House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
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||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, 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, Trampoline|
|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 etc, limestone picnic bench and traditional limestone walls on the western side.
|Further details outdoors||
Traditional Limestone Patio
Limestone Picnic Bench
Children's Play Area (swings and small trampolene)
Good quality bicycles available for hire locally
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 centre of Doolin is 2 km away. 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
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
0.5km - Cahermaccrusheen and cahermaclancy (seen from the cottage)
2km - Teergonean court tomb
12km - Poulnabrone, Caher Connell