ireland accomodation for vegetarians

for the last 6 days we stayed at the green lodge, a self-catering vegetarian accomodation about a 10 minute drive from bantry near ballylickey (i know *chuckle*) and kealkill (kill again). btw. the word “kill” is featured in quite a few names here in ireland. one of the first places we visited was called kill, plain and simple, see my previous post. of course we wanted to spend the night in kill, but since we didn’t find a b&b there, we pretty much just drove through. since then we’ve encountered quite some variations of names containing “kill”. killarney comes to mind; a fugly tourist town that got its name almost right (hell yeah, kill arnie, the governor). on the other hand killkenny (sometimes spelled kilkenny) is just plain wrong (omg they killed kenny). but the deepest we’ve seen is a small place called killbrittain; if you take just one i out the thinly disguised anti-brit sentiments have found their capital.

green lodge near ballylickey

but i digress, the green lodge was amazing. we rented a two room cabin with a full featured kitchen, the rooms were spacious and offer a view of the lucious garden. the 6 nights cost us 180.- euro. they also sell a nice selection of vegetarian foods, home made bread and organic vegetables (in season). i have rarely stayed in such a quiet place. ever. after 6 nights of deepest, undisturbed sleep i am fully relaxed; so relaxed that i am sure most people wouldn’t even recognize me now. but we didn’t go fully lowtech, we watched one episode each of battlestar galactica and 24 every day (on the laptop), went to check our email two or three times at the cafe organico in bantry (1.- euro/15 min.) and took daytrips to nearby locations [mizen head (not that great, crookshaven is sweet though), ring of berea (a very beautiful drive), killarney national park (avoid! full on tourist trap)]. one of the main attractions were our daily walks to a nearby sheep grazing field, where we watched the lambs frolicking and tumbeling about – before their meeting with the butchers soon …

frolicking lambs

now we are staying at the cafe paradiso in cork for one night, happy birthday to me. cafe paradiso is a pricey place – one night here costs almost as much as the 6 nights we spent at the green lodge, but it is really amazing. the food downstairs is to die for and the rooms are very comfortable, roomy and offer alot for the price: great location at a 5 minute walking distance from cork center, spacious room in a tasteful design interior, super commfy bed, best shower ever, tea and coffee as well as some delicious snacks and sweets provided in room, free wifi, and of course the most exquisite, creative breakfast menu i have ever seen …

paradiso rooms

f. hast posted an embarassing video of me enjoying the food at cafe paradiso

cafe paradiso rooms

other vegetarian accomodations in ireland (that we haven’t tried):

gort-na-nain in nohoval, kinsale, co. cork (we wanted to go there, but it only opens may 1.)
cussen’s cottage in ballgreenan, bulgaden, kilmallock. vegan! (we might try to stay there tomorrow night)
mont bretia in skibereen, co. cork
eco friendly guesthouse on clare island in ballytoughey, clare island, co. mayo

edit: we drove to the area where cussen’s cottage is located, couldn’t find it though. later we reached them on the phone, but the b&b was closed.

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Jan Zuppinger has been writing this blog since 2002. He likes to grow vegetables. He likes to eat them too. He has opinions on everything, but sadly no one cares. Jan Zuppinger is not joking, just joking, he is joking, just joking, he's not joking. *click.