AMAZING GROUP ACCOMMODATION IN LUXURY COUNTRY HOUSE - DOOLIN, CLARE; SLEEPS 28+

Becky Flanagan

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Sleeps32
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms11
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
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AMAZING GROUP ACCOMMODATION IN LUXURY COUNTRY HOUSE - DOOLIN, CLARE; SLEEPS 28+

County Clare Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Private Country House, 11 Bedrooms + Convertible beds, 11+ Baths

Ballyvara House is a beautiful property located half a mile from the village of Doolin Co. Clare which is famed for traditional Irish music, lively pubs and a variety of restaurants. Opened in May 2004 as a 4-star guesthouse, Ballyvara House is now available to rent as a luxury self-catering property.

Ballyvara House boasts a large sitting room with open fire and hand made stone bar area (created with stone from the original 100 year old cottage that originally stood on this site) , extensive lobby area with gas fire, a games room with pool table and a well stocked library, whilst outside there is a tennis court and a children’s play ground plus a small pond to the front of the house. There is also wireless internet access throughout. The commercial kitchen has 2 ovens with 4-ring gas stovetop over each, a salamander grill, a large water boiler, bains marie, microwave and toaster and large pour-over coffee maker, a multitude of refridgerators, a commercial ice machine and a deep chest freezer. The bright and airy dining room is just off the kitchen, equipped with a small, custom built buffet area and 8 tables which can be re-arranged to suit any group requirements. There are currently enough chairs/settings for 24, though more can be added. We've just added new elegant furniture in the large conservatory off the kitchen, which is now a private dining room seating 8

Our 11 bedrooms, all en suite (private bathroom), consist of:

*5 Double Rooms, each with a queen sized double bed. Four of these rooms have a spa bath/shower, with the remaining room having a large walk-in power shower (wheelchair accessible). Four are located on the ground floor, one upstairs.

*1 Triple Room with a queen sized double bed plus single bed, spa bath/shower. Located upstairs.

*1 Deluxe Triple Room with a queen sized double bed plus single bed, spa bath/shower and large balcony. Located upstairs.

*1 Family Room with 1 queen sized double bed plus 2 single beds and single sofa bed, spa bath/shower plus front balcony. Located upstairs.

*1 Family Room with 2 queen sized double beds, large corner jacuzzi bath/shower plus front balcony. Located upstairs.

*2 Luxury Suites with king bed in each, jacuzzi bath, private lounge with sofa bed and additional TV.

**NEW! Antique-style, very ornate furniture just added to enhance one of our Suites to make it the ultimate Bridal Suite for that very special couple.

**Coming Soon: Conference Centre / Meeting Room - we are putting the finishing touches on our 30-60 seater conference facilities, complete with wifi and kitchenette areas. This meeting centre can also multipurpose for yoga / meditation classes or any other gathering requiring open space indoors, with or without seating. The basement of this center is also being converted to a 'drying room' for golf, cycling and surfing gear.

Linen and towels are provided and each bathroom is equipped with Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy bath product dispensers. Two bathrobes per bedroom are also provided. Every room has its own flat screen TV, hairdryer, alarm clock and iron/ironing board plus individual heat control.

Ballyvara House is the ideal venue for a large family gathering, a Christmas or New Year's get together or as accommodation for a bridal party. Party or occasion catering can be arranged at an extra fee. Doolin is the ideal holiday location in North Clare close to the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the world famous golf course at Lahinch.

********** Now available to accommodate civil wedding ceremonies!!! **********

Have your ceremony and party all in the one location - ideal for an intimate wedding with close family and friends.

Keywords: villa, lodge, countryside view, private, village setting, Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Aran Islands, Co. Clare, Co. Galway, Irish Music, guesthouse, jacuzzi baths, tennis court, playground, games room

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • Events Allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
Good morning Becky,

I am writing to express our appreciation and gratitude for all your help during our recent stay in Ballyvara.

The house itself was perfect and the little touches of fresh flowers and a welcome pack were absolutely lovely.

All of our considerable party enjoyed themselves, there was something for every age group.

Once again Becky, thank you particularly for your time, willingness to help and kind attention.

Regards
Aug 2014
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Becky Flanagan

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We are John & Rebecca Flanagan - Rebecca (American), met John in 1998 here in Ireland. Ballyvara House was John's home-house, originally a 100 year old thatched cottage, which he transformed into a small Bed & Breakfast in 1996. In 2004, we created Ballyvara House, the 11-bedroomed, 4-star, award winning guesthouse which we have now decided to rent to groups, and have already done so with much success. This property is very dear to us as it was once our only home (where our 1st of 3 daughters grew up), and has been a part of our family now for many years.

As mentioned above, this was our only home and then our business. This area is a thriving tourist village famed for traditional Irish music. Doolin is a fabulous base for touring the surrounding counties of Galway, Limerick and Kerry, and Shannon airport is only 1 hour away.

Ballyvara House is wonderfully located on 20+ acres of green Irish countryside with views of rolling fields and Doonagore Castle in the distance. Doolin village is only a half mile walk down the road and Doolin pier is 2 miles away where one can catch a ferry to the Aran Islands or a cruise to the view the majestic Cliffs of Moher. The white sand beaches of Lahinch and Fanore are within a 20 min. drive, as well as the famed Lahinch Golf Course. There is so much space within Ballyvara House that several families could stay and never feel crowded. Get the bar stocked and enjoy a drink in the lounge in front of a roaring fire or a welcoming glass of wine out on the patio in the courtyard garden. Children will always be entertained with the pool table, tennis and playground, as well as feeding our 2 donkeys and Shetland pony that roam the fields around the property.

Sleeps32
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms11
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay nights
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5
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Amazing Group Accommodation in Luxury Country House - Doolin, Clare; Sleeps 28+
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
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Amazing Group Accommodation in Luxury Country House - Doolin, Clare; Sleeps 28+
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p386415vb
+353858888581
County Clare Ireland
Cheltenha, PA, USA
5

Amazing in Every Way

  • 5 of 5
Our time at Ballyvara House made possible a dream that we hardly thought was possible which was for my husband and I, all six of our daughters, ours sons-in-law, and ALL of our grandchildren (35 in all) to stay in one breathtakingly beautiful location in Ireland. Every family basically had their own "suite" within the home including their own spa-type bathroom, as well as having beautifully furnished family gathering areas, a library, game room, a huge kitchen and amazing grounds. We were able to travel daily wherever we wanted to go, seeing the local sights in Doolin (which EVERYONE loved), Ennistymon, and the Cliffs of Moher, as well as in Galway, LaHinch Beach (even a bit of a swim for the little ones), Blarney, the Aran Islands, the Burren, and Connemara to Kylemore Abbey. Ballyvara House provided us with the perfect locaation to be able to stay local and enjoy great food and music (which we often did), as well as to venture out for a few hours or an entire day), knowing that we had the "comforts of home" to which to return each evening. The kids actually wanted to remain 'at home' everyday because they had so much fun playing hide and seek in the house and exploring the grounds. All in all, it was just the most amazing time which we will always remember...and to which we hope to return some day in the not-too-distant future. Thank you, Becky, for making everything just splendid for us! ~ The O'Toole Family
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Amazing Group Accommodation in Luxury Country House - Doolin, Clare; Sleeps 28+
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p386415vb
+353858888581
County Clare Ireland
Kildare
5

Brilliant as per everyone elses review

  • 5 of 5
Amazing house in a perfect location.
As per everyone elses comments, becky is great and extremely helpful.
Accomodation photos are brilliant and it doesn't even do the place justice.
Stayed during the craft beer festival which meant that we were close but could accomodate large numbers.

There appears to be additions that others may not have seen, (brilliant playground and a small football pitch).

All in all there is a very good reason why this has all 5 stars.
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Amazing Group Accommodation in Luxury Country House - Doolin, Clare; Sleeps 28+
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p386415vb
+353858888581
County Clare Ireland
Snoqualmie, Washington, USA (near Seattle)
5

Fantastic Place For Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5
This is a continuation of a prior review...

Ballyvara is within walking distance of several great music pubs in Doolin and is very convenient to the Cliffs of Moher (in fact, there is now a great walking trail from the edge of Doolin all the way to the Cliffs). The walk into Doolin is about 3/4 of a mile, normally along a narrow Irish country road that must be shared with speeding Irish cars (there is a redundancy or two there somewhere), but Becky’s husband has laid out a path through the fields that allows you to avoid much of the road. Bring a flashlight for nighttime walking, whether it is the road or the field. The location is also very convenient to the Burren and for day trips to Galway and even to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Limerick. If you go to Galway, take the coast road going or coming. The scenery is worth it.

We highly recommend Ballyvara House!
  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
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Amazing Group Accommodation in Luxury Country House - Doolin, Clare; Sleeps 28+
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+353858888581
County Clare Ireland
Snoqualmie, Washington, USA (near Seattle)
5

Fantastic place for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5
We used Ballyvara for a family gathering for a week in July, 2014. Becky Flanagan, the proprietor, was wonderful to work with. The accommodations are everything one would want. Our situation was that we started with a group of 15 from the U.S. (a mixture of adults and children spread across 6 families) and added visitors (cousins from Ireland and England) to the mix for 2-3 days of the stay. At the peak, we had 22 guests and everyone was comfortable as could be. Ballyvara has an ideal mix of double, triple and family rooms that provides great flexibility. In our case, when we just had 15 guests, the children could have their own private rooms. When our count expanded to 22, the children were able to join their parents in family rooms with no real inconvenience to anyone. The fit and finish of Ballyvara is topnotch. It was built as a high-end guest house and it has a feel of luxury and comfort. The grounds are wonderful as well, with a private tennis court and a terrific play area for children.

The kitchen, living and eating spaces are terrific as well. The bar area became a popular gathering spot for good craic both early and late in the day. Each family took the lead in preparing a breakfast for the group and we found that the commercial-style kitchen, with grills, griddles, multiple ovens and stove tops and warmers made the job much easier! Two fridges in the kitchen and one in the bar made food and beverage storage very convenient. We had a catered dinner on one of the nights that we had 22 guests. We used “Yum” from the nearby town of Ennis (featured on the Ballyvara website and recommended by Becky) and everything worked great. YUM brought all the food, dishes and utensils and set up a nice buffet. Dirty dishes and all went into crates for collection by Yum the next day. On two other nights individual families cooked their own entre on the outside Weber BBQ, supplemented by shared sides and veggies prepared in the big kitchen. If it were not for the fantastic kitchen and great eating facilities, I think we would have chosen to eat dinner out more often. Thank goodness we didn’t! The shared dinners provided even more opportunity for great times together!

Comments about location are contained in a separate review because of space constraints...
  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Amazing Group Accommodation in Luxury Country House - Doolin, Clare; Sleeps 28+
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+353858888581
County Clare Ireland
5

Hen Party

  • 5 of 5
Had a fantastic time here for my friends hen party in May. The weather was awful but having such a nice house made up for it. The living space is large enough for 20+ people to sit around and enjoy the party. Restaurant quality kitchen made feeding the masses a joy. Would recommend this for anyone with a big group looking for a house with good space and amenities, some even managed to play some tennis in gale force winds!
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Group Accommodation in Luxury Country House - Doolin, Clare; Sleeps 28+
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p386415vb
+353858888581
County Clare Ireland
New City, NY, USA
5

Great location for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5
Our family of approximately 20 people stayed here for a week, and everyone was comfortable. The kitchen is amazing with everything anyone could possibly want, there is laundry, the rooms are large, and the "gathering spot" with bar, tables, TV is conducive to lively family get-togethers. The town of Doolin is close by and very, very busy, with lots of pubs with music (at least in season), and is convenient for trips to the Aran Island, Cliffs of Moher, horseback riding, and the Burren. No one was bored. There is a beautiful tennis court (bring your own equipment if you are a serious player). There is also plenty of privacy since the house is situate on its own grounds. Most important of all, the general manager, Becky, is located nearby and is immediately responsive to any issues that might arise. Just be aware that, depending on the number of occupants, the utility bill can run high. Ours was about $300, over and above the rental. Make sure you read the instructions that are available regarding the use of utilities, etc.
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Car: recommended

Cruise to the Cliffs of Moher, ferry to the Aran Islands, walking in the Burren. Traditional Irish music in all pubs every night during the main tourist season, and every weekend year-round. Fantastic restaurants and pubs. Micho Russell Memorial Weekend held annually the last weekend in February - would be a great time to bring a group!

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County Clare Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Notes

  • €3495/week
  • Euro
  • Nov. to Mar: 2 nights: €1,195; 3 nights: €1,395, 4 nights: €1,695, weekly: €2,495
  • Apr. to Jun: 2 nights: €1,395; 3 nights: €1,695, 4 nights: €1,995, weekly: €2,995
  • July, August and Christmas/New Year: €3,495 weekly
  • Sep. to Oct.: 2 nights: €1,395; 3 nights: €1,695, 4 nights: €1,995, weekly: €2,995
  • Bank Holidays: minimum 3 night stay, €1,895
  • Utility costs are payable separately; rates include all taxes and cleaning fees

Amenities

Amenities

County Clare Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Living Room ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Internet ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Gas Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher ...
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 24 people
Bathrooms:
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 3
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , In Room 4 - large walk-in power shower, wheelchair access
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 5 - large corner jacuzzi bath
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 6
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 7
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 8
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 9
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , jetted tub , In the Teergonean Suite
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In the O'Loughlin Suite
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , 'Public' Toilets for general house use (guests only!)
  • marble bathrooms in every bedroom, all but one with spa or jacuzzi bath (last with walk in power shower), plus separate 'public' toilets (ladies and gentlemen), for additional use.
Bedrooms:
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with spa bath and shower over
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with spa bath and shower over
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with spa bath and shower over
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with walk-in power shower
    Bedroom 5 - 2 queen , large private bathroom; corner jacuzzi bath, shower over
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with spa bath, shower over; sleeps 5
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , private bathroom with spa bath, shower over
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , private bathroom with spa bath, shower over
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , private bathroom with spa bath, shower over; balcony
    Teergonean Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower over
    O'Loughlin (Bridal) Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower over
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 murphy bed , 2 baby crib , 2 transportable single beds and baby cribs available
  • King size beds (2) King bed in each full suite, Queen size Beds (9) Total of 10 queen beds within 9 rooms, Twin or Single Beds (4) 2 rooms with a queen plus single, 1 room with a queen plus 2 singles, Baby Cribs (2) travel baby cot, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 1 available in each suite; located in lounge area of the suite which has double doors that can close it off from main bedroom area of suite; 1 single sofa bed also available in Room 6 (family room with queen + 2 singles)
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Games
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Stereo
  • Pool Table
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • ruins
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • fishing
  • tennis
  • golf
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • surfing
  • kayaking
Notes:
Private tennis court, library, bar area in lounge, open fire in lounge, commercial kitchen, playground, conference centre

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