When we were planning our trip to Ireland, I had one thing I absolutely had to do while we were there and that was to see the Cliffs of Moher. I knew if I got to do that, I wouldn’t care however else we spent our time, so I began searching for accommodations in the general vicinity of the cliffs. That’s when I stumbled on Doolin, a small coastal village just a short drive away (or a walk, if you’re fit) from the cliffs. Besides offering quite a few B&B’s to choose from, Doolin was also the prettiest of all the towns I looked at near the cliffs, so I knew I’d found the right place for us to stay!
Then the task became choosing where to stay in Doolin for three nights. Normally, I look at between 20-30 hotels and B&B’s when I’m trip planning – this time I researched less than 10. I stopped looking as soon as I came across Doll’s Cottage B&B. Such a charming name immediately brought to my mind an image of a child’s dollhouse with lots of flowers and lace curtains. And in reality, I wasn’t too far off the mark.
Doll’s Cottage B&B
Tucked away down a side road off of Fisher Street, Doll’s Cottage B&B is an attractive, pink two-story home, not altogether different from the vision I had in my mind. The cottage is named after Doll O’Connor, mother of the owner, Sean O’Connor. Sean and his wife Niamh live in and run the B&B here in County Clare. They made us feel right at home from the moment we first arrived.
Our Room at Doll’s Cottage B&B
Sean took us upstairs to the top floor where room #3 awaited us – a bright, comfortably decorated room with a view of the Irish countryside from the window. Barn-style doors and ceiling planks gave the space a homey, farmhouse feel. Photographs and prints covering the walls in our room and down the hall were like a museum of Doolin’s history, one that Sean’s family has played a part in for a very long time. After making sure we had everything we needed and giving us a few tips for dinner, Sean left us to get settled in.
Cory and I shared a double bed, with Lexie sleeping on a twin in the same room. While the room was small, due to how well everything was arranged in the space, we never felt cramped. It was also very quiet – almost too quiet for me, actually. I need a little noise to fall asleep, so Sean and Niamh were kind enough to lend me their fan to run during the night. (Kinder folks you’re unlikely to find, I tell you!)
Our bathroom was tiny, only large enough for one person to use at a time, but it was very clean. The skylight allowed in plenty of natural light. No toiletries were provided – not a big deal if you’re used to bringing your own – but since we were flying Ryanair and I couldn’t pack my shampoo in my carry-on, I spent the duration of our trip with some awfully dirty hair.
Breakfast at Doll’s Cottage B&B
Our room was lovely, but the best part about staying at Doll’s Cottage B&B was our morning breakfast. Sean is a chef and it showed in how he prepared our food every morning – everything cooked to perfection and delivered with beautiful presentation. Cory’s order was always the full Irish breakfast – Irish bacon, sausages, mushrooms, potatoes, a fried egg, tomatoes, black pudding, and white pudding. I wake up hungry, but not that hungry so I typically chose a lighter option – smoked salmon with a bagel and cream cheese.
Each morning we had two other guests join us for breakfast, and ironically, they were all Americans as well. The couple from our first morning were artists from Connecticut – a painter and a photographer. Our second and third morning we were joined by a friendly pair of cousins from North Carolina. It seemed that the majority of tourists we met outside of the B&B were from America as well – a puzzling, yet welcome discovery since we hardly have any contact with Americans in London.
While we filled our bellies, Sean would sit with us and share stories from the past, both his own and that of his parents. Sean being an excellent storyteller and myself having no stories in my repertoire that could even compare, I was content to simply sit and listen. Breakfast entertainment at its best! An added bonus was getting a kiss every morning from Johnny Depp Jr., the resident food scrap eater and belly rub lover at Doll’s Cottage.
Things to Know
Rooms at Doll’s Cottage B&B include free parking, breakfast, and WiFi. A small collection of books are also available to borrow. Televisions are not provided in guest rooms, but one is available in the breakfast room for guest use. (Although, if you’re coming to Ireland to watch TV, I believe you may not be making the best use of your time.)
The O’Connor’s are an excellent source of information about what to do in the area. Without their help, we wouldn’t have had a clue what to see in the Burren, and probably would have completely missed out on Hag’s Head. Over half of what we saw in County Clare came at their recommendation. If you’re staying at Doll’s Cottage B&B, don’t hesitate to ask for advice!
When we said goodbye to Sean and Niamh after three days, we were sent on our way with big hugs and kisses, and I felt like we were parting with dear friends. Friends who stood at the window and waved to us as our car disappeared from view, no less. Our hosts were a perfect example of the warm, caring nature that was so graciously shown to us by everyone we met in Ireland. That kind of friendly reception is exactly why I can’t wait to return to this part of the country some day!
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