About This Listing
Overlooking Liscannor bay, just 5 minutes away from a surf or a round of golf in Lahinch, an Irish music session in Doolin or a walk on the Cliffs of Moher, you will experience authentic Ireland at this lovely cosy renovated traditional cottage.
The sunroom which links to the kitchen. A ray of sunshine brings in so much heat... Lovely for breakfast "outside" but inside ;-)
The things people love about my home:
1. It's a traditional farmhouse cottage, big thick stone walls (stone non apparent except for one kitchen wall), Liscannor slabs floor which gives it a rustic and roughed look.
2. Big south facing windows with distant view of the sea. With binoculars, you can check the surf in Lahinch and …
3. The sunhouse, which provides much heat with a little ray of sunshine. Lovely place to chill out when it's windy but bright.
4. Cosy music corner lofe upstairs. Best view of the sea in the house. Cushions, cuddly toys, Cd playing facilities and electric Yamaha piano.
5. The house is away from the road (the driveway is 100m long) and surrounded by a huge field which hosts a herd of 20 connemara ponies in summer.
6. The location. Really close to Lahinch busy seaside tourist town, a stone throw from the buzz, and yet we can relish in the tranquility of the Irish countryside.
7. The lovely walks on small country lanes from the house. The Burrenway passes 300m away. There are a choice of various loop walks available. Walking up the road to the left, we get to a beautiful view over the Aran islands and gorgeous sunsets (sometimes, it does stop raining!). If we turn right at the gate, we're only 3km from the cliffs of Moher with stunning views on Liscannor bay. … And we're just 20km from Fanore and the Caher valley at the heart of the Burren.
8. The out houses are very authentic with Liscannor stone walls, floor and roof. In the old cottage, there are chairs and an openfire to have an "outdoor" barbecue wether it rains or shines.
9. No TV.
11. For the smoothie and juice addicts: the Vitamix and the slow speed juicer.
Things I should mention that people might possibly not be so keen on:
1. The stove heats up the whole house with hard fuel (the backboiler heats up the hot water and the central heating). In practical terms, this means that if you are not here or at least if you haven't lit the fire, there's no heat in the house. It is easy to light and heats up the house quickly once it's started. It also provides a very cosy and country atmosphere.
2. The bedroom at the end of the house is a little cold, but there are electric blankets… and it's got the best views and fabulous peaceful feel as it's four stone walls are 3 foot wide.
3. No TV.
And my own description:
Absolutely stunning 2 bed farmhouse cottage refurbished 15 years ago.
The Eastern part of the house has kept its original old feel with big stone walls. The bedroom at that end of the house has its own small en suite (including shower, toilet & sink). This bedroom has been repainted and fitted with venetian wooden blinds. It has the best views of the sea and is the most peaceful place in the whole house. The sitting room / office space is bright and airy with high ceiling a big south facing window and a small openfire. The main living space is the kitchen / architect designed loft over the kitchen. That's where the stove is so it gets really cosy and warm once the fire's lit. It has a real farmhouse character with Liscannor stone floor and one wall with apparent stones. The sunroom is attached to the kitchen and provides a lot of heat and light during the day. The other bedroom is sunk in the ground and below the loft. It is a very peaceful bedroom as well. The main bathroom is right beside it making it nearly an ensuite.
The hall way has liscannor stone floor as well. Perfect area as we come in from the outdoor to leave coats and boots in the hotpress or straight into the washing machine.
There are 3 outhouses with local character. One old cottage where we can have a barbecue or leave wetsuits / wet gear out to dry.
10 min to Ennistymon where you can get everything (supermarket, butcher, coffeeshops, doctor, pharmacy, galleries, a variety of restaurants, take aways, etc)
If you enjoy cycling or walking there are plenty of loops you can do straight from the house or drive to the nearby Burren (20km from Fanore beach, 10km from Lisdonvarna, 30km from Ballyvaughan). We are on the Burrenway route and the newly launched Wild Atlantic way.
The house is also available to rent on a room, rather than whole house basis, making dates very flexible if you don't mind the current occupant being present throughout your stay.
There is a double bed in each bedroom and a single futon type bed on the loft, which can sleep one adult or two kids (it's very long). There are also 2 extra single mattresses which can be laid in the sitting room if necessary.
The neighborhood is sparsely populated, but you will certainly meet my nearest neighbor farmer, Michael, who provides me with turf for the stove. The people who live around the area are all very friendly. Among the farmers, there are a lot of surfers and artists. The area is very secure and private.
Please contact me for more details.
Guests have access to the whole house.
Please respect the privacy and refrain from routing into my office space.
Interaction with Guests
As much as needed.
Don't hesitate to contact me for any enquiries.
The neighborhood is very friendly and peaceful.
What I love about living here on this hill is that I'm less than 10 min away from busy little seaside town Lahinch. I can deep in and out of the tourists buzz as I wish and return to quiet and peace surrounded by fields, horses and bird tweets.
There are no public transport to the house. The nearest bus stops are in Lahinch or Doolin.
We are on the Burrenway for walkers and on the wildatlantic way for cyclists.
We are 1 hour away from Shannon airport. Follow ennis --> ennistymon --> Lahinch --> Liscannor. It is easy to find. Contact me for directions.
Other Things to Note
This is my home.
Please respect it as is. I'm very happy to share it with visitors but please always remember that the house is my precious and much loved home, and not a hotel!
I am a musician, plenty of CDs and a piano to play. Please wash your hands before use.
I am a sport coach and health nurde so plenty of books and litterature on running, fitness and nutrition.
Lights and Heating - Keeping the Bills Down and Saving the Planet!
I’d greatly appreciate your assistance here, please help me to keep the bills down!
1.Please turn off unnecessary lights at night and when leaving the house. (except for the salt lamp in the hallway which stays on 24/7)
2. Immersion Water Heating – The big kettle that boils and boils!
The hot water system in the house is heated up by the stove but also runs off an immersion system. Welcome to Ireland! ☺ It’s like a big kettle, and ours is on a timer, giving you hot water at regular intervals. You can also boost it if you’d like hot water at any particular time of day, however **PLEASE** turn it off. 15 minutes (this is enough for a shower, slightly longer for a bath), otherwise it just keeps on boiling like a big expensive kettle! Thank you!
The shower in the Eastern bedroom is electric and doesn't need the immersion to be turned on.
Gwen's house is the perfect base for spending time in the west. It has a lovely farmhouse feel and very cosy interior. We were a group of 7 and cooked meals most evenings in a well equipped kitchen and chatted around the fire afterwards. Gwen kindly provided enough fuel for the weekend. She was a very welcoming host and around if we needed anything. It's the perfect place to relax after a surf or long day in the elements. Thanks Gwen.
Host welcome us with open arms. Prepared a fire in both stoves for our first night and gave excellent advice for the following day of sight seeing. Cottage is settled in the beautiful country side. Enjoyed our stay!
Gwenn's house was wonderful! We were looking to stay at a house in the countryside and this house was perfect! While we had some trouble finding the house (our fault, not Gwenn's), Gwenn was great and stayed to let us in and show us around even though she had other plans.
The location was great - perfect for exploring County Clare and all that it has to offer! The house had more than enough space for five of us and had wonderful views - from the horses who live next door, to the rolling countryside, to the ocean in the distance. We truly enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend Gwenn as a host and this wonderful house!
Gwenn was very welcoming and friendly and supplied us with all the information we needed for a memorable weekend. The cottage was very comfortable and quaint, well equipped and with lovely spaces where you can easily relax. The location was wonderful, very peaceful and close to the local towns. Great views of the stars at night. We would definitely recommend a long or short stay in this beautiful cottage.
My wife and I and our two small boys absolutely loved Surf View Cottage. The house is full of character and fun and as a result is very homely and comfortable. We liked the fact that there is no tv, so we played board games with the kids instead! The location of the house is brilliantly positioned between Lahinch and Doolin and is perfect for exploring North Clare in general. Thank you Gwenn for opening the doors of your house to us, we would most definitely like to return Surf View to spend more time there. Thank you.
Gwenn was very accommodating and extremely friendly. We arrived a bit before check in time and she was happy to let us drop off our luggage before heading back into town. The place itself is picturesque and a very good location right in-between Doolin and Lahinch. My friends and I had a great time at Gwenn's place and we would definitely rent this place again, in part because the location is great, but also because Gwenn was very easy going and very helpful. Definitely recommend
About the Host, Gwenn
I'm originally from Brittany, France.
I followed my passion for the Irish traditional flute to Ireland. Set to be a short stay of a few months, it has extended to become my country of adoption. I've been here over 15 years now, I've studied traditional Irish music, music technologies, played gigs and sessions all over Ireland and in many countries across the world . . Then I decided to settle in my favorite place in Ireland. I love county Clare. I nourish my soul of walks, runs, surfs, kayak trips and cycles around the Burren. I hunted a place where I would feel the wild atlantic, where I would be surrounded by the sea and yet not too far from all amenities. This place is my dream come true. . .
It allowed me to delve even deeper in my passion for the wooden flute learning the art of flute making under the master guidance of Martin Doyle ((website hidden)) ..
In the last year, I've taken a turn in my life to follow my other passion, running. I qualified as a fitness instructor and a running technique specialist teaching the POSE methode ® of running. Setting up my own coaching business GORunning movement.
I have also been a tour guide for the last 8 years.
I am currently developing my next venture where I intend to link all my passions and organise holidays with a running/health/adventure and traditional music edge for French and English speaking tourists.
I believe in honesty, heart centered relationships and following the exhilarating path of love for life.
Good humour, belly laughs, adventures, witnessing natures wonders together with fresh healthy food, good company ... the foundation is of course good music... and to spice it up i'll throw in a few dance moves to the pot. . . that's the base for the recipe for my own contentment.
If you asked for it, I'll give you my Irish stew or my Irish soda bread version ;-)
One of the most visited and impressive site in Ireland. Cliffs of over 200m drop straight into the Atlantic Ocean
Small village... but plenty to offer: top award wining seafood in Vaughan's, warm atmoshpere for pint or glass of wine in Egan's (it's got a wine list). McHugue's early trad music session Sun 6.30-9pm
Take a paddle out in the bay, discover the coast line from the sea, get close to the birds and seals ... Deadly! :-)
Doolin is famous... traditional music sessions, restaurants, it's buzzing with life.... and ou can take the ferry over to the aran islands from here
Surf, golf, beach, swimming pool, sauna, jakuzzi, pubs, live music, from trad sessions to djs to live gigs, restaurants, coffeeshops... It's all happening and buzzing there (+taxi services)
Hop over for a day. Experience the roughed wild West of Ireland. On Inisheer, we speak Irish daytoday. Step back in time, visit ruins of monastic sites, remnants of Ireland's golden age history.
Wild beach hidden away behind its sand dunes in the heart of the Burren coastline. Quieter and wilder than Lahinch but you can still surf here .. or go for a nature walk
Ailwee Cave and the Bird of prey centre are a wonderful experience with or without kids. Get in under the limestone pavement of the Burren. Experience birds of prey zooming past you . Great day out
Take walk onto the limestone pavement, get lost in a world of fairy trees, wild orchids and feral goats. Lunar landscape but so rich on the ground. You gotta walk it to see
Vibrant small seaside village nestled at the bottom of a well sheltered bay with colourful houses and beautiful arty atmosphere. So many musicians and artists live around here