B&B Ireland vary from five-bedroomed family houses, Georgian and Victorian residences to larger professionally-serviced modern premises. The informal atmosphere and personal attention are of features of this category. The availability of meals to non-residents is not a requirement; however, some provide this service. All bed and Breakfast accommodation & guesthouses comply with statutory regulations which cover physical requirements and the level of service provided. Restaurant facilities are available in some guesthouses.
B and B accommodation & Guesthouse classification descriptions
The following are the B&B Ireland Guesthouse classification descriptions:
This is the top classification for guesthouses & b and b accommodation in Ireland. Guest accommodation includes half suites and all guest rooms have private bathrooms with bath and/or shower, direct dial telephone, and colour TV and radio controllable from the bed. Room service offers full breakfast. Facilities include car parking, safety deposit boxes, fax, newspapers, and baby-sitting service.
All guest rooms have private bathroom with bath and/or shower, and direct dial telephone. Room service offers breakfast. Facilities include a TV lounge; travelers cheques and at least two major credit cards are accepted.
Half or more of the guest rooms have private bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include a reading/writing room or lounge area for resident's use.
These premises meet all the mandatory requirements for guesthouses & bed and Breakfast accommodation and offer simple accommodation, facilities and services to a satisfactory standard.
The premises in this category include old-style, period type, and modern farmhouses; the type of farming varies- mixed, tillage, dairy, sheep and poultry- all of interest to visitors, particularly if they come from the city. Evening meals are provided in some houses if notice is given before 12.00 noon each day. A new concept called Green Tourism, i.e. a holiday experience on a working farm, is also included this category of accommodation. Irish Farm Holidays Association is the representative body for these premises and further information may be obtained by contacting them.