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Adventurer's Home
Hosted by Octopus'S
Octopus'S is the host.
5 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
5 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
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The Adventurer's Home is a unique place for people looking to get a complete break in nature and a bit of an adventure. You will find peace and quiet here and a welcoming and homely atmosphere at our 300 year old renovated irish cottage in the middle of the Burren National Park, 15km from the Wild Atlantic Way.

The space

Come and take a break from the stressful urban life and get back in touch with nature and feed your adventure spirit.
We are located right in the heart of the magical Burren, known for it's rocky landscape and unique flora. A beautiful spot on the side of a hill overlooking a valley and a disappearing lake.

Staying here will very likely be an adventure for you. Right in the heart of the Burren ,a barren, sparse landscape, that was formed by natural forces and the interference by men, creating an ambivalence of desolation and microclimates, which creates an incredibly diverse flora, arctic and Mediterranean flowers growing right next to each other.

Our place is effected by this landscape, the Irish weather , the seasons, the history. The cottage is 300 years old a real traditional Irish cottage, which will have had many generations of people living in it, trying to make a living in this challenging but also incredibly beautiful environment. Most recently we have been the generation struggling through joy and pain to adapt to this unique way of life out here but also adapt the cottage to some modern preferences and possibilities, like more light, more wood, more heat, more open spaces, better insulation.

The result is a colourful, homey, open and bright space. The cottage is simple and rustic as well as homey, minimalist as well as cosy, fun as well as peaceful.

If you are looking to get back in touch with nature, appreciate the simple things in life, and are looking for a quiet time, off the beaten track, and you don't mind adapting to nature to some extent, you will most likely have a wonderful time here, if you are looking for the opposite you probably won't be so comfortable at the "Adventurer's Home".

The Burren Walking Trail leads past our doorstep and invites you to explore this special landscape on foot.

There are two mezzanine/ sleeping platforms with 2/3 comfortable mattresses.

There is a solid fuel stove in the small living room which is lovely for relaxing evenings. We provide you with firewood.

New this year! We now have a SUNROOM and a wooden Patio as well.

The kitchen is minimalist, but equipped with everything you need. There is a fridge, gas cooker, a toaster, a kettle, a stove top coffee maker, pots and pans an crockery and cutlery. You will also find some ingredients for a (basic) breakfast: porridge oats, cornflakes, tea, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, pepper and salt.

The water in the taps comes from the rain via a gravity fed eco rain water collection set up for washing and cooking and from a nearby fresh water spring (best water in Ireland apparently) for drinking. The water in the kitchen taps is cold, the kettle is available to heat water for washing the dishes.

(Please be aware, the water supply is an eco gravity fed rain water collection system and because it was set up before we came here and we are artists not plumbers, and the area is so remote that it is only worthwhile for the plumber to call at certain times and not always when we need it, occasionally you will only have access to a solar shower that you will have to fill manually and we generally encourage you to use our outdoor compost toilet outside of the house. Remember this is an adventurer's house! Our experience is that children love it here particularly!)


A big highlight for children is the CIRCUS BARN, a bright, sheltered colorful space, where you and your children under your supervision are welcome to try out the circus equipment! There is also a model railway that we can run for you.

As you can see this place, has it's unique quirks, it is a very old house in a wild and rugged environment with a lot of joyful as well as painful history, it is a very genuine, original place which is why this place is called the "Adventurer's Home" . Depending on the weather and the time of year your stay might be more of an adventure than other times.
So, are you ready to be challenged with a unique experience?

Interaction with guests

It depends. Sometimes we are there, sometimes working in Galway. If we are there, we are very happy to have a cup of tea and a chat.

Other things to note

Please be aware, the water supply is an eco gravity fed rain water collection system and because it was set up before we came here and we are artists not plumbers, and the area is so remote that it is only worthwhile for the plumber to call occasionally and not always when we need it, so occasionally you will Only have access to a solar camping shower that you will have to fill manually and we generally encourage you to use our outdoor compost toilet outside of the house. Remember this is an adventurer's house! Our experience is that children love it here particularly!

There is limited data allowance WIFI access in the house , enough to make your travel arrangements and send emails, it's fast, but please don't use it for streaming movies.


Amenities
Pets allowed
Smoking allowed
Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 single beds
Bedroom 2
3 single beds

House Rules
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Please write us a message mentioning why you want to stay at the Adventurer's Home and also a few information about yourselves. This is our home and we like to share it and it helps us develop our projects here, but we are sensitive - like you probably are at your own home - about who we bring to our home. Thank you.

As our water supply for showers and the toilet comes from the rain (an eco rainwater collection set up), we ask you to be generally aware of the amount of water you use. It doesn't always rain in Ireland :-) !
Also because this system is an unusual set up , which was set up before we came here and we are artists not plumbers, and the area is so remote that it is only worthwhile for the plumber to call occasionally and not always when we need it, SOMETIMES you will ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO A SOLAR CAMPING SHOWER that you will have to fill manually and we generally encourage you to use our outdoor compost toilet outside of the house. Remember this is an adventurer's house! Our experience is that children love it here particularly!

There is a good WIFI connection, but please don't stream movies as our DATA allowance is limited.

Also Airbnb is recommending us to mention this to guests: This is a 300! year old house, built with stones and earth from the surrounding fields. It has a lot of character, but it might appear to be less clean than a modern building.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - to the bedrooms - ladder like stairs
Pet(s) live on property - one cat - outside
Amenity limitations - Limited water

Cancellations

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Ervin User Profile
August 2016
The Magical Eco Retreat was a pleasant surprise. We did not get to meet Franzie, but the communication was great! The directions provided were clear and helpful. The place is so fun! We all enjoyed the Rec Barn and gave the trapeze a whirl! The house itself was spacious, comfortable, well equipped and so fun! We even enjoyed some Beatles music on the CD provided. We stayed here with our 3 kids and would definitely recommend it for families!

Kristin User Profile
July 2016
The Eco retreat was a wonderful little getaway in the middle of our trip. Yes, it is pretty basic, but it's exactly as it's described. They were in the middle of trying to get the hot water fixed while we there so no hot showers for us either. However, we just put a pot of water on top of the fireplace/stove and then used the warm water to wash hair in the sink the next morning :) It is the perfect place to return to after a day exploring the Burren or cliffs of Moher - it's perfectly situated near the tourist sites, but not touristy at all in itself. And sitting around a fire is a wonderful way to end the day! I just wish I'd had a little more time and could have joined Leoni for yoga in the morning :)

Louis User Profile
August 2015
A great, tranquil place. Jimi is a super nice and lovely guy and we enjoyed our stay there, you get what is described. That is a warm welcome, a basic, down to earth place to stay at and if you own a car great access to sights and landscapes close by

Jennifer User Profile
August 2014
The reservation was canceled 24 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Clean and comfortable. Great location with excellent hike to mountain above house.Hosts are friendly and helpful. Stairs/ladder to sleeping area are too steep for anyone with physical limitations although I had no problem. I was aware of need to conserve water although not of need to heat water to use camping shower (rubber bag one hangs up)--fortunately I did not sweat in Ireland. I was not aware of need to bring own bath towel. I recommend host provide a coffee maker (easier than French Press which I had initially recommended in terms of using less H20 to clean)--I had my own coffee but no way to make it. House is heated with coal/peat stove which can be a problem for those with asthma. Overall, I would have no problem staying there again.

Clark User Profile
July 2014
This place is not for those who expect all the amenities of home, but it is bright and spacious, and situated in stunning countryside of the Burren, where options are slim. The hosts were very friendly, tho tired as we were, so our interaction was brief, as was our stay. We were easily able to make a noon flight out of Shannon the next day, despite the remote feel of the property.

Natalie User Profile
June 2014
Jimmy and Stella are very friendly and thoughtful hosts. They took the time to have interesting conversations with us. They appropriately showed us everything we needed to know about their alternative lifestyle -- quite alternative, that is, but fine for us, especially given the bargain cost and the Burren National Park as it's surroundings. Relevant to the expectations of a prospective guest: they encouraged us to use their compost toilet rather than their rain water-supplied toilet in order to save water (imagine an outhouse), the only hot water is sitting in four cooking pots over their wood burning ovens at any given time, the shower is a camping bag shower that needs to be filled with previously mentioned heated water via funnel, our guest room was in a fun but unfinished loft above the living room with two twin mattresses, we were warned of a pine marten (small furry Irish creature) and her family who live in the house somewhere and may come out to steal our chocolate in the night. Jimmy and Stella are an odd pair. Jimmy is much older and is very eccentric, enthusiastic about preaching his "alternative" lifestyle. We were surprised to see that Stella is our age (20), easy going and friendly, not sure how she got there or where she is going. Both Jimmy and Stella were very mysterious, actually, and I wish we had had the opportunity to hear more of their stories. Thank you both for your generosity and welcoming spirit, and we wish you the best of luck living your lives meaningfully.

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The Octopus's Garden - House of Encounter brings people from all over the world together. We are interested in real exchange in a natural environment. For that reason we want to open our new glass door to our 300 year old irish cottage ,which we have renovated ourselves over the…
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