Drumcreehy Country House
, Bishops Quarter, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare.
Right on the coast at Ballyvaughan, Drumcreehy Country House can boast views of Galway Bay to seaward and views of the Burren behind. The Wild Atlantic Way route passes right by at the bottom of the drive. It's hardly surprising that it has won so many awards.
Drumcreehy House is a Bed and Breakfast country-style house, immaculately clean and filled with antique furniture, paintings, prints and every surface packed with nicknacks and mementoes. There is a large and comfortable sitting room and the honesty bar is housed in another equally cosy room where there is often an open fire burning in the grate. The breakfast room has large windows with splendid views, and this is the place to enjoy the extensive continental buffet or a choice of 8 variations on a cooked breakfast.
Each of the 12 guest bedrooms is named after a wild flower found on the Burren, with a colour-scheme to match. They all have a magnificent view, either our over Galway Bay or up over the rocky hills of the Burren. They are equipped with modern conveniences: an en-suite bathroom, television (50 international channels), direct dial telephone, wi-fi internet and a hairdryer.
Drumcreehy House is perfectly positioned just a 5 minute walk from Bishop's Quarter beach, and it's not much further to the village and fishing harbour at Ballyvaughan where you will find excellent restaurants, top quality craft/gift shops and quaint pubs, renowned for their traditional music. The Burren consists of huge pavements of limestone while most of the drainage is underground in deep caves. This region is home to more than 700 plants and is considered one of Europe’s richest botanical areas. Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants grow alongside each other in perfect harmony – something of a puzzle to botanists! You can walk straight out of the door at Drumcreehy House and up onto the Burren too.
The Wild Atlantic Way can certainly live up to it's name when the ocean rollers come crashing onto the shore. It is a spectacular sight, should you get the opportunity. This coast can also bring a bright sun shining down out of a blue sky over a placid sea, and it would be hard to think of a better place to sit out and enjoy it than here.