Vivianne’s Waterside House, Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

Fresh, peaceful, art-filled waterside home near Clifden with gorgeous bay views from almost every window and a nice mix of contemporary and classic furnishings in a serene and welcoming Ireland holiday short let.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3 + powder room
Accommodates: 7
Weekly Rates: € 850 / € 950 / € 1200 / € 1700
Heat & Electricity: Additional, charged at cost by meter reading
Security Deposit: € 300 refundable, due on arrival


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Amenities Include:

Broadband Internet, WiFi, TV & DVD Player, BBQ & Outdoor Seating
Microwave, Dishwasher, Washer & Dryer, 6-Burner Stove, Fridge/Freezer
Marble floors, underfloor heating, featured regional artists, exceptional views
Private garden, peaceful & ever-shifting seascape, nearby tidal beaches
Enjoys good privacy, yet close to Clifden, a short drive or inexpensive taxi ride

House Description:

From the artfully casual ceramic bowl filled with pears and clementines on the farmhouse table, to the warm glow of the original pot bellied stove in the extra spacious kitchen and the waterside views glinting in through the windows, we knew the moment we walked in this unique self-catering home that we’d found something really lovely to offer our discerning clients vacationing to Ireland.

The original part of this thoughtful Irish house dates from the 1870s, and the modern addition – designed to exacting standards and nicely highlighting its waterside position – ties in seamlessly to create a unique, spacious, and relaxing place to holiday. Located next to Streamstown Bay, a sheltered inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, Boolard Island peeks in from just outside the kitchen.

The house is bright, and filled with art and creative details – everything in the place seems to have a story that comes with it, if you are interested to know. The bedding is luxurious and comforting, the sitting room warm, light-filled, and integrated into the surrounding water and landscapes through the many windows. Extra large eat-in kitchen, informal living space and 4 comfortable bedrooms, including two ensuite bathrooms, plus a family bathroom and a guest powder room make this a great house to accommodate up to seven holiday guests.

Entry & Layout

The primary door is around the back side of the house, facing the road, rather than the sea. One enters into the impressively tidy and good sized kitchen, and is immediately caught up in the views from the several waterside windows lining the opposite wall. To the right of the kitchen along the back wall are a few steps down into the sitting area, which is also lined with the same thoughtful seascape viewing windows.

To the immediate right of the kitchen door is a wide, open, and light-filled hallway with lots of windows that leads back to the bedrooms. There is utility room with washer and dryer and a guest powder room, as well as underfloor heating beneath the imported marble tiles. The first two bedrooms, one Single and one King, are each en suite and sit opposite each other off an alcove to the left of the hallway.

Continuing down the hall there are a few steps up to the second two bedrooms and the shared family bathroom, which is just at the end of the hallway, the Double bedroom on the left and the extra large Twin/King bedroom (incidentally, a part of the original 19th century cottage) on the right.

Sitting Room

The slightly sunken sitting room is two steps down from the large, open, eat-in kitchen, and benefits from two walls of picture windows that frame the beautiful and shifting waterscapes outside. Light, bright and featuring contemporary Irish art, the sitting room also showcases a very old Italian plaster frieze along one wall. A turf-burning fireplace is tall and warm, forming a nice hearth around which a good-sized sofa and two comfortable arm chairs are gathered.

The built-in bookshelves and under-cabinets hold a large flat screen TV with cable, DVD player and music center, as well as wonderful books. There are many interesting and comfortable chairs placed around the room, with a lovely mix of tables and various art pieces carefully placed around the room. The colors here are the yellows, corals, and soft muted grays, creams and golds like individual grains of sand lining the beaches outside.

Dining Area & Kitchen

The kitchen is a great space, where one can easily picture groups gathering around the farmhouse table, next to the old iron stove, drinking wine and eating local delicacies, smoked salmon, artisan cheeses, watching the light shift by the minute over the water outside.  The decor is a subtle hybrid mixing streamlined, modern kitchen design, with an Irish country sensibility: Belfast sink, dishwasher, clean white glass front cabinets, large integrated fridge and freezer, countertop 4-burner electric stovetop, compact oven, microwave, all along one full wall of butcher block counters. The floors are polished wood.

On the other side of the room is the pot bellied turf burning iron stove, a cozy arm chair and antique Irish pine hutch with pretty dishes and serve ware. In the center of the open plan kitchen is a long pine table with casually mismatched chairs, seating 8 comfortably. Most of the windows boast water views, except two closest to the stovetop, which overlook the house next door belonging to the owner’s sister who caretakes the property. In the summer, a row of small trees blooms and obscures the view to the single window of the neighboring house that does happen to face toward Vivianne’s kitchen.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Four ground floor bedrooms are accessed off the main window-lined hallway that leads off from the extra large kitchen. Each bedroom enjoys great privacy and sea views.

Bedroom 1: Ensuite,  broad Single bed, simple, comfortable, bright, with gleaming wood floors, large closet, desk & soft fabric covered chair, nice art on the walls, and windows with views. The ensuite bathroom has a wide shower stall, wall sink, shelving and toilet. 

Bedroom 2: Ensuite, King bed, antique vanity table and stool, storage, dark wood floors, and sea views. En suite bathroom has a spa-like atmosphere, with deep soaking tub and shower-over-tub next to a slim window out to the water in the distance.

Bedroom 3: Double bed, light carpeting, dark wood armoire, occasional chair more of this Irish home from home’s serene water views.

Bedroom 4: Twin beds (can be made up as an extra large King), large windows with courtyard and water views, plush carpets, tall armoire, wood chair, upholstered cube chair, antique wood dresser. This room, now the largest of the 4 bedrooms, was part of the original cottage on the property and has retained its freestanding sink.

Bathrooms: Besides the two ensuite bathrooms, there is a family bathroom with shower stall and a small guest powder room off the hall near the kitchen. The powder room features a lovely little surprise in the form of an eye-catching collage of various sunsetscapes (if we may coin the phrase, please) seen from the house. We loved this. Many people comment on it.

Grounds

The grounds – about two acres of grasses, cornflowers, sycamores, gravel driveway and of course the waterfront – are simple and lovely, relying on the seaside a mere 30 yards away and omni-directional water views for the bulk of the atmosphere here. There is a sheltered area of garden on one side of the house, with a patio, picnic table, outdoor furniture and BBQ. The original part of the house, once an old coach house, has an old time sod roof, with wild meadow grasses growing from the top.

The landscape shifts with the light and tidal changes throughout the day. Sunsets here are indescribable, and you’ll never witness the same sort of setting sun twice. Famine era ruins are visible on the hillsides across the water.

Location:

The Connemara area of Galway is pretty stunning, actually. Often described as “haunting” and “wild” it offers some legendary scenery. The Clifden Waterside holiday home is very private and without close neighbors, about 3 miles outside of the charming and sophisticated village of Clifden, the town itself about 45 – 50 minutes from the City of Galway. There is a small beachfront about 50 yards in front of the house, with a large sandy beach about a mile and a half down the road. The short 6 to 10-minute drive into Clifden makes it a snap to pop over to the smart village center for food, shopping, and entertainment. Taxi rides are about €7 each way. Cleggan is a few miles the other direction, with pubs, horseback riding and boat trips to Inishboffen.
Clifden: 3 miles, 7 minutes
Cleggan: 4 miles, 10 minutes
Galway:
50 miles, about an hour, a totally gorgeous drive. 
Shannon airport
: 106 miles, approximately 2.5 hours
Westport: 40 miles, 45 – 50 minutes of stunning beautiful scenery.
Dublin:180 miles, just about 3.5 hours

Clifden Vivianne’s Waterside House Rental Details:
This property rents Saturday to Saturday, shorter breaks are possible in the shoulder months.
Weekly Rates
Low Season, January to March & November/December: € 850
Low-Mid Season, September to October: € 1100
Mid Season, April to June & Sept: € 1200
High Season, July & August:  € 1700
Christmas & New Year: € 1200
Easter Weeks: € 1000Short Break Rates 
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
€ 200 additional damage deposit for pets in residence, with permission.

Cooking, cleaning and local guide services are locally available for hire.


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Check-In/Check-Out:

Check-in time is after 4pm.
Check-out time is before 10:00am.

Security Deposit:

The property requires a refundable security/damage deposit of €300, due in cash on arrival and refunded, less cost of heat and electricity and any damages, within 7 days after departure.

Accessibility Notice:

Though not universally accessible, once inside this beautiful Irish home offers good accessibility for almost everyone, with a small amount of assistance. The driveway is gravel, and there are a few steps at the entry into the kitchen. There are two steps into the sitting room from the kitchen, and all of the bedrooms are on the ground floor (with two steps up to the back two bedrooms from the hallway).

Restrictions:

No smoking in this unique and refined holiday rental home. Pets may be possible, depending on the circumstance, with special permission and additional damage deposits.

Activities:

Between the views, the watersports, the archaeological sites, natural landscapes, heritage centers, and local craftsman commerce there is no shortage of things to do and see in this part of the country.

BEACHES
Omey strand, a sandy tidal beach, is less than a mile and a half away. Cleggan offers a wide beach, with horseback riding and boats to Inishboffin.

ART & SHOPPING
Irish knit and fisherman’s sweaters, Clifden marble, lace, local artists and area specialty foods are part of the diverse shopping available in and around Clifden. There is a wonderful gallery in Clifden, The Whitethorn Gallery, with gorgeous prints from regional artists available for sale, many featuring the stunning local landscapes and Connemara scenes so you might take a bit of your holiday home with you.

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.
Horses & Equestrian activities – This is Connemara pony territory, with hourly and day-trip horse rentals available in Cleggan and other nearby towns as well.

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.
Ballynahinch Castle – Gardens, walks, afternoon teas, as well as shooting and angling in season.
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.
Ballyconneely Golf Club – an 18-hole course is about 10 miles away.
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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About Clifden:

There are many local attractions aside from the stunning scenery and coast. Clifden town has a population of 2000 and has a great mix of shops, pubs, restaurants, a theatre and a small cinema.

There are always events on in town, from traditional Irish music, live bands, theatre shows, art exhibitions, guided walking and heritage tours, pony fairs and local markets. Nearby Cleggen runs the ferry service to Inishboffin Island.Please see www.clifden.ie and www.connemara.net. We highly recommend Clifden Arts week in September for something special and the Jazz and Blues weekend on the June bank holiday.

Read through our archives, tips, hints, and suggested itineraries for visiting and staying in the Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

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