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Man of Aran Cottage
Ranked #11 of 19 Inishmore B&B and Inns
Independence
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“Fine”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Being on the Island is a thrill. The Man of Aran Cottage was fine. I didn't quite no what to expect with the annex cottage. It was fine. Mora and Joe were wonderful, food delicious. The suggested video to watch after dinner, one might watch no more than ten minutes of that. Cottage located in a beautiful spot. Away from,the hubbub. I like it that way.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Tarrytown, New York
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Thank you Mora and Joe for a fairytale experience at the Man of Aran Cottage! Greeted warmly and with great affection, gave us our choice of rooms, and offered tea altough we were ready to hop back on the tour bus (Thank you Gabriel and Patrick!). The setting magical, the food was inspired by Julia Child herself. Who possibly could roast chicken so brown except for Julia? :)

Had drinks on the patio looking out on the sea, fresh veggies from the garden and thee best brown bread in Ireland, all served in a lovely dining room with fire while energetic Mora hussled about sharing stories and Guinness Chocolate cake.

Could spend an entire trip here. Roomy bathroom across the hall and cozy rooms with windows open to smell the sea. Thank you Mora and Joe!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Vienna
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

If you are looking for a place with all the frills, go somewhere else, but we loved it. We started our trip from the harbour on bikes (45 min) and got the suitcases delivered. We got one of the annex rooms (clean, small, 2 small cupboards, no sea view) as we had been advised on booking and received tea and biscuits in what Maura and Joe call "the front room" in the thatched main building.
Luckily the weather was warm enough to enjoy the spectacular sea view from the lovely garden.
Maura's cooking is unbelievable, and both breakfast and dinner were Irish cuisine at its best, with highest-quality meat, fish and vegetables fresh from her greenhouse.
To fully enjoy the place, you need to be willing to risk getting wet and do without nightlife, but provided the weather is okay, the place is perfect for bathing in the sea and discovering the island by bike. I got the impression that Maura and Joe wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed their stay, giving special attention to children's wishes and needs (without charging extra for it!!)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This was an amazing place. Very long cycle to the center of "town" where you will find restaurants and pubs, but this is all part of the experience. Isolated and secluded with views of the ocean. Lovely couple to chat with about life on the island and to have tea and biscuits with. This was such a memorable experience and I would definitely return.

We were sort of freezing at night since the heat was off; but you will not find luxury on this island. If that's what you want, don't even bother.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ireland
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

We recently stayed at the Man of Aran for 2 nights. We were attending a wedding in Kilronan one of the days of our stay. We booked this cottage and paid a deposit of 45 euro. In the mean time a room at the hotel where the wedding was being held became available. I didn't want to lose our deposit by canceling, or mess around the owners of the B&B so we kept our booking at the Man of Aran. In total, over 2 days, we spent 54 euro on taxi's in and out to Kilronan so it actually cost us more in the long run keeping our booking. Besides this we found to our dismay that taxi drivers did not want to travel to the Man of Aran. On the morning of the wedding, which was very wet and windy, two local taxis we called would not come to collect us to take us into the village of Kilronan (approx 4 miles). They instead suggested we start walking towards Kilronan (in the wind and rain with our wedding clothes on) and we might hitch a ride with the tour buses who go to nearby Dun Aengus. Obviously we weren't going to do this. Eventually, Joe the man of the house sorted us out with a taxi into Kilronan but we had to be ready within 20 minutes. We were over an hour early then for the wedding. The night of the wedding, we had to leave the party early to make sure we got home as we were warned that taxi drivers would not want to go as far as Man of Aran later.
Aside from that, we found the Man and Woman of the house ok only. We felt that they made more of an effort with the foreign guests, offering them more toast, tea, coffee etc. We got 1 slice of toast each with our breakfast on both days. On leaving, we were ignored by Maura as we walked out. Not even a goodbye. At the same time she was flapping around the foreign guests telling them how she hoped to see them back again etc. Don't get me wrong, I was happy to see them being hospitable to the foreign guests but they seemed to make no effort with us. I find this very short sighted on their part as we would probably be more likely to return to the island, being from Ireland.
Accommodation wise, the room itself was very dark with no facilities for tea or coffee. The shower wasn't great either. The views of the sea were spectacular though and the garden was very pretty. We didn't have any evening meals at the cottage but did have a full Irish breakfast which, though nice, would not set you up for the day. If I were to book again, I would not stay here.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Denton, Texas
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

We booked 2 nights here for our honeymoon, and it was supposed to be the highlight of our trip. Unfortunately, though the hosts knew we were on our honeymoon, we got a very un-charming room in the annex (which we weren't aware of - a separate building altogether), and not an awesome cottage room (which we thought we were paying for). Though we paid more to stay here than any other place on our 3 week trip, there were less amenities. (no coffee/tea fixings in the room, tv, etc) We couldn't understand why we were put in the annex when we found out we were the only ones staying there and the cottage was empty both nights.
We had bad weather during our stay but the heat wasn't turned on until 10:30pm the first night, and we're from Texas so we were quite cold. :)
At almost all our other BnBs, when we arrived we were received with a warm welcome, coffee, and biscuits or scones, but we were just given a key and that was that. On the second night, it was clear we weren't going to be able to go anywhere because of the weather, so we hung out in the lounge with another couple for a few hours, and even though the owner was in the next room, we were never offered a thing. And we had no food or way of getting food as town is 4.5 miles away and there were storms and very high winds, so walking/biking was out. (dinner is way too pricey)
We felt like more of a burden than a guest and kind of insulted that we weren't given a cottage room for the money we paid and the occasion. The owner was short with us and not very friendly.
HOWEVER. I can't close without saying that the view of the ocean is amazing, and the gardens are pretty. If you don't care about the hosts and your room, than it's fine, but if that's the case I would suggest staying in town so you can be close to..anything. We stayed here specifically for the cottage and it just didn't deliver.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

After a wet and windy day hiking on Inishmor, we were greeted by a warm fire in the main room. Joe welcomed us, took our soggy jackets, and turned on the boiler so the radiators could dry us out. He then served us peppermint tea from their herb garden and engaged us in personable conversation sprinkled with wry humor. We had the en suite room in the main house (the best, in my opinion) with a lovely window overlooking the stormy Atlantic Ocean. Maura fixed a superior dinner with fresh lettuce picked from Joe's hydroponic garden. After dinner they set us up to watch the 1930's film "Man of Aran" in the warm fireplace room. The film, quite innovative for its time, shows life on the islands in the early 1900's. The cottage was actually built for the film production, so quite fun to see scenes from there. Sorry to have to leave the next day. We could have spent days there and explored the island in better weather. We would hope to get back there before Joe and Maura decide to retire!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Man of Aran Cottage
Address: Kilmurvey, Province of Connacht, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Aran Islands > Inishmore
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Inishmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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Man Of Aran Cottage Aran Islands/Inishmore, Ireland

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