|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
An genuine Irish thatched cottage just for you.
Imagine yourself right on the sea, in a real traditional Irish cottage just 20 minutes from Galway city. This award winning home in a nationally protected heritage area has gentle green fields either side and a perfect blue-green bay in front. You'll love the hand-made bed in the master bedroom, the cozy loft, Irish stove, thick walls and books by Yeats and Joyce on the shelves.
We provide everything for your visit: fresh towels, linen, crockery, hair dryer, maps, even a bicycle.
Every glance out the window is a stunning vista of changing skies. The Burren hills, the oyster-catchers in their boats, the farmers passing and the empty castle across the bay fills the scene. That castle is another story, of the fight for a new Ireland, and a history to discover.
Just a short drive from vibrant and fun loving Galway City with main transport links to Shannon and Dublin, this award winning idyll, with modern conveniences, is just 1.5k to gorgeous Clarinbridge village, home of the oyster festival and welcoming restaurants and pubs. There's shopping there too with the top rated Meadows and Byrne, an antique shop you could spend hours wandering through and best coffee shops for miles around.
It's easy distance to Galway Golf club, and Burren National Park for world-class hiking. But you don't have to go far: There's fantastic seafood in local restaurants; great Guiness, traditional music in the pubs and lovely walks & cycling from your door.
.A real turf stove to warm yourself, wooden floors, a cozy hand-made Quaker kitchen and comfy beds; a master bedroom looking out to the sea and a pretty little loft reached by a set of stairs. Everything you need is supplied and Irish cook books to make not just bacon and cabbage.
Cave is available for only certain parts of the year so book early to avoid disappointment. There aren't many genuine thatched cottages left in Ireland you can rent; most are recently built or are taken over by heritage groups. We are proud of the cottage and we hope you enjoy it.
Enjoy your getaway.
I'm a writer living in London with one foot in fiction and the other in technology. I've set one of my plays in the cottage and wrote more than one piece of work there. More here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colm_Byrne
I'm originally from Limerick but have lived all over the world, spending most of my time in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles
Like every Irish emigrant I always wanted my own piece of ireland. I searched for years. Every trip home included a look in the papers, a drive around the For Sale signs. When i first heard of Cave, I was told 13 children were last reared in it. Being one of 9 brought up in Limerick, I felt an immediate closeness to the rough hewn walls, the small rooms, the square-cut windows and the openness of the sea. We put in a bid and after a long back and forth - lost.A rich musician had outbid us at every step. I met Bridie, one of the women who was brought up in the house and she told me tales from the war of independence, a love tale and another about the 'little folk' who used to knock on the back door. It was heart breaking to let it go. Then we got a call a month later - it was back on the market. The national heritage status prevented the building of a studio. The owner came to us and said he wanted us to have it. After careful refurbishment, Bridie came in and had a look around. She was quiet for a moment, then said. 'It has the same feel'. She couldn't tell whether thew floorboards we put down, though a century old themselves, were there before or not. It was a success. 'It was always a place of music' she said 'and the door was always open'. We rebuilt the half-door so that you can keep it open too.
Standing at the door, the sea breeze takes away every care and replaces it with a pure sense of the moment. Once inside the door, I first put on the fire and the smell of turf has me at home immediately. Every visit there is memorable, either with friends or alone to do a bit of writing. I'll often go down to the shore and pick some mussels and have them in a lovely wine sauce for my dinner. The evenings are spent chatting with friends, neighbours or enjoying a rich glass of wine by the fire.
This cottage was the perfect place to have a holiday. The location is perfect and set in beautiful surroundings. We were a 20 minute drive to Galway and a few minute drive into Clarinbridge center. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind. The kitchen was sufficiently stocked with everything to cook a wonderful meal. The welcome book has descriptions and instructions for just about everything to do with the cottage and attractions to keep you busy. Our favorite part of the cottage was the fireplace and the kitchen. I can not wait to stay here again sometime in the future.
Our two night stay was wonderful, from our first glimpse of the thatched roof to the smell of burning peat and passing neighbors waving from the road. I may have missed it, but it would have been nice to have been provided a history of the cottage itself. My understanding is the place is over 300 years old. I recommend long walks into the surrounding farmlands and Clarinbridge for dinner. The Burren is close by. John Prine, for fans of contemporary American singer songwriters, keeps a place in nearby Kinvara and sometimes plays at Greenes pub.
This cottage was the perfect place to have a holiday. The location is perfect and set in beautiful surroundings. We were a 20 minute drive to Galway and a few minute drive into Clarinbridge center. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The kitchen was sufficiently stocked with everything to cook a wonderful meal. The welcome book has descriptions and instructions for just about everything to do with the cottage and attractions to keep you busy. Our favorite part of the cottage was the fireplace and the kitchen. I can not wait to stay here again sometime in the future.
The thatched roof cottage was more than we expected for authenticity; so romantic and cozy! This place created an unforgettable experience for us. Feeding turf to the hob was a special treat, but would not like doing long term. However, it could have been a bit cleaner; we did clean and tidy up in the kitchen and living area before settling in, but was worth the effort.
Thanks for a lovely time!
For this Comfort the price is a joke. We had some houses on our tour. This was the worst and most expensive. The bicycle is scrap and Grill unusable. There will also be cleaned from the visitors! Cobwebs and dust in the corners and on the lamps. Each course only makes his dirt away. There were only 2 days. Not again.
We were 4 adults, and we had a nice time visiting. The cottage is in a very quiet place, close to Galway, and a good home base for day trips. We were pleased with the lack of phone and internet in order to give us a truly relaxing experience.
Stayed here for two days and had a great time. Cottage was clean, cozy and slept great. Met housekeeper and she was very nice and informative. Perfect, beautiful house for a stay.
Just 20 minutes from Galway city and a million miles from care, . This is where guests tell us they can really unwind and feel at home. A mile from Clarinbridge/Clarenbridge - home of the famous Oyster festival. The fishing village of Kinvara is nearby the amazing Burren home - great for hiking and exploring.
There are festivals year-round; Galway Arts Festival, Cuirt and Galway Races. Golf and fishing all around the coast and out to the Aran Islands will tempt sportsmen. The bay is a calm sea with gentle tides lapping right in front of the cottage (3 metres from gate).
Galway City is your charming with it's quaint cobblestone streets, traditional music, superb night-life and haute cuisine.
Cave cottage is your retreat: Your neighbours are farmers and fisherman, your views are the sea and the mountains, your friends are yet to be made
Golf: Huge range of the finest golf clubs in Ireland.
All within easy driving:
Galway Golf Club
Bearna Golf Club
Lahinch Golf Club
Athenry Golf Club
...and too many to mention
|Refundable damage deposit||$107|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.