The Lodge is an enchanting 18th century gate lodge set in mature woodland with own river. 3 miles from Galway city centre, it is ideally located to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, surfing at Rusheen Bay, Silver Strand Beach, Barna Woods & Connemara.
For the romantics, this truly special space comprises a double bedroom on a grand scale with sleigh bed. For those travelling with children, there is also an ultra-comfortable double sofa bed, which, if more appropriate, can easily be moved into the spacious characterful sitting room, with open turf fire, books and board games.
Fully fitted kitchen with dining area, separate washing machine and clothes dryer, fridge freezer, dishwasher and all modern conveniences. Shower room with toilet. There is a balcony off the kitchen overlooking the river and waterfall, ideal for breakfast on sunny mornings. Plenty of off-road parking.
Interaction with Guests
While The Lodge offers its own entrance and total privacy, your host Brigid lives next door and will be on hand to welcome you.
I love the proximity to Galway city whilst having all the benefits of village life just minutes away.
The area is steeped in history and right across the road is the original Barna House (now private apartments) which was the seat of the Lynch family, and at one point was owned by Brigid's great-uncle, Michael O'Malley.
3 miles from the city centre, bus stop 5 minutes away.
On the busy R336, main gateway to Connemara.
Ideal touring base.
Other Things to Note
Your host Brigid is well informed about the West of Ireland in general and can guide you wherever your interests may lie.
No pets please!
No smoking in house.
No overnight guests.
Brigid certainly went above and beyond to make our stay absolutely wonderful! Her home was immaculately clean and anything we could possibly need was right at our finger tips. We thoroughly enjoyed her homemade bread and all the extra little amenities she provided. We would recommend The Lodge to anyone traveling to the area. We had an absolutely wonderful time :)
Our stay at Brigid was part and parcel of our pleasure to discover Ireland. The house is warm, genuine, remarkably decorated with fireplaces in working order, comfortable beds and a well equipped kitchen. We felt so confortable that we preferred to have diner there rather than going out after long day of excursions or hiking ! The garden is also delightful.
The house location is ideal for touring in Connemara, Galway and even down to the Cliffs of Moher. A car is highly necessary !
Brigid is the most lovely hostess I ever met. She had filled the fridge with all the ingredients for a hearty brunch. She spent a lot of time with us, offering a drink, to talk about the region, sightseeings and... our lifes ! Her hospitality and generosity are noteworthy in guidebooks as some wealth of Connemara ! A great experience to recommend to all travelers looking for authenticity and warmth !
Brigid as a host was just wonderful!! She was so friendly and helpful during all our communications. The gate lodge was such a beautiful building within easy reach of the city. Although it was close to the road it still had a really relaxing atmosphere inside. It is fully equipped with everything you need for your trip! There was a fridge full of breakfast goodies, milk, tea, coffee and even homemade bread and granola (all made by our host!) We even had turf so that we could enjoy cosy nights of scrabble by the fire.
Brigid is such a lovely, warm and generous host and she even took us into the city in her car and took the time to show us the sites and gave us lots of information about the city! We also took a trip into Barna village and had the most amazing lunch in O'Grady's bar which is literally only a few minutes by car. If we are ever back in Galway we will not hesitate to return!
This is a very special place and Brigid ensures you have a great stay. Her welcoming tea and biscuits, or wine in the case of our friend who arrived later, as well as a friendly chat is a great way to start the stay. She was always there to help out and guve advice as needed and Mel the cat will win you over. The internet connection is inconsistent but still works, and the sofa couch for the third person may be tough for a tall/big person. But for a couple it's perfect and the brekkie food supply in the fridge is such a nice touch. A short distance to Galway, highly recommended!
We were made to feel very welcome by Brigid, she had a warm smile, a cold glass of wine & bread fresh from the oven for us on our arrival.
We were provided with ample supplies for breakfasts, very generous.
The cottage is just lovely, with everything you might need for a short or long stay. We loved it & felt very much at home. The location was terrific for exploring both the Connemara & County Clare.
The host, Brigid, greeted me with the offer of glass of wine which was most welcome after the trip down from Dublin. We had a lovely chat, she showed me around the property, and she'd even baked homemade bread for me. Plus she'd left food for me in the fridge of the cottage, which I couldn't get through over the three days. The cottage was just as lovely as it looks in the photos, very clean and tidy and beautifully decorated. It was lovely environment to stay in, and I was very comfortable there. While it is on a reasonably busy road, I didn't find the traffic kept me awake - probably because of the very solid walls of the house. Brigid was most hospitable and nothing was too much trouble. She made me feel very welcome, without being in the least bit intrusive. I'd highly recommend this property and the host.
Brigid is a wonderful people, very helpful. She has lots of little touches to its guests. The house is great, very nice and very clean.. I definitely recommend this house. Just perfect :) Thank you again for your hospitality
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