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.After leaving our overnight stop in Kilarney, Steve chose Lahinch golf course as the next one he would like to try. We first saw this links course on our day trip out of Limerick to the Cliffs of Moher and, from that moment on, Steve was smitten with it. So, with that in mind, we decided to 'backtrack' somewhat in order to include it in our itinerary.
Our drive took us to the small town of Kinsale. This is a beautiful village with its own port. It is also home to the golf ...
... much people in Ireland and from around Europe know about the US. The upcoming election is a big deal in Europe. Everyone knows everything about the election and has an opinion about it. I think I've heard more election talk here than in US. They also watch quite a bit of American television which can give us Americans some bad stereotypes. My professors have also talked lots about different US governing systems during class, like the FDA or the US Project Management ...
... this place was the birthplace of my great great great Grandfather on my dads side. Michael Kennedy. He was born here in 1844. after an hour drive we got there and its pretty small, farmland mostly but just 5 min from the place you can see the Ocean!! maybe its from him I get my love for it! lol. Found the graveyard and walked around, I wonder how many of my relatives are buried there? most of the gravestones from the 1800's are worn out. it ...
We arrived in Dublin around 10am and waited for my (obviously, James') parents to meet us at the airport to pick up their car they rented. When they arrived they didn't see us so I snuck up behind them to surprise them. Mom of course grabbed a hold of me and was almost in tears she was so happy to see us. Of course we all hugged and told eachother how good it was to see eachother. It had seemed so long since we'd seen anybody up to that point ...
... it. Well, it WAS turned in and then checked back out again. The librarian herself put the hold on the book for me (I even mentioned it in an earlier blog!) but apparently it did not work. I am EXTREMELY frustrated to say the least. I cannot get sources for my paper. I am NOT a fan of this system. Anyway, I am just going to try and relax. The paper deadline was just extended. I can just work on my other papers more and wait for the book I suppose. EVEN THOUGH this is ridiculous and I should have the book. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vaughan Lodge Lahinch
If your use to staying in 5 star rated hotels with their associated amenities , but thought you might have to compromise on a golf trip to small town in Ireland, look no further than the Vaughan Lodge. The place has class. The rooms are stylishly decorated and as fresh as any top International chain. The exterior was nice and fit well into the local architecture. They have a guest sitting area with a Flat screen TV and a fully stocked bar, not only can you enjoy a Guiness, but you can also select a fine single malt Irish whiskey.
The restauant is well appointed with great food. I had Halibut for dinner one night and it was as fresh and tasteful as you can expect (being from Maine, I know fresh fish).
I saved the best part for last, Michael and Maria. Michael is a terrific conversationalist and Maria just makes you feel like she's waiting to see what your next need is. We had a couple custom food requests and she filled them with a smile and better than our expectations. I know where I'll be staying on future trips to ireland!
Me, my son & my two brothers spent two nights at Vaughan Lodge & totally enjoyed the wonderful Irish hospitality of Maria & Michael, the excellent food & the high-quality facility. After 18 holes on the Lahinch Old Course you are able to "hang out" in a comfortable , almost posh, lounge watching a large-screen plasma TV while sipping on a cold Guinness. I highly recommend staying at Vaughan Lodge. You'll love it.
Classy Spot in Lahinch
Stayed in Vaughan lodge for two nights and what a treat....the service is so personal and friendly. The food is outstanding, it is not often one has a meal that is good value for money this is value with panache....The accomadation is very smart and breakfast was lovely....looking forward to returning..
Fantastic hotel next to a Great golf course
The Vaughan Lodge was a wonderful hotel in Lahinch, Ireland. We stayed at the lodge for 3 days/nights. My husband and I travel frequently. There are a few things which are important to us...We had a wonderful bed to sleep in, exceptional water pressure in the shower (very important after walking/playing 18 holes of golf or touring in a car all day...), in addition the restaurant has a top notch menu. The hotel shares contemporary style and Irish charm. The combination is refreshing.
Maria and Michael Vaughan are wonderfully helpful, professional, efficient and great ambassadors for Ireland. They have many years experience in the Hotel industry throughout the world. Their expertise is seen in their hotel and staff choices. They all helped us feel very comfortable and attended to any questions we had with interest and detail. It may be ranked as a 4 star, yet it's 5 star from our experience.
The location is great for many courses such as Lahinch, Lahinch Castle course, Doonbeg Spanish Point, Kilkee...
Great for golfers
My golfing partner and I recently stayed 3 nights at the Vaughn Lodge in Lahinch. I would highly recommend it for all staying in the area. Not only is the building new and well appointed, combining the charm and feel of a country house with the conveniences one comes to expect, but it overlooks the clubhouse of the famous Lahinch links course.
The owners, Michael and Maria Vaughn were gracious and solicitous without being overly present. Michael is the fourth generation of his family to work in the hotel business and has expericence with large up-scale hotels. It shows.
The Lodge has a great restaurant if you are too tired to venture out as we were our first night and a lovely lounge with a fireplace and comfortable sofas and chairs where you can relax and re-live (or try to forget) your golf of the day.
Breakfast was superb and Maria even served us herself when we had to leave before the cooked breakfast was served.
Should I ever return with my wife to Lahinch (a great destination for the non-golfer as well) I will first book a room with the Vaughns. That is, if I can get in!
Vaughan Lodge was recommended to us after we chose not to stay in our original accommodation and what a great place, from the first phone call to checking out - superb. Great rooms, very well appointed with great style and thought. We loved every minute of our stay enjoying the excellent cuisine, superb wine, stimulating and entertaining company provided by Michael and Maria.
Enjoy this hotel, it is in a diffrent class because it's owners are and they make it happen.
We stayed at Vaughan Lodge for 1 week at the end of August. We found it to be classy and extremely comfortable. We really enjoyed the food. The decor is a tasteful mix of modern and old fashioned styles and our room, which gave us a view of the first tee at Lahinch Golfcourse, really appealed to us. The owners, Michael and Maria, are a charming young couple who made our stay most enjoyable. We look forward to going back already...
Wonderful lodge in the golfing town of Lahinch, Co. Clare
My husband and I and 2 other couples recently returned from our annual golfing trip to Lahinch. We've been going to Lahinch for the last 5 years, as my husband is an overseas member of the Lahinch Golf Club. The Vaughan Lodge was recommended by a friend who had just returned from Lahinch. Well, we certainly were pleased with the recommendation! The Vaughan Lodge recently opened (June 2005) and it is a fabulous place. The bedrooms/baths are everything the international traveler would wish for. We so much enjoyed the oversized rooms with the king size beds as well as the wonderful showers in the bathrooms.
The proprietors, Maria and Michael Vaughan were wonderful hosts. They made us feel welcome from the very moment we walked through the door after our overnite flight from the States. Every morning we were treated to a full Irish breakfast before we hit the links. In the evening we relaxed in the parlor/lounge prior to having a gourmet meal served to us in the lovely dining room. The entire wait staff looked after us during our 5 day stay.
The Lodge is within walking distance to the Lahinch Golf Club as well as into the town of Lahinch. We also played at Doonbeg which was only a 1/2 hour away.
We had a wonderful time and we look forward to future stays at the Vaughan Lodge.
We arrived, and had trouble even finding the hotel. The signs were painted on rocks, with cars blocking them. It didn't help matters that the hotel's brochure places the lodge in an open fileld, rather than its actual site with B&B's on either side.
Be careful about the room rates, since the woman at the front desk originally quoted us a price 50% higher than we had been told over the phone that morning. To be fair, one of the owners resolved that issue for us.
The rooms were modern, ad nicely appointed. We were told that the high-speed Internet access should be up an running soon. You might want to ask about that before arrival.
Ssh don't tell everyone!
Stayed at Vaughan Lodge this weekend. Consider myself reasonable well travelled and a bit of a foodie!
The rooms were beautifully modern and spacious. But the highlight of the stay was dinner in the Restaurant. Everything we had from the four course menu using fresh Irish ingredients was cooked to perfection. One of the best meals I have ever had. But please don't tell everyone or they will put their prices up and it will be impossible to get a reservation!