Derrigimlagh 4 Bedroom Cottage, Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

Sweet, comfortable and full of charm, a recently renovated family cottage in a historic location just outside of Clifden, with 4 bedrooms and luxury water views.

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Accommodates: 6 – 8
Weekly Rates: € 760 / € 1040 / € 1320
Heat & Electricity: Additional, charged at cost by meter reading
Security Deposit: € 250 due on arrival


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Amenities Include:

Convenient location close to Clifden village & Ballyconneely golf
WiFi, SKY TV & DVD, Books, Games, Music, sweet water views
Large open light & bright Kitchen/Dining/Sitting rooms
Microwave, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer, large Fridge/Freezer
Extra large master en suite bedroom with reading loft
Historic area adjacent to Marconi Telegraph Station & Alcock/Brown landing field

House Description:

Sweet, charming and thoughtfully restored cottage, much larger on the inside than it appears from the road, with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 of which are ensuite) and a lovely open plan Kitchen/Dining/Sitting area. Views are of the famous Connemara bogland flora & fauna, inlets of the Atlantic ocean, and the Twelve Bens mountains in the distance. This unique holiday home manages to feel both modern and traditional, blending updated interior design with an Irish country aesthetic.

The area, besides being completely gorgeous, is known for historic WWI-era happenings that took place nearby, including transmissions from the first Marconi telegraph station and the emergency landing of Alcock & Brown’s first transatlantic flight, both in the field behind the cottage.  Staying at this terrific Clifden-area self-catering house offers the chance for rest, relaxation and perhaps a sneaky history lesson here and there during your holiday.

Entry & Layout

Enter this two story house from the paved side patio into a spacious open plan kitchen with tall ceilings. To the immediate left is a the dining area and sitting room. A long hallway to the left of the kitchen and right of the dining table leads to three of the house’s 4 bedrooms, and a family bathroom.

The combined dining area and sitting room enjoy tall ceilings, windows with views out to the water beyond, and a grand open fireplace.  Stairs to the left of the dining table lead up to the sitting loft/reading area and the large en suite Master bedroom beyond.

Kitchen & Dining Area

The kitchen is light and bright, with custom built painted wood cabinets, granite counters and a wood-topped center island. Helping to keep the room and the house cozy, there is underfloor heating beneath the tiles. The ceilings are tall, there are big windows along one wall. All the modern conveniences are present (stove, oven, large fridge, microwave, dishwasher) with many extras like tea kettles and nice serve ware. It’s a fresh, organized and peaceful space.

The adjacent dining area occupies a sort of nook carved out by and under the stairs. It is thoughtfully arranged with large wood table and 8 comfortable leather dining chairs – 6  can sit here with plenty of room and 8 a little more intimately. The table can be pulled out and extended to accommodate 12 for special occasions. There is a sideboard and wall-mounted flat screen television behind the dining table.

Sitting Room(s)

Next to the open kitchen/dining area is the main sitting room, enjoying tall vaulted ceilings, large light-bearing skylights and windows facing the water, as well as an interesting sculpted metal chandelier matching the light fixtures on the wall. The open fireplace is quite large, tall with a high mantle. A nod to local lore hangs above the hearth, depicting aviators Alcock & Brown whose transatlantic flight in 1919 landed in the fields behind the house.

Up the wooden staircase from the main sitting room is an open loft that acts as a second sitting room/library. The airy space is lined with books and has a skylight/window framing the picture perfect tree that rises over the roofline outside.  Under the window an oversized, immensely satisfying leather easy chair. The owners call it the sleeping chair, saying that everyone who sits in it finds themselves falling into excellent and restful slumber. There is also a comfortable loveseat (with fold-out sofa bed) and a terrific stereo system up here as well, with a bottomless pool of interesting music mp3s to suit many musical tastes. A door between the wall of bookshelves opens into the large master en suite bedroom.


Four bedrooms, two of them are en suite and include the ensuite Queen master bedroom, two twin bedrooms, and an en suite double bedroom.

Bedroom 1: Queen En Suite Upstairs Master Bedroom with Queen bed, skylights, wardrobe/dressing area, vanity, wicker chair and en suite bathroom with double shower stall, sink and toilet. 

Bedroom 2: Twin Ground floor, first room on the left of the hallway, with two twin beds and views out to the sea. (Interesting fact: from this window you can see an old Irish thatched cottage across the water where the owner’s grandmother was raised).

Bedroom 3: Queen En Suite Ground floor, second room on the left of the hallway Queen size bed, chest of drawers, bedside tables. The en suite bathroom has a shower stall, sink and a toilet.

Bedroom 4: Twin Across the hall, on the right of the hallway is a cozy twin room with large built-in closets and a great picture window looking out to the fields and bog beyond. Rumor has it that since the fence from the pasture outside pretty much backs up to this room, during the grazing season the Connemara Ponies and Cattle like to curiously inspect their visitors from close range!

Bathroom 3: Ground floor family bathroom Shower stall, sink, toilet, towel holder, window to the rolling turf outside.


The house sits on 5 acres of beautiful Connemara turf, with grassy hills, craggy rocks, and calm waterside views across the road down to the sea. There is a large pebbled drive for cars, as well as outdoor seating with a barbeque in the summer months and casual bench.


Our first visit to this lovely Ireland vacation rental in County Galway took place on a windy blustery late October day. The cottage was welcoming, warm, and bright in spite of the gray day outside. The house is spacious, with many pockets for guests to spread out, while each communal space feels intimate and connected. With the turf fire, the comfortable sofa and oversized armchair by the hearth, and the light-filled reading loft (complete with the leather “sleeping chair” this home away from home felt like the perfect place to spend some off-season holiday time with family and friends, reading, writing, hanging out, or drying off from an outdoor adventure exploring the region. Even in questionable weather, which is rarely terrible in the shoulder seasons anyway, this is a great area to base. The fall colors of the Connemara are spectacular, and paint the surrounding landscape like a watercolor.

Of course, the gray weather during our visit meant that some of our photos capture only the experience of the cottage in a lower autumn light. We can’t wait to go back in the spring or summer and experience the greenery of the grounds, the lushness of the trees full of leaves. We know that the experience of the house in the summer is probably much different than in the late fall, but having loved it so much in the wind and rains of October, we can easily imagine the additional benefits of warm, green, fresh spring and summer airs circling through the place, and the expansive feeling of wandering the surrounding land, visiting the nearby waterside.


This holiday property sits off the main road in wild Connemara countryside, with landscaped gardens, trees and classic Irish stone walls surrounding the house.

An easy 6 or 7-minute drive to Clifden on the lovely Ballyconneely Road makes it a snap to pop over to town for food, shopping, and entertainment. A taxi ride is E10 or so, making it a breeze to plan a night on the town without having to draw straws over who will have to do the driving. Ballyconneely, with its famous golf course is just about 7 minutes in the opposite direction. Roundstone, Letterfrack, Kylemore Abbey, Cleggan and the Connemara National Forest are all close by via gorgeous drives.

Clifden: 3 miles, 7 minutes
Cleggan: 10 miles, 20 minutes
51 miles, over an hour and a quarter, and totally gorgeous.
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 Derrigimlagh Holiday House Rental Details:
This property rents Friday to Friday, shorter breaks are possible in the shoulder months. Enquire for details.Weekly Rates
Low Season, October to April, excluding holidays: € 760
Mid Season, May, June & September: € 1040
High Season, July & August:  € 1320
Christmas, NY, Easter: EnquireHeat & Electricity
Extra, charged at cost by meter reading.

Security Deposit
A refundable security deposit of €250 is due on arrival.

Wireless internet is available using a USB “Dongle” that plugs into any computer USB port and provides internet via cellular connection. Hopefully you won’t spend too much time on the internet on holiday, but if you need extra surfing time, the Dongle can be “topped up” at local shops for small fee. Full instructions are provided on site.


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Friday to Friday rentals, except by special arrangements.
Check-in time is after 3pm.
Check-out time is 10:00am.

Security Deposit:

The property requires a refundable security/damage deposit of €250, due on arrival and refunded, less cost of heat and electricity and any damages, at or just after departure.

Accessibility Notice:

Exceptional accessibility for almost everyone. There are three bedrooms on the ground floor, and two bathrooms. The bathrooms all have showers (but no handles or railings). There is a small step from the patio into the house, but can be managed with assistance.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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