We just returned from 10 days in Ireland, 6 on a VBT bike tour (and thanks VBT for setting us up here!) and while we stayed at many wonderful places, Sheedy's was our favorite. The setting is sublime, the town of Lisdoonvarna a perfect jumping off place for local explorations (of pubs, lanes, shores and trails) and the hotel itself so warmly, graciously inviting you'd think you were staying with friends at their elegant yet welcoming country home. Martina is the consummate hostess, always present to make sure ever request is fulfilled. the pub inside is tiny and cozy and perfect for a pre-dinneer get together, the gardens lovely and the rooms pristine and beautifully appointed. You may think I am over using the adjectives, but we travel a lot and this is the place we dream of finding on every trip.
best of all is the FOOD. Oh, my. I would travel 50 miles one way for one evening just to eat John's silver hake or duck confit. The skin on hake was crisp, the flesh creamy and delicious, sitting bed of cilantro and fennel that melted in your mouth. The duck confit... we confit duck at home and I intend to beg John for his secret to getting the meat so moist and succulent while the skin is shatteringly crisp and delicious! I have heard that John gives cooking lessons in the off season. Why not do a four day cooking experience? Four days of cooking lessons with John, local shopping and exploring and delicious wine? sign me up!
Stay here. You won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheedy's Hotel and Restaurant offers the very best in traditional hospitality and service. This 4* hotel is located in Lisdoonvarna village, just 10 minutes drive from the Cliffs of Moher, 3 miles from Doolin and the Burren is on our doorstep. Our Restaurant holds Two Rosettes from AA. Bar food also available each evening. Free internet access througout the hotel. Free on site car park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheedy's Country House Hotel Lisdoonvarna, Ireland - The Burren