Wild Honey Inn

Co. Clare
Hotel


Come for Michelin-starred Irish food, cooked with flair – not fuss – for comfort and to connect with the extraordinary Burren landscape

Bedroom

14 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 1 – 2

The Experience

It’s lovely to walk in to this revamped 19th-century Inn with its fresh flowers, tweedy furniture, piano and log fires in the bar. Kate and Aidan’s style is warm and calm and it’s clear the whole team minds that you enjoy your stay.

Whole weekends can be devoted to exploring the Burren (on foot and by bike) with its unique flora, megalithic tombs and dolmen. Visit other border villages like Ballyvaughan and Kilfenora.

Aidan sources food meticulously from his country’s ‘natural larder’ keeping things seasonal, rustic and flavourful – cooking along classic French lines – using organic vegetables, berries and herbs; local game; wild fish, shellfish and organically farmed salmon from Clare Island. He cooks a jolly good breakfast too; try the Smoked haddock omelette, homemade bread and handmade sausages. Slow Food Clare has really taken off and as Ireland’s only Michelin Star pub – you’ll definitely be in for a treat. 

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We think you'll love

  • The appealingly unpretentious bar-restaurant in Ireland’s only Michelin-starred pub
  • Joining one of the organised walking weekends
  • The cosy sitting room with deep sofas and lots of books
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You should know

  • Bedrooms don’t have tea/coffee-making kit (hot drinks are available downstairs from breakfast time until the bar closes)
  • Some bathrooms have no natural light
  • There are lots of steps to the upper floor rooms

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
12pm
Closed
1 November - 1 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Dinner €60.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €100
2 Singles
From €100
2 Twins
From €165
10 Doubles
From €150

Accommodation

Reviews

Wild Honey offers a classic country inn experience in an upcoming foodie destination. Little-known Lisdoonvarna has a couple of delicious dining experiences – including at the hotel’s own Michelin-starred pub of course. I loved the flower-filled conservatory – a summer suntrap – and the spacious, modern bathrooms that come with its top end rooms. A great base for exploring the Cliffs or the Burren, with a top-notch breakfast to send you on your way.”

Kerry, Sawday's inspector

Oh such a dreamy country inn! Kate & Aidan will really look after you in style. We had one of the garden rooms which was lovely and quiet, with a bath for some soaking after a serious hike along the Cliffs of Moher (a must see). We took G&Ts from the bar onto our terrace, and followed them with dinner in front of the fire from a fantastic, lively menu (the lamb was some of the best we've had). The feel is 'miles from anywhere' but just a few steps down the road we found the local Smokehouse, a microbrewery, and a great little pub with traditional Irish music sessions. Top marks.

Rebecca, London

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Location

The neighbourhood

It’s a 15-minute drive into the glaciated karst landscape of the Burren National Park ‘proper’ and you’re metres from the Burren Smokehouse. Lisdoonvarna is famous for its Matchmakers’ and its Father Ted Festivals (avoid, obviously, if you want a quieter time); for its music and pubs. Doolin: famous for its trad music and nearby Cliffs of Moher, is a ten-minute drive or 1.25 hours’ walk

Local points of interest from Kate Sweeney

  • The stunning Cliffs of Moher are only a short drive from the Inn. They are over 200 metres high and run for over 8 km along the Atlantic Ocean. Over 30,000 pairs of seabirds including a number of protected species nest at the Cliffs of Moher.
  • The Burren landscape in North Clare is one of the largest and most accessible Karst regions in the world. It is the only place on the planet where Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants grow side-by-side.
  • The Burren area is an ideal base for those in pursuit of outdoor adventure. There are many walking and cycling routes in the area as well as sea kayaking, surfing, rock climbing, horse riding and golf.
  • There are many archaeological sites in the area. The oldest and best known is the Poulnabrone portal dolmen. Look out for tower houses, holy wells, penitential stations, round towers and much more. This heritage gives us a privileged insight into the past.
  • The underground cave system of the Burren is one of the largest in Europe. There are two open to the public. Aillwee Cave near Ballyvaughan and Doolin Cave where you can view the (7.3 metres) longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern hemisphere.
  • Throughout the summer there are many festivals and organised events for the visitor to enjoy. These include the 'Burren in Bloom' festival and the 'Burren Slow Food' festival in May. Burren Food trail and Burren Adventure trail.

Introducing

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney and Aidan McGrath have stacks of hosting experience between them and from 2009 have been pouring their skills and energies into building the solid reputation of the Wild Honey Inn. They saw in the beautiful surrounding Burren landscape the perfect opportunity to focus on ecologically and socially responsible tourism; using the best locally sourced food and promoting nature-based activities, so the local community benefits too.