About this listing
Well equipped quiet, cosy open plan cottage where you can holiday, write or relax. Enjoy clean air and water with walks and nearby castles, The wild Atlantic Way, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Galway, Shannon, megalithic sites all within a 1 hr drive.
'Druid Cottage' is attached to my house on a scenic hillside of Glendree, near Shannon, Galway, Limerick and only a one hour drive to the spectacular Atlantic coast. A cosy natural stone cottage sheltered among rolling hills and named after the area, Glendree, which means 'Glen of Druids'. It's ideal for a quick break away, holiday or work such as writing, painting or photography as it is quietly remote but still within easy access to tourist spots.
I respect the guests space and although you might seldom see me, you have the comfort of knowing that you are not totally alone, on this peaceful rural hillside!
The self catering cottage is Open plan with a loft space bedroom; please take note of the rustic and securely fixed wooden ladder as seen in the photos. The bed is a comfortable mattress on the floor as a full bed would be too high and near the ceiling. There is also a single bed downstairs, please ask and extra linen can be arranged if you like to use this bed.
The shower, toilet is in a separate room and the kitchen is in the main room which has a high airy ceiling.
There is a welcome basket of tea, coffee, scones, butter & jam, the usual condiments and enjoy fresh drinking water on tap from a natural spring well.
WiFi is installed in the cottage, the heating is SOLID FUEL with the option of an electric heater. Hairdryer, iron and washing machine too.
The kitchen has a small stock of tea,coffee,sugar,spices and oil so that you can enjoy a home cooked meal without having to buy all those little necessary ingredients.
If you are arriving late in the day with no time for grocery shop you can email me a list of items in advance and I will be happy to pick up what is required.
In the nearby area there are many scenic walks, music, horse riding, fishing, golf, restaurants and local pubs to enjoy.
I live and work here at Druid cottage, designing and making landscape inspired pieces of knit in pure natural yarns that are very, very super soft and kind to sensitive skin. My guests enjoy a 15% discount.www.saolreirishknit.com
In the photo gallery you will find a selection of photos, some of which are credited to the multi talented Lou Endicott from Melbourne, who last year enjoyed a stay at Druid Cottage. Thanks again Lou and also some new additions from this years guest Bernadette Jorden from Nova Scotia, Canada.
A new thank you to Sawrah for the following:
PS.During the low season this cottage is available for long term letting with an agreed price. Contact for info etc
Guests have access to the garden, walks in the nearby area and on request my studio. There is a double room available in my house for guests, it is especially good as an overflow for when more than 3 friends or family wish to book the cottage. Like and review on www.facebook.com/druidcottage
Interaction with Guests
I do enjoy interacting with the guests but mostly I leave people to themselves, coming into their home from home cottage only when invited or to light the fire if guests are out all day, needing warmth on their return. Lighting the fire is only available on request and possible when I am at home, otherwise the guest is fully responsible. Guests do enjoy the fire and those who have never used a solid fuel before learn quickly.
Sometimes available to spend the day out with guests or share an evening meal but mostly it is your holiday, take the day as you find it!
Among many reasons I love this neighborhood, is the neighbors, along with the clean air, clean spring water, space, quietness, small roads and country walks.
We also now have a Local honesty shop just across the road, where you can buy Organic veg and eggs from happy free range chickens!
Car hire is recommended as there is a very limited public transport system consisting of a community bus.
Often guests are a little apprehensive about driving on the left, especially after a long hall flight. I can recommend a Taxi service to pick you at Shannon and drop off again at your car rental the next day.
Other Things to Note
Please,notify approximate arrival time before arrival date.
Smoking outdoors only.
Car to be parked beside mine and not directly outside the door of my cottage except for loading and unloading.
Children are not allowed in the loft space for safety reasons and must be supervised at all times.
My cats are also not allowed in the loft space or bed for hygiene reasons and consideration for the next guests.
No parties or late night music.
About the Host, Stephanie
Dublin born I moved to Co.Clare in 1978 to immerse myself in my passion of textiles, taking delight in meeting a diverse range of clients and supplying some of the best galleries of Craft & Design in Ireland.
When I am not in Ireland with family, friends, work, trekking rolling hills and sparse beaches my second love is for France. All the Medival villages, Art Galleries , the Pyrenees all just call me back over and over again so I bought a little Studio there! I gather inspiration for my designs in Ireland and my dreams in France. I love to photograph anything that makes an impression on me, for instance in France it's the old doors and stone buildings, in Ireland it is the seascape images with sea plants, waves,rope, shells etc, which all later translate into a design through the use of the best quality luxuriously soft natural yarns.
I've managed to leave this beautiful green isle many times to visit far lands, these days 'Druid Cottage' enables me to meet interesting people from all over this beautiful globe many from places I have been and many are still in contact. I appreciate my home and family and feel very lucky to be living in such a wonderful place. I have great friends and neighbors and enjoy winter evenings by the fire with a good book or in the company of friends, either in France or Ireland.
The 5 things I cant live without are: family, friends, books, textiles and my good health naturally.
I loved traveling in Asia, Vietnam especially where the people are so genuine, curious and sociable. Love traveling everywhere cities, jungles, sea snorkeling.... my books include Stig Larsson, Kate Moss and many more especially those depicting cultural differences. Music depends on my mood and as for food I eat most everything depending how it is farmed. I like to shop local and see how the animals are cared for is important to me, still a bit reluctant to eat mammals.
My hosting consists of meeting people, which I enjoy but I also like to give people some space as I also really like my space, striving to enjoy this wonderful life and planet everyday.
Bye for now, hope to meet you someday.... check out my reviews!