|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
White Strand Lodge is an extremely high end luxury holiday home in Derrygimla, 4 miles from Clifden, Connemara, in the West of Ireland. The house is located right on the waters edge, overlooking magnificent Mannin Bay and has some of the best views available in Connemara.
There are exceptional sea and mountain views from all rooms, so you can admire the scenery from the moment you open your eyes. In the evenings, you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy the famous Connemara sunsets over Mannin Bay and the Twelve Bens mountains. Enjoy a lobster barbecue and relax while listening to the murmuring of the waves and an occasional cry from the seagulls. For those who are looking for a golf holiday, Connemara Championship Golf Course is less than 3 miles from the front door. Pony trekking, walking, cycling, fishing, and many more activities are available within a very short distance of the White Strand Lodge.
Not suitable for under 8's!
Dining and Shopping:
There are a number of good restaurants available in Clifden, which is only 4 miles from the house. There are some lovely shops for the shopping enthusiast including antiques clothing and artisan foods. Roundstone is 8 miles away and a trip to O’Dowds Pub and Restaurant is a favourite especially with the sun going down over the Harbour. Freshly caught lobster can be bought at Bunowen and the Connemara Smoke House has delicious smoked salmon and tuna available. The crab from the Connemara Smoke House is to die for and should be enjoyed back at the House with a nice glass of White wine.
Horses and Ponies:
If you are interested in horses and ponies then you will have heard of the famous Connemara Pony Show. Ballyconneely and Derrygimla are at the heart of the Connemara Pony world and in the Summer months it seems as if every field has a young foal and mare lapping up the Connemara sunshine. Horse riding is available at Errislannin Riding Centre which is 10 minutes away by car.
Walking, Sightseeing and Fishing: There is a never ending amount of walks along the coast and inland through Roundstone Bog, up by the Clifden River and into the woods at Ballynahinch. For the more active the Twelve Bens are extremely popular and while you will need to be fit to get to the top the views are stunning.
A trip to Inishbofin Island, the Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and excursions in the Maam Valley the scene of the location of the films “The Field” and “The Quiet Man” are all within easy reach. The list of activities is truly endless.
The surrounding area is renowned for fishing for salmon and sea trout, and arrangements can easily be made at a number of nearby breath taking locations.
Our family bought the White Strand Lodge in 1984 as a small three roomed cottage with an outside toilet. From that moment on the four Gilligans, as we were then spent every opportunity at this very special place. Two more Gilligans were added to the family and in 1987 - 1988 we did some serious renovations. Every school holiday and every Summer was spent in Connemara exploring, sailing golfing, fishing, searching the rock pools for crabs... the list is endless. All four children will safely say that it has given us the happiest memories which we cherish forever. In 2005 work commenced on a big renovation project which has turned the White Strand Lodge into a luxurious yet classical Connemara Cottage. We are truly delighted to share our most special place with a few select people every year.
Fred purchased this house in 1984
No where else will you find wonderful seclusion, the ocean at your doorstep, peace, tranquility and yet all modern conveniences at you finger tips. If you need groceries the shops are a mere five minutes away but when you are in the house with the fire lit and enjoying a nice bottle of wine then you will be far removed from everyday life.
Fantastic cottage in a wonderful coastal location. The cottage layout makes the most of it's position with stunning views from the main living and outside seating areas. Close enough to the town of Clifden for supplies and the odd pint, yet far enough out to provide that 'get-away from it all' feeling. Excellent walks along the beaches either side of the cottage and family evenings around the dinner table were the highlights of our holiday.
All our party enjoyed our stay in your lovely home. Connemara was perhaps at its best. It only rained once in our 11 days away.
The house lived up to expectations and more. There was plenty of room and it was superbly appointed. The location was second to none. We are all experienced and discerning travellers ( one couple live in Sydney) and ,without exception, we agreed that White Strand Lodge was the best accommodation we have ever stayed in.
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My family of four visited the lovely White Strand Lodge during spring break, and it was a beautiful holiday that thrilled everyone from youngest to oldest. My husband is an architect and can be quite critical of holiday homes, but on his walk through of this lovely villa, I knew he was pleased when he said, "An architect must have designed this villa." The interior is elegant in its simplicity. The ground floor rooms all maximize the stellar sea views, and we spent many hours in the kitchen watching the ponies play in the field next door and the waves roll in. The decor is well-suited to the villa and its surroundings, and the beds are very comfortable. Unlike many European rentals, the bathrooms are modern, roomy and inviting. The kitchen was well-equipped, and we easily cooked many meals together. The weather was chilly during our visit, so we regrettably did not spend much time in the garden, but the lawn was beautiful and manicured, and the children were thrilled when we saw a few hares and a small animal that I recognized as a stout. I think the garden would be a wonderful place for sundowners during the summer. The location of the villa was perfect because there are a few restaurants and a shop within walking distance (20 minutes with small children), and it is a short drive to Clifden and Roundstone and other towns that had amazing restaurants. There were many things close by to see and do (boat excursions, castle visits, horseback riding), but my favorite activity was reading books by the fire in the sitting room. This was our first trip to Ireland, but it won't be our last! If you're looking for a little piece of paradise to get away from it all, I definitely recommend that you book in to White Strand Lodge.
We arrived under grey skies, but the sun popped in and out during the stay and lit up the beautifully kept garden and the house. Fresh flowers in vases and a spotless house welcomed us. We have rarely been in such a well kept property on the seashore as they are difficult to maintain. Everything was as described and as we had made a mistake in our arrival dates, the owner was flexible and allowed us to stay an extra day!
Margaret, a charming housekeeper came twice to clean the house, during the stay (this is for a real vacation!).
The location is great in Connemara, and we went walking in the National Park, and around Clifden, Pony show, Golf club, Omney Island... We especially enjoyed the pub at Ballyconeely with music and dances on saturday night. And most memorable were the crab & lobster dinners, with crabs and lobsters bought at the yellow house on the other side of the road, directly from the fisherman!
I would recommend this house to friends and relatives. It is expensive but the price is justified by the quality.
Connemara must be the loveliest place in Ireland, remote, rugged, dramatic, mountains, lakes, beaches, islands, a breath taking coast line. Quaint villages like Roundstone, beautiful stately homes such as Kylemore. Tranquility almost wherever you go, hardly any cars on the road. And there is no better base to experience all of this than Ballyconneely and the outstanding holiday home which is the White Strand Lodge. The property looks like it has been there a long time as it blends in well with the other properties in the area. It looks like it has been keeping watch iover the sea for many, many years but in fact it is a superb modern home with all the very best of equipment and conveniences you could wish for. So you can gaze over the bay from the well appointed patio and then go back inside and watch digital TV or log on to oyur computer. There are lovely views from every room especially from the living room and kitchen area which looks out over the bay. You can spend your evenings in peace and solitude or you can go down the road to the local bar or slightly further afield to Clifden where several of the bars have music every night. At the end of a week in this property you will feel rested and relaxed, you will know that you have been to a truly great place, and you will want to go back.
The White Strand Lodge is a spacious, bright, fully-equipped house that was ideal for our group of six. The views over the bay are magnificent and the location just outside Ballyconeely was ideal for visiting the sights of Connemara. We spent many days hiking Diamond Hill and the Bens and then cooking dinners back at the house and relaxing in front of a turf fire. Highly recommended.
The White Strand Lodge is located on the shores of magnificent Mannin Bay and overlooks the Coral Strand, also known as the White Strand from which the house takes its name. The village of Ballyconneely is less than a mile away and Clifden the capital of Connemara is less than 6 miles away. Within easy distance of the house is the Connemara Golf links, Roundstone, Kylemore Abbey and the access to Inisboffin and the Aran Islands. The vibrant City of Galway is just over an hour away by car. Also close by is Erislannin Manor with it world class Connemara Ponies. There is an abundance of walks and beautiful cycles from the front door of the house.
Golf: Connemara Championship Golf Course is less than 8 minutes away by car and is home to 27 of the finest holes on the West Coast of Ireland. It was Peter Allis who said that “if Connemara were on the west coast of the United Kingdom it would surely host the British Open”. If you are a golf enthusiast you will love the course.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,060|
Special offers available at certain times on request.