Cloughboy Cottage

Cloughboy Cottage

Cloughboy Cottage

Picture-perfect coastal escape

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County Donegal

This dazzling designer holiday cottage, notched into the southern slopes of the rugged Loughros Peninsula, boasts spectacular views across tidal sands and oyster farms to Assaranca waterfall and Slievetooey Mountain beyond.

The garden is six acres of moorland, indigenous wild flowers and grasses, on a rocky slope that is separated from the tidal shoreline by a narrow yet populous fenced road and a stretch of boggy pasture.
Here you are never far from fine food, fine sand and the cries of wheeling seabirds.

 

Comfortable in its surroundings

A generous double height atrium at the central core of this contemporary cottage, serves as open plan living and dining area.
Here, an eclectic mix of leather and antique sofas, invite cosy evenings of family games, or just lapping up the idyllic panoramas across Loughros Beg Bay through French doors that hinge out onto the front terrace.

To the other side of this large room a substantial oak table surrounded by classic Cassina Cab leather chairs, can comfortably seat eight to ten for dinner.

A black granite worktop spanning the rear wall accommodates a stainless steel sink, with built in dishwasher and drinks fridge beneath.

A tidy galley kitchen adjoins the dining area, housing a complete range of choice electric appliances and utilities inside solid oak presses.

Light and warmth flooding through the huge skylight that crowns the apex above our heads, bounces off white walls and is finally absorbed by the black slate floor during the day, to be radiated back at night.

Built-in storage units and sideboard are in solid oak, setting a theme for the rest of the furniture.
A long sitting room, with more uninterrupted views of the bay and relaxing bed sofas, follows through from the main atrium, and leads to the barbeque area.

There are two wonderful double bedrooms at either end of the ground floor linking to the central area via ensuite bathroom lobbies. All showers are power assisted.

Styling throughout the house is clean, modern and minimal, with under floor heating adding a subtle cosiness.

The prevailing feature of the interior is an elevated bridge spanning the atrium.

Accessed by a stylish, skeletal open-tread stairway, the catwalk links a twin bedroom with another double bedroom in the attic.
Both have ensuite shower rooms, and multiple velux windows provide ample daylight.

Facilities

Equipped with everything you would expect from a five star family home – from travel cot to microwave, satellite TV, wi-fi broadband and DVD. There is currently no clothes dryer.

If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Outside

Enjoy spectacular views from the patio, with oak garden furniture and a large charcoal barbeque.

The grounds remain purposefully natural with grass, heathers, fuschia, escallonia and wild flowers, including orchids in season.
Although not visible from the cottage, you will need to cross a narrow fenced road that services the many cottages on the peninsula and cross a stretch of boggy pasture to reach the seashore. It’s not suitable for swimming at this point, but it’s great for collecting mussels at low tide. A healthy walk across the head brings you to Trabane, the nearest swimming beach.
Cormorants, sea birds, choughs, seals and an otter can be seen from the house. Dolphins also visit the bay occasionally.

Restrictions

Smoking – no, sorry
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry, sheep and lambing environment.

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 Day, New years Eve and Easter –  price on request

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

June to September €1,850 per week minimum stay
October to May €1,450 per week Weekend €900 Mid-week €900

 

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Reviews

 

I have rented villas…

and homes now for a few decades so always happy to revert when the feedback is positive. The aspect and comfort of cottage makes for a great stay with the spectacular view from front a real highlight.
Hard to find fault with anything. I guess the only 2 items that might be worth mentioning ( although minor in the overall scheme of things ) are :- Bathroom in Master bedroom downstairs does not seem to have any ventilation . Window there does not seem to be designed to open ?
Thanks, we didn’t realise the handle was broken – it’s all sorted now…Ed
– The outdoor slabs out front look old ( and with lots of weeds ) compared to lovely patio at side of house . Weather was cool and breezy so we did not get opportunity to sit out but if we did , a minor upgrade to this area would be well worth the investment.
We did a bit of weeding too but will look at upgrading seats at front patio as it’s definitely the best view!..Ed

Jill O’Mahony, July 2020

Imagine our delight …

in the view from the front room of this beautiful cottage. Every morning we would be amazed at the shifting sand patterns caused by tidal surges from the night before.
This home is located midway along Loughross Point, a spit of land out from the township of Ardara. It is a comfortable place to stay to explore the region. We visited Donegal, Northern Ireland including the dark hedges (aka King’s Road in Game of Thrones), Giants Causeway, the Grianan of Aileach (or Ailigh), Killybegs, and Glenveagh National Park. We covered a lot of County Donegal and it was gorgeous.
Our host, Kathy, was amazing and super friendly on the morning we woke to find we had no hot water. She came to our rescue in a flash. This was our mistake entirely as we were too hot during the night and turned off the heating only to find that the house heating the the hot water are run on the same system. Silly us. Don’t let this deter you from this wonderful place, just make sure you get the lowdown on the hot water boost system!
We’ll be back to visit soon, with a plein air painting kit and fly fishing rods!

Anne Maree Healey, June 2018

Every time I glance out of the windows, the scene has changed and I am compelled to pause and then let go as the new light and water shift and create anew the mountains and the bay.
I will miss this magical place, but have tucked in my heart many memories to return to and cherish always.”

A lovely few days –

“We swam everyday and have hardly seen another soul.
We love this house; its got everything you could possibly need (except a boat and maybe a horse)!
We came here to write and have been inspired and distracted by the landscape in equal measures.
We’re already thinking about when to come back.
Many thanks”
Harriet and Kate – June 2014 – London

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Out & About

 

Donegal is wild, mountainous and steeped in history, with the softest people and a generous helping of experiences yet un-had..
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Ardara 7 km down the road, is the nearest village for shopping, charming pubs, cafes and restaurants. The town is best known for its tweed and knitting production, but also renown for an unending chain of festivals.

Wild Atlantic Way
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A 30 minute walk to Loughros Point at the end of the peninsula brings the joy of a dramatic ocean sunset or thrill of giant crashing waves.

There are many, many beaches around the ragged Donegal coast, so you are never far from sand whether walking , cycling or driving.
It’s an easy cycle ride northwards to Portnoo (13km) which not only has a huge unspoilt beach, but backs onto a wild and picturesque Atlantic golf links.

While you’re over that way, the Kilclooney dolmen is one of the finest examples of a portal tomb to be found in Europe. Over 4,000 years old, it’s well worth the short boggy trek from the road.

photo Hans-Georg Stump

photo Otmar Butz

Ardara is on the edge of the second largest Irish speaking district in Ireland. Some 30,000 Irish speakers live in the Donegal Gaeltacht, or roughly 24.5% of the total Gaeltacht population.

To the South, don’t miss a trip through the beautiful Glengesh Pass on the way to the Slieve League sea cliffs. At 600 metres high, they are nearly three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. A narrow twisting precipitous road will take you to the best viewing point at Bunglass.

Killybegs, 20km from the house, is a sheltered fishing port on Donegal Bay. It is home to Irelands largest off-shore trawler fleet, also not surprisingly, some of the best fresh fish food to be found.

For anglers seeking scenery and unspoilt fly fishing, then look no further the Owenea River which enters Loughrosmore Bay at Ardara – one of the best salmon rivers in the county.

Galway holds the limelight when it comes to oysters – but up here in Donegal we think we do better..
let us know what you think.

​How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Derry, Knock or Shannon.
Derry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Knock Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Various sailings run to Belfast or Dublin from UK
from Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne or Belfast – under 3 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3.5 hours from house

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Doolin Lodge

Doolin Lodge

Doolin Lodge

The Rocky Edge of Europe

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County Clare

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

 

A comprehensive cottage makeover

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

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

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

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

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

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outside

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

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.

Provisional Booking Form

Information & Rates:


Approximately  €2,500 per week or  €1,400 for 3 nights minimum

Please email me here for details.


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

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Reviews

 

The pictures do not do this place justice…

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

Ylonah, February 2018

A family weekend stay at the beautiful Doolin Lodge

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

Noreen Keane, March 2019

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Out & About

 

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

photo Brian Meagher

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are less than 10 minutes away by car.

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

photo Gerald Tapp

This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.

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Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.
The Cliffs are home to an immense number and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe.

Built in 1835 by local entrepreneur Cornelius O’Brien, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then visited the Cliffs, the tower bearing his name is unmistakable on the headland.

Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.

photo Bogman

The Burren starts in earnest less than a kilometre away – its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.
This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.

Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast. Big wave surfers travel by jet-ski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs which can be over 35ft high.
But for most surfers, the seaside town of Lahinch (25 minutes by car) is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.

Lisdoonvarna, the nearest main town, is home to one of Europe’s largest annual matchmaking events. Attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.

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

How to get there – Car advised..

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

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

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The Well

The Well

The Well

Family Magic on the Mizen Peninsula

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County Cork

Cached on a sunny embankment that gently tumbles down to the azure waters of Schull harbour in wonderful west Cork, we have a spacious stone cottage completely irresistible for a family vacation on the Wild Atlantic Way.
This is where the line between alfresco and interior becomes blurred of a summer’s day…

 

Everything from breakfast to barbeque

A continuous sweep of living space runs from the broad screen of glazing that is the entrance, along the kitchen and spills out through French doors on to a barbeque balcony with delicious views and a table that seats eight.

The catering island finished in black granite, with induction hob, integral deep fryer and fitted chargrill, occupies centre stage in the kitchen. The range of culinary contrivances includes a pizza oven.

At the breakfast bar end, there is a level change and the mottled ochre floor tiles step down into the morning sun of the dining area.
There is plenty of room here for the robust dinner table to pivot out from the alcove and expand to its full ten seater capacity.

Fold back the pair of arched doors and step down into the chic double height living room. A single glazed door opens onto sunset terrace the better to appreciate spectacular views of the harbour.

There is under-floor heating throughout the home, but here you have the added comfort of a generous rustic stone open fireplace.

The opposing half of the living room has a panelled ceiling and an expansive of library of books and DVD’s. Television viewing is augmented by the home cinema surround sound audio.

The master bedroom is on the ground floor has French doors to the paved terrace, more of that spectacular view, its own ensuite shower-room and an exclusive sauna.

Upstairs in the attic apex there is a cosy compact twin bedroom and a captivating powder blue bedroom with three limed oak sleigh beds that kids will love.

Two of the beds accommodate comfortable fold out single beds, which can pop up to make a double or function as singles.

A separate balcony reached by external stairs accesses a charming ensuite loft bedroom for two.

Outside

The cottage boasts amazing views west, overlooking the slopes of its sunny informal garden across the bobbing boats of Schull harbour to the village beyond.
The paved terrace is ideal for outdoor dining with a large table, wickerwork tub chairs, easy access to the kitchen, and a choice of built in charcoal barbeque or a handier gas version.

The swimming pool is solar heated and has its own sun decking, loungers, and stone hot/cold shower cubicle. There is a separate changing room with shower.
The lounge deck is a magical outdoor sundown sitting room with sofas and chairs.

A rough path can be trod down to the water’s edge with kayaks. Alternatively, three minutes down the road brings you to Cooradaragan, a shale beach where there is a slip way.

Facilities

The Cottage has its own well, and is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home –
Apart from the heated pool, there is a central piped Bang & Olufson sound system, central vacuum system, a very comprehensive selection of children’s toys, Kayaks, bicycles etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Laundry and ice making machines are in the utility annex, along with life-jackets etc.

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

The house has a double and two twinbedroom, sleeping six.
There is also a young adults triple bedroom with two pull out single beds, sleeping five younger persons. 

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.

All Year €5,500 per week
Christmas Offer 23rd-28th December 2020: €5,950
New Year’s Offer 29th-3rd January 2021 €5,950

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Reviews

 

We loved our stay…

at your magnificent house that was so thoughtfully stocked with everything we needed – although we were tempted by the wines we were able to resist them!! The pool temperature was just right and we used the sauna after swimming every day. The children loved the toys – I hope they were put away carefully with any breakages. The house was so inviting to be in. Thanks again

Richard, Australia, July 2017

Can I thank you once again…

for enabling my family to stay at the Well in Schull last month. Your website was easy to use and accurately explained the facilities in each of the properties and enabled us to make an informed choice. For example the fact that the property accepted dogs was a principal requirement and your search engine filtered properties thereby avoiding the need to go through each property in turn as we experienced on other sites.
The property itself was superb, and the [owners] were informative and helpful in introducing the property, as well as being kind enough to wait for us and also to drive me to Cork Airport to collect my other two sons and a hire car.
I cannot rate the property or the area highly enough and I feel privileged to have enjoyed a family holiday there.

Paul Tucker, July 2017

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All went very well, thanks. Good, realistic photos of the house on your site, site was easy to navigate, very nice house, landlord was very easy to deal with, no issues during the week. Your website will be my first port of call for Irish holidays from now on. Hope you keep up the good work!

Donnacha, August 2016

 

Out & About

 

Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating.
There are amazing pristine beaches for surfing and kiting, fishing, sailing and boat tours and brilliant restaurants.

With wonderful walks, splendid scenery, and legendary gardens to visit, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Annual festivals a-plenty include Traditional Irish music Festival, Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, Skibbereen Food Festival, Cape Clear Storytelling, and many sailing events including Calves Week

 

The Locality

 

 

Schull is the nearest village just 2.5K away, and has an number of small boutique shops and restaurants, and of course a great fish shop. In the summer months the harbour fills with fishing boats and yachts.

West Cork is renowned for its long jagged peninsulas and deep bays – the last point of land visible to travelers from Great Britain and Ireland as they headed for America in the 19th century.

The climate is very mild, with moist Atlantic breezes warmed by the Gulf Stream that sweeps across from the Caribbean. Semi-tropical plants and palm trees are common in this region. Fuchsia abound and have become the unofficial emblem of West Cork.

Wild Atlantic Way
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The Fastnet rock lighthouse lies 19km to the south of Baltimore and is Ireland’s most southerly. It is also extremely exposed.
The original cast iron lighthouse used to shake violently in storms.
A rogue wave reportedly washed over the 48m tower in 1985. Its light flashes once every five seconds, and has a range of 27 nautical miles.

Every second August, Rolex sponsor a yacht race from the Isle of Wight (UK) to the Fastnet and back, a distance of 700 miles.

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.

The lighthouse on the cliffs of Mizen Head at the end of the peninsula is Ireland’s most south westerly point, and can be reached by a dramatic bridge.

A megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.

Cape Clear island is Ireland’s most southerly, and has a population of 120 Irish speaking persons. It’s a 45 minute boat trip from Baltimore or Schull. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
The island’s remote location, coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland, boasting Ireland’s only manned observatory.
Whale, leatherback turtle, sun fish and shark are spotted every year – dolphins constantly.

Beautiful and busy Barley Cove beach, just along the coast, has extensive sand dunes and an interesting floating pontoon link, which helps to protect the dunes from visitor erosion.

How to get there – Car advised… or yacht!

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Cork 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)
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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Dolphins Cove

Dolphins Cove

Dolphins Cove

Where the Atlantic is the Show

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County Galway

Connemara has long been a favourite location for anyone wanting to escape into nature, and this extravagantly thatched home invites you to do it in stylish comfort. Perched on a slope, facing the Wild Atlantic and overlooked by the mountains, with plenty to discover, it’s hard not to de-stress.

 

Classy and Contemporary

It may be pushing it a bit to call this comfortable home a cottage given its spacious interior and premium furnishings.

Most of the front aspect is allocated to a lofty sitting room, its double-height dramatized by an imposing gas fireplace safely sunk into polished black granite, and an overhanging balcony linking the upstairs accommodation.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €3,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms
    one is ground floor
    All have shower rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Living/Dining room, TV den
    Kitchen with breakfast area, Pantry, Utility room
    Guest bathroom with shower
  • Features
    Thatched roof
    Furnished patio with gas BBQ
    built in gas fires
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    + Flat screen TV in every bedroom
    Blue-tooth speakers
    Amazon Alexa & Apple TV
    Filtered drinking water
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday

A broad canted window pushes out into the spectacular views of Inisturk and Clare Island to the North.

Glimpses of the kitchen through a neighbourly hatch compete with gilt framed oils of Connemara landscapes and portraiture.

Walking around the free-standing stack reveals a dedicated TV den, compactly furnished in leather and La-Z-Boy recliners.

Running parallel to the sitting room, but away from the views, is a splendid and sophisticated kitchen. At its centre, is the darling of the slow food community, a four oven Aga range.

There is also a tall American fridge freezer with drinking water on tap, and a ceramic Belfast drainer-sink cleverly located right in front of that aperture to the living room view.
An additional four ring gas hob can be found in the adjacent pantry.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas Aga range with 4 ovens, 2 hotplates + griddle
• plus 4 ring gas hob in utility room
• Two door American Fridge-freezer, with water dispenser
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Quad Toaster
• Filtered water tap

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron
• Sheet press

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Four King-size (USA Queen) beds
• 2 Hairdryers
• 800 thread Egyptian linen

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet – Fibre optic
• Home pod and Amazon Alexa
• Blue-tooth speakers
• 5 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player
• CCTV

Other

• Good selection of books
• Gas Barbecue

A convenient four seater drop-leaf breakfast table is placed at the far end, where the kitchen joins the TV den, completing this semi open-plan arrangement.

The expansive living room, annexed to the rear through a pair of semi-glazed doors, exploits floor to ceiling windows and a large roof-light to give a brilliant conservatory ambience.

An eight seater dining table across one end, together with plushly upholstered chairs, caters for full family dining – but there are also French doors opening onto sheltered patio for aperitifs or a barbecue.

The contemporary letterbox inset gas fire, and generous flat screen TV, make the room a busy hub.

Ground Floor

Linking off the entrance lobby, is the utility room and pantry to the rear, a generous guest’s bathroom, and by way of an un-used dressing room, the generous ground floor master bedroom.

A spread of windows scope out the sparkling bay, and with its own door to the garden, there is a degree of autonomy to this end of the cottage.

Floor layout

In the loft upstairs, an open balcony overlooking the sitting room, links a double bedroom and bathroom at one end, to a pair of double bedrooms at the other. All bedrooms have flat screen TVs with Apple TV service.

As the house was designed for family use, access to one is through the other, via a magnificent shared shower-room with twin basins.
They both have sumptuous mahogany beds, and flat screen TVs to compete with the unique views.

Outside

The cottage is set into a sloping bank that falls away into the ocean. Although there is no direct access to the sea at this point, there are three pristine beaches within an 8 minute drive of the house. A whimsical set of almost theatre seats on the front lawn capitalize on the spectacular views of the exposed Atlantic coastline.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for children under the age of 14.
Pets – No, sorry

Provisional Booking Form

This house is only let by the week– The minimum stay is Seven nights 
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Please Note: Due to the furnishings and surroundings of the property this house is not suited for children under 10 – Sorry!

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.
A refundable breakages deposit of €750 payable with the rental: – The amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

October to April €3,000 per week 7 night minimum stay
May to September €3,500 per week 7 night minimum stay

 

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

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

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

 

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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…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Connemara National Park is nearby, and not to be missed.

The Locality

 

The nearest town is Tullycross – 3 mins by car or 20 on foot, with a couple of good music and food pubs, and garage/shop.
Christ the King Church at Tully Cross has three stained glass windows by renowned Art Nouveau illustrator Harry Clarke.

The Connemara Mussel Festival is held here annually on the May Bank Holiday weekend with plenty of activities, music and of course mussels!

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. Renvyle beach 5km away is the nearest accessible.

Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language.

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 very close to the house, is a good starter for the amateur.

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!

The beautiful Killary Harbour is about 16km long, extremely deep and is Ireland’s only true fjord. A “U” shaped valley, it was carved by a glacier during the last ice age. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

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.

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.

Originally built as a Castle in the mid 19th century, Kylemore Abbey became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and was run as a girl’s school from until 2010, primarily for boarders. Today it is open to the public. Its Victorian walled gardens and woodland walks make it one of the region’s most popular attractions.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Knock or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is 4 hours from the cottage
Knock Airport – is 2 hours from the cottage
Shannon Airport – is just over 2 and half hours from the cottage

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx. 4 hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 and half hours from the house

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