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Interacting with the open and generous hosts who run Ireland’s B&B establishments is one of the most satisfying experiences on the island – and now you can meet them before you arrive.

As part of its ‘Meet Your Host’ interview series published on its blog, B&B Ireland is providing the opportunity to find out about the person, the home and the family you will be staying with before booking a stay.

Among the facts the series asks the B&B host to reveal are quirky things about their accommodation, hidden gems close to their home, their signature dishes and favourite things about their area so guests can build up a picture of who and what to expect.

Recently featured in the B&B Ireland series was Julia Bird of the pet-friendly Carbery Cottage in Bantry, County Cork.

Her stunning stone built guest lodge sits amid five acres of lawn and open pasture, and typical of the Irish bean an tí (pronounced ‘ban an tee’ – ‘woman of the house’), Julia loves cooking for her visitors. Her speciality is a seafood platter, all caught and supplied by the local fisherman.

Unsurprising for accommodation based on the Wild Atlantic Way, Julia’s favorite things about her area are the welcoming local community and stunning Sheep's Head Peninsula, a hidden gem with amazing mountain and hill walks overlooking Bantry and Dunmanus Bay.

The B&B Ireland information, as well as pictures of the host and the accommodation, can make all the difference in choosing a holiday experience in Ireland.

B&B Ireland presents a choice over 800 B&B homes around the country on its website.

The different types of establishment listed allows guests to pick exactly what suits, whether it be immersing themselves in Irish culture, taking an activity break or finding a pet-friendly B&B.

The famous Irish saying ‘arrive as a guest and leave as a friend’ is one of the key promises of a visit to a B&B.

They are not just overnight and short-break accommodation; they are an authentic experience in an Irish family home.

Rich in culture and history, they are the perfect place to sample the best Irish breakfast and savour probably the nicest home baking and cooking you could ever taste.