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 one-bedroom cottage has distinct character & includes dining/living room, hand-crafted kitchen with modern conveniences, and a kingsize bed.
Cnoc Suain hill-village has won numerous national and international awards, including a Travel + Leisure ‘Global Vision Award’ and a Guardian ‘World Ethical Travel Award’, and a Gold Leaf award from Eco Tourism Ireland.
What they say about Cnoc Suain .....
"A beautifully restored hill-village that literally sits on layers of history” Travel + Leisure
"A place quite unlike any other" The Guardian.
This cottage is suitable for maximum number of two people, adults only.
Electricity & heating is included in the price. Underfloor heating is provided by a renewable energy source.
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.
West Connemara is an hour's drive from Cnoc Suain, while Galway city is only 25 minutes away.
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.
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 widlife of Connemara.
One must have 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.
We had a delightful time in this little cottage. It was our last couple of days in Ireland and it really was a nice retreat. It had all the amenities we needed and was very clean. The little town of Spiddal was only 5 minutes away and Galway is also not too far. Charlie the owner was very friendly and helpful.
The cottage we stayed in, An Nead, was just perfect. Very peaceful, relaxing and cozy. We had everything we needed, nothing we didn't. I would recommend Cnoc Suain to anyone without hesitation.
Myself and my boyfriend had such a fantastic long weekend in this stunning location! We found it easily and Dearbhaill was there to give us a very warm welcome. While showing us around the cottage, she gave us the history of the place which was very interesting.
The cottage itself was spotless, cosy and everything we had hoped - the fire lighting and the chocolate brownies were a very welcome touch too! We spent each day exploring the area and this was the perfect base to do so from.
It was easy to get a taxi to the local town and back where there are plenty of choices for food and drink - along with the sessions and the charm of the locals - we really had a lovely time with lovely hosts.
We count ourselves blessed with some Irish luck in finding Dearbhaill and Charlie as hosts! The cottage was a wonderful secluded gem and a beautiful addition to our honeymoon tour of The Emerald Isle. Our best advice is to follow Dearbhaill and Charlie's guidance. They are the eyes and ears of the music, culture, and beauty all around you! Thank you for the memories!
The cottage is an extraordinary location for a relaxing weekend in Connemara. Charlie and Dearbhaill have been really helpful and friendly. The place is unique and fascinating. An authentic cottage, really well preserved, nicely decorated and extremely comfortable. We could not have been more impressed by the location and the kindness of the owners. Definitely recommended!
Dearbhaill And Charlie were the perfect hosts. The cottages are a lovely place to relax and recharge the batteries. We were so lucky with the weather, and able to enjoy the views in the evening sun. The cottage was exactly as I thought it would be, with Dearbhaill able to give a bit of history about them when checking in. We were also lucky enough to be able to see around the larger cottage as well. Would love to be able to come back and stay a little longer next time.
Beautiful cottage with the feel of times past. Charlie and Dearbhaill were gracious hosts and the cabin was clean and comfortable. I would recommend for those wanting to be a bit away from the hustle and bustle. The directions were a bit confusing but we made it there without incident. Lovely, peaceful place.
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About the Host, Dearbhaill And Charlie
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 15 years, we have restored Cnoc Suain as a cultural retreat. It is also our family home.
The combined passion we share for our culture, natural history and sustainability 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 events, activities and experiences – both well known and lesser known – that bring you to the heart of the culture in 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 visiting guests and journalists, including the following: “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.
“Cnoc Suain is serving as a trailblazer and a powerhouse in promoting sustainability and mindfulness of the earth’s – and mankind’s precious resources.”
Travel + Leisure Magazine.