As the name suggests, Central House is located on the main street, in the heart of Shillelagh village. Although it is around 4km to the Wicklow Way from here, the host, Sean Kenny, is happy to provide a complimentary pick-up with advance notice.
Guests wanting to stay more than one night, can also avail of a complimentary lift from either Clonegal or Tinahely. Transport to the bus in Tullow and luggage transfer to the next B&B can also be organised.
The pub has been run by several generations of the Kenny Family for over 120 years. In 2020, the original family home, above the bar, was renovated and converted into guest accommodation.
The removal of the ceiling in the private guest lounge has revealed some of the old features of the building, exposing timber beams and stone walls, and helping to restore some of the original character of the house.
Central House has three first-floor bedrooms. These include two flexible rooms that can be configured into double or twin rooms and also a single bedroom.
Each bedroom has an ensuite with toiletries and bathrobes provided. There are wall-mounted flat screen TVs that carry a range of local Saorview stations, in addition to Netflix. Bedside lights include a handy built-in USB charging points.
The private communal area provides a friendly social space for guests to hang out. A comfortable couch and armchairs are to the side of the room and a large dining table with chairs sit in the centre of the room. With a kitchenette at the end of the room, visitors are free to make tea or coffee whenever they want.
In the evening, guests are welcome to bring in a pizza and chips from the local take-away to eat. Alternatively, there is a microwave to heat food that can be bought from Walker's Supermarket, which is across the road.
Downstairs, is John F Kenny's Pub and Bar, which provides an opportunity to meet with some of the friendly locals. There is TV which occasionally show live sports and a games room to the back of the building with a pool table and a hoops board.
In the morning, guests can help themselves to a leisurely breakfast. There is a selection of cereals to choose from as well as scones, fruit, cheese, ham and bread to toast. Anyone wanting to make their own packed lunch, to take on their walk for the day, can use whatever ingredients are left over after breakfast.