|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
New home (completed August 2009) nestled in Caher River valley in Fanore village. Just 1 mile inland from the Wild Atlantic Way. Wheelchair accessible so fine for seniors. Furnished 3 bedrooms, including master with large en-suite bathroom. Remaining bathroom has full/power shower and bathtub. Spectacular views all around. Wonderful location for mountain or trail hiking. Large garden recently planted with wildflowers. Moher flag patio plus wraparound driveway. 75-minute drive to Galway City or Shannon airport. Aran islands visible from golden beach only 1.5 mile away. Wetsuits and surf equipment available at beach during summer. World famous Ailwee and Doolin caves nearby. Golfers - Lahinch 30 minutes away. Doolin & Cliffs of Moher only 20-30 minutes away. Pitch pine floors throughout. Solar panels. 32' flat screen TV in family room with satellite coverage (including BBC). House sleeps 6. (NEW AS OF OCTOBER 2010 = SATELLITE BROADBAND ACCESS NOW AVAILABLE)
World Class Golf: Lahinch Golf Club: Lahinch is undoubtedly one of the world's classic links. 20 miles (32 km). Doonbeg Golf Club: Doonbeg is designed to be the ultimate golf experience. Designed by Greg Norman. 37 miles (59 kms). Ballybunion Golf Club: Located in County Kerry, and easily accessible via the Shannon Car Ferry to Kerry, Ballybunion is one of the historic and most demanding of Irish links. 64 miles from Ballyvaughan. Galway Bay & Country Club: 24 miles (38 km.) Spanish Point Golf Club. 28 miles(45 km) Kilkee Golf Club. Gort Golf Club. Ennis Golf Club.
Just a hacker? Head to Doolin for a terrific par-3 course right out on a peninsula overlooking Cliffs of Moher. Great value for only 5 euro a person!
Explore the Burren + new restaurant opens: There's a great horse riding stables about 10-15 minutes away in Lisdoonvarna. Our daughter goes over there when the weather is nice and gets great service from the owner, Peter.
fanore - new restaurant opens: New restaurant in Fanore - Vasco is a new café & restaurant that has recently opened in Fanore in the west Burren. An all-day restaurant with a large sea-view terrace, Vasco offers breakfast, coffees and cakes as well as a Mediterranean-style lunch and dinner menu.
All ground floor throughout the cottage with three king-size double bedrooms (one with en-suite, shower/wet-room, basin and WC). Bathroom with bath, separate shower/wet-room with a seat, basin and WC. Fitted kitchen with a dishwasher and a dining area (seats 6) with child's high chair. Utility with washer and dryer and walk in hot press.Sitting room with multi-fuel stove, flat-screen tv with 80 channels and a DVD player. outdoor patio furniture.
What a lovely holiday home you have nestled in the beautiful Burren! Must say we were pleasantly surprised with how BIG the property actually was. The photos don't do it justice. Thank you for making us (2 adults + 2 children) feel so welcome -- and even including a welcome pack with smoked salmon for our arrival. See you again soon, I hope.
We spent two weeks in Brendan's house with our two daughters and two friends of us. The house is modern, with large rooms and located in a very quiet area. It was perfect. We would recommend it to anyone who want to discover the west coast of Ireland.
We loved our stay at the cottage. We stayed for 5 nights and it suited us perfectly. The first day we slept a good deal and then explored a bit on foot. We then hiked quite a bit - there are wonderful walking trails in the hills around the cottage. We then traveled to Ballyvaughn and Doolin. We even spent the whole day in Gallway and then got back at night. The beach is stunningly beautiful and the restaurants and pubs nearby great. We prefer to stay in cottages rather than hotels and b and bs so we were prepared to find our own way around. Brendan and Rita were wonderfully helpful. I can't say enough about the cottage. It was comfortable, clean, modern, allowed us to rejuvenate and be in the most spectacular natural setting.
The cottage is much larger than imagined by the fotos, all the rooms are spacious and very nice. I loved to cook in the wonderful kitchen, which - as all rooms - had great views of the Burren. My family loved the oven in the living room. Everything worked well and the cottage was very clean. The place was a great startung point for walks in the Burren (it takes 2 minutes to reach this bizarre nature), but the beach and O'Donohues was not far eather. You can buy all essential things in the little shop nearby.
The owner and his wife have been very friendly and helpfull.
PS: visit the Caher Bridge Garden, Carl who runs the garden is unique.
PPS: a good knife would be a good addition to the kitchen
The photographs of this cottage really do not do this place justice as the place is huge and the views from very window are fantastic. We were a bit worried that we would not be able to find enough to do for two weeks with a 17 and 14 year old who aren’t particularly into walking but we need not have worried. We took them surfing which was just five minutes down the road and after a couple of lessons they were confident enough to have a go on their own. This meant we could go and just hire the boards for the day and they were able to take things at their own pace. We also took them sea kayaking in the nearby village and they were able to kayak near to the seals there and see them up close. We went dolphin watching which was fabulous and also we went to visit the Aran Islands. Galway was close enough for a bit more metropolitan life. We also went to every pub in Doolin to listen to the music as my son is a musician and was able to appreciate the different style of music over there. For walking the cottage was also great as it is right on the pathway of two major loops. We even persuaded the children to come with us on one walk and even they appreciated the views. The bikes in the house were good as it meant people had a chance to be independent of each other and could explore on their own. The roads immediately around the cottage were so quiet we had no real worries on the safety front. Sometimes when we have hired cottages before we have been disappointed to find that photographs had hidden a main road that made a place noisy or some other imperfection. This was certainly not the case here.
The house is very roomy has every amenity - the heating and water works a treat and the beds are very comfortable - with even a special blanket cover for our daughter age 4 ...a nice touch. Toys games and books are an added value in the living room and binoculars for bird watching and better views in the kitchen. The hosts were most responsive,loaned us a wetsuit and offered good local advice and tips - there was even tea and coffee and some basics on arrival in the kitchen.
The cottage is best suited for those who love walking the Burren - it is a 35min walk to the beach in Fanore where surf lessons are in full swing daily.Bring a bicycle for exploring if you are not a big walker. The location is perfect for touring The Burren and visiting the Aran Islands.
There is no cellular/wireless access at the house because of its location/coverage which is inconvenient. There is also no phone/land-line at the property.
While the setting is stunning - the property has a large garden that has not been tended to - and the heavy overgrowth and large shale surrounding the cottage gives an incomplete/building site feel - not apparent from the photographs.It would benefit from some low touch maintenance.
Fanore is a small village on Galway Bay overlooking Aran Islands. In the Burren. Our cottage is located just 1 mile off the wild Atlantic way!
Just 300 meters from Caher Bridge Garden = see http://www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/caher-bridge-garden/76427
|Refundable damage deposit||$159|
Rate is all-inclusive (except for 150 euro refundable security deposit); includes electricity, heating, towels, linen, wifi, etc.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.