Alicja McCarthy

Cliff House Hotel

  • Where:Ardmore
  • Why:Long weekend exploring the southeast coast of Ireland.
  • When:April 2014
  • Who:The boy & me.
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Ardmore is a very sleepy seaside village but kayakaing, rock climbing, scuba diving and whale watching can all be arranged.

With hints of heather hues and campaign-style furniture, the room was most comfortable.

Loved the double rain shower cubicle overlooking the ocean.

Incredible views across the bay of Ardmore from our large balcony.

Hot seaweed bath for two in the great outdoors!

Martjin Kajuiter’s Michelin starred Bantry Bay Organic Salmon Five Ways. Amazing!

The early morning sunrise is spectacular.

Take an easy coastal walk from the hotel around the ‘Ram Head’ and discover abandoned forts and shipwrecks.

Very quaint! Painted-on cottage facades along the beach promenade.

The back of the hotel has a large glass section that provided incredible views of the Ardmore coast.

Highs & Lows

  • The views are incredible and you just can’t stop gazing at the emerald ocean.

  • The food at The House Restaurant is imaginative, exciting and locally sourced.

  • The team is super warm and friendly.

  • Great spa facilities.

  • The interior décor is a little dated.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Small luxury hotel and Michelin starred restaurant.

  • Vibe

    Relaxed and comfortable with awe inspiring views.

  • Location

    In the sleepy village of Ardmore in West Waterford.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Yes, casual.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Owner Gerri O’Callaghan oversaw the transformation and directed the design with Garry Cohn.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, plus spa with indoor and outdoor plunge pools.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, the Michelin starred House Restaurant.

  • Bar


  • Children

    Bring the kids!

  • Price

    Affordable luxury.

Just a twenty minute drive and great for The Tannery Cookery School and Restaurant and lively Irish pubs.



Just a twenty minute drive and great for The Tannery Cookery School and Restaurant and lively Irish pubs.

Kayaking, rock climbing, snorkeling tours and more.

Ardmore Adventures

Strand Cottage, Main St, Duffcarrick, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Kayaking, rock climbing, snorkeling tours and more.

Pop down to this historic town.



Pop down to this historic town.

Cliff House Hotel

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