“We’re staying here at the moment and quite honestly I don’t want to leave. The house is really spacious and comfortable, right on the Wild Atlantic Way with its amazing views. The sun streams in the windows and the view is ever changing. The coastal drive from here to the cliffs of Moher is stunning, it follows close to the coast with its crashing waves and interesting geology. Lots of little villages to visit with interesting stories. There are several restaurants in Ballyvaughan, we have only tried the Pier Head Hotel so far but it was excellent. The local Spar is well stocked an everyone is so friendly everywhere we go. We’ll be sorry to leave. ”
Light-filled house at the Atlantic, Ballyvaughan
Light-filled house at the Atlantic, Ballyvaughan
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- 3 Bedrooms
- Sleeps 6
- 3 Bathrooms
About our home
Our holiday home, about 500m from Bishops Quarter beach, Ballyvaughan, Ireland is a detached, fully equipped, contemporary, three bedroom, three bathroom property to accommodate six guests. Each room provides spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and the world-renowned Burren landscape.
Accommodation: Spacious, comfortably furnished, open plan living/dining room with a traditional turf fireplace and fully fitted kitchen attached. Additional sitting room/den with cable TV. Excellent broadband connection. Three double bedrooms (one double bed, four single beds). Three bathrooms.
On site facilities include extensive garden areas with garden furniture, BBQ and ample parking, as well as body boards for the beach!
Bishops Quarter Beach (about 500ms), Ballyvaughan Village (1.2 Kms), Pubs, Restaurants, Shops, Horse Riding, Fishing, Hiking, Cycling, Caves, Birds of Prey, Historic Sites, Watersports, Walking Trails, Taxi Service.
35 minutes from the motorway (M18), so ideally located for exploring this part of Ireland, e.g. Galway (1 hour), Connemara (2.25 hrs), Limerick (1.25 hrs), Cork (2.5 hrs).
- Vacation Home
- Cable TV
- Car optional
- No smoking
- Central heating
- Dish washer
- Washing machine
Marie's reviewsAs a host (2)
“We had a wonderful week in Ballyvaughan Co Clare in June. The house was very comfortable and clean with everything we needed. It is in a very pretty setting and has the most wonderful views from the windows overlooking the bay and surrounding countryside. Our week there gave us time to explore Co Clare and surrounding regions in a relaxed and unhurried way and enjoy the friendly locals and their way of life. We found Marie and Lorcan very hospitable and helpful. They left our home in perfect order and were a pleasure to exchange with. If you love history, stunning natural environment and a gentle pace of life this is the exchange for you.”
More about us
We are a middle-aged couple (one of us is retired), with a grown-up family who are living in different parts of the world. We enjoy travelling generally, and visiting our family members. We often travel with our brothers and sisters and their partners. We're pretty active and enjoy getting to know places by exploring them on foot, stopping in for a coffee or glass of wine in the local bar/café, and getting to talk to local people. While we appreciate the sophistication and facilities that cities can offer, we also love the relaxation and slower pace of rural locations. We've always lived near the sea, and like to be near it when on holiday, too. We're interested in music, literature, art, walking, swimming, exploring new places and getting to know the people living in them. We speak a little French and Spanish, and would love to be able to speak more Italian!
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Where is it?
We are situated directly on the Wild Atlantic way (http://www.wildatlanticway.com), voted one of the 10 best road trips in the world by Condé Nast Traveller (www.wildatlanticway.com). Our house is 30 Kms from the renowned Cliffs of Moher (www.cliffsofmoher.ie), and 25 Kms from Doolin, famous for its traditional Irish music, where you can also take the ferry to the Aran Islands, three of the most unspoiled islands in the Atlantic. Other interesting places to visit, all less than an hour away, include the market town of Ennis, with its myriad lanes and local shops, or Ennistymon, with its renowned Cascade Falls and river walk, and Kilfenora with its collection of High Crosses dating back to the 12th century.
Ballyvaughan (1.2Kms) is one of the most vibrant villages in the Burren (https://discoverballyvaughan.com) with its supermarket and gift shop, coffee shops, hotel and restaurants. It is also a starting point on the the famous Burren Way (35 Kms of Green Road walking trail). Enjoy a leisurely coffee/brunch in the village before you sample some of the wonderful experiences the area has to offer - pristine beaches, water sports of all kinds, nature walks, foraging expeditions, cave visits, horse-riding, birds of prey exhibitions, archaeological wonders, pet farms and many more. Enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants - all tastes catered for, including Italian, but especially local produce including seafood and fresh farm produce. If fine dining is your style, there are two Michelin-starred restaurants within 30 minute of our house (www.gregans.ie, www.wildhoneyinn.com).
Burren farmers have been farming sustainably for centuries. At the Saturday Farmers' Market, you can buy fresh local produce - from honey to Burren lamb and most things in between, have a coffee and cake, chat with the locals and enjoy the occasional Irish music session there. Try the legendary chowder for lunch at Monks Pub and Restaurant on the pier (www.monks.ie), or the homemade pasta at l'Arco in the main street (www.burrenrestaurant.ie). Shop for local vegetables, free-range eggs and other delicacies supplied daily at Annie’s Honesty Box near New Quay (15 minutes away). See “bean to bar” chocolate making at Hazel Mountain on the way (www.hazelmountainchocolate.com). Stock up on fresh shellfish from Martina’s nearby, or drop in to Linnane's Lobster Bar, recently featured in "John Torode's Ireland", for locally sourced lobster and other treats (www.linnanesbar.com).
For centuries, the Burren Region has been a centre for Celtic artists, poets and artisans. From traditional music to limestone caves to ocean kayaking, from golfing and fishing to prehistoric monuments and hill-trekking, Ireland's Burren Region has something for everyone. This plateau of North-West Clare is part of the UNESCO Burren Geosite, internationally famous for its beautiful limestone landscapes and the remarkable flora of the region as well as its rich archaeological heritage (www.burrengeopark.ie).
We are 70Kms from Shannon Airport (70-80 minutes by car), 190 Kms from Cork Airport (2.5 hrs) and 237 Kms from Dublin Airport (2.75 hrs).
A car is recommended for full exploration of this lovely part of County Clare. We can do a car swap (manual drive).
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