Good Hotel Guide Review
The colourful cottage-style flowers surrounding the red door of this pretty, stone-built Georgian house are a clue to the warm welcome and cosy atmosphere inside. Sheila Griffin grew up in Sea Mist House, just a couple of minutes from Clifden centre, and that sense of a well lived-in house – photographs, memorabilia, a huge collection of art – is palpable. Guests comment on Sheila’s genial hospitality and the B&B’s relaxed atmosphere. Downstairs, there are two welcoming sitting rooms, a peat fire in one and wood-burning stove in the other, with tables of books, walls of paintings, deep sofas and well-loved antiques. More books are found in a mini-library on the landing. Neat bedrooms have bright rugs and curtains, more paintings, an inviting mix of furniture and often a window seat, but no TVs. Shower-only bathrooms can be a squeeze. Breakfast in the conservatory overlooking the cottage garden is a proper affair with decorative china, fresh flowers and linen napkins. The menu includes home-made compote, bread and scones, as well as pancakes and the full Irish, with eggs courtesy of Sheila’s hens.
00 353 95 21441
2 sitting rooms, conservatory dining room, mini-library, ¾-acre garden, parking, unsuitable for disabled.
B&B doubles from €90.