SHEEDY'S COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL& RESTAURANT-LISDOONVARNA, IRELAND
This is another experience we must simply tell YOU NOT TO MISS!
Traveling through Ireland to this point has been adventures in many different forms from grand disappointment to the most exciting of a lifetime! Sheedy's Country House and Restaurant is no exception. In fact, we would tell you that if you are going to visit Doolin, drive a few minutes further and stay and dine in Lisdoonvarna at Sheedy's. It is a convenient location to reach the Aran Islands our tour the Cliffs of Moher but advise that you do that differently. (You can see my review about that subject matter on Trip Advisor as well)
John and Martina will hold your attention with their charm, wit and compassion as your feel that you have become an extended part of their family. As you approach their entrance of this three hundred year old family home you first have to walk past the lovely flower garden and walkway.
On an evening with a mild breeze, as it was when we were there, the aroma from the roses and sweet flowers set the mood for what you find once you open the doors to Sheedy's. If first impressions tell you what you can expect, then you will feel extreme satisfaction from the time you drive up until you leave.
Sheedy's was quite different from anywhere we had ever been before. In the past when we had dined out we were taken to the dining area and there you waited to be served. Not so here! We were led to the foyer next to the fire where we could sit and enjoy a beverage of our choice and where they served us hors d'oeuvres. Here is a quote from their web page and it is certainly true enough!
"John started his career as a chef in the mid 1980s in the Michelin Star restaurant of the Plaza Athénée in Paris before returning to Ireland to the Blue Book Property, Longueville House in Mallow Co. Cork. While at Longueville, he was responsible for a team that earned the restaurant five Michelin Bib Gourmand ratings over five different years. The bib Gourmand rating means the restaurant is a Michelin inspector's favorite for good food at moderate prices - a principle that John stands over in his own restaurant at Sheedy's in Lisdoonvarna".
John moved on from the Longueville House to the world known Ashford Castle as Chef for nine years and afterwards cooked for many dignitaries for the opening of Ellis Island. He even did a program on World Class Cuisine for the Discovery Channel so you can see what an incredible treat you palettes are in for when you dine there. With all this experience you would think this would be a "Stuck Up" atmosphere with matching hosts but just the opposite!
This Hotel and Restaurant has one of the most immersive and compassionate locations in all of the country. You will not leave here hungry or mistreated.
Martina makes sure that each guest in treated as though they were her only guest with several visits to your table during dinner to be sure that your service, meal, and even beverage is all that you expected and more. As I said earlier, Martina is a very pleasant and kind woman with only one thing on her mind-YOU!! How nice it felt to be pampered like this. We can honestly say after three weeks of dining out (and a week in the Caymans before arriving in Ireland) that there were only two places that catered to their customers like this and Sheedy's is one of them! Martina met John while she was also in the employ of Ashford Castle, were married and bought the Sheedy's Hotel from John's parents and it continues to be a warm inviting dream to enjoy while you explore that part of Ireland. You DO NOT want to miss out on this fabulous location where every wish can come true!
Be sure to see the web page for more interesting facts and photos.
Go to http://www.sheedys.com
Please say hello to them both when you too visit there for your dreams come true!
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26 July 2011
Many thanks for your kind review. I look foward to welcoming you both back to Sheedys in the very near future.
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