This lovingly restored and extended rural cottage in an enchanting location has been rescued and transformed into an exquisite lakeside hideaway.
The home is exclusively private, amid some 30 acres of countryside, with an abundance of windows and clever construction configured to embrace the landscape.
Less than half an hour from the rugged Clare coastline and adjacent to the Wild Atlantic Way, you are in Ireland’s Traditional music heartland.
An architectural junction
From the paved patio, a generously glazed entrance hall, brilliantly connects the original cottage with a crisp contemporary extension set at an obtuse angle.
From the main living area, it is clear why these additional rooms are askew – the sensational view. Full height windows perfectly capture the isolated lake and forested landscape.
A sliding glass door opens back onto the entrance patio, making it a special spot for sunset socialising.
AT A GLANCE
Up to 6 guests
From €2,400 per week
Three double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
- Other Rooms
Open plan living
Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen
with walk-in larder
Entrance Hall, Utility room
Recessed fire place
Smart TV, Excellent WiFi internet
Good Cell phone reception
Electric curtains & Blinds
High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
Weekends: Friday to Monday
Midweek: Monday to Friday
Children over 12 are welcome
Sorry, pets are not permitted
The kitchen and dining area occupy the other end, pastel soft and unobtrusive, with stylishly upholstered dining chairs, and a walk-in larder cached behind the tall cupboards. The countertop lighting can be switched between cool and warm.
Throughout the extension, the luxury vinyl tile flooring runs askew retaining the alignment of the original cottage, and the curtains and concealed blinds are electrically operated.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Electrolux twin ovens
• 5 ring ceramic hob
• Bosch Washing machine
• Bosch Spin-dryer
• Sizes – Three King-size beds
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Contemporary recessed electric fire
• Underfloor heating
• Electric curtains
• Electric blinds in sitting room
• Use of lake and jetty
• Use of rowing boat (Life vests essential)
• Sheltered yard area
Under the mono-pitch roof, with stairs leading from the entrance hall, the restrained master bedroom enjoys the same pervasive lake view.
Built in sliding wardrobes and a snug ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower and dazzling skylight, span the opposite wall.
In the cottage wing…
A classic three-quarter paneled corridor in the completely refurbished old stone cottage, leads to two double bedrooms, both furnished in gleaming white, and sharing a family bathroom.
The bathroom is paneled as the hallway, and has a wonderful free-standing double-ended bath to compliment the twin head walk in shower.
The utility room with laundry facilities, is also off this hallway.
The cottage is about as private as you can get, at the end of a few kilometres of winding unpaved road, sitting on an acre, with 30 acres of surrounding land and woodlands to wander.
The jetty is great to fish off, and there is a small boat down at the lake, remembering it is extremely important to follow safety procedures around water.
There is a paved courtyard to the rear, which can be a sunny spot to sit on windy days; plans are underway to refurbish another of the original buildings as a self-contained annex to the house.
Out & About
Castles, caves and cliffs, not to mention the Atlantic Ocean, surfing, and of course the music. County Clare is rich with the finest heritage in Ireland.
Here are some of our favourites…
- Dine out in Ennis at Henry’s
- Walk with history in Ennis
- Stand on the edge of Europe
- Sink a hole in one at Lahinch
- Enjoy a meal to remember at the Old Ground
- Live music and craic at Brogan’s
- Step back in time at Craggaunowen
- Take a boat to the Aran Islands
- Play a round at Ennis Golf Club
- Go casual caving at Aillwee
- Enjoy a trad music Festival in November
- Ennis theatre and drama
Ballymacooda is only about 10 minutes South West of Ennis by car. A vibrant medieval town, it is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County, and is twinned with Phoenix (Arizona), Clare (Michigan), amongst others. Its narrow streets have much to recommend it.
It is often regarded as the home of Irish Traditional music:
“As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis is bursting at the seams with pubs featuring live sessions almost every night of the week. In fact “it’s one of the best reasons to stay here”
Lonely Planet (10th Edition 2012)
The nearest beach is 30 minutes away at Spanish Point; so named after the execution of shipwrecked sailors who landed there from the Spanish Armada in 1588.
The other is the seaside resort of Lahinch. The curved bay, with its 2 km of golden beach, cultivates Atlantic breakers that are a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers worldwide. It is also renowned for its championship golf links.
About 15 minutes on from Lahinch, the rugged Cliffs of Moher, confronting the Atlantic’s salty onslaught for aeons, are probably Ireland’s most celebrated natural attraction, and not to be missed. At just over 200 metres high, the views are breath-taking. It is also possible to take a sea cruise below them, weather permitting!
Just North of the cliffs is the remarkable Burren National Park, a broken Karst limestone landscape characterized by underground rivers and caves. The area is rich in unique flora -alpine flowers and orchids – and fauna that survive in crevices (grykes) that permeate the region.
The vibrant coastal town of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way at the start of the Burren, is a hotbed of traditional Irish music, with nightly pub sessions the years round – sometimes four in the summer months.
Doolin is also the jump off point for ferries to the Aran Islands – there are three of them at the mouth of Galway Bay. The passage takes an hour and a half to the most distant one. The legendary semi-circular, cliff edge stone fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor is thought to date from around 1,100 BC and is a truly unique spectacle.
Bikes can be easily hired on the islands.
There are frequent festivals to watch for across the county, including such gems as The Father Ted Festival in April/May. If you are familiar with the TV series, it was mostly filmed in North Clare.
County Clare was particularly badly affected by emigration during the great potato famine in the mid 19th century. There is a genealogy centre in Corofin which assists with tracing family roots. If your name is O’Brien, this is where you hail from, originally…
How to get there – Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports.
Shannon Airport – about 30 mins from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx. two and a half an hours from the house.
Cork Airport – Just over two hours from the house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and about two and a half an hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about three and a half an hours from the house.