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 wonderful three nights at Dearbhaill and Charlie's gorgeous cottage - a perfect email and mobile phone free break from London. The cottage is very cosy and equipped with everything you'll need. It's ideally situated slightly off the beaten track, but only a stone's throw from a couple of villages and very close to Galway city. We had some great walks in Connemara national park.
Dearbhaill and Charlie were great hosts - extremely helpful and friendly, whilst not being at all intrusive.
Thanks for an amazing stay!
Absolutely magical! We stayed at Cnoc Suain directly after Christmas and over the New Year and totally loved it! It was the perfect way to unwind and relax after the holidays, and the perfect location from which to see so much beauty of the west of Ireland - Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Galway City, and on and on.
Dearbhaill and Charlie were the perfect hosts - they provided lots of information before we arrived, were always available to answer our questions, and gave us all the privacy we wanted in this wonderfully special space.
I would highly recommend anyone to stay here. I wish I could go back TODAY!
Cnoc Suain is a beautiful off the beaten track hideaway. The cottage was so cosy and a fire met us on our arrival. Dearbhaill, Charlie and were really friendly and helpful with any questions and it was also so nice to have such a friendly dog to accompany us on our strolls around
The cottage was warm, spotless, cosy and we'll equipped. Honestly there was nothing more we could have asked for. Charlie and Dearbhaill were an absolute pleasure too. Loved it. Stayed two nights in November 2014.
We had the most incredible weekend at Cnoc Suain: I've already recommended it to everyone one I've met since I came back home! Dearbhaill and Charlie were helpful, welcoming and charming: they showed us around, gave us lots of fantastic tips on the local area (including great restaurants!), and left us to enjoy the peace, isolation and stunning natural beauty of Cnoc Suain. Even with bad weather (or perhaps because of that!), the place was idyllic: we sat by the fire, enjoyed a lovely meal thanks to the Farmer's Market nearby, and disconnected from the rest of the world.
Cnoc Suain is also ideally located to go visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of the most stunning place we've ever been to: driving there takes less than 2 hours, through gorgeous country roads and beautiful coastal villages. Perfect!
Wow. Did we ever love this place! It's everything you could hope for in a quaint, authentic Irish cottage. The owners, Dearbhaill and Charlie, made the experience even more special. They were generous with travel advice and shared their deep love of the region with us (as well as fascinating stories about the history of Cnoc Suain). We went to hear Dearbhaill play the fiddle with a group of musicians in the local pub--a real highlight. I don't think you could get a more authentic Irish experience or more hospitable hosts. The cottage itself was exceptionally snug and cozy in the cool, wet Irish October, with its crackling fire, sub-floor radiant heating, and huge bed with a yummy down duvet (and radio, tea pot, etc). Rustic luxury. Luxurious rusticity. The bog that surrounds the cottage is lovely in autumn--a warm rust color. We did not want to leave this little slice of heaven. Thank you so much Dearbhaill and Charlie.
We had an amazing time at the cottage! Location-wise, itt was a good home base for us as we were sightseeing in Galway, Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. We had a lot of privacy, peace and quiet at the cottage and enjoyed relaxing by the fire in the evenings. The place was very cozy, and we were impressed by the decor and furnishings of the cottage. Dearbhaill and Charlie were very nice and welcoming. Highly recommend this place to anyone visiting the area!
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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.