Cave cottage, Clarinbridge: Top Rated by Tripadvisor
Imagine yourself in a real 18th century traditional Irish cottage right on the sea. Every glance out the window a stunning vista of changing skies, dappled sea, lush green fields and far-off blue and purple tinged mountains across Dunbulcawn bay. The view opens as you turn towards the broad Burren mountains, the oyster catchers in their boats and the ruins of Tyrone castle across. You listen: the sound of the curlew, the lapping of waves; you breathe. To your right and left, large swatches of emerald green fields. A farmer passes with his sheep: a friendly wave. This, you think to yourself, looking out at nothing in particular, is bliss...
Just 20 minutes from Galway, this idyll with all modern conveniences, is less than a mile from Clarinbridge village and easy distance to Galway Golf club, Burren National Park and the cobblestone streets and shops of Galway city. But you don't have to go far: There's fantastic seafood in the local restaurants; great Guiness, music in the pubs and an abundance of walks and beautiful cycles from the front door or a short hop away.
Does this have all the makings of a memorable trip to the Ireland? The cottage is literally a stones throw from the sea. If you are brave you can refresh yourself in the Atlantic water and return refreshed to a real turf fire.
The old Irish welcome is here alright; Will it be there when you step through the door of this two bedroom heritage-protected home in the west of Ireland? Come and see.
It's a unique celtic cottage with stories old that go back generations. The beauty, heritage and peace here will calm you; the wild atlantic, the music and the Irish 'craic' will revitalize you.
There's plenty to do: Golf, boating, hiking, swimming; the Aran Islands, castles old, literature and plenty for the kids.
Inside the Cottage
Enter in to the cottage: As you walk into the cozy living room you'll pass the farmhouse table and wander over to the ancient hearth to relax on the overstuffed couch. Everything you need is here for you. The roaring fire - the central point to chat around, play or meditate by; warms you.
The main room: Comfort in front of the fire
When it's time to sleep, there's comfort waiting: A master bedroom with a quaint queen bed layered with soft comforters, just off the main room. There's the loft room: A small set of stairs leads up to the smaller bedroom with its square stone cut window looking out to green fields.
Master Bedroom: Comfort, simplicity, sleep
Tide full in: Time for a swim?
The West of Ireland: Old and New
This is the place people tell us they can really unwind and feel at home. Your neighbors are farmers and fisherman, your views are the mountains and sea, your friends are yet to be made.
And beyond that? You're in the west of Ireland now, a place steeped in music, culture and tradition -- even as the country swiftly changes. Cave cottage captures that; you'll embrace old Irish ways and discover the new. The sound of a fiddle in the pub strums with the beat, still in you, from the night before, of a band you heard in Galway. That art exhibit in Kilmainham looks a bit like a stone you came across in the Burren. You feel for it in your pocket; smooth, warm limestone. Walking about the hills, you see, for the first time in a while, shapes in clouds above and when people speak, you hear a little more than you heard before.
Have you tried our local oytsers with a Guinness? Delicious
The bay is a calm sea with gentle tides lapping right in front of the cottage (3 metres from gate).
The Burren National Park has fantastic hiking with ruins older than the pyramids is just 20 mins - you can see it from the cottage. (There are lots of maps in the cottage for you to plan your trips).
The view from across the bay. Indulge yourself with nature
Galway City is incredibly, 20 minutes away north with it's quaint cobblestone streets, traditional music, superb nightlife and haute cuisine. Clarenbridge village is 2 miles away and has 3 famous restaurants. There's incredible fishing. How about Surf School in Lahinch for the kids? It's all within easy driving distance.
Day trips to the Aran Islands are available as well. We'll let you in on secret beaches, a forgotten island and hikes only the locals know.
The main room: Chatting around the table.
Come to Cave and experience the magic of Ireland.
The cottage is privately owned and lovingly maintained by Colm & Brian Byrne - two Irish brothers, a writer and an engineer who set to work restoring this jewel along with their father Pat, an architect whose meticulous attention to fittings, furniture and heritage has kept Cave Cottage timeless.
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