We spent 4 long stays at "Shorehaven" and we always return there with the same longing and pleasure. This fully-equipped and comfortable cottage is a balcony over the sea. This is the perfect place to visit the magical Burren and the fantastic coasts of Loop Head. Mike is a mine of information about the whole county of Clare and Tina is the perfect landlady, considerate in the slightest details of your comfort. The library of the cottage is rich, useful and multilingual.
As for the daily shopping, there is a grocery-pub-post-office in Quilty and a very well-stocked "Super-Valu" at Miltown-Malbay (about 4 kms from Quilty).
We particularly appreciate the closeness of the sea, sunsets, colours, the smell of iodine, fresh air, shore-birds, seals and sea-otters which have been our daily universe during our holidays! We have been spellbound at first sight!
"Shorehaven" is the place to let our mind sailing between sky and sea!
Mike and Tina are excellent hosts!! The cottage was a very relaxing place to be. We had plans to explore the area but enjoyed it there so much we spent one day just hanging out in the sun room.
Hope to stay again one day!!
This was the absolute cat's meow! Seeing the pictures in this site makes me "homesick" for it now that I'm home. Tena and Mike are excellent hosts. This cottage has everything and anything you could need or want. One day we stayed in just to enjoy the ocean, rest and re-energize before hitting the sight-seeing road again and it was just perfect!
Just back from a refreshing and relaxing break at Shorehaven, Quilty. We arrived to find Mike waiting for us with the heat turned on and a
warm fire blazing in the living room. A welcoming basket of wine, bread and cheese stood on the kitchen counter beside a blue pottery jug filled with bright yellow daffodils and vibrant red rose hips. We could see that Tina had been busy too! Mike discussed our itinerary with us, showed us some maps and gave us advice on routes, spots to visit and best places to eat. From the conservatory we could see the dramatic backdrop of the incoming Atlantic tide only metres away. It was hard to believe, even from Shorehaven's website, that a house could be so near the sea! We were fascinated and wanted to spend hours simply gazing at the view. The weather was wild and damp but this added to the drama of the seascape. Huge waves rolled in over the rocks, the spray gently touching our faces when we stood on the terrace. We were glad to get this opportunity to experience the wildness of Co. Clare and could only long for a return trip during the Summer. It reminded us so much of holidays we have spent in Brittany ... only better.
Tearing myself away from the fascinating view, I could not recommend the cottage itself more highly. It could not be more comfortable. Everything we needed and more was there. It was indeed a home away from home. It is minutes away from some excellent restaurants/hotels but if you feel like cooking, there are lots of pots, pans, cutlery etc .
We loved our break in West Clare, nestled in our cosy cottage in the quiet seaside village of Quilty, on the cusp of all the well known iconic tourist spots of West Clare. We were loathe to leave when our weekend came to an end.
The owners are so very nice but have to be honest and give poor marks for the property. First Quilty is not exactly charming and the area of Shorehaven has perhaps seen better days. Upon arrival looked very sketchy and the home obviously a family get away as it is so cluttered and messy. We were very happy to have left after two nights. Feel bad because the owners very helpful and kind but could never recommend this house to a friend for fear of losing that friend. Perhaps we are too particular as both my husband and I along with sister and her husband prefer paying for rentals for the guests and not the well lived in second homes that are not geared to paying guests. Will say the sunsets were beautiful. Just know what you are really getting for your money.