Sheedy’s

Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

The small town ‘wraps itself around’ Martina and John Sheedy’s peachy yellow hotel, on a hilltop with ‘lovely’ views of Clare ‘to catch the heart off guard and blow it open’, as the poet Seamus Heaney puts it. More

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The small town ‘wraps itself around’ Martina and John Sheedy’s peachy yellow hotel, on a hilltop with ‘lovely’ views of Clare ‘to catch the heart off guard and blow it open’, as the poet Seamus Heaney puts it. The Sheedy family started farming here in the 1700s, and John’s grandmother, Alice, first opened the door to paying guests in the 1930s. ‘Martina gave us such a warm greeting,’ related a Guide inspector. ‘We were shown about, then up to our room, with the promise of a pot of tea in a sunny spot in the lobby once we’d settled in.’ Bedrooms have ‘a mix of antiques and sympathetic contemporary pieces’, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, books and magazines. Junior suites come with a large seating area, a bath and walk-in power shower. Downstairs, ‘a crackling fire’ burned in a lounge with ‘squashy sofas and a lovely display of flowers’. John Sheedy sources produce from local farmers, fishers, crofters and foragers for his dinner menus. At breakfast artisanal sausages, home-made preserves, ‘moreish sourdough’ and organic porridge provide ballast for an exploration of the Cliffs of Moher or the stark moonscape of the Burren.

Hotel details

Address

Lisdoonvarna
Co. Clare
V95N H22
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 65 707 402

Bedrooms

11. 5 on ground floor.

Open

Easter–end Sept, restaurant closed Tues/Wed dinner in Apr, Sun only from May onwards.

Facilities

sitting room/library, sun lounge, bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘easy listening’ at breakfast, light jazz at dinner.

Children

over-12s welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B €160–€200, D,B&B €220–€280. À la carte €60. 1-night bookings refused weekends in Sept.

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Comments about Sheedy’s

Well maintained, well run. Martina is a gifted hostess through and through, personal, attentive in every respect, training her staff to be equally so. The food was excellent., served in generous portions and using local ingredients. - EH - May 2018

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide