Slipway Cottage

Slipway Cottage

Slipway Cottage

Endless skies and relentless tides

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County Galway

Situated almost on top of one of Ireland’s most unique locations, this recently refurbished seaside cottage is a magnificent introduction to Connemara at any time of year.
With a ground floor bedroom, and masses of outdoor space, multi generations can have that unforgettable holiday to treasure.
Just one and half hours from Galway but much closer to Inisbofin – Enjoy!

 

Simple comforts with style

The cosiest place to catch a sublime Atlantic sunset, is the west facing conservatory, with its contrasting tones of black & white, and which doubles as the entrance lobby at the front of the cottage.

AT A GLANCE

    • Sleeps
      Up to 10 guests
      From €1,860 per week
    • Bedrooms
      Two double bedrooms, One family bedroom (2+1)
      One twin bedroom with extra fold-out bed (3)
    • Bathrooms
      One ensuite bathroom with shower
      Family bathroom
      Ground floor shower room
    • Other Rooms
      Living room, Kitchen/dining room
      Conservatory / porch
    • Features
      Beach frontage
    • Contempo
      Flat screen TV, WiFi internet
      Good Cell phone reception
    • Availability
      Weekly: Saturday to Saturday

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The spacious living area which spans most of the seaward side of the cottage, is generously furnished with shabby-chic traditional sofas and casual contemporary rugs.

A traditional turf burning stove occupies one end, while an open quarter-turn stair way, rustically painted, rises from the other.

A large cottage style kitchen-cum-dining area fills the extension to the rear, with a long refectory style table at its centre – great for family spreads.

 

Upstairs

The three upstairs bedrooms and a family shower room open off a bright landing.
Walls and floor boards are finished in alabaster with subtle tones of pale pewter, and the elemental interior features rustic sheeted cottage doors, and wrought iron beds.

A twin bedroom with ensuite shower room is above the kitchen annex. A great room for kids, with a third fold-out bed.

From these privileged bedrooms, a row of dormer windows, like unblinking eyes, capture unique and ever-changing seascapes.

The ground floor bedroom has a super king size bed and an adjacent shower room.
It is reached from one end of the main cottage beyond the fireplace.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas cooker with 2 ovens and 4 rings
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size, one Super King-size & Three single beds
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Good selection of books
• Travel cot
• Children’s high chair

Outside

The cottage sits on 12 acres of windswept coast where boulders and dry stone walls take the place of woodlands and hedgerows. Directly in front, across a narrow road that leads to a small slipway, is a unique stretch of golden strand that separates Omey Island from the mainland. On sunny days, incoming tides are warmed as they sweep across this fickle isthmus.

Catering discretion

With a day’s notice, the owners can arrange a variety of hearty, fuss free and above all delicious meals or picnics, if required.

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, Easter and school holidays are high season rates.

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

  Weekly Weekend Mid-week
June to September €2,850 7 nights minimum n/a
May and October €2,100 €1,450 €1,450
November to April €1,860 €1,450 €1,450
Christmas
from the 23rd December
to the 28th December
€2,850 5 nights
New Year
from the29th December
to the 3rd January 2021
€2,850 5 nights

 

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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 – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children & Pets are very welcome

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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 swimming and snorkelling, incredible river fishing and brilliant restaurants.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Connemara is the most westerly part of Europe and exposed to the wild vagaries of weather. In places stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds; plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Claddaghduff is a 10 minute walk away, and is the nearest village for essential items, petrol and a pint.

The cottage is directly facing Omey Island. It can be reached on foot or by car twice a day via the broad strand – between half tides of course. The island once had a population of over 400 souls. There are great walks here – mind the rabbit holes – and time it right, or you may become a castaway until the next ebb. The last permanent resident of the island, stuntman Pascal Whelan, died in February 2017 aged 75.

‘A grand place for the weather entirely’ as they say.

An annual horse race is held on Omey Strand in late July. The event is carefully planned around the tides, and typically attracts vast crowds for the day out.

photo Galway Tourism

Clifden known as the capital of Connemara is just 10km away. Packed with great shops and restaurants, and catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips. Watch out for the Arts festival and Clifden Pony Show.

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

To the East the skyline 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.

The Aughrus Penninsula is renowned for some of the most unspoiled beaches to be found anywhere in the Europe, with waters that are crystal clear.
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 harbors; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

photo Bert Kafmann

Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from the fishing village of Cleggan, less than 5km away from the house. As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song.

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

How to get there – Car advised…

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

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

 

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Castle View House

Castle View House

Castle View House

Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis

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Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis

County Clare

The dramatic Atlantic sunsets that wash this home have not changed in the two hundred years since Castle View was built. The round Rapunzel castle itself – some 400 years older – still stands watch over the six generation farmstead.
Prominently situated on the Burren Way between Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher, there are stunning views of the Aran Islands and the ocean beyond, from this large Regency country house.

 

An elegant vintage family farmhouse

Solid and symmetrical, the old farmhouse has been completely renovated recently, with many of the original features lovingly preserved.

 

Rooms are voluminous, with lofty ceilings edged by moulded cornices.
Roller blinds on curtain-less windows emphasise the impressive doors, architraves and panelling that are original to the house.

The ornate fireplace in the living room is filled with a neat flush fitted stove – both practical and complimentary.
Exposed timber flooring and pastel painted walls are common to all the rooms.

The large contemporary kitchen has plenty of room for a beautiful six seater dining table – not unlike the one in the more formal dining room.

A Regency reeded leg mahogany table, brings a timeless indulgence to the dining room, warmed by the wood burning stove tucked into its recessed hearth.

An outstanding feature here is the enclosed cooker set in a cave-like archway of rough cut stone.

Not only are all the bedrooms comfortable and generous, but there is no getting away from those unique views of the blustery landscape which are a part of every room.

Chequered black and white retro-metro tiling defines the family bathroom.

Outside

Barely one tree dares to raise a shoot in such a Spartan landscape of crashing waves and crying birds. Garden has a different meaning here, where paths meander into the distance to follow the cliffs along this brink of Europe.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

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

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Three Double beds (140cm)
• Two Single beds
• Childs Cot
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good mobile phone coverage
• DVD Player
• Sound system

Other stuff

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

Restrictions

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

Castle View is a working farm with a separate barn conversion adjoining the rear of the home, so regrettably, dogs are not permitted.

Provisional Booking Form

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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We had a wonderful stay in Castle View House

The location was perfect – close to the village, restaurants, bars, etc. And our gateway to the cliffs was just outside the door. The house was very comfortable and homely. Sally could not have been more helpful.
We hope to return someday. Castle View was the perfect setting for a relaxing and fun holiday.

Frances Finn, September 2020

The house was lovely…

the hostess very gracious and helpful, and the location was ‘food for our dreams.’ Very beautiful vistas and very near the famous Cliffs of Moher, in the middle of a cattle farm; the lovely cows came up close to the house but I never heard a peep out of them. The house is historic with thick walls and has been beautifully renovated with updated finishes. We very much appreciated the washer/dryer as we were on a two week trip. The hostess baked us some brown bread and left us a bottle of Prosecco which we used to make Mimosas for breakfast (hair of the dog). The castle tower next door gave us a reference point when venturing out; we said Rapunzel was coming over for tea.
We enjoyed the pubs of Doolin and walking up to the Cliffs.We found pub food much better than expected with a ‘farm to table’ focus. We ate at the Ivy Cottage and it was very good. We shopped in Doolin as they have beautiful local gifts for sale. We also drove thru the Burren region. We didn’t have time to venture to the Aran Islands. Our only regret was not planning to stay longer.
So we must return!

Lori Pegram, September 2019

We had an absolutely fabulous weekend at Castleview House.

The house was more than I had ever expected. It is bright, comfortable and extremely tastefully decorated. The location is incredible with stunning views of the castle and the sea. The house is a stone’s throw from the village where we enjoyed first class food and one or two very enjoyable pints.
Castle View is very well equipped and Sally has thought of everything from hi-viz jackets for the homeward walk from the pub, to beach towels for swimming or surfing. There was an array of games, books and CDs for indoors entertainment and a basket of logs, fire lighters etc for the wood burnings stoves for cozy evenings in. There was home made bread, jam and a bottle of wine to welcome us as well as some basic essentials in the well equipped kitchen. We couldn’t have asked for more.
I booked the house as a surprise get away weekend for my husbands birthday – there was us, our three adult children and a couple of their partners. There was plenty of space for us all to be together (and apart when we wanted). Sally was an absolute star and managed to keep the surprise element going until the very moment she snapped on the lights in the delightful kitchen.
I highly recommend Castleview House to anyone who wants to get away, enjoy the sea air and kick back and relax.
Thanks Sally for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Alison Hollinshead, October 2018

We absolutely loved our stay…

Everything more than met our expectations. My guests were very pleased with their new home for the week. We loved that it was so close to the cliffs…that the trail was right outside of our door. We enjoyed the ability to walk into Doolin and all of the attractions there. The home was exactly as pictured, very well appointed and spacious.
Sally had homemade bread and jams waiting for us! We loved that it was surrounded by pastures full of cows! We named several of them! The beauty was breathtaking and it will be missed.

Jackie Bell, July 2017 – Florida

We had a wonderful time at Castleview house…

the house is in such a nice location and we enjoyed every moment of our short stay. It is a beautiful place to relax and just have a good time. Especially the kitchen really impressed me, it brought a lot of memories back. We spend most of our time together in the kitchen.
Thank you very much for the providing a nice place to stay for us, we will return and proposed it to our friends and family.

Family Koze, September 2017

Staying in Castle View House was by far the best part of our holidays in Ireland.

We’ve been met by Sally Nagle with such tremendous hospitality and warmth that we felt at home immediately. The house is in excellent shape, meeting the highest standard and perfectly equipped with every possible amenity a family needs for great holidays.
We were traveling with three generations and all agreed that our stay simply couldn’t be better. The kids keep saying that the best part of their holidays was the great white house by the cliffs. And the adults agree. For us, waking up with a direct view to the Atlantic in this cosy house was a once in a lifetime experience. We’re grateful for that.
We can highly recommend Castle View House for families with children.

Oliver Berthold, August 2018

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Out & About

 

North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and golf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too

We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

The house is located below Doonagore Castle and just 5 minutes walk from the village of Doolin at the northern foothills of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The castle is now a completely restored private home, but it has a legacy of brutal treatment of Spanish Armada survivors in 1588.

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

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

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

JRR Tolkien was enlisted in 1949 as an external examiner for The University of Galway, regularly staying over at Ballyvaughan.
Some say that it was this Burren landscape that was the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings writings.

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

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

 

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

photo – Tobias Helfrich

Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast. Big wave surfers travel by jet-ski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs, which can be over 35ft high. But for most surfers, the seaside town of Lahinch just 8km from the house, is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.

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

The strange karst landscape of the Burren area in northern Clare, consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.

This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon.
Shannon Airport – less than one hour from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpool.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house

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Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Woodlands and Water in West Cork

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Woodlands and Water in West Cork

County Cork

Sheltered behind a small woodland just above Dunmanus Bay, this eco-friendly sea-side home has been designed to blend in beautifully with its surroundings.
It is spacious, luminous, and contemporary, and enjoys some extra luxuries, like an outdoor Jacuzzi and an indoor sauna. An ideal remote retreat for families who relish walking and water…

 

Modern, bright, and roomy

The broad entrance lobby, impressive kitchen, and ample dining room, flow effortlessly into each other. Dove grey and white tones, polished concrete terrazzo floors and clean minimal lines unify these contemporary ground floor rooms into an inclusive family home.


Magnificent glass sliding doors separate the interiors from an expansive south facing terrace that overlooks the woodland and river, sucking in the sunlight.

Typical of the quirky delights in this home, a relaxing coffee area occupies a corner of the kitchen – complete with colourful cocktail chairs, but there are also stools around a central island for casual grazing.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms (one ground floor)
    Two with ensuite showers
    One twin bedroom
    One triple, with double and single bed
    Two bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Kitchen with Coffee area
    Landing with Sauna
    Utility room
  • Features
    Hot Tub Jacuzzi, Large Terrace, Pizza Oven, Barbecue
    Woodland paths & Gazebo
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, Netflix, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday, September to March
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

The ample artisan dining table began life as an Ash tree in the woodlands below, and the floor boards in the sitting room similarly were fashioned from beech trees on the property. Other surplus timber ends up in one or other of the two wood-burning stoves.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 4 ring electric hob
• Fridge with ice and water dispenser
• Freezer in utility room
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, three King-size, and three singles
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Netflix

Other

• Sauna
• Outdoor Hot Tub
• 2 Multi head showers • Good selection of books
• Kids toys
• Children’s high chair
• 2 Wood burning stoves

The large sitting room also faces directly onto the sunny south terrace – a very magical spot for the whole family to enjoy a barbecue or something from the outdoor wood fired pizza oven.

Built to be environmentally conscious this home employs the most efficient modern technologies, with a heating system that ensures endless supply of hot water, a heat recovery unit, with vents located throughout the house, and triple glazed Doors & Windows.

A double bedroom occupies the other side of the ground floor. It is adjacent to a family bathroom – Beechwood House is wheelchair friendly.

A limed white stairway returns onto the generous first floor landing, where there is room for a relaxing seating area. Here too is the sauna – wonderful for heating up the bones after a dip in the sea or a long walk!

There are four spacious bedrooms on this level – two have ensuite shower rooms with multi head showers.

 

One bedroom sleeps three, with a double bed and a single bed, and shares a family bathroom (with bath) with a fourth twin bedroom.

Outside

Just a short stroll from the village, the house is accessed via a small bridge over the river and electric gates – there is ample parking inside. The 5 acre property slopes down towards the bay, a view that is concealed in the summer months by a magical woodland. From the terrace area you can meander down to the river on conveniently constructed paths, or just chill out in the gazebo. There is a Hot Tub Jacuzzi in a small garden to one side of the house.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week during High Season.

Weekend stays are available October to March Only.

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Nb. A refundable breakages deposit of €600 applies to this home.

Christmas Breaks €3,500 per week
October to May €2,500 per week
July & August €3,500 per week
June & September €2,800 per week
Weekend Break (Off-Season) €1,400 Friday-Monday

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

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We were extremely happy with the house in Ahakista. It really is a special place and the whole experience was fantastic. The house itself is beautifully finished and really comfortable, and the grounds make it extra special. Niamh and Damian were very warm and welcoming when we arrived, and eager to help throughout.
We’re looking forward to our next stay!

Karl, August 2020

Sounds like fun…

First I’d like to express, on behalf of the whole group, our thanks for such a wonderful trip. Like for many others, Covid-19 provided an opportunity for us to explore our home country and although the situation has at times been quite bleak, it’s also helped us see what’s been on our doorstep this whole time. We had a great time and I can confidently say that we will be back to you to you in the future for more trips!

 

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Out & About

 

Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating.
Enjoy amazing sailing and boat tours, and equally brilliant restaurants.

 

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

Festivals

• Ahakista Regatta( August Bank Holiday weekend) – with a Quiz hosted by TV personality & Author, Graham Norton.
• West Cork Chamber Music Festival – Nine days of concerts, masterclasses & talks in various venues in Bantry town – 28th June to 7th July – www.westcorkmusic.ie

West Cork Literary Festival – Week-long celebration of writing & reading for people of all ages in various venues in Bantry town – 12th to 19th July – www.westcorkmusic.ie

• Ellen Hutchins Festival – Celebration of life of Ireland’s first female botanist with walks, talks, workshops all with a botanical theme – 17th to 25th August – www.ellenhutchins.com

Masters of Tradition Festival – Celebrating Traditional Music in its purest form in various venues in Bantry town – 21st to 26th August – www.westcorkmusic.ie ,/p . ,p . • A Taste of West Cork – 6th to 15th September

The Locality

 

The Memorial Garden located at the edge of the village remembers the death of over 329 people in a terrorist attack on an Air India Jumbo Jet in 1985, this being the closest spot to the bombing.

This neck of the woods generally is a magnet for those of us who pursue quality food and quality cooking, and you may be surprised by what’s on offer in the local shops, but you will need to travel the 17km to the sleepy market town of Bantry for larger shops and supermarkets.
Friday is market day in Bantry’s large town square, and should not be missed for the excellent local artisan food on sale.
Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing – be sure to try them.

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.

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Across Dunmanus Bay to the south is the Mizen Head Peninsula. Its lighthouse marks Ireland’s most south westerly point, and can be reached via a dramatic bridge.

The comparatively warm Atlantic ocean caused by the gulf stream current, ensures an abundance of nourishment for maritime fauna. Apart from whales, dolphins and seals, the whole area is a Mecca for bird watchers.

There are excellent walks, trails and views throughout this popular and remote region – the Sheeps Head Way is a classic. 88km of walking around this narrow finger of land protruding into the wild Atlantic Ocean, although you can drive most of the way. The final loop to the small lighthouse at the very end of the peninsula, is worth the trip with its blow holes and the possibility of seeing dolphins or whales, with a rewarding cuppa & apple tart at Bernie’s Cafe once your round trip is completed !

If you are out on the Mizen, you might like to visit a megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb. It is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.

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

The Fastnet rock lighthouse 14km offshore is the most southerly and the last visible point of Ireland for emigrants traveling to Ellis Island in the 19th century. 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.

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.

How to get there – Car advised..

However, There is a bus service to Bantry three days per week

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 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4.5 hours from house.

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

 

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Cloon Cottage

Cloon Cottage

Cloon Cottage

Contemporary Comforts, Protean Panoramas

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Connemara, County Galway

Tucked peacefully away in the convoluted Connemara landscape, this adorable contemporary cottage enjoys a privileged gallery view of the Atlantic’s dynamic masquerades.
Ideally located for exploring the beaches, mountains and Islands of West Galway, this cottage is the ideal retreat for a romantic staycation.

 

An uncomplicated charm

From a sheltered breakfast patio, the entrance is via a snug sky-lit lobby – all country coats and boots.

To one side, stepping up past stable half-doors, the elongated kernel of the cottage is revealed.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedrooms, ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, kitchen/dining room
    Conservatory
    External Utility room
  • Features
    Front & side patios
    Two wood-burning stoves
    A Dog is welcome
  • Contempo
    Underfloor heating
    Flat screen TV
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Mid week: Monday to Friday
Merged into one protracted living space, with a well-appointed country kitchen at one end, following through to a dazzling conservatory overlooking the lawned garden, wind whipped trees, and stunning sunset views, at the other.

Spacious yet intimate this tiled salon harmoniously accommodates a practical dining table, a wood-burning stove in the centre, and a pair of generous sofas that define the sitting room.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

Electric double oven cooker
• Electric 4 ring hob
• Fridge
• Chest freezer in external utility room
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Juicer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine & tumble-dryer in utility
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed and two singles
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Digital radio

Other

• Selection of books
• Underfloor heating

The unpretentious master bedroom in calico white opens directly off the sitting room; its windows frame the rolling Connemara landscape. It has an ensuite shower room.

Two additional rooms converge at the entrance lobby; the second delightful bedroom with individual beds, and a fully tiled family bathroom, which has a bath shower.

Outside

The property is secluded, private and rural, with a sunny lawn and ubiquitous views. If the horizon seems endless, it’s because it is. There is a large parking area just above the cottage.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday after 4.30pm PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM after 4.30pm till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

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

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

 

June to September €1,050 per week Weekend €575 Mid-week €575
October to May €950 per week Weekend €500 Mid-week €500

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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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A dog is welcome.

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Reviews

 

Cloon Cottage is one of those very special places one occasionally finds…

Not only is it beautifully layed out to just soak in the spectacular views across to Innishboffin & Innishshark as well as Cleggan Pier with ferries and boats coming and going, at sunset it gets even more spectacular & then at night the lights of the pier glistening in the distance announcing a safe harbour .
This holiday is so so comfortable with a fabulous kitchen running through to the lounge and then to the sunroom with the fantastic views across some of the most beautiful landscapes. With the added comfort of underfloor heating and Hotbox fire in the sunroom the cottage is always warm and a place one can just escape to and simply relax .
This is not only a summertime cottage but is fabulous at anytime. As it is right in the middle of Connemara there is so much more to do with walking and exploring this very special place with all the best connemara can offer on your doorstep.
I simply love this place and it really is a cottage with all the feeling of home.

Kieran – Dublin, July 2019

 

My favourite hideaway in the west…

My favourite hideaway in the west.. Cloon cottage is a little gem of a house with a mesmerising view of Cleggan Bay across to Inishbofin. Indeed you may find it hard to unglue yourself from the sofa in the sun-room Sleep like a baby in the comfy beds and let Cloon cottage work its magic on you.

Julia, June 2019

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Out & About

 

This is a part of the world where the whims of the Atlantic prevail. Fabulous walks and cycle routes abound with some of the best beaches to be found anywhere.
There is so much to enjoy –

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Cleggan village, is less than 2km away, down a picturesque, narrow and twisting road (boreen in local parlance) so prevalent in Connemara.
There are Pubs, Restaurants and shops in Cleggan, but for large supemarkets, you will need to go to Clifden, about 9km distant. Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan.
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.

As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important home for traditional Irish music and song.

It is estimated that Inishbofin Island was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C.

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.
Claddaghduff is a 15 minute walk away, and is the nearest village for essential items, petrol and a pint. On the way you will not miss Omey Island. It can be reached by crossing the broad strand between tides.
The island once had a population of over 400 souls. There are great walks here – mind the rabbit holes – and time it right, or you may become a castaway until the next ebb.

An annual horse race is held on Omey Strand in late July. The event is carefully planned around the tides, and typically attracts vast crowds for the day out.

North Western Galway 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.

 

Killary Harbour on the border with County Mayo is one of only three glacial Fjords in Ireland.
At 45 metres it is very deep, very scenic, and travels 16km inland. There are extensive Salmon, Trout and Mussel farms along its sheltered length.

The area between Clifden – the regions main town – and Roundstone to the south, contains over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes. But it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.

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

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.

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

There are many historical relics to be found on this the Aughrus penninsula, with the Court Tomb being perhaps one of the best known, predating as it does, the great pyramids in Egypt.

How to get there – Car advised..

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

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

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