I have to say, upon initially driving up to Shanlin House, we were a little skeptical because it was located on a slightly busy road. It turned out to be a totally quiet and relaxing place, and we got excellent sleep both nights. Seamus was very welcoming as soon as we got there and gave us lots of recommendations on where to eat. Oranmore itself isn't super exciting, but it's very close to Galway and the surrounding countryside is beautiful.
One thing that really stood out for me was the shower... great water pressure and steaming hot, perfect after a day of mucking through cold, muddy fields while exploring 12th century abbeys. The breakfast was very good, and oddly enough, I'm not a cereal person but I really liked the muesli. We came to Shanlin House for the last two days of our stay in Ireland and as a former vegetarian, I had enough of meat at that point (be prepared for a lot of meat in Ireland!). I didn't eat a lot at breakfast because of this, so I hope Seamus doesn't think it was his cooking!
He talked with us for a long time about where to go and what to do. We followed his recommendation and we weren't sorry. He totally understood what we wanted (no crowds, no tourists, like us). He was also very accommodating when I was 5 euros short at checkout. I feel badly about that, but he was incredibly gracious. All in all, it was everything you could ask for in a B&B: quiet, great shower you could stay in for hours, wonderful hosts and in a great location close to Galway, Connemara, and The Burren. It's a great option if, like us, you don't want to stay directly in Galway because of noise and crowds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shanlin House Bed & Breakfast, is the ideal location for the visitor to stay, relax and "watch the sun go down on Galway Bay." It provides a central location from which to tour the major attractions of the West of Ireland, a variety of local attractions and activities and the village of Oranmore within a few minutes walk for a selection of restaurants, pubs and music. A residence for comfort and relaxation. Check our prices and make a reservation by post or online. From the first glance at the outside of Shanlin House, the guest knows from seeing the well-tended gardens, the colourful window boxes and imposing facade of the house that this is no ordinary guest accommodation. Shanlin House is the ideal base for the tourist wishing to visit the major attractions of the West of Ireland. Local attractions include Galway Bay Golf and Country Club and Clarinbridge village, the home of the Oyster Festival. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shanlin House B+B Oranmore, County Galway, Ireland