|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Heron Cottage is a five star property situated on a very private secluded and tranquil peninsula that extends into Galway Bay but at the same time is located just minutes from the local pub, award winning seafood restaurant, Russell art gallery and pottery shop.
In the local pub which is only minutes away you can enjoy a pint in the company of the locals and be assured of a very warm welcome while enjoying the traditional music session. Around the corner at the pier you can buy the latest catch of the day and various shellfish from Martina the local fisherman’s wife to take back to Heron Cottage.
It is situated midway (10 minutes) between the beautiful coastal villages of Kinvarra in Co Galway and Ballyvaughan in Co Clare.
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The Surrounding Area : It is one of the most distinctive landscapes in Europe and also hosts the most dramatic coastal scenery in the west of Ireland.Located on the flaggy shore made famous by Seamus Heaney poem ‘Postscript’.The area is a walkers paradise with walks and cycle routes to cater for the casual to the more experienced, all of which loop back to Heron Cottage.A ramble or cycle here not only encompasses the splendour of the mountains of Abbey Hill and Gleninagh but also gives people the chance to touch the waters of Galway Bay.While on the Flaggy Shore you will come across a small sandy beach suitable for swimming, the Martello tower and Lough Murree a freshwater lake which is home to a vast amount of bird life ranging from swans,ducks,geese and other migratory bird where you will have the opportunity to share in the sounds of the singing seagulls,cries of the curlew and the colourful puffins at the shores edge.The flaggy shore is a photograph paradise.
Also there is a huge concentration of archaeological monuments such as Corcomroe Abbey, Poulnabrone Dolmen and Megalitic Tombs showing the vast memorial to the bygone cultures.
It is ideal for exploring the nearby attractions such as the Burren National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Allwee Caves, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and surrounding counties.
Also it is an ideal base for the more enthusiastic to get involved in Sailing, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Wind Surfing, Kayaking, Orienteering and Caving along with Botany, Geology , Archaeology and Genealogy all of which are in close proximity to Heron Cottage.
Heron cottage is ideally serviced by Shannon International and Galway Airports which are just an hour away and Dublin and Knock Airports which are less than 2 hours away
Heron Cottage is a bright airy spacious 3000 square foot cottage and can accommodate up to 7 people.
House layout: On the ground floor there is a modern fully equipped kitchen with rangemaster gas cooker and an American style fridge freezer,there is also a spacious living and dining area providing spectacular sea views also there is a spacious sitting room with a large open fire place, 52’’ plasma TV,DVD player and music centre, beyond the sitting room there is a sunlit conservatory with honesty bar and finally there is a master bathroom with Sauna,Power Rain Shower and Sunken Tub.Heating is by gas and underfloor heating and water is a solar powered system
On the first floor there are 2 double bedrooms (1 ensuite) both with sea views and 1 master suite with 1 large double bedroom with ensuite and conservatory with balcony overlooking Galway Bay
It can be truly said ‘You can watch the sun go down on Galway Bay’ from Heron Cottage
Also situated on site is a totally self contained 1 bed cottage with kitchen, living and dining area on the ground floor with a King / twin bed and ensuite
We could not get over how beautiful and peaceful the area surrounding the house is. The beaches are lovely with a lot of birds, rocks and clear water. The house itself was large, clean, and very comfortable. Gerry and his wife were kind and responsive to anything that we needed. Our 1 week at this property was the highlight of our trip to Ireland and I would not hesitate to stay there again (if I am lucky enough!)
This was our fifth trip to Ireland together but the first that we chose the Burren as our base camp. We normally stay near Lahinch, a once charming seaside town that, in recent years, has become overrun with soulless holiday homes (though the world class links course remains intact!). Heron Cottage is proof that the authentic Ireland experience can still be found. Secluded, scenic, well-equipped and -- most of all -- hosted by the charming and gracious Gerry and Helen (as well as their lovable Labradors). They greeted us with a pint at Linanne's (the local pub) followed by a roaring fire and a platter of smoked salmon at the cottage, setting the stage for a thoroughly relaxing and restorative week. We've only been home a few days, but can't wait to return. Can't recommend it highly enough!
What a beautifully serene setting! My husband, two sisters, nephew and I stayed at Herron Cottage three nights the last week of October 2012 during our two-week UK adventure and we had an amazing experience! The owners, Gerry and his wife Helen are incredible hosts. The home is everything the website shows and much more…immaculately kept, warm and inviting, cozy and comfortable, and stocked with all the bits and pieces you need to feel at home!
Due to the daylight savings time change, we had less daylight than we planned for and arrived to the area after dark. Gerry had given us good landmarks to guide us along the way, but our sight navigation efforts were useless in the dark and my cell phone didn’t work so we couldn’t call for help. Fortunately we stopped at one of Gerry’s local landmarks, Linnanne’s Lobster bar, for directions. We were warmly welcomed and they even called Gerry who was anxiously waiting for us. He drove out to meet us and led us safely in. He had a roaring fire going in the huge stone fireplace and carried our bags up to the bedrooms so we could relax in comfort during the delightfully stormy night that followed.
The next morning Gerry came by to offer suggestions and directions for walking tours and day trips to see the beautiful surrounding country side. Because we were there for a quiet getaway we mainly did walking tours. One drive we did make was to the Burren Perfumery. Its location is the definition of “off the beaten path” and Gerry’s directions plus good signage got us there easily. And it turned out to be well worth the trip!
On our last night at the cottage, Gerry and Helen prepared a delicious dinner of smoked salmon and Irish stew for us. Everything was fresh and delicious and their warm hospitably made us feel like part of the family!
We appreciate Rick Steves’ Travel here in Washington State for their referral to Herron Cottage, and will highly recommend it to anyone we know headed to Ireland! Our only regret is that we were not able to stay longer. We would love to go back and will plan to stay at least a week next time!
I had the vacation of my life due in great part to Heron Cottage and the lovely couple that own it. Not only was the cottage beautiful but the location was fantastic. I don't remember when I last felt so relaxed and generally at peace. Staying at Heron Cottage gives one a real taste of rural Ireland. My favorite part of the house is the rock wall with it's fireplace. It connects the cottage with the entire area which is full of rock walls and the famous landscape of the Burren. I'm dying to go back to stay and to visit the friends we made in Gerry and Helen.
One of the best holidays we ever had. Heron cottage is really a lovely place to stay - very comfortable with all the mod cons! It's location is awe inspiring and we had a lovely time throughout clare
where people are very friendly! Great for walks as well. I look forward to going back there and
will highly recommend to family & friends.
We spent a wonderful quiet week in March 2012 at Heron cottage. The owners were wonderful, helpful and directed us to many beautiful walks. We loved the location of the cottage, a short walk away from the water, the hills, and stunning views. Cottage is perfect, luxuriously simple. Warm and welcoming, we loved the fireplace.Kitchen was very organised and there were many essentials when we arrived. -We will definitely return, I hope soon!
The Burren ,traditional music, hiking, walking ,botany, geology, archeology, relaxation, sea, beach, flaggy shore ,seafood, surfing ,sailing, aran islands, doolin, kerry, galway, kinvarra, galway races, ballyvaughan, bunratty, ring of kerry, dublin, guiness,
Other Activities: Hiking,heritage,geology,cultural,hiking,yoga,
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Mar 21 2015 - Sep 26 2015
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||€300|
The property can be divided into 2 units
Main cottage with 3 bedrooms accommodates up to 7 persons = €1000 per week plus utilities €200
One en suite twin bedroom self contained cottage accommodating 2 persons comprising living room with flat screen TV/ CD and kitchen = €500 per week
The entire property can be reserved as a whole for family groups and will accommodate 9 persons comfortably = €1500 per week plus
utilities charge €200.
30% Deposit with balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.