When you stay at Sheedy's Hotel Lisdoonvarna, you instantly feel like family guests of John and Martina's 300 year old family home. The family-run atmosphere is unmistakable, but the piece de resistance of this charming hotel is the food!
John's passion for great food has earned him numerous awards and when you see his CV, it comes as no surprise!
John started his career as a chef in the mid 1980s in the Michelin Star restaurant of the Plaza Athénée in Paris before returning to Ireland to the Blue Book Property, Longueville House in Mallow Co. Cork.
While at Longueville, he was responsible for a team that earned the restaurant five Michelin Bib Gourmand ratings over five different years. The bib Gourmand rating means the retaurant is a Michelin inspector's favourite for good food at moderate prices - a principle that John stands over in his own restaurant at Sheedy's in Lisdoonvarna.
After Longueville, John moved to Ashford Castle as Chef de Cuisine for nine years. During his time in one of Ireland's most famous castles, he was invited to New York to cook for many dignitaries at the opening of Ellis Island, and also did a cookery programme on world class cuisine for the Discovery Channel.
Although John is happiest when he is in the Kitchen, he has also managed to take a little time out to pen some wonderful recipes for a number of books including "The Great Game Book", "The Great Fish Book" and "The Keith Floyd Recipe Book".
Martina's forte is front of house where she makes it her business to ensure their guests enjoy the intimacy and warmth of a country house guests with the service of a small County Clare hotel.
Martina's career started in Ragdale Hall, a luxury Health Spa in Leicestershire and she also worked in Mount Juliet, one of Ireland's leading estate hotels. It was during her time at Ashford Castle that she met John and when they got married, they bought Sheedy's from John's parents.
John and Martina, together with their children Roisin and Matthew look forward to preserving the 300 year old tradition of making you feel like a very special guest in their very special home!