About the home
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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 (4 en suite). 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, 2km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|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, 5 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 4 en suites|
|Furniture:||Double beds (5), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 10|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Sleeps 8/10 adults very comfortably in 5 bedrooms ( internal 5th Bedroom), 4 bedrooms ensuite, 5th internal bedroom adjacent to main bathroom.
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 40 acre Alpaca 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
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.
What happens if I need to cancel or change my reservation?
Any changes to your reservation must be made as early as possible by phone, fax or e-mail. In the event of a cancellation deposits are non-refundable but may be used for a booking at another stage. In the event of a no-show we are obliged to hold all monies paid to us. Where a cancellation occurs within 4 weeks prior to arrival but after the full balance has been paid we will refund:
Up to 3 weeks before date of arrival 50% of balance paid excluding the booking deposit is refundable
Up to 2 weeks before date of arrival date 20% of balance paid excluding the booking deposit is refundable
Up to 1 week before the date of arrival 10% of the balance paid excluding the booking deposit is refundable
How do I get the keys for my cottage?
Simply call us when you are getting close to us. Check in time is from 4pm onwards. We aim to meet and greet all our guests on arrival, in addition let us know if your plane or ferry has been delayed and we will leave the heat on for you.
What time can I check-in?
On receiving your balance of payment we will send you/email you information confirming your holiday, arrival date, balance outstanding, directions etc.
Check-in time is normally from 4 pm onwards. If you require an early check-in this must be arranged two weeks in advance.
What time do I have to check-out?
Checkout time is strictly 10am. Late checkouts must be pre-arranged with us.
Do I have to pay a security deposit?
Yes, due to the standard of the cottages and the quality of the furnishings a security deposit of €200 is required on check in. This deposit is returned to you in full on your departure providing that the cottages are left in a clean and tidy condition. (In some cases your security deposit will be returned to you by post within 14 days of departure).
A security deposit is required to cover any breakages or damage that may occur during your stay.
Can I book for 2-3 days or a weekend break?
Yes we do cater for weekend breaks. Our minimum requirement is 2 nights stay. This can be weekend or midweek (depending on availability) except for the months of July & August where our policy is to let on a weekly basis only.
The County Galway / County Clare / 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 Ballyvaughan area
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:
CLIFFS OF MOHER
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.
How to get there
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Driving directions from Galway Airport to Fanore 56.7 km – about 56 mins
1. Head south on Galway Airport 1.1 km
2. Turn left toward R338 0.9 km
3. Turn left at R338 1.3 km
4. Continue on Main St 0.9 km
5. Turn right at N18 7.5 km
6. Turn right at N67 20.2 km
7. Turn left to stay on N67 10.4 km
8. Turn right at Ballyvaughan/R479
Continue to follow R479 14.4 km
Driving directions from Shannon Airport to Fanore 73.8 km – about 1 hour 8 mins
1. Head north on Airport Rd/N19 toward Shannon Freezone Industrial Estate
2 Continue to follow N19. Go through 3 roundabouts 3.9 km
3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the N18 ramp 0.5 km
4. Merge onto N18 11.9 km
5. Take the exit 0.3 km
6. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N85
Go through 4 roundabouts 7.3 km
7. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Lahinch Rd/N85
Continue to follow N85 24.8 km
8. Continue straight onto Main St/N67
Continue to follow N67 11.1 km
9. Turn left at R477 2.9 km
10. Turn left to stay on R477 0.8 km
11. Turn right at R479
12. Arrive Fanore
Activities near Ballyvaughan
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
23 Jul 2012
I cannot recommend www.burrenthatch.com 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
10 Jul 2012
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... more
04 Oct 2011
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.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Winter 2011||14 Oct 11||7 Nov 11||€ 700||-||€ 500||3 Nights|
|Winter 2011||7 Nov 11||24 Dec 11||€ 500||-||€ 300||3 Nights|
|Christmas 2011||24 Dec 11||31 Dec 11||€ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|New Years eve 2011||31 Dec 11||3 Jan 12||€ 600||-||-||3 Nights|
|Jan to Mar 2012||3 Jan 12||1 Apr 12||€ 475||-||€ 300||3 Nights|
|Apr to May 2012||1 Apr 12||1 Jun 12||€ 600||-||€ 350||3 Nights|
|June 2012||1 Jun 12||1 Jul 12||€ 650||-||€ 400||3 Nights|
|Summer 2012||1 Jul 12||1 Sep 12||€ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|September 2012||1 Sep 12||1 Oct 12||€ 700||-||€ 450||3 Nights|
|October 2012||1 Oct 12||1 Nov 12||€ 800||-||-||3 Nights|
|November||1 Nov 12||1 Dec 12||€ 800||-||-||3 Nights|
|December||1 Dec 12||22 Dec 12||€ 700||-||-||3 Nights|
|Christmas Week||22 Dec 12||30 Dec 12||€ 1000||-||-||3 Nights|
|New Years Eve Week||30 Dec 12||6 Jan 13||€ 1000||-||-||3 Nights|
|January/Feb/Mar||6 Jan 13||16 Mar 13||€ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|St Patricks Week||16 Mar 13||23 Mar 13||€ 800||-||-||3 Nights|
|Mar/Apr/May||23 Mar 13||1 Jun 13||€ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|June/July/August||1 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||€ 900||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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