Warm, friendly home-away-from-home.

House - Private room · Galway, Galway, Ireland

Excellent home for long-term guests, like English language students. It is the perfect accommodation if you are studying English for a few months at an English language school in Galway. Your host is a very patient linguist and language teacher.

The Space

This price is for one person in a single bedroom in our bright, comfortable house. You will share a bathroom with max two other people. The price includes breakfast (self-service breakfast - cereal/tea/coffee/toast). We also have a double room for two people in another listing.

***Please email at least 24 hours before your intended arrival date. Thank you!***

The price is comparable to sharing a dorm in a youth hostel. It is perfect for people with a car as there is free parking, or for people who don't mind taking buses or walking.

Check-in (to your bedroom) is from 2pm (but you can check in to the house before that and leave your luggage/use bathroom etc, by prior arrangement). Check-out of bedroom 12 noon, and check-out of house is flexible.

Real coffee and real olive oil! :-)

We are a musical and artistic family who love hosting people and making your stay in Galway and Connemara as local an experience as possible. We can show you lots of cultural insider treats you would not find in guide books. We have one young child who is very visitor-friendly (very considerate and well house-trained :-)

We are located within a 15-minute walk of Salthill, with its lovely promenade and little beaches, fine restaurants, pubs and even some good music. We are a 10-minute bus ride to the "city" centre (town is more like it). Tell us what your interests are and we'll point you in the right direction. The house is on a quiet street tucked away from the main roads. No stunning scenery from the windows though!

We are on 4 bus lines which will bring you to the town centre, via the university. You can get to Galway city by train or by bus. There are buses/day trips from Galway to different parts of Conamara and the Islands. More details of best fares etc. by email.

What makes our place unique is that we love to host people, and we love to share our culture with people. If we are free we will bring you to see some cultural gems. Apart from Galway city, we have also lived in Conamara, and can give you invaluable hints if you plan to tour Conamara and/or the islands.

And we have no TV! But we do have an open fireplace and some stories to share around it!

If I am free while you're here, I can act as your personal tour guide, bringing you on a hiking trip to Conamara National Park or other destinations. All you need to pay are the expenses.

We have hosted (website hidden) guests from more than 8 countries and have positive feedback from all of them. We have rented rooms to long-term guests from 5 different countries, again all happy campers! This is our first time renting a room to short-term guests. We would prefer bookings of more than one night. Children are welcome at no extra cost.

We can also recommend accommodation in a unique, rustic environment in the heart of Conamara, in an area perfect for swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking, cycling. Kayaks available.

Check-in (to your bedroom) is from 2pm (but you can check in to the house before that and leave your luggage/use bathroom etc, by prior arrangement). Check-out of bedroom 12 noon, and check-out of house is flexible.

***Please email at least 24 hours before your arrival date. Thank you!***

Guest Access

Guests have access to the whole house, excepting private bedrooms.

Interaction with Guests

Very much or little, depending on the circumstances.

The Neighborhood

It's only a 15-minute walk to the seafront. And it's downhill, so you can see the ocean 5 minutes after leaving the front door.

Getting around

There are buses every 20 minutes from the bus stop which is a 5-minute walk from the front door.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 14 nights
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • I had a terrific time staying with Brid and her lovely son. Their home is situated in an ideal location for me- a short bus ride to the city centre and walking distance to the ocean/ Salthill area. The room was comfortable and simple yet well appointed and I most enjoyed spending time with my hosts in the evening by the fire, playing board games and listening to them practice musical instruments. I highly recommend Brid as a hostess and plan on staying with her again in the future!

    January 2014
  • I had a lovely time as a guest in Bríd's home. I could probably go on and rhapsodize about Irish hospitality and all that, but I prefer to think that Bríd was such a wonderful and gracious host not only because she's Irish but mainly because she's Bríd. It was easy to feel very much (and very naturally) welcomed and at-home despite my having to spend more time in the house than any of us had originally bargained for due to some particularly bad winter storms that coincided with my stay.

    The house is conveniently located, with the #405 bus making frequent stops right down the road to take you to and from the heart of the city. It is also within walking distance of the grocery store and a short hop the beach. I really didn't feel like I missed anything by not staying downtown.

    The deal is that you're staying as a guest in someone's house, so you shouldn't expect the amenities of a 5-star hotel. What you CAN expect, however, is a cozy room and the typical comforts (email hidden)d-in space, and within it, to find yourself at home and a part of the life of the home.

    January 2014
  • Staying with Bríd and her son was fantastic! As soon as I arrived, I felt welcomed and comfortable. Her son is so wonderful and has a lot to talk about. I felt very much a part of the family, even helping her son decorate a small christmas tree. Bríd understood the ever-changing itinerary of a young traveler and was flexible and understanding throughout my time there. I would 100% recommend her as a host who will try and make your stay as personalized and comfortable as possible!

    December 2013
  • I spent 3 weeks in Brids home. I went to Galway to learn English in the GCI. Brid was very friendly and helpful. I had a fantastic time there. Thanks for everything.

    October 2013
  • This really is a home away from home. Bríd was a great host and made sure to make me feel comfortable. The house is warm and inviting. I would definitely recommend it!

    September 2013
  • A great place to stay. Bríd is very welcoming. I would highly recommend staying here!

    September 2013
  • Bríd is lovely from the moment you arrive in her house. It's a great experience live with her. When I was planning my stay in Galway, I didn´t  think that I would be so lucky.

    August 2013
  • Bríd is great hoster, friendly, warm.. Have a quietly, clean and lovely home. Was a great experience visit Galway by hand of Bríd.
    If i came back Galway, sure i'd contact Bríd again!

    August 2013
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Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
Freelance linguist and musician
I am a linguist and musician, and love music, dancing and sharing stories. I have traveled widely and lived in 6 countries. I love to get the local experience when I travel, and that's what is special about staying in my home - you will get to meet the locals when you stay with us!
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