House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
Max guests: 8
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Nice cottage in a remote area of Ireland. Property manager, Aine, is a wonderful, charming, helpful lady.
What an amazing time
Everyone was so helpful even a special treat on day one. A car and GPS is necessary! Make sure you check in the the post master he is a wealth of knowledge. Live entertainment in town was an added bonus.
This house is beautiful and well worth the price. Very spacious, room enough for everyone.
Enjoy our stay very much. The house was beautiful and plenty of room. Very clean. It is a bit of a drive but well worth it. The town is very friendly and the area is beautiful. It is close enough to everything on the western side of the country. We did a lot of day trips, recomend getting a GPS. It was great to be able to come back to a beautiful house. We used the bbq grill, the and picnic table. The house is in a small housing addition so we felt very safe and the neighbors are friendly. We bought a DVD player to leave for everyone. We were able to watch "The Quite Man" so when we visited Cong we could picture where everything is. This house is 2 stories, upstairs is 1 large bedroom w/full bathroom and 1 large bedroom w/ 2 beds and a sofa. Downstairs has 1 bedroom w/full bathroom, 1 room w/2 twins. There is a full bathroom off the hall. Large kitchen w/microwave, washer/dryer, dining room and front room w/fireplace and large windows. The owners provided everything we needed and if it wasn't there, we were able to get it in Kilrush which is only about 20 minutes away. The yard is large and quiet. The local town is within walking distance. Lots of pubs and the Long Dock Restaurant is wonderful. Very good and very friendly. The ferry over to Kerry County it's not very far away. Aine is very friendly and she was very helpful. She would check up on us to make sure if we needed anything. I hope this give everyone an idea of what to expect. I wish I could exclude pictures. Beautiful area.
Just like Home
A very clean new home fully equipped, with modern appliances, comfortable, with lots of room, and well located near Loophead Penninsula in a nice small town. the scenery along the coast near Kilkie puts the Cliffs of Moher to shame. Carrigaholt though small has postal service, pub, and a nice restaurant. Aine met us upon arrival, and helped us with information on the house, the area, and how to contact her. then she checked with us mid-week to see how we were doing. We spent most of our time traveling both north and south from this location to see points from Galway to Cork, Dingle Penninsula, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and local shopping in small towns throughout the area. The Ferry that crosses River Shannon at Killimer was a great time saver, and another way to see dolphins and sea lions. We found the home in Carrigaholt a great value, and the owner was very easy to work with.
Great County Clare Countryside Getaway
We stayed at this property for the month of August and the first half of September in 2011. The house is in a development of about 20 homes and sits on a half acre lot. The site photos and description are accurate. The house has an oil furnace and a small fireplace that burns coal or peat.
The Irish owner is currently working outside Ireland but she was helpful in answering all of our questions. Once we arrived at the house we met Aine, a wonderful Irish women who lives locally and looks after the house for the owner. Aine stopped by on several occassions, especially the first week, and was a fountain of information about local events, customs, and places to see. More than once she brought us delicious soda bread and pastries that she had made earlier in the day. Carrigaholt is located on the Loophead peninula about an hour and 15 minutes west of the Shannon airport. Public buses run as far as KIlrush or Kilkee. Taxi service is available in either city. You really should have a car. Many car rental agencies have offices at the Shannon airport. I used Dooley Car Hire, an Irish company, and was pleased with their service.
Carrigaholt is a small, delightful, village. It has a Post Office, three pubs, one restaurant with a short bar, a fast food take out open in the evenings, a small gift/craft store, and a small grocery store located in Keene's Pub. The Postmaster (and only employee) is Patrick who can tell you lots of local lore (even though he is from Tipperary!). Ask him about the sunken ship, the battery ruins, and the abandoned light house. And stop by the Post Office on Fridays for fresh local pastries.
There is no internet at the house. I did purchase a cell phone modem (vodaphone) and as long as their 3G network was operating it worked well. Unfortunately it was down at least half of the time I was there. WiFi is available at Carmody's Pub for free. Of course you should purchase a beverage. Pub Owners Mark and Ruth, and Mark's parents James and Anne were very welcoming. I really enjoyed walking into the pub and being greeted by name! Don't be shy, introduce yourself.
Doolin, with ferry service to the Aran Islands is about an hour away. Ennis is a great little city to walk around. Bunratty Castle is worth a visit--go early ahead of the tour buses. Drive out to the end of the Loophead pensinsula to see the Lighthouse and the cliffs that rival the Cliffs of Moher. Visit the Carrigaholt Castle. Don't miss the SeaLyons fish shop near the Castle!
Beautiful and quiet - and very relaxing
We had beautiful days in Carrigaholt. Plenty of space inside and outside the house, a lovely village with a small harbour and a fish shop next to it where we found delicious and fresh specialities including Irish rope mussels and oysters. All surrounded by a beautiful landscape and the Atlantic nearby. Cliffs, beaches and breathtaking views included - no need to go to Moher or all the other crowded places. You can find almost everything you expect to see at Irelands western coast on the Loop Peninsula and in the small cities of County Clare.
Glad you enjoyed it Christian ! Aine said you were fabulous guests .