The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

A recently revised role in the parish

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County Down

Plucked from the precipice of almost certain ruin, this idle mid-19th century church, with its classical cake-icing façade, has been meticulously reconstituted into a chic holiday retreat.
Located in the heart of Game of Thrones® territory, adjacent to the narrows of Strangford Lough, this is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with easy access to Belfast.

 

Contemporary conservation with class

Tripping across the vestibule, where the stone flags have been polished by nearly 200 years of shoe leather, we find a bright and airy contemporary living space.
In fact most of the lofty sanctuary has been retained as an open plan social forum, loosely zoned by function, with kitchen and dining to one side and lounge and television on the other.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    Short stays from €2,100
  • Bedrooms
    Five double bedrooms
    Four are ensuite with shower
    One with family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room, Kitchen, Dining room
    Laundry room
  • Features
    Traditional Church Organ
    Barbecue area with gas BBQ
  • Contempo
    50” Flat screen TV plus one in every bedroom
    DVD player
    WiFi internet, Bluetooth sound system
    Under-floor heating in two bathrooms
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

A modern wood-burning stove with exposed chimney flu, forms the focal point for the lounge area, with plenty of comfortable sofas to take the weight off…

Many of the recognisable features of a church have been retained and put to good use, as with the pulpit which has been incorporated into the stairway, and the original American organ, which had to be completely dismantled and rebuilt due to water damage.

Much care was taken to ensure that the correct materials and traditional methods were used throughout this Award winning conversion, where ornate cornices and plasterwork, wooden panelling and full height Georgian windows all required extensive repairs.

The high spec Shaker style kitchen, while bringing a splash of blue to one corner, also encourages inclusive family cooking by being part of the larger space. Expect the odd extra, like a wine cooler…

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Oven Electric cooker with 5 ring hob
• Fridge
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Wine cooler
• Toaster
• Microwave
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Three King-size and two Super King-size Zip & Link
• 5 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 6 Flat-screen smart TVs
• Netflix etc.
• DVD player in living room
• Marshall Bluetooth sound system

Other

• Good selection of books
• Selection of toys in toy cupboard
• Children’s high chair, stairgates, travel cots

Accommodation lies in what was once the alter end, with two double bedrooms, one of which has direct access to the family bathroom with free standing bath, under floor heating, and separate walk in shower.

A few paces beyond, the single story Session House extension at the rear of the church has been transformed into a spacious panelled bedroom. The original solid doors now lead to its ensuite with generous walk in shower.

Floating on its’ own supports, to limit stress on the original structure, the mezzanine level with its glass balustrade gallery overlooks the living area. Behind it, there are a further two double bedrooms, both ensuite.

Where the tall arched windows now span two levels, a glass floor softens the transition.

Outside

The church is elevated above the street level with views across rolling green fields, and to Castleward Bay. A lawn and Barbecue area to the front is sheltered by mature trees which also provide privacy. Unrestricted parking is readily available on the street directly in front of The Sanctuary.

A laundry room, which doubles as a secure lock-up for bicycles, golf clubs etc. lies adjacent to the church side entrance.

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

 

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €3,850
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €3,850
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €3,850
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €3,850
A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

June to August €4,500 per week Weekend €2,750 Mid-week €3,250
Sept to May €3,750 per week Weekend €2,150 Mid-week €2,450

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

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

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Reviews

 

Great place for a family gathering…

Cleverly adapted and well equipped building. We had 9 people staying and another 9 or so dropping in for food and fun. Plenty of room for all and a good kitchen area too. And it was pleasantly warm despite the weather.

December 2019

A really comfortable place to spend a very happy family Christmas

We all ( that is four generations ) gathered just before Christmas and spent a lovely few days in the converted church in Strangford. The hosts were so welcoming and had described everything to us to make things really easy for us all. There are lovely walks in the areas, very friendly people in the village, shops, restaurants, and bars, the ferry leaving and returning giving a lovely sense of rhythm so that one hardly needs to get in the car. Although the area is great to explore as well. We would thoroughly recommend this as a really perfect place for a family holiday.

December 2019

We stayed – two families

– for a few days including New Year and could not be happier with this wonderful accommodation. Full of character and attention to detail – this Church restoration is a fabulous space in a charming location. Luxurious, cosy and with welcoming hosts! Fully recommend this opportunity to be part of this building’s history!

January 2020

Spectacular…

Had an amazing stay in this beautiful converted church. Every need had been catered for and nothing was too much trouble for Marty and Melanie. A real touch of luxury. Cant wait to go back.

November 2019

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Out & About

 

An abundance of adventures await you in this stunning part of Ulster.
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Most supplies can be found in the local shops on a short stroll down through Strangford village, where there are also several excellent restaurants and pubs. For larger supermarkets, including some that do deliveries, which can be handy for advanced planning, you will need to travel 15 minutes to Downpatrick.

From the village, there is an entertaining ferry – every 30 minutes – across the narrows to Portaferry on the Ards Peninsula, where there is a small Aquarium (Explorus ) that is popular, and an important lifeboat station.

Strangford Lough is one of the most richly bio-diverse regions in Europe, with over 2,000 marine species spread across 150 km2. It is the largest sea inlet in the British Isles, and boasts at least seventy islands and multiple drumlin islets. The narrows are also subject to a highly energetic tidal race. With water moving backwards and forwards at up to 15kph twice a day the channel has become a test-bed for experimental power generation, most lately by a Swedish company who are currently trialing their fascinating “sea kite” technology.

Shellfish is the name of the game around these parts, with pot fishing, mainly for prawns and crabs and licensed shellfish farming within the Lough, so it’s not surprising that you will come across some of the finest seafood restaurants in Ireland. For divine Fish and Chips, make the short journey to the pier at Ardglass.

Castle Ward is an 820-acre walled demesne owned by the National Trust on the edge of Strangford with terrific sheltered woodlands and trails, great for walking, running, cycling. The historic farmyard was the location of Winterfell where the deadly Game of Thrones® series is set in motion.

photo HBO

If you’re fond of the odd G&T you must be sure to try some of the home grown local varieties that have sprung up in recent years. The Echlinville Estate list Jawbox amongst their brands, and invite you to enjoy a tour of their distillery, or you may prefer to try Shortcross from the 500-acre Rademon estate.

There is a fine beach 10 minutes’ drive south on the secluded Killard Nature Reserve, a former NATO Radar Station. On a fine day you can see the Isle of Man and of course the beautiful Mourne Mountains to the south.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Belfast airports.
Dublin Airport – is about 2 hours from the house
Belfast Airport – just over an hour from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Ferries from Belfast, about an hour away, run to Liverpool and Scotland
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about two hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales and is about 4 hours from the house.

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Ballard House

Ballard House

Ballard House

An Impressive Double-take

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County Kerry

This classic period home in a leafy Tralee suburb comes with a classy self-contained conversion, and shares a common garden; an ideal multi-family, private escape on the Wild Atlantic Way.

With the drama and spectacle of Dingle peninsula on your doorstep, and just 30 minutes from Killarney, you can’t go much further west in Europe without a boat.

 

The Main House – Classic and comfortable

The Georgian fan-light entrance, flanked by imposing limestone pillars, opens into a spacious central hallway that extends the depth of the house, with a couple of steps down to the back door.

A formal drawing room, with a finely decorated black marble chimney piece, shares one side of the ground floor with a generous, chandeliered dining room; the two separated by lofty pocket doors within an elliptical arch.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests in two buildings
    From €5,950 per week
  • Main House
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – all ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room, Dining room
    Sitting room
    Family Kitchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
    Pool room, Office, Wine cellar
  • Garden Wing
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – both ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Living room, Kitchen & Dining room
    Sitting room
  • Features
    Open Fire places, enclosed garden
    Walking distance to town centre
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The dining table seats ten on Chippendale mahogany, and the tall sash windows are shuttered and beautifully draped, with moulded cornices and panelled doors, typical of the period.

On the opposite side of the hall, an alabaster white kitchen occupies the rear quarter.
With a slightly less formal central breakfast table, Belfast sink, and large Aga range, it is gentleman’s country-style.

To the front, the sitting room combines comfortable shabby-chic sofas with a white marble fireplace, matching white built-in furniture, and flat screen TV, for relaxing evenings.

 

Bedrooms

There are four inviting double bedrooms located in each corner of the upstairs floor, with an opulent chandelier lighting the impressive central stairwell.

They are all ensuite, with shower enclosures and baths, – the two at the front retaining pairs of sash windows.

Lower ground floor

The basement area is home to a large laundry and utility room, and a rustic brick cellar for wines.

Here also, there is a reclusive office, and a pool room to perfect your pocket shots.

 

The Garden Wing

A small formal garden is laid out to rear, with paved areas, lawns, shrubs and pots.

Stretching along one side of the garden is separate and chic accommodation in the form of a two-storey converted out-building.

The ground floor is a long open-plan space, combining a living room, kitchen and dining area, which features glazed French doors onto the garden terrace.

Facilities & Ameneties

Beds

Main House
• Two King-size double beds
• Two small double beds
• Pool Table
• Wine Cellar

Garden Wing
• Two King-size double beds

Entrance half doors and a wood burning stove, lend a rural cottage feel to the space.

Above the dining area, the ceiling is full height, atrium-style, merging the two floors.

Upstairs, joists, rafters and ceilings are painted white to match the walls, with a clean rustic quality.

The two folksy double bedrooms are at apposing ends separated by a snug seating area with TV.

Both have their own bathrooms – bath and shower.

Outside

The house has garden to the front and back, and is approached by a short serpentine private driveway.
There is ample parking.

The south facing rear garden is perfect for family gatherings and socialising.

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 and New Year and 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
All Year €5,950 €2,750 €2,750

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Out & About

 
Often used as a base for exploring the wonders of Kerry, there is so much to do and see

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is on the northern side of the stunning Dingle Peninsula, and within walking distance of Tralee town centre – the largest town in County Kerry.

The town is probably best known for The Rose of Tralee Festival, an international annual event which is celebrated among Irish communities the world over, and named after a 19th-century ballad.

Every August, young women from across Ireland and around the world compete to be crowned the Rose. Not a beauty pageant, the winner is the woman is selected on the basis of personality, to be the best role-model for the festival and ambassador for Ireland during her international travels.

The Town Park, known locally as “The Green” extends for 35 acres, making it one of the largest urban public parks in Ireland. It is famous for its Rose Garden which has been a feature of the park since 1987 and contains 35 varieties of roses. The Rose Wall contains the names of every contestant from the Rose of Tralee Festival since 1959.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of the famous Kennedy clan, is also remembered here.

The magnificent singer/songwriter Christy Hennessy who died in 2007, was born in Tralee. There is now a commemorative statue of him in Central Plaza.

A Farmers Market is held in the town every Saturday from 11am-3pm across from the Brandon Hotel.

Tralee Golf Club

The beautiful Banna Strand, 20 minutes north of the town, features sand dunes along its entire length 10 Kilometre length – some of which rise to 12 metres high. The beach is associated with Sir Roger Casement who was captured landing from a German U-boat on 21 April 1916. Casement was involved in an attempt to land arms for Irish Republicans from the Germany.

Tom Crean

The spectacular Dingle peninsula stretches South and West towards the Blasket Islands, just over an hour away by car. Inhabited until 1954 by an Irish-speaking population that was forced to leave by increasingly extreme winter weather that left the islands’ ageing population cut off from emergency services. The western part of the peninsula remains as a Gaeltacht today.

Tearaght is the westernmost of the Blasket Islands, and thus the westernmost island of Ireland.
Wild Atlantic Way
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There are more than two thousand archaeological sites on the peninsula. Well worth it for the breathtaking views, the Conor Pass is the highest mountain road in Ireland.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Cork, Shannon or Dublin airports.
Shannon Airport – less than 2 hours from the house.
Cork Airport – less than 2 hours from the house.
Dublin Airport – 3 and a half hours from the house.

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

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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.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    One ensuite
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    Two twin bedrooms
    One Family Bathroom
    Two Shower Rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Living Room
    Dining Room
    Kitchen

    Utility Room

  • Contempo
    Seperate Table Tennis Annex
    Surrounding Paved Patios
    Raised Decking Area
    Logs & Turf
    Barbecue
    Wi-Fi Internet
    Sky TV

 

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 May 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…

Easter Week 2023 (5 nights)  –  €2200.
Patrick’s Day Week  2023 (5 nights)  –  €2200.
Halloween  2023 (5 nights) – €2,200
Christmas 2022 (5 nights) – €2,200
New Years 2022 (5 nights)  – €2,200

A refundable breakages deposit payable of €350 with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

October to April €2000 per week Weekend/Midweek €1,500
May to September €2500 Not Available for Short Stays.

 

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

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

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Reviews

 
 

With gratitude…

We were pleased with our rental, Searows, and appreciate your services in being the liaison for the property.  This was our first Unique Irish Homes rental experience, and we are so impressed that henceforth we will be always checking your properties first when booking a holiday home.  Also, we wanted to note that your welcome basket of goodies and card were appreciated.

We would like to praise the caretaker, Johnny, as he was by far the most helpful and responsive caretaker we have ever had in our numerous holiday rentals in Ireland in the past 20+ years.

In addition, please thank the owners for making their home available to others.  The surrounding location of the house was restorative, and we appreciated the spaciousness and warmth of the house.

Finally, we would like to thank those who clean the house as they do an excellent job and should be commended for their efforts.  So many holiday homes are not properly cleaned, but this one was!

R+S,  Irwin , 2022

From the guest Book…

Fantastic views. Perfect equipped house. 3 seals in the bay in front. Many thanks to Johnny!

Suzanne + Thomas, Germany, June 2022

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.

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

…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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Lady Gregory’s Lodge

Lady Gregory’s Lodge

Lady Gregory’s Lodge

More than just folklore…

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County Clare

Halfway around the 2500 km Wild Atlantic Way on the southern shores of Galway Bay is this charming yet unassuming, traditional Georgian villa.

Whitewashed walls and scarlet windows mask a noble history stretching back more than two Centuries, and with ample space for several generations of family, here is a memorable epicentre for your Burren adventure.

An awesome and authentic interior

The semicircle of curved wainscot beneath the rustic fan lit entrance heralds a warm interior, busy with the trappings of time.

On the sea-side of the house, the cosy drawing room features an unusual brick fireplace designed and built by the pre-Raphaelite painter Augustus John – a frequent visitor in the early 20th Century.

0AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – 3 ensuite
    One triple bedroom –double + single bed, ensuite
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room, Library
    Family KItchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility rooms
  • Features
    Open Fire places, Walled garden
    Ocean views
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet, Alexa smart system
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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The large formal dining room is classically furnished in period mahogany, and seats ten.

It enjoys similar dazzling views across to Auginish Island through substantial shuttered windows, and reveals another red brick fireplace; this one with inset hand painted tiles depicting artisans.

Antique free standing furniture set on glossy old timber floors permeate these rooms.
The spacious country kitchen occupies its own bright extension to the side.

Vivid canary yellow with a rustic terracotta floor, this chef friendly arcadia boasts a cast iron Aga range supported by a 5 ring gas cooker, and a premium microwave.


Culinary spectators will enjoy the circular breakfast table to one end and accompanying languid wingback chair.
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin plate Aga range
• Twin oven gas cooker with 5 rings
• Fridge & freezer in scullery
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Quad toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two Super King-size beds, three double beds and one single
• Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Hi speed Wi-Fi Internet
• 32” TV
• Netflix
• Alexa controlled sound system

Other

• Excellent selection of books
• Walled Garden

Bedrooms

Generously sized, carpeted double bedrooms of individual character are located on two floors. All have ensuite bathrooms except the Rose room, which has a separate bathroom. The two ground floor bedrooms have French doors opening onto the terrace and walled garden.

This family room in cucumber green features a large French upholstered Corbeille bed, and an additional single bed.

Upstairs, the corner bedroom has dual aspect views of the bay and of the walled garden, a super King size bed, a sofa, and a chaise longue.

With a dramatically carved bed, and classic sofa, this bedroom enjoys view of Galway bay.

Above the entrance, the Rose bedroom has a small double bed, and of course more stunning views to the North.

Outside

Set back from the pebbly seashore to the North by a broad wildflower meadow and a narrow roadway.

The three remaining Monterey Cypress trees here are thought to have been a gift from the George Washington when the house was being built in 1788.

The library and ground floor bedrooms open onto a limestone flagged terrace and extensive walled garden with lawns, herbaceous borders and a small orchard.

Provisional Booking Form

This house only rents by the week, Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 is payable with the rental amount and will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Weekly, Year round

Varies betweeen €3,750 and €5,500

 

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Out & About

North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and surf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too.
Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

History
During the nineteenth century, the Lodge was the summer home of Lady Augusta Gregory, a pivotal figure in the Irish Cultural Renaissance and a founder of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1904. Hence the name. W.B.Yeats is said to have written The Player Queen and The Dreaming of the Bones while staying here.
Wild Atlantic Way
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This is the most northerly point of County Clare, known as Flaggy Shore. The closest sizeable village is Kinvara – less than 15 minutes away – and which is actually in County Galway.
A Farmers Country Market is held in the Square most Saturdays throughout the summer months. The Merriman hotel in Kinvara is rumoured to have the largest thatch roof in Ireland.

The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are about 45 minutes away by car.

Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the village’s four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.

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.

Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.

The Cliffs are home to an immense number and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe.

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, Fanore Beach with its ancient sand dunes, is the place to be.

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

The Burren is infamous for its strange karst landscape, consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) which harbour a remarkable collection of plants and animals, 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.

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.

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 and that one of Tolkien’s best known characters, Gollum, may be named after Poll na gColm, pronounced Pole na Gollum or Cave of the rock dove.

Lisdoonvarna, 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.

The Martello Tower on Aughinis Island directly across from the Lodge, was built in 1811 (one of many) as a defence against Napoleonic invasion which never happened.

How to get there – Car advised..

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

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is three hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 4 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.

&AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,300 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    &
    One Twin Bedroom
    All Ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Shower Room
    Living Room
    Open Plan Dining Room and Kitchen
  • Features
    Wheelchair friendly
    Barbecue
    Wi Fi Internet
    DVD’s Book Games
    Underfloor Heating

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.
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,600
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €2,600
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,600
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€2,600

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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