I am Irish living in Germany and own a small bit of paradise in Ireland: my cottage on Inis Meain. I would like to be able to spend more time there, going fishing, planting potatoes and waking up to the sun rising over the sea
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A very unique experience and in the end enjoyed staying in the cottage. We only stayed one night but will remember the island and our cottage fondly. The cottage is rustic and very quaint. The toilet being bio degradable was not to our liking, however, we made the most of our stay. The door was open on our arrival and we had to wash towels and sheets and hang to dry prior to use. If we had been forewarned about these things I think we still would have booked the cottage to feel the true flavour of the island.
My boyfriend and I had such a blast in this quirky little cottage on the spectacular Inis Meain! The view from the living room is totally breath taking. We loved the old coal fire place, which made the whole house quite cozy (there is also an electric space heater for use in the upstairs bedroom). We would absolutely return to this homey and comfortable cottage.
Taller folks should be prepared to slouch on the upper level. One suggestion we'd have is a book that explains a little about coal fire place, toilet, etc to guests.
Many thanks Karin, at the near by shop for helping figure out the fire and suggesting amazing walks. She even made a reservation for us at one of the Island restaurants. Total sweat heart!
We stayed 3 nights at the cottage. The cottage is a unique experience for a lot of reasons: it is rare to stay on Inis Meain, much less in a cottage; it is a much "realer" experience to be in a cottage rather than a B&B; it was lovely to be able to cook (especially since most restaurants were not open). The cottage is beautiful with a lovely light and space to sleep 5. What made our stay rather difficult at times, however, was how cold the cottage was, compounded with the fact that we arrived in a cold snap. Luckily there was an electric heater upstairs and Karin at the shop (which stocks a lot of standard grocery fare--we did not find the price mark-up was that bad either) was very helpful in explaining how to get the coal stove going. Other people on the island were surprised we were staying there; I assume it is normally a summer cottage. The water heater for the shower was not functioning properly, which did not help much in warming things up. My companion and I were not sure how to use the bio-toilet, though Eilis was very quick to reply with more specific directions. In general, I would definitely recommend staying here, but I would suggest it be in warmer months. The cottage is lovely, but seems more suitable for the warmer months of spring and summer. That said, it was certainly a memorable stay, in part for the more rustic elements of it!
Nice cottage, right in front of the island's pub....great location! We had a person waiting for us when we got off the ferry which we did not expect so that was great because its about 3 miles away. The only thing that we were not too happy about was the toilet...it was a dry system (the only one in the island) it wasn't horrible I just wish we would've been told, the fireplace was on for our arrival, but the house was a cold house. The upstairs room had a great heater though....not necessarily the cleanest place, but overall it's ok. The water did not stay hot long...would go from hot to freezing fairly quickly. The island was amazing & we met great people. Wouldn't necessarily stay here again, but would definitely return to inis meain....
The cottage and the island are a haven of peace. We loved every minute there and the coal fire is a fantastic feature to come back to after a walk on the windy cliffs. The shop stocks all the basics you could need, including the coal. As has been mentioned before, bring cash as there is no ATM on the island, and if you want to enjoy a bottle of wine in front of the fire, best bring it from the mainland as well as the wine in the shop is very expensive due to the transport costs. Eilis was very helpful in providing this and other information. Thanks for a great time!
The cottage was absolutely in a beautiful location. It was the best place to go to for some peace and quiet. The cottage, although equipped with all the mod cons, needs some good management and regular maintenance. It was quite cold during New year's time, and the cottage didn't have the necessary commodities for ample heating. Being from a Tropical country, this was a real necessity for us. The bio-toilet was also broken. My advice would be to double check that the cottage is regularly maintained and reimbursed with all the basic necessities before you book, and also make sure there is good communication beforehand. The island has one shop, one pub that's it. So make sure you have enough food with you before leaving the mainland. Remember to withdraw cash and leave the credit cards at home. The people around are absolutely wonderful. They are ready to help at the drop of a pin.
We had two lovely days in the cabin. I traveled with two youths. I recommend the place.
If you're looking for a location to get lost from the world for a day or two, this is the spot. The island is desolate but cozy and the walks and scenery are beautiful. The cottage is perfect for several nights away to enjoy time as a family or as a retreat. No internet, no television = perfect. Whether you arrive by plane or ferry, be sure to hop on the inter island taxi (lovely couple that run it) because the walk is far! Bring enough euros as well (no ATMs here) and stop in at the pub for a pint. We arrived late in the evening on the last ferry and didn't have any food with us. Oops! Be sure to bring along anything you might like for a late snack or breakfast because the shop (only one) will be closed in the evening (if you can find it at all). The pub makes a mean grilled cheese just in case. Thanks to Karin and Liz for introducing us to the island!
The sweet and beautiful house is a place were you really can have holidays!! Unfortunatelly we only spent one night in this lovingly desinged place, but still wish we could have stayed a few more days!
Big thank you to Liz that she let us stay!