Garafin House

Garafin House

Garafin House

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County Galway

At the tip of the Rosmuc peninsula is a big house with a busy history.
Sitting on two acres, with a mile of private rocky shoreline to discover, Garafin House is the consummate luxury holiday retreat from which to explore wild and rocky Southern Connemara.
A profusion of islands confuse the horizon to the south, the Twelve Ben mountains beckon to the north, and warm fires await inside…

 

A heritage home restored

A long driveway leads through partially wooded parkland to this charming Period residence set in a striking and tranquil coastal setting.

Prior to 1980 Garafin House, together with its extensive outbuildings had served the local community for over 150 years as a general store, famine relief centre, Surgery, Court House, and travel agents.
The original house built in the 1750’s was somewhat different and probably resembled a long cottage. It remains in the family to this day, albeit in a much altered and more comfortable incarnation.

A grand multi-light doorway occupies the enduring castellated entrance in the elbow of this angular layout.

The lobby opens onto an L-shaped tiled hallway – Left runs to the large drawing room.

This radiant room features an elegant antique marble fireplace facing a broad catty-corner bay window with views across to the islands.

Much of the original house has been modified across the centuries, and much remains, such as sash windows with flush wooden panel shutters.
The plain white walls are thick and the ceilings high.
Oak boards with under-floor heating now replace the original.

The magnificent encaustic coloured tiles typical of the period, are hardly worn.

Two classic English Arm sofas, create an informal divide to the study area with TV.
A mixture of antique and contemporary furniture, Persian rugs and curios grace the home.

A second black marble fireplace confers a cosy atmosphere on the dining room at the opposite end of the hallway.

In the dining room, the extendable table will comfortably seat ten – long meals followed by long walks.

Adjoining the dining room is a generous modern kitchen, in pastel painted style.
Everything is here for some seriously creative cuisine – or simply breakfast together around the kitchen table.

The spacious back porch off the kitchen is very warm – perfect for drying coats and boots should you get caught in a Connemara shower.

There are two bedrooms off the hallway on the ground floor, with a third beyond the dining room.
All are ensuite – this one has half-paneled walls, original tiles, and a fine free standing roll-top bath.

The addition of a second storey to Garafin House is comparatively new and the upstairs reflects that. Here the styling is contemporary, with white floorboards, lime-washed tongue and groove ceilings, and velux windows.

A shared shower-room on this level is at the far end of adjoining double and twin bedrooms, requiring neighbourly compromise to pass.

 

Outside

A few steps across the yard is the utility, laundry and boot room.

The names of some of the outbuildings at the back of the house reflect their earlier employment – the local doctor held a weekly surgery in the Dispensary; the Courthouse hosted the quarterly Magistrate’s court. These are not part of the rental property.

The foreshore at the house is rocky, and in places covered in seaweed, but offers safe and current-free swimming. To the east of the house a lane runs down to a small public pier, where there is excellent swimming from half tide onwards.
In times gone by boats from here brought supplies from Galway, turf to the Aran Islands, distributed bread from the house bakery, and ferried cattle and sheep to and from the local islands.

Garafin House comes with access to about a mile of private foreshore, which you may wander at will. There are no paths, so the walking is quite rough in places. Look out for seals and otters – nature at its best.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home – from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, videos ..

TV reception is terrestrial channels only.
There is Oil fired central heating, and logs and turf are supplied.
Crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather duvets and pillows and soft cotton towels are provided in all the bedrooms. There are heated towel rails and wall heaters in the bathrooms.
Two of the rooms have super-King size beds that can be divided into twins, and all the bedrooms have ample storage space.
There are also a few wetsuits and a small supply of basic fishing tackle in the boot room.

Restrictions

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

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

Provisional Booking Form

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

Christmas, New Year, Easter and Public holidays – please apply for rates.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home.
If you intend bringing a dog, please advise below whether there will be more than one, and approximate size, as large dogs may need to be cleared by the owner.

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

Weekly Weekend Mid-Week
May to September €2,750 per week not available not available
October to April €2,250 per week €1,300 €1,300

ChristmasDecember 23rd to 28th December  at High Season Rate
New Year29th December to January 3rd 2021 at High Season Rate

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Reviews

 

Everything at the house was perfect…

We didn’t lack for anything. The house was beautifully appointed and Anne, the caretaker, was a delight and always available when needed. In addition, the owners went above and beyond the call of duty in supplying us with cots and high chairs for our grand babies.
We built fires every evening and enjoyed our walks on the property and the peace and tranquility of the Rosmuck Penninsula. We definitely will come back.
Thanks also to Unique Irish Home’s. You were great to work with. Please continue to expand your inventory of exceptional homes.

Alice Stockdale, September 2018

We were not disappointed in Garafin House…

I found the kitchen probably the best provided in any place we have rented and once I got used to the electric hob i really enjoyed cooking on it… We loved swimming off the pier and we got great enjoyment watching the mother wren feeding her babies in the nest in the Virginia creeper. The garden was an unexpected bonus, as was the high chair and ample parking space – thank you so much.

ffrench Davis family, July 2018

Your heading “Memories are made of this” never rang truer…

We had a wonderful time last week in Garafin House. Our family ages ranged from youngest at 10 years to two grannies, 87 years per granny, and we ALL had an amazing week and created lots of memories to cherish!! None of us wanted to leave!
The house is truly wonderful and is fitted out with everything you could imagine, cooking became a family affair, each night cooking up a storm, eating in the relaxing dining room and retiring to the beautiful, most comfortable living room for plenty of chat, games and a load of laughs!!
We even got the weather to sit out in the November sunshine with coffee whilst the house hugged us and protected us from the wind!! The area is truly beautiful and the people we met very friendly, Anne was lovely and it is a testament to the house that we had no need to contact her all week, proving how well equipped and comfortable the house is.
Garafin House had everything. The dogs also had a ball, with the great garden to the front and the walks in and around the pier and rocks. Thank you all in UIH for giving us the chance to holiday in this truly, wonderful home.

I love your webpage but find that a lot of the houses you feature don’t allow dogs. Whilst I understand it would not suit a lot of owners I would love to be able to click to an area which features the houses that do, it would save a lot of time having to check each individual property and checking the details before this becomes clear. Perhaps you could under the ENJOY section on your page add “Dog Heaven” (or similar name!!) and include those houses that are willing to let dogs stay. [ thanks Orla, we’ve done just that.]
Anyhow thank you again for a super website and I have sent a request to book Garafin for Easter – we loved it soooo much.

Orla, November 2016

While the rest of Ireland shivered and cowered from the rain, we toasted by the fires in Garafin…

This house is blessed and historic. In fact the history of the house and Conroy and related families was of great interest and new to us. We enjoyed being indoors looking out and exploring the outdoors thanks to the detailed and knowledgeable guide provided by the owners. Find those beaches (Ardmore, Kilkerrin etc) and you won’t be disappointed. Finally thanks to Anne for her help and advice.

Thornton family, Easter 2018

I can’t express how magical our time spent at Garafin House was.

We are a family who are living all over the world and last year we decided to gather somewhere special and spend Christmas together. Through Unique Irish Homes I found the perfect location and accommodation – Garafin House in Connemara.
We arrived a few days before Christmas from Australia, Boston and mum from Co Tyrone ❤️ Garafin House exceeded our expectations. It was not only beautiful but overlooked one of the most magnificent landscapes you could wish for…..we were met by Anne who welcomed us and even went to the effort of providing us with a spare Christmas tree and decorations from her own home.
We had a 5 year old with us and I’m glad to say, Santa Clause delivered to Connemara which was truly magical. The accommodation was spacious, welcoming, high quality and very homely. Everything was available for our use and the quality of the bed-linen etc. was of the highest quality.
Thank you Graham and all at Unique Irish Homes and a special thank you to Anne for her warm welcome. I would recommend Garafin House and Unique Irish Homes to anyone and I hope to return one day.

Lynda Emerson, January 2017

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Out & About

 

Connemara is quite simply one of Europe’s great treasures.
A wilderness on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is packed with almost deserted beaches of gin clear water, incredible lake and river fishing, and of course brilliant restaurants. We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The secluded Rosmuc peninsula finds itself in an inlet already crowded with islands on the northern stretches of Galway Bay.
The area is typical of the spectacularly broken Connemara coast, with dry stone walls and boggy fields, and big skies.

There are a few local cottages near the house, and a small shop 3 km away.
The nearest large supermarket is in Oughterard some 40 km away on the southern shores of Lough Corrib.

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.

Tra An Doilin at Carraroe is a Blue Flag beach made of very rare biogenic gravel resembling tiny pieces of coral. It’s half an hours drive away, with lifeguards, toilets, and great swimming.

Carraroe is today most important centre for traditional Galway Hooker fishing boats. Every August bank holiday, the town hosts the Galway hooker festival, one of the largest maritime festivals in the country.

The Aran Islands can be reached by ferry from Rossaveal which is just half an hour away by car.
The trip takes 40 minutes and you can bring a bike, or hire one there.
The spectacular semi circular stone fort of Dun Aengus which backs onto a 90 metre cliff is considered one of the most important pre-historic sites in Western Europe, and not to be missed. It is reckoned to be about 2,500 years old.

Wild Atlantic Way
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A day out in Clifden, the capital of Connemara would be well rewarded.

Rosmuc is a Gaeltacht region, in fact the most strongly Irish-speaking area in the country.

Pádraig Pearse, who was involved in the 1916 revolution in Dublin had a cottage in Rosmuc where he wrote many of his pieces including his famous ” … the fools, the fools, the fools! …” oration.

With quantities of lakes and fast flowing rivers has been the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing for nearly two centuries. There are numerous sites where a boats and ghillies can be hired. Copies of appropriate fishing guidebooks and brochures are held in the house.

Excellent sea angling charters can easily be arranged from Roundstone – where there are wonderful beaches for those who prefer to stay ashore!/p

Unique to the region, Connemara marble shows twisted and interlocking bands of soapstone, in various shades of light and dark green. It has been used over the centuries as a means of exchange, for features in stately buildings and is recognised for its beautiful colour and resilience, with no two pieces being similar.
A broad range of souvenirs and ornamental products are produced from the stone which is more than 500 million years old.

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
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house.

 

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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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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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Streams End

Streams End

Streams End

Breathtaking location in Connemara

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County Galway

This magnificent and light filled home is on a large elevated site offering breathtaking views of Ballinakill Bay and the Twelve Bens mountains, in the ever changing landscape of the Connemara Loop.
With two acres of natural gardens, trees and waterfront, Streams End is a holiday home that has been designed to maximise the views of the surrounding spectacular countryside.

 

Luxuriously appointed waterside bungalow

A very private residence, Streams End is superbly designed with large floor to ceiling sliding doors overlooking sloping lawns which sweep down to the clear waters of Ballinakill Bay.

The house is elegantly decorated and fitted out to an exceptionally high standard.

The entrance is from a grand paved courtyard, which is a beautifully sheltered sun trap ideal for enjoying barbecues.

A welcoming wide hall leads into the spacious living room which is flooded with natural light from the large windows, and features a rustic granite stone open fire.

The generous master bedroom with its classic furniture and tasteful decor, has a bathroom ensuite.

The state-of-the-art kitchen is fully fitted with stylish, modern units with a centre island forming the main feature of this impressive room which is open plan with the twelve seater dining room, making it a perfect space for entertaining guests.

Sliding French doors encourage you dine alfresco in the wonderful courtyard outside.

There is a spacious Loft bedroom reached by a dedicated stairway, which has two full gable windows, one overlooking the beautifully landscaped and maintained front lawn and the sea. Lots of room here to sleep an additional two guests.

The other two bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes and all boast panoramic views of the sea and mountains.

Outside

In addition to a extended patio facing into the bay, there is an elevated decking platform at the waters’ edge, which is accessed by a winding boardwalk , where you can absorb the stunning scenery.

The house is reached through a short tree lined driveway where there is ample parking for five cars.

Restrictions

Smoking – no, sorry
Pets – no, sorry
Children – the property is not suited for toddlers or children under 12
The owners regret that their home is not available for Stag or Hen bookings.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home. Unfortunately, due to its location, there is no television signal, however there is Internet, and DVD.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Oven electric range
• with 5 rings
• Two Fridges
• Two Freezers
• Wine Cooler
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• 2 Coffee machines
• Toaster
• Blender

Utility room Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 1 Super King size bed
• 3 Double beds
• 2 single beds
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good Mobile phone coverage
• Due to its location, there is no television signal

Other stuff

• Some Books
• Some DVD movies
• Children’s high chair
• Barbeque

Provisional Booking Form

This home is only let by the week
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Please note that high season rates apply over periods of National and Public Holidays, such as Christmas, New Year etc.

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

March to May €2,300 per week
June to August €2,950 per week
September to November €2,450 per week
December to February €2,000 per week

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We had a lovely time in Steams end…

it was very comfortable and such a well-equipped house . We all marvelled at the supply of absolutely everything we needed when and where we needed it. We got 4 fabulous days of sunshine which made it all so memorable for everyone so all in all a great success. Hopefully we will do it again sometime soon.

Joe & Helen, July 2020

We absolutely loved it…

We walked in and were thrilled which is always a great start. Mary was wonderful throughout and took our numerous calls as we tried to figure things out. The house was fantastic in every way. We appreciated the generosity shown by the fact that the house was beautifully kitted out with lovely linen, towels, crockery, glasses, furniture books etc and we felt we were borrowing a family members house as opposed to renting somewhere.
There were also lots of towels, cleaning agents, turf etc which was great.
We are hoping to rent it again next summer but this time in July in the hope that we might get luckier with the weather. Let me know what dates are available.

Nora, August 2019

Just to let you know…

that ‘Streams End’ was a perfect rental and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of staying there. The view and setting are glorious, the deck by the inlet is a delight and the interior design flare is charming, comfortable and very unique. Everything at Streams End was perfect and Mary Lydon is lovely and makes the house easy to understand and a fine way to start a wonderful stay.
We will certainly rent again from Unique Irish Homes; we particularly like the one in Balydehob (where we have previously stayed) and look forward to renting in the future.

Richard Yurko, September 2019

Our stay at Streams End was absolutely relaxing…

exactly what we were looking for. Unfortunately the weather was not quite as nice as it could have been. Luckily there was a fireplace and some peat briquettes. That and a good book and we were as happy as the day was long. The sitting place down at the water is an absolute gem – when the weather lets you.
It was a pleasure doing business with you.

Olivier Spieth, Switzerland, September 2017

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The property is very special…

We arrived in the dark and when we opened the curtains in the morning we couldn’t believe the view at the rear over Diamond Hill. It was breath-taking. The while house was kitted out to perfection. And was a lot bigger than expected. We even had a Christmas Tree waiting for us. That honestly made our Christmas. Please extend out thanks to the hosts. We will be back.

Alec, December 2019

Spent August and September reveling in the wonderful atmosphere of this home from home. Will miss the wonderful view of the mountains and waking up to the sound of the herons and curlews. We even saw an otter and a mink. The location is perfect for really getting to know the best of Connemara. Great home for a family gathering. Everything you need is there. Check your problems at the door and discover the best of wild atlantic coastline.

Orla Sheehan, September 2014

 

Out & About

 
This is a part of the world where nature and the outdoors prevail. Fabulous walks and cycle routes abound. Not only are there some of the best beaches to be found anywhere, but all things watery, from fishing to sailing are catered for. Then there’s the restaurants – numerous and excellent.. There is so much to enjoy – and of course we have left a comprehensive portfolio in the house for you to peruse…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Connemara has long been a favourite location for anyone wanting to escape into nature. This most westerly part of Europe is exposed to the wild vagueries of weather. In places, stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds, and plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.

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

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. Diamond Hill, which is just above the house, is a good starter for the amateur.

The area between Clifden – the regions main town – and Roundstone to the south, contains over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes. 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.

Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan, only 10km away from the house. As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song. Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language.

Unique to the region, Connemara marble shows twisted and interlocking bands of soapstone, in various shades of light and dark green. It has been used over the centuries as a means of exchange, for features in stately buildings and is recognised for its beautiful colour and resilience, with no two pieces being similar. A broad range of souvenirs and ornamental products are produced from the stone which is more than 500 million years old.

It is estimated that Inishbofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. Passing the signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.

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.

The first transatlantic telephone cable transmission was sent from Valentia Island off Co.Kerry on August 16th, 1858. On the 12th December 1901, using a 152 metre kite-supported antenna for reception, Marconi claims to have sent the first transatlantic radio message, establishing the first regular, if unreliable, transatlantic radio-telegraph service on 17th October 1907 between Clifden and Glace Bay, in Nova Scotia.

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

Picturesque Clifden is just a 10 minutes away with Galway city a further hours drive.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Cheap 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
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

 

Dunderry Stud

Dunderry Stud

Dunderry Stud

Classic Country House Charm

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County Meath

This is a brilliantly renovated Georgian country house, full of comfort, character and opulence. Once a working stud farm, with a large mature garden, making it an ideal large family retreat.
Located in rural Meath just an hour from the capital, at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East and the history of the Boyne Valley.

 

Generous rooms and genteel decor

Engaged columns bracketing a classical stone portico, make a warm introduction to the ground floor, where a herringbone parquet hallway meanders past the stairs to a selection of reception rooms.

Ground Floor

An expansive chandeliered drawing room stretches along the southern side of the house, its lofty draped windows affording striking views of the lawned garden.

A cerulean blue carpet thrown over the solid oak floor, contrasts deep-buttoned sofas of Spanish pink and muted wallpaper; central though, is a splendid marble fireplace with antique fire brasses.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €2,450 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – can split to singles
    One treble – double plus single
    Three are ensuite with showerFamily bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room
    Dining room
    Library
    Kitchen with breakfast room
    Boot room & Guest WC
    Utility room
  • Features
    Herb Garden
    Barbecue patio with gas BBQ
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV (Sky), DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

Restrictions
the house has a working farm next to it, so very young children will need proper supervision
Sorry, pets are not permitted.

Note that external CCTV security cameras are in operation on this property.

Throughout much of the house, delicate cornice work, thick walls, elegant sash windows – now double glazed – and beautiful antique furniture feature, nowhere more evident than the library with its magnificent leather-trimmed mahogany shelving, and another remarkable marble marquetry fireplace.

The opulent dining room can seat sixteen, its generous table fashioned over an obsolete snooker table. A room to enjoy the wonderful Delph and silverware.

The kitchen is to the rear of the house, thoroughly modernised – alabaster, with a suite of shaker drawered cabinets, and a generous preparation island. Two enormous sliding glass doors fill the garden wall; outside, a granite patio with barbeque is sheltered by a beech hedge and mature trees.

This beautiful L shaped space has ample room for a six seater drop leaf table – mahogany of course, and a relaxing sofa. A separate utility room and boot room adjoin.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric double Oven
• Ceramic hob
• Fridge-freezer, plus a separate freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Three linked King-size beds, Two double beds and one single bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Sky
• DVD player

Other

• Excellent selection of books
• Fire wood
• Gas Barbecue
• Outdoor Table Tennis
• Herb garden

Upstairs

Upstairs divides on a broad stepped landing. To the front, the master bedroom has a stylish, contemporary, coffee and cream bathroom, with contoured walnut woodwork, a freestanding tub and walk in rainfall shower, and underfloor heating.

Two Dormer bedrooms in the rear section share a shower room, and all have wonderful views of the gardens. Roller blinds and mellow tones accentuate the clean lines.

Outside

The mature garden occupies about one acre and is largely populated with some really wonderful shrubs and trees, but the bulk of the original stud is now farmed separately, though some vestiges remain.

Visitors can avail of a large herb and vegetable garden, and enjoy outdoor table tennis in the summer months.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!
the house has a working farm next to it, so very young children will need proper supervision

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

For Christmas, the week of Halloween and New Year and other Public holidays a special rate of €2,850 applies.

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

May to September €2,450 per week minimum stay
October to April €2,450 per week Weekend €1,500 Mid-week €1,500

 

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Reviews

 

My family had the most lovely stay…

at Dunderry Stud. The house itself was just fabulous and so well equipped, everything you could possibly need was there. So roomy, with comfy beds and lots of cool parts of the house to explore. The house has all the modern touches you would expect but keeps its charm. The garden was beautiful and so well maintained. The village of Dunderry itself is so quaint, the locals were so welcoming and didn’t hesitate to include us in the ‘craic’ in the local pub. We loved it and will definitely be back – our stay was too short!

Amanda O’Reilly, September 2019

Happy New Year to you and the team…

at Unique Irish Homes. I wanted to write to thank you for a wonderful stay at Dunderry Stud. My whole family (all 11 of us!) loved the home, which was beautifully and thoughtfully decorated for Christmas. We had such a comfortable stay, and enjoyed exploring Howth and Dublin from our lovely base. Also, I cannot praise Noeleen highly enough. She was so kind and helpful and gave us a wonderful welcome. We will look forward to booking with you again for our next Irish holiday.

Francesca, December 2019

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Out & About

 

Within striking distance of Dublin just half an hour away, the choice of things to do in this multi-faceted historic county is legend – as they say.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The house is a short walk from the village of Dunderry which has a small shop and petrol station, and a couple of pubs. The historic town of Trim is 10 minutes away and has most of the shops you’ll need.

If you’re into castles there are loads of them in Meath. You could start with Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was constructed in 1174 and was used in the movie Braveheart.

Trim is also home to Ireland’s oldest unaltered bridge still in everyday use in Ireland. The existing version dates from about 1340 and has changed little since it was erected.

Navan is the home of Tara mines – Europe’s largest lead and zinc mine, but probably best known as the childhood home of Pierce Brosnan, aka James Bond.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

For a day out with the kids though, there are multiple attractions at the Tayto Park in Ashbourne.

One of the best ways to enjoy the landscape is on a bike, but this is fox hunting territory, so keep your head down. If you have the urge to back a horse, there are two race courses within the locality – Fairyhouse and Navan.

The river Boyne runs through Trim. The entire Boyne Valley is steeped in ancient history and mythology, and Meath itself is known as the Royal County – the Hill of Tara (15 minutes away) was the historical seat of the High King of Ireland, and there are a large number of monuments and earthen structures there, some dating from in or around 2500 BC.

The passage tombs at Newgrange (30 minutes away) were constructed around 3200 BC, predating the Pyramids of Egypt by 600 years, and are well worth a visit.

River fishing for Trout and Salmon, and lake fishing for Pike attract legions of anglers to this region and there are a number of well-established angling centres.

Kayaking and even white water rafting are to be had on the river Boyne, and make for a great day out.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Belfast.
Dublin Airport – about 50 minutes from the house
Belfast Airport – just under 2 hours away.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 45 minutes from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approximately 2 and half hours from the house.

 

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