Breathtaking location in Connemara
Streams End, County Galway
This magnificent and light filled home
is on a large elevated site offering breathtaking views of Ballinakill Bay and the
Twelve Bens mountains, in the ever changing landscape of the Connemara Loop.
With two acres of natural gardens, trees and waterfront, Streams End is a holiday home that has been designed to maximise the views of the surrounding spectacular countryside.
Luxuriously appointed waterside bungalow
A very private residence, Streams End is superbly designed with large floor to ceiling sliding doors overlooking sloping lawns which sweep down to the clear waters of Ballinakill Bay.
The house is elegantly decorated and fitted out to an exceptionally high standard.
The entrance is from a grand paved courtyard, which is a beautifully sheltered sun trap ideal for enjoying barbecues.
A welcoming wide hall leads into the spacious living room which is flooded with natural light from the large windows, and features a rustic granite stone open fire.
The state-of-the-art kitchen is fully fitted with stylish, modern units with a centre island forming the main feature of this impressive room which is open plan with the twelve seater dining room, making it a perfect space for entertaining guests.
There is a spacious Loft bedroom reached by a dedicated stairway, which has two full gable windows, one overlooking the beautifully landscaped and maintained front lawn and the sea. Lots of room here to sleep an additional two guests.
The other two bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes and all boast panoramic views of the sea and mountains.
Outdoors, in addition to a extended patio facing into the bay, there is an elevated decking platform at the waters’ edge, which is accessed by a winding boardwalk , where you can absorb the stunning scenery.
The house is reached through a tree lined driveway where there is ample parking for five cars.
The house has under-floor heating.
Linen and Towels are supplied.
Equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home - from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to Microwave, books, games, videos.. Unfortunately, due to its location, there is no television signal, however there is Internet, and DVD.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - no, sorry
Pets - no, sorry
Children - the property is not suited for toddlers or children under 12
The owners regret that their home is not available for Stag or Hen bookings.
Scott, California, July 2016
"We have a wonderful stay at Stream's End. The house, its location and its appointments were all outstanding. It is extremely comfortable and is located in an area that makes all of the wonderful sites of Connemara easily accessible.
We have rented houses all over the world. For the price there is no place we have enjoyed as much as Streams End!!!!!"
Orla Sheehan- September 2014
"Spent August and September reveling in the wonderful atmosphere of this home from home. Will miss the wonderful view of the mountains and waking up to the sound of the herons and curlews. We even saw an otter and a mink. The location is perfect for really getting to know the best of Connemara. Great home for a family gathering. Everything you need is there. Check your problems at the door and discover the best of wild atlantic coastline."
Out and About
This is a part of the world where nature and the outdoors prevail. Fabulous walks and cycle routes abound. Not only are there some of the best beaches to be found anywhere, but all things watery, from fishing to sailing are catered for. Then there’s the restaurants – numerous and excellent.. There is so much to enjoy – and of course we have left a comprehensive portfolio in the house for you to peruse..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Try your hand at Fly fishing
- Cross the strand at low tide to Omey Island
- Cycle through the Inagh Valley
- Buy a T-shirt from Conn O'Mara
- A fish supper at Mitchells
- Day trip to Inishbofin
- A good walk up Diamond Hill
- Swim the clear blue waters of Dogs Bay
- Play a round at the Golf Links
- Catch something serious in the Ocean
- Go pony trekking in Ballyconneely
About the Locality
Connemara has long been a favourite location for anyone wanting to escape into nature. This most westerly part of Europe is exposed to the wild vagueries of weather. In places, stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds, and plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.
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Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected Internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
The area is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker. Diamond Hill, which is just above the house, is a good starter for the amateur.
The area between Clifden - the regions main town - and Roundstone to the south, contains over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes. But it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.
A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours, sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.
Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan, only 10km away from the house. As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song. Ireland's largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language.
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How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Cheap flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3 and half hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house
It is estimated that Inishbofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. Passing the signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.
On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara.Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden.
The first transatlantic telephone cable transmission was sent from Valentia Island off Co.Kerry on August 16th, 1858. On the 12th December 1901, using a 152 metre kite-supported antenna for reception, Marconi claims to have sent the first transatlantic radio message, establishing the first regular, if unreliable, transatlantic radio-telegraph service on 17th October 1907 between Clifden and Glace Bay, in Nova Scotia.
Unique to the region, Connemara marble shows twisted and interlocking bands of soapstone, in various shades of light and dark green. It has been used over the centuries as a means of exchange, for features in stately buildings and is recognised for its beautiful colour and resilience, with no two pieces being similar. A broad range of souvenirs and ornamental products are produced from the stone which is more than 500 million years old.
The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year. This year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!
Picturesque Clifden is just a 10 minutes away with Galway city a further hours drive.
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