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“A Magical Place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of South Aran House

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South Aran House
Ranked #2 of 7 Inisheer B&B and Inns
Dundas, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Magical Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

I had two nights at South Aran House Inishere this past month, having travelled to Ireland from Canada. My accommodations were private and comfortable. it was easy to walk to everywhere
Enda and Maria bent over backwards to make everything run smoothly for me.
I ate my meals at the cafe owned by Maria and Enda. The food was delicious, locally caught fish and seafood, professionally prepared.
Excellent choice with warm, enlightened people. I definitely hope to visit again, but for a longer stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sandy l
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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English first
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

We didn't stay at Aran House, but we ate lunch at Fisherman's Cottage which is part of the B&B/Cooking School/Restaurant. The food was perfect and even though we arrived right before they closed for the afternoon, the owners talked with us for a long time about life on the island and how they had come to start their business. They also told us about the Irish Government's alliance with a big foreign-owned company to build commercial salmon farming operations just offshore. They said that, if it is built, they and everyone they know in the business will leave.

Tourists are very important to Ireland and, even though the owners of places like this and the local fisherman don't have much of a voice when compared to a multi-million dollar global corporation, we do. Commercial salmon farming is a filthy business that produces an inferior product, albeit at a lower price. The idea that you can put hundreds of thousands of fish in a confined space, keep them alive with chemicals and processed feed, then expect the ocean to "clean itself" is absurd. Ask the people of America's Gulf Coast as the try to avoid the tar balls. Please speak out.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SteveK20
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

I recently stayed on Inisheer and chose South Aran as our B&B for the night. Inisheer was lovely and I really enjoyed it! I wish we could have stayed longer. South Aran was very nice- fairly close to where the boat docks and the rooms were all spotless. I do wish we had had a bit of a view, but the fence in the front of the house seems to prohibit that, and our view in the back was just another wall. However, we really enjoyed our stay and the food at the Fisherman's Cottage was great. We would definitely stay again. Thank you!!!

Stayed May 2013
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Thank Alanna S
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Very disappointed, to put it mildly, having just booked a stay via telephone, to be told they could not accept the booking as we would be accompanied by a guide dog. "It's a different setup here", I was told. No kidding... not a very politically correct or ethical one.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Dee-Fahy
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Enda C, Owner at South Aran House, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
This is not a true reflection of the situation. At the end of the booking process this lady announced that she had a dog. When it was explained very politely that the situation was not suitable for dogs she cancelled her booking and seemed ok. That a person with a guide dog would insist on having the dog in a place where someone is highly allergic to the animal is amazing. That such a person would submit a report like this is very upsetting. We go out of our way to look after our guests and anyone who actually stayed with us will know this.
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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274 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Fisherman's Cottage, also called South Aran House, is the perfect spot for lunch. They have two cozy rooms with brightly painted tables and chairs and offer light fare such as delicious fish cakes. Can be a bit hard to find though. We were walking and asked directions, saw one sign, and then almost missed it. It's at the end of the road that bends to the left before turning right to the ferry harbour. Small stone sign in the wall has the name Fisherman's Cottage.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cruising_kitty_57
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Spontaneously, we booked a two day stay on Inishere in January. Together with three other ladies we were the only tourists on the island. However, this amazing B&B made our trip to Inishere so great. Our room was very cozy and clean. The meals(breakfast and dinner) were handmade with a lot of love. by the two owners. After a long walk we asked Enda for cup of tea and he prepared us a great afternoon snack for free. To sum up: A lovely place to stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MaxMatambo
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Enda and Maria Conneely were by far the best B & B hosts I have ever had during my eight long trips to Ireland over the past 27 years. Breakfast and dinner were eaten there every day during my recent 8 day stay in October 2012. Enda produces gourmet meals that rival the best restaurants. He paid close attention to my special dietary requests and the results were always excellent.

My room was clean, comfortable and dry despite the almost constant rain and wind. The bed was quite good and the room was perfectly sized and the shower had good pressure with lots of hot water. One morning I woke early and found there was no water in the bathroom. I emailed Enda and he responded almost immediately and by 7 a. m., he solved the float switch problem and water was restored. That kind of attention to detail is emblematic of the level of service given at South Aran House.

Enda was also quite helpful in providing transportation about Inis Oirr when it was important to me. Both Enda and Maria are great at the craic and will spend as much time as pleases you in the art of lively conversation. They make you feel right at home and are, in my opinion, the inspiration for the famous Irish greeting: A HUNDRED THOUSAND WELCOMES.

Enda and Maria are also avid in their concern about the environment and it shows in the way they select organic local foods for their guests and in their efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.

You can do no better than stay at the South Aran House. No other place comes close.

Thomas F. Marshall
Pennington, NJ
USA

Room Tip: Room number 2 was perfect.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Tommarsh123
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Property: South Aran House
Address: Province of Connacht, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Aran Islands > Inisheer
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Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Inisheer
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
South Aran House Aran Islands, Ireland - Inisheer

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