My husband and I were fortunate enough to spend the last several nights of a two week trip to Ireland at the beautiful and gracious Aran View House Hotel. The Aran View was our “splurge” and it was well worth it. We had a beautiful room at the very top of the older part of the house with extraordinary views of the Aran Islands, ocean, and coast (Cliffs of Moher) to the south. The mahogany bed was incredibly comfortable ( I have never slept so well in my life), the shower was the best we experienced in Ireland, and the food was great. We ate in the hotel restaurant one night and at their cozy pub the next. The food, whether an elegant salmon dinner, or fish and chips (perfect after a day trip to the Aran Islands in pouring rain), was uniformly excellent, and we enjoyed having breakfast in a charming, windowed alcove. Teresa and Sharon, the mother-daughter team who run the hotel, are warm, friendly, welcoming, eager to answer questions and help visitors find their way. I loved it that this place is a family business (Sharon told me she is the fourth generation to run the hotel), that there are two friendly dogs who greet visitors, that the setting is so peaceful and lovely. I am a writer and could have easily have stayed a week in that wonderful eyrie at the top of the house, reading, savoring the views, dreaming about all the things that must have happened in the hotel’s 300 some years. All in all, the Aran View was a really special place to end our vacation. We recommend it highly and will definitely return. At only an hour and half from the Shannon airport, it’s also a great – and perfectly manageable – last stop for folks headed home to the States.
Two happy travelers from Wisconsin
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aran View Country House, built in the georgian period, in 1736, stands on a hill on the coast road commanding one of the finest views of the wild Clare coastline. Facing the Aran View Country House, lie the beautiful Aran Islands just seven miles from Doolin. To the North is the famous Burren landscape and exotic wild flowers. Looking South is the Doolin pier and the begining of the imposing Cliffs of Moher jutting out into the wild Atlantic Ocean. One will never tire of these views of an ever-changing landscape of greens and blues. Each room is indivudally decorated keeping the Georgian feel as much as possible. You can enjoy a glass of wine, while watching some of the more amazing sunset. You can also enjoy Fresh Scones, tea/coffee in the lounge each afternoon. We assure both new and old guest and warmest of hospitality and relaxation, during you stay at the Aran View Country House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aran View Hotel
- Aran View Doolin