Clare Island stands guard at the entrance to Clew Bay, off Ireland’s western Atlantic coast. For almost two centuries, the island’s Lighthouse has been a nautical landmark perched high on the craggy cliffs, watching over Achill, Westport and beyond. Once a safe haven for sailors, this heritage property now offers sanctuary of a different kind. This architecturally majestic, listed building has been lovingly transformed into fully catered, luxury accommodation, complemented by magnificent sea views and an inspiring, natural environment.
We see Clare Island Lighthouse as a ‘great escape’ - a restorative haven, where even the busiest mind is soon stilled by the unhurried island pace. Our interiors, in keeping with the ethos of the lighthouse and its location, are uncluttered & sleek but exceedingly comfortable. Where possible we have let the landscape do the talking! Clare Island Lighthouse is a retreat like no other, a special place where guests are free to while away their time in solitude or to enjoy mingling and socialising in the welcoming warmth of the kitchen, drawing room or library. There are no televisions at The Lighthouse but Wi-Fi is available so guests can use their own portable devices.
Reading material, games, sustenance & piano provided – conversation is up to the guests
The heart of the Lighthouse is the original Lighthouse Keeper's home, where the Kitchen, Drawing Room and Dining Room/Library are located. This communal space is where guests congregate to dine and socialise, as the lighthouse keepers would have when the Lighthouse was a working building.
Guests are welcome - even encouraged - to wander into the Kitchen, to help themselves to tea or coffee and to enjoy a chat. For informal meals, guests can eat at the refectory style table in the Kitchen. Otherwise, meals are served in the Dining Room.
The Drawing Room, a comfortable room with a welcoming fire, is always open to guests. It is a place to read, relax, chat, play board games or simply sit quietly doing not very much!
Each of our six guest rooms is individually designed and decorated. Rooms are furnished with period fixtures and fittings, original artwork and super-comfortable, old-style cast-iron beds. Wood burning stoves & open fires and under floor heating add cosiness and comfort.