The Quay House

Clifden, Co. Galway
Bed & Breakfast

A favourite place in Connemara, the Quay House is big-hearted, deeply sybaritic and utterly personal with antiques and mementoes


14 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Children welcome

The Experience

Everyone should visit the Quay House at least once. Paddy is a hugely generous, big-hearted man, with an enormous talent for mixing antiques, ancestral portraits and ornate mirrors with African shields, tiger skins, sculpture and stuffed anything. And Julia has a great eye for colour. Yes, it’s quirky, but it is also steeped in sybaritic luxury and style: big bedrooms are all different, perhaps with a four-poster, a grand view, a working fireplace, and there’s not a whiff of meanness. All have soundproofed walls, deep mattresses, thick curtains, large fluffy towels, piping hot water and proper bathrooms with windows. Sleep soundly to the clinking of boats in the harbour, breakfast slowly on home-baked bread, full Irish, devilled kidneys, even oysters, in a sunny conservatory. Step out to discover bustling Clifden with its chic shops, or head for golden sands, fishing, golf, walking – it’s all here in glorious Connemara. Return to a beautifully furnished drawing room, a comfy sofa by a roaring fire, homemade brac and a restorative chat with this charismatic and humorous couple. Marvellous.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends. 2 nights in high season.
November to late-March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants within walking distance.


Nightly price
from €145
Singles €85-€120.
9 Twin/doubles
From €145
2 Triples
From €170
3 Doubles
From €145



As I drove away I tried to think of a phrase to sum up Quay House. It was hard. Calling it a 'warren of wonderful' goes part-way there. It's a maze of magical rooms with unusual and unexpected artefacts and room styles around every corner. It's like being in the home of an impulsive auction aficionado, while being looked after by Irish B&B royalty - with oysters. It's basically indescribable.

Kerry, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Julia & Patrick Foyle

  • Clifden is known as the 'capital' of Connemara and it has great shopping, art galleries, good restaurants and several pubs serving food - some with early evening traditional music. We are always available to help you with choices and reservations.
  • There are several good walks and hikes in this area including the new Derrigimlagh/Marconi walk - a 5 km trail across blanket bog over a rugged and wild landscape. Information posts will lead you to the ruins of the old Marconi wireless telegraphy station
  • The Connemara National Park where you can climb Diamond Mountain - one of the 12 Bens - is seven miles from Clifden in Letterfrack. A further five miles beyond the park will bring you to Kylemore Abbey and its wonderful Victorian walled-garden.
  • The attractive fishing village of Roundstone is 15 miles from Clifden and you will see lovely beaches on your way there. Close-by is the Connemara Golf Club - an 18-hole links course for golfing enthusiasts.
  • Bicycles - both traditional and electric - can be rented in Clifden and a pedal along the Sky Road is a must. Pony-trekking, sea-fishing and angling can be arranged nearby. Kayaking and outdoor pursuits are also available in the vicinity.