Speaks french
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Contact the Owner


Speaks french
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Tell the owner when you would like to travel.
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


Connemara House Rental Photos and Description

A luxurious and relaxing cottage with 5 bedrooms right on the waters edge.

White Strand Lodge is a high end luxury holiday home in Derrygimla, 4 miles from Clifden, Connemara, in the West of Ireland. The house is located right on the waters edge, overlooking magnificent Mannin Bay and has some of the best views available in Connemara. We also offer a catered option to suit your specific needs.

There are exceptional sea and mountain views from all rooms, so you can admire the scenery from the moment you open your eyes. In the evenings, you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy the famous Connemara sunsets over Mannin Bay and the Twelve Bens mountains. Enjoy a lobster barbecue and relax while listening to the murmuring of the waves and an occasional cry from the seagulls. For those who are looking for a golf holiday, Connemara Championship Golf Course is less than 3 miles from the front door. Pony trekking, walking, cycling, fishing, and many more activities are available within a very short distance of the White Strand Lodge.

Not suitable for under 8's!

Catered option:

There is an option to rent the White Strand Lodge on a catered basis. This will include a daily full housekeeping service, full breakfast at your convenience every morning and a four or five course evening meal at your convenience. We will happily prepare luxury picnic hampers,lunch and afternoon tea if you so wish. With this service you can also avail of fishing trips, local tours and the very best of local knowledge as often or as little as you like.

Dining and Shopping:

There are a number of good restaurants available in Clifden, which is only 4 miles from the house. There are some lovely shops for the shopping enthusiast including antiques clothing and artisan foods. Roundstone is 8 miles away and a trip to O’Dowds Pub and Restaurant is a favourite especially with the sun going down over the Harbour. Freshly caught lobster can be bought at Bunowen and the Connemara Smoke House has delicious smoked salmon and tuna available. The crab from the Connemara Smoke House is to die for and should be enjoyed back at the House with a nice glass of White wine.

Horses and Ponies:

If you are interested in horses and ponies then you will have heard of the famous Connemara Pony Show. Ballyconneely and Derrygimla are at the heart of the Connemara Pony world and in the Summer months it seems as if every field has a young foal and mare lapping up the Connemara sunshine. Horse riding is available at Errislannin Riding Centre which is 10 minutes away by car.

Walking, Sightseeing and Fishing: There is a never ending amount of walks along the coast and inland through Roundstone Bog, up by the Clifden River and into the woods at Ballynahinch. For the more active the Twelve Bens are extremely popular and while you will need to be fit to get to the top the views are stunning.

A trip to Inishbofin Island, the Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and excursions in the Maam Valley the scene of the location of the films “The Field” and “The Quiet Man” are all within easy reach. The list of activities is truly endless.

The surrounding area is renowned for fishing for salmon and sea trout, and arrangements can easily be made at a number of nearby breath taking locations.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Guestbook comments from the owner
Fantastic cottage in a wonderful coastal location. The cottage layout makes the most of it's position with stunning views from the main living and outside seating areas. Close enough to the town of Clifden for supplies and the odd pint, yet far enough out to provide that 'get-away from it all' feeling. Excellent walks along the beaches either side of the cottage and family evenings around the dinner table were the highlights of our holiday.
Jul 2012
  • 1 of 1


This advertiser has been with since 2011
Speaks french
Enter your email address to view the phone number

Our family bought the White Strand Lodge in 1984 as a small three roomed cottage with an outside toilet. From that moment on the four Gilligans, as we were then spent every opportunity at this very special place. Two more Gilligans were added to the family and in 1987 - 1988 we did some serious renovations. Every school holiday and every Summer was spent in Connemara exploring, sailing golfing, fishing, searching the rock pools for crabs... the list is endless. All four children will safely say that it has given us the happiest memories which we cherish forever. In 2005 work commenced on a big renovation project which has turned the White Strand Lodge into a luxurious yet classical Connemara Cottage. We are truly delighted to share our most special place with a few select people every year.

Fred purchased this house in 1984

No where else will you find wonderful seclusion, the ocean at your doorstep, peace, tranquility and yet all modern conveniences at you finger tips. If you need groceries the shops are a mere five minutes away but when your in the house with the fire lit and enjoying a nice bottle of wine then you will be far removed from everyday life.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Write a Review
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
+353 (0)87 7835463
Connemara County Galway


  • 5 of 5
Angesichts des ungewöhnlich hohen Preises hatten wir, 2 Familien mit 4 Teens, zunächst gezögert, aber nachdem wir uns entschieden hatten, lief die Abwicklung mit Fred per E-Mail reibungslos. Und als wir das erste Mal im Wohnzimmer standen, waren wir sprachlos bei diesem Blick auf Meer und Berge. Das Haus ist individuell und geschmackvoll (gute Bibliothek, sogar Gitarre) ausgestattet, die Küche nahezu perfekt. Die Beschreibung der Geräte (in Englisch) gut verständlich. Alles funktionierte perfekt. Das Haus liegt zentral, alle Einkaufsmöglichkeiten und Sehenswürdigkeiten sind gut zu erreichen. Nicht zuletzt an White Strand Lodge liegt es, dass wir uns schon wieder nach Connemara sehnen.
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words. I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay and that everything was five stars. Thank you also for the photos - they gave my parents and I some happy memories. We will hopefully welcome you back soon. Fred
+353 (0)87 7835463
Connemara County Galway
Waynesboro, VA


  • 5 of 5
Our family of four and another family of three (3 girls under 12) vacationed at the White Strand Lodge for a week in July. It was quite hard to leave! The owner was very prompt and thorough in answering emails and provided us with good information about the house and its vicinity. The house itself overlooks the water and is so lovely and spacious. We especially loved the large kitchen and living area with the ocean view and the long pine table. The house was equipped with all that we needed, even wetsuits that the girls enjoyed using one evening for a swim! The local area is stunning in its scenery and the people quite friendly. We never tired of seeing the sheep and ponies as we drove by! We enjoyed the local pony show, riding at Erislannan Manor, eating and shopping in Clifden and Roundstone and bicycling on Inishbofin. Though it felt somewhat rural, we were never lacking for things to do. It was a lovely, peaceful week. We highly recommend White Strand Lodge and will remember our first trip to Ireland fondly.
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy thanks doing the review and thanks for being such wonderful guests. We would love to have you back again in the future! Take care and regards to the rest of the family. Fred
+353 (0)87 7835463
Connemara County Galway


  • 5 of 5
We are veterans of holiday rentals, finding it infinitely more relaxing than a hotel.

White Strand Lodge combines the luxury and facilities of a top hotel (save for the room service!) and has the feel of a home that is loved and has witness many great family holidays.

The views from almost every room were breathtaking, and the photos on the website struggle to capture the magic of the location. Each room is luxurious without being fussy and the relaxed atmosphere is tangible. You do get the impression the owners are happy to share their house, music, books, bikes, beach kit and DVDs.

The whole experience, from the initial contact with the owners, through to the meet and greet and then the handing back of the keys all was does with efficiency and grace.

The house was spotlessly clean and comfortable and deceptive big. The living, dining and outdoor spaces are perfect for families. The local guide provided by the owners has all the details you need in relation to the local site, restaurants and must dos.

This is the perfect base to explore the west coast and if you were as lucky as we were with the weather it could not be more perfect. The beach is a short stroll and hours were spent just watching the tides come in and out.

I cannot recommend this house highly enough... I want to negotiate a timeshare!!
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
+353 (0)87 7835463
Connemara County Galway


  • 5 of 5
Although I'm English I must have been to Ireland now for either
>> business or pleasure on more than 50 occasions over the years and
>> this is my favourite place to stay. The cottage was wonderful even
>> before the recent extension and it now provides wonderful views of
>> the sea and the mountains through the cottage windows. if its golf
>> you are after the local links golf course is to die for; difficult to
>> concentrate on the golf when the scenery is so wonderful. the lovely
>> seaside town of Clifden is not too far away with several restaurants
>> and bars to chose from. since the opening of the motorway the journey
>> from Dublin to the West of Ireland has significantly been reduced .
>> Probably one of the most relaxing holidays you will ever have. Highly
>> recommended
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to review the cottage. Delighted that you and your group enjoyed your stay. I'm was also glad to hear that the golf etc went well. Look forward to welcoming you back soon! Fred
+353 (0)87 7835463
Connemara County Galway


  • 5 of 5
stayed at the White Strand Lodge with my boyfriend and his family for New Years Eve just gone. It is a truly stunning spot with the most wonderful mountain and sea views. The House slept all 8 of us comfortably and even his 89 year old grandmother was able to manage as there is an ensuite bedroom downstairs. We lit the two fires every evening and the house was so cosy and snug it was great. (maybe the central heating helped a little here too!) We went for some great walks out by Slyne Head and along the beaches of Mannin Bay, which while cold was very enjoyable and energising. My boyfriend played golf with his Dad and Brothers at the Connemara Golf Links and they seemed happy out while there were plenty of nice little shops in Clifden to occupy me. Its back to Dubai now for me but I really hope we get to visit Connemara and stay at the White Strand Lodge again very soon!. This house would be perfect for a romantic weekend or a family holiday! Five stars!!
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Heather. Delighted you all enjoyed your stay in our holiday home. We are looking forward to seeing you and the gang over the Summer. Fred
+353 (0)87 7835463
Connemara County Galway


  • 5 of 5
Wow - what a house and what a location. Stayed for last 2 weeks in July and had a ball. The house is just fantastic and finished to a very high standard. Used the boat a few times and caught some fish to cook on the BBQ. Used the bodyboards and wetsuits at the local Dun Laoghan surf beach and the kids couldn't get enough of it - it's a pity we didn't go looking for the beach until near the end of the holiday! Plenty of nearby walks also. We ate out a few times in Clifden, particularly in Mitchells which is a delightful restaurant with very friendly staff. EJ Kings also did good food and also had very friendly staff. O'Dowds Restaurant in Roundstone didn't quite meet our expectations but was nonetheless still good and served good food. Will definitely be back. Those views over the bay were just to die for!
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Email Owner Contact Me


Nearest Airport
180 Miles
Nearest Ferry
180 Miles
Dun Laoghaire / Dublin
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
White Strand
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Connemara Golf Links
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Car: recommended

The White Strand Lodge is located on the shores of magnificent Mannin Bay and overlooks the Coral Strand, also known as the White Strand from which the house takes its name. The village of Ballyconneely is less than a mile away and Clifden the capital of Connemara is less than 6 miles away. Within easy distance of the house is the Connemara Golf links, Roundstone, Kylemore Abbey and the access to Inisboffin and the Aran Islands. The vibrant City of Galway is just over an hour away by car. Also close by is Erislannin Manor with it world class Connemara Ponies. There is an abundance of walks and beautiful cycles from the front door of the house.

Golf: Connemara Championship Golf Course is less than 8 minutes away by car and is home to 27 of the finest holes on the West Coast of Ireland. It was Peter Allis who said that “if Connemara were on the west coast of the United Kingdom it would surely host the British Open”. If you are a golf enthusiast you will love the course.

Email Owner Contact Me


Email Owner Contact Me

Availability & Rates


Connemara House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
All Year
Oct 31 2013 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €1,000
We take a 25% deposit of the total cost to secure your booking and then we require the balance 8 weeks prior to your arrival. Your deposit will be returned to you within 14 days of your departure provided the house and it contents are not damaged in any way.
Notes Special offers available at certain times on request.
Email Owner Contact Me


Connemara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telescope
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Backpack
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs - toilet
    Master Ensuite - toilet , tub , shower
    Family Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Ensuite - toilet , shower
    Outside - outdoor shower
  • All of the bathrooms are tiled with beautiful Italian limestone, have top of the range showers and there is an abundance of hot water even when the house is fully occupied. In the Master en-suite there is a large bath in which to relax after a long day out walking, golfing or any of the many other activities within minutes of the White Strand Lodge.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , En suite
    Double room - 1 queen
    Twin Room - 2 twin/ single
    Single Room - 1 twin/ single
    Downstairs Double - 1 king , En suite
  • Master bedroom The master bedroom is located upstairs and is en suite. Waking up in the morning to the sun rising over the Twelve Bens, falling across the shallows of the white strand and into the bedroom is the perfect way to start any day. Other upstairs bedrooms Along the corridor is a single room, a twin room and a large double room all of which have fantastic views over Mannin Bay and out onto the mighty Atlantic Ocean. These three bedrooms share a family bathroom. Downstairs bedroom The fifth bedroom is downstairs at the west end of the house and is en suite and looks directly out onto the hydrangea garden and over Mannin Bay.
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • eco tourism
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • surfing
  • equestrian events
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
Email Owner Contact Me

Other Vacation Properties

$463 - $1,154 per week
3 night minimum stay
  • 5 BR,
  • 3 BA,
  • Sleeps 10
$614 - $1,296 per week
3 - 7 night minimum stay
  • 5 BR,
  • 2 BA,
  • Sleeps 9
$600 - $900 per week
3 night minimum stay
  • 5 BR,
  • 2 BA,
  • Sleeps 8