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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

We built our dream home with all of the things that we wanted - space, light, comfort, peace, privacy, countryside. Now recently emigrated to France, we have decided to open up our house for holiday letting when we are not using it ourselves - it is really a home away from home rather than holiday rental. Nestled in hazel woods, our home is modern, spacious and flooded with light even in the depths of winter. Every window has a view of trees, mountains or sky! We are set in 4 acres off a green walking road with complete peace, quiet and total privacy. You can step onto the karst landscape of the Burren just steps from the house.

This house is an ideal getaway for families with young children, families with pets or indeed a romantic escape!

The house is warm and comfortable with solar panels providing heat and hot water (with gas as backup if needed). A rain water recycling system provides water throughout the house and is properly filtered so makes a wonderful cup of tea! A cedar sauna (heated by wood stove) is hidden in the woods beside the house. Four double bedrooms (3 ensuite) offers plenty of space for family and friends.

You are just 2km from the small village of Ballyvaughan with its many pubs and restaurants offering great food and atmosphere. Ten minutes down the road you are at the sea, another 5 minutes brings you to the beach. Just a short drive away are the Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch for surfing and golf, the Dolmen is 10 minutes away. Aillwee Caves and the Birds of Prey Centre is a 2 minute walk away. Shannon airport is a 55 minute drive and Galway and Ennis are approximately 45 minutes by car. If you are a fan of walking and exploring the countryside you can head off into the mountains for hours just by walking out the front gate.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bishops Quarters 3 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Shannon 55 km, Nearest railway: Galway 45 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

The County Galway/County Clare region

Spectacular landscapes, wild Atlantic vistas, stunning sunsets on Galway Bay, long sandy beaches, surfing hot spots, swimming with a wild dolphin, discovering archaeological treasures, rock climbing, pot holing, boat trips to the Aran Islands, traditional Irish music, jaw dropping Cliffs of Moher....this area truly has something for everyone!

The Burren,Co. Clare is a marvel for walkers, and the location of the village of Ballyvaughan on Galway Bay provides ample opportunity for kayaking, swimming and fishing. Three beaches are just minutes away by car. Check out www.burrenbeo.com for further information on the area.

The landscape is really stunning karst landscape and is truly magical.Writers, artists, musicians and poets have all made this area their home - this is really an inspirational place in which to live.

Ballyvaughan itself is a small village with lots of nice pubs (traditional music in a number), organic farmers market in the summer and nice restaurants (L'Arco, The Tea and Garden Rooms, The Soda Parlour, An Fulacht Fia, Gregans Castle Hotel Restaurant).

Ballyvaughan

The house is on the edge of the Burren National Park with direct access to the mountains from the driveway of the house.

Considered to be Ireland's flagship heritage landscape, from flora to fauna. geology to archaeology, agriculture to community.

So what do people think about when they think about the Burren? For many, it has to be the flowers. No surprise there, as the region hosts a spectacular array of over 70% of Ireland's native flora, including 22 of our 27 native orchid species and the much-loved blue gentian, compressed into what is just under 0.5% of our national land mass. This extraordinary flora supports an equally diverse fauna – from feral goats to pine martens, elegant butterflies to snake-like slow worms.

For many people it's the archaeology that is of most interest in the Burren: with over 500 ring forts and over 80 known Neolithic tombs, the Burren is very well endowed in this regard, resembling 'one vast memorial to bygone cultures' according to cartographer Tim Robinson.

For other people the main source of attraction is the landscape itself, the unique panoramas of grey that provide such a stark contrast to Ireland's proverbial 'forty shades of green'. The Burren hills are teeming with such geological oddities as labyrinthine cave systems, disappearing streams and lakes, tiered hillsides and oddly dissected pavements.

The Burren also has a wonderfully rich and vibrant culture, possibly captured best in the fascinating agricultural traditions that have evolved in the area over thousands of years. The physical and anecdotal evidence of this remarkable story of human interaction with a landscape still lingers in the Burren - a cultural resource of enormous significance.

(the above is taken from www.burrenbeo.com a wonderful resource with lots of information about the Burren, please do take a look, it is well worth some time to explore and learn about this area)

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30 Aug 2014

5/5

"Best holiday home we have ever encountered!!!"

From the word go Ciara was warm, welcoming, informative and friendly. The house is everything the pictures show and more, the views from all rooms are exquisite. You are in a very private and secluded… More

18 Aug 2014

5/5

"A dream in Ballyvaughan"

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday at Ballyvaughan Dream Cottage. Right from the first email to Ciara the owner to our final check out she was courteous and professional.On arrival we were… More

12 Aug 2014

5/5

"Beautiful home in stunning landscape"

Some places are really hard to leave. We ended up staying in Ciara and John's house longer than we had planned, for lots of reasons. The location is really special. It's folded into the B… More

15 Apr 2014

5/5

"An ideal place to get away from it all!"

We chose to stay in Ballyvaughan, having been before, and desperate for a bit of wilderness and fresh air. We could not have found a better place. The McGraths did everything to make us feel very welcome, communication was easy and they are very charming people. The house itself is stunning, incredibly comfortable and ideal for families. it is stylish, modern, clean and just a wonderful haven of peace and tranquility. Walking boots are a must, as the Burren rocks are on your doorstep. There is plenty to see and do in the local area and just appreciating the unspoilt beauty every morning was enough to get our children out of bed and out of the door! We have every intention of coming back.

16 Jan 2014

5/5

"Wonderful house in the countryside"

My husband and I stayed in this house in 2013. We had a wonderful stay. The house itself is very stylish, the furnishings are beautiful and the kitchen was a dream. It had everything we needed. The se… More

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Languages spoken
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  • French