About This Listing
Enjoy a stay in your garden-view room with your own bathroom! It is a modern house with pubs, restaurants and a café in easy walking distance. From here, you can explore the Atlantic coast, Aran Islands, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher & much more!
I offer a guest room with its own bathroom.
The room has a single bed, and looks out onto the garden, so it is very quiet at night. The bathroom is equipped with a bathtub and showerhead, towels, soap, shower gels, shampoos, tooth paste and hairdryer.
The first two nights are priced as advertised, and every night hereafter would be €20 (or €30 for the period of end of August to beginning of October). The website doesn't let me process this, so let me know if you want to stay longer than 2 nights, and I will change the pricing online so that you can book the room at the discounted rate.
I have a second room which is a bit more basic and smaller, equipped with a comfy big airbed. If there are two of you who want to come and stay with me, feel free to inquire. I won't rent out the second room separately, only to two people who know each other and don't mind sharing the private bathroom. Rate to be confirmed on request.
You can relax in the garden, or watch TV (Sky, Irish channels) with a nice cup of tea - or coffee :-) ...
The house is located in a residential area just off the market square of Lisdoonvarna, a town on the edge of a unique area called the Burren and very close to the Cliffs of Moher.
By car, it's only 10 min. to the sea and Doolin, 45 min. to Ennis, 50 min. to Shannon Airport, and max 1.5 hours to Galway.
If you come by car:
The best way to travel in Ireland (unless you are staying in big cities only) is renting a car. This enables you to discover all the hidden, magical corners of the Emerald Isle. There is no car hire in Lisdoonvarna, best way to get a car is at the arrival airport. Off-street parking around the corner, (motor)bikes can be safely parked in the garden.
Pubs with evening entertainment from traditional to contemporary music, as well as restaurants and cafés are in walking distance.
One of the pubs, the Roadside Tavern, offers their own lager, red ale and stout which are brewed by the owner of the pub in the pub itself! Extremely tasty and definitely worth a tasting. Also, there are traditional music sessions on every night in summer, and contemporary music gigs on Sunday nights. See here for music schedule (you'll have to copy & paste & delete the spaces between the elements of the link, they would not allow me to put up links here): http:// (website hidden)/roadside/asp/page. asp?p= Music% 20at%20the%20Roadside%20Tavern or search for "Roadside Tavern Lisdoonvarna". Well worth going there for the atmosphere and the great food from the award-winning kitchen.
Clare's biggest salmon smokehouse and visitor centre (Burren Smokehouse) is one of the main attractions in town. Local amenities comprise grocery stores and a butcher, a pharmacy, a church, a surgery, a riding stable, local walking guides etc.
Ireland's only spa in its beautiful Victorian building has been reopened to the public this summer and is well worth a visit.
The Doolin Caves are only a 5 to 10 min drive away and feature one of the biggest stalactites in the world (6 m long hanging from the cave ceiling!).
Doolin also offers ferry rides to the Aran Islands during the summer months, and along the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Great ideas for a day trip!
Copy and paste the link to see pictures from the west of Ireland and my area, the Burren: http:// (website hidden)/people/kathinka/portfolio/recent or search for "Karin Funke Redbubble".
You can have a lovely stroll from my house in the evening to wind down and let the day's memories sink in.
Wifi is available in the house if you bring your own device.
The two resident cats are affectionate and docile. They are open to bribery (but nothing smoked or sugary, please!).
There is no cash machine (ATM) in Lisdoonvarna, the nearest is in Ennistymon, 15 min. by car south of Lisdoonvarna. So it would be advisable to stock up on money before you get here.
You have access to the kitchen for your breakfast, the living room with TV and DVD player, the garden and of course your own bathroom.
Interaction with Guests
I am living in the house with my two cats, so I will be available to help you with questions you might have, or with suggestions for walks, the absolute must-sees of the area etc.
I have also gathered a lot of information about visitor attractions, maps etc. which are available in the guest room.
As it might be a bit too much to take all in, I have written up a house manual.
I am a geocacher and photographer, so I can give you tips for the best geocaches in the area, and the best locations for photography trips.
I live in a quiet neighbourhood which is nonetheless very close to the square and all the shops, pubs, restaurants and the café. Actually you can see the square from my house. At the same time, going the other way, there is a lovely valley where you can walk, or reach the sea in just 10 minutes by car. The world-famous Cliffs of Moher are only a 20 min drive away, and the Burren (an amazing limestone area) are very close, too.
You can also do day trips to the Aran Islands, as the ferries to the islands go from Doolin, a 15 min drive away.
There are two beaches in the area - Fanore Beach to the north and Lahinch to the south.
These are some of the festivals taking place in the area. Please search for them for more details, I'm not allowed to post website addresses.
Burren in Bloom Festival - 30 April to 18 May
Burren Slow Food Festival - 16th to 24th May 2015
Burren Summer Festival - 29th May 2015
Burren Rocks! - 30th May to 1st June 2015
Doolin Folk Festival - 12th to 14th June 2015
Burren Tolkien Festival - 26th to 28th June 2015
Doolin Craft Beer Festival - 21st to 23rd August 2015
Burren Food Fayre - 25th October 2015
Traveling by public transport:
Have a look at websites like Get there, Dublin coach (Dublin-Ennis) and Citylink (Dublin-Galway), and at the Bus Eireann website for getting from Galway / Ennis to Lisdoonvarna, if you don't travel by car. The bus stops in Lisdoonvarna at the square (Burkes Garage), and from there it is only 2 min on foot to my house. There are services going to Ennis/Limerick/Cork and the Galway direction. The Cliffs of Moher and Doolin can be reached by bus.
To organise your public transport, visit Getthere.
Other Things to Note
Bikes - pushbikes or motorbikes - can be parked safely in the garden. Cars can park around the corner in a designated space off the road.
There is a radio/CD player in your room.
My house is a no smoking area.
I have a house manual which will be available to guests once they arrive. It explains how things work in the house (which I will explain anyway).
Cosy room in a good central location for travelling round Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher. Karin is lovely and welcomed me and advised on places to go. Would recommend.
It was great staying with Karin and meeting her cats. It is a comfortable modern house, only a couple of hundred yards from the centre of Lisdoonvarna
Karin is such a wonderful host and a lovely person to know. She was so warm all the time and made me feel completely at home. I loved the single room and the private bathroom - I had enough privacy when needed, yet Karin was happy to chat and spend time whenever I wanted to. We exchanged so many ideas about our cultures, food, and I played with her cat too :-) I went there as a stranger, but left with great memories and after having made a lovely friend in Karin. This surely was one of my best Airbnb experiences so far! I would highly recommend this place. Thanks Karin for making my trip to Lisdoonvana such a memorable one!
Just when I had sent off my review I knew what I had forgotten to write: that we met as strangers at that bus stop but became friends during this brief period of time. I am very happy that my cat and I were able to contribute to your happy memories! The feeling was definitely mutual!
I very much enjoyed staying with Karin. The accomodation is clean and offer good value for the money. It is very centrally located which was great for me since I wanted to enjoy the Lisdoonvarna music festival. I feel very comfortable this place to anyone visiting Lisdoonvarna.
Karin welcomed me with a warm smile and accepted my hug of gratitude, when I first entered her home.
She has a lovely home down one of the side streets of Lisdoonvarna. The room that I stayed in overlooked her beautiful garden and was very comfortable.
Karin extended herself on many occasions while I stayed with her. She shared many meals with me, which I was grateful for since I was traveling alone. She provided me with great information and direction on how to get from Lisdoonvarna to Doolin.
Karin's home is conveniently located a block from the bus stop which takes you to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. The reason I chose her home.
I would recommend staying with Karin anytime you are in the area.
About the Host, Karin
I'm originally from Germany and speak German, French and English. I welcome international visitors and have an extensive knowledge of the local area which I'm happy to share with you in any of the above languages! Some of my hobbies are photography and geocaching.
Please note that I don't have a phone with internet access, so it might take me a little while to answer, but I will always try to be as quick as possible.
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