Sycamore House is situated in the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan in the heart of the Burren National Park, a karst limestone region, one of the largest in Europe where you will find arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants side by side. From the front of the house you can see the rolling hills of the Burren, its limestone pavements with crisscrossing cracks known as 'grikes' leaving isolated rocks called 'glints'. The rear of the house is mostly glazed to take in the views of Ballyvaughan harbour and across Galway Bay and the mountains of Connemara.
With its large gently sloping lawn fronting onto the shoreline, a pathway from the house along by an old stone wall leads to flag stone steps onto the sea shore. There is also a secluded seating area with polished limestone table at the end of this pathway where one can relax and watch the ever changing seascape as the tides go in and out. The house has been designed to optimize the views. From the moment you enter the house you have views of Galway Bay. The sunken open plan kitchen-dining area is the heart of the house and boasts a glass wall 24'long by 12' high. The house is centrally heated throughout and for added comfort there is a solid fuel stove in this area which gives a warm cozy feeling when temperatures outside start to drop. Total floor space in the house is 3200 sq ft so space is generous in every room. All five bedrooms are ensuite and we pride ourselves on the quality of our beds and linen. Between them there are four queen sized beds and three single beds and the master bedroom which stands alone on the upper level has an extra sofa bed which is mostly used for relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book while also gazing out to sea.
Ballyvaughan village regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Burren region has a choice of good restaurants, craft shops and local shops. It is the ideal base to explore the rich heritage of the Burren and surrounding areas. The famous Burren Way (26 miles of green road) starts in Ballyvaughan, goes to Fanore, Doolin and ends in Liscannor taking in the Cliffs of Moher.
For the golfers, the famous links course at Lahinch is only a thirty minute drive from the house and further down the Clare coast is the Greg Norman designed Doonbeg course. There is also a choice of less well known courses such as Gort and Ennis.
Close to the house the unspoiled beaches of Bishops Quarter and Fanore invite you to swim ,kayak and surf. The sheltered Ballyvaughan Bay is suitable for all kinds of water activities. Try a swim in the sea or learn to dive with the Burren Adventure Dive Centre.
Finally when it is time to relax the living room beckons to put your feet up, with its plush leather sofas and soft furnishings and to add to the atmosphere on those cooler nights why not start a fire in the large open fireplace made from polished Burren stone. As an added treat firewood is provided free of charge.
Keywords: House , Sea front property
I was raised on a dairy farm that was unique in that we processed and packaged the milk ourselves and distributed it throughout much of County Clare. We sold that side of the business in 1998 but we still live on the farm where we now raise beef cattle. When I married my wife Mary, we built a new home on the farm and since then we totally renovated the old farm house I grew up in and started doing self catering. We now have three beautiful homes in different locations for self catering and enjoy meeting new faces all the time. We have made a lot of new friends over the years ,some of them return on a regular basis. When the opportunity arises we enjoy having a good chat over a glass of wine or a pint of Guinness with our guests.
Seamus & Mary Marlborough
The Owner purchased this house in 2003
When the site that this house sits on which is over one and a half acres in area came on the market in 2002, we saw an opportunity to change our lifestyle. Even though we were no longer processing milk, we were still producing it and selling it to a large processor. At this stage we needed a change and decided if we accuire the site and secure planning to build on it, we would stop milk production and concentrate on self catering. To get a site with access onto the shoreline is very unique in Ireland. We paid dearly for it , but after employing a good architect , we ended up with an excellent end product specifically designed for self catering
The best thing about this house is its location. From the moment you enter the front door , you have views of the ocean and when you stand at the front door and look out you have views of the Burren Hills. Another benefit is that it is less than a five minute walk into the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan.
The house itself is a unique desigh with a great sense of space and comfort.
A group of 12 of us including 3 teenagers stayed here for three nights as a reunion. I was a bit nervous as I though 12 people staying in one house might be a bit difficult and cramped. However the place was fantastic. All the bedrooms were a great size and the kitchen and living room areas were huge. When we arrived the owners had the two stoves lighting so the place felt very warm and homely. It was spotlessly clean and was exactly as described in the literature. 5 minutes walk takes you into Ballyvaughan which has a number of really nice pubs and restaurants. We did a couple of longs walks in the areas around Fanore and the caves. Both were well marked and easy to follow. It was a really enjoyable couple of days. I have no hesitation in recommending both the house and the area.
Sycamore house was the location we chose for our family reunion, some of who now live as far afield as Sydney, US, Berlin and various spots around Ireland. As a native Irish person I can certainly vouch for Ballyvaughan's beauty and authenticity. We all agreed that it is a magical place that really grows on you with each day. The village and indeed the area are remarkably lively in terms of culture, music, markets, good food, fishing, outdoor sports, arts, you name it. And what better place to enjoy it all from than a skip along the shore and down the pier to the peaceful, private and spacious retreat of Sycamore house. The house is beautifully appointed and well equipped and has wonderful views down to the shore and out on to the pier. In true Irish fashion Seamus and Mary were wonderfully warm and generous hosts and provided us with a wealth of information about the area. Thank you for making our stay most memorable and special. We look forward to coming back!
Our group of four families, including 6 children, enjoyed every minute of our stay at Sycamore House. The huge kitchen and adjacent dining area provided the perfect gathering space as did the very spacious living/family room. Each area came with a gorgeous view of the backyard which gently sloped to the sea. When we were not on an outing to the nearby surfing beaches, a wonderful birds of prey show, the Cliffs of Mohr, an animal farm, a sheepdog demonstration, old Galway, hikes in The Burren and other convenient activities, the five youngest children romped on the grassy yard or the rocky shoreline. The drive along the narrow road from Ballyvaughan to Doolin, right along the sea was breathtakingly beautiful. Seamus was very helpful with his recommendations, but the adults had no trouble walking the short distance to Ballyvaughan's charming village center to enjoy the pubs and restaurants. Special tip: The Aillwee Cave's "Walk with a Hawk" option, during which each of us actually worked with hawks in a heavily wooded area, was a real highlight of our Irish holiday. Plus, it provided super photo/video opportunities. We all agreed our week was fantastic. Seamus, your home is a delight located in the middle of a dreamscape. Many thanks, my friend.
My family and close friends (10 of us) stayed here for a week during my husband and I's wedding in County Clare. It was a dream! The house had everything we needed and everyone was so comfortable.The house also had cribs and a high chair there so it was perfect for my little one year old nephew.
We loved the amenities and felt truly at home when Seamus and his wife, Mary made us feel so welcome.
We used the outdoor barbecue and hosted our family dinners there every night. The location is absolutely perfect. It was quiet and peaceful and we experienced the most beautiful sunset views from the back yard.
We keep telling all of your friends about our wonderful experience in Ireland and recommend the Sycamore house to all of them. We can't wait to come back again to visit someday!!
Nine friends shared this lovely home for 10 days in May - June 2014. The home is very well designed for such a group, well thought out for private and public spaces. The quick walk to charming Ballyvaughan was a bonus for freshly-backed early-morning scones and croissants - or evening pub visits. The owners are extremely helpful but not intrusive. The only challenge is possible noise that carries from the kitchen/great room into a few of the bedrooms, but this was manageable with thoughtfulness (and maybe some earplugs). Don't let this deter you, this is really a lovely property and a great locale.
The house is spacious, comfortable and having every bedroom be en suite really spoiled our group. The living room was especially welcoming, with great views out the window, a warm fire each night, and extremely comfortable chairs and couches. I should imagine the garden table right by the sea would be a perfect spot to watch the sun go down with a glass of wine or a pint once the weather is warm.
As others have mentioned, being within walking distance of Ballyvaughan was extremely convenient. Several good pubs and restaurants. We were lucky enough to catch a night of singing and music at one. Great night.
The location was perfect, especially for a couple in our party that had never been to Ireland before - close to Shannon airport, but right in the heart of the Burren, with the Cliffs of Moher right at hand, Galway a quick drive and even Connemara and Mayo an easy day trip. We were even able to do a couple of hikes without needing the car at all (which I loved).
All in all, an excellent house for a very reasonable price, in a good location. Hard to ask for more than that.