Quiet peaceful duplex chalet apartment in a farmland country location near to Kinvara, Co. Galway in the Western Coast of Ireland. Available on a weekend /weekly/short term basis comprises 2 bedrooms ( one ensuite ) capable of sleeping up to 5. On the ground floor is the living room kitchen combined. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms ( ensuite master room with a king and single bed ) + other small box room ( single bed ) + a small storage room/office. Downstairs to the rear at garden level is a sauna, shower and wc. Front facing patio leads to the garden and looks on to nearby woodland.
The chalet is within walking distance of the small country village of Labane. Is also a short drive approx. 5kms from Kinvara Fishing Harbour, Gort Heritage town and situated at the edge of nearby Coole Park Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre. Situated circa 200ft over sea level it has lovely private views of the Sliabh Aughty and Burren mountains . Perhaps on a clear starry night you might glimpse the glittering lights of Galway city stretch out across the Bay from the Coast Road .Galway Bay and the hills of Connemara are in the horizon. The sunset on the horizon is amazing as is the wonderful feeling of waking up to the birdsong in spring.
Probably the clearest air in Western Europe and undoubtedly the cleanest private crystal mineral water supply, pumped from 300 ft of underlying natural limestone rock . If quiet peace and tranquility this is the place for you. Crann Mor ( gaelic for big tree ) is ideal if touring Clare or Galway. A short drive from Clarenbridge,of world renowned Oyster Festival fame or 30 minutes from Galway city & Shannon Airport. Local towns are accessible in both directions by hourly bus serivice from Labane village ( 30 minute walk ). Daily price includes linen towels , electric storage heating,free mobile wifi and parking. Extra heating requirements, laundry and refuse do incur a small surcharge. Please note there is no tv at the chalet. However there is good broadband service in this area. The chalet can accommodate one pet, dog or cat, a weekly charge applies. For additional charges payable locally refer to House Manual .
Circa 50 sq mtrs duplex wooden chalet attached / within / to the far right side of host private dwelling . On the ground floor entrance patio double door to living room and kitchen combined. To the rear the shower toilet and sauna.
Upstairs are 2 bedrooms ( ensuite master room with a king and single bed ) + other small box room with single bed. Ensuite toilet shower and handbasin. Also small tiny room for child cot or for storage.
Guests have exclusive use of the entire chalet. In addition they are also welcome to use host drawing room for quiet relaxation. This room has a wood burning stove also a TV dvd radio, books, chess and card games. Quite often the fire will be made prior to guest arrival . However this cannot be guaranteed as Kate may not be back from her day job. This room is not shown on the listing as it is located within host own private home.
Interaction with Guests
As much as is possible . Kate will be delighted to impart her extensive knowledge of the area and it's history. In addition Kate can accompany guests on some local trips , can assist in organising tickets or entry to events festivities sporting occasions such as rugby hurling or football matches or concerts if taking place locally.
The area of the chalet is on the periphary of a game reservation and nature sanctuary. Guests can expect peace and tranquility only being disturbed by nature early morning birdsong or the cooing of doves in the evening.
You may wander or stroll in the woodland trails in nearby Coole Park once home to Lady Agusta Gregory . The famous poet William Butler Yeats also lived there where he was inspired to write the famous poem ' The Wild Swans of Coole. Kilmacduagh is an old monastic site is also nearby.
A hired car is a must for getting about. It is a rural location . However there is an an hourly bus from Galway to Limerick return from 8am to 8 pm. There is a request only bus stop at Labane (20 minutes walk away) . The nearest train station is either Gort or Ardrahan (3 miles away ) circa 4 trains daily to and from Galway to Limerick return during the hours of 7.30 am to 9 pm .
Free Guest parking at the chalet.
Other Things to Note
Please download the short movie of Ireland Inspired from youtube to see all of what Ireland has to offer. Please also check the Wild Atlantic Way . Coole park nature reserve the Burren and Connemara. Other places of interest locally are kilmacduagh old monastic site and round tower, Dunguaire castle, KIltartan Gregory museum the Beagh Holy wells trail, Sliabh Aughty mountains to mention just a few.
There are no rules rather host clarification on certain matters re heating water and waste management. Guest staying use the overhead ensuite. Shower , toilet & handbasin.
They also can access the downstairs, shower, toilet and sauna. There is no bath at the chalet .
Guests are asked to be mindful of over usage of water, heat and electricity as overuse may involve a surcharge.
Guests are asked to ensure that the chalet is fully cleaned on departure. Normally a 25 euro cleaning fee applies. However this charge is fully refunded on leaving place fully cleaned.
The washer dryer is located in the owner dwelling ( utility room) . A 7 euro charge per wash load . Drying is normally out of doors clothes line weather permitting or use the heated towel rail which is located in the chalet overhead the storage heater.
Sauna session costs 7 Euro per hour.
Guests are not permitted to smoke within the property but may smoke outside the property.
While pets are allowed , they must be kept under control, not be left at the chalet unattended or alone at any time. Animals are not allowed on beds, on couches and all furnishings and drapes must be protected from dog hair etc . Dogs must be on lead in all public and chalet surrounds . Dog litter to be removed from the landscaped areas and safely discarded.
Refuse: The chalet is located on a natural bird sanctuary. It is not served by regular on site bin service hence the importance of careful refuse management.
Bottles glass tins drink cans and aluminium may be kept in bins provided and will be taken to bring banks by host free of charge.
Food waste, compostable degradable garbage will also be taken and disposed of by host free of charge.
All remaining garbage can be taken away by guests or may be placed in red or green bags. 5 euro per bag fee applies ) and will be taken to collection point by host on the relevant dates following guest departure . Guests are asked if at all possible to keep waste to a minimum and not allow food waste into the down pipes to prevent blockages or possible vermin attack.
A home-from-home this spacious chalet is certainly the place to escape the rat race. Kate our host made us feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble - she even lit a fire for us when we arrived back late one evening. Cosy & comfortable beds, well equipped and a grand dining table together with ample, safe outdoor space made for a great getaway for our lively kids. #1
Thank you so much for your review. The big problem with the weather in the west of Ireland is not the temperature or how cold it can be it's more a problem with the wind and rain together. My location at the top of a hill looking out west on Galway bay causes a great exposure to the elements. Spring is here and we can look forward to dusting off the cobwebs getting some fresh air in the lungs and embracing the extra daylight hours. Best wishes and thanks again. Kate
Our host was magnificent! When we return to Ireland we hope to return to Kate's magical home. When we arrived after a long day of driving, we were greeted with lovely local snacks and even a warm whiskey with lemon and clove! We felt at home. We spent a lovely Christmas there cooking in the well-supplied kitchen and wandering the grounds. We thoroughly enjoyed our chats with our host and the lively conversation with Joe. Thanks for the books! We have all been reading aloud to each other. Who would have thought a valuable history lesson would come with the lodging. Thank you both for your generosity. Your home is lovely, spacious, and the perfect spot for Christmas. Thank you.
From the moment we booked our stay at Kate's she was warm, welcoming and helpful. On the night we arrived she popped in with fresh wood for the fire, fresh bread and homemade jam. Oh and a huge basket of Lego for our boys which was a dream come true. There were chocolates waiting on the table and a cot for our youngest son.
The house is absolutely divine and we couldn't have been more happy or more comfortable. It's in a great location and surrounded by serenity. We had great days out exploring and amazing nights by the fire, playing games, reading and talking. Kate joined us most nights to chat and share stories and tips about what we should do the next day.
Spectacular stay! Superb house! Super host!
Kate really welcomed us into her countryside retreat. The place is gorgeous, and she had done research to make our stay just the way we wanted. She enjoys her guests. She made us a great soup, and offered us dinner. The best part for us was her taking us to a small local pub with trad music. Her directions are very helpful to finding her place, even in the dark!
It was a little cold in November, and her place is better suited to the warmer days. She provided a very cozy bed. The place is clean and beautiful.
Sharon and Martha. Thanks for the kind review . Im so glad you enjoyed your (website hidden) were lucky to have escaped all the rain at the weekend. Mugs of hot soup or some hot Irish whiskey with lemons and cloves are the answer to any low temperature problem in these parts . !. Best wishes. Kate
It would be impossible to overstate how extraordinarily welcoming, kind and generous Kate was during our stay. The property was lovely, very clean and had everything we needed. Kate even kindly invited us to use her beautiful sitting room with wood burning fireplace on the cold winter evenings which made us feel right at home! The property is connected to the main house internally, but provides the perfect balance of privacy (being completely self contained) and interaction with the host (lovely chats and wonderful advice on what to see).
The property definitely provides the countryside retreat feel and has gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside. We will definitely be returning when we go to complete seeing the parts of Clare and Galway that we ran out of time for on this visit!
Wow what a review !. Im honoured and nearly cannot believe that i could be that kind or friendly but if my guests have that view then it must be the case . Thank you so such for the excellent review and personal note left on the table. I do hope that you can return some time again as there are many other wonderful places to see most especially off the beaten track. Best wishes and sincere thank you .
Kate couldn't have been more welcoming or more helpful. We loved the quiet rural location of her accommodation and found it exactly as described.Kate was very prompt with responding and gave us helpful advice on finding her property.
In addition she shared plenty of local knowledge and helped us plan our (website hidden) was lovely to enjoy the fire in her living room in the evening. A fantastic two nights;we were sorry not to be staying longer.
Although our host Kate was away at a wedding on the day of our arrival she made us feel welcome in all her e-mails. When we did meet she was helpful on trips ect and explaining the history of the house and it's whereabouts ( eg water pumped from a well). The location is exactly as described and we had a very nice couple of days at her 'Countryside Retreat'. It was a shame we couldn't take Kate up on her kind invitation for Sunday lunch- perhaps another time! Would recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful retreat.
Hello my name is Kate , My partner and I reside in a lovely rural , slightly inland countryside area near the coastal harbour town of Kinvara. I have a business qualification and work in financial services. My partner Joe is a retired military officer . Joe's interests are golf , local history , Irish traditional music, literature and countrylife. I like to have time for gardening reading touring ireland and overseas travel. I have great pride in my country all things Irish and a special love of my native area. As I combine living in the country with working in the city ' I have the best of both worlds '