Saltwater Cottage

Saltwater Cottage

Saltwater Cottage

Ocean Surf and Salty Haze

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County Mayo

This is a deceptively spacious multi-level cottage that has been snugly fitted into a sloping terrain as it tumbles towards the shoreline.
One of a small cluster of white-washed dwellings on the closest point to America, with beaches at the doorstep, it enjoys spectacular panoramic vistas across the entrance of Clew bay and Southwards.

 

A stone’s throw from the Atlantic

An open plan living, kitchen and dining area spans the front section of a triad. This is the original cottage from the end of the 19th century, and enjoys spectacular views across an infinitely variable seascape. Sliding French doors separate the panoramic ten seater dining area from a broad paved terrace which adds a whole new understanding of al fresco lunching.

The inclusive kitchen backs up the dining area. With a long preparation island complete with sink, and premium appliances, inspired family banquets are anticipated.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €3,850 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms, one double +bunk
    With walk in wardrobes
    One double bunks bedroom
    All are ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room – kitchen – dining room
    TV den, utility room, guest WC
  • Features
    Waterside
    Furnished patio
    Kayaks x2 plus
    Charcoal BBQ
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    sound system, underfloor heating
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
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At the opposing end of this ground floor space, the living room interior retains the original rough stone walls in part, with tasteful sculptured rendering curving around the chimney, window and door reveals.

A couple of classic sofas of the 1800’s style, bracket the inset turf-burning stove, and complement traditional, ornate cast iron heating radiators around the walls.

Sandwiched between the original cottage at the front and the sleeping accommodation on two levels at the rear, is a broad hallway. On one side is a cloakroom and utility storage, and the other steps down to a comfortable den – which is where you will find the flat screen TV with surround sound, an audio selection, and a variety of family games.

A scattering of Persian rugs soften the solid hardwood and limestone floors throughout.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• La Cornue Gas range with oven and 5 rings
• Electric oven
• Microwave
• Fridge
• Under-counter freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Additional Fridge-freezer in external store-room
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size and one double bed, three sets of bunks
• 3x Hairdryers
• Heated towel rails

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• with Surround sound
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books & Board games
• Boogie boards x4
• Surf boards x2
• Croquet set
• Fishing rods x 2
• 2 sea Kayaks & life jackets x4

Sleeping accommodation

Either side of the lower ground floor, there is a family bedroom. One with bunks and a double bed, and the second with a pair of stacked bunks that kids will love.

On the level above, and separated by a large landing with French doors to the back patio, are two double bedrooms, both with king size beds, and large picture windows facing onto the paddock at the rear.

All the bedrooms are carpeted and have stylish ensuite shower-rooms with underfloor heating and walk-in wardrobes.

Outside

A narrow road below the front lawn, separates the cottage from the rocky shoreline and adjoining beach; few roads have less traffic.
Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s sacred mountain clutter the skyline. The bird life is exceptional with resident pairs of curlews, herons, and even an otter.
There is large store house in the back with a fridge/freezer for drinks.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Public and Bank Holidays at high season rates
No Midweek Bookings:- Thank You
Nightly Rates €633 per night
Christmas and New Year are high season, please apply for quote.

 

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

  Weekly Weekends
May to September €3,850 7 nights minimum
October to April €3,850 €1,900
Christmas
from the 23rd December
to the 28th December
€660 per night 5 nights
New Year
from the29th December
to the 3rd January 2021
€660 per night 5 nights

 

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

Smoking – No, sorry!
Children – None under 12 
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – Possibly, check with us.

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Reviews

 

We had a fabulous time at Saltwater Cottage

and would highly recommend it. The food basket was a lovely surprise when we arrived. It was a beautifully appointed house and very comfortable to stay in. Our only problem was the weather!

Edel, July 2020

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Out & About

 

The mountain bogs and ocean inform activities in this most westerly part of Europe.
There are five Blue Flag beaches on Achill, and much to see that can only be visited by foot or boat.

Here are some of our favourites…
Events

Achill International Harp Festival last week in October
Achill Marathons in July & August

 

The Locality

 

 

The nearest large towns are Westport at 40K and Castlebar 50k but there is a supermarket in Keel, and a great butchers shop, and a large supermarket which you will have passed, in Achill Sound 10km distant.

Achill is the largest off-shore island of Ireland, and Achill Head is the closest geographical point of Europe to the US – Hamlet in Maine is 4,021 km. Since 1887 it has been connected to the mainland by a short bridge over the sound.

About 85% of the island is peat bog, but has five blue flag beaches; Dooega being one.
The lake at Keel offers a flatter surface for kitesurfing and windsurfing starters.

Battered by huge Atlantic storms, the landscape is a testimony to the power of the elements.
The northern side of Croaghaun Mountain has the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Stretching 1.2km in length and 600m high, they are three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs can only be approached by foot or from the sea.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Don Allum was the first man to row to America and back, making landfall at Dooagh beach in September of 1987.

Constructed in 1429 by the forefathers of Grace O’Malley, the legendary pirate queen who was born and buried on Clare Island, the 12 meter high Tower at Kildavnet is well worth a visit as you cycle around Achill.

At 42 km, the Great Western Greenway, constructed on the route of the redundant Westport to Achill railway, is the longest dedicated walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It is a magnificent way to experience this part of Mayo.

The name Achill is possibly derived from Eagle – although none have been seen here for well over a hundred years.
If you’re into raptors though, you might spot the fastest animal on earth, the peregrine falcon, instructing it’s young to fly along these cliffs in the autumn.

Basking sharks, dolphins and orcas are regular visitors to these waters, and large pods of porpoises are frequently sighted.

It is a Gaeltacht, or Irish language speaking region.
The island’s current population of just under 3,000 is about half of what it was before the Great potato famine of the mid 1800’s.

A Deserted Village at the base of Slievemore mountain has the remains of over eighty dry stone cottages that are a bleak reminder of the famine times.
The houses are aligned north-south, and would have been originally thatched. An entire family together with livestock would inhabit the single, windowless, main room, utilising beds of heather and rushes.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Rosslare Port is approx 5.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

 

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Stoney Beach Lodge

Stoney Beach Lodge

Stoney Beach Lodge

Somewhere between the Sky and the Ocean

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County Galway

Nestling on the water’s edge with abiding and awesome views across Clifden Bay, this unique holiday cottage is at once the perfect bolt-hole for those seeking to absorb the wilderness of Connemara, and the an ideal base for explorers of the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Three become one…

Completely rebuilt on the foundations of three 19th century famine cottages, the lodge gazes out through panoramic windows onto an ever changing ocean.

Clever design has ensured that all the main living spaces experience uninterrupted views of the bay.

Doors are as generous as windows here, with a set of double ones leading through from the tiled entrance hall to the large open plan kitchen and dining area.

There is more than enough counter space including a central preparation island, and all the gadgets one would expect.
A breakfast bar with hi-stools serves as an informal divide to the dining area.

Curl up in front of a roaring open fire with a glass of hearty red and nothing but the sound of crashing waves on the shore in the background, or slide back the large glass doors, breathe in that salty air, and throw another mackerel on the barbeque.

If sitting in a bay window with views on three sides is not close enough to nature, and if the weather is behaving itself, you can slip through the glass doors and dine al fresco from the grand rustic refectory table.

Following through from the kitchen, you can take your choice from any of the three sofas in the living room.

There is no escaping the views in the bedrooms either – more sliding panoramic glazing!
Neutral colours, warm pine panelling and under floor heating feature here and throughout the home.

All the bedrooms are en suite with stylish modern bathrooms and mosaic tiled floors.

There is under-floor central heating throughout, and the house is wheelchair friendly.
If you have a particular requirement, or want an activity or guide organised be sure to tell us.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Twin Oven
• Electric 4 ring hob
• Fridge
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster

Utility Appliances in Laundry Room

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two King Size beds (160cm)
• Two Single beds
• Two Hair dryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Two Flat screen TVs

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• A few DVD movies
• A Kayak (book in advance)

Outside

The cottage is literally a stone’s throw from the pebbly beach, and a short walk through the garden finds a small sandy cove which is safe for swimming.

There are 14 acres of natural secluded landscape surrounding the house with limitless opportunities for walking or kayaking, fishing or painting – whatever takes your fancy really.

Restrictions

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

Provisional Booking Form

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

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

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

  per Week Weekend Mid-week
March to April €2,300 minimum stay
May to September €2,600 minimum stay
October to November €2,100 €1,300 €1,300
December to February €1,800 €1,300 €1,300

 

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Reviews

 

We had a wonderful experience at Stoney Beach in Connemara

and the process of renting with Unique Irish Homes was seamless. The house was exactly as shown, if not better, very clean, and Clodagh was delightful to deal with.
The location is spectacular and allowed many day trips in the area to kayak, horseback ride, fly fish and sight see.
We were sad to leave!

Jane Gates, August 2016

I never sent you a feedback re. Stoney Beach Lodge where we were around Easter. It’s also an incredible house in the private bay including dolphins (every day). The name of that bay is definitely not fake.
You will hear from me soon because we will definitely be back soon.

Lothar, July 2017 – Germany

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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 reveal amazing pristine beaches for swimming, windsurfing and kayaking.

A Mecca for lake and river fishing you will be spoilt for fishy restaurants.

There is so much to enjoy, we just can’t list them all, so here are just a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

There are numerous fabulous walks, not least the famed Sky Road Loop, which passes above the cottage around the Eyrephort peninsula.

Wild Atlantic Way
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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.

For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic eighteen hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 20K away.

Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
Every July, the Ballyconneely pony show attracts people from the surrounding county to exhibit livestock and enjoy the travelling funfair.

image Jan Ploeg

If you are interested in Dolphins, you can do no better than visit Jans website

How to get there – Car essential..

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 from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

Clifden, known as the capital of Connemara, is just 5 kilometres away – a 10 minute drive along a narrow road or 45 minute stroll along a very scenic road.
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 in late September, and Clifden Pony Show in August.

The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year, and passes through Clifden. Last year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!

A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral, which is formed from the skeletons of maerl seaweed. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara. Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog near Clifden.

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Duibh Oilean House

Duibh Oilean House

Duibh Oilean House

Remote simplicity to inspire the soul

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County Mayo

Big skies, narrow roads and celtic mists are the setting for this peaceful cottage where time has a different meaning and nature calls the shots.
The Mullet peninsula is one of those unspoiled and under-explored gems of Ireland where the wind blows out the cobwebs, the tides set your clock, and the scale of the landscape is humbling. How can you resist?

 

Blow the cobwebs out

This solidly built family cottage was designed as a retreat – a comfortable space to reflect and renew, and to engage with nature.
The result is inspiring, cosy, simply furnished and unpretentious.

The central living spaces of the cottage are largely open plan, and overlap.
The main dining area enjoys exceptional 180 degree views across the bay to Nephin Mountains, and South to Achill. It is also the wicker-chair sun-room, looking out onto an expansive pasture, above a tidal wetland. The other end of the sun-room opens into a spacious modern kitchen.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1,400 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    Master has ensuite bathroom
    Shared bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Living room, Study
    Kitchen & dining room
    Utility room, Boot room
  • Contempo
    TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    central heating
  • Availability
    Weekly, Weekends, Mid-week

The house takes advantage of spectacular views across Blacksod Bay to the mountains of Mayo, and South towards Achill Island’s Slievemore.

The living area links through an archway southward from the kitchen.

Beside the large double-door stove bounteous baskets of dried turf wait patiently for their turn to radiate a comforting glow.

Here you can recline on symmetrical couches settled against the windows, and rejoice in the spectacle of sea birds wheeling in the breeze outside, or simply nod off with a novel – there are plenty to choose from.

The cottage inspires creativity and is much loved by writers and artists. A small study with its own pot-bellied stove is a cosy, private place to hole up, write and think.

The carpeted, first floor features two more bedrooms and a bathroom.
The TV and DVD are here- but it also works well on rainy days for Twister or Yoga.

The principle double bedroom on the ground floor has an ensuite bathroom, and the adjoining room a walk-in shower.

Outside

The house faces across Blacksod Bay with access to a private beach at the tip of the wetland below.
The Blue flag beach at Mullaghroe is an easy walk from the house.

This is a rural landscape – big seas, bigger skies, weather, wind and hardy donkeys.
There are few trees but we excel in dry stone walls and bog-land.

Facilities

This home has everything you will need on a family holiday- from WiFi to clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, TV and videos .
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – small, non-shedding dogs only

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week
Public holidays – please apply for rates.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are at the high season rates. Public holidays – please apply for rates.

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

October to April €1,400 per week
May to September €1,800 per week

 

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Reviews

 

Our time in Ireland completely exceeded our expectations…

we all had the most wonderful, relaxing and de-stressing time, in what were truly amazing surroundings. The house was superb and the surrounding area truly idyllic, besides the obvious fantastic scenery, what we really loved, was the fact that Jean’s house felt like a “home” (not a “show house”) and thus contributed significantly to our enjoyment (far better than the sometimes coldness and blandness/routine “feel” of a hotel room). Jean herself was a wonderful host, and the pot of tea and homemade fruitcake/bread was a wonderful welcome after what had been a particularly stressful journey).
The booking process and interactions with UIH were also efficient, hassle-free and simple, which again helped make the overall experience totally pleasurable. From an “improvements” perspective, all I’d say is that the accuracy of the “calandars” on your website could do with being more current, as we looked at a number of potential properties, but most didn’t give any indication of booked/vacant time periods. With respect to the details for Duibh Oilean house itself, my suggestion would be to add a little more detail about the local shops (e.g. In Belmullet) as these were a lot closer and better stocked etc than our initial “web searches” indicated.
As for would we recommend UIH to friends, then that’s a big “YES” and the same goes for of we’d we use you again (we all came away wanting to come back to see more and spend longer in Ireland, with thoughts for next year being to do ten days, split over two different properties/locations).
Thanks and much appreciation to UIH and Jean for a fantastic time.

Mark, UK August 2019

I stayed for one week in the beautiful Duibh Oilean House…

at the Belmullet peninsula.
Years ago I was there just as part of a day trip. This year I had set my mind on being there for longer. To feel it. The atmosphere. And I did.I am very impressed by the views there all over from the house and special the ever changing light and sky and the quietness also. Loved that Lighthouse nearby and the stone spiral. What an impressive view there.
It was just getting used to … so with all kind of personal belongings of the owner in the house around me … that went fast .. the view took all of my attention. It had something inviting too. As a sign of welcome… being guest… and for sure it felt very comfortable like that.

The other week I stayed in Gate Lodge at Woodhouse near Stradbally. A really outstanding place to stay and to enjoy the superb view from the house over the beautiful restored estate. On the other side of the road a cove and the sea. Also a wonderful area for walking. This house is perfect, quietly located and highly recommended!

In both houses I saw a lot of art on the walls. It took my attention as I am a painter myself – inspired mostly and in a way by Ireland.
I like to thank you very much for the hospitality in both really beautifully located fine holiday houses. And also for the proper en personal handling by Unique Holiday Home [Unique Irish homes].

Reinder Ourensma, The Netherlands, September 2017

Check out the Irish Times prize for The Best Place to go Wild in Ireland and this article on Belmullet

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Out & About

 

The Mullet peninsula really is a gem of unspoiled nature, with extraordinary beaches, wonderful walks, and some of the nicest people you could meet.
With so much to enjoy, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Oh, and always bring a coat!

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

There are a sprinkling of other mostly farm dwellings around Devilane House.
The peninsula is a designated Gaeltacht area where many families still use Irish as their first language.

The village of Aughleam is about 30 minutes away on foot. It has a small shop, a garage, a pub, Post office and a Heritage Center.
Una’s Pub, just down the road towards the point is the best place locally for Craic agus Ceol.

You will have passed through the main regional town of Belmullet which straddles the isthmus link to the mainland 17km to the north. Apart from restaurants and supermarkets, the town hosts a farmers market in the square on Saturday mornings.

Wild Atlantic Way
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The Mullet Peninsula protects the west coast of Mayo from the full force of the ocean, and consists mainly of sand dunes and fine white beaches. The windswept Atlantic side is heaven for surfers, while the sheltered east-facing coves are perfect for family pottering .
This is one of the most remote areas of Ireland and is characterised by changeable weather, broad stretches of wet carpet bog, and unspoilt natural amenities.

To the northern end of the spit the Erris Head loop walk is just one of several. This is special place to view migrating birds from the cliffs, which can only be reached on foot.

In common with many of the Wild Atlantic Way localities, sea angling out of Blacksod Bay is superlative. Take a boat trip or try your hand off the rocks.

St Deirbhile’s Well lies a short distance from the house. The water from this blessed well is alleged to have curative properties for eye complaints. A pilgrimage takes place annually to the well on August 15th in honour of the saint.

The Islands

Off the coast to the west lie the exposed Inishkea Islands which are worth a visit. The inhabitants abandoned the settlement in the 1930s after most of their young men died at sea in a storm.

A semi ruined village remains, where white sand blown in from the beach covers most of the floors several feet deep.
There are also numerous archaeological sites, both Neolithic and monastic.
Important internationally as a bird sanctuary, half of the Irish wintering population of Barnacle geese make the islands their home.

The largest breeding colonies of Atlantic Grey seals in Ireland are to be found inhabiting the coves and beaches across these islands.

Glosh Tower commands a fine view from the top of Termon Hill. It is one of the 82 Napoleonic signal Towers built around the coast at the start of the 19th century to keep watch for signs of a French invasion.

In June 1944, as he watched the barometer fall precipitously, Ted Sweeney’s report from the Coast Guard station in Blacksod Bay convinced General Dwight D Eisenhower to delay the Allied D-Day invasion for 24 hours – a decision which averted a military catastrophe and changed the course of the Second World War.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock 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)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 5.5 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 6 guests (with studio)
    From €1,200 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedrooms, ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
    Newly Completed Studio w/ Double Bed and en suite bathroom
  • 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.

 

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May to August €1,200 per week(house only) With Studio €1575
October to May €1,200 per week
(house only)
Weekend/Midweek €650 Studio Unavailable

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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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