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Stunning Family Cottage With Garden Right On The Seafront

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms With Stunning Ocean Views From Every Room

Swallow Cottage is luxurious architect designed 3 bedroom seafront stone/wood house with fantastic sea views from every room. The house is 10 metres from the sea with views of Galway, Connemara and the Aran Islands.

It is situated on the spectacularly beautiful Flaggy Shore, a national heritage site and one of the loveliest parts of the 'Wild Atlantic Way'. The spacious open living area has underfloor heating throughout the kitchen, dining room, the two bathrooms and lounge which also has a wood burning stove.

Our beautiful home has large french window/glass doors in every room with stunning sea views that open out into the garden just metres away from the ocean. Perfect to watch seals and dolphins in the bay and spectacular sunsets of Galway Bay with your BBQ.

Step outside the garden gate and a lovely sandy beach faces you. There are several family friendly sandy beaches in the area. A short walk along the coast is the highly rated seafront Linnanes Lobster Bar/Restaurant which serves deliciously fresh locally caught seafood and a great pint of Guinness. The local fisherman's wife sells fresh fish on the harbour just outside Linnanes.

General information. Swallow Cottage is located in the spectacular area of Ireland known as the Burren (irish meaning Great Rock) which is one of the finest examples of glacio limestone landscapes in the world. Formed 350 million years ago, the region is rich with historical and archeological sites. There are more than 90 megalithic tombs, dolmens older than 5600 years and ring forts including the exceptionally well preserved Caherconnell Stone Fort. It is also renowned world wide for its remarkable diversity of plants and animals.

The Cliffs of Moher is one of the most popular attractions of the area as are the Aillwee Caves, the most famous of the many thousands of ancient caves beneath the limestone mountains.

The Burren also has a long history of traditional Irish music which is played in many of the pubs throughout the area particularly in Doolin.

Swallow Cottage is midway (15 minutes drive) between the lovely coastal villages of Kinvarra, Co. Galway and Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. Both offer a great choice in shops, restaurants, pubs and farmers markets selling locally produced produce.

The area has several excellent golf courses including the world famous Lahinch links course.

More Details

Owner
Robert MacIver
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

About Robert MacIver

My wife is an artist from the area and loved the unique location and wanted to live there since she was a child. We finally built our home in 2004 but we now live in England. We decided to rent to holiday visitors because we felt it was a waste to have such a beautiful home empty for most of the year.

Robert MacIver purchased this bungalow in 2004

Why Robert MacIver chose New Quay

Our house is a traditional stone cottage but is architecturally designed to have all the mod cons including underfloor heating as well as a wood burning stove. It has a top quality kitchen and furnishings. It is on the seafront with a safe walled garden and very short walk to a sandy beach, an art gallery and renowned seafood restaurant/pub.

What makes this bungalow unique

The stunning location overlooking Galway Bay. The house is near some fantastic coastal walks, beaches, prehistoric sites, castles and some of the world's finest golf courses.

Guestbook comments from the owner

For a really special place to unwind, relax and recharge one's energy, there is none more alluring than the beautiful setting of the Swallow Cottage on Newquay's Flaggy shore.



Style comfort and simplicity are all to be found in this lovely home facing the Atlantic, Galway Bay and Aughinish island which looks like a mini Cliffs of Moher.



In any weather or season this place has so much to offer.
Feb 2013
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Amenities

New Quay Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En-suite with underfloor heating
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , underfloor heating
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunk Bed with double bed at the bottom and single on top
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Stunning Family Cottage With Garden Right On The Seafront
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 19 reviews
5

Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

Swallow Cottage is delightful! Not only is the location and setting terrific but the house is wonderfully laid out for dining, relaxing and sleeping. Most noteworthy, the house is on the bay right across a narrow road, a part of a heritage trail beloved by walkers. The views are lovely and the sound of the ocean and the resident swallows is peaceful. We enjoyed being a short walk from the art gallery/coffee/wine shop, homemade ice cream stand and café/pub. The house is well equipped and maintained, the beds and sofas comfy, and the manager was attentive and helpful. My only suggestion would be a manual for operating some of the appliances and tips for the area, though conversations with locals led us to some great spots including a hike up Abby Hill and to the Birds of Prey center. Most definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Micki. We will write a how to manual for all future guests. Hope to see you all again soon. Robert
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5

Perfect location, wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Swallow Cottage is a perfect family home with lots of space and great facilities – everything has been thought of by the owners, and the kitchen in particular is a cooks' paradise!

Easy to find, but in the most perfect tranquil location with awesome views of the Atlantic which is at the foot of the garden.

Great countryside location with Galway City less than an hour away too. Simply perfect. We'd love to stay again and would heartily recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. You are very welcome to come back to stay whenever you want.
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5

Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house. Clean and comfortable with a great view. Good place to sit out a hurricane.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A treasure on the flaggy shore

  • 5 of 5

Swallow Cottage was our base to explore parts of county Clare and Galway with our friends from Barcelona. It was their 1st visit to Ireland and it didn’t take long for all of us to feel welcome to this very special home in a wonderful setting.

We loved the design of the house, the natural light and views from every room, especially the twinkling lights of Galway city across the bay at night. The kitchen is perfect for socializing and cooking. We delayed preparing our evening meals so we could climb down to the stony beach at the front of the house to watch the sunsets and amazing changes in light with golden color cast on the nearby cliffs and rocks.

There are plenty of scenic and quiet paths for walks from the house and a few hundred metres is the Russell art gallery where you can enjoy good coffee and treats and then wander around their lovely selection of books, cards and the work of local artists.

Each evening after a day of traveling around, we were very glad to return to the comfort of Swallow Cottage and unwind. Thanks to Diane for your help and welcome to a well loved home.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you and your friends from Barcelona enjoyed your stay at our house and the very special Flaggy Shore.
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5

Beautiful property in stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped, cleaned and maintained. All furnished and finished to a very high standard.

Additional charges and security deposit on top of rental are irritating particularly if you don't have a Euro account. Credit card payment and clarity on price would be much more professional.

Some simple instructions on how appliances work would also be good.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Suzy, Thanks for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed the property and location. Homeaway agency fees and details of refundable security charges are all listed on Homeaways website but perhaps they should be made more clear. We can and will make sure more simple instructions on how all the appliances work are available. Regards Robert
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5

Competes well with other fabulous places

  • 5 of 5

We like to stay in lovely places in many countries and Swallow Cottage ranks as one of our favourites. It competes well against Palladian villas, Italian castles and vineyards, Garda lakeside hotels and other very nice villas and hotels across Europe.

We have stayed a number of times at Swallow Cottage in recent years and enjoyed it immensely each time. The cottage is ideally located on the Flaggy Shore in Newquay and it directly overlooks the sea. There are fantastic views of Galway bay and the mountains of Connemara on the far side of the bay. Watch for Dolphins visiting on warm days! Across the bay in the evenings, the glittering lights of Salthill bring to mind our stay in the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily. There we watched the volcanic gushings of the volcano on nearby Stromboli island while sipping a glass of wine in the evenings!

The cottage is centrally located for visiting all the local attractions including the Burren, Aillwee caves and the cliffs of Moher etc. We enjoyed some fantastic local walks around the Flaggy Shore and beyond. The cottage is also only a short walk from a number of local amenities such as the Russell Gallery (gallery & coffee shop), Linnane’s bar and lobster restaurant and Linnalla’s ice-cream parlour. The local beach is only a couple of minutes’ walk from the cottage.

The cottage is very well maintained and looked after and the manager is very helpful and accommodating. The cottage is perfect as a base to explore the local area or to simply relax and unwind in the fantastic setting. We look forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. Many thanks. I'm so pleased you enjoy your stay on the wonderful Flaggy Shore. I look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Map

Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Shannon 40 minutes drive (Dublin 2 hours drive)
Nearest Barpub
700 Metres
Linnanes Lobster Bar Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Doolin for the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Gort Links Course
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Galway
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
N18
Nearest Restaurant
700 Metres
LInannes Lobster Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
outside the house
Car: recommended

There are so many things to do in the area. As the house is on the beautiful Flaggy shore and 'Wild Atlantic Way', one of Irelands best coastal walk starts right outside the house. The scenery is spectacular. On one side of the house is Galway Bay and the Altantic Ocean just a few metres from your feet. On the other are fields and limestone mountains, ideal to climb and have a picnic with 360 degrees of stunning views. The house is on the beautiful Flaggy Shore with a beach and rock pools which at low tide you can forage for sea life. If you like fishing just walk 10 metres to the sea, or if you prefer just slip into one of the many small coves for a bracing swim. The local villages of Kinvara and Ballyvaughan have markets selling fresh local produce as well as superb bars and restaurants. Galway City across the bay is full of modern shops as well as old cobble streets with Irish music coming from the many bars. The Aran Islands which are in view from the house can be reached by ferry from Doolin (an hour away). The islands are also great for walking and cycling around. The Doolin ferry also goes to the Cliffs of Moher. The extraordinary Ailwee Caves are well worth a visit and just a 10 minute drive away. The house is in the tiny village of Newquay which in my opinion has one of the world's best seafood bar/ restaurant. The nearby Russell Art gallery a few hundred metres from the house has very good teas, coffee, cakes and snacks.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $236.29
Cleaning $47.26

Cancellation. 100% refund for cancellation 8 weeks or more from date of rental. Thereafter no deposit refund.
Price includes taxes, wi-fi, linens, towels, oil, electricity, underfloor heating.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.