Mary and Michael’s Ballinsheen House impresses even before you have walked in the door, for as you drive up the incline to the house, you can’t help but notice the meticulous landscaping and the meticulous housekeeping.
Inside, as you get settled in and enjoy the comfort of the rooms, and when you wake to the aroma of freshly baking scones and muffins, and then when your hosts manage to arrange your itinerary by demonstrating that they know everything there is to know about the area, then you quickly realise that Ballinsheen is an Irish B&B that pushes all the vital B&B buttons.
But comfort and creativity aren’t the whole story of Ballinsheen: not by a long shot. The more that you discover, the more you appreciate that, for instance, the house has a pioneering eco policy – they are members of the Burren Ecotourism network which aims to protect this most beautiful UNESCO Geopark. They know everyone who provides services, from foraging walks to cave exploration, they know who makes the cheeses, smokes the fish, and brews the craft beers. Ballinsheen is, thus, the perfect base for anyone exploring the Burren, or pausing on the WAW to spend a few days exploring the area.
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