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Burren seaside holiday home Ballyvaughan, Co Clare . Romantic getaway on beach.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Will comfortably sleep 8

Unrivalled spectacular beach side location for beautiful beach house getaway in the Burren. Direct access from garden to beach (50 metres). Private 2 acre site. Panoramic views of Galway Bay. Ballyvaughan village a 5 minute drive (1.5 miles) with shops, pubs and restaurants. Local Burren attractions easily accessible including Ailwee Caves & Falconry, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Corcumroe Abbey and other sites of archaeological interest, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Ferry, Aran Islands, Mullaghroe & The Burren National Park, Doolin & Kilfenora for traditional Irish music. City of Galway 27 miles with theatre, cinema,& sports activities. Galway & world class links golf a short drive.

Perfect base to tour Burren.

Ideal base for hillwalking.

Surfing schools nearby at Fanore and Lahinch.

Sea fishing available from rocks at Blackhead.

Easy access to Aran Islands via Doolin Ferry.

More Details

Tom Crotty
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

About Tom Crotty

We built this house and lived in it for a number of years until commitments to our 5 children's activities forced us to relocate to the adjoining city of Galway (approx 50 km). We loved living here and intend to move back when our kids are grown.

Tom Crotty purchased this house in 1995

Why Tom Crotty chose Ballyvaughan

The setting is unique. It overlooks Galway Bay and access to the beach is through a little wooden gate at the bottom of the garden. The house is built in local stone and is very cosy, with open fireplaces in the sitting room and two of the bedrooms. It is situated in spectacular Burren landscape and is just outside the village of Ballyvaughan, with its lovely pubs and restaurants. .

What makes this house unique

We loved the setting from the word go. People felt we would not get planning permission but we designed a sympathetic low level stone house which is cut into the hillside and blends into the landscape. The peace and tranquility of the location, the comfort of the house, the direct beach access, and the proximity to Ballyvaughan & Galway are the benefits that people will enjoy in our opinion.


Ballyvaughan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , en suite
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , fireplace & sea view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , en suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , sea view
  • All bedrooms large and spacious.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Burren seaside holiday home Ballyvaughan, Co Clare . Romantic getaway on beach.
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‘Céad Míle Fáilte’...

  • 5 of 5

There’s a saying in Gaelic, “Céad Míle Fáilte.” Its literal translation is “one hundred thousand welcomes”, or “you are welcome, a thousand times, wherever you come from, whosoever you be.” That sums up the hospitality of our hosts, Tom and Patrica. Fresh flowers and a bottle of wine greeted us along with the warmth and humor of Tom and Patricia.

Their house is so comfortable and welcoming. They have worked hard to make our stay as simple as can be. We enjoyed looking out every morning at the Napoleonic Signal Tower over in Finavarra, the rainbows over the bay and the local residents walking their dogs on the beach. Nearby Ballyvaughan was a very friendly village with an excellent restaurant, Monks at the Pier with excellent seafood and another, the Snug Inn Pub that had delicious soups and chowders. We found the Burren to be a fascinating place with cairns and portal tombs dating back to 3000 BC. We also were able to use this as a convenient base to go up to the Connemara area and learn about the bogs and peat and to south to Dingle.

The house is very roomy and has a remarkable library for you to browse. The kitchen had everything we needed but to be honest with such fine seafood and tasty Irish dishes at nearby restaurants, we didn't find ourselves doing much cooking. There were plenty of cups, wine glasses, whiskey glasses, pots, pans, etc. Everything we need if we had wanted to cook.

I truly wish we could have stayed longer. Tom and Patricia, thank you so much for sharing your bit of heaven with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable home overlooking galway bay

It has 5 bedrooms!

House contained everything we needed

Tom is a great host and explained everything but was not intrusive

Also was quick to answer any queries by phone

The setting is amazing with your own access to a beach - the beach is stony so need shoes but there are plenty of sandy dunes and the dogs really enjoyed this

Great to sit outside as we had some lovely days

All in all a great stay -hope to be back soon

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this amazing house and location for two weeks with family and our dogs. The location could not be better - a 30 second walk and you are at the beach for your morning stroll and evening walk. The beach is stony so you need to wear something on your feet (even in the sea) but there are big sand dunes to play in if you want. The gardens are large and secure - perfect for our dogs. We could launch the ball while sitting on the patio so the dogs got some exercise and we got to sip our wine - doesn't get much better. The house is well fitted out, clean and spacious. The views from the living room and kitchen are fabulous and the sunsets wonderful. We had some real good sunshine and then days of all four seasons in one but it is Ireland so shorts and raincoats are necessities. Ballyvaughan is the nicest village in the area. The tea rooms are a must and L'Arco (Italian restaurant) and Monks (seafood) were both great. In fact no matter where we went the food was delicious. Trips to Burren Perfumery, Ailwee Caves, Cliffs of Mohar and Hazel Mountain Chocolate Factory are all worthwhile and handy to drive to from the house. There are some amazing walks that you can do in the area too. Overall our stay was wonderful and we were all sad to be leaving. I'd recommend this property to anyone who wants a rural peaceful location, fantastic views of the sea, handiness to a beach, large safe secure garden and also the ability to visit all the attractions the Burren has to offer. Tom the owner is very friendly, not intrusive but there if you need him.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location for what we were doing and the views were spectacular.

  • 5 of 5

Tom and Trish were great. They were very helpful and gave us some great ideas. The house worked out great and was just what we were looking for. We would definitely use them again.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glorious views and fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful location for exploring the Burren. Tom is very friendly and helpful. The sunsets and sunrises are lovely. Kitchen pans and dishes are plentiful and good quality. Easy to get anywhere in the Burren. House very private and quiet. We are very happy with our stay and highly recommend this property to everyone. Ballyvaughan is delightful and several great restaurants in all directions.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely house in a perfect setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying in this house and are very happy that we found it.

The location is fantastic - the panoramic view of Galway Bay from the house is breathtaking. And it is incredible having the sea right at the bottom of the garden.

The house is in an ideal position for exploring the Burren. Walks around the area at this time of year are fabulous, the wind so fresh that after a minute one was totally refreshed. (Do remember to bring wet weather equipment for walks in wintertime).

The house is warm and comfortable. It was heaven to lie or sit in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a book. The owners sourced some local turf for us and were altogether extremely helpful and friendly.

We have rented many holiday homes in different parts of Ireland and we thought this one was terrific value – I would say at least 40% below the cost of similar houses we’ve rented in the past. Incredibly, there was no breakage deposit, no cleaning charge or charge for linen. Most unusual and very refreshing. There is a charge for utilities but the owners allowed a certain amount of usage free and, despite being winter, we did not exceed this limit.

This is a lovely holiday home in a very beautiful part of Ireland and we highly recommend it. We will be returning.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Ballyvaughan Village
Nearest Ferry
240 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
32 Kilometres
Lahinch or Galway Bay Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
43 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
M6 Junction19
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
An Fulacht Fia or L'Arco restaurant
Nearest Beach
Bishopsquarters beach at end of garden
Car: recommended

Beautiful beach house nestled at the foot of the Burren Hills. Direct access from garden to beach. Accommodates 8 people comfortably. This lovely house has a spectacular location on a private 2 acre site. Panoramic sea views from the dining area, sitting room & 2 bedrooms. Burren limestone hills to the rear of the house. Ballyvaughan village 5 minutes drive (1.5 miles) with shops, pubs and restaurants. All local attractions are easily accessible; Ailwee Caves, Poulnabrone Dolmen and other sites of archaeological interest, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Ferry, Aran Islands & the barren beauty of The Burren on your doorstep. Why not have a cup of tea at Father Ted's House? World class links golf courses a short drive away at Lahinch, Doonbeg, Galway Bay Golf and Country Club (Oranmore) & Galway Golf Club (Salthill). Ideal base for hill walking. Surfing schools nearby at Fanore and Lahinch. Sea fishing available from rocks at Blackhead. Galway 27 miles. Well insulated & suitable year round letting.Ideal base for visiting Santa Claus in the Ailwee cave

Golf: World class links golf courses a short drive away at Lahinch (30 km), Doonbeg, Galway Bay Golf and Country Club (Oranmore 32km), and Galway Golf Club (Salthill 44 km) and Doonbeg (60km).

Nearest Parkland courses are Gort (25km) and Athenry (38km).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $245.76

Arrival & departure days outside July & August are flexible subject to level of bookings.
Please contact us.

We allow for a fair usage amount of utilities (electricity, heating etc.) in our rates and charge for excessive use at standard utility company rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.