White Strand Lodge

White Strand Lodge

White Strand Lodge

Intimate and Informal for Two

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County Clare

From a derelict Victorian gate lodge, this contemporary restoration celebrates its origins, in a unique location overlooking White Strand Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Just 50 minutes from Shannon Airport, in the Banner County, home of Traditional Irish music, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, this is the consummate hideaway for a romantic break.

 

Stylish yet restrained

In this cottage the traditional stucco cottage walls continue on the interior, and together with the local Liscannor stone floors that feature throughout, create a natural bridge to the outside world – assisted of course by full-height panoramic glazed doors that wrap around the corner of the seating area.

Underfloor heating is supported by a magnificent free-standing wood-burning stove.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    2 guests
    From €2,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    Bathroom
    Indoor & outdoor shower rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Living room
    Kitchen area
    Patio area
  • Features
    Wood-burning stove, Pizza oven
    Outdoor stove & BBQ
    Outdoor Seaweed Bath & shower
    Ocean views
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For sandy showers – and this is that kind of location – there are two enclosed shower options, one is open to the stars. We love the beautifully hand finished walls.

Audacious use of exposed and unfinished natural materials such as rustic timber, stonework or gleaming copper, combine elements of the yesteryear with today’s Steam Punk style.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 2 ring induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Microwave

Bedrooms

• One double bed
• Showers – indoor and outdoor

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Selection of books
• Children’s cot available

​The extended living space that is the back garden patio allows you to conclude your day by enjoying oriental bathing in the oversized ‘Ofuro’ outdoor seaweed bath – with hand harvested seaweed from the shores of Spanish Point. The deep design is perfect for a full-body immersion, and straight after, pop under the plunge bucket shower to re-energize.

Dining al fresco has never been easier, with Barbecue and muti-sided chic wood burning stove to warm the cockles.

 

The lodge shares a gritty drive with Armada Farm, a fascinating project which celebrates a no-dig sustainable form of growing, notably by feeding the soil with loads of sea weed.

This gives the produce the traditional flavours delivered for generations of farming along this coast.

During your stay you’ll be greeted by various animals which could include Alpacas, donkeys, sheep and lambs.

Provisional Booking Form

2Mid-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

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

 

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  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
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Out & About

 
Golf, Beaches, Cliffs and Craic – what’s not to love about County Clare?

Lahinch Golf Club

Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon, Doolin and Ennis all host farmers markets where you can taste and purchase homemade local produce such as farmhouse cheese, chutneys and free-range home bakin.

The Willie Clancy Festival – starts first Saturday in July every year – is a week long Traditional Music & dancing festival with classes and events on throughout.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The small town of Miltown Malbay, a three-minute drive away, caters for visitors, three supermarkets and as many restaurants. It’s one of the centres of traditional Irish music and has a selection of pubs with regular traditional entertainment.

The town is home to the annual Willie Clancy Summer School and Festival, held annually since 1973 in memory of and to honour the uilleann piper Willie Clancy.

photo: Zinnman

It is less than 1km to White Strand Beach. This relatively small sandy beach with a rocky shoreline has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award on a number of occasions, and has a summer life guard on duty. There is a beautiful easy cliff walk which starts here.

A few minutes further South is the beach at Spanish Point which is better for surfers. It is so named after the Spanish who died here in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during stormy weather.

photo: lukemcurley

Lahinch beach, 10 minutes north, is a long golden strand directly facing the swells of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it is one of Ireland’s most popular surfing beaches.

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

They 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.

Farther North, 35 minutes from the lodge, comes the Burren with its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes). It 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.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

 

Doolin Ferries and Cliffs of Moher Cruises both operate a passenger ferry service to The Aran Islands from Liscannor and Doolin during the months of April to October.

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.

Dun Aengus photo: Tourism Ireland

The renowned songwriter and entertainer Percy French has long been associated with County Clare. In the late 1800s, he was badly delayed on a journey from Dublin to a gig in Kilkee when his train broke down making him some 5 hours late for the show. He successfully sued the Railway, and the incident led to the song Are ye right there Michael? which became one of the most popular numbers in his repertoire.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 3 hrs from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 2 and half hrs from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – about 50 mins from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and about 3 hrs from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also about 4 hrs from the cottage.

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Skerrett Hall

Skerrett Hall

Skerrett Hall

Skerrett Hall

Back in the day…

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County Galway

This generous Georgian manor house close by Lough Corrib, dates from the late seventeenth century. Sitting in two acres of gardens, the interiors recollect more measured times, where anticipation of the next big salmon was the evening’s entertainment.

Within striking distance of the delights of Galway City, and on the verge of Connemara, this is gentle Ireland at its best.

 

Comfortable at the days end…

The house is an intriguing mix of Georgian elegance, rustic vernacular farmhouse and striking modern design. The 15m high chimney stacks at either end of the house date from the late seventeenth century, whilst the rest of the historic fabric is largely eighteenth century.

A sturdy door in the granite framed entrance opens into the spacious hallway, with switchback stairs leading to the accommodation.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From € 2,300 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – all ensuite – all double beds.
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Garden room
    Open plan Kitchen – Dining room
    Entrance hall, Utility room
  • Features
    Wood burning stoves
    Grand Piano, Pipe organ
    Patio
  • Contempo
    Three Flat screen TVs, good WiFi internet
    DVD player
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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Polished black flagstones follow through to the large eclectic country kitchen, which is the heart of the house.

At its centre is a muscular table made from an ash tree felled in the garden, and a large and recently restored 80-year-old working range.

The house boasts fully restored interior woodwork, including an impressive, perfectly panelled reception room to the right of the entrance hall.

This room features a grand piano. A large wood-burning stove is set into the hearth at one end, while tall glazed double-doors open onto the rear garden.

Panel shutters frame the windows – deep enough for cushioned seats.

The extensive programme of restoration and conservation recently culminated in the addition of a light-filled garden room at the rear of the house, where bi-fold doors embrace the back garden – a stunning design in glass and steel by internationally acclaimed architects McCullough Mulvin.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Solid fuel range with 4 ovens
• Gas hob
• Electric Cooker
• Fridge
• 2 Freezers
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Coffee machine
• Microwave
• Blender
• Juicer
• 2 Slow cookers

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 3 King-size beds and
• one Super King 180cm bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 3 Flat-screen TVs
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books & DVD movies
• Grand piano
• Home pipe organ
• Barbeque
• Herb garden

Bedrooms

Before reaching the bedrooms, a roomy landing at the top of the stairs is home to a slightly exotic pipe organ for budding recitalists.

There are four ensuite double bedrooms, differentiated by colour. Two of them have functioning fireplaces.

The blue room has a seductive canopy bed and a quirky period style bathroom.


 

Provisional Booking Form

  2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April 2023 € 2,800
Halloween Friday 27th October to Monday 30th October 2023 € 2,800
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December 2023 € 3,000
New Year break Saturday 30th December to Tuesday 2nd January 2024. € 3,000

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

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT MAY AND OCTOBER 2023 IS ONLY FREE FOR WEEKENDS ONLY – FRIDAY ARRIVAL TIME AFTER 4PM AND DEPART MONDAY BEFORE 11.00AM – THE RATE IS €1100.

 

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  Per week Weekend Mid-week
April € 2,300 € 1,300 € 1,300
 September € 2,500 not available not available
June € 2,800 not available not available
July and August € 3,000 not available not available

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  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
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Out & About

 

Adjacent to Loughs Corrib and Mask, this area is a mecca for anglers and those of us who love messing about in boats.

Here are some of our favourites…

Events

Headfest – an annual community festival suitable for all the family, which takes place in early June every year.

Galway International Arts Festival – a major international event attracting performers from around the globe to Galway for a two-week programme in mid July including  theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, discussion, and comedy.

 

The Locality

 

 
The house is about 35 minutes North West of Galway City, a secluded area that is one of the best kept secrets in Galway. The nearest village is Headford, just five minutes’ drive away, where you can find a supermarket, hotel, and several cosy pubs and restaurants.

Tribe banners photo: Eoin Gardiner

The house was built by the Skerrett family – one of the famous tribes of Galway – and dates from the late seventeenth century, with many an addition along the way. Perhaps the most famous member of the family was Nicholas Skerrett, Archbishop of Tuam in the mid 1500s.

The townland is adjacent to Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the State, stretching Northwards for about 56 Kms from Galway City.

There are well over 300 islands to be explored on the lake. A stroll will bring you to one of several nearby unspoilt inlets, however the closest jetty is at Kilbeg Pier, 7 minutes’ drive away.

Lough Corrib is renowned for its stocks of salmon and wild brown trout. The salmon-fishing season opens on 1st February and the trout season on 15th February, and both end on 30th September.

Mayfly fishing on Corrib is legendary. From mid-May, and for a couple of weeks, the surface of the lake becomes alive with these winged insects and the trout love ‘em – the perfect opportunity to trick one of them onto your hook!

photo: Kramthenik27

Boats and tackle are available for hire locally, but visitors are advised to employ a local guide or ghillie, at least on the first outing.

There are many prehistoric burial cairns, Iron Age stone enclosures, early Norman and later castles, and several monastic sites.

One of the most impressive surviving Franciscan friaries in Ireland, Ross Errilly is 10 mins North of the house near the border with County Mayo. Historians argue over the identity of its founder as well as its date, with 1460 the most likely.

The charming village of Cong lies at the top of Lough Corrib. This was the location for John Ford’s 1952 Oscar-winning film, The Quiet Man, which featured John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald.

The Quiet Man

Filming was mostly done on the grounds of Ashford Castle, which has hardly changed since, and the village continues to attract movie tourists. The Castle is currently employed as an exclusive hotel with an outstanding international reputation, amazing service, exquisite dining, and a host of activities to indulge in.

Sir William Wilde built a country home in Cong inspiring his son Oscar Wilde to write about his experiences in South Mayo an area he frequently returned to throughout his life.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Knock or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 2 and half hrs from the house.
Knock Airport – approx 1 hour from the house.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 and half hrs from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over 2 and a half hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 4 hours from the house.

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Sruthán Pier House

Sruthán Pier House

Sruthán Pier House

Awake to Inescapable Ocean Panoramas

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County Galway

Perched above one of the most active boating piers on the Southern Connemara shores of Galway Bay, and only recently completed, this formidable home employs local materials and the most compelling masonry skills this side of Peru, to exploit its location to the utmost.

Contemporary, cosy, and spacious – yet within forty minutes of Ireland’s most bohemian city, this is a very special place for rest, rejuvenation and making memories.

 

Abundant light and unobstructed views

The house rises from the floor of a disused stone quarry, with the main entrance charmingly accessed via a contemporary drawbridge style walkway.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests in main house
    plus 3 in Annex
    From € 7,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms
    ensuite with walk-in wardrobes
    One twin room
    Family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room with wood-burning stove
    Dining room with wet bar, and TV lounge
    Kitchen with breakfast bar & dining
    Fitness room with Sauna
    Entrance Lobby, Utility rooms
  • Features
    Large duel temperature hot tub & swim Spa
    Breakfast balcony
    Wood burning stoves, large patio
    Dual gated entrances, Ocean access
  • Contempo
    Multiple Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Annex Apartment
    Triple bedroom
    Living / Dining room
    Shower room & galley Kitchen
  • Offices
    Open plan twin computer stations
    Fast WiFi internet
    Kitchenette & WC
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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From the lobby, a short hallway to the left leads into a spacious sitting room, with a lofty limestone chimney breast that bisects the dazzling view of the Bay.

For winter comforts, there is a woodburning stove and substantial flat screen television.

Velvet upholstery and drapes, together with oak floors are typical throughout this home.

Heavy sliding barn doors open through to a cool sea-green kitchen, with bold walls of white and black quartz. A cooks dream, this kitchen is fully equipped with everything from a coffee machine and nutribullet, to an air fryer.

Panoramic full height glazing maximises the omnipresent ocean views, with a broad, glazed sliding door onto a balcony. From here, external stairs connect to the paved patio below.

A black quartz breakfast bar with stools, divides this inclusive dining space.

This living area is at an angled junction in the floor plan, with a main corridor back to the entrance, and an archway through to a generous and chic panelled dining room.

A more formal affair with a table that can seat the entire compliment of visitors on convivial suede buttoned benches, and with a cocktail bar, wine cooler and ice machine in the corner, surrounded by sable stained panelling and stunning views.

Beyond and behind a sliding glass wall, a monumental flat-screen tv monopolises the adjoining television lounge.

A modern electric fire and a well cushioned sofa group complete the home-movie harmony. A Nintendo Wii is a welcome addition for Children (and adults!).

 

Bedrooms

Off the main corridor back to the entrance hall, a family bathroom boasts a super double ended, extra deep, Corian slipper bath.

Beside it, is the only bedroom on this level, with double bed and generous wardrobe space.

Oak return-stairs at the corner of the house lead to bedroom accommodation on the lower ground floor, with hallways running in two directions.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Siemens electric ovens ovens
• 2 gas rings plus wok ring
• Domino induction hobs
• Fridge and freezer
• Dishwasher
• 2 Quooker taps
• Food processor
• Air Fryer
• Twin Toaster
• Nutibullet
• Barista Sage coffee machine
• Wine cooler
• Ice machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

Sizes: Main house
• Three Queen-size
• Two 4ft double beds in twin room
• One 4ft 6 Double
Sizes: Annex
• One single and one Queen-size zip & Link (2x 3ft)
• 4 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet (2x Fibre Optic, one dedicated for office)
• 4 Flat-screen smart TVs
• Sky sports & Movies, Disney+, Paramount+
• Nintendo Wii
• Foozball & Airhockey table
• Chess Board

Other

• Good selection of books and Games
• Traditional steam Sauna
• Full body Infared Lights for use in Sauna
• Multiple exercise machines and equipment
• Dual temperature Spa swim Pool
• Hot Tub
• Outdoor shower
• Patio furniture
• Office printers and equipment

The elegant master bedroom lies at the end of one. With windows in two walls, it has a generous walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite shower room.

Beside it is a colourful twin bedroom, also with dual aspect views and an ensuite bathroom – kids will love it. Complete with Lego, Fuzzball table and family board games.

A picture window along the apposing corridor exposes the workout room with its multiple fitness machines.

Here too you will find the traditional steam sauna – a super addition to any holiday escape.

There are two more distinctive double bedrooms along this hallway, both with ensuite shower rooms and walk-in wardrobes.



 

The Annex Apartment

A separate adjacent building has a folksy single bedroom apartment that sleeps three in zip-and-link beds that can be arranged in any combination, or used individually. It is on the first floor with a large shower room, galley kitchen, and living dining area.

Office

If you have to work on your vacation, the ground floor of the annex is home to a fully functional office with two workstations, high speed WiFi access, and assorted premium equipment.

There is also a dedicated kitchenette and WC here.

Outside

The gardens have been beautifully landscaped with wonderful traditional masonry work in local stone to accommodate its unique site and location above Sruthán Pier – just a stone’s throw from the sea.

There are two entrance gates to the property, a stunning curved driveway, and ample parking.

A brick path surrounds the house, and under the escarpment in the shady back stretch, there is a large dual temperature Spa swim pool, with separate hot tub and an outdoor shower.

Provisional Booking Form

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December € 7,000
New Year break Friday 30th to Monday 2nd January € 7,000

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 7,000
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 7,000
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 7,000
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 7,000

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

A refundable breakages deposit of €800 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

 

Rates Table

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May € 6,000 € 3,500 € 3,500
June to September € 7,000 € 4,000 € 4,000

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  • Once your provisional booking has been placed, the UIH team will verify it, answer any specific queries you may have, and request a deposit to lock in your dates.
  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
  • If your preferred dates are not available, click here to review alternate options.
  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027
Services available on request:
  • Home Cooking
  • Fine Dining Experience
  • Car service
  • Boat Hire
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Out & About

 
​Connemara is quite simply one of Europe’s great treasures. A wilderness on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is packed with almost deserted beaches of gin clear water, incredible lake and river fishing and of course brilliant restaurants.

Golfing suggestions

Connemara Isles – 13 minutes by car
Bearna – 38 minutes by car
Oughterard – 40 minutes by car
Galway Bay – 40 minutes by car
Connemara Championship Links – 1hr 13 minutes by car

Fishing suggestions

Costello and Fermoyle Fishery – 7 minutes by car
Screeb Fishery -15 minutes by car
Lough Inagh Fishery – 41 minutes by car

Here are some of our favourites…
Day Excursion suggestions

Pearse Cottage Cultural Centre, – 20 minutes by car
Wildlands Adventure Park – 40 minutes by car
St Brigit’s Gardens – 45 minutes by car
Dan O’ Hara’s Cottage – 45 minutes by car
Day Spa at Screeb House – 15 minutes by car
Kylemore Abbey & Gardens – 55 minutes by car
Clifden Town – 55 minutes by car
Connemara National Park – 1 hr by car
Oceans Alive Visitor Centre – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
DK Connemara Oysters Tour – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
Killary Fjord – 1 hour 15 minutes by car
Connemara Smokehouse – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
Burren Perfumery – 1 hr 50 minutes by car
Cliffs of Moher -2 hrs 20 minutes by car
Westport House – 1 hr by car

 

The Locality

 

 

The busy Carraroe peninsula on the northern stretches of Galway Bay overlooks an Atlantic inlet crowded with islands. The area is typical of the intensely crenulated Connemara coast, with dry stone walls and boggy fields, and big skies.

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 which provide sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

The local village of Carraroe has a small supermarket, a great Fish & Chip shop and a couple of cosy pubs.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

This is a Gaeltacht area, meaning that the thriving local community speak Irish on a daily basis.

There are four summer schools here that teach Irish to secondary-school students from all over Ireland. It is also a centre for the Irish-language media, with the Irish-language radio station, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta located in nearby Casla, and the Irish-language television station, TG4, just a few kilometres east. Church services are conducted in Irish, as are all school and daily cultural activities.

Image courtesy Failte Ireland

10 minutes away, Trá an Dóilín is a beautiful and unusual Blue Flag beach made of very rare biogenic coral. There are lifeguards in summer months, toilets and great swimming.

photo cc: Sophie]

Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony whose exact origins are uncertain. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition, well suited to these semi barren peninsulas.

The house is just 40 minutes’ drive from Galway City, the capital of the west of Ireland and second only to Dublin in yearly visitors. With its charming streets, restaurants and nightlife mixed with culture, traditional Irish music and activities for all the family, it is worth a visit.


State-of-the-art Production Facilities in the Connemara Gaeltacht

Studio Cuan is a special Music Production Studio with one of the loveliest recording rooms in the country. It is equipped with excellent facilities to ensure the highest quality for all types of sessions. 24 minutes away by car.

Fíbín Media is an award winning, Television Production Company that have a purpose-built television studio in Galway. 9 minutes away by car.
They also have a mobile recording studio that is available to rent.


 

At the end of August, Carraroe hosts one of the largest annual regattas for Galway Hooker boats – a distinctive form of traditional Irish fishing boat. Some of these sailing boats with their conspicuous rust-coloured sails are berthed at Sruthán Pier. The boats can accommodate heavy loads and was in active service until the 1950′s ferrying supplies, turf and livestock to and from the Aran islands.

Now adays they are mainly used in competitions racing, and there are several regattas along the Connemara coast.photo credit: Ardfern

The infamous Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay are famed for their dramatic cliffs and distinctive knitted jumpers. The three islands have maintained the culture and heritage of traditional Irish life, and fascinate the thousands of visitors who make the journey every year.
They can be reached by ferry from Rossaveal which is on the opposite side of the bay – just 7 minutes away by car – or by plane from Connemara Airport, which is just 10 minutes away by car. The boat trip takes 40 minutes and you can bring a bike, or hire one there.
The spectacular semi-circular stone fort of Dun Aengus – reckoned to be about 2,500 years old – backs onto a 90 metre cliff and is considered one of the most important pre-historic sites in Western Europe.
Not to be missed.

photo credit: Gareth McCormack/garethmccormack.com

On your way to Galway City you’ll pass through Spiddal, a picturesque seaside village and one of the largest Irish speaking settlements in the Galway Gaeltacht. There is a unique Craft Village there, and a selection of pubs where most weekends you can catch a “live trad” night.

It has two south-facing beaches connected by a scenic walking / cycling path. The rocks behind the pier, and the pier itself, are used for shore angling when the mackerel shoals are in.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Knock or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 3 and quarter hours from the house.
Knock Airport – just under 2 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – about 2 and quarter hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 3 and quarter hours from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 hours from the house.

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Tipperary Lakeshore House

Tipperary Lakeshore House

Tipperary Lakeshore House

Epitome of Lakeshore Opulence

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County Tipperary

This extremely elegant historic mansion overlooks Lough Derg, and is one of the finest houses on the lake.

Approached by a winding avenue which travels through mature parkland and woodlands, it affords spectacular views and the utmost privacy being set well back from the road, and invisible except from the lake.

The 734 square metre Victorian main house, with some forty rooms, was extensively refurbished yet retains the integrity of the original period features – ornate cornicing, broad wooden floors, antique marble fireplaces, panelled mahogany doors and decorative architraves.

 

Well-proportioned classic interiors

The formal entrance is from an expansive west facing terrace that overlooks an immaculate stretch of lawn descends running down to the lake.

The glazed and tiled porch opens through double doors into an entrance hall, currently furnished with an antique games table, piano, a black marble fireplace, and an eclectic mix of pictures and art that set the tone for the home.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    From €12,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Six double bedrooms – 3 ensuite
    Four bathrooms
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    Interconnecting Drawing rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Library, Breakfast room, Entrance hall
    Chef’s Kitchen, Butlers pantry
    Gym, Cloakroom, Laundry room
  • Features
    Enclosed courtyard, Large terrace
    2 tennis courts, Woodlands
    Lake frontage, private harbour
    Open fires, Stairlift
  • Contempo
    Multiple Flat screen TVs
    Fast WiFi internet, DVD
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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To one side of the hall are two interconnecting classic drawing rooms lit by tall, elaborately draped sash windows, and featuring beautiful pillared white marble fireplaces.

A number of the paintings here and in the adjacent rooms are of remarkable proportions.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 3 cooking ranges with multiple ovens
• Fridges
• Freezers
• Dual Dishwashers
• Toasters
• Espresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Complete laundry facilities
• Chair lift

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size and Four Queen size
• 6 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Electric main gates
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Multiple Flat-screen TVs
• Satellite/Cable TV
• DVD player

Other

• Large selection of books
• Fitness and Workout room
• Children’s crib available
• Barbecue
This is an exceptionally large home, a full-time daily housekeeper is present with the exception of Sunday unless otherwise requested.
Cook and extra house-keeping can be provided at additional cost.

​Leading off the drawing room, via a hallway that spans the ground floor, is yet another classic reception room, a vibrant and atmospheric library, busy with books.

Much used for television, the elaborate white marble fireplace is fitted with a more practical wood-burning stove.​

A back staircase to first floor accommodation, fitted with a chair lift, is accessed from a doorway in the library, as is the store of logs for the stove.

Beyond the library, in the same wing, is an alternative and more intimate television sitting room, decorated in luminous lemon yellow.

This room has a generous if unexpected bathroom adjacent – a legacy from a former layout.

To the southern side of the entrance hall, there is a formal dining room.

Extravagantly draped windows, with a large open Adams fireplace and Chippendale chairs, was there ever a more charismatic setting for a celebratory dinner?

Adjoining the Dining room there is a short corridor leading past a cloakroom and small office to the Kitchen and Breakfast room.

A purposeful blend of country style and professional catering, the kitchen is well appointed for feeding such a large household – with three separate cookers.

Additional contiguous rooms include a Butlers pantry and a larder. Those quirky ceiling hooks would have been intended for hanging hams and the like…

The cosy breakfast room situated just beyond the kitchen has a woodburning stove, and a door to the cobbled courtyard, which is at the centre of this home.


 

Other facilities surrounding the courtyard include a small workout gym looking onto it, with several machines and a shower, and a generous laundry room to the rear.

Bedrooms

An impressive return staircase leads from behind the entrance hall to a bright sky-lit landing.

There are four magnificent and individual bedrooms off the main landing on the first floor.

Three have glorious westerly views to the lake – one with an awesome balcony – while the fourth has views over the central courtyard.

Two of them enjoy en-suite bathrooms, with separate shower rooms just across the hall for the other two.;

A dog-leg corridor brings you to the elegant master bedroom with its stunning mahogany four poster bed, dual aspect views, and black & white tiled en-suite bathroom.

Another opulent bedroom lies at the end of a further dog-leg corridor, past the back stairs. It has a private and equally spacious bathroom with free standing roll-top bath and shower next-door.

 

Outside


The 100-acre lakefront estate comes with its own private harbour, landing stage and fishing rights.

The grounds of the Estate are a particular feature and offer a mixture of mature gardens with lawns, flower beds and shrubberies surrounding the house and sweeping down to the lake.

There are maintained walks through the mature woodlands, including, the Hazel Walk through a Hazel Tree plantation, the Beech Walk, Lady Alice’s Walk, The Cathedral Walk and The North Walk.

Afternoon strolls around the remarkably well-maintained walled garden will be a lasting memory, and is a highlight of any visit.

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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.

A refundable breakages deposit of €1000 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided there are no damage issues.

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June to September €12,950 Not Available Not Available

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  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027

Additional separate accommodation on the property may be available on application, including the Walled Garden Cottage, here…

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Out & About

 

The Shannon and its lakes dominate the midlands, and with that there comes fishing and food.

Just jump right in…

Portumna Golf Club

Here are some of our favourites…

And call by Nenagh Farmers Market on Saturdays if you’re around

For those keen on hunting there are a choice of local packs within easy reach, namely The Ormond Hunt, The North Tipperary Foxhounds and The Galway Blazers. The property is also the perfect terrain for a private shoot with good woodland coverage.

 

The Locality

 

 

The pretty village of Terryglass is just 10 minutes away, and has a long and distinguished history with a monastery being founded there by St. Columba in 549 A.D. The famous Book of Leinster was produced at the Monastery and can now be seen in Trinity College Dublin.

The village has a strong reputation for food and has two award-winning bar and restaurants — Paddy’s Bar and The Derg Inn — that are well worth a visit or two.

photo Kenneth Allen

Portumna, 20 minutes away, is the nearest sizable town, home to the Workhouse Museum, a chilling example of this much hated alternative to starvation. The bridge here is the nearest Shannon crossing point and the link to Galway and the West.
You may also like to visit the gardens of popular Portumna Castle – more of a fortified house, with renaissance influences unusual for the period in Ireland.

Nenagh is a little further away in the opposite direction, but is considerably better served with shops and restaurants.
While you’re there, you might like to check out the medieval Nenagh castle, and climb its 101-step spiral staircase. Access to the tower is through a passageway within the base of the wall.

Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon.

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

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

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

 

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – less than 1 and a half hours from the house.
Dublin Airport – less than 2 and a half hours from the house.
Cork Airport – is also less than 2 and a half hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 and a half hours away
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 3 hours from the house.

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Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Where the sea otters play

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County Cork

On the northern shores of Bantry Bay – the heart of West Cork – this recently modernised two-bedroom cottage preserves its heritage while allowing the outstanding beauty of the setting work its magic.

Wrapped in the enduring melodies of the sea breeze, the lapping waves, calls of sea birds and the reassuring whisper from the woodland behind, this is an idyllic spot to recharge and explore the remote Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Compact with character

Winding its way through ancient woodland, the driveway ends in a secluded south facing clearing just a few feet above the sea.

From here a weathered iron gate opens onto a gravel path that leads down to the cottage, where a set of French doors welcome you to an open plan kitchen and dining area.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,600 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room
    Kitchen / Dining room
    Utility room
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
  • Restrictions
  •    No Parties, Stag or Hen.
  • No smoking in the property
  • Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The dining table seats up to six on a cushioned bench and chairs. It is bright with glorious views across the small, well-tended lawn to the sea and hills beyond.

The kitchen is painted in egg shell blue and soft white set off by solid wooden work surfaces, and affords the best in contemporary appliances and below-counter storage.

The Belfast sink, the brushed brass kitchen draw grabs and original door handles provide a link to the past and are a testament to the owner’s diligence in the recent renovation.

A four ringed electric cooker with oven is complemented by a Rayburn range with hot plates and oven. This oil-fired range provides the heating and hot water to the home.

A cosy sitting room with more of those stunning bay vistas adjoins to the dining room.

A sofa and two arm-chairs provide the comfort, and selection of books encourage a curl-up moment on those rare West Cork inclement days!

In addition to the oil-fired central heating, a wood burning stove is sited in the fireplace with an endless supply of fuel drawn from the surrounding woodland in a shed around the back.

 

Bedrooms

Both bedrooms are doubles and have south facing windows, and they each have free standing hand basins.

One bed has a novel system of elevation, devised to catch more of the views…

The bathroom is located towards the rear, and includes both a generous bath and modern power shower.

A fully equipped utility room located at the back of the cottage provides full laundry facilities, and an additional external lavatory is also to the rear.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric twin ovens with 4 ceramic rings
• Rayburn oil-fired range
• 2 Fridges
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Coffee percolator

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds

Other

• Selection of books
• WiFi: Strong signal available
• Good cell phone coverage

Outside

The cottage faces south with magnificent views across Bantry Bay to Whiddy Island and the Sheeps Head Peninsula beyond.

A stone terrace spans the front of the home alongside a fine lawn bordered by a low wall that defines the southern edge of the property.

To the side, an elevated slabbed patio has a fire pit and is a great barbeque area – charcoal barbecue and outdoor seating provided. 

The gravel path running past the cottage leads through the woods on to a shingle beach from which swimming is possible. This sheltered harbour was well used in the 1930s and some fine wooden rowing boats remain as memories of that age.

Provisional Booking Form

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December €2,100
New Year break Thursday 29th to Monday 2nd January € 2,100

 

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 2,100
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 2,100
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,100
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 2,100

For other Public holidays, St.Patrick’s weekend,  – will also be at the High Season rates.

Important – Week long bookings run from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 will be payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided there are no issues.

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October to April €1,600
May to September – High Season. €2,100

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Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis. The sea, the air the history, there’s so much to explore.

 

 

Mare’s Tail Waterfall

 


More about Bantry

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

 

The Locality

 

 
The nearest supermarket is in Reendesert a few minutes drive away, but a trip to Bantry town will not disappoint – about 10 minutes – there are several large outlets to choose from.

Bantry has a rich history. At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

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

The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this headland, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic, it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way https://bearatourism.com/things-to-do/beara-way-walking-route  offers a safer route.

West Cork is blessed with an exceptionally warm and wet micro-climate. The Gulf Stream ocean current ensures that summer sea temperatures are about 17 C, approximately the same as Long Beach California. Here you can find palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance.

The tiny Garnish Island, just off the buzzing village of Glengarrif, 15 minutes away, demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.

Further along, Castletownbere is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bere Island, itself with many ancient archaeological sites, the town has a long military history.

At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten-minute ride to Dursey Island.

The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.
With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island.
Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

For a period during the 19th century copper mining was the major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting museum – and a simply stunning beach.

The Caha Mountain range runs down the spine of Beara, and Hungry Hill is the highest of its peaks.   The panorama at the top is of course staggering, but the route is a bit all-terrain and needs fine weather.

To cross back to Strand Cottage, don’t miss the Tim Healy Pass. This zigzag road is worth it for the wonderful scenery, and is one of the classic Irish Car Rally stages.

Healey Pass

There are ample sites for fishing into deep water straight off the rocky Beara shoreline. Glenbeg Lake, is also teeming with trout and the short Glenmore River spate is extremely prolific, with runs of Spring Salmon coming in March, and Sea-Trout in mid-June to late July.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – under four hours from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 1 and 1/4 hours from cottage
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and 3/4 hours from cottage

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just under four hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also just under four hours from the cottage

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