Ashbrook Lodge is truly a hidden gem. It is located right outside the tiny but famous town of Doolin. Since the B&B is located on top of a gentle hill, all three rooms have amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and Aran Islands, not to mention the beautiful countryside.
Olwyn was a wonderful host; the best we had in our trip to Ireland. She was friendly, extremely helpful, and gave us great advice on what to do in the area. She has two beautiful children, who helped us get checked in, and after that, we never saw or heard them. The breakfast was also my favorite in Ireland, and I want to try making the Irish pudding myself because it was so good!
The room was surprisingly spacious and new, with very nice furnishings and lots of room for our things. The bed was especially comfortable with lush bedding. What we enjoyed the most was the quiet - we were looking for a relaxing place to unwind and enjoy peace, and this was the place.
You can either walk or drive to Doolin for dinner and to listen to the traditional Irish music. We chose to walk, and are glad we did, because that was our favorite part of our stay. It is about a relaxing 20-minute walk through the beautiful countryside. When we got to Doolin, we were shocked at how small the town is. We went to McGann's Pub, one of the three famous for the Irish music, for a Guinness, but then decided to move on to The Roadford House for dinner. I would definitely recommend the food at The Roadford house - it was one of the best dinners we had in Ireland, but it is pretty expensive; our bill was around E100. The walk back to The Ashbrook Lodge was equally as nice, and we were glad we brought our flashlight. Although Ireland stays light out until 11pm in June, if you are out past that, it becomes quite dark in the middle of the countryside.
Overall, I highly recommend The Ashbrook Lodge to anyone and everyone. We felt it was a true, authentic Irish experience to stay in the country with an Irish family. It was amazingly peaceful, and the B&B itself is simply beautiful. The best part is the incredibly affordable prices! We will definitely stay there again on our next trip to Ireland.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.