The Waters describes itself as a country house, but to be honest, it isn't. It is actually a modern newly built stone structure, made up of many disjointed sections, that make you question the original planning. When you first enter, you are at a loss, as there is no reception to greet you, merely a vestibule of closed doors, each leading to nowhere obvious. On closer inspection of one of the doors, you notice two bells. You need to press these. Deep within the inner walls, footsteps eventually grow louder and your host appears!! You are lead up a dark stairway, (under which a stream runs through the building) to the public area, that appears "Old Style" but is not. It is actually an eclectic mix of reclaimed material and other artefacts, cobbled together in an old world style. In its own way however, it is homely to an extent. Tea and coffee facilities are complimentary. There is also an open bar, for you to serve your own drinks. This is not free. You are expected to log your beverages on a card. Be warned however, that if you do decide to have a late night drink, there are no public toilets. You must return to your room for relief. This can be a chore, depending on your room. We stayed in one of the five economy bedrooms. This required us exiting the building via the upstairs level, travelling yet upwards further and around the back, of a storage area and kitchen. (Bizarre). Watch the stone steps carefully. It was summer-time for us, but I can imagine that it would be quite easy to trip in the darkness in winter-time. The bedroom was awful. Truly awful. The doors and skirting are painted black. The walls are painted a kind of squid ink navy. The room was so small it felt like a dark cave. Even with the light on! There is no TV in the room. The bathroom was very very small. This room is designed to be slept in, and nothing else. The sound proofing between the walls is poor. You could probably have a conversation with the people in the next room. When you wake up, you have an urge to get out of the dark room as fast as possible. Head to the main building for breakfast. (Keep watching the steps!!). Surprisingly breakfast is a delight. Fresh fruit, bread, cheese, cold meats, juices are available. Or if you are more traditional, you can get a hot plate, which is freshly cooked to order. Your hosts are very charming and courteous, and cannot be faulted in any way. If you like hiking around the Irish countryside, then the location, in the Burren is superb. The price of the accommodation in fairness is on par with a B&B. Overall, The Waters has some charm, and the Hosts are very pleasant. Breakfast is a joy, and the price is competitive. It is just a pity about the bizarre layout of the property, and the absolute dullness of the bedrooms.
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