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

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Clare House Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Tom Crotty
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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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 County Clare

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.


based on 11 traveler reviews

Burren seaside holiday home Ballyvaughan, Co Clare . Romantic getaway on beach.
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 11 reviews

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: Nov 2015
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What a lovely place to stay

  • 4 of 5

The description of the house was spot on. The location was perfect, so close to the sea, such nice views. The rooms were large, three bedrooms with sea views, the house was clean and well equipped. Just a few little items could do with attention but nothing to detract from our enjoyment of the holiday. Tom met us at the property and talked us through the property and the equipment, he was very welcoming and friendly and helpful.

The weather was excellent we were very lucky the only rain we saw was on the Friday evening before our departure on the Saturday.

We are keen bird watchers and had a good variety of birds on the beach and in the bay in front of the property.

We ate at two pubs in the village of Ballyvaughan just 5 mins drive from the house - Logues Lodge hotel and Hylands Hotel, both good variety on the menu and very good food. We also ate at the Soda Parlour - a café in Ballyvaughan which was quaint and the food is very good.

We did quite a few of the local walks around the Burren - several books at the property that list the walks - easy to follow. Our two sons hired bikes at Doolin and did one of the 4 bike routes- again clearly sign posted.

Pitch and putt available at Doolin and near the Cliffs of Mohar - very good courses and reasonably priced. The cliffs are worth a visit too especially during Apr, May June when the seabirds are nesting. Good visitor centre.

The beach at Fanore is nice and sandy more enjoyable because of the wonderful weather. We visited Galway which is a lovely city, quite difficult to get in and out of currently as a lot of road works in the city centre.

We would highly recommend this holiday home and this area of the country.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Very comfortable cottage in a fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage for a week during August 2013 and had a fabulous stay here. The owner, Tom, was there to greet us when we arrived and was very helpful and friendly. The booking and meet and greet process was very easy and smooth. The cottage has everything you could wish for with lots of space for everybody. The proximity to the beach is its real asset, and our children aged 3,4 and 10 spent every moment there that they could. The beach has a good mix of sand, shingle and dunes so plenty to explore. There are some amazing sunsets to be seen too. There is lots to see in the local area, we visited the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, The Burren perfumery and tooks lots of scenic drives and walks. We look forward to returning here again soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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A Peaceful Rest

  • 5 of 5

This home is as wonderful as the couple, Tom & Patricia, who own it! I showed up frazzled and exhausted from my crazy life in the United States, to a cheerful greeting and a peaceful, beautiful setting. Really, the view is quite lovely as was the home. It had all the comforts I needed and Tom took the time to make sure I knew how everything worked and couldn't have been more helpful in providing information about the area for any day trips I may have wanted to take. Rain or shine, I can honestly say, it was the best part of my 6 week stay in Europe, as I was able to get my batteries recharged so I could enjoy the rest of my trip. Patricia even checked in with me during the week to see if there was anything I needed. So nice! I've not had many opportunities to travel abroad so it was comforting to know I could call Patricia and Tom if I had any questions. Do yourself a favor if you're planning a trip to Ireland, rent this home for a very enjoyable part of your stay. If I get the chance to return to this lovely country, it will again be my first stop.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to stay in this property 6th-20th July 2013 and enjoyed two full weeks of dawn to dusk sunshine (unheard of in Ireland).

The house is very close to Bishops Quarter Beach, which can be accessed by walking down to the bottom of the garden and then across the dunes. The beach itself is not ideal for sun-bathing as it is quite stoney in parts however, from a child and dog perspective, it is perfect as there are plenty of rock pools and dunes to play in. That said, there are many sandy beaches close by and the seaside resort of Lahinch is amazing.

The house itself is great and has 5 bedrooms but as there was only myself, my Husband and our dogs staying we did not use all of the facilities but those we did use, served our purpose just fine. Again, having said that, because of the weather, we spent very little time inside, barbecued almost every night whilst watching the sun go down over Galway Bay and with a glass of wine in hand, this was superb. It must be remembered however, that the house is in rural Ireland so if it rains, be prepared to travel for entertainment.

The house is close to Ballyvaughan village and the distance is walkable but the road is narrow and windy so best to drive. The village has a well stocked supermarket, is quaint and has a couple of nice bars and restaurants but do not expect large town services. Kinvarra which is about 10 minutes drive, is a larger town with a great supermarket, nice farmers market and lovely coffee shops. I come from the North of Ireland and I found the prices quite shocking, particularly in gift shops however, Galway City is fantastic and the Burren area in general is spectacular, but I found the best value for almost everything was to be had in Ennis, which is beautiful with lovely narrow streets and is not as touristy, which is reflected in the prices (in my opinion).

The house is in a very tranquil setting and even though the beach was busy, there was no noise. I cannot emphasise enough how quiet this location is and with the sunny weather it was amazing.

We ate out a couple of times and the restauants we went to included Monks at Ballyvaghan pier which was great and sitting outside made it extra special.

The booking process for this holiday was flawless and Tom Crotty and his family were at the house when we arrived. Throughout our stay, nothing was too much trouble for Tom, even coming across from Galway to open up when I locked us out! Great time had by all!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Lovely Seaside Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage for a week in late September 2012. The owners were very prompt when contacted via email and extremely helpful with helping us with our trip-planning even prior to our arrival. When we arrived at the cottage, everything was perfectly clean and tidy, with lots of nice extras like throw blankets for chilly nights, plenty of books to borrow, and tourist pamphlets for restaurants and attractions in the area. We had a group of 6 and were very comfortable - we probably could have slept another 4 people without a problem. The beach is a 2-minute walk through a lovely backyard path, and even though it was too late in the season to swim, the view from the beach is fantastic and you can see all the way to Connemara on a clear day. The nearby village of Ballyvaughan has everything you could need - a church, post office, pub, good restaurants, market, gift shops, farmer's market, etc. This is the perfect spot for exploring the West of Ireland - we day-tripped to Connemara, Galway, Bunratty, Cashel, Loop Head, Adare, and it was only a 3-hour drive back to Dublin. I cannot recommend this rental enough - the location, the owners, the cottage itself are all perfection!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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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

Clare House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
October 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
October - Nov Mid Term 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Nov 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
November - December 2016
Nov 5 2016 - Dec 22 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Year 2017
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
January - February 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
March 2017
Mar 5 2017 - Apr 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
April - May 2017
Apr 22 2017 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July - August 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
October 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
October mid term 2017
Oct 28 2017 - Nov 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
November - December 2017
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
December 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year 2018
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Arrival & departure days outside July & August are flexible subject to level of bookings.
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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 30 days before arrival date.
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Clare House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
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
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • 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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