THE GREAT AND THE GOOD WHO GRACED THE HOTEL WITH THEIR PRESENCE:
The Huggard Family and staff have been welcoming guests to the Butler Arms Hotel for over 100 years. The hotel is especially well known for its association with famous people from the world of acting, sport, politics and literature.
In 2014 and 2015 the Butler Arms welcomed the cast and crew of Stars Wars "The Force Awakens". They came to the area to shoot scenes on the UNSECO site Skelligs Michael. The crew of Star Wars Episode VII booked the whole hotel out in September 2014 and again in September 2015 for Episode VIII. The ensemble included Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, JJ Abrams as well as Kathleen Lucas.
In more recent years Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, stayed in the hotel whilst on a golfing holiday with their young family. American Football player Dan Marino, Ice Hockey player Wayne Gretzy, Cricketer Sir Ian Botham all stayed while taking part in the Annual Carr Golf Father & Son Competition which takes place every August.
Probably the most famous guest to have stayed in the Butler Arms, Charlie Chaplin was one of Hollywood’s first true movie stars. He, along with his family holidayed at the hotel for many years. What was exceptional about Charlie Chaplin was that his everyday look was as pedestrian as the local men who mingled with him and who treated him like one of their own. This gave him the kind of anonymity that he craved and was one of the reasons why he returned year after year. He sought no special treatment and quite often went on fishing expeditions with his fellow hotel guests.