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Connemara, County Galway

Letterard Ocean Lodge

Price starts from €2,500 per week

An Exclusive and Enchanting Connemara Escape

Sitting at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, deep in the heart of Connemara, with spectacular views across Betraboy Bay, lies this stunningly converted 19th Century cottage. The charm of the original 3-room cottage with its vaulted ceilings and stone fireplaces is beautifully preserved, while enjoying every contemporary convenience.

Thirty minutes from the bustling town of Clifden, and just 10 minutes from Carna Village, this area has cemented its reputation as one of the most sought-after in Ireland – fringed with spectacular beaches, award-winning golf courses, and the finest of restaurants.

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At a Glance

Bedrooms

Sleeps up to 6 guests
Two double bedrooms
1 ensuite, with walk-in closet
One twin bedroom

Bathrooms
Family Bathroom
with separate WC
Guest WC
Other Rooms

Kitchen
Breakfast Room
Dining Room
Old Cottage Snug with wood-burning stove
Living Room with traditional open-hearth fireplace
Upstairs hall/study

Contempo

Smart Flat-screen TV
Sonos Dolby Surround System
& wireless music system
Fast Satellite WiFi Internet
Automated External Lighting Control
Outdoor garden lighting

Features

Wood burning stove and open-hearth fireplace
Direct access to the sea
Patio with barbeque
Private Parking
Electric Gates
EV Charger onsite
Fully walled and fenced -for pets and children

Availability

High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
Weekends: Friday to Monday
Midweek: Monday to Friday

EV Charging

This home has an electric charging point, there will be an additional cost to use it. Click here for more information on EV charging and locations.

Pets

Small to medium-sized dogs are accepted downstairs only and with an additional cost of €60.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – As with all traditional country properties we would urge caution with young children in an unfamiliar environment.

Property Features

Inspiring Views from every window

Description

The thick cottage walls are finished in traditional whitewashed plaster, and the interior offsets clean white walls with stylish mid-century furniture and dark timber flooring.

The main living room is contemporary, with expansive panoramic windows that afford views that stretch from Dog’s Bay Beach to the Twelve Bens mountain range.

There is a cosy open hearth, surround-sound smart TV, and dimming lights for the ultimate relaxing evening by the fire.

In the old cottage snug a traditional wood-burning stove set into a rustic stone gable, provides an extra layer of warmth. As elsewhere the furniture is characteristically stylish.

The elegant kitchen, with its distinct slat panelled wooden presses, is equipped with a modern induction hob and oven, accompanied by a spacious standalone freezer, and a vintage wooden dresser. The microwave doubles as an air-fryer and oven.

Large framed works of Irish art dress the walls in the dining room, and a picture window frames the ever-changing West of Ireland weather and romantic Connemara ocean and mountain views.

Upstairs, the extensive hallway also functions as a study, with its own desk.

Bedrooms

Sleeps up to 6 guests.

Downstairs, the main double bedroom occupies one of the original cottage rooms with vaulted ceilings, and almost wall to wall slat panelled backdrop. It comes of course, with views of the ocean, as does its large en-suite spa-style bathroom. This generous ensuite boasts twin sinks, mosaic tiling and a separate walk-in closet with a washer/dryer.

White painted stairs wind up to a broad hallway, where there are two large bedrooms. Both feature stunning views through both their four-pained cottage windows, supplemented by modern Velux rooflights with blackout shades.

These two bedrooms share a separate bathroom and WC.

Outside

The immediate area is the very picture-postcard of dry stone walls looking out at the sea and mountains beyond.
The cottage is accessed from a private laneway which leads to the main electric gates into the property. A large garden at the front is planted with trees, shrubs and a river water-feature. The property is bounded by traditional dry stone walls and fully fenced to provide for pets and children.
At the rear, the garden winds its way down to the ocean, with a gate out to the sea for those brave enough for an early-morning swim!

A sheltered stone-flagged patio is accessed from the kitchen, featuring some of the best views you may see in Connemara—out to the ocean and beyond to Inishnee and the Twelve Bens mountain range. The bespoke concrete table is just perfect for an early glass of prosecco (we tested it!), or just fire up the barbeque for an unforgettable experience dining al fresco.

Facilities

Kitchen Appliances

• Induction Hob
• Electric Oven
• Fridge/Freezer
• Additional under-counter freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave/air-fryer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – one king, one double and two single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Electric gates with fob/keypad
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Smart TV with Sonos Surround System
• Air-play facilities to Sonos speaker system for music from your own device
• Automated lighting control with dimming and day/night pre-programmed scenes
• External lighting throughout the garden

Other

• Wood-burning stove
• Open hearth fireplace
• Gas BBQ
• Electric Vehicle Charger
• Lots of books!

Out and About

Connemara is one of the most desirable destinations in Europe and prides itself in the warmest and friendliest of people, alongside some of the best golf, walks, hikes, beaches and food you will find in Ireland.

Things to do

The Locality

The house sits right on the Wild Atlantic Way between Carna and Cashel, with the most beautiful of beaches only ten minutes away. The famous 5km Moyrus Loop walk (Lúibín Mhaírois) begins at nearby Moyrus Cemetary (dating to the 6th Century) and winds around the headland revealing otherwise unreachable beaches and coves for an unforgettable hike. Pop down to Tigh Mheaic’s pub in Carna afterwards for a drink and some gorgeous chowder and homemade bread


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The local village of Carna hosts three typically Irish pubs, a café, pizza restaurant and shops for all your grocery needs while the nearest large supermarket is in Clifden, which is always worth a daytrip to browse the antiques and book shops. Try the Connemara Hamper delicatessen and stop off for a pint in Lowry’s Bar, where you’ll probably hear some live traditional music playing in a corner.

The locality is an officially-designated Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking area. You will hear it in the local shops and pubs, and you may be inspired to try a few words even if you’re new to the language!

Take a drive to Mweenish Island (connected via a causeway) and at the end of the Island you will find the most magical private beach imaginable, often deserted, so you may have it to yourself.

The nearby village of Roundstone (25 minutes drive) allows for fishing trips to be arranged from the pier, while O’Dowd’s Bar and Restaurant will spill out onto the street in summer months with those enjoying the renowned pints of Guinness at the sea wall opposite the pub.

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.

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.

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.

With a few rented bikes, you can cycle some of the most picturesque trails on the West Coast, along through Carna and onto Ardmore and Kilkiernan, or take the new Connemara Greenway.

A day trip to the Aran Islands is the perfect way to see them, with Inveran airport scheduling several flights per day (a short 7-minute hop) or head to Rossaveal for the ferry. Bikes can be hired on the island for an unforgettable cycle on the most westerly islands in Europe.

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.

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.

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

Moyrus Beach

How to get there

Car essential…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Knock Airport – in county Mayo is under two hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings

Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just under four hours from the cottage.

Pricing Options

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 are not currently available
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit of €550 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Months Per Week Weekend/ Midweek
October to April €2,300 €1,500
May to September €2,650 Not Available
Christmas Break Sat. 21st December – Fri. 27th December 2024 €2,650
New Year Break Sat. 28th December to Fri. 3rd January 2025 €2,650

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Please note all booking requests are subject to 24 hour approval.
  • 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.
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  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027