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Becky Flanagan

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Amazing Group Accommodation in beautiful surroundings - Sleeps 28+ in luxury

58 Reviews
Sleeps32
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms11
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

County Clare Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Private Country House, 11 Bedrooms + Convertible beds, 11+ Baths

Ballyvara House is a beautiful property located half a mile from the village of Doolin Co. Clare which is famed for traditional Irish music, lively pubs and a variety of restaurants. Opened in May 2004 as a 4-star guesthouse, Ballyvara House is now available to rent as a luxury self-catering property.

Ballyvara House boasts a large sitting room with open fire and hand made stone bar area (created with stone from the original 100 year old cottage that originally stood on this site) , extensive lobby area with gas fire plus a well stocked library, whilst outside there is a courtyard garden with BBQ, games room with pool table and table tennis, tennis court and a children’s play ground plus a small pond to the front of the house. There is also wireless internet access throughout. The commercial kitchen has 2 ovens with 4-ring gas stovetop over each, a salamander grill, a large water boiler, bains marie, microwave and toaster and large pour-over coffee maker, a multitude of refridgerators, a commercial ice machine and a deep chest freezer. The bright and airy dining room is just off the kitchen, equipped with a small, custom built buffet area and 8 tables which can be re-arranged to suit any group requirements. There are currently enough chairs/settings for 24, though more can be added. We've just added new elegant furniture in the large conservatory off the kitchen, which is now a private dining room seating 8

Our 11 bedrooms, all en suite (private bathroom), consist of:

*5 Double Rooms, each with a queen sized double bed. Four of these rooms have a bath/shower, with the remaining room having a large walk-in power shower (wheelchair accessible). Four are located on the ground floor, one upstairs.

*1 Triple Room with a queen sized double bed plus single bed, bath/shower. Located upstairs.

*1 Deluxe Triple Room with a queen sized double bed plus single bed, bath/shower and large balcony. Located upstairs.

*1 Family Room with 1 queen sized double bed plus 2 single beds and single sofa bed, bath/shower plus front balcony. Located upstairs.

*1 Family Room with 2 queen sized double beds, large corner jacuzzi bath/shower plus front balcony. Located upstairs.

*2 Luxury Suites with king bed in each, jacuzzi bath, private lounge with sofa bed and additional TV.

**NEW! Antique-style, very ornate furniture just added to enhance one of our Suites to make it the ultimate Bridal Suite for that very special couple.

**Coming Soon: Conference Centre / Meeting Room - we are putting the finishing touches on our 30-60 seater conference facilities, complete with wifi and kitchenette areas. This meeting centre can also multipurpose for yoga / meditation classes or any other gathering requiring open space indoors, with or without seating. The basement of this center is also being converted to a 'drying room' for golf, cycling and surfing gear.

Linen and towels are provided and each bathroom is equipped with Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy bath product dispensers. Two bathrobes per bedroom are also provided. Every room has its own flat screen TV, hairdryer, alarm clock and iron/ironing board plus individual heat control.

Ballyvara House is the ideal venue for a large family gathering, a Christmas or New Year's get together or as accommodation for a bridal party. Party or occasion catering can be arranged at an extra fee. Doolin is the ideal holiday location in North Clare close to the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the world famous golf course at Lahinch.

********** Now available to accommodate civil wedding ceremonies!!! **********

Have your ceremony and party all in the one location - ideal for an intimate wedding with close family and friends.

Keywords: villa, lodge, countryside view, private, village setting, Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Aran Islands, Co. Clare, Co. Galway, Irish Music, guesthouse, jacuzzi baths, tennis court, playground, games room

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Becky Flanagan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About Becky Flanagan

We are John & Rebecca Flanagan - Rebecca (American), met John in 1998 here in Ireland. Ballyvara House was John's home-house, originally a 100 year old thatched cottage, which he transformed into a small Bed & Breakfast in 1996. In 2004, we created Ballyvara House, the 11-bedroomed, 4-star, award winning guesthouse which we have now decided to rent to groups, and have already done so with much success. This property is very dear to us as it was once our only home (where our 1st of 3 daughters grew up), and has been a part of our family now for many years.

Why Becky Flanagan chose County Clare

As mentioned above, this was our only home and then our business. This area is a thriving tourist village famed for traditional Irish music. Doolin is a fabulous base for touring the surrounding counties of Galway, Limerick and Kerry, and Shannon airport is only 1 hour away.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Ballyvara House is wonderfully located on 20+ acres of green Irish countryside with views of rolling fields and Doonagore Castle in the distance. Doolin village is only a half mile walk down the road and Doolin pier is 2 miles away where one can catch a ferry to the Aran Islands or a cruise to the view the majestic Cliffs of Moher. The white sand beaches of Lahinch and Fanore are within a 20 min. drive, as well as the famed Lahinch Golf Course. There is so much space within Ballyvara House that several families could stay and never feel crowded. Get the bar stocked and enjoy a drink in the lounge in front of a roaring fire or a welcoming glass of wine out on the patio in the courtyard garden. Children will always be entertained with the pool table, tennis and playground, as well as feeding our 2 donkeys and Shetland pony that roam the fields around the property.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Good morning Becky,

I am writing to express our appreciation and gratitude for all your help during our recent stay in Ballyvara.

The house itself was perfect and the little touches of fresh flowers and a welcome pack were absolutely lovely.

All of our considerable party enjoyed themselves, there was something for every age group.

Once again Becky, thank you particularly for your time, willingness to help and kind attention.

Regards
Aug 2014
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Amazing Group Accommodation in beautiful surroundings - Sleeps 28+ in luxury
average rating of 4.9827585 based on 59 reviews
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Spectacular Ballyvara House!

  • 5 of 5

Ballyvara House! What a marvelous site for a family vacation! Thirty members of our family celebrated our 59th wedding anniversary there. The rooms had all the amenities of a 5 five star hotel! The state of the art kitchen is very user friendly. The grounds are beautiful and breathtaking. Our grand kids ( from ages 13 to 33) enjoyed the soccer, the tennis, the game room - even the chess board in the lobby was never empty.

The path through the fields made for a delightful and safe walk into town. We visited The Aran Islands, Dingle, Mayo (family homestead) , Galway and The Cliffs of Moher. The men enjoyed playing golf at Lahinch. A few brave souls surfed in body suits off the Lahinch beach. The Irish music at the pubs in downtown Doolin was enjoyed by all. Even the shops in Doolin were great for those of us who enjoy shopping as a sport. The dining room was most conducive not only for eating, but for telling stories and building family unity.

Becky was a competent, thoughtful and pleasant host! "In short , there is simply not, a more congenial spot than here in.....Ballyvara"!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Therese

  • 5 of 5

Ballyvara house is the perfect venue for all occasions and getaway trips for large groups, families or friends. It is a gem in the beautiful surroundings of Doolin. The rooms are spacious and above all beautifully decorated with two gorgeous suites to surprise or treat your loved ones. The large dining rooms and kitchen provided the perfect setting for our meals and parties and the hidden bar was the highlight for the night! Becky could not do enough for us before and during our stay and provided us with helpful advice and contact numbers for caterers, transport etc

Ballyvara house has to be seen to be believed!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Naas Co Kildare Ireland
5

Breath of Fresh Air hen

  • 5 of 5

Becky was the perfect host in every way and a dream to deal with from the word go.

We were a group of 24 hens and the house was perfect with a fine kitchen, extremely comfortable bedrooms and a great reception area with it's own saloon.

Doolin is a dream location with plenty of options for eating and outdoor activities. We had wonderful take-out food on our first night from McGanns and dined in McDermotts on the second evening.

All in all a superb experience to be repeated.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kilkenny
5

heaven in Clare

  • 5 of 5

I don't believe that I have ever come across a house that ticks every box for every type of guest. From young to old Ballyvara caters for all needs. We stayed here for a hen party with a group of 20 and the house was just fantastic. More than enough rooms with very comfy beds and all the service and cleanliness of a five star hotel yet each room felt homely with a personal touch. The communal areas feel like a home from home and are large enough to hold a large crowd but decorated and furnished to feel like your own living room at home. The outdoor space appeals to young and old with tennis courts, games rooms and sun traps galore. The kitchen was the real star, from rustling up a slice of toast to cooking a five course meal, everything you could possibly need is here. Becky is the ideal host, gives you all the info, is near to hand if you need her but basically hands over the keys and lets you relax and experience her wonderful house all for yourself. Most of the all the setting in Doolin is heaven on earth. From the locals in the pub to the cliffs of moher and lahinch for lunch I could not recommend this part of the world enough - Heaven in all respects, - I will be back, and soon !

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, USA
5

Perfect house for our large extended family celebration

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Ballyvara House over 4 nights in April. Our party was there to celebrate our Mothers 80th Birthday. We were a group of 30 made up of 7 siblings, our spouses, our children (ranging from age 2 - 30 years) and our mother. We traveled from the USA, Canada and Ireland. From the moment we got in contact with our hosts at Ballyvara, to all the questions we all had prior to staying, to actually staying there, is it was a great experience. Everything lived up to our expectations and beyond. It was such a great house for our family and we had everything we needed. It was an amazing location, comfortable and welcoming, large enough for a group our size, plenty of options for all the kids young and old. Bedrooms are comfortable and large, general gathering areas are warm and welcoming, kitchen is large and well equipped (we cooked every day), dining room easily accommodated our party, games room was an added bonus, and we spent many a session in there trying to win at table tennis or pool, outside small children's play area was fantastic for the little ones, outside tennis was a big hit, as was basketball and soccer, and the cute donkeys were over fed by us! :). Nice outside patio and grill area, House is situated in a beautiful area but near enough to take a little walk down to Doolin village via the road or like some of us via the fields!

We hope someday to return to Ballyvara, thank you again to Becky for being such a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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kildare
5

Hen Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We were in Ballyvara house last week for my hen weekend and I just could not recommend it highly enough. It is a fabulous setting for getting everybody together for a weekend. Perfectly equipped kitchen, living areas and amazing bedrooms and bathrooms. .would love to have done a 3rd night. Will definitely book again for a family weekend away!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Car: recommended

Cruise to the Cliffs of Moher, ferry to the Aran Islands, walking in the Burren. Traditional Irish music in all pubs every night during the main tourist season, and every weekend year-round. Fantastic restaurants and pubs. Micho Russell Memorial Weekend held annually the last weekend in February - would be a great time to bring a group!

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Rates & Availability

County Clare Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July - August 2016
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,381
 
 
September - October 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$875
$3,833
 
 
November - December 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
$765
$3,285
 
 
Christmas & New Year 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,381
 
 
January-February 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
$765
$3,285
 
 
March-June 2017
Mar 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$875
$3,833
 
 
July - August 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,381
 
 
September - October 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$875
$3,833
 
 
November - December 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$765
$3,285
 
 
Christmas & New Year 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
$4,381
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$4,381
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $548

Utilities are an additional cost (oil & electricity). These are meter read on arrival and departure and are charged on a per usage basis.

To make a reservation we require a 25% deposit with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

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Amenities

County Clare Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 24 people
Bathrooms:
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 3
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , In Room 4 - large walk-in power shower, wheelchair access
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 5 - large corner jacuzzi bath
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 6
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 7
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 8
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 9
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , bidet , In the Teergonean Suite
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In the O'Loughlin Suite
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , 'Public' Toilets for general house use (guests only!)
  • marble bathrooms in every bedroom, all but one with spa or jacuzzi bath (last with walk in power shower), plus separate 'public' toilets (ladies and gentlemen), for additional use.
Bedrooms:
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with spa bath and shower over
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with spa bath and shower over
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with spa bath and shower over
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with walk-in power shower
    Bedroom 5 - 2 queen , large private bathroom; corner jacuzzi bath, shower over
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with spa bath, shower over; sleeps 5
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , private bathroom with spa bath, shower over
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , private bathroom with spa bath, shower over
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , private bathroom with spa bath, shower over; balcony
    Teergonean Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower over
    O'Loughlin (Bridal) Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower over
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 baby crib , 2 murphy bed , 2 transportable single beds and baby cribs available
  • King size beds (2) King bed in each full suite, Queen size Beds (9) Total of 10 queen beds within 9 rooms, Twin or Single Beds (4) 2 rooms with a queen plus single, 1 room with a queen plus 2 singles, Baby Cribs (2) travel baby cot, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 1 available in each suite; located in lounge area of the suite which has double doors that can close it off from main bedroom area of suite; 1 single sofa bed also available in Room 6 (family room with queen + 2 singles)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Private tennis court, library, bar area in lounge, open fire in lounge, commercial kitchen, playground, conference centre

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