Atlantic sunsets, peaty bogs and barefoot beaches
Annilaun Lodge, County Galway
This is a large modern house overlooking craggy Cashel Bay in the watery heart of rural Connemara.
Just a short stroll from a cosy country pub, and built in the traditional country house style, it is a spacious family home with ample bathrooms, large rooms with high ceilings, and a substantial garden.
Generous interiors in an enigmatic landscape
Annilaun Lodge is a delightful mixture of classic composition and contemporary comforts. Glazed double doors at the entrance and generous sash windows through-out, confer an abundance of light to the interiors.
The airy drawing room boasts an antique regency marble fireplace, and opens into a bay window that enjoys some of Ireland’s most spectacular sunsets.
Off the dining room, the business-like kitchen is hygienically decked out in stainless steel. Equipment includes a five ring gas and electric oven.
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Tiles alternate with timber floors and occasional rugs to conceal the under floor heating.
The furniture is traditional, with period pieces of antique mahogany, splendid paintings, and table lamp lighting.
In the dining room, an expansive glass fronted alabaster sideboard is packed with blue and white porcelain. The conventional Aga range sits dormant in its alcove.
Doors from this large dining room spill onto south facing al fresco patio of paving slabs that continue around the house.
An exquisite ground floor double bedroom complete with open hearth and moulded cornices is wheelchair accessible.
The other four bedrooms are upstairs.
Free standing mahogany chests and wardrobes companion cabriole leg occasional chairs furnish each bedroom with a classic feel that continues through to co-ordinated valances.
All the bedrooms have ensuite egg-shell white half-panelled bathrooms with power showers.
Rich chalky matt colours of coffee, terracotta, fuschia and mustard impart particular character to the individual rooms.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a contemporary home - from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, lots of books, child’s cot, trouser press.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – absolutely..
Pets – No, sorry!
The generous lawned garden is dotted with trees that preface the woodland behind. Low stone-wall beds of hydrangeas frame a large gravelled driveway.
The house is enveloped in verdant Virginia creeper through the summer, turning deep crimson in the fall.
Less than a stone’s throw across the road a small public pier juts into Cashel Bay.
Out and About
The strange and weathered landscape of Connemara remains a premier holiday destination for families, artists and writers.
Spectacular coral beaches for surfing and kayaking, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.
We can’t list them all, but here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Cycle through the Inagh Valley
- Catch something serious in the Ocean
- A fish supper at Mitchells
- Buy a T-shirt from Conn O'Mara
- Swim the clear blue waters of Dogs Bay
- Day trip to Inishbofin
- Order an Oyster at O’Dowds
- Play a round at the Golf Links
- Learn to shoot with Shane
- Try your hand at fly fishing
- Trek a pony at the Manor
Thank you! .... truly wonderful.
Mary Gabriel, January 2016
We are wrapping up a month-long stay at Annilaun Lodge in Connemara and wish we could add a second month -- not merely to extend our holiday but because the house is so superb. The Lodge offers the comfortable elegance of old Irish country living with all the modern conveniences of a 21st century city dwelling -- from Wi-Fi and satellite TV to a kitchen equipped for a chef. It is a place, therefore, of utter relaxation in security and style.
The house sits at the top of Cashel Bay and the sea, with its brilliant sunsets offers a picture-postcard view from all the front windows of the house. Inside, the house is equally stunning, with beautiful art and tasteful furnishings. It is truly a location and a home in which to lose oneself. The grounds are manicured and provide a feeling of privacy. When the gates are closed it is a world unto itself.
In the vicinity is the charming fishing village of Roundstone with excellent restaurants and a vibrant pub scene with international visitors. Also nearby is the town of Clifden, which offers the same on a larger scale. In this part of Connemara you have everything you need at your fingertips but are still in the middle of some of Ireland's most beautiful, wild landscapes for trekking, bicycling, and sailing. My husband is a fisherman and for him the region is paradise.
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About the Locality
There is a cosy country pub just a few minutes walk away, but Roundstone 13 km around the bay is the nearest town for provisions. There are a number of very fine restaurants here with lots of fish on the menu.
The village buzzes in the evenings as visitors and locals alike gather above the naturally sheltered harbour to share a yarn and a pint.
The exquisite twin beaches of Gurteen Bay and Dogs Bay are a couple of kilometres further. The pair sit back-to-back along a sandy peninsula or tombolo - a rare tidal accumulation of the remains of microscopic shellfish.
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The Roundstone regatta held in August makes for some of the west of Ireland’s best traditional events, featuring fine displays of Galway Hooker sailing and currach racing.
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.
For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic eighteen hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 25K away across some fabulous bog land scenery.
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Clifden, known as the capital of Connemara, is 25 km away to the West. Packed with great shops and restaurants, and catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips. Watch out for the Arts festival and Clifden Pony Show.
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.
The area between Clifden 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.
How to get there - Car essential..
By Air: 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 has a fast crossing from Holyhead, and is approx 4 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port takes a similar time to drive.
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