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.
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- Also Known As:
- Ardsollus Farm Quin