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

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


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/property manager Geraldine
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Gaelic/Irish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 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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Fanore House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • electric shower
  • 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
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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 4.955224 based on 71 reviews

Delightful house

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place! Many moons ago, three of us camped on Fanore Beach after cycling up the west coast from Cork. Recently we returned to stay in Fanore and this time in the delightful comfort of Geraldine's house. Fanore Lodge is a delight in every way, as well as being beautifully situated it is a wonderful house and Geraldine's taste is sublime. We love walking and the Burren is best seen on foot. From the house you can follow a number of great routes including the spectacular Black Head Loop (surely one of the best walks in Europe). We love the Burren for the stone, the shapes, the walls, the stiles, the flowers, birds, other fauna (incl. stoats), history and archaeology and the Clare people. Geraldine has an inspiring library to complement the daily jaunts. The Burren in Co Clare is very walker-friendly and everyone benefits from this. Fanore Lodge is a great place to relax too, on the veranda, in the garden, or you can take a stroll down to the beach along the Caher River.

This is a real 'home from home', an ideal base, and perfect whatever the weather: lovely inside but with lots of gorgeous outdoor spots where you can sit and absorb the Burren. We had great weather so didn’t even light the fire but the living-room must be very cozy in bad weather.

Bus #350 is nearby, which is a great asset for walkers/explorers who want to extend their radius without having to drive or being limited by a car.

We arrived with plenty of supplies but Geraldine had left us a wonderful array of goodies. We were welcomed by Paddy who gave us the perfect introduction to the house. Everything was spick and span and there were no problems or hiccups during our stay. There is great generosity about the place: stacks of towels, fuel for fire, kitchen supplies, delish soaps, books, music, even a piano - Geraldine has thought of everything.

Our only problem was having to leave; we are already fantasizing about returning to Fanore Lodge in the near future, on our bikes!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

Geraldine deserves a 5+ star for her beautiful house, beautiful location and her friendly personality. She was quick to assist with any issues/questions we had. She provided us with some beautiful local essential foods which was so much appreciated after such a long day of flying. It was cool outside the day we arrived and she had turned on the bed heaters for us so we could have naps in cozy beds.

I am more than happy to provide a positive review (althought I very much want to keep this a secret location all to myself!!)

Will DEFINATELY be back!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very kind words!
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More than met our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent first visit to Ireland. Fanore Lodge was in just the right location for us: close to tourist attractions but removed from crowds. My wife enjoyed taking morning walks on the Burren while I got to sleep in in the cozy bedroom. We enjoyed the books and music in the sitting room and the fire which was warm and relaxing after a day out of doors.

We found Fanore Lodge to be comfortable and lovely, quiet and authentic.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks and I am very glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Comfortable home in beautiful setting.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful quiet setting with the burren area as backdrop. We enjoyed making this our headquarters for day trips to many surrounding sites. We would definitely recommend this to anyone staying in the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU!
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Excellent choice, both house and location

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, both from the perspective of the part of Ireland we were in, and also the house.

Fanore is a wonderful location for a holiday; it is fairly isolated, largely unspoilt and right by the sea. It also affords ready access to so many places worth visiting; Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra are lovely towns for a stroll, a pint and some food. Doolin is great and is also the leaving point for the Aran Island ferries (make sure you go on a visit, even if only for the afternoon to Inisheer - but don't agree to the first ferry fare you're offered!). Galway City is not much more than an hour's drive, and of course the Burren itself, and the cliffs of Moher, should be explored.

The house is extremely well equipped, with three bedrooms, the master being quite a size. The sitting room is very comfortable, with an open fire, two settees and a piano! There are also books all over the house, as well as CDs and DVDs available. All the facilities were of a high-standard, showing a keen attention to detail. Geraldine herself was extremely welcoming and provided all that we needed, including an ample amount of food in the kitchen to keep us going on arrival. A proper Irish welcome! Thank you, Geraldine.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this home, and Geraldine, seem to be out of a story book. My husband and my 2 year old daughter took my mom to Ireland to celebrate her retirement. We spent a week in this beautiful home. The surrounding towns and views were always perfect, and at the end of the day we would arrive home to start a cozy fire and enjoy music, card games, and conversation. Every detail of this home has been carefully planned. Geraldine greeted us, even though we arrived an hour late due to my daughter getting car sick (the roads are windy!). Geraldine could not have been kinder and more understanding. She had a fire going and the kitchen stocked with some local goodies. We travel a lot, and this is probably the BEST rental we have ever had. Thank you Geraldine!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Doolin Cave
Mountain View Horse Riding
Fanore Beach
Cliffs of Moher
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Nearest Motorway
32 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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