My sister, best friend and I took a trip to Ireland over St. Patrick's Day 2008. We booked accomodation through RCI with Dangan Lodge Cottages in East County Clare. The cottage was fantastic. It was in the countryside and the scenery was extremely beautiful even though we weren't there in "high season".
From the time we booked the owner/manager Gina Sivyer was very helpful. She allowed us to vary from the RCI policy and let us rent from Friday to Friday vs. the standard Saturday to Saturday term. Gina met us at the cottages upon our arrival and gave us everything we'd need immediately (as we were nothing short of exhausted after a transatlantic flight, etc.). She left us with detailed driving directions to get from the cottage to neighboring villages with pubs, stores, and supplies.
We had a two bedroom cottage with two baths and a large kitchen, dining room and beautiful stone fireplace. Plenty of room for three adult women. Everything in the cottage met our American expectations for comfort--plenty of hot water, heat, modern appliances and parking. The only complaint we had was that there was no phone in the cottage itself. There is a payphone in a booth on the property but there were a few days that the phone was out of order and it got cold trying to call family back home. Also, I would say that you shouldn't even try staying at this cottage unless you've rented a vehicle for the duration of your stay. It is remote (part of it's charm) and is not a walkable distance from things you would need.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Dangan Lodge Cottages. A big thanks to Gina and her staff. It was a perfect base for us to make daytrips to the West Coast of Ireland!
- Also Known As:
- Dangan Lodge Cottages Hotel Ennis