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.
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.
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.
- Electric double oven cooker
- Electric 4 ring hob
- Chest freezer in external utility room
- Washing machine & tumble-dryer in utility
- Sizes – One double bed and two singles
Tech & Entertainment
- Wi-Fi Internet
- Flat-screen TV
- Digital radio
- Selection of books
- Underfloor heating
Out and 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.
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.
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.
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.