The Quay House

Clifden, Co. Galway

In a small harbour town between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Owenglin river where it meets the Atlantic, Julia and Paddy Foyle run their B&B with ‘generosity of spirit’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a small harbour town between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Owenglin river where it meets the Atlantic, Julia and Paddy Foyle run their B&B with ‘generosity of spirit’. They are ‘delightful, tactile hosts’ front-of-house; son Toby is in the kitchen. The property centres on the 19th-century harbourmaster’s house and ‘is spread across four houses, knocked through’. An inspector’s eye was immediately caught by a top-hatted cupid – ‘the Foyles are enthusiastic auction hoppers’ – while sitting rooms are filled with quirky ‘antique, vintage and reproduction’ furniture, zebra stripes, regency stripes, ‘curio upon curio’, and yet ‘it all works’. The bedrooms are (very) individually furnished, with maybe a four-poster, vintage luggage, ‘a broken Marie Antoinette clock’, a bust of Napoleon, his portrait over the bed. Each has a terrace or balcony, most have harbour views. Beds have an orthopaedic mattress (‘We slept like tops’). Breakfast, in a ‘lovely conservatory with a vine-hung ceiling’, brings ‘freshly squeezed orange juice, perfect poached eggs’, home-baked bread, cheeses, cold cuts, ‘two unexpected breakfast cakes – “Go on, treat yourself”, read the sign alongside.’

Hotel details

Address

Beach Road
Clifden
Co. Galway
H71X F76
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 0 353 95 21369

Bedrooms

16. 3 on ground floor, 
1 suitable for disabled, 7 studios 
(6 with kitchenette) in annexe.

Open

end Mar–end Oct.

Facilities

2 sitting rooms, breakfast conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small garden, fishing, sailing, golf, riding nearby, breakfast room and public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single €100–€120, double €165–€175.

Special offers

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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