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Bernadette O'Grady

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

4* Quality home with spectacular views of Galway Bay and Burren hills

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


County Clare Cottage Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, 2 shower rooms(Sleeps 8)

Located on the Wild Atlantic Way route, in the peaceful village of New Quay, between the rural seaside towns of Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare and picturesque Kinvara Co. Galway, this 4 bedroom accommodation has stunning views over Galway Bay to the medieval city of Galway and the Connemara mountains.

Cuan Beag makes an ideal base for exploring the unique geology and archeology of the the Burren National Park, Aran Islands, Ailwee Caves, Cliffs of Moher and Dunguaire Castle.

Cuan Beag has been thoughtfully furnished to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Our beech kitchen is equipped with all modern appliances, microwave, cooker, fridge etc…While the utility room accommodates the laundry area, washer / dryer dishwasher etc. The spacious living room which contains an antique cut-stone fireplace has an oak floor which mirrors a delightful timber ceiling. There is both an oil fired central heating and electric heating. Quality linen supplied. The house provides wheelchair facilities.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Bernadette O'Grady (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Bernadette O'Grady

Seamus and Bernadette, having settled in the beautiful medieval city of Galway, were pleased to find this peaceful site on the seafront within a short distance of their home.

Bernadette, retired Primary school head teacher, adores walking the Flaggy Shore which affords her time to birdwatch the wintering Brent geese, oystercatchers and curlews, while in the midst of farmers engaging in their seasonal work.

Seamus, retired Director of Adult Education at NUI Galway, takes advantage of local fresh fish availability as cooking is his favourite hobby. Of course, the excellent pints served by Vincent in Linnane's Lobster Bar down the road, is greatly appreciated.

Bernadette O'Grady purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Bernadette O'Grady chose County Clare

This property, we feel, is in a perfect location. It was a dream come true for us to find a location which is situated on the edge of a beautiful farming countryside, on the waterfront with beautiful views and with access to wonderful entertainment and activities.

Both Seamus and I come from a rural and farming background and have spent our working lives in our local city of Galway, so it was important to us to find a somewhere we could relax in our spare time.

With the surreal Flaggy Shore only meters to the left, you can become one with nature. While for those more lively folk, Kinvara is renowned for it's music and festivals, and Galway city is only 40 minutes away for the keen historians and shoppers!

What makes this cottage unique

The stunning location at the the edge of the Burren and overlooking Galway Bay is what had us fall in love with this home.

The house is an ideal family base. The spacious garden facilitate BBQs, play or general relaxation. The gallery and upstairs area allow children to have free time away from parents who wish for peace and quiet.


based on 17 traveler reviews

4* Quality home with spectacular views of Galway Bay and Burren hills
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We believed, and now concur with, all the reviews we read about this home. Bernadette and Seamus are delightful and helpful hosts and the house is very spacious -- allowing for people to spread out a bit. Our main question had to do with negotiating this location without a car. We were committed to having a relaxing holiday, which for us meant no driving. Although a car would be helpful for this remote location, we were able to have a wonderful stay without one. We took the public bus to Galway (leaves at 9:50 am and returns around 7:00 pm) and also arranged two days of tours around Clare and Connemara. On those days we picked up groceries for dinner and on other nights we were happy to eat down the street at Linnane's. There are three taxi services that can be contacted for trips into Kinvara or Ballyvaughan. Our tour guide Paul ( was also able to take us to Shannon Airport. Great place, great visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A homely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable week here. The cottage was very comfortable, clean and cosy with comfortable beds. The kitchen was well equipped and the inclusion of a few things like milk in the fridge on our arrival was much appreciated. It was good to stay in a well maintained 'home' rather than just a ' holiday let'. The Bernadette and Seamus were very welcoming and happy to suggest things to do in the area. It's a good location to explore the Burren which has a very different landscape and it is just about a 40 minute drive to the Cliffs of Moher. It is a short walk to Flaggy beach and only a stroll to Linnanes Lobster bar where the food is superb and affordable, had we visited earlier in our stay we may have done much less cooking for ourselves!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Leverkusen, Germany

Wonderful home in exciting countryside - very friendly landlady

  • 5 of 5

We (three couples aged 60+) spent a most enjoyable week in this wonderful home with an excellent view of the Galway Bay. The home is spacious and very well equipped. The landlady Bernadette was present on weekends in a separate home and very friendly and helpfull. The countryside is unique, and we took the opportunity to explore fascinating places like The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Linnanes Bar in walking distance offers excellent food and is a typical Irish pub at the same time. Golfer should not miss the Galway Golf Club - a very good recommendation of Bernadette.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Essen, Germany

Perfect holiday home

  • 5 of 5

Fully equipped, comfortable and spacious house with a wonderful view over Galway Bay. It's the ideal starting point to explore the impressive irish west coast, both to the North (Galway, Connemara) and to the South (Clare, Kerry). All within up to 3h driving time. Bernadette & Seamus were very kind hosts and made us feel very welcome. That definately wasn't our last trip to this great country!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

If You Ever Go Across the Sea to Ireland.........

  • 5 of 5

Cuan Beag is a Five Star house overlooking Galway Bay. It is even better than it looks in the pictures. I was there with my sister for two memorable weeks in September. We know the area very well, and now that we have found the perfect place to stay, we can't wait to return. It is a real treasure and the perfect place for a fabulous holiday.

From inside every room in the house, and from the beautifully landscaped gardens, you have superb views of Galway Bay, Aughanish Island and even the lights of Galway City. Every comfort has been provided for the discerning traveller.

I have recommended Cuan Beag very highly to all my friends. Now, I am hoping that it will be available for me when I want to return.

Many, many thanks to Bernadette and Seamus. You are the perfect hosts. I hope to see you before too long.

Mary, Toronto, Canada

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Wales

Beautiful Irish Home - Wheelchair Friendly

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently spent a delightful time at this cottage in the Burren. We were given a warm welcome by Seamus and Bernadette, to their warm and comfortable home on the waterfront of Galway Bay. The scenery was far more spectacular in person than photos could ever convey.

The home, being wheelchair accessible, allowed us freedom to move without hinderence around the house - living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, which is furnished with appropriate handicap equipment.

Likewise, down the road, Linnane's Lobster Bar is wheelchair friendly. We enjoyed the local seafood and amazing Guinness. Customers both local and tourists mix to create an easygoing and amusing atmosphere.

Ballyvaughan, nearby, is on the flat with many interesting tearooms. The promenade there was very peaceful and relaxing. Near to the Aillwee Caves is the Award winning Perfumery with its coffee shop, not to be missed. The Burren Chocolatier which is only a short drive from the home is also a very unique and interesting attraction to see.

The Clare/ Galway region, rich in landscape, culture, literature and music is ideal for exploration and full of intriguing attractions.

We are very much look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Linnanes Lobster Bar
Nearest Ferry
240 Kilometres
Dublin Port
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Gort Golf Club
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Gort Train station
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
N6 - Dublin-Galway motorway
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Linnanes Lobster Bar
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Old Quay Beach
Car: recommended

Our warm homely house is located on the Wild Atlantic Way, 200m from Linnanes Lobster Bar and 800m from the Russell Gallery. We are a 15 minute drive from the musical and lively town of Kinvara which, regardless of the time of year, is living in festival mode!

The beautiful and historic city of Galway is a 35 minutes drive and for those who do not wish to venture too far, the lights of this magical city can be viewed from across the bay in New Quay.

For those who are keen walkers, there are many local routes to be discovered. Surfers are only 1hour from the waves of Lahinch. Avid golfers are in their element with the World Renowned Lahinch, Doonbeg, Gort, and Galway Bay Golf Courses all within driving distance.

The peaceful village of New Quay is set on the coast of Galway Bay, overlooking the Aughinish Peninsula and submerged within the beautiful limestone landscape of the World-renowned Burren.

Linnanes pub and seafood restaurant is famous for it's locally produced organic food and Galway bay fresh fish, provided by the local fisherman Gerry. His wife Martina, also sells the fresh fish from a shop beside Linnanes, for those who are happy to cook at home!

The Russell Gallery and Teashop is a wonderful location to view works of art by local and international artists whilst enjoying a strong coffee or even a glass of prosecco and antipasta.

The Flaggy Shore, which inspired Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney to write 'Postscript', is a unique and stunning setting. The contrast of limestone flags, flora and fauna, located only in the Burren and Scandanavia, makes this a historic and magical area.


Rates & Availability

County Clare Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season - Summer
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season Sept
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
December (Excluding Christmas)
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Season
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Jan 15 2017 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
April Special
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

May $1

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County Clare Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Wheelchair accessible main bathroom adjoining double room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to twin room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to bedroom 1
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Ensuite Twin room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Twin room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ensuite
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Pull out double bed sofa, childs cot and childs high chair available if required.

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