Favorite B&B: Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage

I wanted to do a quick post highlighting our favorite Bed and Breakfast in Ireland. For our Euro trip we agreed we would splurge on one location in each country we visited. I knew that I wanted a unique B&B, and the dream was to find a thatched cottage, but I didn’t get my hopes up. I figured finding a thatched cottage would either be way out of our budget or they would be abandoned homes. I came upon a picture which led me to a posting about Lissyclearig Cottage and my jaw dropped. I held my breath as I followed it to booking.com and my excitement built with every word I read. Without hesitation I knew this was THE place.

Lissyclearig Cottage is located in Kenmare, our longest stay in Ireland. We arrived here late one evening, stayed for a full three nights, then headed to to our next destination in Galway. This B&B is a thatched cottage, meaning the roof is carefully constructed from bamboo. It felt like we were getting the full Irish experience meeting the couple who owned the place, hearing their story (the husband built this place!), and having a traditional Irish breakfast every morning, which made this location worth every penny. This quaint cottage had its own rustic charm that made it hard to say goodbye. We easily could’ve spent the week there.Oh, and the quote painted on this rock was a clear sign we were meant to stay here: I was obsessed with Annie as a child and I cannot remember how many times I, or my mom, would sing this one line from the 1999 version.
We were staying on the second floor – this was our window! I love the flowers dripping from the windows and doorway – this was found on many buildings in Ireland, big cities and small villages alike
The hydrangeas were unreal. I fell in love with that flower in Ireland because it was all over the place in the countryside, and some were as big as my head. I drew so much inspiration for our future home from this place – the gardens and lush flowers were a major part of that. I have no idea if hydrangeas grow well in Texas, but I will find a way to make it work, regardless. The owner of Lissyclearig explained to me how these flowers just thrive here, most likely is due in part to the rainy conditions. Staying at this place was another reminder of how much of a country girl I am. I love the seclusion, the space, and the simplicity of it all.

If you are ever making a trip to Ireland and plan to see the Ring of Kerry or Killarney National Park, Lissyclearig Cottage is a MUST. It’s no more than 15 minutes from either location, yet it’s secluded, so you don’t feel like you are only 2 miles from the downtown area, even though you are (which is also the perfect spot for dinner at a local pub). It was perfect; we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere.

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