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“First Class Hospitality” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cullinan's Guesthouse
Ranked #5 of 53 Doolin B&B and Inns
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Millersville, Pennsylvania
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“First Class Hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

James and Carol Cullinan, in our opinion, run the Best B&B and Seafood Restaurant in all of Ireland. The rooms are spacious and clean. The breakfasts are delicious. James Cullinan is a master chef who prepares the most wonderful seafood in their beautiful restaurant which overlooks the river. Carol is the perfect hostess and will surely make you feel welcome. We have stayed there 4 years in a row in the quaint village of Doolin in County Clare.
Hilari Hinnant & Greg Miller
Millersville, Pennsylvania

Room Tip: You will love the rooms which overlook the river.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

Stop number 7 (from memory) on my coastal tour of Ireland, and Cullinan's proved to be an ideal base for enjoying Doollin's well known pubs, grabbing a ferry over to Inishman for a day trip and also for enjoying the excellent food in their restaurant.
Cullinan's is very easy to locate as it's near the main cross roads as you enter Doolin, and is a readily distinguishable yellow colour with clear signage. The B & B also has ample car parking.
Breakfasts are excellent and I was lucky to end up on the same window table each morning which allowed me to enjoy the tranquil view across the small river and old stone bridge behind the dining room. The owner's daughter greeted me on arrival and showed me up to my room, which was large and well appointed with modern amenities (and with a great shower too), and I found the WiFi connection to be strong and reliable. I tried Cullinan's Restaurant on my third night and enjoyed a local crab salad and an excellent steak - at what I now almost regarded as my usual table of course, so I could enjoy the sun setting over the bridge and river!
I really enjoyed my stay at Cullinan's and Carroll and her daughter were both friendly and helpful, providing useful advice on the local attractions and pubs. I would have no hesitation in recommending this B & B to anyone considering a visit to Doolin.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2012

Wow, what can I say. Cullinan's deserves 5 stars for everything.

We booked ourselves into the guest house for a one night stay whilst on a small road trip in Ireland and what a fantastic place it is to stay.
The owners are both very friendly and helpful. We initially had a little drive up and down the village to get our bearings and it soon became apparent that Cullinan's is situated in the perfect spot. It is virtually an equal distance to O'Connors pub on one side of the village and then on the other side McGann's and McDermotts....both are in easy walking distance.
Cullinan's is also directly opposite The Doolin Hotel - all I can say is why pay the hotels when you can pay much less here and be in a friendly environment.

The guest house is located right on the river and we were lucky enough to have a room overlooking it. With large glass windows the view was truly spectacular and an absolute pleasure to wake up to. The bed was a memory foam mattress which was very comfortable and the bathroom was well appointed with a superb power shower. there was also free wifi available.

Breakfast - wow. With a good choice for from pancakes and omelettes to a full Irish breakfast - to us there was only one thing for it - Irish breakfast all the way and it was absolutely gorgeous.

The following day we went to Galway and we just wished that we were still in Doolin. We will be back to Doolin (hopefully this year) and will definitely be staying here.

First class all the way. Many many thanks for a wonderful stay.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank nikkigManchester
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St Paul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

Our group of ten people recently returned home to the US after touring Ireland (March 2012). One of our best evenings of the trip was spend at Cullinans Guesthouse. A nice location, great rooms and very helpful and friendly staff. When a group of ten plus our tour driver decend on a guesthouse and all with different room requests it can get stressful but the staff at Cullinans was great. Close to the Cliffs of Moher and other sights. We ate across the street at the pub and had great food and Irish music. Breakfast in the morning at the guesthouse in the lovely sunroom was a beautiful setting and the food was also great.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank StPaulgambler
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Cork, Ireland
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2012

Great B&B with a phenomenal breakfast, and a warm welcome from the Cullinans. We were sad that James was not cooking that night (they are very seasonal, so only start the restaurant after Easter, I think) ... but it was a lovely and comfortable port in a windswept and rainy Burren. Loved staying here and look forward to revisiting when the season is in full swing.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Bergenfield, NJ, USA
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

My son and I stayed here in March2011 for several days.We wanted to be traditional Irish music and to do some hiking.We were happy with the accomadations,fabulous breakfast and location. it is very close to then Burren and Cliffs of Moher.Go hiking the Burren right by the water from here.Also,very close to the pubs for nightly music.Unfortunately,the restaurant was closed for dinner.if you love hiking and music and a great value,this is a terrific place.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

Passing through Doolin on a road trip around the west of Ireland we were surprised that most lodging options were closed for the holiday season. We rang the bell at Cullinan's and they rushed right over to show us the room. Clean, new, quiet, and with gorgeous views of the river out back! There is plenty of parking, unfortunately their restaurant was closed, (would have loved to try their seafood) but their suggestion of bar across the street was a great choice for dinner. Breakfast was lovely and I would absolutely stay again if I return to Doolin.

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cullinan's Guesthouse
Address: Crossroads of R 479, Doolin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > The Burren > Doolin
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Doolin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Doolin, Co. Clare, we offer first class accommodation and exceptional cuisine in an idyllic setting overlooking the Aille river.Accredited Best Restaurant Award 2007, Michele Erdvig restaurant of the year award and RAC dining award. Highly recommended by Michelin, Frommers, Fodors, Bridgestone and Georgina Campbell. Some attractions in the area include the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands, not forgetting the traditional Irish music in the local pubs nightly. ... more   less 
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