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Decking & Garden Rear

Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Located along the coast road in the townland of Murrough, Creag Torthúil is ideally situated for a relaxing break, or an adventurous change. In the heart of the Burren this beautiful arts and crafts cottage has been updated to include all modern comfort and convenience without compromising on the traditional beauty of the building. It was our family home for four generations, and now provides our guests with a home-from-home luxury and comfort.

The cottage sleeps 10 in five double rooms. There are 2 living rooms, a separate dining room and a large personally designed kitchen complete with range-master for cooking and year round warmth. Set in its own gardens with outside dining area it adjoins our Alpaca farm and kitchen gardens. The local area has a wealth of things to see and do. The Burren is a "karst" landscape , of exposed limestone with fissures, caverns and sinkholes caused by erosion. In addition to the distinctive landscape, the Burren has ring forts, Neolithic tombs, caves and is famous for its flora combing plants from the Arctic, Alps and Mediterranean areas.

Locally there are the famous Cliffs of Moher, largest cliffs in Europe and Aillwee and Doolin Caves home of the worlds largest stalactite. The Aran Islands can be seen from the cottage and boat tours go out several times a day during the summer from Doolin. The stunning ancient town of Galway is just an hour away, and the locality has a wealth of shopping and eating areas to explore

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Fanore 1.5 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Galway 57 km, Nearest railway: Ennis 55 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 5 En suites
Furniture Double beds (5), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Sleeps 10 adults very comfortably in 5 bedrooms ensuite

All linen and towels supplied. Linen is changed weekly.

Three large reception rooms, 1 sitting room with inglenook fireplace, a grand dining room and sun room

32” TV and DVD with sky satellite service

Luxuriously furnished and including microwave, dishwasher and a wonderful Electric and Gas Rangemaster.

Further details outdoors

Located on a 40 acre Alpaca Farm , with secluded walks through the Farm

Garden: There is a cottage garden shrubbery to the front, one side and extensively to the back. There is no lawn area - all is set in shrubs. There is decking to the sea side (rear) with space to sit out and there is a private enclosed garden paved with old Liscannor stone. This has an outdoor hardwood table as well as a stone pedestal 'table' and four chairs; also sit-on walls and a barbecue facility. It's approximately 30ft x 24ft.

Secure parking at the cottage

How far is the beach?

Fanores beach is a blue flag beach. This international award is given to beaches with the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management. It is 1 mile away aproximately a 20 minute walk depending on your pace.

Is there direct access to the beach?


How far is the local village and what facilities does it have?

The local village is Fanore. It is 2 miles away and has a small shop for day to day needs and a pub. Slightly further away is the village of Ballyvaughan 7 miles along the beautiful coast road. It has a well stocked grocery store. On Saturdays there is a farmers market from May to October. There are also some wonderful shops and a selection of pubs and restaurants

What facilities are available in the locality?

Local activities include the spectacular cliffs of moher, ailwee caves, swimming, cycling, hiking, absailing, surfing, horse riding, plus many more. Please see the activities tab for a full range of activities and local area information

Further details

Do I need to bring my own bed linen or towels?

No, the cottage is supplied with fresh towels, bed linen and duvets.

What facilities are available in the cottage?

The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher. All double bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. There is a TV, DVD Player and CD player. For more details go to our cottage page here

Is there an additional charge for electricity and gas?

No these are included in the price. Wood is also supplied for the fire.

How early do I need to book?

We recommend that you book as early as possible especially if you are planning your holiday for the busy months of June, July, August and September. Ireland has numerous bank holidays during the summer season and these tend to be booked up at an early stage aswell.

How do I book my holiday?

Send us an email or phone us with required dates we will check availability and once we have received your booking deposit you're booking will be guaranteed. Your deposit is payable to Damien Dyar by cheque, postal order or bankers draft.

When do I pay in full for my holiday?

The balance of monies payable for your stay is expected 4 weeks prior to your arrival. Cheque or money orders should arrive 4 weeks prior to date of arrival. Please note we cannot guarantee the booking until the cheque has cleared. For bookings made within 4 weeks prior to the date of arrival payment is required in full.

The County Galway/County Clare region

The climate of the Burren is best described as marine-temperate, dominated by the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, and in particular the North Atlantic drift. The climate is characterised by mild winters, cool summers, strong winds, and year-round rainfall. Average figures for the temperature, sunshine, rainfall and wind conditions are given below, based on a 30-year (1961-1990) average recorded from Shannon Airport, the nearest Met station to the Burren.

The Burren upland region is located along Ireland's mid-Western coast, stretching across approximately 36,000 ha of north Clare and south Galway. The term 'upland' is somewhat misleading however, as the region extends from sea level to modest heights of just over 300m: it is however used to distinguish this region from the adjacent 'Burren lowland' region which extends over 20,000ha to the east.

Formed some 340 million years ago at the bottom of a warm, shallow sea, the visibly fossil-rich layers of limestone that characterise the Burren have been modified by millions of years of glacial, tectonic, solutional and human processes. The result is a wonderfully rich, undulating series of swirls, tiers, cliffs, caves, hollows and bare pavements, classical features of what is described as a 'karst' landscape. The heat retention capacity of this massive block of limestone, over 700m thick in places, and the ample shelter afforded by its dynamic geomorphology, contributed to its use as a winter holding area for livestock.

It has been stated that water, not rock, is the key to the Burren. Ironically, water-flows in the Burren are rarely visible, most having assumed a subterranean course over time, as the natural acidity of rain water gradually eroded a path through the soluble limestone.

However, the impact of water on the Burren landscape is ubiquitous, from the extensive karst features to the rich array of micro-solutional forms known as 'karren' - runnels, grooves, and little hollows - that appear in the bare pavement. The relative scarcity of surface water in summer time is also an important factor in the evolution of the agricultural tradition of winter grazing in these areas.


The local village is Fanore. It is 2 miles away and has a small shop for day to day needs and a pub. Slightly further away is the village of Ballyvaughan 7 miles along the beautiful coast road. It has a well stocked grocery store. On Saturdays there is a farmers market from May to October. There are also some wonderful shops and a selection of pubs and restaurants.

Activities in the local area:


At 214m high and 8 kilometres long the majestic cliffs from where one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head. The area is designated as a Refuge for Fauna and a Special Protection Area for Birds.


Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. A timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people, this is Aran.


Lahinch Golf Club, known as "the St. Andrew's of Ireland" is a links on the edge of the Atlantic with two magnificent championship courses - the Old Course, 6950 yards & the Castle Course at 5556 yards. The 2003 restoration by Hawtree of the 1927 MacKenzie course has received world-wide acclaim & ranks Lahinch in the world's best 100.


The Burren is a "karst" landscape, of irregular limestone with fissures, caverns and sinkholes caused by erosion. Often said to resemble the surface of the moon, it has ring forts, Neolithic tombs, caves and an abundance of flowers and wildlife, making it perfect for a walking tour.


The cobbled streets and buildings of this ancient port town groan with culture, with a beautiful Cathedral, Castle plus theatre, film and art marke this vibrant college town a must see. Full of character with excellent shopping, it's well worth the trip.


The Irish coastline is one of the most prolific and beautiful surfing backdrops in the northern hemisphere, if not the world. For the past few years the world's amateur surfers and best professionals alike have flocked to surf the secret emerald coastline.


Trek along the beach beside the beautiful atlantic ocean or through the woodlands of the burren. The views of Galway bay and the burren look stunning taken in on a relaxing trot.


What better way to get right to the heart of the Irish countryside than by bicycle. It's the ideal way to discover the true beauty and charm of the Burren and it's people and you can do it at your own pace.


Situated in the north-western corner of Co. Clare the Burren has a lot to offer the visiting climber - easily accessible, quick drying west facing limestone cliffs are in plentiful supply.


The Burren is one of the most famous and unique limestone landscapes in Western Europe. Below ground are nearly 100 kilometres of cave passage. These caves are typically active (i.e. wet) canyon passages with beautifully sculpted walls.

Two caves are open to the casual & family visitor.


Doolin Cave is one of Europe's most compelling cave attractions. 'The Great Stalactite' is a large free hanging stalactite anywhere in the world.


Glacial melt waters of an early ice age the waters carved out a subterranean river deep underneath Ailwee mountain. This river has subsided, leaving behind one of Ireland's most stunning caves.

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Review 1-6 of 6

2 Sep 2013


"Beautiful home from home!"

We stayed here for a family get-together. The rooms were all large and clean (photos on website did not do them justice!) The en-suites were all large and clean also and included a jacuzzi bath in one - much fun for all! Kitchen was well stocked with pots & pans and perfect as we ate in every evening. Only negative was that not much outside space to enjoy in the evening as it was all very shaded. This did not hamper our stay at all though as we were happy eating indoors. Especially enjoyed the reception room with beautiful views of the sunsets. Overall a lovely homely holiday let perfect for our family! Close to Fanore beach which is goegeous. Would happily come again!

24 Jul 2013


"Beautiful home with alpacas and a sea view, in the tiny town of Fanore."

A beautiful house with plenty of room for 10+, new home additions currently being added, a cozy kitchen, comfortable sitting rooms with a great library, and awesome outdoor space. Take a walk among the alpaca fields (shut the gates!) and just enjoy the time you're there. We went when the weather was very warm and spent time at the nearby beach which has fantastic tide pools. The landlord is super nice and accommodating, he'll even lend DVDs from his home.

Better Directions from the south: Once you hit the Fanore town line, pass O'Donohue Pub (it's blue, great food, can't miss it!) on the right with the town store on the left, continue on and pass the turnoff for the beach on the left. Keep going and once you see the sign for Paragringo shop on the left there will then be 2 identical white cottages on the left followed by a farm gate and your destination, a yellow cottage on the left surrounded by garden. Turn in to the farm gate and park.

18 Jul 2013


"The perfect place for our family adventure"

Damien warmly welcomed us when we arrived. Everything was as described on the website. It was spacious, clean and well-appointed. In fact, some of the rooms were newly finished. We loved the view over pastures and water to the Aran Islands. After a day of touring and dinner (in a wonderful kitchen), our grandchildren would go into the pastures to visit with the Alpacas. A special treat for all of us was the yearly shearing that took place while we were there. This was truly a home away from home and we would love to return.

23 Jul 2012


"Peace Luxury Retreat...Enjoy"

I cannot recommend highly enough. If you want a break in a peaceful, country retreat look no further! We rented the cottage for a family occasion with 10 adults and there was more… More

10 Jul 2012


"Perfect combination of location, comfort, amenities."

Beautifully set adjacent to an alpaca ranch, the house was almost perfect. Kitchen well outfitted, bedrooms comfortable, wonderful spaces for group gatherings as well as getting away from group space… More

4 Oct 2011


"A really beautiful spacious cottage with lots of character"

We had a wonderfully relaxing stay. The cottage is beautiful with amazing views of the Aran Islands. There was oodles of space- inside and out which we appreciated. It was decorated with great style and had lots of lovely homely touches. The reception rooms were large and comfortable. Great care had been taken to make the guest feel at home.

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