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“Wonderful people and place” 5 of 5 stars
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Kilmurvey, Province of Connacht, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #6 of 19 Inishmore B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful people and place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We stayed just one night but, I wish we could have lingered. Joe and Maura are so hospitable and kind. There were several other, couples,families staying and we quickly felt like a family in the cozy dining area and lounge. Irish weather ,being what it is, we were wet and chilled after our explores around the island, interesting and exciting of their own. Definitely rent a bike as it is the best way to get around. The Man of Aran cottage is very close to Dun Aengus ringfort and a lovely beach, though the water was icy. Coming in to the cottage was warm and welcoming; with tea or a beverage before a lovely, tasty and local meal(Joe has a great organic garden and greenhouses). Views are spectacular, rainbows likely, and the beds are comfy. A piece of local history that is alive and waiting to include you.

Room Tip: Family rooms are in a separate cottage out front but, nice and comfy adjoining rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

First time to Aran Islands despite living in Ireland all my life. Very impressed to see how many tourists flock to the islands. I did my bookings in haste without researching much about the island and Man Of Aran caught my eye. Initially it was just myself and my better half travelling and we had intended nothing more than a bit of escapism from a busy summer so Man of Aran was just the ticket. The cottage is nestled into a hillside overlooking the bay with Galway in the distance. The infamous Dun Aengus fort is just a 10 minute walk up the hill and it is truly breath-taking, peaking over them cliffs is spine tingling experience that you will never forget with Cliffs of Moher in the distance. The cottage is small and quaint, well preserved and such a genuine experience. Your hosts (Joe and Maura - i think) are really warm and helpful and never to far from you. I enjoyed chatting with the lady of the house who is a 'proper' islander and the 'old way' is evident in all she does. Sitting at her desk sewing when we arrived, she had so many stories to share about the heritage of her island but it was her breakfast that impressed me the most. So many hotels offer 'full irish breakfasts' but this was as authentic and irish as you'll get. Good hearty local produce cooked the way you wish your mother had!!! I didnt know the B&B also did dinners but from what I gathered, they would have been very special given that her food is award winning and much of it grown in the cottages back garden! So, a trip to Aran is highly recommended and a stay in this B&B if peace, tranquility and authenticity is what you crave. We were in the 'annexe' of the B&B and the rooms where comfortable but basic, perhaps not as authentic as the rest of the house.

The B&B was 5km out of the town/village of Kilroan and even though we hired bikes, it is still a bit far if you are coming for the nightlife! Nothing really happens outside of the village on this island. Otherwise, the peacefulness and tranquility are perfect. Most of the other guests seemed to revel in this and spent a lot of time in the cottage taking all in! As we ended up travelling as 2 couples in search of ceoil agus craic, it wasn't ideal for us on this occasion. Probably only because of the taxi services, there seems to be 1 or 2 operators with mini-buses, I was very disappointed when the taxi operator decided to charge us 20 euro each way which was a clear rip-off despite the 'high cost of living' on the island which did have an apparent abundance of tourists. This really annoyed me. A similar 5km journey next night in galway cost exactly half that. I actually had one taxi-driver threaten that no-one would be leaving us home if we had a problem with the price!

All in all, a great island, a great B&B.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

The cottage is everything we had hoped for with its charm, history, warmth and wonderful people. Joe and Maura Wolfe are welcoming and accomodating. Joe's organic vegetables and herbs coupled with Maura's exquisite cooking made dinner a special event. We enjoyed the lovely view from every window, and especially relaxing on the patio overlooking Joe's garden, pastures and the ocean. Each evening after dinner, guests are treated to a viewing of the movie, The Man of Aran, with views of the cottage. This two-night stay was a highlight during our two week trip throughout Ireland. I would highly recommend this gem to all.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Man of Aran Cottage is a beautiful thatched roof cottage by the sea build back in the 1930's (for the award winning documentary film Man of Aran). It is now converted into an enchanting B&B run by a friendly and colourful couple, Maura and Joe Wolfe. Joe grows organic veggies and Maura is a wonderful cook so make sure you stay for dinner there. Although it is away from the main town (5km) it is worth the effort to get there. Also, it is within walking distance to famous Dun Aengus fort. We planned to stay only 1 night but quickly re-arranged our plans to stay an extra night once we arrived and took in the environs. We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

The Man of Aran Cottage is a perfect setting for a base to then enjoy the Aran Islands. It's just a short walk to Dun Aengus and the beach. If you travel by Aer Arann, you'll be driven to and from the cottage for your flights. The rooms are so comfortable and just what you would expect in an Irish B & B. Joe and Maura have an organic garden and beautiful views of the Connemara coastline. The food is so delicious.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

When we arrived, Joe served us some tea and cake (homemade by his wife). We had our rooms in the annexe (inclouding sea views!!).
Instead of eating out the two nights, we had dinner at the cottage because the food was so delicious! Everything is freshly made and they put in their own vegetables and seasoning.
Have a look at their garden and book a room in the annexe!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

We stayed only one night at Man of Aran. It was a big mistake; we should have stayed longer. We stayed in Room 1 in the main building. It is one of three rooms in the main building, and the only one which has a bathroom. Rooms two and three share a bathroom in the hall. The room was spacious, if a bit chilly. A small fireplace would have been fantastic.

Joe and Maura were outstanding hosts. Joe has an unbelievable garden -- all of the ingredients in our dinner salad came from just outside. The Man of Aran used to be a public restaurant, but Maura has scaled it back to just house guests. It's a shame. Her curry chicken was tied for the best meal we had in eight nights in Ireland -- far surpassing several restaurants in Dublin.

The cottages are a short walk from the island's biggest attraction -- the iron age fort of Dun Aengus. Within a few kilometers are a medieval round stone fort, a former monastic settlement, and several churches and holy sites. Plus Patrick the donkey.

It is a five-mile trip from the docks to Man of Aran. We took one of the many buses, but you could rent a bike (although you will have to climb several inclines along the way).

Man of Aran's base price wasn't bad. The meal was rather expensive, but oh, so worth it.

Room Tip: Ask for Room 1 or a cottage room if you absolutely have to have a bathroom attached to the bedroom.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kilmurvey, Province of Connacht, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Aran Islands > Inishmore
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Inishmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Man Of Aran Cottage Hotel Inishmore
Man Of Aran Cottage Aran Islands/Inishmore, Ireland

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