Situated almost on top of one of Ireland’s most unique locations, this recently refurbished seaside cottage is a magnificent introduction to Connemara at any time of year.
With a ground floor bedroom, and masses of outdoor space, multi generations can have that unforgettable holiday to treasure.
Just one and half hours from Galway but much closer to Inisbofin – Enjoy!
Simple comforts with style
The cosiest place to catch a sublime Atlantic sunset, is the west facing conservatory, with its contrasting tones of black & white, and which doubles as the entrance lobby at the front of the cottage.
AT A GLANCE
Up to 10 guests
From €1,300 per week
Two double bedrooms, One family bedroom (2+1)
One twin bedroom with extra fold-out bed (3)
One ensuite bathroom with shower
Ground floor shower room
- Other Rooms
Living room, Kitchen/dining room
Conservatory / porch
Flat screen TV, WiFi internet
Good Cell phone reception
Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
The spacious living area which spans most of the seaward side of the cottage, is generously furnished with shabby-chic traditional sofas and casual contemporary rugs.
A traditional turf burning stove occupies one end, while an open quarter-turn stair way, rustically painted, rises from the other.
A large cottage style kitchen-cum-dining area fills the extension to the rear, with a long refectory style table at its centre – great for family spreads.
The three upstairs bedrooms and a family shower room open off a bright landing.
Walls and floor boards are finished in alabaster with subtle tones of pale pewter, and the elemental interior features rustic sheeted cottage doors, and wrought iron beds.
A twin bedroom with ensuite shower room is above the kitchen annex. A great room for kids, with a third fold-out bed.
From these privileged bedrooms, a row of dormer windows, like unblinking eyes, capture unique and ever-changing seascapes.
The ground floor bedroom has a super king size bed and an adjacent shower room.
It is reached from one end of the main cottage beyond the fireplace.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Gas cooker with 2 ovens and 4 rings
• Washing machine
• Sizes – Two King-size, one Super King-size & Three single beds
• 2 Hairdryers
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Good selection of books
• Travel cot
• Children’s high chair
The cottage sits on 12 acres of windswept coast where boulders and dry stone walls take the place of woodlands and hedgerows. Directly in front, across a narrow road that leads to a small slipway, is a unique stretch of golden strand that separates Omey Island from the mainland. On sunny days, incoming tides are warmed as they sweep across this fickle isthmus.
With a day’s notice, the owners can arrange a variety of hearty, fuss free and above all delicious meals or picnics, if required.
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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 swimming and snorkelling, incredible river fishing and brilliant restaurants.
Here are some of our favourites…
- Try your hand at Fly fishing
- Buy a T-shirt from Conn
- A fish supper at Mitchells
- Play a round at the Golf Links
- Catch something serious in the Ocean
- Cycle the easy way around a loop
- Day trip to Inishbofin
- Go pony trekking on the strand
- Learn to shoot with Shane
- Dive on a wreck
- Watch Graham smoke salmon
- Get warm in some wool
Connemara is the most westerly part of Europe and exposed to the wild vagaries of weather. In places stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds; plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.
Claddaghduff is a 10 minute walk away, and is the nearest village for essential items, petrol and a pint.
The cottage is directly facing Omey Island. It can be reached on foot or by car twice a day via the broad strand – between half tides of course. 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. The last permanent resident of the island, stuntman Pascal Whelan, died in February 2017 aged 75.
‘A grand place for the weather entirely’ as they say.
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.
photo Galway Tourism
Clifden known as the capital of Connemara is just 10km away. 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 and Clifden Pony Show.
Keep your eyes open locally for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
To the East the skyline 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.
The Aughrus Penninsula is renowned for some of the most unspoiled beaches to be found anywhere in the Europe, with waters that are crystal clear.
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 harbors; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.
photo Bert Kafmann
Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from the fishing village of Cleggan, less than 5km away from the house. As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song.
Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language. 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.
How to get there – Car advised…
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
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house