Good Hotel Guide Review
Walk straight into the spectacular scene of Lahinch Bay from Antoin O’Looney’s handsome, white-painted mid-19th-century house: a path leads from the lawns through woodland and on to a stony beach. The small hotel has been sympathetically restored: its candlelit conservatory restaurant overlooks the sea; the drawing room is a welcoming spot, with its blazing fire and honesty bar. Most of the bedrooms are charmingly, individually decorated in traditional style – perhaps with a canopy bed, a turf fireplace or a bay-windowed seating nook – but go for the smart, modern suite, which has a freestanding bathtub in the bathroom, and its own spacious conservatory with views of the ocean. At dinner, Matthew Strefford serves a daily-changing tasting menu using home-grown produce and locally landed seafood. Praiseworthy breakfasts include home-made bread and granola. Claire Whyte is the manager. Drawing room, library, restaurant (background music; closed Sun, Mon in low season). Free Wi-Fi, computer provided, in-room TV (Sky). Drying room. 15-acre grounds. 2 miles outside Lahinch; golf course nearby. Children welcomed. 9 bedrooms (4 on ground floor). Per room B&B from €145, D,B&B from €175. Closed Nov–Mar.
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