This magnificent and light filled home is on a large elevated site offering breathtaking views of Ballinakill Bay and the Twelve Bens mountains, in the ever changing landscape of the Connemara Loop.
With two acres of natural gardens, trees and waterfront, Streams End is a holiday home that has been designed to maximise the views of the surrounding spectacular countryside.
Luxuriously appointed waterside bungalow
A very private residence, Streams End is superbly designed with large floor to ceiling sliding doors overlooking sloping lawns which sweep down to the clear waters of Ballinakill Bay.
The house is elegantly decorated and fitted out to an exceptionally high standard.
The entrance is from a grand paved courtyard, which is a beautifully sheltered sun trap ideal for enjoying barbecues.
A welcoming wide hall leads into the spacious living room which is flooded with natural light from the large windows, and features a rustic granite stone open fire.
The generous master bedroom with its classic furniture and tasteful decor, has a bathroom ensuite.
The state-of-the-art kitchen is fully fitted with stylish, modern units with a centre island forming the main feature of this impressive room which is open plan with the twelve seater dining room, making it a perfect space for entertaining guests.
Sliding French doors encourage you dine alfresco in the wonderful courtyard outside.
There is a spacious Loft bedroom reached by a dedicated stairway, which has two full gable windows, one overlooking the beautifully landscaped and maintained front lawn and the sea. Lots of room here to sleep an additional two guests.
The other two bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes and all boast panoramic views of the sea and mountains.
In addition to a extended patio facing into the bay, there is an elevated decking platform at the waters’ edge, which is accessed by a winding boardwalk , where you can absorb the stunning scenery.
The house is reached through a short tree lined driveway where there is ample parking for five cars.
Smoking – no, sorry
Pets – no, sorry
Children – the property is not suited for toddlers or children under 12
The owners regret that their home is not available for Stag or Hen bookings.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home. Unfortunately, due to its location, there is no television signal, however there is Internet, and DVD.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Twin Oven electric range
• with 5 rings
• Two Fridges
• Two Freezers
• Wine Cooler
• 2 Coffee machines
Utility room Appliances
• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• 1 Super King size bed
• 3 Double beds
• 2 single beds
• Hair dryer
Tech & Entertainment
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good Mobile phone coverage
• Due to its location, there is no television signal
• Some Books
• Some DVD movies
• Children’s high chair
We had a lovely time in Steams end…
it was very comfortable and such a well-equipped house . We all marvelled at the supply of absolutely everything we needed when and where we needed it. We got 4 fabulous days of sunshine which made it all so memorable for everyone so all in all a great success. Hopefully we will do it again sometime soon.
Joe & Helen, July 2020
We absolutely loved it…
We walked in and were thrilled which is always a great start. Mary was wonderful throughout and took our numerous calls as we tried to figure things out. The house was fantastic in every way. We appreciated the generosity shown by the fact that the house was beautifully kitted out with lovely linen, towels, crockery, glasses, furniture books etc and we felt we were borrowing a family members house as opposed to renting somewhere.
There were also lots of towels, cleaning agents, turf etc which was great.
We are hoping to rent it again next summer but this time in July in the hope that we might get luckier with the weather. Let me know what dates are available.
Nora, August 2019
Just to let you know…
that ‘Streams End’ was a perfect rental and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of staying there. The view and setting are glorious, the deck by the inlet is a delight and the interior design flare is charming, comfortable and very unique. Everything at Streams End was perfect and Mary Lydon is lovely and makes the house easy to understand and a fine way to start a wonderful stay.
We will certainly rent again from Unique Irish Homes; we particularly like the one in Balydehob (where we have previously stayed) and look forward to renting in the future.
Richard Yurko, September 2019
Our stay at Streams End was absolutely relaxing…
exactly what we were looking for. Unfortunately the weather was not quite as nice as it could have been. Luckily there was a fireplace and some peat briquettes. That and a good book and we were as happy as the day was long. The sitting place down at the water is an absolute gem – when the weather lets you.
It was a pleasure doing business with you.
Olivier Spieth, Switzerland, September 2017
The property is very special…
We arrived in the dark and when we opened the curtains in the morning we couldn’t believe the view at the rear over Diamond Hill. It was breath-taking. The while house was kitted out to perfection. And was a lot bigger than expected. We even had a Christmas Tree waiting for us. That honestly made our Christmas. Please extend out thanks to the hosts. We will be back.
Alec, December 2019
Spent August and September reveling in the wonderful atmosphere of this home from home. Will miss the wonderful view of the mountains and waking up to the sound of the herons and curlews. We even saw an otter and a mink. The location is perfect for really getting to know the best of Connemara. Great home for a family gathering. Everything you need is there. Check your problems at the door and discover the best of wild atlantic coastline.
Orla Sheehan, September 2014
Out & About
Here are some of our favourites…
- Try your hand at Fly fishing
- Cross the strand at low tide to Omey Island
- Cycle through the Inagh Valley
- Buy a T-shirt from Conn O’Mara
- A fish supper at Mitchells
- Day trip to Inishbofin
- A good walk up Diamond Hill
- Swim the clear blue waters of Dogs Bay
- Play a round at the Golf Links
- Catch something serious in the Ocean
- Go pony trekking in Ballyconneely
Connemara has long been a favourite location for anyone wanting to escape into nature. This most westerly part of Europe is exposed to the wild vagueries of weather. In places, stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds, and plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.
Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected Internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
The area 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. Diamond Hill, which is just above the house, is a good starter for the amateur.
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.
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.
Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan, only 10km 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.
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.
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.
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.
The first transatlantic telephone cable transmission was sent from Valentia Island off Co.Kerry on August 16th, 1858. On the 12th December 1901, using a 152 metre kite-supported antenna for reception, Marconi claims to have sent the first transatlantic radio message, establishing the first regular, if unreliable, transatlantic radio-telegraph service on 17th October 1907 between Clifden and Glace Bay, in Nova Scotia.
The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year. This year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!
Picturesque Clifden is just a 10 minutes away with Galway city a further hours drive.
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