Holly Lodge is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the Burren Way / Green Road close to the Burren College of Art originally a 16th century round tower castle (Newtown Castle) and only 10 minutes drive from the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan, an enchanting village on the West Atlantic Coast of Ireland 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. It is an ideal base for any traveller to enjoy one of the most fascinating places in Ireland and Europe.
The Burren is rich with historical and archaeological sites offering wonderful opportunities for exploring, walking, cycling, rock climbing and a host of water sports such as surfing, kayaking and angling are just some of the activities available for your enjoyment.
Ballyvaughan is regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Burren region and has a choice of good restaurants, craft shops and traditional pubs.
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 Ballyvaughan, goes to Fanore, Doolin and ends in Liscannor taking in the Cliffs of Moher. Ballyvaughan is surrounded by megalithic tombs such as Poulnabrone Dolmen (which is reported to be over 6,000 years old, making it more ancient than the pyramids!), celtic ring forts and medieval churches and castles.
Ballyvaughan, an oasis in the Burren offers a warm welcome to all. Whatever it is your looking for – exhilarating adventure, romantic breaks, relaxing with friends – you will find it all here.
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 courses such as Ennis and Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club.
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.
Also, located a short drive from the house is the famous Flaggy Shore - ‘Postscript’ the beautiful poem by Seamus Heaney.
Shannon International Airport is just an hour away from Holly Lodge.
When the Burren is in bloom the fields around the house are blooming with unique rare wild flowers such as the ‘blue gentian’ - alpine flower.
Please take a look around our luxury retreat, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Burren. From the front and the rear of the house you can see spectacular views of the mountains of the Burren, its limestone pavements, a view of the Burren College of Art originally the 16th century Newtown Castle, the Aillwee Cave, Burren Birds of Prey Centre and Galway Bay.
The house has been designed to optimize the views. The house is centrally heated throughout. Bedrooms are large with ensuites and walk-in wardrobes. Kitchen and dining area is spacious with all amenities. When it is time to relax the living room which is mostly glazed to take in the views, beckons to put your feet up, with its plush leather sofas and soft furnishings.
There is ample parking spaces with large private lawns front and rear with stone seating and table.
The house itself is a unique design with a great sense of space and comfort, with views of the Burren Mountains and Galway Bay.