About this listing
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.
Kate was fantastic, the apartment was everything that the pictures promised and more. Everything we needed was provided and the use of the adjacent lounge area was much appreciated. Kate was a great conversationalist and we very much enjoyed her company. I hope that we can return her generosity sometime in the future. Her sightseeing suggestions proved to be excellent and resulted in many memorable photos to remind us of our visit. Thanks so much for a wonderful stay. Brian and Sally.
We had a great time. Plenty of room for a family of four, cozy, clean and with everything we needed and more. Kate, our host, was extremely helpful. We could easily access the Burren, Galway City and the lovely surrounding area. I couldn't recommend it highly enough!
Nos ha encantado. El sitio tenia todo lo que una familia pueda necesitar. Espacioso, limpio, comodo y en una zona preciosa, cerca de la zona de "The Burren" y de Galway. Kate es un encanto, un ejemplo de la hospitalidad irlandesa.
Kate welcomed us to her property as if she had known us for years. It really was the most wonderful introduction to airbnb for a complete newbie! I must say how much I really loved the property, the touches of hand crafted furniture and local pottery made it much more of a "home" than I expected. Kate gave great, clear instructions on how to get to Crann Mór before arrival, and the same for the running of the property upon arrival. There was a library of guide books/maps which made planning our days out so easy. I sincerely hope to return to this property (sooner rather than later!) and would recommend it heartily to everybody. Kate really is a wonderful hostess, the fresh flowers and strawberries upon arrival were a classy touch. Wishing you all the best!
Kate was a wonderful Host and helped and guided us to the various places to visit in Ireland and with the location and directions.
She let us use most of her Apartment including her personal side as well which was usefull. The Apartment was smaller then my expectation .
My folks and I spent a couple days here in early July. The scenery and landscape was beyond what we expected and was a much needed refuge after the hustle and bustle of Dublin. We wished we would have spent more time at Kate's and less time in Dublin. The place was neat, clean, and cozy. The wood features made from a large that once stood on the property made for such a unique and wonderful decor. Kate was and energetic and warm-hearted host. She gave us some of her home-made elderflower drink and a spot of warm whiskey in the evening. She made us feel right at home. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Located in a lovely quiet neighbourhood this was an ideal place for us to stay. Kate was there to greet us when we arrived and gave us some great suggestions of places to visit!
The house itself had everything we needed (and more!) and the beds were really comfortable.
Thank you :)
Beautifully located in Natures Paradise... Loved everything about Kate's house. Kate is a wonderful host with a Open Heart and very welcoming to anybody who can open up to her. Thanks For everything and my parents loved it
About the Host, Kate
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 '