Clarinbridge Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Idyllic, romantic 20 mins from Galway
An genuine Irish thatched cottage just for you.
Imagine yourself right on the sea, in a real traditional Irish cottage just 20 minutes from Galway city. This award winning home in a nationally protected heritage area has gentle green fields either side and a perfect blue-green bay in front. You'll love the hand-made bed in the master bedroom, the cozy loft, Irish stove, thick walls and books by Yeats and Joyce on the shelves.
We provide everything for your visit: fresh towels, linen, crockery, hair dryer, maps, even a bicycle.
Every glance out the window is a stunning vista of changing skies. The Burren hills, the oyster-catchers in their boats, the farmers passing and the empty castle across the bay fills the scene. That castle is another story, of the fight for a new Ireland, and a history to discover.
Just a short drive from vibrant and fun loving Galway City with main transport links to Shannon and Dublin, this award winning idyll, with modern conveniences, is just 1.5k to gorgeous Clarinbridge village, home of the oyster festival and welcoming restaurants and pubs. There's shopping there too with the top rated Meadows and Byrne, an antique shop you could spend hours wandering through and best coffee shops for miles around.
It's easy distance to Galway Golf club, and Burren National Park for world-class hiking. But you don't have to go far: There's fantastic seafood in local restaurants; great Guiness, traditional music in the pubs and lovely walks & cycling from your door.
.A real turf stove to warm yourself, wooden floors, a cozy hand-made Quaker kitchen and comfy beds; a master bedroom looking out to the sea and a pretty little loft reached by a set of stairs. Everything you need is supplied and Irish cook books to make not just bacon and cabbage.
Cave is available for only certain parts of the year so book early to avoid disappointment. There aren't many genuine thatched cottages left in Ireland you can rent; most are recently built or are taken over by heritage groups. We are proud of the cottage and we hope you enjoy it.
Enjoy your getaway.
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
About Colm Byrne
I'm a writer living in London with one foot in fiction and the other in technology. I've set one of my plays in the cottage and wrote more than one piece of work there. More here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colm_Byrne
I'm originally from Limerick but have lived all over the world, spending most of my time in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles
Why Colm Byrne chose Clarinbridge
Like every Irish emigrant I always wanted my own piece of ireland. I searched for years. Every trip home included a look in the papers, a drive around the For Sale signs. When i first heard of Cave, I was told 13 children were last reared in it. Being one of 9 brought up in Limerick, I felt an immediate closeness to the rough hewn walls, the small rooms, the square-cut windows and the openness of the sea. We put in a bid and after a long back and forth - lost.A rich musician had outbid us at every step. I met Bridie, one of the women who was brought up in the house and she told me tales from the war of independence, a love tale and another about the 'little folk' who used to knock on the back door. It was heart breaking to let it go. Then we got a call a month later - it was back on the market. The national heritage status prevented the building of a studio. The owner came to us and said he wanted us to have it. After careful refurbishment, Bridie came in and had a look around. She was quiet for a moment, then said. 'It has the same feel'. She couldn't tell whether thew floorboards we put down, though a century old themselves, were there before or not. It was a success. 'It was always a place of music' she said 'and the door was always open'. We rebuilt the half-door so that you can keep it open too.
What makes this cottage unique
Standing at the door, the sea breeze takes away every care and replaces it with a pure sense of the moment. Once inside the door, I first put on the fire and the smell of turf has me at home immediately. Every visit there is memorable, either with friends or alone to do a bit of writing. I'll often go down to the shore and pick some mussels and have them in a lovely wine sauce for my dinner. The evenings are spent chatting with friends, neighbours or enjoying a rich glass of wine by the fire.
Guestbook comments from the owner
How do I even begin to describe our visit to your wonderful cottage and the beautiful country of Ireland. We loved the cottage from the moment we set eyes on it and your lovely sister Ann was there to greet us. We settled in quickly and begin plotting our day trips.