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
Up to 4 guests
From €1,200 per week
One double bedroom – en suite
One twin bedroom
Family bathroom with shower
- Other Rooms
Sitting room, kitchen/dining room
External Utility room
Front & side patios
Two wood-burning stoves
A Dog is welcome
Flat screen TV
Good Cell phone reception
Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
Weekends: Friday to Monday
Mid week: Monday to Friday
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
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
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.
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.
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
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…
- Dive on a wreck
- Trek a pony to Omey
- Try your hand at Fly fishing
- Cycle through the Inagh Valley
- Buy a T-shirt from Conn O’Mara
- Learn to shoot with Shane
- A fish supper at Mitchells
- Day trip to Inishbofin
- A good walk up Diamond Hill
- Walk the walled gardens of Kylemore
- Play a round at the Golf Links
- Catch something serious in the Ocean
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.
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.