About This Listing
Our cosy but comfortable home is a traditional Irish farmhouse set in 300 acres of farmland in the heart of the Burren, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a UNESCO Geopark. 10 mins from the sea and within easy reach of Co's Galway & Limerick
Peaceful & secluded our location is great for outdoor activities, walking or spotting our unique mix of flora and fauna - or just getting away from it all and chilling out. Centrally located for Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Connemara, Aran Islands, Galway/Limerick, local village entertainment, beaches and outdoor activities including surfing, rock climbing, kayaking, caving, walking, riding & fishing.
Our small cottage is a traditional farmhouse with an open fire and cosy atmosphere. We comfortably accommodate 2 guests. The bed in your room is exceptionally comfortable with a traditional hand crafted coil spring mattress, 4 feather pillows, a duck down duvet, hypoallergenic mattress and pillow protectors, and high quality pure cotton bed linen. There is a wardrobe, small chest of drawers, bedroom chair, mirror, waste paper basket and two bathrobes for your use. Your room looks across the drive to trees and the fields beyond.
You will have access to the shared sitting room, bathroom and kitchen as well as our garden and the farmland around us.
Interaction with Guests
We like to be here to welcome you and show you around. We have good maps of the area and lots of information on outdoor activities, the local area and things to do. After that the amount of interaction is up to you - and our availability. We lay up breakfast for you and try to be around to have breakfast with you. You are welcome to help yourselves to cereal, toast and fruit and if you'd like a cooked breakfast we are happy to cook it for you for a small additional charge (up to €6 each). You are also welcome to join us for supper (this needs to be agreed in advance. Again there is a small charge of no more than €12 per head). We give you keys and once we've checked you in you are welcome to come and go as you like.
As a non-native, I feel I can say that I love the Burren because it's like nowhere else I've ever been. The stark beauty of this area (Burren means 'a rocky place') and incredible light mix to give an array of colour on all but the dullest of days, with gold striking off the black mountains as the sun shines through on a wet day; or the purple hue of the rock on a sunny day laced with ambers, greens, browns and golds where hedgerows, hazel and grass grow along paths and flat areas broken only by the silver grey of dry stone walls picked out by the sun snaking up the hillside.
I love the peace and tranquility of this area. It's a real 'get away from it all and just 'stop' place. Many of our guests have arrived and spent their time wandering the farm, finding butterflies and moths or rare plants and resting after long tours of other parts of Ireland. All say they find the area really calm and relaxing. But if you want to get out and enjoy what the Burren has to offer we have masses to do and see on our doorstep and great local pubs for food and music.
Our farm is unique, even within this unique area. An organic farm with traditional buildings, a rural feel and immediate access to this incredible landscape.
A car (or bike or some sort of transport) is absolutely 100% necessary for getting around.
During the summer preferred check-in time 5-7pm. If you would like to arrive before or after this time please contact us in advance to confirm that this is possible. During the winter we prefer you to check in before dark in case you have problems findng us. Please contact us to arrange a time.
If we have no other guests arriving then check out is flexible. If we have guests then check out is 10.30 am.
A cleaning fee of €10 is added to bookings of a single night.
If you are having trouble finding us on the day please call our home number as the mobile number (087) has little or no reception here.
Our small but comfortable bedroom with bedside table, wardrobe, bedside lights and extremely comfortable pocket sprung mattress
We had a very nice and warm experience with Helen, Enda and Ruby :)
The room was really nice, clean and comfy. We had maps and best advices of Helen, and the breakfast together was like at our home. We couldn't be much better. I would come back for sure!
We had a wonderful time at Helen's and Enda's house, being surrounded by the extraordinary landscape of the Burren which offered an excellent retreat from everyday life.
The lovely blue house is located in good driving distance to all popular destinations in and around the Burren, including Cliffs of Moher, Aran Island Ferries etc. …
Staying with them was more than just being provided with bed and breakfast (both excellent). We felt as true guests!
We spent much time together at breakfasts and in the evening having inspiring and interesting conversation not only on touristy topics but about everything and anything while sharing a bottle of wine.
Not to forget Helen and Enda seem to know (nearly) every person and every place in the area, so we were given great advice what to see and where to go. That is accomplished by a wide selection of books, brochures and maps of the area, including some personal advice on walking tracks you could easily miss, since not every sight is signposted.
Last but not least we loved their two cats Mrs. and Doogle (yes Helen, he truly can be nice) and dog Ruby.
Thanks for having us and we hope to stay with you again!
Helen hat uns einen sehr herzlichen Empfang bereitet. Ihre zahllosen Tipps für mögliche Ausflüge und Wanderungen waren sehr hilfreich. Wir haben sehr interessante und lange Gespräche beim Frühstück geführt, auch das Abendessen ist wirklich empfehlenswert! Helen ist eine sehr angenehme Gastgeberin, die gerne mit den Gästen redet! Leider war während unseres Aufenthaltes das Wetter recht schlecht, so dass wir im August den gemütlichen Ofen anheizen mussten. Das Zimmer ist hübsch eingerichtet, aber es gab leider kaum Platz im Kleiderschrank, so dass wir unsere Wäsche hätten verstauen können. Das Zimmer ist auch recht klein, so dass neben den Betten wenig Platz für die Koffer ist. Das Badezimmer, das wir immer zur gewünschten Zeit nutzen konnten, ist recht schlicht und es fehlte uns hier ganz einfach der Platz für unsere privaten Dinge und zum Aufhängen der Handtücher. Trotzdem würde ich das Quartier sehr empfehlen, wegen der sehr hilfreichen Gastgeber und der traumhaften ländlichen Umgebung. Abgesehen von Afrika haben wir noch keinen klareren Sternenhimmel gesehen als dort! Die Umgebung ist perfekt zum Wandern!
What contrast between the rough and wild country that is the Burren and hyper warm welcome we had at Helen and Ende !!!! First of all, a pretty blue house, tastefully decorated in lush greenery where peace and tranquility reign. A cozy room where nothing is missing and finally, wonderfully adorable, available and generous hosts that he was very sad to leave. Total immersion in the life of Helen and Ende (sharing breakfast, dinner with friends) will remain for us one of the most human moments we have passed since our arrival in Ireland. Thank you for your kindness. We really hope that our paths will cross one day.
Quel contraste saisissant entre cette contrée rude et sauvage qu'est le burren et l'accueil hyper chaleureux que nous avons eu chez Helen et Ende !!!! En tout premier lieu, une maison d'un joli bleu, décorée avec gout dans un écrin de verdure où règnent la paix et le calme. Une très confortable chambre où rien ne manque et enfin, des hôtes merveilleusement adorables, disponibles et généreux qu'il a été très triste de quitter. Une immersion totale dans la vie d'Helen et Ende (partage du petit déjeuner, repas entre amis) restera pour nous un des moments les plus humains que nous aurons passés depuis notre arrivée en Irlande. Merci pour votre gentillesse.
Nous espérons vraiment que nos chemins se croiseront un jour.
Franck et Valérie
Helen and Enda made me feel very welcome in their home. I was delighted to have breakfast with them each morning and particularly enjoyed chatting with Helen. I enjoyed my scenic journey each day across the mountain to the Burren College of Art where I doing a five day workshop in Botanical Art. No matter how late I arrived home in the evening I was offered food and tea. My room was spotless and very comfortable. Thank you Helen and Enda for a lovely five days in your home. Noeleen
We hebben een geweldige tijd gehad bij Helen en Enda. De kamer was precies zoals we verwachtten, de gastvrijheid overtrof onze verwachtingen! Omdat het huis ver buiten de bebouwde kom ligt, hebben we ook het avondeten bij Helen genoten. En we hebben genoten! Helen is een uitstekende chef, koken en samen lekker eten is haar passie. Het was dus een topavond, waarin we veel wijzer zijn geworden over Ierland en in het bijzonder over The Burren. 's Nachts een prachtige sterrenhemel gezien. Ook bij het ontbijt bleek dat Helen een goede smaak heeft: geweldige koffie. We vonden het jammer dat we na 1 nacht weer verder moesten reizen, we waren graag nog een nacht gebleven. (ook al omdat the Burren zo mooi is).
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About the Host, Helen
I am English and have lived in the Burren for 10 years. I really love it here - the scenery is something else and the Burren offers 'Big Sky' of the type I've only otherwise seen in Africa. Despite the fact that our mountains are in truth hills, when you're on top of them you feel like you're on top of the world and the views down into the valleys and the sea are simply spectacular.
Before settling here and marrying a wonderful local man, I lived in London and worked in the City. I came here for a week to visit family and fell in love with the area as soon as I arrived - total calm and peace, but also 'mighty craic' (great fun). While the intermittent phone coverage and low-tech lifestyle might initially feel 20th century it only adds to the ability to truly take a break from 'normal' life, something that is harder and harder to do.
I have since re-trained (at Vidal Sassoon) and am now a mobile hairdresser. I love travelling (big trips include driving from London to Capetown & a year in New Zealand), film, cooking and eating good food & wine, reading, and walking up our mountains. I speak a bit of French and Italian (lots of mistakes but lots of willingness!) and am happy to welcome guests of any type from any part of the world.
Whether you come to stay in our cottage or up at the big house, we would welcome you as a friend who could spend as much or as little time with us as you wanted. We have lots of information about the local area and are happy to advise and help you access local activities where we can.
Life Motto: Eat life with a big spoon; Feed the good dog.
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