I was excited about returning to Ireland and staying in this cottage having read previous reviews on Trip Advisor. Myself and my brother have travelled the world and stayed in many types of accommodation and this cottage was the worst ever.
Where shall I start, the heating is a good place, it has a wood burning stove which filled the cottage room with black smoke every time you opened the door it was so bad the we had to open the front door to let the smoke out as we were nearly choking to death. This defeated the object as it was blowing a gale outside. My brother has a wood burner in his home so knows how they work by the middle of the week we had both developed coughs and our eyes used to sting most nights..
The oil filled radiators were worse than useless we had no heating at all until we called the owner and she came to look at it and argued with us that they were warm, they were actually stone cold. After much banging in the outbuilding the owner came back and apologised there was an air lock. Even when they did warm up they certainly didn’t heat the cottage we were freezing, I wore thermal underwear, pyjamas and a onesie every night go to bed it was ridiculous
The kitchen was disgusting, I lifted a saucepan pan down to cook with and it was rusty, the frying pan had old oil in it. The towels and bedding were substandard l, towels were hard and old. Every time we wanted to eat we had to wipe everything down as it was covered in soot from the stove.
The kitchen utensils were dirty and a lack of crockery, there wasn’t enough to allow you to put the dishwasher on. Most of the cupboards throughout the cottage were full of rubbish and tat and in the small bedroom there was nowhere to your toiletries and personal belongings etc., the only plug was behind the bed that was pushed up against the wall. There was just a bed and a wardrobe in the room nothing else it was like a cell in a nunnery.
There was a large crack on the chimney stack outside consequently the walls inside were damp and the outbuilding where we had to go to check the oil level was like a death trap.
One of the two armchairs was broken; I had to bring a pillow off the bed to sit on it as you could feel the wooden frame.
The French style furniture was nice but dirty, the wall unit in particular was full of old book just chucked in and old tourist guides many years out of date, we kept bringing new ones back with us as we felt sorry for the next guests.
There was no instruction manual for anything in the cottage.
The cottage was a lot cleaner when we left in fact the owner commented she had never seen the wood burner looking so clean. They need to get that chimney swept and repaired
The only positive thing I can say is that the cottage is in a great position with wonderful views and it is a shame because with a lot of cleaning, some fresh new bedding, towels, a hand held shower at the very least and some essential maintenance it good be a nice place to stay but as it is we dreaded coming back each day after some lovely days out.
I really did not know what to expect? TIGiN cottage is an authentic Irish cottage in the country overlooking Liscannor Bay. It is in a Great location. The rock shop is a stones throw away for coffee and pastries. There are 3 towns within a 10 minute drive. Cliffs of Moher 5 minutes and St.Brigids well is up the road. The cottage is a perfect get away it has a fire stove, original stone floor in kitchen bay/ocean views and a horse.named twinkle. The tv's were not great but who :is there for tv viewing?? The owner is also.very kind and helpful. I do so hope i get to go back soon. I would do it again. Also.don't forget Byrnes in Ennistymon and Vaughn's in Liscannor. Even the 2 guys at the gas station were great
Liam and Michael
My wife and I were looking for a quiet little cottage by the sea where we could hike (cliffs of Moher!!), cook some fresh seafood, spend long evenings by the fire with a good book in a comfy chair, have a romantic, candle-lit soak for two in the claw-foot tub, and maybe even get a little surfing in too.
This place delivers it all!
The owner is such a dear, and went out of her way to make sure we had everything we wanted to make our stay at her place a most memorable experience.
ps - Having your own transportation is highly recommended... Our car rental in Dublin fell through, so we spent 2 of our 4 days just getting there and back by bus.
Fresh seafood and surfing are not within walking distance, so without the car we missed out on 2 of the things we were really looking forward to:(
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We stayed here for 4 nights at the end of March & were lucky enough to have fantastic weather whilst we were there. The cottage is perfect for a couple and is also pet friendly (we brought our dog). There are lots of nice walks and things to do nearby : it is about a 10min drive to Lehinch, 5 mins from the Cliffs of Moher and 15 mins from Doolin. The owner of the cottage, Mandy is really friendly and welcoming as well. We really enjoyed our stay here and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others, we are hoping to go back again ourselves next year we enjoyed it so much!
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