House with private garden, near beaches, Galway city centre and Salthill

House with private garden, near beaches, Galway city centre and Salthill


May 2013

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home home is bright, spacious and well maintained.
We offer two comfortable double bedrooms for this exchange spread over two floors. All showers electric.
Downstairs, the kitchen is modern and well equipped. The garden room, off the kitchen, is open plan with a sunny breakfast area and a large comfortable seating area with couch and easychairs facing onto the private garden. This is a bright and sunny room - the perfect place to relax with a book. There are large windows and two double French doors opening out onto the the garden and patio; there is also a BBQ area at the bottom of the garden. The sitting room, to the front of the house, is a very cosy winter room with a working fireplace, plenty of books and a music centre. The formal dining room seats eight people. Downstairs the mudroom doubles as a laundry/ WC.
The garden, which is totally private, has two seating areas and catches the sun all day long! The neighbours are friendly and welcoming. This is a safe and private neighbourhood with a large green to the front of the house with private parking. Catch a bus to town every 15 minutes from just around the corner, or take the bike (there are two) and enjoy a lovely cycle by the sea to the city centre via Salthill or pack a picnic and spend the day on Silverstrand beach. These are just some of are many safe public beaches nearby; perfect for both swimmers and walkers - these can be enjoyed winter or summer. There are many good restaurants and pubs in the area (some within walking distance of the house), others are in the two nearby villages of Salthill and Barna and there are of course, plenty cafes and bars to choose from in the city centre. We can also offer a non simultaneous exchange


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  1. We have had four very successful exchange, are open to offers from June to late August. You will love Galway and its surrounds; there is so much to do. And, when you feel like doing absolutely nothing, well that's fine too! You will find the house comfortable and easy to relax in. I teach, so I am happy to exchange for an extended period - two of us will travel. I love to cycle or walk to Salthill every morning and sit out and enjoy the sea view over a good coffee, the papers or a good book. Galway is a friendly place so don't be surprised if people engage you in conversation. I enjoy walking, travelling, theater, reading, socialising, eating out and film. I am a non smoker, and enjoy being outdoors;gardening, cycling and walking. We look forward to hearing from you.

  2. We are interested in visiting Spain in June, preferably somewhere near a town/city and close to the coast

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Where is it?


Knocknacarra is less than an 8 minute drive from Galway's city centre and is about an hour's drive Shannon International Airport, two and a half hours from Dublin Airport, and over an hour from Knock Airport...

Situated in a quiet private area in a much sought after part of Galway, my house is a quick drive from the bustling city centre and within easy reach of shops, pubs, hotels, beaches, churches, public leisure centre, Salthill Promenade, Silverstrand, Cappagh Park, Cappagh Woods, Rusheen Bay and the world famous, wild and beautiful Connemara. We have an active residents association who organise BBQs etc.,in the summer months and the neighbours are very friendly and helpful.

There are shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes, leisure centre and pharmacy within 5 minutes walk from the house with a large shopping centre 2 mins away by car. The bus into the city is only a 2 minute walk from the house;these run every 15 minutes. There are safe cycle lanes to the city and to Salthill - these are easy cycles routes and we have two bikes for you to use.

Galway is a fantastic, vibrant, and friendly university city. It is famous for its social scene, many festivals, great restaurants, vibrant bars and its beautiful medieval city centre. It is the gateway to the West of Ireland; Connemara and Aran Islands. Take a daytrip to the Burren or Mayo from city centre.

There are a number of language schools in Galway, with a direct bus from the house. These are: Atlantic Language School, Bridge Mills Language School, and Galway Cultural College. NUIG (the National University also offers English summer school programmes.

Galway has something to offer everyone. It has a great promenade,(only minutes from the house)many beautiful and secluded beaches, parks and woods, both quiet pubs and those with live traditional music, numerous spas, and historical sites.

The Irish-speaking village of Spiddal is less than 15 minutes from the house and has a fantastic craft village where talented local artists and craftspeople exhibit their work. The little fishing village of Barna is just 5 minutes away and has some great restaurants. If you want to explore the area, it is well worth going for a drive out the coast road towards Carraroe and further into Connemara and north into Clifden. Connemara is an artist's and photographer's dream; the everchanging light will delight you!

For those looking for a more adventurous trip, Knocknacarra is a perfect location from which to do just that. Hiking in Connemara National Park is a must and a wonderful day out. There is a windsurfing school 2 minutes away in Rusheen Bay where boards and wetsuits are available to rent. Surfing is also popular among Galwegians and Lahinch in County Clare (1.5hrs drive) has great waves and surf schools. There are also two great golf courses and a tennis club with 8 all-weather courts 5 minutes from the house.

Galway is on the world map for its traditional music, friendly atmosphere and numerous festivals. It is a cultural hub and the Tony award-winning Druid Theatre Company is among our best exports. There is a very active theatrical scene here and the Galway Arts Festival in July attracts the best of world theatre, dance, music and art. Early booking for the festival is advised. The Galway Races, on the last week in July brings thousands of visitors and the city is always hopping with people out on the streets lapping up the atmosphere. The festivities are not restricted to the summer months. In fact County Galway hosted over 500 festivals last year!

For food lovers, Galway is the 'Food Capital of Ireland', it offers excellent seafood, has a marvellous selection of restaurants and bars offering great value and local produce. Don't miss the Saturday morning market in the city centre, or the Friday market in Moycullen. There are lovely shops in the city centre offering Irish fashion and jewellery and other locally produced crafts as well as national and international fashion in the many department stores.

There are great bus tours available (every day) to Co. Clare, the Burren, Cork and Dublin cities and of course to Connemara and the Aran Islands (don't miss a trip to these islands!)if you have time, visit Westport. The drive from Galway along the N59 up through the Maam Valley is one of my favourites.

Galway is a very popular city, it is perched on the edge of Galway Bay and has many waterways; the sea, lakes, rivers and canals, and lots of lovely walks. The Salthill promenade is 6 km long and only a short distance from the house. Simply follow the path near the caravan park and golf club, and walk, or cycle all the way to town by the Atlantic Ocean.

Alternatively, leave the car in one of the many free car parking spaces in Salthill and walk to town. Either way, you will enjoy it and there are plenty of great coffee/wine stops! Galway a safe city ;easy to walk around its pedestrianized cobbled streets. Galwegians and visitors love to sit outside the many cafes and bars,sipping coffee, enjoying a glass of wine, having lunch or dinner or simply people watching and enjoying the street ente

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