Fodor's Expert Review The Quay House
The Quay, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland Fodor's Choice
Nineteenth-century time travelers would feel right at home in this three-story, town center Georgian house, Clifden's oldest building (1820) that once housed the harbor master. The ancestral portraits, mounted fish, Victorian engravings, and cosseting fabrics all lend a frozen-in-amber allure. It's made all the more homey by touches like model boats and, 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. The peaceful setting by the harbor quay ensures a good night's sleep and the guest rooms 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.
- fetching decor
- quiet location
- harbor views
- uphill walk into town
- rooms in new wing less attractive than those in the main house
- you'll need to book well in advance
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar.