Clifden Village Luxury Townhouse, Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

Modern adaptation of a traditional Irish lodge with 4 en suite bedrooms and large open plan living area in the heart of historic Clifden. A holiday here feels like living inside the best movie ever made about life in a charming village in Ireland.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Accommodates: 8
Weekly Rates: € 1100 / € 1400 / € 1500 / € 2000
Heat & Electricity: Additional, charged at cost by meter reading
Security Deposit: Held by credit card


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Amenities Include:

Perfect location in the heart of Clifden village
WiFi, SKY TV & DVD, Use of nearby Leisure Center
Large open plan light & bright kitchen/dining room, spacious sitting room
Microwave, Dishwasher, Washer & Dryer, Fridge/Freezer, Cooks range
Four En Suite Bedrooms; King, Twin/King, & two Double beds
Underfloor heat, room-by-room thermostats, wired for 220 & 110 electricity
Generous and gracious hosts, unbeatable location, wonderful for entertaining

House Description:

Clifden Village Luxury Townhouse, sometimes called Jessica’s Cottage or Jessica’s Townhouse after the terrific designer responsible for its innovative interiors, is a warm, charming and gorgeously presented self-catering house in the Connemara area of County Galway. This gem of a holiday rental is an exceptional spot for group travel.

Four ensuite bedrooms, including one on the ground floor just off of the dining area, and a lovely open plan Kitchen/Dining/Sitting area, the lodge manages to be both spacious and cozy at the same time. The word “snug” comes to mind, not because of tight quarters (which these most certainly are not), but for the immediate feeling of being tucked into luxury and comfort when you walk in the door.

A unique holiday home that manages to feel both modern and traditional, the cottage blends updated interior design with a traditional Irish aesthetic. Many soft, tactile, touchable fabrics and wood are featured throughout. The sages, purples, heathers and soft grays that feature here come straight from the brilliant colors of the Connemara landscape. Much of the attention paid in the building process was focused on using natural, reclaimed and locally sourced materials.

All together the many details of the house blend into a unique, charming and practically perfect holiday property. (We don’t think we’re overselling the place; in fact we don’t know if that would be possible.)

Entry & Layout

Enter the two story house from the paved side patio and walkway into a spacious open plan sitting room with dining area and kitchen beyond. Straight ahead, to the immediate right of the front door is a staircase to three upstairs ensuite bedrooms (King, King/Twin & Double).

At the back of the great room, beyond the dining table at the left and kitchen to the right, under the stairs, is a door to the ground floor en suite bedroom (Double).

French doors lead from the dining area out to the furnished patio for al fresco dining.

Kitchen & Dining Area

The combined dining area and sitting room enjoy tall ceilings and large windows with views and french doors opening out to the furnished patio. The smart, compact and thoughtfully planned kitchen has slightly lower ceilings and a wide bar providing a balanced separation of space from the rest of the living area.

The kitchen features a river rock stone wall, modern cabinets and creamy granite counters. It is well stocked with nicely maintained cooking equipment and service ware. There is a charming open shelf built into the underside of the staircase. All the modern conveniences are present: stovetop, separate oven, dishwasher, two fridges, microwave, and a washer & dryer in the attached utility room.

The adjacent dining area occupies a light and bright space next to French doors out the furnished patio. An antique dining table seats 8 comfortably, under a large handcrafted mirror and antique chandelier above. Connemara wool curtains hang over the French doors. The walls are painted reclaimed boards. The solid wood flooring, with underfloor heating, is recycled oak.

Sitting Room

Open to the kitchen/dining area is the luxurious sitting room. Two custom crafted velvet sofas and two antique armchairs flank a large marble-topped coffee table in front of the warming wood stove.

Large windows let light stream into the room. There is much to look at, even without the large flat screen television (with Sky TV and DVD, plus integrated music sound system): a series of antique maps on the wall, moose head horns above the mantle, antique books, and a gorgeous taxidermy bird in a glass box with an i-Pod docking station on top.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Four bedrooms, all ensuite, including one on the ground floor.

Downstairs Bedroom 1: Double en suite bedroom. Standard double French wood bed, built in wardrobe, small antique desk with mirror and stylish bedside tables with painted lavender lamps. The ensuite bathroom has a bathtub and a shower-over-tub. 

Upstairs Bedroom 2: King en suite master bedroom. Gorgeous 4 poster king size bed. Antique desk, mirror and comfortable rocking chair. Wonderful Victorian-style decorative fireplace. The ensuite bathroom is large and lovely, with deep soaking tub, separate shower stall and refurbished antique mirror above the bath.

Upstairs Bedroom 3: Double en suite. Standard double brass bed and painted armoire with custom vanity. This is the smallest of the four bedrooms, but bright and comfortable and feeling very much like home. The cozy en suite bathroom has a shower stall, sink and a toilet.

Upstairs Bedroom 4: King/Twin en suite. Large room. Twin beds can be made up as a super King or two singles. Like the master bedroom, there is a beautiful custom decorative fireplace and a romantic chandelier. The art on the walls is the sort that you want to stand in front of and stare into. There is a desk, mirror and tall lamp. The ensuite bathroom has a skylight, sink, toilet and wide shower stall with a showpiece seaweed sculpture encased in one of glass partitions of the shower walls. It is yet another lovely nod to the cottage’s Connemara surroundings.

Grounds

This lovely Irish holiday rental property is situated on an elevated piece of land above street level. A gated front patio, about six steps up from the street, has outdoor seating and landscaped borders. Views are of treetops, the steeple at the old Church of Ireland, and Clifden village high street a block or so down the hill.

Atmosphere

Our first visit to this lovely Ireland vacation rental in County Galway was just after its completion in the fall of 2005. The lodge was welcoming, warm, and bright in spite of the gray day outside. With the turf fire (now a wood stove), the comfortable sofas and antique armchairs in front of the hearth this home away from home had all the trappings of being the ultimate summer or bank holiday getaway. Everything had that “this just in!” air about it and we were hesitant to muss anything up. Impressive, but lacking the “lived in” feeling, the townhouse to see some villa renter action.

Family members stayed in the house in 2008 and adored it, reporting back that it felt like a comfortable, loving and detailed home that belonged only to them.

Imagine our surprise then, when we walked in circa October 2011 and the whole house felt so warm and welcoming, but looked as though maybe a few months had passed since that first visit.

Offering deluxe accommodations in a comfortable, playful style that rivals upscale hotels and located a minute’s walk into the heart of Clifden village, it is hard to find a holiday short let of this standard anywhere near these very reasonable prices. Adjacent to the large Clifden Village Mansion next door, the property still enjoys quiet and great privacy in spite of its central position.

Location:

One of the perks of this property is its position just a block or so from the heart of the village. Clifden is a jewel, offering everything from casual pubs to excellent restaurants, shopping, gourmet markets and art galleries.

If the town of Clifden is a gem, it sits nestled in the 24 carat gold setting of Connemara. Ballyconneely, with its famous golf course is just about 15 minutes down the road. Roundstone, Letterfrack, Kylemore Abbey, Cleggan and the Connemara National Forest are all close by via gorgeous drives.  Golf, watersports, horse-riding, horse-trading, shopping, walking, bicycling, heritage-searching, archaeological site-seeing, music-playing – this area has it all, in lush green spades.

Though pretty quiet in the dead of winter, Clifden is a nice destination pretty much any time of year. The fall colors of the Connemara are spectacular, and paint the surrounding landscape like a watercolor. The rest of the year is a brilliant mix of many more shades of green than you could mix with a box of paint. Even the blustery grays of winter are interesting, especially from the warmth of your place by the hearth, or snuggled into one of the authentic pubs in the village.

Clifden: 0 miles, 0 minutes
Cleggan: 3 miles, 10 minutes
Galway:
51 miles, about an hour, and a totally gorgeous drive
Shannon airport
: 103 miles, approximately 2.5 hours
Westport: 44 miles, about an hour of stunningly beautiful scenery
Dublin: 179 miles, about 3.5 hours (this used to take 5.5 hours just a few years ago!)

Clifden Village Connemara Cottage Rental Details:
This property rents Saturday to Saturday, shorter breaks are possible in the shoulder months.Weekly Rates
Low Season, January to March & Nov to Dec: € 1100
Mid Season, April to June & Sept to Oct: € 1400
High Season, July & August:  € 2000
Christmas & New Year: € 1500

Short Break Rates
Up to 4 nights, €750 - €900
Subject to availability, please enquire for details.

Heat & Electricity
Extra, charged at cost by meter reading.

Security Deposit
A refundable security deposit of €300 is due in cash or credit card on arrival.

Options/Additions
Use of a leisure center in the village is included in your rental.
Cooking, cleaning and guide services are available for hire.
Parties, celebrations, restaurant reservations & other special occasion event organization available for hire.


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Check-In/Check-Out:

Saturday to Saturday rentals, except by special arrangement.
Check-in time is after 4pm.
Check-out time is 10:00am.

Security Deposit:

The property requires a refundable security/damage deposit of €300, due on arrival in cash or by credit card. The deposit is refunded, less cost of heat and electricity or any applicable damages, at or just after departure.

Restrictions:

No pets and no smoking in this gem of a vacation rental in Clifden village, please.

Accessibility Notice:

Reasonable accessibility for guests who can manage several large stone steps from the street level. There is an en suite bedroom on the ground floor, with a shower over tub. The remaining bedrooms are up a full flight of stairs. Parking is around the corner behind the large mansion property next door.

Activities:

Between the views, outdoor & watersport activities, restaurants, shops, the archaeological sites, historical monuments and the heritage centers, there is no shortage of things to do and see in this part of the country.

SCENIC DRIVES & WALKS
The Connemara and West Galway up to Mayo have some of the most scenic driving on the island. There are at least 20 self-guided walks through the area that will take your breath away.

NATURE & THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Within very short drives are the following famous and magnificent (not hyperbole – they are truly stunning) Irish landscapes:
Connemara National Park- 3000 acres of woodlands, bogs and mountains. The road from Roundstone to Clifden is one of the most interesting and unusual drives you’re likely to traverse.

HERITAGE , HISTORY & ISLAND-HOPPING
Kylmore Abbey – Benedictine abbey, gothic church and Victorian walled gardens. You’ve likely seen this in photos, and it is a must-see in person.
Innishboffin and Aran Islands – Beautiful walks, beaches and ancient ruins to explore.

GOLF, FISHING, BOATING & WATERSPORTS
Connemara Golf Club – A championship links course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Cruises and Boat Charters – Killary Fjord cruises and coastal boat charters to tour the Connemara coast by sea.
Scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking – There is no shortage of opportunities for fun in the Irish summer sun. We can send you loads of information about planning your outdoor adventures while in Clifden.

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