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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.

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