
Perryville House was built in 1810 by Captain Perry for his family whose ancestors continued to reside until the late 1950’s. It had various owners from then until 1997 when its current owners, Andrew & Laura Corcoran, undertook the mammoth task of refurbishing and bringing it back to its former glory. They kept the authenticity of the building intact, but changed the colour from brown to its now famous pink!
In fact it’s such a unique blend of colours, some people refer to the shade now as ‘perryville pink’.
The first thing I noticed walking into Perryville, is the smell of fresh flowers in every corner. It has an open plan reception, where we were greeted by the owner Andrew, who made us immediately feel welcome and relaxed. Andrew and his wife Laura do not employ managers, but have a small dedicated team who work alongside the Corcoran family, which gives the place a real homely feeling.
A loving hand and an attention to detail is visible in every room, I was gushing over every detail, as you can imagine!
The house boasts 22 unique rooms, we stayed in the Deluxe Room overlooking the marina and the garden.
Chilling in a comfy gown with a Kindle in my hand on a king size four poster bed is my idea of bliss…
In the morning we had breakfast in their Breakfast Room – a true delight with slow food and fresh local produce on the menu! It really set us up well for the full day of exploring!
One of the things that I won’t forget about this place is the honey they have available for breakfast… It’s from their own beehives who are proudly managed by Andrew. I finally got a taste of what real honey is meant to taste like!
Isn’t this just the most gorgeous menu ever?! I felt like taking it home and framing it!
As well as granola, fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt, I also had these perfect poached eggs and hearty tomatoes! I do appreciate when a place can cater to a non meat eater!
There’s two beautiful gardens in the house, where you can just sip tea and read a newspaper by a fountain. They also grow their own herbs here!
Perryville also has a Tea Room and a Giftshop, but we had just missed their season re-opening by a few days.
Saying goodbye to this view was so hard! I really think we have made the best of the town into the two days we had available to us although I would have loved to have stayed longer.
Until next time, Kinsale!
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