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The sea comes close to the house at Bervie: all you have to do is walk down the garden, open the gate, and there you are, right on the beach on Achill Island. Whatever your age, it is a primal experience to do just that, just as it seems equally primal to come back from a morning on the beach and fall asleep in the afternoon in an armchair, and then to join the family for a lovely dinner cooked by Elizabeth and John.
The cooking at Bervie chimes perfectly with the experience – smoked Achill salmon with pickled vegetables to begin, then the magnificent Achill lamb with pea purée (no other lamb tastes like Achill lamb), and then bread and butter pudding. The house itself is like a series of conjoined cottages and is, in fact, an old coastguard station, which dates right back to 1932. Elizabeth and John have kept the style of the house simple and comfortable, just as you want from a coastal bed and breakfast. Bervie is as close as the Wild Atlantic Way actually gets to the wild Atlantic, and if you are a surfing dude, or a painting dude who wants to capture the magic of the Achill light on a canvas, then there is no better place than Bervie to summon up the magic of Achill.

John & Elizabeth Barrett
Keel, Achill Island, County Mayo
+ 353 (0) 98 43114

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