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, also a cosy tea room where guests can mingle and exchange tips while helping themselves to a wide variety of speciality teas from Ronnefeldt as well as coffees, cakes etc. 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, plus stewed fruits (rhubarb, pears, plums, nectarines, apricots...) and a range of condiments and preserves among the treats laid out. And there will be hot dishes, of course, although these also tend to be continental in style rather than the typical ‘full Irish’. Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon or prosciutto, creamed mushrooms, a choice of omelettes, pancakes and French toast are all typical, but traditionalists can also have bacon (with choice of eggs) or a simple boiled egg.
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.