Nineteenth-century time travelers would feel right at home walking into this three-story Georgian house, Clifden's oldest (1820), as ancestral portraits, mounted fish, Victorian engravings, and cosseting fabrics all lend a frozen-in-amber allure. They are made all the more homey by such touches as model boats if there are also, alas, a few too many animal-skin rugs. A roaring turf fire in the living room greets you as you enter the burnished breakfast room, while the nearby
terrace has been gloriously sheathed in glass for a conservatory feel. This oasis of calm beside the harbor quay (just a short walk from the town center) contains guest rooms that are unusually spacious; those in the main house are imaginatively decorated with deep-color walls and wonderful period accents; all but two have sea views. There's also a new wing with seven studio rooms with balconies overlooking the harbor.
The Quay, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Apr 26, 2005
My wife and I loved the Quay House in Clifden! This was our fourth trip to Ireland (my 6th) in the last 8 years and the Quay House is amongst our favorite experiences. The owners (Paddy and Julia Foyle) are very personable and engaging. They have taken their personable tastes and style and decorated the Quay House in an eclectic style that is chic and comfortable. If you get the chance request the "Mirror Room" with an incredible oversized mirror
as your headboard, bay window overlooking the harbour and a working fireplace. The breakfasts served in a cozy and bright conservatory were excellent. Great base to use to tour the enchanting Connemarra region. Highly recommended!