Castle View House

Castle View House

Castle View House

Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis

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Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis

County Clare

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.

Outside

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

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• Electric induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster
• Blender
• Juicer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 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

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• Lots of DVD movies
• Childrens highchair

Restrictions

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.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week in June July and August.

Important – Please note that the changeover day for full week bookings is Saturday.

Weekend bookings are from Friday after 4.30 to Monday before 10.30 am and mid-weeks from Monday to Friday – 4 nights.

Christmas and New Years included below, for other Public holidays please apply for rates.

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

Christmas Booking:  23rd-28th December €2,000.
New Years Booking: 29th-3rd January €2,000.

  per week weekend mid-week
May to June €1,700 €1,050 €1,050
September €1,700 €1,050 €1,050
July to August €2,000 7 nights minimum 7 nights minimum
October to April €1,500 €1,050 €1,050

 

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Reviews

 

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…

The Locality

 

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.

Wild Atlantic Way
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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.

 

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.

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

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Stoney Beach Lodge

Stoney Beach Lodge

Stoney Beach Lodge

Somewhere between the Sky and the Ocean

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County Galway

Nestling on the water’s edge with abiding and awesome views across Clifden Bay, this unique holiday cottage is at once the perfect bolt-hole for those seeking to absorb the wilderness of Connemara, and the an ideal base for explorers of the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Three become one…

Completely rebuilt on the foundations of three 19th century famine cottages, the lodge gazes out through panoramic windows onto an ever changing ocean.

Clever design has ensured that all the main living spaces experience uninterrupted views of the bay.

Doors are as generous as windows here, with a set of double ones leading through from the tiled entrance hall to the large open plan kitchen and dining area.

There is more than enough counter space including a central preparation island, and all the gadgets one would expect.
A breakfast bar with hi-stools serves as an informal divide to the dining area.

Curl up in front of a roaring open fire with a glass of hearty red and nothing but the sound of crashing waves on the shore in the background, or slide back the large glass doors, breathe in that salty air, and throw another mackerel on the barbeque.

If sitting in a bay window with views on three sides is not close enough to nature, and if the weather is behaving itself, you can slip through the glass doors and dine al fresco from the grand rustic refectory table.

Following through from the kitchen, you can take your choice from any of the three sofas in the living room.

There is no escaping the views in the bedrooms either – more sliding panoramic glazing!
Neutral colours, warm pine panelling and under floor heating feature here and throughout the home.

All the bedrooms are en suite with stylish modern bathrooms and mosaic tiled floors.

There is under-floor central heating throughout, and the house is wheelchair friendly.
If you have a particular requirement, or want an activity or guide organised be sure to tell us.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Twin Oven
• Electric 4 ring hob
• Fridge
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster

Utility Appliances in Laundry Room

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two King Size beds (160cm)
• Two Single beds
• Two Hair dryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Two Flat screen TVs

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• A few DVD movies
• A Kayak (book in advance)

Outside

The cottage is literally a stone’s throw from the pebbly beach, and a short walk through the garden finds a small sandy cove which is safe for swimming.

There are 14 acres of natural secluded landscape surrounding the house with limitless opportunities for walking or kayaking, fishing or painting – whatever takes your fancy really.

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.
Pets – No, sorry!

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

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

  per Week Weekend Mid-week
March to April €2,300 minimum stay
May to September €2,600 minimum stay
October to November €2,100 €1,300 €1,300
December to February €1,800 €1,300 €1,300

 

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Reviews

 

We had a wonderful experience at Stoney Beach in Connemara

and the process of renting with Unique Irish Homes was seamless. The house was exactly as shown, if not better, very clean, and Clodagh was delightful to deal with.
The location is spectacular and allowed many day trips in the area to kayak, horseback ride, fly fish and sight see.
We were sad to leave!

Jane Gates, August 2016

I never sent you a feedback re. Stoney Beach Lodge where we were around Easter. It’s also an incredible house in the private bay including dolphins (every day). The name of that bay is definitely not fake.
You will hear from me soon because we will definitely be back soon.

Lothar, July 2017 – Germany

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Out & About

 

This is a part of the world where the whims of the Atlantic prevail. Fabulous walks and cycle routes reveal amazing pristine beaches for swimming, windsurfing and kayaking.

A Mecca for lake and river fishing you will be spoilt for fishy restaurants.

There is so much to enjoy, we just can’t list them all, so here are just a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

There are numerous fabulous walks, not least the famed Sky Road Loop, which passes above the cottage around the Eyrephort peninsula.

Wild Atlantic Way
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The area is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker.

For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic eighteen hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 20K away.

Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
Every July, the Ballyconneely pony show attracts people from the surrounding county to exhibit livestock and enjoy the travelling funfair.

image Jan Ploeg

If you are interested in Dolphins, you can do no better than visit Jans website

How to get there – Car essential..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

Clifden, known as the capital of Connemara, is just 5 kilometres away – a 10 minute drive along a narrow road or 45 minute stroll along a very scenic road.
Packed with great shops and restaurants, and catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips.
Watch out for the Arts festival in late September, and Clifden Pony Show in August.

The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year, and passes through Clifden. Last year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!

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

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.

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Searows

Searows

Searows

Shimmering Sea, Stunning Sunsets, Atlantic Air

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County Galway

A gabled bungalow of unassuming simplicity, Searows lies in the bend of a sheltered Connemara inlet – absolutely Wild Atlantic Way – just a stone’s throw from the ocean.
This is an ideal family vacation home, with stunning sea views, and lots of relaxing outdoor attractions just minutes away in every direction.

 

Bleached walls and a wealth of windows

On arrival, an entrance porch efficiently separates the cosy contemporary interior from westerly Atlantic breezes.
The main living area is an expansive amalgam of sitting, eating and cooking, each area passing seamlessly through to the next.

In the living area a stylish and restrained open fireplace lends contentment to the interior while westerly windows frame the whimsical patterns of bunched clouds, unceasing tides and sparkling seas that define Connemara.

 

The generous dining alcove is surrounded by a panorama of picture-windows. An oak table seats ten, consistent with its attendant oak chairs and floor.

Oak also features in the kitchen, which is elegantly fitted out for some serious cooking, with a large Britannia 6 ring cooker, blended Silestone quartz work surfaces, and a three stool breakfast-bar preparation island.
In addition, there is a variety of other premium appliances in a fine utility room off the kitchen.

Pure white and natural wood, mostly oak, feature in furniture and walls throughout this home, with wide board oak floors in the living areas.

Down the corridor, the unpretentious bedrooms too, are bright white offset with subtle tones provided by the bed linen.

The principal bedroom dramatically opens onto the sheltered back terrace through a pair of French Doors.
The adjacent ensuite bathroom is fitted with countersunk his-and-her basins.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Brittania gas range with twin ovens and 6 rings
• Integrated Fridge with Ice dispenser
• Freezer
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Blender

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• One King-size and one Super King-sizebed, and 4 Zip & Link
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen Smart TV
• DVD player
• BOSE Bluetooth speaker

Other

• Charcoal Barbeque
• Good selection of books
• Table tennis table
• Some DVD’s
• Garage available

Outside

Searows faces out across Mannin Bay – the lapping waves and rocky shoreline are just a few steps across the coast road.

A patio of informal flagging encompasses the house, and the gardens are landscaped using local stone. A gentle lawned incline to the rear leads up to a decking platform where you can share a barbecue and catch the soft ribbons of Europe’s closing sunset.

The large detached boathouse contains a full size table tennis table, and the garden furniture.

 

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week from June to September.
Weekend breaks are available in low season only and  run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
A week is any seven consecutive nights…

Christmas and New Year are high season, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

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

October to May €1,600 per week Weekend/Midweek €1,200
June- September €2000 Weekend/Midweek (Sept. Only) €1500
Christmas Rates 23-28th
December 
€2,000
29th-3rd January
€2000

 

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Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

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

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Reviews

 

Our stay at Searows was wonderful…

The home is well appointed with a spectacular view of the sea and coastal homes. We loved the proximity to Clifden as well as Dog’s Bay beach and the village of Roundstone. We enjoyed cooking dinners at Searows and it was so nice to have the long summer days of sunlight! We had a wonderful day at Inishbofin and enjoyed walking the western loop. Another day was spent at Kylemore Abbey as well as Westport.
We have already begun to look at other homes offered by Unique Irish Homes for another trip.

Catherine Ryan, August 2017

 

From the guest Book…

We had a fantastic time at Searows. The house was excellent, spotless and so well equipped. We have since bought our own tennis table as it was enjoyed so much by everyone.

Thank you!!! We still can’t get over how beautiful the landscape is, and this exquisite luxurious home fits right into the perfect picture…the whole stay was fabulous and we’d love to return!!

NYC, May 2019

Superb and well equipped house, great location, fantastic scenery. And we were soooo lucky with the weather! Just gorgeous!!! Many thanks!

Lorrach, Germany, June 2019

Beautiful location, lovely house. Thank you for enabling us to have a great holiday here. Weather was very pleasant too.

Guildford UK and Kilkenny, June 2019

‘Gorgeous views and the best equipped house we’ve ever stayed in. Kids loved the table tennis. Lots of swims and walks. Thank you.’

January 2019

We had a super few days, the house is lovely and the kitchen is brilliant – a real cook’s kitchen. I hope that we will be back.

…As for the property, it’s absolutely faultless. A real quality home and the owners are willing to share everything, nothing locked away…

September 2018

A great house for 3 generations spanning 70 years.Great location. Most enjoyable. Many thanks.

Wonderful house in super location. We truly enjoyed our stay (and had great weather!). Thank you.

July 2018

Just one word: Perfect !
We’ve seen quite a lot of holiday homes, but this one was probably the best. Thanks a lot!

Dusseldorf, August 2017

I just wanted to get in touch

to let you know that we had a fantastic stay at Searows. The house was perfect and the sun shone throughout. We will definitely recommend to others and hopefully return ourselves at some point.

David Qunlan, June 2018

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Out & About

 

For generations Connemara has been the choice of holiday location for families seeking unspoiled tranquillity. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches for surfing and kayaking, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Searows is about half way between Clifden and Ballyconneely, about 5 minutes away.
Known as the capital of Connemara, Clifden is packed with great shops, pubs and restaurants. Catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips.
Try the Steam Cafe in the Station House complex for the best coffee. Watch out for the Arts festival (September) and Clifden Pony Show (August).

Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.

photo Satu Pitkanen

The small village of Roundstone is 15 minutes away, and has a number of very fine restaurants with lots of fish on the menu. The village buzzes in the evenings as visitors and locals alike gather above the naturally sheltered harbour to share a yarn and a pint.

Wild Atlantic Way
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You can climb the 300 metres to the summit of Errisbeg Mountain which rises up behind Roundstone 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.

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 Searows.

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

The exquisite twin beaches of Gurteen Bay and Dogs Bay are not to be missed. The pair sit back-to-back along a sandy peninsula or tombolo – a rare tidal accumulation of the remains of microscopic shellfish.

photo Raul Corral

The whole region is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker, but it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.

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

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 a Marconi station from which some of the earliest transatlantic wireless messages were sent in 1907 – a huge engineering feat at the time.

The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year, and passes right by Searows. There is a 30 hour limit and every participant must have their own crew with them at all times to look after water, food etc. Last year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!

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

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Duibh Oilean House

Duibh Oilean House

Duibh Oilean House

Remote simplicity to inspire the soul

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County Mayo

Big skies, narrow roads and celtic mists are the setting for this peaceful cottage where time has a different meaning and nature calls the shots.
The Mullet peninsula is one of those unspoiled and under-explored gems of Ireland where the wind blows out the cobwebs, the tides set your clock, and the scale of the landscape is humbling. How can you resist?

 

Blow the cobwebs out

This solidly built family cottage was designed as a retreat – a comfortable space to reflect and renew, and to engage with nature.
The result is inspiring, cosy, simply furnished and unpretentious.

The central living spaces of the cottage are largely open plan, and overlap.
The main dining area enjoys exceptional 180 degree views across the bay to Nephin Mountains, and South to Achill. It is also the wicker-chair sun-room, looking out onto an expansive pasture, above a tidal wetland. The other end of the sun-room opens into a spacious modern kitchen.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1,400 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    Master has ensuite bathroom
    Shared bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Living room, Study
    Kitchen & dining room
    Utility room, Boot room
  • Contempo
    TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    central heating
  • Availability
    Weekly, Weekends, Mid-week

The house takes advantage of spectacular views across Blacksod Bay to the mountains of Mayo, and South towards Achill Island’s Slievemore.

The living area links through an archway southward from the kitchen.

Beside the large double-door stove bounteous baskets of dried turf wait patiently for their turn to radiate a comforting glow.

Here you can recline on symmetrical couches settled against the windows, and rejoice in the spectacle of sea birds wheeling in the breeze outside, or simply nod off with a novel – there are plenty to choose from.

The cottage inspires creativity and is much loved by writers and artists. A small study with its own pot-bellied stove is a cosy, private place to hole up, write and think.

The carpeted, first floor features two more bedrooms and a bathroom.
The TV and DVD are here- but it also works well on rainy days for Twister or Yoga.

The principle double bedroom on the ground floor has an ensuite bathroom, and the adjoining room a walk-in shower.

Outside

The house faces across Blacksod Bay with access to a private beach at the tip of the wetland below.
The Blue flag beach at Mullaghroe is an easy walk from the house.

This is a rural landscape – big seas, bigger skies, weather, wind and hardy donkeys.
There are few trees but we excel in dry stone walls and bog-land.

Facilities

This home has everything you will need on a family holiday- from WiFi to clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, TV and videos .
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – small, non-shedding dogs only

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week
Public holidays – please apply for rates.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are at the high season rates. Public holidays – please apply for rates.

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

October to April €1,400 per week
May to September €1,800 per week

 

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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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Reviews

 

Our time in Ireland completely exceeded our expectations…

we all had the most wonderful, relaxing and de-stressing time, in what were truly amazing surroundings. The house was superb and the surrounding area truly idyllic, besides the obvious fantastic scenery, what we really loved, was the fact that Jean’s house felt like a “home” (not a “show house”) and thus contributed significantly to our enjoyment (far better than the sometimes coldness and blandness/routine “feel” of a hotel room). Jean herself was a wonderful host, and the pot of tea and homemade fruitcake/bread was a wonderful welcome after what had been a particularly stressful journey).
The booking process and interactions with UIH were also efficient, hassle-free and simple, which again helped make the overall experience totally pleasurable. From an “improvements” perspective, all I’d say is that the accuracy of the “calandars” on your website could do with being more current, as we looked at a number of potential properties, but most didn’t give any indication of booked/vacant time periods. With respect to the details for Duibh Oilean house itself, my suggestion would be to add a little more detail about the local shops (e.g. In Belmullet) as these were a lot closer and better stocked etc than our initial “web searches” indicated.
As for would we recommend UIH to friends, then that’s a big “YES” and the same goes for of we’d we use you again (we all came away wanting to come back to see more and spend longer in Ireland, with thoughts for next year being to do ten days, split over two different properties/locations).
Thanks and much appreciation to UIH and Jean for a fantastic time.

Mark, UK August 2019

I stayed for one week in the beautiful Duibh Oilean House…

at the Belmullet peninsula.
Years ago I was there just as part of a day trip. This year I had set my mind on being there for longer. To feel it. The atmosphere. And I did.I am very impressed by the views there all over from the house and special the ever changing light and sky and the quietness also. Loved that Lighthouse nearby and the stone spiral. What an impressive view there.
It was just getting used to … so with all kind of personal belongings of the owner in the house around me … that went fast .. the view took all of my attention. It had something inviting too. As a sign of welcome… being guest… and for sure it felt very comfortable like that.

The other week I stayed in Gate Lodge at Woodhouse near Stradbally. A really outstanding place to stay and to enjoy the superb view from the house over the beautiful restored estate. On the other side of the road a cove and the sea. Also a wonderful area for walking. This house is perfect, quietly located and highly recommended!

In both houses I saw a lot of art on the walls. It took my attention as I am a painter myself – inspired mostly and in a way by Ireland.
I like to thank you very much for the hospitality in both really beautifully located fine holiday houses. And also for the proper en personal handling by Unique Holiday Home [Unique Irish homes].

Reinder Ourensma, The Netherlands, September 2017

Check out the Irish Times prize for The Best Place to go Wild in Ireland and this article on Belmullet

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Out & About

 

The Mullet peninsula really is a gem of unspoiled nature, with extraordinary beaches, wonderful walks, and some of the nicest people you could meet.
With so much to enjoy, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Oh, and always bring a coat!

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

There are a sprinkling of other mostly farm dwellings around Devilane House.
The peninsula is a designated Gaeltacht area where many families still use Irish as their first language.

The village of Aughleam is about 30 minutes away on foot. It has a small shop, a garage, a pub, Post office and a Heritage Center.
Una’s Pub, just down the road towards the point is the best place locally for Craic agus Ceol.

You will have passed through the main regional town of Belmullet which straddles the isthmus link to the mainland 17km to the north. Apart from restaurants and supermarkets, the town hosts a farmers market in the square on Saturday mornings.

Wild Atlantic Way
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The Mullet Peninsula protects the west coast of Mayo from the full force of the ocean, and consists mainly of sand dunes and fine white beaches. The windswept Atlantic side is heaven for surfers, while the sheltered east-facing coves are perfect for family pottering .
This is one of the most remote areas of Ireland and is characterised by changeable weather, broad stretches of wet carpet bog, and unspoilt natural amenities.

To the northern end of the spit the Erris Head loop walk is just one of several. This is special place to view migrating birds from the cliffs, which can only be reached on foot.

In common with many of the Wild Atlantic Way localities, sea angling out of Blacksod Bay is superlative. Take a boat trip or try your hand off the rocks.

St Deirbhile’s Well lies a short distance from the house. The water from this blessed well is alleged to have curative properties for eye complaints. A pilgrimage takes place annually to the well on August 15th in honour of the saint.

The Islands

Off the coast to the west lie the exposed Inishkea Islands which are worth a visit. The inhabitants abandoned the settlement in the 1930s after most of their young men died at sea in a storm.

A semi ruined village remains, where white sand blown in from the beach covers most of the floors several feet deep.
There are also numerous archaeological sites, both Neolithic and monastic.
Important internationally as a bird sanctuary, half of the Irish wintering population of Barnacle geese make the islands their home.

The largest breeding colonies of Atlantic Grey seals in Ireland are to be found inhabiting the coves and beaches across these islands.

Glosh Tower commands a fine view from the top of Termon Hill. It is one of the 82 Napoleonic signal Towers built around the coast at the start of the 19th century to keep watch for signs of a French invasion.

In June 1944, as he watched the barometer fall precipitously, Ted Sweeney’s report from the Coast Guard station in Blacksod Bay convinced General Dwight D Eisenhower to delay the Allied D-Day invasion for 24 hours – a decision which averted a military catastrophe and changed the course of the Second World War.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4.5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 5.5 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from 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.

The traditional rustic stone hearth, still with its cooking crane, is now occupied by a more serviceable wood burning stove – its chimney breast stretching through a double height atrium, adds an airy dimension to both floors.

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.