Just along the shore road towards Galway, Armin and Bernadette Grefkes' attractive purpose-built accommodation makes a comfortable and moderately-priced base for a break in this lovely area and it is a delightful place to stay.
Being a little outside Ballyvaughan it is less well-known than places in the village, which gives a sense of discovery – you’ll get a friendly welcome from Bernadette and Armin, and guests are invariably delighted by the high standards, comfort and professionalism they offer.
The ground floor is spacious and there’s a comfortable sea view sitting room with an open fire available for guests' use, as well as a dining room – and there’s even a bar, which is unusual and is an especially attractive feature. The furnishing style is a mixture of old and new, with antiques and newer country furnishings blending well, and everything is spotless and full of character.
The bedrooms are lovely, with decent sized beds (made up with blankets rather than duvets, which many guests find a welcome change these days) and sea views across Galway Bay from front rooms, while those at the back have a peaceful outlook over the Burren. All have phones and television – and if you’re feeling stiff after a day out walking, Bernadette will send up a hot water bottle for you! Two rooms on the ground floor are suitable for less able guests, although there are a couple of steps to negotiate at the front door.
A very good breakfast includes a great spread on the sideboard – with local cheese, from Annaliese Bartelink in Kilnaboy, gravadlax, smoked salmon, salamis and a range of condiments and preserves among the treats laid out. And there will be unusual hot dishes such as herrings with horseradish sauce as well as more usual options, although these are also continental in style so don’t expect the typical ‘full Irish’.
Family-friendly and pet-friendly, this makes great base for an active holiday, or just for exploring the area.
Special comfort, the peace and attention to detail bring guests back to Drumcreehy – and, if you visit in late spring or early summer, you may just hear the cuckoo too.