Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
A unique house by the architect Rory Brooks. Built from the ruins of the old mission school it has been purpose designed as a holiday home. Its ancient natural stone exterior blends with the scenery yet inside; it is both functional and fun. It is the perfect base from which to explore the beauty and charm of Connemara providing an oasis of modern creature comforts to return to.
The layout is such that the main activities of eating, cooking, sitting, study, are all defined as there own area but combined off one central feature. No one need be excluded. If things get too much you can disappear off to your bedroom.
For ease of management we now let the house with 10 beds made up.
BEDROOM 4. Double bed 2
BEDROOM 3. Two single beds (cot if required) 2+
BEDROOM 2. Two single beds 2
BEDROOM 1. Two double bunks (plus top bed 5) 4+1
..........................Double sofa-bed in upper living room +2
Bed linen is provided and we can provide towels although we always recommend you bring your own if weight is not a problem.
Fitted with gas hob, fridge, double electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, dehumidifier
Two bathrooms/shower run off conventional tank,
with third bath tap (Harry Lime) providing endless instant hot water.
With open hearth fire as central focal point. Television, DVD, CD/Tape player, Satolite dish. Full gas central heating.
Washing machine, dryer, sink, additional large fridge/freezer, gumboot room, drying area.
Ample parking areas, private garden, patio area, field for ball games etc.
We suggest you bring an anorak, rubber boots, thick jersey, swimsuit, own towels, and your indoor games, books, music, etc.
Mobile phone connection is intermittent throughout the house.
3G broadband is accessible upstairs if you have the dongle.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Candoolan 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Galway 85 km, Nearest railway: Galway 80 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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors||
The house has central heating. That is, the open hearth fire is in the middle of the house. It does actually also have full automatic gas central heating. The cooking hob is gas which many find preferable.
Hot water comes from a conventional hot water tank heated by gas and/or immersion heater. In addition the baths have a ‘third man’ Harry Lime. This is connected to an instant gas water heater so however many people want baths; you should never run out of hot water.
Babies? There is a cot (bring own linen), High chair, WC potty and a Push chair. All old but serviceable.
As is essential in the West of Ireland the house has a large utility room/garage. This provides for the changeover from out - inside apparel. It also acts as a drying room for those, not so infrequent, 'soft' days.
Wheelchair? We haven’t got a hope of meeting all the EEC regs to be classified as Disabled accommodation. But we have had guests in wheelchairs who have managed fine. There is a ramp for the front door step kept in the garage. The bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas are all on a level. We had one giant who required a bed without a foot board.
|Further details outdoors||
The house has become quite a landmark over the years. If in Dublin you mention you are staying in the 'round house, Errislannan' people know exactly which house you are referring to. It's been called all things from, The bird trap, The thrupenny bit, the cup cake house, the light house, but most often just 'the round house'. It actually has twelve sides. The joke at planning was it had to be built parallel to the road.
We no longer insist on Saturday to Saturday bookings as we find it cheaper and less congested travelling mid week. We might insist on trying to match up with existing bookings. First booking has a free hand. The minimum period, in season, is one week. Off Season Breaks (OSB) are available. The price for a 3 night break is 75% of the normal weekly rental.
Arrival / departure times
In order to ensure that we have time to prepare the cottage properly for the next guests, we request that guests leave the property by 10am and arrive after 4.30 pm. If it is not going to be a problem we will let you know.
We do not charge a booking fee. We will confirm your booking upon receipt of the deposit.
We ask for a 33% deposit and the balance payable 35 Days prior to arrival date. In order to secure your booking, we require the deposit
Payment of balance
The balance is payable 5 weeks before the start of your holiday or when the holiday is booked, if booking within 5 weeks of the start date.
Please note that the house is made up for 10 people. We do allow up to 13 but there is a €30 surcharge. We also no not provide linen for the extra people.
The good housekeeping bond of €180 is payable with the balance.
We accept payment by Paypal, cheque or bank transfer (details on request). Payment can be in Pounds Sterling or Euro. Please let us know which at time of booking.
Cancellations must be received in writing.
Guests cancelling up to 4 weeks before the start of the holiday will receive a refund of 50% of the balance payment. In case of a split payment, the booking deposit is always non-refundable.
In the event that the cottage becomes unavailable due to circumstances beyond our control (e.g. fire, theft or damage), our liability will be limited to the amount of any payments received, which we will refund in full.
Bed linen is provided for you during your stay. For holidays of 2 weeks we will if you wish, arrange for a clean set to be delivered halfway through your holiday. Please note we ask that you provide your own towels. If you have a problem with that due to baggage weight then please let us know and we will accommodate you. Cot bedding is not provided.
Good housekeeping bond
A good housekeeping bond of £150 (€180) is payable with the balance. Please note that this will be refunded after the end of your stay, subject to the following conditions:
• You agree to take all proper and reasonable care of the cottage, its furniture, pictures and effects and to leave the cottage in the same clean and tidy condition at the end of the rental period as at the start.
• You agree to return any furniture you have moved back to its original position.
• You agree to put away all crockery and cutlery in its rightful place and not to leave any washing up.
• You agree to inform us of any damage, breakage or loss arising during your stay. Any items not reported as damaged or which are missing from the cottage will result in the loss of your deposit.
• You agree not to smoke inside the cottage.
• You agree that the number of people occupying the cottage will not exceed the number stated on the booking form without our explicit agreement. We reserve the right to refuse entry to the entire party if this condition is not observed.
• You agree to take all your belongings with you at the end of your stay as we cannot guarantee to find missing items or return them to you.
• You agree to allow us, or our agents, the right of entry at all reasonable times for the purposes of inspection or to carry out essential repairs or maintenance.
If these conditions are satisfied, we will return your Good Housekeeping Bond in full. We will endeavor to do this within two weeks of your departure.
Pets & Children
Are very welcome. All we ask is that you take full responsibility for them and clean up after them.
The cost of the gas central heating and electricity is included in the rental price. Details of the controls are listed in the information section.
We hope that you have no cause for complaint during your stay, but in the event that there is a problem, you must contact us immediately to give us an opportunity to rectify the problem. If you feel that the problem has not been resolved, you must notify us of your complaint in writing within 7 days of the end of your stay.
In the absence of negligence on our part, the use of the cottage and its facilities is entirely at your own risk.
The County Galway/County Clare region
Galway is renown for its Geographical features, including its Mountain Ranges with the Twelve Bens dominating the Connemara skyline. There are many islands off the coast with the Aran Islands being the main attraction. Galway has lots of freshwater lakes, with trout, salmon and coarse fish in abundance. County Galway has several blue flag beaches. The largest beaches are found in Connemara.
Galway is also home to the greatest array of castles in Ireland, some in ruin, but some magnificently restored.
Connemara National Park
Situated in the heart of the West of Ireland, Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths and grassland.
From the days of the O'Flaherty Chieftains, to Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connemara, to Humanity Dick Martin and to H.R.H. the Maharajah Ranjitsinji . It’s a great place to have tea.
The Connemara Pony is the only native Irish breed of Equine. The Clifden Pony Show is one of the main international events.
Ireland's only natural fjord. It is 16 kilometres long and in the centre it is over 45 metres deep.
Maam Vaaley with its splendid scenery. One of the location for the making of the Quiet Man film in 1953.
The Twelve Bens or Twelve Pins (Irish Na Beanna Beola) is a mountain range in Connemara in the west of Ireland.
Just across the fields. Riding and trekking on Connemara ponies takes place by the hour each morning from Monday to Friday inclusive. Errislannan Manor is one of the main equestrian centres in Connemara and home to the pony club.
Bikes may be hired in Clifden if you are unable to bring your own. It’s very popular with both ammeters and professionals. There are signed posted routs for the tourists to follow, one of which goes past the house.
Connemara Golf Club, Ballyconneely, Clifden, County Galway.
Championship Links Golf course. Playable all year round. 18 hole with clubhouse and restaurant, five miles away. Breathtaking scenery.
Brown trout fishing is included in the house rental. We have two private lakes.
Salmon Fishing is available through out Connemara. There are several lakes and rivers. If you climb one of the 12 pins you will notice that there is almost as much water as there is land. Ballynahinch Castle has some of one of the finest beats.
Sea Fishing is widely available. There are several boats that will take you out into the Atlantic. Most can provide all the equipment you need. You can also fish off the rocks at Boat harbour, just a short walk from the house.
Traditional Irish Music generally takes place in the pubs. During the summer months you will be spoilt for choice. Concerts are sometimes arranged in the Town Halls and Hotels.
Whatever your capability, there are walls to suite. The Twelve Bens provide an excellent challenge. There are organised walks and lots of literature on the matter with maps and directions.
The abundance of lichen shows how clean the air is and several rare flowers thrive in the area. The wild flower exhibits at the Clifden Pony Show are a delight to see. You don’t have to leave Errislannan to start your collection of pressed flowers.
The coral strand and Manin beach are excellent places to collect shells. Other areas where there are rock pools are good for shrimping, and exploring the small crabs, and sea urchins. Beachcombing can turn up many surprises. Once there were thousands of colourful toothbrushes! The range and colour of the seaweed is wonderful. Kelp is still collected for fertilizer and cosmetics.
The sea is just a short walk. Candoolan has a sandy strip when the tide is out but also great rock pools for shrimping. Nearby there are round stone beaches, corral strands, and long sandy beaches.
Clifden Boat Club has training courses for the beginners and facilities for the experienced. Check on their web site for what is available.
Connemara National Park is a must for casual visitors as well as the more serious nature lovers. With over 2900 hectares of Connemara wilderness, the national park boasts scenic mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands, and woodlands. There is a path that takes you to the top of Diamond Hill with its spectacular views.
The gardens of the Connemara are well-known for their beauty, variety and uniqueness. Rain, soft sunshine and the warmth of the Gulf Stream combine to make ideal conditions for the creation of magnificent and magical gardens. The general landscape varies greatly
throughout the region from the stone walled farmlands to the rolling hills and fresh waters of
Lough Corrib to the wild mountains and valleys. Within this landscape lie garden treasures that have been laid out by a variety of local people. One on the garden trail is Errislannan Manor, a short walk away.
Connemara is a wonderful setting for artists. There are several local galleries and courses for those that wish to learn.
is the most popular visitor attraction in the west of Ireland. Kylemore Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys, and features a visitor centre, Victorian Walled Gardens, a Neo-gothic church, Mausoleum, Oak plantation and Woodland Walks.
Located on the North West coast of Connemara, Inish Bofin is something special and unique. The Island is a haven of beauty, boasting magnificent scenery from cliff top walks to the sea on all sides to white sandy beaches and plenty of rare flora and fauna. The ferry to Inishbofin takes 30 minutes and leaves from Cleggan pier.
Killary Cruise is a wonderful luxury sight seeing cruise on Irelands only fjord. On board the cruise you can experience the spectacular killary fjord and breathtaking scenery as you relax and enjoy the comfort and facilities on board. The cruise leaves from near Leenane four times a day during the summer season.
family-run since 1979, deliver direct to your table the best quality smoked salmon and seafood in Ireland. They use only the freshest and finest natural ingredients and follow traditional smoking methods handed down through generations. Their guided tours are well worth going to.