Thatched Cottage on Galway Bay

House - Entire home/apt · Cave Cottage, Clarinbridge, Galway, Ireland
Your host, Colm
12 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

An entire Irish thatched cottage just for you.

Imagine yourself right on the sea, in a real traditional Irish cottage just 20 minutes from Galway city. This award winning home in a nationally protected heritage area has gentle green fields either side and a perfect blue-green bay in front. You'll love the hand-made bed in the master bedroom, the cozy loft, Irish stove, thick walls and books by Yeats and Joyce on the shelves.

We provide everything for your visit: fresh towels, linen, crockery, hair dryer, maps, even a bicycle.

Every glance out the window is a stunning vista of changing skies. The Burren hills, the oyster-catchers in their boats, the farmers passing and the empty castle across the bay fills the scene. That castle is another story, of the fight for a new Ireland, and a history to discover.

'Little slice of heaven' - Tripadvisor review

Just a short drive from vibrant and fun loving Galway City with main transport links to Shannon and Dublin, this award winning idyll, with modern conveniences, is just 1.5k to gorgeous Clarinbridge village, home of the oyster festival and welcoming restaurants and pubs. There's shopping there too with the top rated Meadows and Byrne, an antique shop you could spend hours wandering through and best coffee shops for miles around.
It's easy distance to Galway Golf club, and Burren National Park for world-class hiking. But you don't have to go far: There's fantastic seafood in local restaurants; great Guiness, traditional music in the pubs and lovely walks & cycling from your door.

“Perfect A++ , enjoyed every minute, beautiful location” - Tripadvisor review.

A real turf stove to warm yourself, wooden floors, a cozy hand-made Quaker kitchen and comfy beds; a master bedroom looking out to the sea and a pretty little loft reached by a set of stairs. Everything you need is supplied and Irish cook books to make not just bacon and cabbage.

Cave is available for only certain parts of the year so book early to avoid disappointment. There aren't many genuine thatched cottages left in Ireland you can rent; most are recently built or are taken over by heritage groups. We are proud of the cottage and we hope you enjoy it.

Enjoy your getaway.

NOTE: The map shows the cottage somewhat off the Bay. It is actually ON the bay. This is a thing with AirBNB.

Nearest Airport : Shannon at 90 Kilometres
Nearest City: Galway 12km approx
Nearest Ferry : Doolin to Aran Islands at 50 Kilometres
Nearest Train : Galway City at 12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway : Galway to Dublin at 3 Kilometres
Nearest Bar/pub : Paddy Burkes Oyster Tavern at 2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf : Galway Golf Club at 9 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant : Paddy Burkes, Goats Lane, 2km, Moran's of The Weir, Basilico at 3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

What's it feel like? A million miles from care. This is where you really unwind and feel at home. But you want to get out, don't you? Explore. There is plenty to do nearby. The cute fishing village of Kinvara is 30 mins away by the amazing Burren home - great for hiking and exploring. There are festivals year-round; Galway Arts Festival, Cuirt and Galway Races. Golf and fishing all around the coast and out to the Aran Islands will tempt sportsmen. The bay is a calm sea with gentle tides lapping right in front of the cottage (3 metres from gate). You can swim right outside the cottage. Galway City is your charming with it's quaint cobblestone streets, traditional music, superb night-life and haute cuisine. Cave cottage is your retreat: Your neighbours are farmers and fisherman, your views are the sea and the mountains, your friends are yet to be made .

"amazing little thatch cottage right on the sea front...highly recommend this" - AirBnB

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1010 /week
Monthly Price: $2525 /month
Security Deposit: $140
Cleaning Fee: $84
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Picture-perfect seaside cottage conveniently located just outside Galway. Our toddler loved sleeping in the upstairs loft right out of a storybook and watching the friendly cows in the neighbors yard. The hosts are easily accessible and instantly respond to questions or concerns.

    May 2014
  • The Cave Cottage was exactly the spot we were after. It was peaceful, cosy, and of course, stereotypically Irish.

    From the moment we walked through the door, we didn't want to leave. We got the fire going, cooked some dinner, and opened a bottle of wine or two... it was just bliss.

    Although we cooked for the majority of time we were there, we also took a trip to the Poppy Seed Cafe, to touch base with reality, and technology (as they have wifi!). It was a great spot.. and their scones are to die for!

    We also took a (somewhat lengthy) drive to the Cliffs of Moher. The weather wasn't exactly on our side, but the views were incredible. After our windswept and soggy day trip, we were all the more grateful for getting back to our idyllic, toasty little cottage.

    I can't recommend this place enough. The Cave offers a very real traditional experience. It's surroundings are stunningly beautiful, and whether you are there in rain or shine, you will fall in love with it's warmth and charm.

    Suffice to say, we will be back.

    February 2014
  • Colm's cottage was probably the nicest place we ever stayed at! The cottage has so much charm, character, and atmosphere. It's nicely furnished and very cosy. We stayed three stormy, but yet perfectly relaxing days - thanks to the fireplace, but also thanks to Colm, his caring family and the very friendly neighbours. We were told that we witnessed the highest tide in 25 years (or was it 50 years?!) - the water came up to the house, but we and the cottage stayed dry, so everything was fine. Colm made sure we had everything we needed: drinks, flowers, chocolate, and coal for the fireplace (in addition to the central heating). In the end we got a lift back to Galway - great! We will definitely come back and have already been checking flights for the next stay. Thanks Colm and cave cottage!

    January 2014
  • An extremely charming cottage in a beautiful location. Everything was very nice, including a personal check in during a crazy winter storm to make sure we were safe.

    December 2013
  • Wonderful location in the authentic Irish countryside. The relative isolation was appreciated & enjoyed. Also, we had commutable access to places like Galway, Cliffs of Mohler, Connemara National Park, Roundstone to name a few. Our group of 4 absolutely loved the experience & will certainly be recommending Cave Cottage to others. Great place, well presented, clean & comfortable. Thanks, Colm & company!

    August 2013
  • The cottage was in a pleasant location and the facilities were good but we would have liked the kitchen to be cleaner. The host promised an email with details of the area and things to do, which wasn't received.

    June 2013
    Response from Colm:

    Happy that guest found the facilities and location to her liking, However, 'the promised email' was acknowledged by her on June 23rd. It contains directions and our little home-made guide i.e. you can't get to the cottage without the guide. Not sure why she's asserting otherwise.

    Regarding the kitchen, we endeavour to provide a clean home from home for our guests and our housekeeper of 10 years may have overlooked something. However, it is our house rule to call her/us if there is a problem while staying at the cottage - not after. Why the guest did not contact us while there to remedy something so simple is hard to understand. We can do nothing about it now and are at a disadvantage.
    If you stayed at a hotel and found something awry you would simply dial 0 for the front desk and have it resolved. That's all we ask. Let us fix it while you are there. That's only fair.

    June 2013
  • The cottage was very clean and cozy, and just the retreat I had hoped for. It's in a great location and proximity - driving Instructions were great, and Colm and Chris were very responsive to any questions in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend this cottage, and would definitely consider staying again next trip to Ireland!

    June 2013
  • My adult daughter and I had a fantastic 4 day stay at the cottage. The cottage was a well needed break during our busy 3 week holiday, and our only regret is that we did not stay longer. The weather could not have been more perfect, and while gorgeous on a sunny summer day, the cottage would be equally charming on a chilly winter's day. It is one of the most peaceful spots on Earth, and it is lovely to feel so removed from the bustle of the modern world. One can truly feel the history of the house. We enjoyed long walks on the beach and road, and the village of Clarinbridge is charming and inviting. Everyone we met was quite friendly, and we eager to return again in the future.

    June 2013
  • I stayed in the cottage with my husband and two children (ages 8 months and 4 years old) for 2 nights in May 2013.The place was as advertised and perfect for our family of four. My daughters could have played on the little beach in front of the cottage for our whole stay in Ireland. We enjoyed the lack of t.v. and wifi.
    The beds were not the most comfortable but we were tired each night so it didn't matter much to us.

    May 2013
  • Great location. The cottage gives you a real feel of being in the middle of nowhere. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind from your daily live.

    We had everything we needed. I will definately recommend this place to my friends and family.

    May 2013
Per Month
Subtotal Total

Add a profile photo to Instant Book this listing.

Save this listing to review later.
Saved 413 times
NUI Galway
I'm a writer living in London with one foot in fiction and the other in technology. I'm not the only writer who has set one of their plays in the cottage - many writers and artists come to Cave for the light, the atmosphere and to be somewhere special. More here (website hidden)_Byrne I'm originally from Limerick but have lived all over the world, spending most of my time in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Like every Irish emigrant I always wanted my own piece of ireland. I searched for years. Every trip home included a look in the papers, a drive around the For Sale signs. When i first heard of Cave, I was told 13 children were last reared in it. Being one of 9 brought up in Limerick, I felt an immediate closeness to the rough hewn walls, the small rooms, the square-cut windows and the openness of the sea. We put in a bid and after a long back and forth - lost.A rich musician had outbid us at every step. I met Bridie, one of the women who was brought up in the house and she told me tales from the war of independence, a love tale and another about the 'little folk' who used to knock on the back door. It was heart breaking to let it go. Then we got a call a month later - it was back on the market. The national heritage status prevented the building of a studio. The owner came to us and said he wanted us to have it. After careful refurbishment, Bridie came in and had a look around. She was quiet for a moment, then said. 'It has the same feel'. She couldn't tell whether thew floorboards we put down, though a century old themselves, were there before or not. It was a success. 'It was always a place of music' she said 'and the door was always open'. We rebuilt the half-door so that you can keep it open too.
View full profile
Response Rate
Response Time
within an hour
Calendar Updated
6 days ago
Similar Listings