I had the pleasure of staying at Gorse cottage, taking a much-needed break to relax and write. In the two months that I stayed there, I never discovered a single thing that could be wanting for the comfort of guests. You could look for a better location, or for a more beautiful place to stay, but I assure you you would never find it.
The cottage is beautiful, with a world-class view all around it. You can sit at the kitchen table and see the Cliffs of Moher in the distance. Out the front door, you can see the Aran islands. On an exceptionally clear day, you can see the mountains in distant Connemara.
It is obvious that the owners have spared no expense or trouble to make Gorse Cottage a haven of comfort and beauty. The cottage is spacious, with ample equipment in the kitchen for cooking, laundry facilities, and quiet bedrooms. There is a safe place for children to play in the backyard.
What really makes the cottage special is that there is an on-site guide (the father of the owner), who has lived in the area for many years. As a woman traveling alone in Ireland, his presence make me feel safe and secure. I frequently asked him for advice or assistance, and it was always given graciously.
When it was 98°F at home, I enjoyed 60°F temperatures at Gorse Cottage. Sleeping with the windows open to the cool sea breezes, I would awake every morning refreshed and relaxed.
You simply can't go wrong by staying here. I wish I was still there!
I absolutely loved Doolin and Southern Ireland. Did not want to leave. It felt like home to me. The people were lovely and the views were stunning. You will love the pub scene there. If you end up staying for a night or two at Gorse Cottage, remember, Ted lives right next door on the property and Gorse Cottage has a great commercial gas stove. The cottage was outstanding and well equipt. It has everything that you will need although I wished that he had a sharpening steel for the knives. I will definitely return or recommend it to anyone travelling to Ireland. Great for 10 or two. By the way, there is a seafood distributor right behind the gas station where you can pick up fresh seafood and shellfish.
Ted McCormack and his daughter Cynthia own the property. Ted lives right next door. The views from this property are stunning. One of the best places we stayed at and rented. We will definitely go back. Ted was outstanding. He would blow his horn nightly for a trip down to the pubs where he would perform. The Guinness was so smooth. Nothing like what we get here in Finland. You can find the contact info here.
Gorse cottage was excellent. 5 bedrooms, very spacious. Couldn't ask for anything more as it was well equipped right down to the dishes and all the cooking utensils. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Gorse cottage has everything you could hope for in a self-catering cottage.Also has a big kitchen and lovely garden. The views of the sea are superb. Ted McCormac, the owner's father, looked after us by introducing us to the local music in Doolin, even sang a few of my requests. Great strong voice. Location of cottage very handy for walks on the Burren.
We are just home from the best week's holiday in Ireland we have ever had! We have previously visited Dingle, Wexford, Dunmore East, Westport, Donegal, Kinsale, and lots of seaside destinations! Doolin is by far and above the best!! Gorse Cottage is wonderful, homely, warm, clean, safe and so welcoming, we simply did not want to leave. The house is great for families and a great base for visiting Lahinch, Liscannor, Miltown Malbay, the Burren, Fanore, Arab Islands and more. The local restaurants and pubs are great fun, we enjoyed Fitz's twice for family meals and services, great sessions at Gus O'Connors & O'Donaghues with local celebrity Ted McCormac who lives beside Gorse Cottage and is a font of local knowledge and great personality! We ate in the house a number of nights also availing of the great kitchen facilities, views and evening sunsets! The house provided everything we expected and more, it truly was a pleasure to stay in and we will most definitely be back very soon!! Thank you Cindy, Tim & Ted for allowing us stay and create such great family memories xx