WHERE TO STAY
Mount Vernon, New Quay, Burren, Co Clare. Phone 353 6570 78126 Email info@ mountvernon. ie President George Washington reputedly gave Colonel William Persse, the man who built this stunning Georgian property on Flaggy Shore, the three cypress trees in its walled garden as a gift for serving in the American War of Independence. In later years, Lady Augusta Gregory entertained Irish literary heavyweights such as W. B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, O’Casey and Synge at Mount Vernon.
Today, owner Mark Helmore sources his shellfish and other seafood from a local fisherman in New Quay. It’s a full on organic experience at Mount Vernon, with home- grown vegetables while sea beet arrives straight from the shoreline when in season.
Burren jam, eggs from up the lane, while meat comes from the livestock grazed in nearby fields. Rooms from ¤ 160 a night, with a minimum stay of two nights. Evening meal ¤ 50 ( must be booked by noon on previous day.) Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co Clare Phone: + 353 ( 0) 65 707 1004 Email: reservations@ fallshotel. ie This sprawling property overlooking Ennistymon’s cascades was once the retreat of poet Dylan Thomas and childhood home of his wife, Kathleen. Nip around the corner for strudel at Unglert’s Bakery, if you’re lucky enough to be there when it’s open. Rates from ¤ 100 Kilfenora Hostel Main Street, Kilfenora, Co Clare Phone: + 353 ( 0) 65 708 8908 Email: enquiries@ kilfenorahostel. com In the heart of Kilfenora Village next door to Vaughan’s Pub, Kilfenora Hostel caters for groups, families and individual with good value and self- containing units. It’s a five minute walk from Kilfenora Cathedral. Rates per twin ¤ 48, family of 5 ( 2 adults, 3 children) ¤ 80.
Continental breakfast and linen included.