We spend two weeks crisscrossing Ireland this summer and this place was the highlight of our trip in many ways. It is a truly family run place - as local as you can get - with the father making incredible, high-end handcrafted furniture, his very charming and smart as a whip daughter running the desk and house and the brother dropping in to check on things and surf.
The rooms are very private, very large and stunningly decorated. Not too fancy just simply beautiful and classy. So much care has been put into it! The large dining room upstairs looks out over the sea - just gorgeous. The TV room is filled with local interest books - be sure to check out the one about the Conammara ponies. The gravel beach is a wonderful cove with magnificent green water and little caves to climb into at low tide. We didn't see the dolphins ourselves as we slept in too late each day but other guests did. There is also a large field adjacent with a beautiful white horse that will eat apples out of your hand if you can be still enough for him to come over. Hiking that field provides increase sea views and a million good photo ops.
It is a very short drive to the town of Clifden which is quite lively and has many restaurants and shops. We loved the whole Connemara area and this B and B was ideal for exploring it. It is also very "green" so those who are eco-conscious will especially appreciate those touches. It is very romantic but also perfect for those traveling with kids. Our 12 year old son loved it as much or more than we did. I
- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Beach House Hotel Clifden