A peaceful traditional farmhouse set in a country location within easy reach by car of the vibrant city of Galway and the beautiful sights of Connemara, Clare and Mayo. Our house is well-equipped - particularly if you love cooking - and provides a unique experience of Irish country life.
Our house is secluded up a typical Irish boreen (lane) and offers an authentic experience of Irish country life with a turf-fired range and open fire.
With lots of little nooks and crannies, you will wake up with the morning sun streaming into your bedroom. Apart from the occasional tractor, the only noise you will hear is the lowing of cattle, the bleating of sheep and the cries of the pheasants - and only then when they decide to go into a nearby field.
The house has oil-fired central heating but we also encourage our guests to try the art of maintaining the range, which gives the house a cosy heart. Full instructions are provided.
We have three bedrooms, two with double beds and one with two double beds. The sitting room, which has an open turf fire, includes satellite television.
The kitchen is fully fitted and includes a dishwasher, hob, cooker, microwave and fridge. The utility area at the back of the house has a washing machine, dryer and fridge freezer.
This is not a modern house. The walls are two feet thick and has many original features dating back to the house's origins in the mid 19th century.
We have a front garden divided by a path, a side garden and a back garden, where we have a table, parasol and chairs for eating al fresco.
Ballybaun is 12 miles from Galway City - about 20 minutes by car if you avoid the rush hour. The route to Connemara is via Cong, which is famous for Ashford Castle, Cong Abbey and of course was the setting for the film the Quiet Man.
The road to Connemara offers many options but all have spectacular views. We can particularly recommend the road to Lough Na Fooey and the roads to Leenane, all via the village of Clonbur. Kylemore Abbey on the banks of Lough Inagh is a beautiful setting for a picnic and there are beautiful beaches north of Roundstone at Dog's Bay and Ballyconneely. Clifden is a busy coastal town with good places to eat and a spectacular Atlantic drive along the Sky road.
The property itself is within two miles of the village of Headford, which has all the required amenities, not least Joyce's enormous supermarket. We recommend in particular the locally-made traditional soda bread by Aisling, which can be bought at the supermarket.
The property is within five miles of the Corrib river so it is very convenient for angling holidays.
Galway City has many festivals throughout the year, not least the Galway International Arts Festival in mid-July and the Galway Races at the end of July. The city is full of music, theatre and boutique shopping. Enjoy!
Guests will have access to the whole house and the turf shed where they will be able to use our solid fuel to supply the range and make fires.
There is ample parking space at the side and front of the house. A car is necessary to stay here because it is a country property.
We have someone who manages the house and guests will have access to their mobile/cell for any questions or issues that may arise.
Guests will be greeted by our manager, who will give them advice on how best to run the house during their stay.
Bed linen will be changed for the arrival of each set of guests and the house will be cleaned between each visitor. Towels are also provided.
We provide a folder for the house and brochures about local events and activities.
No smoking in the house please.
All else we ask is that you leave our home as you find it!