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Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 15

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 8km

Hello and Welcome,

***** stop the world and get off at Banba House ***** you are now entering a stress free zone********

.....12 MINS TO GALWAY MAIN STREET...........

RENTAL PAYMENT and *** NO EXTRA CHARGES***oil fired central heating and electricity are included.

You can rent Banba short or long term...look at www,VROB search 401059

..................fancy a pint of Guinness or a nice Irish whisky, maybe a Bailys Irish Cream in front of a blazing turf fire.

How about a real music session of some incredible traditional Irish music,or just sit on the shore and watch the sun go down on Galway bay. Do you remember the Song?.... You will love it here at Banba House.

***Amazing Banba House***

Many of our guests advance book our amazing welcoming brunch.. freshly cooked and beautifully presented, all ready on the table for you when you arrive. Just kick off your shoes have a complimentary glass of wine on us and eat drink and be merry !!

Food for up to 15 people, freshly roasted chickens with very large mixed salad with lettuce, peppers, sweet corn and tomatoes,, freshly baked long French bread sticks, mayo and and Italiano dressing, tea coffee sugar milk butter in the fridge. Total of ? x Bottle of white wine and red wine on the beautifully presented decorated table with Irish crystal glasses ( just to make the wine taste better) , all ready and set out for you in the spacious dining room. Think about it, you have arrived at beautiful Banba House after your long journey and the food and wine are ready and waiting on the table for you..You will be well fed, and perfectly relaxed after your journey, so now you can take a walk down to the local pub in less than 5 mins and have a nice night cap or a few pints of the Black stuff... Pre book your food, you'll love it !!!

Let us know how we can help..................

You can rent Banba short or long term...look at www,VROB earch 401059

Thank you for taking the time to look at Banba House situated 10/12 minutes from Galway city centre Main Street . I am sure that you will find the following information that I have put together for you interesting and helpful, *** NO extra charges***oil fired heating and electricity are included. We don't allow house party's.

Accomodation and Sleeping arrangements

Five Bedrooms

Bedroom One: large double bed 1700 mm wide,

.................and single bed 900 mm wide, with one sink

Bedroom Two: two large double beds...... one bed 1600 mm wide,

..........................and double bed 1600 mm wide, with one sink

Bedroom Three: double bed 1300 mm wide

Bedroom Four: large single bed 1150 mm

Bedroom Five: three single beds 900 mm wide, or one double and one single if you want to push beds together

*****We set up temporary sleep-over beds for groups of more than thirteen.*****.

Banba is an old girl, coming up on a hundred years old, nearly as old as me'self, ha ha, be gentle with her and she'll treat you swimmingly, Banba has fully high end re-furbished two years ago and has oil fired central heating thoughout..Banba lies on a secluded tree lined street just one 10 minute train stop from Galway main street. We don't allow house party's at Banba

We take great care to prepare for each group as you arrive. All bed linen and towels are freshly laundered, line dried and tumble dry finished and left on the beds for your comfort

Day 1............some people fly into Dublin and see Dub for a day or two and then take the train West later in the evening or next morning early.

Day 2 Galway city tour and take a walk out to Salt hill, see the Cathedral and visit the University. Stop in Ti Ceoli bar for music and craic on the way back and a pint of 'black'.

Day 3 Coach tour,, Connemara, Clifden Roundstone.....full day.

Day 3.. Coach tour Cliffs of Moher.,the Burren Kinvara ..................................... full day

Day 4 Aran Islands ferry, full day,.................................. full day

Day 5 head south Cork, Kerry and and back to Dub for your trip home,,,

What do you think..?

Your fully refundable deposit is transferred to you on leaving the house in the same condition as you find it when you arrive.

Galway Main Street Ten Minutes

You dont need a car to get here

One minute walk to local shop

Three minutes walk to shops pubs restaurants.and churches

Transport all day and home til 2.30 weekends...

Size Sleeps up to 15, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Oranmore and many more 8 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: GALWAY DUBLIN..KNOCK SHANNON BELFAST AND CORK 15 km, Nearest railway: ATHENRY ,a one minute walk. 200 m
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, Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available
General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Secure parking

The County Galway/County Clare region

Wonderful Galway City, culture music and a few

from here so it's easy and it's lovely to drive down there.

….. If you decide to come and enjoy Banba House, I will do what I can to make your visit a special and memorable holiday occasion and I will be available to provide any help and advice that I can in order to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

….. if I can be of any help whatsoever in helping you to plan your journey to get here with directions and your local travel around Ireland when you are here, please do not hesitate to ask.

Trains, car rental, buses, times and travel distances , tours etc.....

…………...sometimes it's not easy if you are not familiar with the territory......

…..wishing you the luck o' the Irish

GETTING TO BANBA HOUSE see our own site for details..............

Galway City

You can see the castle from the house just two minutes walk away.: Athenry (meaning the King's Ford) is an ancient historic surburb village, set just a 10 min train ride, just few minutes from Main Street Galway with its medieval past, with narrow streets and town walls. The best preserved section of the original town wall is found at the North Gate and is a major feature of Athenry. “Heritage Status” has been awarded to the town, making it an ideal place to live and holiday. For anyone planning to visit the West, I recommend that you read the history so that you get the most out of your time here. Plan a visit to the Castle and Heritage Centre, just a few minutes walk from the house.


M6 to R348 to R347: From the motorway/highway (M6) take the R348 until you get to the roundabout joining the R347. Head into town towards the skyscrapers, (only joking), keep going straight and head into town, past the small round look out historic tower as you enter Athenry.

Bridge Street: As the road curves around to the left, the main castle comes into view in the distance on your right. There's a park/playground on your right and an historic cemetery/church on your left. The post office is just ahead of you now (a small brick building with a green “post” sign). You take a right before the post office.

Court Lane: The castle is in front of you and you will pass by it on your right. You should drop in and have a look while your here. The road curves around to the left and you drive straight on past the Athenry's famous arch historic archway (you'll see it to your left) and veer right (you'll see a petrol station on your right).

Tuam Road: Turn left at the next street (Tuam Road). Continue straight on this road. You'll go through the traffic lights and over the hump-back bridge (you'll go over train tracks and will see the train station on your left). Slow down, take the next right at the bottom of the bridge, it's the first gate in the've arrived. Welcome.

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Review 1-10 of 14

6 Jun 2014


"Charming and spacious home near everything."

My only regret is that we didn't get to stay longer. Ray was a gracious and attentive host. The home was everything we hoped it would be and was within walking distance of downtown. An added bonu… More

Wow! what a lovely group of people. Sometimes you just get a chance to converse with some wonderful people who you know could be great friends. but who you never got to meet in your lifes journey until now.. 'twud be great to see you all again, thank you s much for your kind words, come back and see us at Banba again.......Ray

21 Apr 2014


"what a wonderful weekend!"

From start to finish we ( a group of 16) had an amazing weekend! Ray was a wonderful host very help and on site very quickly when we needed a few tea bags after our long journey. The house is amazin… More

thanks so much to you and all your group. We hope yuo see you all again soon . Ray

7 Apr 2014


"The best holiday we ever had......"

We spent a week in Banba House and I honestly have to say it was the best holiday we ever had! The owner Ray was unbelievably accommodating and even offered to baby sit out kids so myself and my husba… More

yeah!!!!...but they were too good at football for me.. Ha ha !! ,, really glad you guys had a great time.. See you again soon I hope.. Ray

25 Sep 2013


"Everything is Perfect"

We stayed at Banba House for 5 nights in early Sept. 2013. The house and host, Ray McGrogan, were wonderful. There were only 2 of us, middle aged women from the U.S.. Ray met us at the train station a… More

What can I say Linda, you ladies where so gracious during your visit and its such a pleasure for me to have you as guests at Banba. Firstly thank you so much for making a very special piece of art as a present to me while you stayed in Banba. It now takes pride of place in my kitchen and everyone who comes into my cottage remarks on your inspired talent. The owner of the local pub where you pulled your own pint of creamy guinness was asking about you guys.I think its great that you experienced the real Ireland in a small local village and had a chance to meet some real local Irish people. It is such a thrill for me to realize that the place inspired you during your visit. I love your photos, your such a good photographer, it easy to see you have a special talent, would you allow me to use a couple of your photos you posted in trip advisor as I would love to have them on the Banba House web site. Hope you will visit us again soon. very best regards ..Ray

24 Sep 2013


"Felt at home"

Thank you so much, Ray. These are my lines to future guests: a wonderful house in a pretty village, but the host is top of all: charming and helpful, with good reccomendations for any traveler. You�… More

You guys were fantastic, so glad you enjoyed your time at Banba, we would be delighted to see you coming back sometime again soon. regards

5 Sep 2013


"Perfect Stay"

Staying at Banba House made our trip in Galway perfect. The house was so comfortable and clean. The proprietor was extremely accommodating and helpful. Every aspect of our stay was catered for. All am… More

Its easy to be helpful to great people, thanks and see you soon again I hope.... Ray

2 Sep 2013


"Beautiful House, Superb Location."

We stayed in Banba House for three days. When we arrived we got a delicious complimentry meal with two bottles of wine prepared by the owner Ray, he was a very friendly and helpful man. The house was … More

...................brilliant group of people, really glad you had such a great time. Regards

1 Sep 2013


"Way to Go!"

We travelled to Ireland with our 4 grown children/significant others etc. This place was really well located. Took the train into Galway..we were able to take the bus back out.. kids were able to take a cab..It was great. Can walk into the town and go for a pint, listen to music, watch dancing.. etc. Anthenry is a
GREAT town - good food, great people .. Owner is very accommodating, place has everything you need, plenty of parking, safe - can't say enough - was great!!! PERFECT!!

twas was a pleasure to meet all of you, thanks for coming to Banba House and am so glad you enjoyed... All the best... Ray

1 Aug 2013


"A heartwarming host and a beautiful house!"

My family, girlfriend and I stayed at this house during part of our tour of Europe; three days in Ireland. Ray and his friend were waiting for us at the train station. They had a very warm greeting and immediately made us feel at home. When we arrived at the house they had ready for us a meal of 2 cooked chickens, salad, fresh bread and wine, which we really needed after 2 straight days of travel. He has a nice binder of info to get you started in the town of Athenry and Galway with food, pubs, music, sightseeing and other services. On his recommendation we went to Clifden which was absolutely lovely. The house was spacious and well furnished, there are many beautiful rooms and the beds were very comfortable. The area was extremely convenient by the train station, but also very quiet, with no road noise, etc. Checkout was simple: Ray gave us our deposit the day before we left and we made sure to load the dishes into the dishwasher, put the used sheets/towels on the floor and take out our trash.

, thanks so much guys, I always feel that you should be able to contact me if you need something during your stay. Its good to be available to advise people who take the trouble to come and stay at Banba House. We take great pride in Banba House and value all the new people who we meet on their travels from around the world. Now that we have just had our wi fi booster installed, we expect we will be able to reply faster better sooner to any info requests we receive.Our moto is...We are here to help... Very Best Regards
Ray and Rita.

25 Jul 2013


"Can't wait to do it again"

Next time we will rent the Bamba House for a week and travel to other places from there, There was eleven of us and we all had our space and we love the set up of the house, very spacious and elegant. The owner Ray made us feel at home and made our stay a very memorable one, we can not say enough about all his help, before we got to Ireland and his attention to detail while we where there. Anybody reading this post please feel free to contact me with any questions on this property.

a brilliant bunch of people, It was my pleasure to be able to help. Ray

Review 1-10 of 14

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