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Peggy McConnell

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Old stone barn apartment- 2.5 km from the centre of Galway City

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Large apartment in stone barn conversion, 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4, 2 bathrooms

This unique holiday accommodation offers a combination of contemporary and vernacular features and furnishings. It is bright, cozy, comfortable and spacious. On the first floor is a large open-plan living space, with a lovely restored French antique stove. Free WIFI, cable television and DVD player. The modern kitchen is fully equipped and the dining area can seat six. A patin door leads out to a small deck and at the garden. Also to be found on this floor is a large double bedroom and shower room.

The second bedroom is located on the ground floor. This room can be offered as either a twin bedroom or a double bedroom - depending on the the guests requirements. This bedroom has a large shower room en-suite.

There is a laundry room facility available in the barn with a washing machine and dryer.

Letteragh House and its barn are surrounded by typical West of Ireland small fields, stone walls and beautiful trees. The property offers a very quiet and private location to guests.

The owners who live in Letteragh House (adjacent to the barn) - would be very pleased to assist guests with any questions or bookings they would like to make.

The Swallow Loft has been featured in the September 2013 issue of 'Ireland's Homes and Interiors'.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Peggy McConnell (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english


based on 30 traveler reviews

Old stone barn apartment- 2.5 km from the centre of Galway City
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews

Amazing gem near Galway City! We loved everything about it and we hope to return.

  • 5 of 5

I can honestly say that the Swallow Loft is one of the nicest accommodations we have ever experienced. Owners Peggy and Tony are extremely hospitable, the interior is so nicely designed, and the grounds are outstanding. Plus, we love Molly (the pony in the yard outside of the barn)! Our stay was extremely comfortable, and the location is conveniently situated close to Galway City. My only disappointment was that we couldn't stay longer, but hopefully we will return soon so that we can spend more time in this fabulous, rejuvenating haven.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for hosting family and friends

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent three weeks at Swallow Loft in the Old Stone Barn. The premises have been tastefully restored and decorated with an emphasis on comfort and modern conveniences. The arrangements worked well for family members and friends who visited us at separate times and occupied the apartment on the ground level. Galway was the ideal place for us to explore western Ireland, and it was nice to come back to warm, comfortable surroundings each day. While a car is an absolute necessity, there is a shopping center nearby. We recommend this rental without reservation and would not hesitate to stay there if we return to Galway. And thanks again, Tony, for the book.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property 5 minutes from Galway city center

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with my parents, stayed at The Swallow Loft in June 2016 and it was perfect for two couples. It's only a 5 minute drive from Galway city center and there were plenty of car parks; so parking downtown to go out to dinner and walk around was not a problem. There's also a grocery store just down the street, so it was easy to stock up on supplies. My only complaint was that it didn't have a coffee maker (just a French press) and wasn't stocked with paper towels or napkins. You also have to pay for laundry (5 euros per load). But overall is was a very cozy property, exactly what I expected from the photos and Peggy, the owner, was super nice. I would definitely recommend this place to other travelers, especially folks planning to do a lot of day trips (it was a great launching point to visit the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, and the Aran Islands/Dun Aengus).

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful inviting place! We didn't want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

The Old stone barn was beyond our expectations. It is the most inviting place in an absolutely beautiful setting. We enjoyed the hospitality and chats with Peggy and Tony and kitties who also made us feel very welcome. The apartment was lovely. We saw some wonderful parts of Ireland while staying in Galway - horseback riding on the beaches of Cleegan, driving through Connemara, and visiting and roaming around Inis Oirr. We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Country luxury

  • 5 of 5

Our hostess sent detailed driving directions before we left for Ireland. Had an easy drive from Galway city (and later an easy walk into the city). The property is surrounded by lovely mature trees and rolling pastures. The stone barn quarters are spacious, extremely clean, and artfully decorated. There is a small deck off the living room for eating outside, if the weather is nice, and one views an enchanting hillside garden. Peggy McConnell is very welcoming and interesting to talk to. She gave us helpful information about places to visit. The accommodations were comfortable, peaceful, well-appointed, and well-stocked. We recommend it for anyone visiting the Galway area.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Our 3 night stay in the Galway area could not have been nicer. The accommodations at the Swallow Loft were perfect for my husband and our two adult children. The beds were comfortable and we had plenty of towels. The kitchen was well equipped (however, I did not do any cooking). My husband enjoyed learning to use the french press coffee maker. We were thrilled to have good wifi service. The bathrooms were clean and had great water pressure. The apartments decor was cheerful and relaxing. The resident pony, dog and cat added to the experience. The cat would sleep on the warm car hood.

Peggy had warned us about the narrow road leading to the house. It was a little nerve racking the first couple of days, but the drivers soon adjusted to the narrow, fast paced roads of Ireland.

Peggy was a pleasant and welcoming hostess. She was always quick to respond to any question we had throughout the whole transaction. She willingl took the time to help with directions and suggestions on travel plans.

The location was perfect for day trips to Aran Island, Connemara, and The Cliffs of Moher. We strongly recommend the Sky Road near Clifden. We also had a great visit at the Cliffs by arriving late in the day and experiencing it at sunset.

Traveling during April we expected lots of rainy days. We had perfect sunny and 50' weather. Our only disappointment was the fact the hard winter had caused a delay in the spring plant growth. Things were just starting to bloom.

A perfect holiday. We highly recommend The Swallow Loft.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
11.9 Kilometres
Galway Airport (Shannon Airport 85km)
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Galway City
Nearest Ferry
223 Kilometres
Dublin (Cork 200km)
Nearest Golf
2.3 Kilometres
Galway Golf Club, Salthill
Nearest Train
2.7 Kilometres
Galway City Centre
Nearest Motorway
7.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Galway City
Nearest Beach
4.2 Kilometres
Car: recommended

If you are planning on visiting Galway City, but are also keen to enjoy a bit of 'down-time' in a rural setting- then this property is definitely for you. Located only 2 miles from the centre of Galway City this property is perfect both for those wishing to enjoy a city break, as well as day-tripping to Connemara, The Burren - or perhaps doing a bit of fishing on Lough Corrib.

'The Swallow Loft' is part of an old stone barn conversion located in what was once a working farmyard of the present owners' Victorian farmhouse. Between Galway City and Lough Corrib this property offers both privacy and comfort. Within one mile there are shops where provisions can be obtained such as; groceries, video rentals, health foods, pharmaceuticals... and two miles; restaurants, cafés, pubs, shops, galleries, cinemas, golfing, horseback riding, swimming, beach, lake- and much more.

This unique apartment is a combination of contemporary and vernacular features and furnishings.

Other Activities: Historic tours (walking and bus), Many festivals including, Galway Arts Festival, Galway Oyster Festival, Galway Race Week, Cuirt Poetry Festival


Rates & Availability

Galway Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 3
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Rate 4
Sep 4 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn /Winter
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $84

Booking deposit: a deposit of 25% is required to secure the booking. The Final payment is due 15 days prior to arrival.
Please contact the owners for more information. Deposit and final payment are Non-refundable.

Apartment is available for a minimum of three nights in the off peak season. Contact owner for rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Galway Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 109 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Powershower and shaver connection
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Powershower and shaver connection
  • Both bathrooms in this accommodation are new, tiled and have quality fittings. Both have glass shower enclosures with power showers and non-slip shower mats for your safety. Extractor fans are fitted in both bathrooms. Towels, soap, and toilet paper are supplied. Water is heated by Central heating - or electric immersion heater - both with timers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Option to convert to xtra large double bed
  • The Swallow Loft accommodates 4 adults comfortably. Bedroom 1 is upstairs and has an en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 is downstairs and also has an en-suite bathroom. Beds are dressed with allergy-free bedding (duvets, pillows, and extra blankets). I good quality baby cot is provided with basic cover. Guests own baby blankets, etc, should be used. A radio, clock and hair-dryers are also provided.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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