The house rises from the floor of a disused stone quarry, with the main entrance charmingly accessed via a contemporary drawbridge style walkway.
From the lobby, a short hallway to the left leads into a spacious sitting room, with a lofty limestone chimney breast that bisects the dazzling view of the Bay.
Heavy sliding barn doors open through to a cool sea-green kitchen, with bold walls of white and black quartz. A cooks dream, this kitchen is fully equipped with everything from a coffee machine and nutribullet, to an air fryer.
Panoramic full height glazing maximises the omnipresent ocean views, with a broad, glazed sliding door onto a balcony. From here, external stairs connect to the paved patio below.
A black quartz breakfast bar with stools, divides this inclusive dining space.
This living area is at an angled junction in the floor plan, with a main corridor back to the entrance, and an archway through to a generous and chic panelled dining room.
A more formal affair with a table that can seat the entire compliment of visitors on convivial suede buttoned benches, and with a cocktail bar, wine cooler and ice machine in the corner, surrounded by sable stained panelling and stunning views.
Beyond and behind a sliding glass wall, a monumental flat-screen tv monopolises the adjoining television lounge.
A modern electric fire and a well cushioned sofa group complete the home-movie harmony. A Nintendo Wii is a welcome addition for Children (and adults!).
Sleeps up to 10 guests (main house), 3 guests (annex).
Off the main corridor back to the entrance hall, a family bathroom boasts a super double ended, extra deep, Corian slipper bath.
Beside it, is the only bedroom on this level, with double bed and generous wardrobe space.
Oak return-stairs at the corner of the house lead to bedroom accommodation on the lower ground floor, with hallways running in two directions.
The elegant master bedroom lies at the end of one. With windows in two walls, it has a generous walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite shower room. Beside it is a colourful twin bedroom, also with dual aspect views and an ensuite bathroom – kids will love it. Complete with Lego, Fuzzball table and family board games.
A picture window along the apposing corridor exposes the workout room with its multiple fitness machines.
Here too you will find the traditional steam sauna – a super addition to any holiday escape. There are two more distinctive double bedrooms along this hallway, both with ensuite shower rooms and walk-in wardrobes.
A separate adjacent building has a folksy single bedroom apartment that sleeps three in zip-and-link beds that can be arranged in any combination, or used individually. It is on the first floor with a large shower room, galley kitchen, and living dining area.
If you have to work on your vacation, the ground floor of the annex is home to a fully functional office with two workstations, high speed WiFi access, and assorted premium equipment. There is also a dedicated kitchenette and WC here.
The gardens have been beautifully landscaped with wonderful traditional masonry work in local stone to accommodate its unique site and location above Sruthán Pier – just a stone’s throw from the sea.
A brick path surrounds the house, and under the escarpment in the shady back stretch, there is a large dual temperature Spa swim pool, with separate hot tub and an outdoor shower.
There are two entrance gates to the property, a stunning curved driveway, and ample parking.
- Solid fuel range with 4 ovens
- Gas hob
- Electric Cooker
- 2 Freezers
- Coffee machine
- 2 Slow cookers
- Washing machine
- Spin dryer
- 3 King-size beds and
- one Super King 180cm bed
Tech & Entertainment
- Wi-Fi Internet
- 3 Flat-screen TVs
- DVD player
- Good selection of books & DVD movies
- Grand piano
- Home pipe organ
- Herb garden
Out and About
Connemara is quite simply one of Europe’s great treasures. A wilderness on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is packed with almost deserted beaches of gin clear water, incredible lake and river fishing and of course brilliant restaurants.
Day Excursion suggestions
Pearse Cottage Cultural Centre, – 20 minutes by car
Wildlands Adventure Park – 40 minutes by car
St Brigit’s Gardens – 45 minutes by car
Dan O’ Hara’s Cottage – 45 minutes by car
Day Spa at Screeb House – 15 minutes by car
Kylemore Abbey & Gardens – 55 minutes by car
Clifden Town – 55 minutes by car
Connemara National Park – 1 hr by car
Oceans Alive Visitor Centre – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
DK Connemara Oysters Tour – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
Killary Fjord – 1 hour 15 minutes by car
Connemara Smokehouse – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
Burren Perfumery – 1 hr 50 minutes by car
Cliffs of Moher -2 hrs 20 minutes by car
Westport House – 1 hr by car
The busy Carraroe peninsula on the northern stretches of Galway Bay overlooks an Atlantic inlet crowded with islands. The area is typical of the intensely crenulated Connemara coast, with dry stone walls and boggy fields, and big skies.
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 which provide sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.
The local village of Carraroe has a small supermarket, a great Fish & Chip shop and a couple of cosy pubs. Click here to find out more.
This is a Gaeltacht area, meaning that the thriving local community speak Irish on a daily basis.
There are four summer schools here that teach Irish to secondary-school students from all over Ireland. It is also a centre for the Irish-language media, with the Irish-language radio station, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta located in nearby Casla, and the Irish-language television station, TG4, just a few kilometres east. Church services are conducted in Irish, as are all school and daily cultural activities.
10 minutes away, Trá an Dóilín is a beautiful and unusual Blue Flag beach made of very rare biogenic coral. There are lifeguards in summer months, toilets and great swimming.
Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony whose exact origins are uncertain. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition, well suited to these semi barren peninsulas.
The house is just 40 minutes’ drive from Galway City, the capital of the west of Ireland and second only to Dublin in yearly visitors. With its charming streets, restaurants and nightlife mixed with culture, traditional Irish music and activities for all the family, it is worth a visit.
State-of-the-art Production Facilities in the Connemara Gaeltacht
Studio Cuan is a special Music Production Studio with one of the loveliest recording rooms in the country. It is equipped with excellent facilities to ensure the highest quality for all types of sessions. 24 minutes away by car.
Fíbín Media is an award winning, Television Production Company that have a purpose-built television studio in Galway. 9 minutes away by car.
They also have a mobile recording studio that is available to rent.
At the end of August, Carraroe hosts one of the largest annual regattas for Galway Hooker boats – a distinctive form of traditional Irish fishing boat. Some of these sailing boats with their conspicuous rust-coloured sails are berthed at Sruthán Pier. The boats can accommodate heavy loads and was in active service until the 1950′s ferrying supplies, turf and livestock to and from the Aran islands.
Nowadays they are mainly used in competitions racing, and there are several regattas along the Connemara coast. The infamous Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay are famed for their dramatic cliffs and distinctive knitted jumpers. The three islands have maintained the culture and heritage of traditional Irish life, and fascinate the thousands of visitors who make the journey every year.
They can be reached by ferry from Rossaveal which is on the opposite side of the bay – just 7 minutes away by car – or by plane from Connemara Airport, which is just 10 minutes away by car. The boat trip takes 40 minutes and you can bring a bike, or hire one there.
The spectacular semi-circular stone fort of Dun Aengus – reckoned to be about 2,500 years old – backs onto a 90 metre cliff and is considered one of the most important pre-historic sites in Western Europe.
Not to be missed.
On your way to Galway City you’ll pass through Spiddal, a picturesque seaside village and one of the largest Irish speaking settlements in the Galway Gaeltacht. There is a unique Craft Village there, and a selection of pubs where most weekends you can catch a “live trad” night.
It has two south-facing beaches connected by a scenic walking / cycling path. The rocks behind the pier, and the pier itself, are used for shore angling when the mackerel shoals are in.
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Knock or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 3 and quarter hours from the house.
Knock Airport – just under 2 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – about 2 and quarter hours from the house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 3 and quarter hours from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 hours from the house.