About this listing
Right beside the sea, just 200 metres up from the shore, with a sandy cove ideal for swimming. View of Galway Bay, Aran Islands and The Burren. Close to ferry for Islands. Spiddal village with traditional Irish music, 5 mins. away, Galway 30 mins.
Imagine hearing the sound of waves from your bedroom, smelling the salt when you open the window, seeing Galway Bay so close up, you can reach the shore in 2 mins! A view awaits you from every window, look over the water to the Burren Hills, the Cliffs of Moher in the distance, and the Aran Islands' white sand beaches on the skyline.
You'll have an en suite bedroom, with large picture window onto the garden a small annex adjoining with desk and wifi connection. Front door entrance.
Come for two nights, and in the morning, I'll take you to the ferry for the Aran Islands, (Rosaveel) where you can explore for the day. Then I'll collect you on return, let you freshen up and drop you to Spiddal where you can have a real Italian pizza, try a Guinness in a traditional pub, possibly hear some music. Or drive to Barna to enjoy more gourmet fare!
This is a modern house by the beach. It is open plan onto a south facing sun-room with large windows and wonderful views. The garden is spacious and has outdoor seating. It has always been grown organically without the use of chemicals. There are no cats, so the bird-song is a delight.
Located on a quiet side road that leads to a sandy cove, we are well positioned for leisurely sea-side strolls or more sprightly walks around the bog. For serious hikers the Connemara hills are nearby. There are many small rivers and lakes that are good for fishing and there are two golf courses.
As this is a Gaeltacht area, Irish is the 1st spoken language, (now most people are bi-lingual). A vibrant culture exists still, in music, dance, theatre etc. Each week-end in summer there are racing festivals of traditional boats along with festivals of traditional music.
It's an area to savor, to absorb slowly. Meander down small roads, be surprised by the extraordinary clarity of the light, the photographic reflections in bog pools. Come prepared to explore, to discover, forget about being a tourist!
Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Irish, English (some German when my daughter is home).
In my early days I studied Arts at University College Galway, graduated with a BA and Dip Ed.
I taught at secondary level for some years, in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
In the mid 80s I again became a full-time student and did a visual arts diploma, specializing in Stained-Glass. From then I worked free-lance giving courses and working commissions.
While living in Australia in the 80s, I bought a Victorian cottage in the Blue Mountains, NSW (which I enjoyed renovating) and ended up staying 10 years.
On my return to Ireland I settled first in the Burren, where again I undertook renovations of a run-down cottage and then with that experience designed my current house, (built from scratch) which has nothing old in it!
Four years ago, I returned to my Alma Mater and did an MA in Writing. I've since had some modest success writing poetry and short-stories.
I've traveled widely in South East Asia, the US and Europe and very much enjoy sharing traveler's tales.
Double bedroom with picture window. Adjoining shower-room, alcove with desk, phone, internet access. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sunroom where breakfast is served and to sit in the comfortable living-room in the evening.
Interaction with Guests
I'm here at home to meet guests, and also meet at Spiddal village by arrangement. I serve breakfast and give suggestions on touring/site-seeing. I'm happy to take guests to the ferry port and to collect them on return from the islands.
That there is a choice: coast and mountains, long sea-side strolls or more active upland hikes and in between the flat bog wilderness with its magical colours.
Also, that this is a Gaeltacht (The largest Gaelic speaking area in the country), where language and culture is still active.
As this is a rural area, public transport is limited to 5 buses per day in and out of Galway city. There are local Hackney cabs that can be hired for evenings. All tours originate from Galway city eg Burren tour, Connemara tour.
Other Things to Note
It's essential to have a car in this area to make the most of your time. There are many one/two hour round trips of Connemara that can be made from my door-step. And to get out at night, transport is essential as local buses finish at 8pm.
I would like you to arrive between 5-7pm. Please phone me on the day and I'll arrange to meet you at Spiddal, the nearest village.