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Colm Byrne

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, Irish

Gorgeous thatched cottage -- right on the sea on Galway Bay

11 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

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Idyllic, romantic 20 mins from Galway

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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Colm Byrne (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, Irish

About Colm Byrne

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

Why Colm Byrne chose Ireland

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Dec 2015
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Reviews

4.3
based on 11 traveler reviews

Gorgeous thatched cottage -- right on the sea on Galway Bay
average rating of 4.2727275 based on 13 reviews
5

The perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Unique stay

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Yes, people find it very romantic and cozy and I'm glad you did too. The turf gives a wonderful aroma but remember, there is always the oil fired central heating if you ever feel like not having a real fire. We'll take up the cleaning with the housekeeper. It's usually spotless. Thanks again for your review and glad it was a "Special treat"
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Not again!

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lausanne, Switzerland
5

Quiet cottage on the bay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Texas via Scottsdale,AZ
5

Great cottage!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, tranquil cottage with amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay if you want to rest or discover the neighbourhood (Galway, Connemara, Burren, Cliffs of Moher etc.). We loved to ligth the turf stove.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Shannon
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Paddy Burkes Oyster Tavern
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Doolin to Aran Islands
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Galway Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Galway City
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Galway to Dublin
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Moran's of The Weir, Basilico
Car: recommended

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

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Rates & Availability

Galway Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Sep 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
$163
$941
$3,777
 
 
Oyster 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
$175
$1,020
$4,081
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$163
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $79
Pet Fee $56
Refundable damage deposit $113

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Galway Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom has a full shower and washbasin with large mirror, towel radiator and wooden shutters for privacy.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • |Master - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Loft - 1 queen
    Sofabed - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom features a queen size bed, wooden shutters, a dressing table and a very large walk-in closet with ample room for your clothes. Wooden flooring throughout. The loft bedroom is up a small set of steep stairs. There is a twin bed here, suitable for two. It has a cute frame-cut window looking out to the fields and a sloping roof up in the attic. It gets nice and cosy here. There is a sofabed in the living room. Now talk about cozy! Put it close to the turf-fire and listen to the crackle of wood and watch the flames dance and create shadows as you fall into a deep sleep.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Boat Dock
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Everything you need is provided! Linen, towels, cooking facilities including pots and pans. Glassware, cups and saucers, etc.

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