Thomond House

Thomond House

Thomond House

Where Nobility meets Adventure

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County Clare

Explore your indulgent side in this large classic country manor at the heart of the rambling Dromoland Estate. Steeped in history but enjoying every contemporary convenience, Thomond is the perfect sojourn for a gathering of the clan.
If you love your golf, and your surname is O’Brien, this is where you belong…

 

Easy elegant interiors

Sturdy double doors, classically framed by sidelights and pilasters, contrive a Georgian style Welcome.

Not many homes these days can boast a large central foyer. In Thomond house it is overlooked by a circular doughnut gallery and drop light from the floor above.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €8,950 for a long weekend
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms & One twin & One single
    All have ensuite bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room, Library, Study & Dining room
    Kitchen / living room
    Utility room & Laundry room
    Cloakroom
  • Features
    Baby Grand Piano
    Large garden
    Terrace
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Excellent Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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Across the parquet flooring, and through more mahogany double doors, the classical drawing room is substantial, with a bay of tall windows energetically dressed in coral jaspé drapes, surveying the formal gardens.

An antique baby grand piano and plethora of guilt framed portraits compete to catch your eye, but the focus is the warmth from an unpretentious marble fireplace.

The adjoining library, slightly more intimate, is home to a prodigious collection of books tightly packed into Augustan shelves that screen every burnt orange wall.

A forest green dining room occupies one corner of the ground floor. It can easily cater for twelve, and is furnished in mahogany with an extravagance of classic dining chairs and another fine fireplace.

For more casual fare, adjacent to the dining room, the kitchen includes a circular table for four, and in a quirky shift in style, a curved breakfast bar attended by six chrome trumpet-based stools.

Ebony granite counters and ivory painted presses, provide the palette for a comprehensive array of premium appliances from Aga to wine cooler.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range
• 5 ring gas hob
• Electric Oven
• 2 Fridges with water dispenser
• 2 Freezers
• 2 Dishwashers
• Wine cooler
• 2 juicers
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility / Laundry Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Four Super King size beds, One double bed, two Zip & Link singles
• 5 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 4 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books & DVDs
• Children’s high chair
• Child’s cot
• Baby Grand Piano
• Gas Barbecue

Upstairs

A broad archway separates the foyer from a dramatic cantilevered stairway that spirals up to the first floor, where sleeping accommodation radiates from the circular gallery.

Here again, each sumptuous bedroom is elegantly unique and enjoys dazzling rural views through the lofty Georgian windows. The ensuite bathrooms are sympathetically styled to match.

Outside

The house sits on elevated private grounds at the end of a tree lined driveway, in the heart of the 450 acre Dromoland Estate, and just 440 metres from Dromoland Castle.
The castle was rebuilt in high-Gothic style between 1800¬–1836, and opened as a luxury hotel in 1962.

Pathways criss-cross the rolling parkland, meandering through woodlands, around the lake and beyond the fairways of the estate’s 18 hole championship golf course. A walking map of the estate is available at the Castle reception.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.

Provisional Booking Form

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas fully booked for 2022.
New Year fully booked for 2022/23.

A refundable breakages deposit of €750 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

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Including 2 hours house-keeping per day. Per Week Midweek/Weekend
1st May to 13th September €14,000 €8,950
Other Periods €14,000 €8,950

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Out & About

 

Although Clare is one of those magical counties packed with completely unique experiences, without moving off the estate you can enjoy an 18 hole Golf Course, Tennis, Spa, Clay shoot, Swimming pool, and amazing restaurants…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Thomond is seat of the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond and direct descendants of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland. Dromoland Castle and estate was bought from the 16th Baron Inchiquin in 1962, and has been converted into a luxury hotel.

The 450 acre estate incorporates a stunning golf course, a lake and much to explore and enjoy as detailed above.
The castle has received many famous guests over the years including two American presidents. George W. Bush spent a night in 2004 whilst attending the EU-US Summit which was hosted here. Thomond House was honoured to host The First Lady, Laura Bush for lunch during their historic visit. Approximately 7,000 police, military and private security forces were assigned to his protection for his 16-hour visit.

In the woodlands to the East of the house is the Mooghaun Hillfort, dating from about 500 BC. Not a lot to look at now, it is believed to be most extensive hill-fort in Ireland.

The largest hoard of Bronze Age gold objects ever found in Western Europe known as the Mooghaun Hoard was randomly discovered near here by a group of rail workers in 1854.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Less than ten minutes away, Newmarket on Fergus is the nearest town with a small supermarket.

Limerick, the nation’s 3rd largest city is just half an hour away at the head of the Shannon estuary. There’s way too much to say about this historic and vibrant city in this short section, so visit here https://www.limerick.ie/ to discover more.

The market town of Ennis which is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County – is about 15km North. 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)

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…

photo Ludwig Bickel

About an hour’s drive away, 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!

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports.
Shannon Airport – about 20 mins from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx. two and a half an hours from the house.
Cork Airport – approx. 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.

 

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Danieli

Danieli

Danieli

Bleached Beaches and Dry Stone Walls

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County Galway

Like a balcony onto Mannin Bay, Danieli commands Atlantic vistas that include Europe’s last sunsets.
Among the rocky outcrops and faded grasses of Connemara, and just a stone’s throw from the sea, this contemporary cottage affords an idyllic base for the entire family to indulge in Ireland’s most acclaimed region.

Capacious Cottage Life

Landscaped into a gently sloping site, and named after a lucky horse in the Grand National, this is a generous sprawling stone cottage with classic Connemara seascape views, uniquely suited to cross generation family vacations.

The sitting room with its roughly plastered chimney breast is mainly what remains of the original stone cottage.
Open stairs climb up to an expedient and low mezzanine playroom in the loft, with an overlooking balcony.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms-one ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Two Single Bedrooms
    Family bathroom
    Shower Room
  • Other Rooms
    Kitchen/Dining Area
    Sitting Room
    Sun Room
    Entrance/Boot Room
    Living/Games Room
    Children’s Mezzanine
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Paved Front Terraces
    Logs & Turf
    Wi-Fi Internet
    DVD’s Games and Books
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Off the living room, an expansive and comprehensively equipped family kitchen complete with Aga range, annexes the southerly aspect of the cottage.
This space is shared with a generous dining table, leather and chrome chairs, marble floors and a wood burning stove that together imbue a contemporary character to this multifunctional room.

French doors in a span of elegantly draped glazing open south onto a spacious front terrace.

Here stunning sea views across Mannin Bay, and left to Errisbeg Mountain are shared with the comfortable panoramic sunroom that leads back through more double doors into the cottage at the far end of this patio.

The ensuite master bedroom which exclusively occupies a corner of the cottage, and theatrically opens on to its own sunny sheltered patio, has a super king sized bed.

All the showers are of the walk in rain type, while the roll top bath invites a bit of pampering in the family bathroom.

Bookend beds feature in the twin bedroom, making it an instant hit with kids.
The two single bedrooms have been cleverly slotted in under the mezzanine in the original structure.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a family home – from Wi-Fi to barbeque, clothes dryer, children’s books, some toys, games and videos …
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

The entrance lobby at the centre of the home, opens into a multi-purpose open space that links the semi-random layout of accommodation and finds lots of use on family vacations…

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Dogs and pets – No, sorry!

Outside

There is ample parking on the property for cars and boats. Paved patio surrounds most of the cottage, affording ubiquitous tidal vistas stretching out to the Atlantic, and sheltered barbecue-ing.
It is possible to scramble down to the rocky shoreline, but a short walk or cycle in either direction is more rewarding.

Provisional Booking Form

Weekend breaks are available in low season only and  run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
A Week’s booking consists of any 7 consecutive nights

Christmas and New Year are high season, and other Public holidays – please see below, or apply for rates:

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week
 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,450
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,450
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,450
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,450

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

October to April €2,450 per week Weekend/Midweek €1,700
May to September €2,950 per week Weekend not Available
Christmas Offer (5 nights) €2,950

 

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A wonderful break in this beautiful home away from home.

From this perfect base we explored the stunning Connemara – the sun even shone for us! This corner of the world is good for the soul. Our children loved the playroom too! Thank you for sharing your home with us

From the guest book, April 2019

We had a wonderful holiday. House is amazing. Thank you for everything. Hope to be back soon.

From the guest book, July 2019

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. You have created a very special place here, full of light and warmth, even on the stormiest days – and we got a few, but enjoyed the front-row seat on the power of the wind coming in from the Atlantic. We hope to return.

From the guest book, August 2019

Our family loved the house

“It’s surrounded by a great landscape. It’s a great home and all in all it has been a great stay here in Ireland. We are going to miss the AGA and hope to come back someday to enjoy another stay.”

From the guest book, September 2018

Danieli is a beautiful home…

on an exceptionally scenic site, and we greatly enjoyed the house and our stay in west…could not have been better. We ran into Pat Shortt on Friday, Mitchells on Saturday and pints in O’Dowds on Sunday – and with plenty of strolling was all in all great fun.

Pat Gleeson, November 2017

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We had an exceptionally happy family gathering

at Danieli, or Stone Cottage, as it is known locally.
The site was glorious: From the raised vantage point of the house, we watched the weather advancing along Mannin Bay; dramatic purple clouds disgorging horizontal rain. With each low tide, seals and otters emerged onto the rocks. Hours of happy binocular viewing.
The house itself was solid, supremely comfortable, and a delight. The underfloor heating was a revelation, although the heating controls proved a tad too complex for us visitors. The kitchen was the star of the show–but, again, the Aga heat defeated us. We were almost obliged to eat our dinner and play board games in our underwear, such was the furnace-like strength of the range. We could, of course, have adjusted the temperature of the Aga, but that would have added substantially to cooking times. Not a complaint, merely an observation–a luxurious quandary. The heat was such a novelty for my Irish mother, who grew up with frost on the inside of the windowpanes and toothpaste frozen in the tube.
Continuing the heat theme, it was good to find some logs by the hearth, but a few more, and maybe some briquettes, would have been gratefully received. Also, a couple of tables by the sofa would have obviated the need to keep standing up to put glasses on the mantlepiece, but I realise space was tight.
Everything was thoughtfully laid out; all needs catered for. It is obviously a much-loved family holiday home, though I did wonder whether the profusion of photos of children and generic household clutter might be reduced during rental periods. One had the feeling of somehow intruding on someone else’s family time. The provision of Yuletide decorations was very thoughtful and welcoming.
Rereading this, it sounds like I wasn’t entirely delighted with our stay–which I certainly was. I just wanted to point up a few, minor, issues that could perhaps be improved upon. Overall, our stay at the house was a huge success. Danieli looked beautifully designed, supremely well-appointed and beguiling in photographs, and proved no less so in reality. We all relished our time there, and would have no hesitation in recommending it to future guests.
Many thanks for all your help, and for selecting such a unique Irish home for your portfolio.

 

Sarah Newell, Christmas 2017

 

Out & About

Families have been visiting Connemara for generations, and it’s easy to see why. Apart from the amazing blue flag beaches for surfing, ocean inlets for kayaking, incredible lake and river fishing, there is a fabulous golf course and brilliant restaurants.

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

Danieli is about 5 km south of Clifden at the start of the Ennislannan peninsula
Easily the largest town in Connemara, Clifden is the central crossroads between north and south regions and has a host of interesting and often quirky shops, pubs and restaurants catering for all shopping and craft needs. There are 3 major supermarkets.

The hardy Connemara Pony is to be found roaming throughout west Galway. With origins traced back to the Vikings, this loveable breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
Watch out for the Arts festival (September) and Clifden Pony Show (August).

The small fishing village of Roundstone is 20 minutes away, and has a number of very fine restaurants with lots of fish on the menu.
Just a few minutes to the west, the legendary back-to back swimming beaches of Dog’s Bay and Gurteen are stunning examples of tombolos. Not sand at all, they are rare accumulations of the remains of microscopic marine shells.

A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many other beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

Connemara is famously dominated by the awesome Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains that challenge hill walkers annually as they attempt to hike all twelve in a single day.

This western wilderness continues to attract game fishermen with their flies in search of the elusive salmon or trout in the hundreds of interconnected lakes and rivers.
More information can be found at G. Stanley & Son, Market Street, Clifden.

Clearly visible to the south from the cottage is Errisbeg Mountain which rises up behind Roundstone. The 300 metres to the summit can be reached in about two hours. The view is fantastic, and North from the summit, you will see over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes that populate this environmentally unique habitat.

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On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara. Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden – Derrygimlagh is still marked by a white Cairn beacon.

At the foot of the beacon the foundations remain of the Marconi station from which some of the earliest transatlantic wireless messages were sent in 1907. A huge engineering feat at the time, the endeavour required some 15,000 volts of electricity to power, while the aerials sizzled with sparks that could be heard for miles.
Starting just a few hundred metres from the cottage, a fascinating two hour loop walk across the bog has recently been developed which takes you on a journey through these two events.

For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic 27 hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 15 minutes away.

“A true Championship Links Course…The elevated greens on the back nine are spectacular” – Tom Watson.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – Just under 4 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – About 2 and a half hours from the Cottage.

By Sea:
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is under 4 hours from the house.

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Doolin Lodge

Doolin Lodge

Doolin Lodge

The Rocky Edge of Europe

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County Clare

In the anodyne air of west Clare where time drags its heels, Cliff walks beckon, and music reigns supreme, sits this little lair of self-catering luxury.
The larger of two meticulously restored 18th century farmhouses, Doolin Lodge’s surprising interior shows great attention to detail, and brings an international 5 star quality to a remote rural cottage.

 

A comprehensive cottage makeover

An expansive open living space is at the centre of the cottage extending to two informal seating areas.

Cool coffee-and-cream neutral tones and warm oak floors combine to create a cosy contemporary ambience throughout this home, while roof lights augment the traditional small shuttered cottage windows.

, AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €2,100 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four Double Bedrooms, Two Ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Double Living Room
    Family Bathroom
  • Kitchen with Dining Area
    Entrance Lobby
    W/C with Shower
  • Contempo
    Paved Terrace
    Wi Fi Internet 
    Fire Logs
    Barbecue
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Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• Fitted Microwave
• Electric Ceramic Hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Nespresso Coffee Machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double and Three King-size beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet – moderate speed
• Flat-screen TV

Off the living area, a gleaming chic kitchen in ivory tones, replete with concealed appliances, is tastefully finished with matching marble worktops and up-scaled white floor tiles.

For informal nibbles a high stooled breakfast bar postures in a diagonal crescent at one end, but for dinner in the same space a two tone table fits snuggly against banquet seating to accommodate eight.

If your preference is al fresco, and the weather permits, handy sliding French doors open onto a sheltered sun-kissed private patio.

There is a sumptuous ground floor double bedroom opening off the living area with ensuite shower room, which some will find especially convenient.

A returning stairway from the living area winds up to three more, equally generous, double bedrooms – one of which is ensuite – and a family bathroom.

These carpeted upstairs rooms also come with stunning views of the local landscape, including the Aran Islands and the unique limestone / karst backdrop of the Burren.

Outside

Just a kilometre from the Atlantic, the tang of the ocean hangs in the air, and some of the most spectacular sunsets anywhere paint the skyline. Ample paved parking is provided, although the gardens are shared with a smaller cottage, similarly tastefully restored.

Restrictions

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.

Provisional Booking Form

Information & Rates:


Approximately  €2,500 -3,500 per week in the off-season .

Approximatel

€4,500 July – August  . The price varies by the week,

Please email me here for details.


A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

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Reviews

 

The pictures do not do this place justice…

The house and the location is beautiful. I loved the little nook in the kitchen. There was loads of space and the beds were really comfortable. The house is obviously well taken care of and there are some really nice touches everywhere. I will definitely be back to explore the area again.

Ylonah, February 2018

A family weekend stay at the beautiful Doolin Lodge

The house is in impeccable condition, extremely comfortable, spacious for the seven of us, with a well appointed large kitchen/living area for family cooking and dining. We all commented on how comfortable the beds are too!
We had a wonderful stay in spite of two storms with resultant power outages. We just lit the huge wood burning stove and enjoyed cosy, board game playing evenings.
Sharon was very attentive and we enjoyed the local food items which she provided. We would highly recommend Doolin Lodge as a haven of peace and comfort and a great base for visiting nearby sights.

Noreen Keane, March 2019

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Out & About

 

What with the island hopping and the caving, you’ll discover there’s too much to do, so here are a few of our favourites…

photo Brian Meagher

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

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.

photo Gerald Tapp

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.

Wild Atlantic Way

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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.

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 Bogman

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.

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 (25 minutes by car) 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.

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.

For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.

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.

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Burren Gate Lodge

Burren Gate Lodge

Burren Gate Lodge

Atlantic Spray, Celtic Cliffs and Craic

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Atlantic Spray, Celtic Cliffs and Craic

County Clare

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.

 

Spacious on the inside

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.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    2 guests
    From €175 per night
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    with ensuite shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Open-plan Living/Dining room
    with kitchenette
  • Features
    Beach frontage, Furnished patio with gas BBQ
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs
    WiFi internet
    Central heating
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, no pets

There is also an adjacent patio from which to enjoy this incredible Atlantic panorama.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas oven
• 2 ring gas hob • Fridge with freezer compartment
• Toaster

Bedrooms

• One King-size bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Netflix

Other

• 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.

Outside

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.

Provisional Booking Form

Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,130
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €1,130
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,130
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€1,130

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Full Week €1,130 7 nights
Weekend Breaks €475 Minimum 3 nights
Midweek €165 per night

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
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Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Pets – No, sorry!

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Reviews

 

 

“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!
-Geraldine, 2021

We spent a glorious week in this little gem of a gate lodge…”

…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.

Out & About

 

The Burren in County Clare is a magnet for walkers, surfers, musicians and foodies. You are sure to find your favourite.

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Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

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.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

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.

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.

 

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