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Sycamore House – Lovely house, great location
By Shannon from Chicago, USA
The house is spacious, comfortable and having every bedroom be en suite really spoiled our group. The living room was especially welcoming, with great views out the window, a warm fire each night, and extremely comfortable chairs and couches. I should imagine the garden table right by the sea would be a perfect spot to watch the sun go down with a glass of wine or a pint once the weather is warm.
As others have mentioned, being within walking distance of Ballyvaughan was extremely convenient. Several good pubs and restaurants. We were lucky enough to catch a night of singing and music at one. Great night.
The location was perfect, especially for a couple in our party that had never been to Ireland before – close to Shannon airport, but right in the heart of the Burren, with the Cliffs of Moher right at hand, Galway a quick drive and even Connemara and Mayo an easy day trip. We were even able to do a couple of hikes without needing the car at all (which I loved).
All in all, an excellent house for a very reasonable price, in a good location. Hard to ask for more than that.
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Lisheen House – Lovely Comfortable Home; Beautiful & Convenient Location
By Dom from RIchmond, Kentucky, USA
Our family, all thirteen of us – eight adults and five children ages 3, 9, 11, 12, and 16 – thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lisheen House. Mary and Seamus were the most gracious of hosts from our first contact on the web to our reluctant leave taking of their home at the conclusion of our stay.
Lisheen House is large and accommodating, comfortably and tastefully furnished, and laid out in such a way as to provide for both large family gatherings around the table and private nooks for those moments when you need a quiet retreat. The upstairs lounge also was a wonderful place for the younger set to gather while the older folks enjoyed one another’s company downstairs. The house boasts a multitude of windows and skylights with different and magnificent views in all directions — the Burren Hills, the rolling fields, and Galway Bay.
Situated about forty five minutes from Galway City and ten minutes from the village of Ballyvaughan, Lisheen House sits at the portal of Burren National Park, is one green field away from Galway Bay, and about one hundred yards from Linnanes, a very fine restaurant pub. At Linnanes, you can sit inside or on the patio that overlooks the dock where the fishing boat that may have caught this evening’s diner may be berthed. One of the delights of Linnanes, besides its excellent food, is that it is truly a local place patronized mainly by locals. As a result we felt and were treated more like neighbors than tourists. That same sense was enhanced by the folks who were our neighbors, including the farmer across the road who stopped his tractor to chat with our three year old grandson and the folks behind us who rummaged about their garage to find a bicycle pump we were in need of.
We also enjoyed the Russell Gallery, a combination teahouse and gallery featuring local artists, that is about a half mile down the road. Just beyond the Russell Gallery is the Flaggy Shore where there is a serene walk several kilometers long along the Bay. Also along the Flaggy Shore there is a small and secluded beach where you can, and we did, take a dip in Galway Bay.
Lisheen House is a wonderful place for a large family gathering. For those who wish to wander it is convenient to all the treasures of Co. Clare and Co. Galway; for those who wish, for the nonce, to feel themselves part of a beautiful land and a friendly community, no place could be finer.
All thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I recommend it unreservedly.
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Ashgrove Cottage – Lovely old farmhouse in great setting
By Sharon M from New Mexico, USA.
Had a wonderful 2 week stay at Ashgrove. The cottage is just as you see it in the photos & other reviews. Seamus & Mary are great hosts, even inviting us to dinner one night. And their daughter Jane sings like an angel. Thank you for a lovely evening.
Ennis is a nice town with narrow, winding medieval streets. We shopped there at the Tesco & Aldi stores for our groceries. Easy distance to Rock of Cashel, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and even the Dingle Peninsula (we did opt for an overnight in Dingle on that jaunt).
The dogs (Patch & Podge) are friendly and never failed to greet us at the end of our daily trips. The resident bull & donkey are most photogenic. The farm has several lanes that are good for an after dinner stroll.
And be sure to go to Bunratty Castle (about 20 minutes from the cottage). I loved it even though some travel experts think it should be skipped. We were there from 10AM to 4PM and enjoyed every minute. The castle is full of winding stairs with all sorts of nooks & crannies. It is not for those who can’t climb stairs, etc. The rest of the park is filled with thatched cottages & other types of houses that have been brought in from the countryside-rather than being razed. I watched one of the docents make scones (which I later ate in the tea shop) & got several hints from her which I plan to try shortly.
If you want to visit this part of Ireland, Ashgrove is the perfect base of operations.