Searows

Searows

Searows

Shimmering Sea, Stunning Sunsets, Atlantic Air

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County Galway

A gabled bungalow of unassuming simplicity, Searows lies in the bend of a sheltered Connemara inlet – absolutely Wild Atlantic Way – just a stone’s throw from the ocean.
This is an ideal family vacation home, with stunning sea views, and lots of relaxing outdoor attractions just minutes away in every direction.

 

Bleached walls and a wealth of windows

On arrival, an entrance porch efficiently separates the cosy contemporary interior from westerly Atlantic breezes.
The main living area is an expansive amalgam of sitting, eating and cooking, each area passing seamlessly through to the next.

In the living area a stylish and restrained open fireplace lends contentment to the interior while westerly windows frame the whimsical patterns of bunched clouds, unceasing tides and sparkling seas that define Connemara.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1,600 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    One ensuite
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    Two twin bedrooms
    One Family Bathroom
    Two Shower Rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Living Room
    Dining Room
    Kitchen

    Utility Room

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

 

The generous dining alcove is surrounded by a panorama of picture-windows. An oak table seats ten, consistent with its attendant oak chairs and floor.

Oak also features in the kitchen, which is elegantly fitted out for some serious cooking, with a large Britannia 6 ring cooker, blended Silestone quartz work surfaces, and a three stool breakfast-bar preparation island.
In addition, there is a variety of other premium appliances in a fine utility room off the kitchen.

Pure white and natural wood, mostly oak, feature in furniture and walls throughout this home, with wide board oak floors in the living areas.

Down the corridor, the unpretentious bedrooms too, are bright white offset with subtle tones provided by the bed linen.

The principal bedroom dramatically opens onto the sheltered back terrace through a pair of French Doors.
The adjacent ensuite bathroom is fitted with countersunk his-and-her basins.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Brittania gas range with twin ovens and 6 rings
• Integrated Fridge with Ice dispenser
• Freezer
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Blender

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• One King-size and one Super King-sizebed, and 4 Zip & Link
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen Smart TV
• DVD player
• BOSE Bluetooth speaker

Other

• Charcoal Barbeque
• Good selection of books
• Table tennis table
• Some DVD’s
• Garage available

Outside

Searows faces out across Mannin Bay – the lapping waves and rocky shoreline are just a few steps across the coast road.

A patio of informal flagging encompasses the house, and the gardens are landscaped using local stone. A gentle lawned incline to the rear leads up to a decking platform where you can share a barbecue and catch the soft ribbons of Europe’s closing sunset.

The large detached boathouse contains a full size table tennis table, and the garden furniture.

 

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week from June to September.
Weekend breaks are available in low season only and  run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
A week is any seven consecutive nights…

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,000
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,000
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,000
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €2,000

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.

October to May €1,600 per week Weekend/Midweek €1,200
June- September €2000 Weekend/Midweek (Sept. Only) €1500
Christmas Rates 23-28th
December
€2,000
29th-3rd January
€2000

 

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Restrictions

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

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Reviews

 

Our stay at Searows was wonderful…

The home is well appointed with a spectacular view of the sea and coastal homes. We loved the proximity to Clifden as well as Dog’s Bay beach and the village of Roundstone. We enjoyed cooking dinners at Searows and it was so nice to have the long summer days of sunlight! We had a wonderful day at Inishbofin and enjoyed walking the western loop. Another day was spent at Kylemore Abbey as well as Westport.
We have already begun to look at other homes offered by Unique Irish Homes for another trip.

Catherine Ryan, August 2017

 

From the guest Book…

We had a fantastic time at Searows. The house was excellent, spotless and so well equipped. We have since bought our own tennis table as it was enjoyed so much by everyone.

Thank you!!! We still can’t get over how beautiful the landscape is, and this exquisite luxurious home fits right into the perfect picture…the whole stay was fabulous and we’d love to return!!

NYC, May 2019

Superb and well equipped house, great location, fantastic scenery. And we were soooo lucky with the weather! Just gorgeous!!! Many thanks!

Lorrach, Germany, June 2019

Beautiful location, lovely house. Thank you for enabling us to have a great holiday here. Weather was very pleasant too.

Guildford UK and Kilkenny, June 2019

‘Gorgeous views and the best equipped house we’ve ever stayed in. Kids loved the table tennis. Lots of swims and walks. Thank you.’

January 2019

We had a super few days, the house is lovely and the kitchen is brilliant – a real cook’s kitchen. I hope that we will be back.

…As for the property, it’s absolutely faultless. A real quality home and the owners are willing to share everything, nothing locked away…

September 2018

A great house for 3 generations spanning 70 years.Great location. Most enjoyable. Many thanks.

Wonderful house in super location. We truly enjoyed our stay (and had great weather!). Thank you.

July 2018

Just one word: Perfect !
We’ve seen quite a lot of holiday homes, but this one was probably the best. Thanks a lot!

Dusseldorf, August 2017

I just wanted to get in touch

to let you know that we had a fantastic stay at Searows. The house was perfect and the sun shone throughout. We will definitely recommend to others and hopefully return ourselves at some point.

David Qunlan, June 2018

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Out & About

 

For generations Connemara has been the choice of holiday location for families seeking unspoiled tranquillity. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches for surfing and kayaking, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Searows is about half way between Clifden and Ballyconneely, about 5 minutes away.
Known as the capital of Connemara, Clifden is packed with great shops, pubs and restaurants. Catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips.
Try the Steam Cafe in the Station House complex for the best coffee. Watch out for the Arts festival (September) and Clifden Pony Show (August).

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

photo Satu Pitkanen

The small village of Roundstone is 15 minutes away, and has a number of very fine restaurants with lots of fish on the menu. The village buzzes in the evenings as visitors and locals alike gather above the naturally sheltered harbour to share a yarn and a pint.

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You can climb the 300 metres to the summit of Errisbeg Mountain which rises up behind Roundstone in about two hours. The view is fantastic, and North from the summit, you will see over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes that populate this environmentally unique habitat.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – Just under 4 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – About 2 and a half hours from Searows.

By Sea:
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is under 4 hours from the house.

The exquisite twin beaches of Gurteen Bay and Dogs Bay are not to be missed. The pair sit back-to-back along a sandy peninsula or tombolo – a rare tidal accumulation of the remains of microscopic shellfish.

photo Raul Corral

The whole region is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker, but it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.

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

On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara. Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden – Derrygimlagh is still marked by a white Cairn beacon.
At the foot of the beacon the foundations remain of a Marconi station from which some of the earliest transatlantic wireless messages were sent in 1907 – a huge engineering feat at the time.

The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year, and passes right by Searows. There is a 30 hour limit and every participant must have their own crew with them at all times to look after water, food etc. Last year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!

For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic eighteen hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 15 minutes away.

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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
All Year €4,100 7 nights minimum

 

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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.

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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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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 bedroom – en suite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
    Studio annex double bed
    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.

Studio Annex

Capturing this spectacular view, a recent addition to the cottage is a cosy additional studio bedroom, which has it’s own shower and tea/coffee station.

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 see below:

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,200
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €1,200
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,200
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€1,200

 

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

 

 

 

May to September €1,200 per week(house only) With Studio €1575
October to May €1,200 per week
(house only)
Weekend/Midweek €650/€1025 (with studio)

With Studio

€1575

 

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A dog is welcome.

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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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Dolphins Cove

Dolphins Cove

Dolphins Cove

Where the Atlantic is the Show

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County Galway

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

 

Classy and Contemporary

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

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

AT A GLANCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

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

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron
• Sheet press

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other

• Good selection of books
• Gas Barbecue

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

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

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

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

Ground Floor

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

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

Floor layout

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

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

Outside

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

Restrictions

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

Provisional Booking Form

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

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week
 14th-  19th April 2022 – €3,500
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €3,500
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €3,500
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€3,500

Please Note: Due to the furnishings and surroundings of the property this house is not suited for children under 14 – Sorry!

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

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

 

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for your guidance in our booking of Dolphin’s Cove. We loved Dolphin’s Cove and had a fab time. It was super thoughtfully equipped and very comfortable. Thank you for all your help – you made everything very clear and easy, very much appreciated.
Please pass our thanks to Anne who very sweetly provided lovely Prosecco.

Jane, July 2020

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Out & About

 

This is a part of the world where nature and the outdoors prevail.
Fabulous walks and cycle routes abound. Not only are there some of the best beaches to be found anywhere, but all things watery, from fishing to sailing are catered for. Then there’s the restaurants – numerous and excellent…

Here are some of our favourites…

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

The Locality

 

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

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

A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours, sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells. Renvyle beach 5km away is the nearest accessible.

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

The area is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker. Diamond Hill, which is very close to the house, is a good starter for the amateur.

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

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

Wild Atlantic Way
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Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan, only 10km away from the house. As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song.

It is estimated that Inishbofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. Passing the signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.

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

How to get there – Car advised..

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

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

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