About this listing
Between mountains and sea, with nature at your doorstep, this is the ideal retreat. Relax in an atmosphere of tranquillity and timelessness, surrounded by wild heathers, bogland, hedgerows & birdsong.
This slate roofed cottage has distinct character & includes dining/living room, hand-crafted kitchen with modern conveniences, and a twinlock (6ft/183cm wide) bed. Books of Irish interest are available to read in the cottage.
"Staying in one of these cozy cottages with duvet-covered iron beds is one of the most authentic experiences you could have in Ireland." - National Geographic, September 2015.
This cottage is suitable for maximum number of two people, adults only.
Bed linen and towels provided, washing machine close by. Dining / living room has a wood-burning stove with a starter fuel pack included. Underfloor heating is provided by a renewable energy source.
Electricity & heating is included in the price. There is no TV or wifi in the cottage - wifi is available in the local villages of An Spidéal (Spiddal) and Maigh Cuilinn (Moycullen).
The coastal fishing village of An Spideal (Spiddal) is a 5 minute drive, and Maigh Cuilinn (Moycullen) a 7 minute drive from Cnoc Suain. These villages provide an excellent choice of restaurants, cafes, shops, supermarkets, healthfood stores & pharmacies, with some shops opening until 10.00 pm.
This is an area favoured by cyclists and walkers alike. Enjoy lively traditional music sessions or quiet corners in the local hostelries. A Farmer's Market is held in Moycullen village each Friday.
Cnoc Suain is ideally located for exploring the surrounding region. West Connemara (Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara National Park) is an hour's drive from Cnoc Suain, while Galway city is only 25 minutes away. The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher are approximately 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours drive.
Guests will have access to the beautiful walk ways and paths in the 17th century hill village of Cnoc Suain.
Interaction with Guests
Guests will be greeted by either Dearbhaill or Charlie and shown to their cottage, where they will share some local knowledge of where in the surrounding area is best to visit, eat, explore, and enjoy live traditional music with a creamy pint of Guinness.
You will share your neighbourhood with the rich wildlife of Connemara.
One must have your own transport to explore the surrounding area, and to get to and from Cnoc Suain.
Other Things to Note
Cnoc Suain's Dearbhaill was invited to write a piece sharing local knowledge about Galway by the National Geographic for their 'I heart my city' section in their Intelligent Travel Blog. One of our cottages featured in it too!
No smoking inside the cottage please, and our cottages are unsuitable for children or pets.
Hello, my name is Dearbhaill Standún and I am a musician and a native Irish/Gaelic speaker from Connemara. My husband – Charlie Troy – is a natural scientist and teacher and, together, over the past 20 years, we have restored Cnoc Suain as a cultural retreat. It is also our family home.
The combined passion we share for the culture and nature of Connemara has been our inspiration throughout the restoration of the hill-village. It is our pleasure to welcome you to this idyllic retreat. During your stay here we can happily recommend places, events, activities and experiences – both well known and lesser known – that bring you to the heart of the culture of the area. Examples: quiet country and seashore walks, good food, local festivals and traditional music pubs.
We are always encouraged by the positive comments from guests and journalists:
"This is one of those very rare times where you wish you could leave 6 stars on the place. This is an amazing experience - perfect place to disconnect and discover. Go and reward your soul." - AirBnB guest, Nick, NY.
"Staying in one of these cozy cottages is one of the most authentic experiences you could have in Ireland" - The National Geographic.
“Cnoc Suain is one of my favourite natural retreats, owned by two of the finest hosts I know, leading conservationists of both natural and cultural heritage, Dearbhaill Standún and Charlie Troy." Catherine Mack, The Irish Times.
“A beautifully restored hill village that literally sits on layers of Irish history, Cnoc Suain offers a thorough immersion in local culture." Travel + Leisure Magazine.
We have received national and international recognition for our cultural programmes and restoration work. Awards Cnoc Suain has won include a "Global Vision Award" from Travel + Leisure magazine and a "World Ethical Travel Award" from The Guardian newspaper. After winning the Irish award for Cultural Heritage at the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism Awards held in Dublin in March 2015, Cnoc Suain later won a world award for Cultural Heritage at the World Responsible Tourism Awards held in London in November 2015.
Last October Cnoc Suain was awarded a 2015 Phoenix Award, for cultural and environmental preservation, by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) at their annual convention held in Las Vegas . Each year the SATW award three US based projects and one international project - last year the international award was won by a cultural project in China, this year it was the turn of Cnoc Suain cultural retreat in Connemara!