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The back of the house from the south side - with the sea of Galway Bay in the distance

House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

GORSE COTTAGE is set on a gentle hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and distant Conemara mountain ranges. Close to the famous villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna in County Clare. It is situated in a peaceful coastal location in the heart of a farming community,and provides relaxed and tranquil base from which to discover the beautiful west coast of Ireland.

The cottage has five bedrooms, two reception rooms, a large kitchen/dining area, two bathrooms and a utility room. It is traditional at heart, but is also designed with stylish and contemporary comfort in mind.

In addition to the stunning views and mesmerising sunsets, there are some breath-taking walks right on the doorstep of the cottage, where one can walk for hours without meeting another soul.....down local farm tracks, through the 'fairy fields', and along natural coastal pavements.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Fanore 8 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Shannon 64 km, Nearest railway: Galway/Limerick 70 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Bicycles available, Swing set
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

This is a contemporary home with a tasteful eye for traditional Irish style. With it's traditional cottage windows and white-washed finish it sits beautifully into the surrounding landscape .

The kitchen is large and traditional, but with a very contemporary feel. It features solid wood cabinetry, granite countertops, a huge range-style cooker with gas hob, and a beautiful stone floor which runs through the hallways. Perfect for entertaining or just relaxing with some good Irish cook-books (provided). The kitchen also has west facing French Windows which open out onto the enclosed garden, limestone patio and picnic bench, with beautiful views of open countryside, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. There is also a small herb garden which visitors are welcome to use (in season).

There is a living room adjoining the kitchen and another separate family room. Both of the living rooms contain an Irish Waterford/Stanley solid-fuel burner and floors of solid local wood (Larch). They both provide panoramic views of tranquil burren countryside and the Atlantic sea.

For most of the year twobeautiful ponies are resident in the meadow just in font of the house, and the gorse to the wes and north provides a wonderful sheltered habitat for an amazing variety of birds (including a couple of pheasant). Hares can usually be spotted in Spring and even the occasional Pine Marten.

The bedrooms are all tastefully finished with an eye for comfort and simplicity. High quality beds and matresses are used in all rooms. Four of the five bedrooms look our onto stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

There is a bathroom/WC upstairs and a shower room/WC downstairs. Both bathrooms are spacious, beautifully tiled, and fitted with high quality sanitary ware.

Welcom pack will be available on arrival including a local newspaper with listings of all local activities and festivals. Some excellent books on the local area are also provided for visitors use.

There is a small enclosed garden and play area to the back and west side of the house. This area contains a small children's play area with swings, limestone picnic bench and traditional limestone walls on the western side.

Further details outdoors

Traditional Limestone Patio

Limestone Picnic Bench

Children's play swings

Good quality bicycles available for hire locally

Further details

Sorry - Parties or groups under the ages of 25 are not accepted.

Proprietors of "Gorse Cottage" are not liable for any damages, loss of valuables or personal injury.

The County Galway/County Clare region

Galway/Clare region is situated in the heart of the west of Ireland, famous for it's wild and beautiful landscape, and a warm Irish welcome. The climate is temperate. The west of Ireland has kept much of its traditional charm, and is dotted with small towns and picturesque villages that contain independent family-run establishments. There are endless historic sights to see and places of interest to visit. Host to numerous festivals all year round. A holiday in this part of Ireland will never be forgotten.


Gorse Cottage is located on the edge of the Burren, one of the most unique ecological regions in Europe. An area of rare beauty due to its limestone landscape and interesting flora, it also holds numerous ancient archeological sites - Poulnabrone wedgetomb, Caher Connell ring-fort, ancient churches and tower houses - and some not so ancient, such as Father Ted's house (from the TV sitcom). You can drive or hike into the Burren, or hire bikes from Doolin village.

The Doolin (Roadford end) is 3 km away (1.7 miles) . Doolin's three legendary pubs - O'Connors, McDermotts and McGanns - host traditional music sessions every night in summer and some of Ireland's top musicans have come from the Doolin scene (Sharon Shannon, Davy Spillane, Tommy Peoples, Owen O'Neill, Kevin Griffin and Terry Bingham). Doolin also has some interesting shops and lots of top class restaurants.

There is also a good 18 hole pitch and putt golf course, which even seasoned golfers will find a challenge. Further up the road is the harbour where ferries run regularly in summer to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. There are some great limestone rocks behind the ferry houses where older children love to clambour about, and a dolphin comes in to Doolin harbour most evenings. Bring a flask and enjoy watching the activity.

In Doolin you can sit in the antiquarian book shop, go potholing, or horse riding, or take a fishing rod out on the Aille River which runs through the village or on the coastal pavements that are all along the coast. Alternatively take a walk between the village and the coast where there are numerous bronze and iron age sites, the most impressive of which is the court tomb at Teergonean (meaning “land of no birds”) thought to be nearly 6000 years old. There is also the most incredible cliff path walk between Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher which is an incredible way to experience the Cliffs (and free!).

A short drive away is Lisdoonvarna, famous for the annual bachelor festival and its traditional pubs and hotels. Our favourite is the Roadside Tavern, for great traditional sessions and good pub food.

A few km further up the road is the old town of Ennistymon, a throwback to a previous era with its old shopfronts and traditional family-run bars and pubs, and the Courthouse Art Gallery which runs some great Art exhibitions.

Nearby is Lahinch, a mecca for surfers from all over Ireland and beyond. It also has an aquarium, swimming pool and art gallery. Lahinch is perhaps most famous for its 18 hole golf course. Founded in 1892 it became one of the most celebrated links courses in the world and still draws golf enthusiasts from all over. And a little further up the coast is Miltown Malabay, a town famous for its music and beaches, plus the world renowned Willy Clancy festival in July.

The famous Cliffs of Moher are also a short drive and now have a new high tech visitor centre. There are interactive exhibits and breathtaking film shows. And Liscannor village with fantastic rock pools which are always a big hit with the children.

Half a mile to the north is Ballinalacken Castle, the stunning Burren Coast Road and Green Roads.

The world famous Doolin caves are a short walk from the house.

The blue flag beach of Fanore is around 8 km away along one of the most stunning coastal drives in Ireland. Drive a little further up the coastline and you come to the beautiful fishing villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra (just over the Galway border).

Other local sites of interest include Poulnabrone dolmen, Lemanah Castle, Caher Chonail Fort, The Burren Perfumery and Herb Garden, Moher Hill Pet Farm, Aliwee Caves, Doolin Caves.

A little further afield there is Galway city, Coole Park in Gort, Bunratty Folk park (well worth a visit) and Limerick city .

If all this seems a bit exhausting you can simply stay close to the cottage and go walking, either on the scenic green road from Ballinalacken. Or walk down the little boreen (track or small road) 100 meters from the house, which takes you down to a green track, to the fairy fields and the edge of the Burren where you can walk for hours through stunning countryside and along natural coastal pavements without meeting another soul. Locals sometimes fish off the coastal pavements at the bottom of the boreenn (or sometimes down at the river in Doolin), so bring angling equipment if you have any keen anglers in your party.


1km - Ballinalacken Castle

3km - Doonagore Castle

50km - Bunratty Castle (and folk park. medieval castle and many traditional houses from around the country - see life how it used to be lived. Also battle recreations).

60km - Kinvarra Castle

Golf Courses:

Doolin Pitch and Putt - 3km

Lahinch - 10km


Doolin - 2km, Coastal pavements - 1 km.


6km - Fanore

10km - Lahinch (great for surfing)

14km - White Strand

16km - Spanish Point

Traditional Music Pubs:

1km - McDermotts, McGanns

2km - O'Connors, Fitzpatricks

4km - The Roadside Tavern


1km - Ballinalacken Castle Hotel, Aran View Hotel

1.5km - Lazy Lobster, Doolin Cafe, Bruach na hAille, Roadford House

2km - Cullinans

Walks & Picnics

0.1km - the boreen and green track

1km - the green road

2km - Doolin

Ancient sites

0.5km - Cahermaccrusheen and cahermaclancy (seen from the cottage)

2km - Teergonean court tomb

12km - Poulnabrone, Caher Connell

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5 Oct 2014


"Great Cottage in Great location"

We stayed as a group of 8, it was perfect. Night life fantastic in nearby Doolin, every pub has traditional Irish live music, the restaurants are some of the best in Ireland. We used a local Mini bus … More

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Much appreciated. Hope you can all make it back again some day soon!

9 Sep 2014


"An excellent base"

A group of eight of us stayed at Gorse Cottage for the week beginning August 30th, 2014.The facilities were generally excellent (though I've already suggested to the owner that it's necessar… More

Thanks so much for your review. I've updated the house description to be a bit more clear on distances as we were quoting different distances at different sections of the site. According to AA site the house is 1.7 miles or 3km form Mc Ganns pub in Doolin, and 3.1 miles or 5km from the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna. The drive into Mc Gann's (Doolin) really is a very quick run along a good straight road with lovely scenic views.

4 Aug 2014


"Perfect Irish Holiday"

Staying at Gorse Cottage absolutely made our whole trip fabulous. There were 10 of us and the house was so spacious it certainly did not feel like there were that many in the house. The view is simp… More

Thanks so much for this lovely review. It's really warming to hear about your holiday and that your party enjoyed the house and location. We have just come back from the house ourselves, and, this year we are recommending surfing at Lahinch (10 euros to rent a board and a wet suit) and kayaking at White Strand (15 euros to rent a kayak for 1.5 hours, and only 10 euros for repeat visits!).

1 Aug 2014


"Great views, roomy, and comfoartable...(with a few caveats)"

Looking to book a cottage for 6 adults on the west coast of Ireland, our search brought us to Gorse Cottage and it worked out very well. Located equidistant from the main streets of Doolin and the nea… More

Great to hear you had a good stay. All visitor feedback is very important to us as we really set our sights on ensuring that all of our guests have a first class stay. We have already resolved the smaller points you mentioned (frying pans and veg peeler) and I would ask any future guests to make sure they report any similar small inconveniences to Ted who lives next door and will replace any faulty items as quickly as possible (the kettle recently stopped working and he sent in his own kettle while a new one was being sourced!). There is a hand held food blender (mouli) which I hope you found. We'd also like to reassure guests that the internet signal at the house is generally very good, however based on this feedback we are considering if we can remove the one-off 10 euro top-up contribution request for guests that use more than 2Gb per week. Thanks.

20 Jan 2014


"Unforgettable New years visit, perfect setting, good friends and tunes!"

We stayed at Gorse Cottage to celebrate New Years and it was the perfect cottage for us, we were a group of ten, 25-27 year old's. We wanted somewhere where we could sit by the fire, make dinner,… More

23 Sep 2013


"Spectacular Cottage"

This is a spectacular cottage in a beautiful setting. We truly enjoyed our stay. It has all of the amenities while giving that wonderful country feel. Very clean and comfortable! I would highly re… More

15 Jul 2013


"The house was amazing, I would definitely stay here again, it was exactly as advertised!"

We stayed at Gorse cottage in June with three adults and 5 teenagers! The house was beautiful it had everything we needed and more. There was more than enough room for all of us, we were not sure beca… More

16 Oct 2012


"Great house, great location."

House is exactly as advertised - lovely and comfortable and great location if you want to get away from it all but still only be a few minutes drive from lovely bars, restaurants etc. Plenty of space with the 5 bedrooms - we never even used the second living room with the tv because the living space off the kitchen is so comfortable! Would highly recommend.

6 Sep 2012


"Lovely homely house from which to explore west and north Clare"

Modern but characterful house, spacious, lots of natural light, great views to both Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. If you're looking for a peaceful break to recharge your batteries, Gorse Cottage fits the bill. Two or three pubs close by in Doolin with good food and music as well.
Get one of the local guides (we recommend Mary Howard) to show you and explain the Burren.
If you're a cyclist, do the coast road to Fanore and Ballyvaughan, it's a lovely ride.

13 Sep 2011


"Perfect Irish hoiliday"

We really enjoyed our week at Gorse cottage. The house itself was very comfortable and had everything we needed - it is even stocked with books and a cupboard of toys. The fact that it had two sitting… More

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