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Charming,comfortable, sea-side heritage house at foot of Burren nature reserve

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, living room with piano, separate kitchen, sleeps 5

Fanore Lodge is nestled between the sea and Slieve Elva, set amid the wonders of Burren flora and its unique geology, offering views of the sea and the long sandy beach, three minutes from Fanore Lodge. There is a local surf school operating from the beach. The Caher River runs by the door, and the soothing sounds of water on rock can be heard from the house. Fanore Lodge is at the foot of the Caher Valley Nature Reserve. The Caher Valley and Caher River probably take their names from the fact that there are so many ring forts or cahers in the immediate vicinity. The house is ideally situated at the starting point of many hiking routes.

The house is protected as a historical structure and has been sympathetically and attractively furnished and decorated according to the period in which it was built. The owner is fond of art and there are paintings and prints of well known artists throughout the house and many images of the Burren.

Amenities: WIFI connection

Kitchen, sitting room, bathroom,

3 bedrooms, (1 Super King, 1 double, 1 single)

Satellite television & DVD, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, electric shower, oil -fired central heating.

There is a large library of books and music available for guests use, including books on the Burren and walking routes in the area. There is an open fire and piano in the sitting room.

A welcome pack of local produce and fire pack is included for guests. All household linens provided.

Secluded garden with garden furniture and sea views. Roofed terraced area with barbeque for outdoor dining. Off road car parking

More Details

Owner
owner/property manager Geraldine
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Gaelic/Irish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 11, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We SO enjoyed our time at Fanore. We spent one day just driving through the Burren, exploring, and another day riding the ferry out to Inis Oirr and seeing the Cliffs from above and below. I also enjoyed a little walk up along the road by the lodge. It was all so breathtaking. There is room for the soul in that place, and I miss it already! I would sincerely love to come again, and I would certainly choose Fanore again!

Thanks for everything!
Apr 2013
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Map

Aloha Surf School
"Just down the road from the house you can learn to surf on a beautiful and safe beach with e..."
Doolin Cave
Mountain View Horse Riding
Fanore Beach
Cliffs of Moher
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Shannon
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Fanore
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Doolin
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Lahinch
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Ennis
Nearest Motorway
32 Miles
Ennis
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Fanore
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Fanore
Car: recommended

Stunning location in the heart of the Burren, a karst landscape of great natural beauty, richly endowed with rare botanical specimens including several varieties of wild orchids. Situated adjacent to the Caher Nature Reserve and the Burren National Park.

Fanore Lodge is nestled between Slieve Elva and the golden sandy beach of Fanore, (500 yards), which is safe for bathing and has a local surf school and Life Guards during summer months. There is a wide range of activities on the door step including sea angling at Blackhead, coastal and hill walking on marked green roads, loop walks, horseriding, golfing and cycling.This region is also full of opportunities for potholers as the area has a extensive network of underground caves.

Home to poets and artists, this inspirational landscape is rich in antiquities including prehistoric settlement and burial sites such as dolmens, cairns and ring forts as well as ruins of medieval monastic sites.

'The Caher Valley and Caher River probably take their names from the fact that there are so many ring forts or cahers in the immediate vicinity. Further up the valley, past the bridge, is a fulacht fiadh or cooking place to the south of the road.

Close to award winning sea food restaurants. North Clare is famous for its traditional music and many of the local pubs feature live music. Only a 15 minute drive to Doolin, renowned for Irish music. The Cliffs of Moher, one of the most popular Irish tourist attractions is also only 20 minutes away. The Aran Islands are a short cruise from Doolin and ferries run several times a day.

Fanore Lodge is a one hour drive to Galway; and during the summer months a fast speed ferry operates from Ballyvaughan to Galway.

Coole Park, to which WB Yeats was a frequent visitor, is 45 minutes drive and Doolin and Ailwee caves are just 20 minutes away.

Lahinch 18 Hole Championship Links Golf course is 30 minutes drive. Doonbeg, a Greg Norman Golf Course, European Golf Course of the year 2010, is only an hours drive away.

Amenities

Fanore House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • electric shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • King bedroom with sea views Both other bedrooms have views of the Burren hills
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Fanore Lodge is a historic but comfortable house in an area of great scenic hill and coastal beauty in the center of an area with a network of wonderful pedestrian walks called green roads which bring walkers into the heart of the Burren landscape. Cycling,,watersports and horseriding also available locally.

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Charming,comfortable, sea-side heritage house at foot of Burren nature reserve
average rating of 4.9589043 based on 77 reviews
Sonoma county, CA
5

A wonderful house in a dramatic landscape: a real Irish experience

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from 7 cozy, comfortable nights at Fanore Lodge. The owner, Geraldine, has created an exceptionally welcoming and comfortable place, located in a historic building in the stunning Burren landscape. The house overlooks the Caher river, with views across fields to the Aran Islands and Atlantic ocean. The house is very comfortable and bright, with a charming, well appointed living room with fireplace. It's a perfect place to lounge after dinner, and read or talk and listen to music in front of a warming peat fire. The kitchen is also a comfortable place to spend time, with a big table in the center and a wood stove for warmth. The kitchen is really well equipped, with good knives, pans and even a rolling pin for pretty much anything you’d want to cook or bake. The bedrooms are comfortable and bright with good beds, and a king size in the master. There were just two of us, but I could imagine it being very comfortable for more, with both places to be together and places to have private time. The house really feels like a deluxe hotel, or that you’re staying in a good friend’s home, where everything has been thought of to make you comfortable. We were there in November, so didn’t spend time lounging outside, but there are many places to eat or relax, and a there is a gas barbeque. Just beyond the front door, the road leads up into the Burren, and there are numerous trails for hiking. Geraldine provides a large number of guides and maps to study before setting out, and we could have simply spent our whole week there exploring the Burren on foot. If you've never been, you can't understand the feeling of the Burren, it is absolutely breathtaking, more than photos can convey.

For food, we found good options in the charming town of Ennistymon: the Super Value supermarket has everything, and it's good. Across the street there is a gourmet shop with meats and prepared items. There is also a small plaza with a vendor selling really great fresh fruit and veggies, including yummy Irish potatoes! The best place is a cheese shop farther along the street, selling excellent Irish cheeses, house made breads, pesto and tapinades. Great lunch or dinner options are available in Ballyvaughn, a very scenic 20 minutes away by car. It was nice to return to the house after a day of exploring, make a good dinner and relax in front of the fire.

We plan on returning, and highly recommend Fanore Lodge.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet both of you!
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5

Wonderful little getaway

  • 5 of 5

Geraldine, our host, was so thoughtful! She had everything ready for us prior to arrival even after I made a last minute change to our arrival time. There was a warm and inviting fire going and she had many delicious goodies from Ireland for us to try. I loved this the most! There were so many lovely little details that made our trip to Ireland so wonderful. We loved tasting all the samples from your country. We especially enjoyed the heated sheets to keep us warm and cozy all night long. Another of my favorites was tea and scones in Doolin. We explored almost every nook and cranny of this beautiful country and found the people to be great. My husband even made a romantic fire a few nights! We enjoyed a beautiful little picnic by the ocean! We will miss this land and hope to return again soon!

Bob and Shirley Mackley

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank ypu!
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Galt, California
5

Fanore Lodge - a Perfect Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This home is perfect for whatever you're looking for. It's a riverfront, ocean-view home in a charming little town. It's beautifully restored and very charming. Geraldine provides everything you will need, and things you weren't even expecting! There are local goodies in the fridge to tide you over until you can make it to a store. The location is right along the Burren Way, and has easy access to all sites in western Ireland. I'm so relaxed right now, having spent a peaceful 5 days in this lovely home. Just a word of advice, plan to arrive before dark -- the area is rural and you may miss your turn-off!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the house and area!
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5

Beautiful Country Home

  • 5 of 5

The house and location are exactly as described. All of the comforts of home. We especially enjoyed the comfy living room with two great sofas. All of the bedrooms were warm and inviting - very nicely decorated - I especially liked the motif in the pink room. We were just the two of us, so we used the large master bedroom with the king sized bed. The biggest bed in all of Ireland!! We also appreciated the back veranda with the gas grill, conveniently outfitted with proper grilling tools. We enjoyed local beef and lamb cooked outside on the grill. The kitchen is very well supplied with just about every tool or accessory a cook might need. And the food provided was much appreciated! Unfortunately, we did not get to meet Geraldine in person, but otherwise our stay was memorable and we hope to visit again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Pam. I was sorry not to have met you also!
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New York City
5

An Out of the Gem

  • 5 of 5

Fanore Lodge is a lovely, comfortable home. Geraldine greets you and makes you feel at ease right way. She has stocked the kitchen with a starter kit of coffee, tea, milk, eggs, bread so you don’t immediately have to shop. All the rooms have great charm and the amenities are very good. She even had a fire going for us in the living room upon our arrival as it was a cool day. She has a stock of wood and peat available, but we were there for two weeks so we purchased more at the local store in Fanore. We had a few days of torrential rain, and the house was cozy and inviting. It's very close to the beach which you can see from the house, and well located for strolls and hikes. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Thomas.
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Rochester, NY
5

Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

My sister & I just had the most fantastic time staying at Geraldine's house.

The house is adorable, elegant, comfy, & cozy, as well as extremely clean. You can hear the soft sound of the river from the upstairs. The beds were amazingly comfortable & outfitted with top notch bedding. Geraldine has thought of absolutely EVERYTHING that you may need during your stay.

Location was great. If you want a beautiful walk, just go up the road behind the house. Truly amazing.

Geraldine was easy to contact & quick to respond to any questions that I had.

We would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Thank you, Geraldine!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are very kind Allison. I would have you back in a hearbeat too! Geraldine
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Fanore Lodge is more furnished and better equipped than many rental homes and I would like guests to enjoy and to respect the house and amenities!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund