This romantic, pocket-sized gate lodge, has been recently constructed using traditional local stone. The stylish contemporary interior has a generous un-cluttered ambience. With the Burren as a backdrop, it enjoys panoramic views of the Aran Islands and Galway’s Twelve Pins across the bay.
A striking summer surfer’s sunset retreat for two along this ever popular Wild Atlantic Way.
The cottage is divided into two spacious rooms, both with superb views through double glazed picture windows, across Galway Bay.
The living area is neatly arranged to integrate a compact premium kitchenette, intimate dining area and a comfortable leather sofa, providing ample holiday accommodation for two.
There is also an adjacent patio from which to enjoy this incredible Atlantic panorama.
• Gas oven
• 2 ring gas hob • Fridge with freezer compartment
• One King-size bed
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Gas fired central heating
• Gas Barbecue available
Fully tiled in a grey burren-esque stone statement, the ensuite shower and WC again reflect the attention that has gone into this ideal gatehouse.
A short but private Fuchsia lined driveway leads to the house, but the real magic happens at the other side where just beyond the lawn, fern feathered cliffs tumble to the pebble beach and clear waters beyond.
A long stretch of lawn separates the gate lodge the main residence, and behind, there is a narrow twisting road up the hillside which reveals ever more of the Aran Islands and the local townland as you climb.
“The Burren Gate Lodge is small but once you settle in you will find it perfectly lovely”
It is very tastefully decorated. There is a stunning view from the sitting room and the bedroom. The welcome basket is the best ever. We travelled to the lodge on a Friday so we were listening to Movies and Booze on the way down. The programme was reviewing beers and my husband fancied a few so we stopped at a food store near the lodge but they only stocked wine. Lo and behold, when we arrived at the lodge and opened the fridge, we found four cold beers awaiting us – a touch of class. Amy is a super host. The lodge is kept at an ambient temperature with the temperature-controlled heating. The power shower worked wonderfully and there was always loads of hot water. We had everything we needed and more from the kitchen. Amy could not have been more helpful with suggestions and recommendations for coffee and cake stops and lunch spots – make sure to have the fish and chips from the nearest local pub. The place was spotless – we couldn’t find a speck of dust anywhere. Walk up the hill at the back of the gate lodge for a fabulous view.
-Rachel and James, 2021
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“Just to say also we had a lovely break at Burren Gate Lodge. Glorious weather in a lovely place. Highly recommended!
…with stunning views over Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Our host, Amy, was most attentive and provided us with delicious home-made baked goods and local specialties in our generous welcome pack.
Our accommodation was perfect for two, tastefully decorated and very comfortable. She also gave us great recommendations for places to eat nearby and suggestions for things to do.
We would highly recommend it as a cosy spot in the heart of the Burren and hope to return soon. – Noreen, 2021.
The Burren in County Clare is a magnet for walkers, surfers, musicians and foodies. You are sure to find your favourite.
The Gatehouse is just above the scattered village of Fanore on the twisting shoreline road between the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a nice pub, and it’s long narrow sandy beach is a popular with surfers.
The cottage is 10 minutes from the vibrant coastal town of Doolin, widely regarded as the home of traditional Irish music, where there are nightly pub sessions throughout the year – sometimes four in the summer months.
County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.
Doolin is also the extremely busy 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.
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.
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.
For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.
The strange karst landscape of the Burren area in northern Clare, 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.
JRR Tolkien was enlisted in 1949 as an external examiner for The University of Galway, regularly staying over at Ballyvaughan. Some say that it was this Burren landscape that was the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings writings.
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.
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.
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.
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