In the anodyne air of west Clare where time drags its heels, Cliff walks beckon, and music reigns supreme, sits this little lair of self-catering luxury.
The larger of two meticulously restored 18th century farmhouses, Doolin Lodge’s surprising interior shows great attention to detail, and brings an international 5 star quality to a remote rural cottage.
A comprehensive cottage makeover
An expansive open living space is at the centre of the cottage extending to two informal seating areas.
Cool coffee-and-cream neutral tones and warm oak floors combine to create a cosy contemporary ambience throughout this home, while roof lights augment the traditional small shuttered cottage windows.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Electric Oven
• Fitted Microwave
• Electric Ceramic Hob
• Twin Toaster
• Nespresso Coffee Machine
• Washing machine
• Tumble Dryer
• Sizes – One double and Three King-size beds
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet – moderate speed
• Flat-screen TV
Off the living area, a gleaming chic kitchen in ivory tones, replete with concealed appliances, is tastefully finished with matching marble worktops and up-scaled white floor tiles.
For informal nibbles a high stooled breakfast bar postures in a diagonal crescent at one end, but for dinner in the same space a two tone table fits snuggly against banquet seating to accommodate eight.
If your preference is al fresco, and the weather permits, handy sliding French doors open onto a sheltered sun-kissed private patio.
There is a sumptuous ground floor double bedroom opening off the living area with ensuite shower room, which some will find especially convenient.
A returning stairway from the living area winds up to three more, equally generous, double bedrooms – one of which is ensuite – and a family bathroom.
These carpeted upstairs rooms also come with stunning views of the local landscape, including the Aran Islands and the unique limestone / karst backdrop of the Burren.
Just a kilometre from the Atlantic, the tang of the ocean hangs in the air, and some of the most spectacular sunsets anywhere paint the skyline. Ample paved parking is provided, although the gardens are shared with a smaller cottage, similarly tastefully restored.
Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.
The pictures do not do this place justice…
The house and the location is beautiful. I loved the little nook in the kitchen. There was loads of space and the beds were really comfortable. The house is obviously well taken care of and there are some really nice touches everywhere. I will definitely be back to explore the area again.
Ylonah, February 2018
A family weekend stay at the beautiful Doolin Lodge
The house is in impeccable condition, extremely comfortable, spacious for the seven of us, with a well appointed large kitchen/living area for family cooking and dining. We all commented on how comfortable the beds are too!
We had a wonderful stay in spite of two storms with resultant power outages. We just lit the huge wood burning stove and enjoyed cosy, board game playing evenings.
Sharon was very attentive and we enjoyed the local food items which she provided. We would highly recommend Doolin Lodge as a haven of peace and comfort and a great base for visiting nearby sights.
Noreen Keane, March 2019
Out & About
What with the island hopping and the caving, you’ll discover there’s too much to do, so here are a few of our favourites…
photo Brian Meagher
Here are some of our favourites…
- Under the Cliffs to the Aran Isles
- Reel to a tune in the Pub
- Smell like a flower
- Climb some Cliffs
- Rent a bike
- Tip toe to the edge of Ireland
- Stand under a stalactite
- Catch a wave at surf school
- Search for Gollum
- Lunch on lobster at Linnanes
- Birdie a ball at Lahinch
- Trek a pony through the Burren
- Chew some local chocolate
- What’s doing in Doolin
- Walking in the Burren
The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are less than 10 minutes away by car.
Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the village’s four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.
photo Gerald Tapp
This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.
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Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.
The Cliffs are home to an immense number and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe.
Built in 1835 by local entrepreneur Cornelius O’Brien, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then visited the Cliffs, the tower bearing his name is unmistakable on the headland.
Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.
The Burren starts in earnest less than a kilometre away – its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.
This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.
Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast. Big wave surfers travel by jet-ski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs which can be over 35ft high.
But for most surfers, the seaside town of Lahinch (25 minutes by car) is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.
Lisdoonvarna, the nearest main town, is home to one of Europe’s largest annual matchmaking events. Attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.
For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.
How to get there – Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about three and a half hours from the cottage
Shannon Airport – is just over an hour away.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about three and a half hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 4 and half hours from house.