Lisdoovarna (population 822) was only another 15 minutes or so north of Ennis. The town is famous throughout Ireland as a spa town and to this day, people come to "take the waters". (Unfortunately, "the waters" help lend a slightly sulfuric scent to the air!) The town is also world-famous for its annual Matchmaking Festival, which happens every September (http://www.lisdoonvarnafestival.com/, http://www.matchmakerireland.com/), and runs through the entire month of September. We were a bit early for it, being August, and found ourselves in a quiet but highly colorful village.
Sunville House is located "off Doolin Coast Road," on Kincora, which is the cutoff road between the Coast Road towards Ennis, and the Doolin Road which leads into town. The town isn't that big, so it's easy enough to get directions to where you ought to be - the B&B is within a few minutes' walk to the town center, where you will find many pubs and restaurants. Like many B&B owners in Ireland, the Pettys opened their home as a B&B once their own children had grown and moved away.
Sunville is a neatly kept large pink house atop a small, sloped car park. (Don't forget to set your emergency brake!) All rooms are en suite, with electric blankets and hair dryers available. Mrs. Petty was a lovely lady. We had two of her upstairs rooms, both of which looked out towards the front of the house. The rooms were spacious and clean, although rather plainly decorated, and the beds were comfortable enough. Breakfast was served downstairs in the dining room, standard Irish breakfast fare - excellent bacon!
This section of Ireland is very quiet, very peaceful, and my sleep was quite restful. Also too there is less artificial light at night, so the starscapes I could see from my window at night were fantastic.
A comfortable, pleasant stay in the northwest corner of Ireland!
April 29, 2004
From journal B&B's of the Emerald Isle