‘Probably the most romatic place to stay in Ireland’ –
Cosmopolitan Magazine 2006
Built for the Harbour Master nearly 200 years ago, The Quay House has been sensitively restored and now offers guest accommodation in fourteen bedrooms (all different) with full bathrooms – all but two overlook the Harbour.
Family portraits, period furniture, cosy fires and a warm Irish welcome make for a unique atmosphere of comfort and fun.
The owners, Paddy and Julia Foyle, are always on hand for advice on fishing, golfing, riding, walking, swimming, sailing, dining, etc – all close by.
The Quay House is Clifden’s oldest building, dating from C1820. It was originally the Harbour Master’s house but later became a Franciscan monastery, then a convent and finally a hotel owned by the Pye family. Now providing Town House Accommodation in Clifden, it is run by the Foyle family, whose forebears have been entertaining guests in Connemara for nearly a century.
The Quay House stands right on the harbour, just 7 minutes walk from Clifden town centre. All rooms are individually furnished with some good antiques and original paintings; several have working fireplaces. All have large bathrooms with tubs and showers and there are also two ground floor rooms for wheelchair users.
Georgina Campbell’s Ireland – the Best of the Best
“Next we move to Connemara, and Clifden’s oldest house, which is right on the harbour, with pretty water views when the tide is in. It is superbly comfortable and run with exceptional warmth and generosity by Paddy & Julia Foyle, who are renowned for their sheer style…airy, wittily decorated and sumptuously furnished rooms include not only two wheelchair-friendly rooms, but also seven newer studio rooms, with little kitchens, and balconies overlooking the harbour.
Consistently excellent service is also a feature of this fine house, and their renowned breakfasts – which include a tempting buffet as well as a delectable range of hot dishes and home bakes straight from the Aga – are served in a charming conservatory, decorated with a collection of silver domes and trailing Virginia creeper criss-crossing the room on string. The Quay House is a very worthy winner of two titles: “Guesthouse of the Year & National Winner of our Irish Breakfast Awards” – extract from Georgina Campbell’s Ireland
The Quay House features in 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland in 2011