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GLENDINE - Testimonials & Reviews

Here are just a small selection of comments received from guests that have stopped off with us over the past couple of years. There is even one from someone who didn't stay with us (Have a look at the last).

We had some soft days and saw the sun shine,
Everyday, far and wide we would roam,
But all roads seem to lead back to Glendine,
Our own wonderful Irish home from home.

Ged and Jacci
July '09

Hi Marie and Mick

We are now safely home again after our wonderful Irish holiday. Many thanks for making it so prefect at Clonakilty. One day we promise to return!  Meanwhile I have to sort through my hundreds  of photographs and  all the Hayes records! Will send pictures of McCarthy's Bar soon!

love from Maureen and Robert

Hello Marie,

We have safely got home to the UK from our travels around Ireland. Recently we received our photos. They brought back fond memories. Afterwards we thought we should write to you. Your B and B was the most memorable of our trip. Every new B and B we stayed in didnt compare and even though we shouldn't have it was hard not to. Nowhere in Ireland did we receive warm homemade muffins and conversation to match.
We have written to the Lonely Planet guide to recommend your B and B as we were so impressed with the hospitality you gave us.
We are looking foward to our next trip to Ireland were Clonakilty and Glendine will almost definately be on our itinerary.

Take care,

Camille and Jon

Dear Marie, 

Sandy and Barry Clay here.  We are still thinking and talking about you and the wonderful time we had in Clonakilty.  I read McCarthy's Bar on the plane and am sure I irritated the people next to me no end with all my chortling.  It was funny, as well as truly insightful.  I realized how very Irish Barry is, when I read the part about the people who were trying to cut the freezer in two to make a cold storage room.  That is exactly the kind of idea that would hold great attraction for Barry Clay!  The other part I see in him is the part I saw over and over again throughout our trip, and that is the openness people have toward strangers.  It does seem that Irish people routinely expect that an encounter with someone they don't know has great potential for being pleasurable.  We kept finding people who appeared happy to spend a large amount of time finding out about us and helping with all sorts of personal quests.  You above all definitely did that for us!  We felt so flattered to be the recipients of all the extra kind attention that I am sure we are now utterly addicted and will have to have regular and  frequent doses of Irish hospitality in order to maintain our happy disposition.  We did discover that we will not be able to so easily abandon our roots and personal history here, as we had thought. Instead of divesting ourselves of everything in Kansas, we plan to split our time between two places when we are able to retire.  The Irish plans are more scaled down now.....a small but charming place is more in line with our present idea...

We just wanted to thank you for being so nice to us.  I so wish that someday we may have the opportunity to return the favor in some way.  We plan to stay in touch and are already planning a return to Clonakilty.  This time we would really like to bring Barry's younger brother and his wife with us.  It would delight them as much as it did us, I'm sure.
Warmest regards,

Sandy and Barry

Hi Mick & Marie,

Pat and I would  like to say a very sincere thanks for all your hospitality during our holidays. We enjoyed your friendship, you made us feel very welcome,the lovely breakfasts, especially the fruit- it was tasty-. Your wheaten bread and the crusty loaf were delicious. I am still waiting for Pat to have a go at making the wheaten bread. She assures me that she  will suprise me one of these days -or weeks. I will let you know when that day arrives.

Once again thanks for making our holiday a very enjoyable one.

Ivan & Pat

I just happened to be looking on the web and came across your site.  I looked on your comments page, and found myself (Leigh Theiss-Ohio) and my husband Paul Hughes from Manchester, UK.  You know we got informally engaged at the O'Donnovans pub down the hill, the night we stayed at your bed & breakfast.  That was a night I'll never forget.  Paul has since immigrated to the United States, we were married in August of 2002, and we are expecting our first child in three weeks.  We think about Ireland all the time, and the next time we go to Manchester to visit family, we coming to Ireland too.  We'll have to stay at yours again.

Take care,


Mr. & Mrs. Hanley

Dear Mary and Mick,

Our travels 2004 in Ireland ended and back in Oostende (Belgium) we still think of the very friendly welcome and the most enjoyable time we spent in your house and in your town Clonakilty.

We can't resist talking to our friends about those two wonderful days we had.

A nice place to stay and listening to the music we love. Can we ask for more ?  We don't think so. We wish you all the best !

With kind regards


Hi Mari,

Just a short message just to say many thanks for having us for B & B , we really enjoyed staying with you. Your cooking was excellent, the best bread in Ireland.

Thankyou for making us feel so welcome in your home.

Kind Regards

Brian and Jean

Hi Marie and Mick!

Today it's exactly four weeks ago that we arrived at your beautiful home!
We always remember the wonderful time we had, when we were staying at your house! It was the best time we had during our two week trip to Ireland. In all other B&Bs in Killarney and Galway we didn't find such a friendly and nice atmosphere like at your house!

We'd always like to come back and will recommend your B&B to all of our friends!

Hope to see you soon, take care,

Wiebke and Christoph

Dear Marie,

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful stay we had at Glendine. You and Mike went to so much trouble to help us with our plans and to make us feel welcome. Nowhere else we stayed compared with Glendine, we hope to return one day and will certainly be recommending you to friends travelling to Ireland.Your suggestion that we visit Cobh was excellent, we both found it a lovely and interesting place. We also spent time at the Rock of Cashel whch was wonderful, quite a mystical experience. Kilkenny was a disappointment after Clonakilty!

I have a favour to ask.Cam loved your soda bread and I have been looking on the web for a recipe but there seem to be  many vaiations. Would you be kind enough to share your recipe with me? I know it is a bit of a cheek to ask and understand if you are too busy to respond.
With best wishes,


Just to let you know htat we all had a lovely weekend with you at your B&B.
I am sure that if I will be visitong that part of Ireland again I am sure that I will be staying with you.  The lovely bottloe of your home made jam went down a storm with my husband and children and they have asked me for the recipie. 

Any way , I hope you and  family are ok.


Mari and Mick,

I’ve been meaning to do this for a week….

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. Nina and I drove all around Ireland for 2 weeks and stayed at a lot of B&B’s. Yours was definitely the best.

The room was great and the food was even better, but the best part of Glendine was sharing some time with the two of you.

You’re a beautiful couple. Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome in your home.

If we’re lucky enough to get back to Clon (pretty likely with Wendy living there), we definitely won’t need to make a decision on where to stay.
Thanks again. And if you’re ever in the New York City/Philadelphia area and need a tour guide….by all means look us up. That would be a wonderful way for us to return the hospitality. 

Nina and I have told lots of folks about our trip and one thing that always comes up is the two days we got to spend with you.

Thanks again,

Mike and Nina

Dear Mari and Mick,

No need to thank us - you guys are great!  It seems like everyone we met in your home was so relaxed and that's a reflection on how you make people feel.  We LOVE the adult only thing - no screaming kids and not only is the food wonderful it's also good for you!  A big plus!  We enjoyed our stay so much we just didn't want to leave ......

I've forwarded your letter on to Derek - he's out in the Gulf of Mexico right now and I'm watching the Weather Channel to see if he will be affected.  Even if it doesn't come right into the Gulf there can be a huge swell which makes it difficult to moor two ships together in mid ocean - a stressful task even in good weather.  Oh well .....

If we're in your area again we'll be sure to call - or hopefully stay with you again.

Very best wishes,


Helo Mike and Marie,

We, my mum and me, want to thank you again for the lovely time we have spent with you.

Traveling over the British Isles and Ireland for nearly thirty years and visited many  b&b addresses, you were truly the best.

Hope to come back soon.

It was very hard for us to come on a holiday, the first time, without my dad, especially to Ireland and Clonacilty, the Land and the place he loved so well. But it did us so very good and your loving personalities helped us a lot in the healing proces.

Thanks a lot again.

Big hug and kisses from

cora and louisa.

Hi Mari & Mick at the Glendine B&B,

After returning savely to Germany (and after the first day "back at work" today) this is just a short email to say 'thank you' again for the wonderful two days stay we had at the Glendine last week. We enjoyed the house, the location, the spacious and clean rooms (not to forget the breakfasts, which where simply the best we ever had during our many trips to Ireland)a lot, but -most important- your warm welcome and true Irish hospitality so much that we just could pack our bags again and return for some more days in your home and in the South of Ireland.

I hope you still can enjoy the same beautiful weather we had last week!
As i said, thanks a lot, we will be back and next time we will stay for some more days!

Best regards from Warstein / Germany

Ulrike & Dieter

To Mick and Mari,

Just a quick note to let you know we haven't forgotten how good a time we had in your 10-star guest house back in the summer, at the Roy Harper festival. We're Jim and Gill, the couple who probably played the biggest part in ensuring that breakfast every morning went on until late afternoon!  We loved those breakfasts so much, and Gill has even tried making pancakes with may-pole syrup.  The pancakes are really no problem at all, but we haven't been able to find a may-pole anywhere! We even discovered, just by chance, a musty little "Morris Dancers' Accessories Shop" down an old cobbled Edinburgh side-street, but would you believe it? They were clean out of may-poles, they had sold their whole stock out weeks beforehand, and wouldn't get another delivery for at least a few more weeks. Mari, you sure must have started some trend with that breakfast!       

Before we left, I promised Mick that I'd send him a copy of my deeply analytical and very, very seriously philosophical novel, titled: "Robert Fish: A Man Or A Rat?", so I'll get that off in the post in the next few days, now that I've remembered!

Hope you are all keeping well,

Jim and Gill

hi Marie and Mick

hope you are all keeping well Richard thanks you so much for the cream you gave him for his back when we stayed a few years ago it helped so much after all the driving we had done ,we are hoping to come and stay at your lovely  Glendine bed and breakfast in the near future .

yours sincererly

Jane and Richard

Dear Mari & Mick,

We can never thank you enough for all that you did for us. You both are such wonderful people!

We felt as if we were with friends, you made us feel so at home and most welcome. We loved everything about our stay with you. Thank you, thank you.

Our trip continued wonderfully. But, staying with you folks were absolutely the highlight of all.

My Irish eyes are smiling, for sure.


Kathy & Chris

Hi Mari & Mick!

We miss you!  I was online figuring out how to order the AnTeach Beag CD we forgot to pick up.  Today is Michael's 40th birthday today.  The girls and I are making him a special dinner and homemade cookies.  :-)  I saw your B&B listed and had to drop you a line.

Our testimonial on your page would be.....The VERY best place to stay in Ireland.  Mari and Mick treat you like family home for a holiday!  Mighty Craic!

We speak highly of our lovely trip to Ireland.  We have been telling everyone we see that they must go!

Thank you for the best vacation we ever had!

Lin and Michael

Mick Hanly

Sorry it's taken so long to respond but when we arrived back in Canada, I couldn't find the card you gave me. I just found it a month later. Anyways, Donna and I again would like to thank you and your wife for your brief hospitality on the Saturday nite we arrived and there was 'no room at the inn'. You were kind enough to find us a place at Philimena's as well as personally direct us to 'tin tean' for dinner. I'm the Canadian who turned out to be as dumb as I looked. However, I'm giving you fair warning that I shall return and will book ahead this time provided you haven't banned Canadians from your house in the meantime. You folks again were a main reason we had such a wonderful time in your country as your warm hospitality and terrific sense of humour was repeated over and over throughout our travels and encounters with the Irish. We had a great time later that night at 'the Lyre's pub'.  Anyways, if you folks ever find yourself in our neck of the woods (Vancouver, British Columbia) you always have a place to stay.

Kindest regards,

Donna and Mike

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