Castle View House
Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis
The dramatic Atlantic sunsets that wash this home have not changed in the two hundred years since Castle View was built. The round Rapunzel castle itself – some 400 years older – still stands watch over the six generation farmstead.
Prominently situated on the Burren Way between Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher, there are stunning views of the Aran Islands and the ocean beyond, from this large Regency country house.
An elegant vintage family farmhouse
Solid and symmetrical, the old farmhouse has been completely renovated recently, with many of the original features lovingly preserved.
Rooms are voluminous, with lofty ceilings edged by moulded cornices.
Roller blinds on curtain-less windows emphasise the impressive doors, architraves and panelling that are original to the house.
The ornate fireplace in the living room is filled with a neat flush fitted stove – both practical and complimentary.
Exposed timber flooring and pastel painted walls are common to all the rooms.
The large contemporary kitchen has plenty of room for a beautiful six seater dining table – not unlike the one in the more formal dining room.
A Regency reeded leg mahogany table, brings a timeless indulgence to the dining room, warmed by the wood burning stove tucked into its recessed hearth.
An outstanding feature here is the enclosed cooker set in a cave-like archway of rough cut stone.
Not only are all the bedrooms comfortable and generous, but there is no getting away from those unique views of the blustery landscape which are a part of every room.
Chequered black and white retro-metro tiling defines the family bathroom.
Barely one tree dares to raise a shoot in such a Spartan landscape of crashing waves and crying birds. Garden has a different meaning here, where paths meander into the distance to follow the cliffs along this brink of Europe.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Electric Oven
• Electric induction hob
• Coffee machine
• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Three Double beds (140cm)
• Two Single beds
• Childs Cot
• Hair dryer
Tech & Entertainment
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good mobile phone coverage
• DVD Player
• Sound system
• Lots of Books
• Lots of DVD movies
• Childrens highchair
Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Castle View is a working farm with a separate barn conversion adjoining the rear of the home, so regrettably, dogs are not permitted.
We had a wonderful stay in Castle View House
The location was perfect – close to the village, restaurants, bars, etc. And our gateway to the cliffs was just outside the door. The house was very comfortable and homely. Sally could not have been more helpful.
We hope to return someday. Castle View was the perfect setting for a relaxing and fun holiday.
Frances Finn, September 2020
The house was lovely…
the hostess very gracious and helpful, and the location was ‘food for our dreams.’ Very beautiful vistas and very near the famous Cliffs of Moher, in the middle of a cattle farm; the lovely cows came up close to the house but I never heard a peep out of them. The house is historic with thick walls and has been beautifully renovated with updated finishes. We very much appreciated the washer/dryer as we were on a two week trip. The hostess baked us some brown bread and left us a bottle of Prosecco which we used to make Mimosas for breakfast (hair of the dog). The castle tower next door gave us a reference point when venturing out; we said Rapunzel was coming over for tea.
We enjoyed the pubs of Doolin and walking up to the Cliffs.We found pub food much better than expected with a ‘farm to table’ focus. We ate at the Ivy Cottage and it was very good. We shopped in Doolin as they have beautiful local gifts for sale. We also drove thru the Burren region. We didn’t have time to venture to the Aran Islands. Our only regret was not planning to stay longer.
So we must return!
Lori Pegram, September 2019
We had an absolutely fabulous weekend at Castleview House.
The house was more than I had ever expected. It is bright, comfortable and extremely tastefully decorated. The location is incredible with stunning views of the castle and the sea. The house is a stone’s throw from the village where we enjoyed first class food and one or two very enjoyable pints.
Castle View is very well equipped and Sally has thought of everything from hi-viz jackets for the homeward walk from the pub, to beach towels for swimming or surfing. There was an array of games, books and CDs for indoors entertainment and a basket of logs, fire lighters etc for the wood burnings stoves for cozy evenings in. There was home made bread, jam and a bottle of wine to welcome us as well as some basic essentials in the well equipped kitchen. We couldn’t have asked for more.
I booked the house as a surprise get away weekend for my husbands birthday – there was us, our three adult children and a couple of their partners. There was plenty of space for us all to be together (and apart when we wanted). Sally was an absolute star and managed to keep the surprise element going until the very moment she snapped on the lights in the delightful kitchen.
I highly recommend Castleview House to anyone who wants to get away, enjoy the sea air and kick back and relax.
Thanks Sally for sharing your beautiful home with us.
Alison Hollinshead, October 2018
We absolutely loved our stay…
Everything more than met our expectations. My guests were very pleased with their new home for the week. We loved that it was so close to the cliffs…that the trail was right outside of our door. We enjoyed the ability to walk into Doolin and all of the attractions there. The home was exactly as pictured, very well appointed and spacious.
Sally had homemade bread and jams waiting for us! We loved that it was surrounded by pastures full of cows! We named several of them! The beauty was breathtaking and it will be missed.
Jackie Bell, July 2017 – Florida
We had a wonderful time at Castleview house…
the house is in such a nice location and we enjoyed every moment of our short stay. It is a beautiful place to relax and just have a good time. Especially the kitchen really impressed me, it brought a lot of memories back. We spend most of our time together in the kitchen.
Thank you very much for the providing a nice place to stay for us, we will return and proposed it to our friends and family.
Family Koze, September 2017
Staying in Castle View House was by far the best part of our holidays in Ireland.
We’ve been met by Sally Nagle with such tremendous hospitality and warmth that we felt at home immediately. The house is in excellent shape, meeting the highest standard and perfectly equipped with every possible amenity a family needs for great holidays.
We were traveling with three generations and all agreed that our stay simply couldn’t be better. The kids keep saying that the best part of their holidays was the great white house by the cliffs. And the adults agree. For us, waking up with a direct view to the Atlantic in this cosy house was a once in a lifetime experience. We’re grateful for that.
We can highly recommend Castle View House for families with children.
Oliver Berthold, August 2018
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Out & About
North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and golf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…
Here are some of our favourites…
- Under the Cliffs to the Aran Isles
- Reel to a tune in the Pub
- Smell like a flower
- Fly with a Hawk
- Conquer an island
- 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
- Explore the Burren
The house is located below Doonagore Castle and just 5 minutes walk from the village of Doolin at the northern foothills of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The castle is now a completely restored private home, but it has a legacy of brutal treatment of Spanish Armada survivors in 1588.
Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the villages 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.
The Cliffs are home to enormous numbers 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.
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.
Lisdoonvarna, the next 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.
photo – Tobias Helfrich
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 Lahinch just 8km from the house, 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.
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.
How to get there – Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon.
Shannon Airport – less than one hour from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpool.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house