Flutes, Fiddles, Bodhrans and Bag Pipes
Once a cowshed, and the smaller of two exquisitely remodelled farm buildings, this romantic rural barn has been transformed into a sumptuously appointed cottage.
Uniquely located, a few minutes from the unpredictable Atlantic along the remote and rocky coast of west Clare where cliffs, castles and traditional music endure, and time marches to the beat of a different drum.
Stylish and surprisingly spacious
Seating and dining share opposite ends of an expansive room, with a wood burning stove providing the focus for one, and a serving hatch to the kitchen for the other.
Chalky hues of coffee and khaki offset by warm oak flooring and solid wood doors, together with attention to detailing bring a sophisticated 5 star style to this remote cottage.
Opposite the entrance, a shimmering alabaster contemporary kitchen, gallery in style yet tailored for every appliance, is harmoniously finished with matching marble worktops and glossy white floor tiles that follow through from the hall.
This is a wheelchair friendly home, and comes with all the contemporary conveniences you would expect.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Electric Oven
• Fitted Microwave
• Electric Ceramic Hob
• Twin Toaster
• Coffee Machine
• Washing machine
• Tumble Dryer
• Two Super King-size beds
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet – moderate speed
• Flat-screen TV
Two generous and stylish double bedrooms are at opposite ends of this long cottage, each with a singular dividend. With one you get a large walk-in wardrobe and a half paneled bathroom.
You are so close to the Atlantic here that the scent of it wafts in the wind, and soft ribbons of sunset skies wash the horizon. For practicalities, ample paved parking is provided, although the gardens are shared with a separate cottage, similarly tastefully restored.
The ensuite for the second has a shower, but comes with an expanse of French doors that open onto a charming sheltered patio.
Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.
Out & About
West Clare has fishing, hill walking, golf, horse riding and a whole lot more, you’ll discover there’s too much to do…
photo Brian Meagher
Here are some of our favourites…
- Under the Cliffs to the Aran Isles
- Reel to a tune in the Pub
- Smell like a flower
- Climb some Cliffs
- Rent a bike
- Tip toe to the edge of Ireland
- Stand under a stalactite
- Catch a wave at surf school
- Search for Gollum
- Lunch on lobster at Linnanes
- Birdie a ball at Lahinch
- Trek a pony through the Burren
- Chew some local chocolate
- What’s doing in Doolin
- Walking in the Burren
The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are less than 10 minutes away by car.
Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the village’s four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.
This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.
Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.
The Cliffs are home to an immense number and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe. Built in 1835 by local entrepreneur Cornelius O’Brien, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then visited the Cliffs, the tower bearing his name is unmistakable on the headland.
Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast.
Big wave surfers travel by jet-ski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs which can be over 35ft high.
But for most surfers, the seaside town of (6 miles) Lahinch is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.
For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.
Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.
photo Trish Steel
Lisdoonvarna, the nearest main town, is home to one of Europe’s largest annual matchmaking events. Attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.
The Burren starts in earnest less than a kilometre away – its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.
This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.
photo Ingo Mehling
How to get there – Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about three and a half hours from the cottage
Shannon Airport – is just over an hour away.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about three and a half hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 4 and half hours from house.