Garryurra

Garryurra

Garryurra

“There’s nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”

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County Tipperary

With its own enclosed lagoon kept flooded by Lough Derg, and enclosed by reeds, this is a completely unique, private and peaceful Shannon-side location just over two hours from Dublin.
Originally built as a dower house for the local estate this spacious luxury lake-side property has recently been completely refurbished and upgraded.

 

Generously proportioned rooms

Once you leave the crunchy gravelled entrance and step into the gleaming atrium, you become aware that all the rooms of this ample home are arranged along the sunny southern elevation where they absorb magical views of the lake.

Crossing one extremity, an expansive and stunning Clive Christian kitchen wraps around a central preparation island – all integrated appliances, panels and pilasters.
An imposing Aga range with gas hob sets the ivory colour theme.

Large enough to accommodate a sturdy eight seater breakfast table, venetian blinds and sliding panoramic doors separate the kitchen from a limestone flagged terrace that spans the length of the house, and is perfect for al fresco dining.

A spacious lichen green dining room adjoins the kitchen. Floored in American hickory and furnished with a large oval table and eight fully upholstered chairs, this room also features the second of a triptych of sophisticated sliding floor to ceiling patio glass doors that characterise the southern façade of this home.

A pair of glazed doors link through to the sitting room, where the same seductive lake view can be enjoyed. Heavy drapes, a modular sofa grouping, flat screen TV and open fireplace are perfect for those inclement evenings.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Four oven oil fired AGA
• with Four ring gas hob
• Two Fridges
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Quad Toaster
• Nespresso Coffee machine
• Blender

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble-dryer
• Central vacuum system
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Four King-size and two single beds
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Smart TV with Netflix
• DVD player
• CCTV

Other

• Large selection of books
• Gas Barbeque
• Patio heaters
• Double Garage available
• Electric Gates
• Private harbour with dock & slipway

Bespoke mahogany library units, a deep buttoned wingback and a simple Adams detail fireplace lend a classic ambience to an intimate study at the western extreme – also great for watching the match!

Upstairs, three wonderful bedrooms, each with wonderful ensuite bathrooms, and of course the same simply wonderful view, extend from the balcony corridor.

If that isn’t enough wonderful, the master bedroom enjoys some additional drama with a breakfast balcony, a dazzling crystal mirror bathroom, and a walk-in dressing room!

In a separate wing above the double garage, a large family dorm style bedroom has been contrived. There is a king size double bed here, together with two single beds. An ensuite shower room and dressing room complete this accommodation.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – small dogs will be fine.

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.

Outside

The property looks directly across to Dromineer – home to Lough Derg Yacht Club (since 1835). The south facing lawn sweeps down to a10ft deep lagoon, stone walled quay and slipway, isolated from the lake by an expansive reed bed. There are also private walkways through the tranquil, mature lakeside woodlands.

Local wildlife include a family of swans, cared for since the previous owner, abundant wildlife and two, of only eight pairs of Ireland’s white-tailed sea eagles have also chosen the lake as their home.

Provisional Booking Form

A refundable breakages deposit of €500 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Please Note: – A weeks booking runs from Saturday to Saturday.

 

Holidays’ Dates for 2023 are priced as following:
Easter Weekend 7th- 10th April 2023 –€4,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2023 –€4,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2023 –€4,500
New Years’  30th December 2023 to the 2nd January 2024 – €4,500

 

May to September €4,500 per week
October to April €4,000 per week

 

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Reviews

 

"Just a note to Say..

Just a note to say we had a really wonderful week at Garryurra - the house and its location are beautiful! 

Mary K and family, Dublin, July 2020

We had a great week at Garryurra.."

-and are 100% decided that we wish to go again next year

Gavin B, July 2021

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'Thank you for the ease of booking our holiday...

we really enjoyed our week in Garryurra last month.

Esther T, August 2020

Thanks so much...

we'll certainly be booking again.
Really appreciate all the efforts from you and the unique irish homes team to rearrange our booking multiple times when lockdowns prevented us travelling.

Jenni, October 2021

 

Out & About

 

The Lake and the Shannon provide a raft of unique activities for you – Here are links to some of our favourite activities

 

The Locality

 

 

Puckaun is the nearest village, filled with classic thatched cottages, a small village shop and Kennedy’s Pub which regularly hosts traditional Irish music.

Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean.
The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable… The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.

photo Derg Yacht Club

Dromineer village just a couple of minutes away is the home of Lough Derg Sailing Club and hosts regattas throughout the summer. Larkins pub in Garrykennedy just south of the club, has a fantastic seafood menu.

Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon. You may wish to visit the Workhouse museum in Portumna where there is an example of this much hated alternative to starvation.

The heritage town of Killaloe at the southern tip of the lough is the birthplace of Brian Boru, high King of Ireland at the dawn of the second millennium. It is also home to Limerick University Sports Adventure Centre – which provides a wide range of activities.

 

Nenagh 15 mins from the house is the nearest large town with shops a plenty. It also has a fine medieval round tower where you can climb 101 stone stairs for a better view, but mind your head.

Fishing is one of the main attractions to the region, and the Pike which is the largest of the freshwater predators, is a prime target. There is no close season for pike in Ireland and anglers may fish for pike all year round.

photo fishingireland.info

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is about two and a half hours from the house
Shannon Airport – is about an hour from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 2.5 hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is just over three hours from house.

 

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Courtyard Mews

Courtyard Mews

Courtyard Mews

Luxury self-isolation on a Rural Estate

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County Cork

Adjacent to the historic manor house at the heart of a large and energetic estate, and surrounded by parkland, orchard and vigorous gardens, this elegantly maintained country house is the epitome of stylish country living.
Within an hour of Killarney, Cork City and Limerick, Mallow is the consummate gateway to the magic of the south west of Ireland.

 

Classic and Functional

A semi glazed triptych opens through an elegant elliptical archway into the ample entrance lobby – a preface to the classic country kitchen at the centre of Courtyard Cottage.

This expansive kitchen exploits the best of time-honoured farmhouse contrivances with premium contemporary appliances – so there is a Neff oven and microwave to supplement the traditional enamelled Aga range. There is even an extra fridge and dishwasher in the utility room.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
  • Bedrooms
    Four Double Bedrooms
    All Ensuite
    One Twin Bedroom
    Ensuite
    One Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Kitchen
    Living room
    Dining Room with Drawing Room
    Entrance Lobby
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Private Garden
    Logs & Turf
    Weber Gas Barbecue
    Broadband + Wi-Fi 
    Extra Fridge and Dishwasher
    Sky Tv & Netflix
    Aga Cooker
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A sweep of windows over the Belfast sink, granite work surface and powder blue presses, survey a private back garden.

The scarlet living room fluently annexes the kitchen at one end through a broad casement. A large and columned white marble fireplace extends a warm formality to the room.

Half glazed double doors connect through to the reception room that is both formal dining room, and drawing room.
Away from the exquisite Victorian dining table, a nest of classic sofas face a wood burning stove, discreetly countersunk into a dramatically striated marble surround.

Thick walls and deep window ledges affirm the age of the original cottage.

There is one ground floor double bedroom off the entrance lobby, with the remaining four upstairs. All the bedrooms are generous, with matching ensuite bathrooms, and are classically and tastefully furnished.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury family home – from WiFi to gas barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Outside

Courtyard Cottage is part of the 500 acre Longueville House Estate, itself home to a 300 year old listed Stately Georgian Country House – steeped in history, now a charming hotel and restaurant. As the name implies, the cottage occupies one side of a large and partly cobbled, neo-classical courtyard, with fine a topiary centre-piece, to the rear of the main house.

The property runs right down to the banks of the River Blackwater.

Visitors are free to range across this working estate where all of the produce for the hotel is grown. There is a fabulous reclaimed walled garden for vegetables, and a 25 acre cider apple orchard used to produce on-site an artisan cider, some which is double distilled into an exclusive apple brandy.

The majestic group of oak trees in the parkland to the front of the house was planted in 1815, to celebrate Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo.

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. This is a working farm, and none of resident animal are allowed indoors.

Provisional Booking Form

Check in Days are: Friday for Weekly and Weekend stays, and Monday for Midweek stays.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ARRIVAL TIMES ARE: 
Check in time:
4.30pm – 7pm day of arrival.
Check out time: 10.30am day of departure.

Please Note: This property does not allow pets – Our Apologies!
A refundable breakages deposit of €450 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided all is in order.

Periods Weekly/In full Weekend Mid- Week
September to May €3,995 €2,400 €2,400
June to August €4,750

Christmas 2023

(Dec. 23rd to Dec. 28th)

€4,500
New Year (Dec. 29th – Jan. 3rd 2024) €4,500
Christmas and New Years €8,500
Easter Weekend 2023. (April 7th to the 11th) €2,700    
Easter Week (April 7th to 12th April 2023) €4,570    

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On behalf of our group…

I would like to thank you for a wonderful stay.
The house and grounds are beautiful.
The staff are all very friendly especially Aisling our host.
The cider tour was great and as was Rupert.
We will definitely be back again.
Wishing you all the best.

Katy O’Sullivan, July 2020

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Out & About

 

Mallow is centrally located for a surfeit of outings and days of exploration, but there is also much to see and do without even leaving the estate! The President’s Restaurant in the hotel is far more than a fantastic Victorian ironwork structure…

Here are some of our favourites…

Ask in the hotel about Fly-Fishing, Falconry and tours of the estates distillery or visit their website here

The Locality

 

Mallow is a large town just 10 minutes away and has a variety of shops, restaurants and a main line railway station. If you fancy a flutter on the ponies, then this is the home of Cork racing. The racecourse is just 2km from the house, and is a great days outing.

photo Dan Heap

A craft cider named Longueville House Cider, is harvested from the 25-acre apple orchard on-site in the autumn every year after the Harvest Moon and after first frost. An Apple Brandy is distilled from some of the cider, made in the calvados style, known as Longueville House Apple Brandy. Everything is done on the farm except for the bottling. Where there are orchards, there are bees, and the Estate also produces its own distinctive brand of honey.

Doneraile Court, the magnificent former residence of the St. Leger family, is just 25 minutes away. Its Wildlife Park is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the ‘Capability Brown’ style which in its heyday would have consisted of some 28,000 acres.

Dromaneen Castle is the early 17th century ruin clearly visible across the valley.

Killarney town is a 45 minute drive away, and from there the Ring of Kerry is a highlight for visitors to Ireland.
Cork city – Ireland’s second largest -is only 45 minutes away by car, but that’s a story for another day.

Take trip to the Mitchelstown caves for some stunning examples of stalagmites and stalactites that deserve their acclaim.
Labbacallee to the north west of Fermoy, is Irelands largest prehistoric wedge tomb and dates from roughly 2300 BC.

The eponymous Steeplechase derives its name from an original cross country horse race between two neighbours over 250 years ago. Starting at the village of Buttevant, the finishing line was the church steeple at Doneraile, visible in the distance. The winner is not recorded.

Possibly due to the magnificent fishing on the Awbeg and Blackwater Rivers, this locality remains a magnet to the landed gentry, with many fine houses and estates in the area. The Munster Blackwater – there being several other rivers of the same name – is Ireland’s second largest river after the Shannon, and unquestionably one of the great salmon rivers of Europe. A lazy snaking river, it is also makes for very fine for canoeing and tubing.

The Ballyhoura Mountains 20 minutes north, are home to the largest mountain bike trail network in Ireland, and a must for serious and occasional bikers alike.

There is an inspiring Donkey Sanctuary in nearby Liscarroll which is well worth a visit.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Cork, Kerry Airport (Farrenfore), Dublin or Shannon.
Cork Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Kerry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 hour 30 mins from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house.

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Westerly House

Westerly House

Westerly House

A halcyon waterfront haven

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County Cork

This spacious American-beach style timber home is set amid glorious gardens that slope down to the lapping shores of Bantry Bay, with a private pontoon, moorings and exquisite Atlantic sunset views.
For family breaks, Westerly House is one of those unique treasures that are exclusive to wonderful west Cork.

 

A delightful and idiosyncratic home

A broad canted bay window with panoramic views of the shoreline fills one wall of the living room and introduces a bright interior of mellow timber flooring where conventional leather sofas and quirky Christo-style wrapped armchairs provide the seating.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    From €2,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms- ensuite
    Two double OR twin room
    Three Bathroms – Two Shower Rooms
    Other Rooms
  • Sitting room, Open plan Kitchen/Dining Room
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Floating Pontoon
    Paved Patio
    Logs and Turf
    Barbecue
    Fibre internet
    Outdoor Heated Jacuzzi
    65″ Flat Screen TV
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The contemporary kitchen morphs into the dining area where a generous oak dining table takes centre stage in a corner of grid latticed windows.

For quick informal snacks there is the hi-stool breakfast bar, and just outside a alfresco terrace that straddles one end of the house and overlooks the rambling garden.

The upstairs accommodation is accessed by two separate stairs.

The Victorian bedroom is sublime with an unexpected but delightful free standing slipper bath, an open fire place, king size bed, and an eclectic mix of furniture and lighting.

The ensuite master bedroom is on the ground floor and has a king size bed.

Designer basins are plumbed into ensuite vintage genre furniture in the bathrooms.
Lime washed floor boards and furniture prevail throughout.

Designer basins are plumbed into ensuite vintage genre furniture in the bathrooms.
Lime washed floor boards and furniture prevail throughout.

These two rooms share a bathroom and may be twin or doubles.

Outside

There is more than one-and-a-half acres of mature garden with random pathways and benches.
A large outdoor heated Jacuzzi nestles among the trees and shrubs keeping watch across the water.

A private floating pontoon on the bay is accessed from the pine fringed shore via a gangway, making this a perfect spot to sip a sundowner.

Facilities

The house comes equipped with pretty much everything you would expect in a luxury home. In addition there’s a large outdoor jacuzzi, a charcoal barbecue, a 65” flat screen TV with DVDs as well as lots of books and games and internet. The freezer is in the utility room.
Three Kayaks are available on request.

Provisional Booking Form

There is a breakages deposit €800 – refundable within 7 days – applicable to this property.
This Home is only let by the week in High Season.

 

 

2023 Per Week 4 nights  3 nights
7th Jan – 2nd Feb €2,800 €1,800 €1,600
3rd Feb – 6th Feb €2,100 €1,700
7th Feb- 10th Feb   €2,100 €1,700
11th Feb – 18 Feb €3,300 €2,100 €1,700
18th Feb -16th March €2,800 €1,800 €1,600
17th March-20th March €1,775
21st March- 31st March €2,800 1,800 €1,700
1st April -14th April €3,900
15th April-28th April €3,300 €2,100 €1,700
28th April – 2nd May €2,400 €1,800
3rd May – 26th May €3,600 €2,300 €1,800
27th May – 30th June 3rd to the 8th June  €2800
1st July – 1st Sept  €4,950
2nd Sept – 29th Sept €3,900
30th Sept – 27th October €3,300 €2,100 €1,700
28th October – 3rd November €3,900 €2,600
4th Nov – 19th December €2,800 €1,800 €1,600
20th Dec -3rd Jan 2024 €4,800

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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.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Smoking is not permitted in this home
Pets and Dogs – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Care obviously needs to be taken with young children with so much accessible water!

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Our stay at Westerly House was just perfect…

Annette did a great job of introducing us to the house and preparing us for the week. We had great weather and enjoyed all that West Cork has to offer. We will definitely consider Unique Irish Homes in our next trip.
[The] Westerly House was a solid house with all the amenities. Well stocked for cooking. Great setting. Quiet and conveniently located.
One suggestion: Getting in and out of the driveway was a challenge. We had two vehicles which I would assume is common for a house this size. A well placed “Traffic Mirror” would make the entry and exit so much easier.

Tom Duddy, August 2018

 

Thank you for your email. We had a most enjoyable week in Westerly House. It’s an extremely comfortable and well equipped house in a very beautiful and convenient setting.
The kayaks, hot tub and pontoon were particular highlights for us especially the children.
We will most definitely use your site to book further holidays and may well revisit Westerly House in the future.
 
Kind regards
 
Emma.  17th August 2022.

 

Many thanks to Rose & Graham in Unique Irish Homes for their courteous & informative help when I booked the lovely house “Westerly” in Cork, for the celebration of my husband’s 70th birthday. We were a party of 9 adults & 4 children.

This is my first experience at using Unique Irish Homes & I can honestly say I would use them again. In an age where everything is booked online it was great to have a person at the other end of the phone to guide me & also answer questions that I had. Everything ran very smoothly. There was paperwork involved which was tiresome but I understood that it was necessary. Having done it once now it won’t be a chore next time round.
I have received my deposit for breakages back from Unique Irish Homes in a seamless transaction.

 Marie & Annette from Westerly House made our stay very welcoming & comfortable. My family had a wonderful three days in Westerly. The house was large, very comfortable & very nicely decorated. My adult kids thought it was amazing. The stunning view was visible from nearly all the rooms. The outdoor Jacuzzi was used by the youngest to the oldest. Great fun & merriment was had in it. We lit a fire in the lounge that brought atmosphere & comfort to all.

A lot of thought has been put into the set up of Westerly & all 13 of us had a wonderful time. Thanking all involved.

Geraldine Flanagan, October 2018

We recently stayed at Westerly House,

Cork and had the most amazing holiday, all the finishing touches and welcome gifts was actually why we chose not use air b n b.
Annette our house keeper was exceptional and made us feel so welcome on arrival. The house really works for a large group as there was plenty of space between bedrooms and living areas that everyone had peace and quite when needed. We loved this house so much we’ll hopefully be back soon and the photos and description online was very accurate. Thank you again!

James, April 2019

 

Out & About

 

Bantry is ideally located in magical west Cork between the isolated Beara peninsula to the north and the remote Sheep’s Head to the south. The sea, the air the history, there’s so much to explore…

Here are some of our favourites…

Annual festivals a-plenty include:

 

The Locality

 

 

Westerly House borders Bantry Bay at Ballylickey, in the crook of the sound 5 minutes from the vibrant town itself. There is an excellent gourmet café and deli just two minutes walk from the house. Bantry is host to a fine farmers market on Friday mornings, and there are several supermarkets, restaurants, and Pubs.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing, and there is a deep water harbour at Whiddy Island (need to take ferry).
The island once served as an oil terminal for berthing supertankers until in 1979 the French tanker Betelgeuse exploded in what remains the biggest maritime disaster in Irish history.

At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.
Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

The narrow Sheep’s Head peninsula spans the southern shores of Bantry Bay and has a pedestrian loop that makes for a completely unique walking experience.

Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.

West Cork is blessed with an exceptionally warm and wet micro-climate. The Gulf Stream ocean current ensures that summer sea temperatures are about 17 C, approximately the same as Long Beach California. Here you can find palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance. Fuchsia abound, and have become the unofficial emblem of West Cork.
Glengarriff, only 10 minutes away by car, is the jump off point for visits to the magnificent and quirky and exotic gardens on Garnish Island.

The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this rugged headland that forms the northern part of Bantry Bay, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way offers a safer route.

At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Ireland’s only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make traveling by boat hazardous.

With magnificent views stretching from the Skellig Islands to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 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 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

 

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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.

RAT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €3,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four Double Bedrooms- three ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Kitchen with Breakfast Table
    Larder, Porch,
    Entrance Hall with Guest W/C
    Utility Room and Boot Room
  • Contempo
    Dog Friendly
    Two Super King Beds 
    Logs & Turf
    Barbecue 
    DSL Internet w/ Wi-Fi
    Two Wet Suits 
    Basic Fishing Tackle
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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.

Holidays’ Dates for 2023 are priced as following:
Easter Weekend 7th- 10th April 2023 –€2,750
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2023 – €2,750
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2023 – €2,750
New Years’  30th December 2023 to the 2nd January 2024 – €2,750

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 of €350 is 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

 

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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.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

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