The location was right by the Cliffs of Moher. Its a nice little town.
This was a bait a switch. The property pictures I was shown online did not align with the property we were given. The host offered to change it but there were 6 of us and we stayed 2 nights. The offer to move was the following morning and we were already gone for the day and didn't return until 6pm that evening. They also said that they have multiple properties and that the images were only representative of a single property. The pictures were of a much nicer property than where we stayed. I was told by Shannon that the pictures that we saw were of a property that was 2 km away which as far as I can tell would have put us outside walking distance around the town of Doolin. We were not given what we paid for as far as I'm concerned. The wifi was awful - slow and very difficult to connect to even though there were multiple spots you could apparently connect to. There was no coffee maker. Well, there was a single cup french press and instant coffee. Not what our group of 6 expected. There was a washer but no dryer, which would be okay but there was no place outside to hang the clothes to dry. The kitchen floor was dirty. My wife commented on how black her feet got from standing on it. Overall, not a good value for the money.
We were a family of twelve so required two of the lodges. One was located within walking distance of town and the other approximately 2 miles away. We booked through Exploring Vacations who assured me the close to each other and in walking distance of town. The 'Lodges' were very nice, comfortable and clean. They are really more like condominiums with full kitchen, etc. We did have a problem with the keys in the doors of both places--they got stuck in the lock. I would recommend that one makes sure where the place is located before booking.
The location of our holiday home was ideal. It was just a minute from Hotel Doolin and various other pubs and restaurants, very handy when you have small kids like us. It is the perfect location for travelling around Clare, everything was only a short drive away.
As others have said there is no shop in Doolin as such so make sure to get provisions beforehand if you need more than just the basic bread and milk.
Lisdoonvarna is very close and has a decent Spar but if you need a larger shop then Ennistymon has a big Supervalu.
The house itself was in great condition and spotless when we arrived. This should be expected but isnt always my experience, so I was pleasantly surprised. It is a fairly large 3 bedroom house so perfect for our family of 4 and loads of storage space.
The house had everything we needed but I do agree with some other reviewers that there should be more crockery and cutlery. We only had breakfast in our lodge so we had everything we needed but there was certainly a shortage of certain items. Our toaster didnt work but I know if we had asked to get it replaced it would have been done immediately.
We dealt with Celine for the duration of our stay and I have to say she delivered a 5 star service. She texted before we even got there and remained in contact with us for the 5 days we were staying. I forgot my own hairdryer (the house didnt have one) but she dropped one down herself the next day. I also asked for more towels and they were dropped in within minutes. Anytime I texted with a query Celine responded immediately, even when she was on holidays herself. She was polite, friendly and very efficient. She recommended local places to eat and drink and always gave her opinion on which places we should try.
We dont usually holiday in Ireland but I have to say we had the best holiday in Clare. It made a welcome change from our usual trips abroad to Spain and Portugal. We introduced our kids to some wonderful sites such as The Burren, The Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch, Ailwee Caves - the list goes on. We did a boat trip from Doolin pier to see the cliffs and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It was a wonderful way to see the Cliffs and our kids loved it. The water was a little choppy but they didnt seem to mind.
We also went to the Burren Perfumery which is well worth a visit, even if you dont buy anything. The Rock shop in Liscannor is also a lovely place to visit where my daughter bought bags and bags of little gems.
We ate out every night but the best meal we had was at the Stonecutters lodge which is a just a short drive from Doolin. The food and service is very rustic, certainly not fine dining but delicious and perfect for kids. It was quite reasonably priced also which is not something I can say about many places in Ireland.
There was music in all of the pubs at night and a great atmosphere. Kids are welcome even later at night. They can get crowded though and can be hard to get a seat.
I would most certainly recommend Doolin and Doolin Village Lodges to anyone travelling in that part of the country.
Stayed here for 3 nights with a teenager a young child and a pet dog. The house was very central and within walking distance of all the pubs and restaurants. It was comfortable clean and very spacious. It's an ideal base for touring the Burren and surrounding areas. Our host was welcoming and very helpful. We hope to return.
great location for doolin and the atlantic coast generally
rooms are nice and large, kitchen especially
Gerry is very helpful, outside areas clean and places for children to play
Only downside is that the external doors at the rear are getting a tad worn and battered
First of all we didn't get a house what I booked. We got different house. Which was fine. House was dusty,dusts was everywhere. Curtain pole in kitchen is broken. Need change kettle!!!! Shower was dirty and missing shelf where to put toothbrush, toothpaste or make up.. Little bits and pieces what you need keep eye on. But otherwise was good. Good quality beds and compfortable house. Suggestion: would be nice if in the house would be highchair for kids. Just in case if in your house staying family with small kids. And one hair dryer!! Thank you for having us! If you can change these things then we will be back.
The properties have the basics for a self-catered stay but they are a little tired. A small investment in refurbishment would make them more attractive and comfortable.eg: provision of bedside lamps in all rooms, both sides of the double bed,
provide enough cutlery/china for at least 2 meals and drinks (we did not have enough of each item for 6 people and nothing matched), more serving/cooking dishes needed, discard old, well-used items e.g. tablemats. Repair missing/broken drawer handles, replace worn furniture - our sofa was badly worn and torn, include instructions for TV in the information file, provide basic hairdryer (we did get one on request - thank you), tidy front gardens.
The potential to be so much better is there but not realised.