Connemara is a unique landscape, a beautiful and often wild coast. Over the years there have been some interesting and unusual properties built, some of which were not originally built as dwellings but have been converted since. Some properties are built in unique places which in turn gives them their own character and some properties are outstanding both as buildings and in their location.
The property that is top of the list in all these respects has to be Clare Island Lighthouse. Solidly built on the westerly cliffs of an Atlantic Island this is as much a tiny village as a house. Built in 1818 it served for 159 years before being retired in 1965. It consists of the old lighthouse keepers cottages and lovely rooms where you can take in the views of the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the best sunset watching venues in Europe.
Self Catering for up to 14 people it is guaranteed no one will refuse an invitation to join a group because they have recently stayed somewhere just the same. Read More About Clare Island Lighthouse
There is a small cottage by the sea in Spiddal which really can be described as unique. Sean Teach is a traditional Irish thatched stone cottage its singular character comes from how little has changed over the years. It is a warm and comfortable but has had no major changes in the name of modernisation and a very traditional decor.. Seven generations of the family being born here make Sean Teach a part of their family culture and it is a unique experience to be able to share that. Read More about this lovely cottage Here
Sometimes a refreshing attitude to designing a building and its surroundings can give a house a unique personality and a prime example of this is Patsy’s Cottage in Oughterard. To say this cottages is unusual doesn’t even start a description of this quirky home.
The original was built in 1820 and up until recently was used as a farm building. In recent years it has been rebuilt and renovated to a very high standard with great taste and thought. Locally sourced timber is everywhere and the garden has lots of surprises with a wood fired hot tub, sauna and ice plunge pool. There is also a fire pit, and a vegetable garden to add something fresh to thge table. The thought in the design shows in the last little detail, an EV charger for customers with an electric car. Not bad for a cowshed! Patsys cottage received a great accolade by being runner up for an Irish Self Catering Federation award as best luxury property. More details Here
A very popular property in Leenane is really a one of a kind in the area. “The Convent” is unusual in many ways particularly because it has retained its original character and charm. Nestled in to the Killary Valley it looks as if it is waiting to be a set for a film or a TV show, having changed little since it was built to house a community of Nuns. This is its ideal use even today, you can sleep 11 people here and cater well for them with a large kitchen and dining room.
If you add the nearby village of Leenane with its pubs and restaurants you have a really unusual property. There is more information Here
Sometimes a holiday home is not defined by the way it is built or how it is decorated or furnished but simply by where it is. One property is so surrounded by the sea you can watch the Atlantic from almost every window. Gannoughs is the furthest end of the Aughrus Peninsula. It is almost like living on an Island, with High Island and Friar Island part of the view. In addition to this the natural wildflower meadows stretch along the shore with it sand dunes and rock pools. This is a place where you can find peace and recharge the batteries by sitting in the garden listening to the skylarks and the waves. If you are really lucky in June you may hear the Corn Krake, a rare bird that migrates every year to the Aughrus Peninsula as it enjoys peace and quiet too! More details Here
One little treasure of a holiday home is “The Bothy” A bothy was traditionally a basic shelter for farm workers and
this property is made unique by its location and although very modest in size it has everything you could wish for. It is a tastefully refurbished agricultural building. There are great views of Cleggan Bay and Inishbofin, and in Summer the sunsets are breathtaking as the light lingers well in to the evening. Cleggan beach is a stones throw away, and there are lots of other beaches along the bay. Cleggan Village is a short walk away and has all you need, Traditional Music, pubs, restaurants, ferries to the Islands and much more. With the updated bus service you could easily make your way from Dublin for a break and not bother with the car. More details of this little gem Here
When you browse our property list you will see that all of our properties have a unique character and individuality. Connemara has a unique charm and atmosphere. It is really unbeatable as a destination for any break, long or short and we take great pride in having these great holiday homes in our portfolio.