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
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.
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