The former Church of Ireland School House was built by the founder of Clifden, John D’Arcy, in around 1815 and was the town’s first school. As such it is one of Clifden’s listed buildings and many of the original features remain, including the large stone fireplace, the exposed stone walls, old pine floors, doors and the original pine staircase. The ground floor's open plan allows one to take in the scope of the public rooms upon first crossing over the threshold.
The atmosphere is very comfortable and casual. In the sitting room, large stone arched palladium windows allow plenty of light and the fireplace adds visual and actual warmth. This is a perfect room for entertaining or just sitting quietly with a book. There is a TV and DVD player. The galley kitchen is to the right of the entryway and although not huge, it is a cook's kitchen with everything close at hand and equipped with all you should need. The adjacent dining area seats 8 comfortably at an old refectory pine table.
Two of the bedrooms are on the main/ground floor. One is off the front entrance hall with a 4ft6”/1.37m double bed, very nice appointments and a cute little stone ensuite with shower. The other bedroom, has twin beds (2 singles) with ensuite shower-over-bath, is at the back of the house, beyond the living room.
All four bedrooms are en suite (with W.C. and with shower/shower-over-bath).
There are two staircases, one on either side of the house. The original pine staircase, near the dining area, leads up to the open balcony sitting area which overlooks the living room.
The spiral staircase, located just at the front entry way, leads directly to one of the upstairs bedrooms, a spacious room with stone walls a king size bed (2m) and an extra of 1.37m. This room is ensuite with shower. The other upstairs bedroom is on the opposite side of the balcony sitting area and accessed via the pine stairs. It has a 5ft/ 1.52m bed with a spacious ensuite with shower-over-bath. All the bedrooms overlook a nice grassy area behind the house.
The back lawn area is not level and does not have a patio. You can eat casual meals in a designated area at the side or at the front of the house where there is a picnic table/bench and outdoor chairs. It's fun to look down onto the town from this perch. Clifden is a lively and friendly town with excellent restaurants, authentic pubs and nice shops. It's a 1-minute walk down to the high street.
This is an excellent base for touring Connemara, a gorgeous and haunting area. There's much to see and do here. There's golf, of course. The beaches are beautiful, empty and clean. At every turn, you'll see glorious scenery. There are Irish craft shops, many ancient Celtic sites and opportunities to ramble in the Twelve Bens.
Children are warmly welcomed to this property. This house books very fast so we suggest you book early. There is no Internet access at the house but there are several Internet cafes just down the street. There is a pay-as-you-go cell phone at the house for your use.
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Located in the heart of Clifden Town with it's vibrant bustling atmosphere of Clifden the Capital of Connemara, this stunning 18th Century Old School House offers the perfect setting for exploring Connemara. The house itself sits at the top of the town, making it a perfect setting for walking down town to all it's superb restaurants, colourful shops, lively pubs with great entertainment. From here you can enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities including hiking, climbing The Diamond mountain at the National Park enjoy a walking tour exploring the 12 Bens or take a boat trip to Inishbofin Island where you can hire bikes or enjoy a picnic on white sandy beaches There are plenty of opportunities in Connemara to enjoy water sports including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, diving, surfing on the fabulous safe beaches surrounding the Coast. There is excellent golf links course nearby with amazing sea and mountain views. There is many places where you can enjoy horse riding along the beach. Why not drive around the small villages along the coast, Roundstone & Cleggan are quaint fishing villages where local fishermen provide fresh fish daily to the local pubs and restaurants. Clifden is surrounded by white sandy beaches, Dogs bay and Gurteen in Roundstone, Dunloughlan beach, in Ballyconnelly a surfers paradise, Glassilaun beach in Renvyle (the list is endless). You can take a boat trip on the Corrib lake or a trip to the Aran Islands. Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland's most visited tourist attraction, beautiful gardens with a Gothic church. There are many fishing trips you can book or river/lake fishing in the area along the Owenglin River or Ballynahinch.
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