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“Ardsollus may be to many, the essence of a perfectly imagined Ireland”
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Ardsollus Farm
Ranked #2 of 3 Quin B&B and Inns
Reviewed 21 August 2009

Having stayed at Ardsollus during my first visits to Ireland I can only recall the most pleasant atmosphere encountered each time, once in June of 2004 and more recently May of 2009. Just a fifteen minute drive from Shannon Airport in County Clare, the old stone walls near the entrance to Ardsollus Farm B&B lead to a home of serenity, comfort and the warmest of Irish welcomes. Located just down the road from Quinn Village with its ancient Abbey dramatically illuminated at night, this centuries old family property of Loreto Hannon is a charming respite from any stress incurred by travel. With no formal check in procedure, one might instead be greeted personally by either Loreto or her friendly dog Jake. For those with laptops, Internet access may be provided. However, expect no concierge, room service, taxi or shuttle stands, blaring sound systems, or noisy banquet events. Instead, be surprisingly distracted by the sight of surrounding fields displaying no less than forty shades of gentle greens providing home to grazing horses and cattle, all in proximity to Dromoland Castle located adjacent to the vast acreage of Ardsollus Farm.

The four en-suite guest rooms of this country house are comfortable, cozy and appealing in old world simplicity. There are also two self catering apartments, in the courtyard behind the bed and breakfast. The décor is comprised of a mix of antiques and newer pieces used in traditional fashion. Bathrooms are spotless with first rate showers and water pressure. The views of the farm are picturesque as the constantly shifting light of the Celtic sky provides subtle drama. In short, Ardsollus may be to many, the essence of a perfectly imagined Ireland.

Loreto personally oversees an extensive breakfast menu offering many choices, served to guests at a shared dining table next to an impressive antique fireplace. Generous in portion, they are prepared with the personal preferences of individual guests in mind. Though you may not be hungry for much of the day after indulging, restaurants in the Village are available for a convenient dinner or lunch.

With family photos throughout, the atmosphere is casual and friendly without pretense. Ardsollus is a unique place in our world, and attractive accommodation for those unimpressed with corporate conformity and hotels that charge exorbitant prices for extraneous amenities. And should you be one who would delight in the genuine brogue of an Irish voice such as Loreto's, feel captivated by peaceful pastoral views and find it magical to sleep under the eaves of a charming yellow room with the only the sound of rain at your window, then you will find Ardsollus unforgettable.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 June 2009

A beautiful farm that was close enough to make the trip to Shannon airport a breeze.
We finished our trip with a visit to Bunratty Castle and seeing other sites in the area.
The farm animals made the visit memorable. Seeing a three day old calf was worth the trip.
The towels were the thickest and fluffiest in Ireland. The whole stay was perfect.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Thank carmeltraveller
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Reviewed 14 September 2008

Agree with all of the other comments - great for Shannon airport, amazing hospitality, lovely place.....Loreto did everything possible to make our stay wonderful and booked us into a wonderful restaurant in Quin - the Gallery where we had a wonderful meal. tip though, don't let the restaurant charge your credit card in your own currency!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank lorriemarc
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Reviewed 18 September 2007

We also were thrilled with this place - loved the peaceful setting, the beauty of the interior, the quality mattresses, Loreto's hospitality. I wanted to rent a bicycle but the local shop was closed on Sunday and we were to arrive late Saturday. Loreto took care of arrangements to have it delivered the day before we arrived so that it was waiting for me.

We also enjoyed the fact that breakfast was (beautifully) arranged on one large table, so that we could easily meet and talk with the other guests. Other B&B's often provided small individual tables as if sitting in a restaurant, which for me missed one of the main benefits of staying at a B&B.

We also experienced the "water pump" noise, but determined that it was the fan that comes on when someone turns on the bathroom light. It depends on the room that you stay in, because only two of the rooms are closely adjacent and have this problem. But it did not bother us once we knew what it was - rather a "white noise".

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Thank CommunityMember
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Reviewed 4 September 2007

We also stayed on our last night. Agree...easy for flying out. Wonderful hosts. Very clean and updated, beautiful grounds. Great value

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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Thank WIIrishGirl10
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Reviewed 6 August 2006

My husband and I just got back from Ireland - we enjoyed our stay at the Ardsollus Farmhouse so much that I needed to write a review. Loreto is such a nice hostess - the breakfasts were amazing - no need to eat lunch most days because we filled up on breakfast. She even set out food early when she knew we needed to get out the door earlier than normal.

The room was clean - fresh towels every day. No problems with noise or water pressure. You can see horses and cows from the window. It was nice being a short 15 minute drive from the airport. It was the perfect place to stay and tour many sights - Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Ennis, Aran Islands, Dingle, Kinsale.

Loreto gave great suggestions for things to do, directions, running routes, etc. We went to Ireland 4 years ago and stayed at different B&B's each night - and we both agreed - Ardsollus Farmhouse was the best B&B we've stayed at in Ireland.

Our friends stayed in the apartments behind the B&B - and they thought those were wonderful as well - newly renovated - perfect for a family to stay in.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2006

Ardsollus was a perfect spot for our final night in Ireland. It's only 15 minutes from Shannon Airport, removing any stress from our final morning.
The farmhouse does feel like a family home, and the room was comfortable but not fancy. The shower had particularly good water pressure, and we enjoyed walking around the grounds (particularly with informal "guide," Ella the dog). Loreto is a lovely hostess, and we very much enjoyed meeting her and her son (and appreciated his recommendation for dinner at The Gallery).
We were prepared for early morning noise, given the other review, but never heard a thing. We found out at breakfast that there were two other parties who had left that morning at 6am for an early flight, and yet we never heard any pump noises at all. I can only guess that the plumbing has been changed or that the previous reviewer had particularly sensitive ears!

  • Stayed: May 2006
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3  Thank SRW31
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Address: Quin, Ennis, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > Ennis > Quin
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Quin
Price Range: £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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