About the property
- Villa8000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Historic estate house in private grounds overlooking Clifden town
We also offer shorter breaks during the summer season
Welcome to Connemara Rentals- We own and operate individual, unique and luxurious holiday/vacation homes in Clifden, the capital of Connemara. Each property has been lovingly built or renovated by us over the years -set in their own grounds and gardens- offering private and quiet locations within a stones throw of the town. Finished to the highest standard aimed at discerning guests who are seeking unique properties and awarded the highest grading by Failte Ireland - the Irish Tourist Board.
A smart country estate house originally built in circa 1820, sympathetically renovated and designed to give a comfortable and homely holiday experience for larger groups, family gatherings or friends, and host to Chelsea Clinton during her tour of Ireland.
Within the grounds are mature gardens, ample parking, a large pool/barbecue terrace and outdoor seating areas providing a self contained estate, while the property is situated only 2 mins walk to the town square.
All 11 bedrooms are uniquely decorated and are all en suite. The extensive ground floor living area gives enough room for everyone to relax without being on top of each other, whether it is in the main drawing room with large turf fire, the library, the television room with large turf fire, the dining room or kitchen. An ideal base for exploring Connemara, with walks on the numerous stunning local beaches or in the most scenic countryside you are likely to encounter, or wandering to the local pub for a quiet pint or traditional irish music.
**Your stay includes complimentary use of the nearby private leisure centre - 3 mins walk from the house. WIFI throughout.
For further information, photos, maps, reviews and special offers you can also visit our website by clicking on the link further down the page.
-Offering private and quiet locations within a stones throw of the town. Also ideal for larger families, groups and small weddings.
You can also follow us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ConnemaraRentals for updates and news of local events, festivals and special offers
** ABOUT US**
We live close by our holiday properties and are on hand to meet you when you arrive, to ensure you get settled in.
Our aim is to provide a luxurious home away from home. When you arrive you will find the house fully set up, warm and cosy with fires lighting, and a welcome pack. The bedrooms and bathrooms are presented like hotel rooms with crisp white linen, towels and toiletries. We also provide a comprehensive information folder, with details of local amenities, services, maps and walking guides.
***** A LITTLE HISTORY******
The O’Grady Family purchased the Sunnybank estate in 1977. One of the oldest buildings in the locality, the Main House was built by John D’arcy who founded Clifden town in 1823. During 2002, Sunnybank House was extensively renovated into a luxurious holiday property and offers an outstanding holiday experience for larger groups with a private outdoor heated pool, sauna, extensive gardens.
We purchased Sunnybank Cottage ( a neighbouring property) in 2004. It is a listed building and again one of the original houses of the town. It was completely renovated whilst retaining all the best of its original features and is now a luxurious and cosy version of the original cottage with the best of modern conveniences.
The houses are furnished with a mix of antique or old country furniture, with the best quality of fixtures and fittings, bedding and household appliances. Each winter we spend time maintaining, improving or adding to each property in order to maintain standards.... We hope you enjoy !
**** CLIFDEN TOWN****
Clifden Town is the capital of Connemara one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. Established in the early 1800’s at Clifden Bay, it follows the classic 19th century layout: oval in plan, with 3 principal streets – Market Street, Main Street and Bridge Street, a Market Square, a fine bridewell or gaol, courthouse and harbour.
Clifden today is a vibrant and cultural town which has retained its historic roots while offering a wide range of services and facilities. You will find colourful streets with a great selection of small local food shops – (fishmongers, butchers, fruit and vegetable store, delicatessens and a bakery), numerous craft and gift shops, art galleries and exhibitions and other interesting shops including antique shops, designer clothes shops, jewellery and vintage shops.
There are 9 restaurants and 10 pubs with music sessions each evening and good bar food.On the practical side there are four supermarkets, including Aldi and Lidl, which are open until 9pm (mon-sat), two banks, three chemists, two petrol stations, two churches and a post office.
Set on the edge of the Atlantic, the surrounding scenery is spectacular, and waiting to be discovered.
A vast coastal region world renowned for its wild and stunning scenery, and magical light. It is dotted with small villages and historical sites. To the north is stretches to the border of Mayo and the town of Westport is 45 mins. drive from Clifden. To the east it reaches to Galway city, which is one hours drive from Clifden and well worth a visit. To the south is the Connemara Gaelteacht area- an Irish speaking area which is famous for its coral strands.
For up to date local news and events see www.visitconnemara.com or follow us on Facebook for news of local events, activities and special offers: facebook.com/ConnemaraRentals.
THINGS TO DO...........
Your stay includes use of a private leisure centre located in the Station House Hotel - 3 mins walk from Church Hill
It includes a heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam room and Gym - Open 7 days all year round.
**WALKING AND CYCLING **
The area is a walker’s paradise whether following a planned route or just ambling along country roads and beaches, of which there are many. You will find a folder of 20 different Connemara walks in your house or follow the road signs around the countryside which indicate good routes for walking or cycling.
Try www.goconnemara.com for further walking information,
or contact Paul Phelan – Walking and tour guide -www.WalkConnemara.com
Walking Guide: John O’Halloran, Moyard, phone: +353 (0)86 393 9507
Bicycles can be hired throughout the year from Mannions shop, Clifden- Tel: 095 21160 – www.clifdenbikes.com
Or contact James Kane at Connemara Adventure who can drop off bikes for hire to your door or organise guided cycling tours - www.connemaraadventure.ie Email: email@example.com Tel : 087 358 3797 or 087 276 7518
A number of riding schools in the area offer pony trekking or lessons for all ages. Try Errislannan Manor, Tel: 095 21134 Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Cleggan Riding School Tel : 095 44746
Whether you are sailing to Clifden or wish to go sailing, contact Clifden boat club which is located at the end of the Beach road. They offer Sailing courses throughout the summer. www.clifdenboatclub.com
*******ADVENTURE AND WATER SPORTS*****
Two of the country’s best adventure centres are located within 30 minutes drive from Clifden. They offer daily and weekly courses for both adults and children in sailing, windsurfing, orienteering, kayaking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, waterskiing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, amongst others; www.killaryadventure.com or www.delphimountainresort.com
For private guided activities in or around Clifden including hill walking, rock climbing, kayaking on Clifden bay and surfing – for individuals or groups – All equipment provided, so no excuses ! See www.realadventures.ie
You can also go scuba diving in a most beautiful area, north of Clifden. The Scuba Dive West Centre is one of the most established dive centres in the country and offers courses for all levels - www.scubadivewest.com
*******CRUISES AND BOAT TRIPS*****
The Killary Fjord Cruise is a 1.5 hour cruise along Ireland’s only Fjord with an interesting talk on the history of the area. There are several sailings daily between April and October, see www.killarycruises.com
The Brazen Hussy – is a solid, ocean-going boat for day charters around the Connemara coast and islands, sea fishing or whale and dolphin watching. www.brazenhussy.ie or Tel: 086 2795118
Connemara is world-renowned for its fresh water and sea fishing. Here are some useful contact details.
For daily group fishing charters leaving from the Quay in Clifden contact : John Brittan at www.seafishingireland.net Tel: 095 21073 or John Ryan on Tel: 095 21069.
For fresh water fishing contact Simon Ashe at www.ballynahinch-castle.com/fishing or www.loughinaghlodgehotel.com/fishing.htm. For general fishing information try: www.wrfb.ie
****** WORTH A VISIT********
CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK
Some of the most spectacular vistas can be seen from any of the National park walks, which range from a half-hour gentle ascent to a full climb to the peak of the Diamond Mountain, approximately 4 hours to the summit and back.
Home to Connemara ponies, wild goats and Irish deer there is also a history museum, café, children’s playground and picnic area.
Shane O Grady
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About Shane O Grady
** ABOUT US** We live close by our holiday properties and are on hand to meet you when you arrive, to ensure you get settled in. Our aim is to provide a luxurious home away from home. When you arrive you will find the house fully set up, warm and cosy with fires lighting, and a welcome pack. The bedrooms and bathrooms are presented like hotel rooms with crisp white linen, towels and toiletries. We also provide a comprehensive information folder, with details of local amenities, services, maps and walking guides. ***** A LITTLE HISTORY****** The O’Grady Family purchased the Sunnybank estate in 1977. One of the oldest buildings in the locality, the Main House was built by John D’arcy who founded Clifden town in 1823. During 2002, Sunnybank House was extensively renovated into a luxurious holiday property and offers an outstanding holiday experience for larger groups with a private outdoor heated pool, sauna, extensive gardens. We purchased Sunnybank Cottage ( a neighbouring property) in 2004. It is a listed building and again one of the original houses of the town. It was completely renovated whilst retaining all the best of its original features and is now a luxurious and cosy version of the original cottage with the best of modern conveniences. The houses are furnished with a mix of antique or old country furniture, with the best quality of fixtures and fittings, bedding and household appliances. Each winter we spend time maintaining, improving or adding to each property in order to maintain standards.... We hope you enjoy !
Why Shane O Grady chose Clifden
“An Absolutely Accommodating Place!” - Guest review August 2012 My extended family of 28 members recently returned from our dream trip to Ireland. We spent a week in Clifden renting both Sunnybank House and Lodge. It was so good that we found a place where we could all stay together and the location of Sunnybank is ideal. It is just a few minutes walk right into town and everyday we were able to make excursions out in the surrounding areas and easily return to Sunnybank so it was a great central location to stay in to tour the area. We were met by Shane who turned out to be the most accommodating host you can imagine answering all our questions and helping us with anything that came up. He arranged for my 81 year old Father and my brothers to play in Guy's Pub several evenings and this was an experience of a lifetime for my Father. We will forever be thankful to Shane for making that happen. The accommodations were wonderful, fully equipped kitchens, beautiful decor, inviting outside areas, and comfortable bedrooms. If you are traveling with a group this is a perfect location even if you have little ones. They provided us with highchairs and baby cots as we had 3 babies in our group. We used the kitchens quite a bit as we prepared breakfast every morning and cooked out a couple of nights using the outdoor grill. We also availed ourselves of having a local person, Gillian, prepare us a meal one evening that was quite delicious. We had been out touring all day and it was wonderful to arrive back and smell the meal she had prepared for us. All in all, I have to say that Sunnybank is one of the most accommodating places that I have stayed of all my trips to Europe. My family and I very much enjoyed our stay there and I would highly recommend Sunnybank House and Lodge! Thank you Shane for everything!
What makes this Villa unique
“The Perfect Place to Call Home in Ireland” - Guest review - June 2012 I cannot say enough about how wonderful a time my family (21 in total between two houses) had staying at Sunnybank House. The space is amazing... beautiful and welcoming. Shane and Rachael are so helpful and there is nothing to want for in this gorgeous house. The kitchen and expansive dining table were perfect for the nights in. The area is perfect for all ages. The proximity to the town for a nightly pub crawl made it really feel like home. It's just a place to return to again and again as the people of Clifden and the spectacular environment are not to be missed. We really hated to leave. “Complete Connemara luxury!” Guest review May 2012 We held our wedding in Sunnybank House, we stayed for the May bank holiday weekend with our family and we couldn't recommend it highly enough. It was the perfect venue for our special day and our family and friends were blown away by it's luxury and uniqueness. Shane the owner was the perfect host and it's location right in the heart of Clifden was excellent. We were sad to leave and definitely hope to return one day! A truly memorable stay
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Our family of 23 stayed at the Sunnybank House for the week and wish it was longer. The description in the listing cannot compare to the beauty of this home! Shane is a fabulous person who was always available at a moments notice! We can only cherish every day we spent in Clifden - from the beauty and convenience of the house and grounds to the wonderful people in the town of Clifden. We had the best food and the most talented people playing music every night in whatever restaurant we went to. Everyone and everything was perfect! I know our grandchildren are looking forward to returning to catch up with the wonderful friends they made in the short week we spent. We had dinner catered by Gillian on Monday night for our granddaughters 21 birthday - it too was perfect from set up to clean up! What a delightful woman! She even made a birthday cake to celebrate the occasion! My husband and I have traveled to Ireland on four occasions and we have to say this trip will forever be the most cherished.
Absolutely Fantastic Home and Hosts
We were so thrilled with how beautiful this house was and so convenient for our large group. Each bedroom had an ensuite bathroom which was so nice for all of us. We just felt so comfortable. The house was clean, beds were comfortable, the pool was warm, and even though the O'Grady's had just welcomed their first child into the world the day before we arrived Sean made it a point to get over at least twice during our visit to make sure everything was going well.
The village is a quaint town with very friendly residents. Lots of pubs with live Irish folk music, cafes, bakeries, butchers, and other stores, activities, and points of interest very close by. We rented a car in Dublin and drove to Clifden, which was nerve-wracking as driving in Ireland can sometimes be a challenge. We discovered you can get tickets on Citilink bus from Clifden to Dublin for $20 Euro which is quite cheap.
All in all, I would recommend Sunnybank House to anyone with a large group as we all enjoyed our stay. I would also recommend staying in Clifden as opposed to Dublin which was a little too big and too fast-paced for all of us that were looking for some Irish history and culture.
Thanks to Sean and Rachael for making Sunnybank House such a lovely home away from home.
What a fab place to stay. Shane had the fire lit and a lovely welcome pack of treats when we arrived. The house feels like home even though its huge. Our families had plenty of space to stretch out. The children loved paying hide and seek and the grown ups loved just relaxing. The house is very clean with all modern conveniences including an ice maker. We had our wedding week long celebration here and it exceeded our expectations. Gillian catered for us and everyone raved about the food. I loved the special effort she made for my fussy vegetarian needs. I'm told the lamb was amazing. We highly recommend this beautiful house in a very special location as a wonderful backdrop for lifelong happy memories.
We love Sunnybank House
20 of my best friends and family members from all over the US, Ireland and the UK convened in Clifden at Sunnybank House and Lodge to celebrate my birthday and that of my duaghter's father in law. Having been to Ireland before we thought we knew what to expect but Sunnybank exceeded all of our expectations. From booking imquiries right up to checking out Shane O'Grady, who we dubbed "The hardest working man in Galway" was as efficient and helpful as anyone could hope for. The property itself is just about perfect for a crew like ours. Each bedroom was lovely and comfortable.
The kitchen, what a kitchen ! Feeding the lot of us was a breeze, Shane recommended a boat captain who took us out to the sea where we caught more than enough fish to feed us all a couple of times over. Directly from the sea through the kitchen and into the dining room and voila a meal that will be remembered for a long time.
But the Fiesta mas grande was when Gillian came in and took over the kitchen to cook up delicious Irish feast for us.
A short stroll of a couple of blocks and you're into town for shopping or just hanging around beautiful Clifden . Getting to Kylemore Abbey, Galway town and the Aran Islands is easy from there.
Somehow Shane was able to order up a week of sunshine for us so we could swim in the pool every day.
I have polled my constituency about our stay for this review and the results are unanimous.
We love this place!!
In a word Stunning
We booked Sunny bank house for our wedding at the start of May 2011. On arrival in the house we were blown away. Believe me when I say that the pictures of this house do not do it justice. We had 15 People staying in the house and it really felt like a home not just a rental. As a wedding venue we could not have asked for more. As a holiday home it is exquisite. On arrival Shane had the fires lit and some goodies for us to nibble. I would recommend this home to anyone who is looking for a truly amazing space and memories that will not soon be forgotten.
Thank you for a wonderful time.
Stayed in the 4 bedroomed seaside cottage over the May bank holiday weekend. We booked this as a surprise for my mother-in-laws 60th birthday. Absolutely fabulous. Would highly recommend this for a family holiday or for 4 couples heading away for a rural break. Clifden is about 5 mins down the road in a car, and cheap as chips in a taxi if you fancy a few pints in the town. Cottage is well kitted out, nicely finished, wifi, sky tv, etc. etc.
Clifden is the Capital of Connemara recognised as one of the most scenic and unspoilt regions in Europe. One hour from Galway City and Westport, the area is blessed with stunning beaches, mountains, Connemara National Park, and traditional irish fishing villages. Clifden has a population of 1000 people and is a vibrant cultural town with many Restaurants, Pubs, shops ,weekly local market.
An excellent base for discovering the real Ireland, it is unrivalled in its beauty and heritage. Unusually nowadays you will find a deserted beach, and can stroll throughout the countryside at your will where you will view spectacular scenery, connemara ponies, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Knock Airport : 2hrs drive- Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Lufthansa, BMI
Shannon Airport : 2.5 hours drive- Ryanair, Aer Lingus, British Airways- United and Delta (from the USA)
Dublin Airport : 4 hours drive - Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Aer Arann, Flybe, British Airways, BMI, Delta, United, US Airways
Other Activities: Golf, Fishing,Festivals, Connemara national Park, Kylemore Abbey, Inishbofin Island, Walking tours, stunning beaches, killary adventure centre,
Golf: 'Nestled between the scenic splendour of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic ocean, lies Connemara Golf Links. From the testing dog leg opening hole through to the breathtaking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the 'equal to any in the world', Connemara is an enduring monument to its designer Eddie Hackett.
Hackett graciously acknowledged that the rugged landscape of Connemara contributed greatly to the uniqueness of the design. His deft ability to enhance what nature presented him with results ìn a dramatic championship course, ready made to tempt those who savour beauty - and a beast!'
Located 10 miles from clifden town:
Connemara Golf Club is a championship links course overlooking the Atlantic. From the testing dog-leg opening hole through to the breathtaking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the “equal to any in the world”. They offer very reasonable green fees all-year-round. Or why not use your time off to take golf lessons with a view to improving your swing or just getting started.
http://www.connemaragolflinks.com/ Tel: 095- 23502 or 095- 23602
Ski: ***************Music, Theatre and Cinema**************
There is live music all-year-round in Clifden, ranging from local traditional sessions in the pubs, contemporary live bands, music festivals, Irish dancing shows, local theatre to a full arts and culture schedule at certain times of the year. We have a small cinema and theatre also see www.stationhousetheatre.com.
There are many other activities and sights to see – details of which are updated every season. You can easily find out about these once you arrive in Clifden by calling into our tourist office or picking up the local free newspaper in any newsagent or see www.visitconnemara.com for news of local events
Here are some other useful sites for planning your visit:
www.connemara.net – including a weekly schedule of what’s on around the town
www.discoverireland.com - events and festivals throughout the country
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates: The rates quoted are fully inclusive except for utilities i.e. electricity and oil. These are metered and charged at national domestic rates, as consumed, and are payable on departure. Approx. utilities for a week in Sunnybank House at full occupancy : €150.00 - €250.00 Booking: A 30 % deposit is required to secure your booking and the balance of payment is due by 120 days prior to arrival. If you are booking within 120 days prior to arrival, payment of the full rate is required. Payment: Payment can be made by credit card or by bank transfer. Credit card payments can be made through the secure booking form on our website or over the phone. Cancellations: Cancellations made up to 6 months prior to arrival, all payments will be refunded. Cancellations made up to 120 days prior to arrival, deposit non refundable. Cancellations made within 120 days prior to arrival, full payment is non refundable. In the event that we can re sell cancelled dates, we will refund all payments less the costs of re selling or discounting the rate. Security Deposit: A security deposit will be required on arrival of €1000 and can be paid in cash or by credit card. This is standard procedure in case of breakages, damage or soiling, and we would ask that you inform us of same, should it occur. The deposit will be returned to you on departure. All basics are provided including; All linen and towels, loo roll, soap, Gilchrist and Soames shampoo, soap and shower gel. Kitchen basics washing up liquid, cloths, tea towels, condiments, oil etc. Peat briquettes and firelighters. We also provide a welcome pack - the contents of which depend on what is available on the day- An example would be ; A selection of Irish cheese, Pate, locally smoked salmon, grapes, lemons, fresh brown bread, milk, butter, Coffee and wine ***Two week stays include full cleaning on the middle saturday*** ** Short breaks/ weekends available from September to May from €2500.00 for a 2 or 3 or 4 night stay*