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An Caladh Gearr Thatch Cottage B+B
Ranked #4 of 14 Spiddal B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 22, 2012

Everyone coming to Ireland should stay in a thatched cottage at least once during their stay. This B&B is an old, perfectly restored one-story, stone-walled, white-walled thatched cottage. We stayed there in September 2012 for one night -- but wish we could have stayed longer. Maire, the owner, welcomed us into the cottage with tea and cookies, in front a cozy peat fire -- delightful. The room was large, by Irish standards, with double and twin beds, furnished in bright pine woodwork trim and floors and a small but nice bathroom. The beds were very comfortable, the sheets, cases and duvet clean and crisp and the bathroom was nice. Plenty of hot water for showers. She gave us a great recommendation on a restaurant/pub - Donnelly's - a few miles back towards Galway. The food was excellent. Maire (I might have the spelling wrong) served a super breakfast, with multiple varieties, including a full Irish breakfast, and all the side trimmings you would want, like cereals, juices, toast, scones, etc. Very hearty and great flavor. Can't recommend this place enough -- it is on the MUST DO list of things to do and places to stay when you are in western Ireland. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

An Caladh Gearr is the perfect B&B! Such a lovely, authentic thatch cottage with the peat fire burning, spotlessly clean, very convenient location to Galway and the ferry to Aran Islands, but best of all the most comfortable pillows and beds (even for my son who is 6'8" tall) and most delicious breakfast of our entire 8-night trip (and that includes our stay at Ashford Castle!). We are still raving about the huge spread Maura made us for breakfast and her scrumptuous scones! Our only regret is that we didn't have an extra day and night to visit more with Maura and Michael. They are the perfect hosts, with good tips for traveling around the area. We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

This thatched cottage is a wonderful place to stay! Hot scones and breads with hot tea were offered on our arrival, even though we were somewhat late in arriving. Maura and her husband were gracious and gave us great tips on how to navigate Galway City, how to get to the airport for a flight to Inis Mor, and where to eat in Spiddal. Maura really knows how to cook a great Irish breakfast. Their home is lovely and warm. The smell of the peat fire was soothing and welcoming. I'll never forget that smell. Of all the places I stayed in Ireland, this thatched cottage was and is my favorite. I will stay there again on my next trip to Ireland. I wholeheartedly recommend this thatched cottage to all who travel to the Galway area.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 25, 2016
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2016
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Room Tip: Une chambre vue sur mer avec 1 lit 2 places et 1 lit une place
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  • Stayed: May 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 16, 2015
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled as a couple
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Address: Cnoc, Spiddal, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Spiddal
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Spiddal
Price Range: $93 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional thatch cottage from the late 19th century that we have restored and extended with care. Situated in one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, overlooking Galway Bay, the view is fantastic. We have lovely surroundings and lots of home baking. Very accessible to the Aran Islands and Conamara and Galway city. ... more   less 
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