History of Buttermilk Lodge
Your hosts at Buttermilk Lodge are Cathriona and Patrick O’Toole.
Patrick is “Connemara born and reared”. His Dad’s family are Moyard O’ Tooles and his Mom’s family are Streamstown O’ Tooles. They have a vast knowledge of the local area and have often been of great help in locating family (past or present) and locations for guests. They live just 3 miles from Clifden in Taobh a Locha, Streamstown.
Patrick has been a keen farmer since childhood, with a great love of the land and sheep farming instilled in him by his Mom. There was always a Connemara Pony on the farm until the tractor took over.
Cathriona is originally from Ballinasloe, where the famous Horse Fair is held each October. She first visited Connemara as a child on family holidays, and then again on her first work-placement from her Hotel Management course in Galway. Cathriona is well-known in the Connemara Pony world and was most happy to re-introduce Connemara Ponies to the O’Toole farm!
They saw this site advertised in October 1995, while living in London, where they met. Cathriona was working as a hotel manager in Mayfair and Patrick had a construction company. They completed the site’s purchase in May 1996 and in September began building under the guidance of Pat’s Dad, Martin. In January 1997 they moved home for good and a busy few months followed, including a short break from building to get married!
Patrick & Cathriona first opened the Buttermilk Lodge doors to guests on 12 July 1997. They chose the name Buttermilk Lodge from Lough Ime (Buttermilk Lake), which is over the hill behind the guesthouse. This name inspired many of their friends to give them black and white cows as “opening presents”. When you visit us you’ll see that this collection has grown steadily, with cows in every shape and make imaginable from all over the world!
You can sample a glass of buttermilk at breakfast!