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Secluded Cottage on 2 acres near Galway sleeps 6

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom cottage sleeps 6, in beautiful countryside, near Headford.

This is a beautiful 200 year old self-catering cottage with two bedrooms. It has internet access. It's five a minute drive from Headford town with pubs, restaurants and shops and a twenty minute drive from Galway and its attractions.

The cottage is near to Lough Corrib and Lough Hackett and both are excellent for fishing. Salthill beach is also close by, which is perfect for families. Hiking, cycling, golf and horse-riding are available in the local countryside or you could visit the magnificent Connemara Mountains.

Galway races are a great attraction in July, August, September and October where there is a great atmosphere and fun to be had.

The cottage sits in two acres of private land opposite a protected area of forest and is completely secluded, with a gated driveway. It has been completely refurbished and fully modern with electric storage heaters throughout. Also contains: Sky TV, Internet, flame effect electric fire and sofa bed, which sleeps two. The cottage sleeps six people in total, plus a cot. Towels & bed linen are provided.

Outdoors there's a three seater swing chair to enjoy peaceful tranquility and relax while you enjoy the beautiful scenery. There is also table and chairs, if you fancy breakfast in the sun.

£234-£342 per week.

Looking to relax, this is the place. An ideal retreat for walkers and those just seeking peace and quiet.

Some of the historic and regional attractions: The Aran islands are steeped in immense cultural heritage and history. Gaelic language is the first language of its residents. They are considered the foothold of Irish culture.

Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. 'Connemara is a savage beauty' (Oscar Wilde)

A visit to Ireland and Connemara is not complete without experiencing the beauty and tranquillity that is Kylemore Abbey & Garden.

'The Burren' A unique limestone plateau, it contains dozens of megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey from the 12th century, Corcomroe. This area is especially beautiful in spring with its abundant rare wild flowers.

'The Cliffs of Moher' are 214 m high at the highest point and range for 8 km over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O' Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs.From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountain.

Ideal fishing location.

Golf and horse riding are available in local countryside.

If your interest is cycling or hiking you'll love it.

A perfect retreat if you just want to get away from the pace of every day life and enjoy peace and tranquility.

About Headford

Headford, some 28 km north of Galway, is the popular angling centre for the eastern shore of Lough Corrib, and Greenfields, some 6.5 km west of the town, is its boating harbour. The town is situated next to the Black River (noted also for its trout angling) which is the county boundary with Mayo.

Headford is also the centre of an area rich in archaeological monuments, ranging from prehistoric burial cairns, Iron Age stone enclosures, early Norman and later castles, to a bewildering array of monastic sites.

Today, the modern cattle mart, although replacing the fairs and markets once held in the town's two squares, ensures the local popularity of this North Galway town.

Headford is twinned with the picturesque town of Le Faouët in Brittany, France.

Places of Interest

Ross Errilly Friary

Standing in serene solitude on the South bank of the Black River, just two miles West from the town of Headford in Co. Galway the Franciscan Friary of Ross is recognised by many historians both past and present as the best preserved monastic ruin of its period in Ireland. It was founded in 1349 by the then Archbishop of Tuam Dr. Malachy MacHugh, who was a native of the Headford area and, as it happens, a member of the Franciscan order.


Killursa is about 1.5 miles west of Headford on the Greenfields road. It is a ruined church set in an extensive graveyard. The ruin measures 70 feet by 24 feet, and it has a gothic pointed doorway, and a large mullioned gothic window, which indicates that the present structure was erected after the Norman invasion, 1169. A wall was built across this church, probably cutting off a section for the officiating clergyman, who had his habitat there. Killursa means the church of St. Fursa whose statue one sees as one enters the graveyard. It was here St. Fursa had the famous visions of the unseen world which grave authors assert inspired Dante to write his “Comedia Divina”.

More Details

Eileen Bennett
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About Eileen Bennett

This is the home where I was born. I left here with my mother after my father's death in 1957. We spent a number of years in the USA.

Upon retirement my mother and step-father returned to the cottage and spent many happy years there. I moved to England, where I currently live. Now there is nothing I love more than returning to relax and enjoy quality time with my little grandson in the home which holds so many happy childhood memories for me.

Why Eileen Bennett chose County Galway

This is a family home. It was built over 200 years ago by the hands my great, great grandfather in an era where there was no modern machinery. If you were to see it without plaster, no two stones are alike. It was originally thatched and had no running water or electricity. It was occupied by generations of good hard working people, who had very little but had hearts of gold! We have modernised it through the years and choose to rent it as a means to hold on to it as it holds a very precious position in our hearts.

What makes this cottage unique

There is complete peace and tranquility to be had here. The only noise to be heard is the birds singing on the trees. Peace, perfect peace!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We received a friendly welcome by the caretaker upon arrival. Two double bedrooms and a sofa bed in the livingroom provided plenty sleeping facilities. The cottage itself is not big. It is sitd in very quiet area. A bit remote, one must have car. There is the nice town of Headford nearby, with grocery stores, petrol station, reasonable restaus, pubs and ATMs. A friendly pony was grazing in the garden behind a fence next to us, and our two small girls loved feeding it with carrots from the supermarket. Suitabl. cottage for day trips to Galway & Connemara.
Jul 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Galway City, Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , Bed sofa in living room sleeps 2 additional persons
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Bed sofa in living room sleeps 2 additional persons
  • Bedrooms has been refurbished with craftsman fitted custom wardrobes. Bed linen included. Travel cot and child's high chair also provided. Electric Storage heaters throughout to suit ones preference. Sofa bed in living room sleeps two additional persons.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • video player
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Dining area has breakfast bar, seats 4 persons. TV new plasma model. Internet. The Cottage has 2 acres of private land, extremely quiet and secluded at all times. Living room has a sofa bed that sleeps 2. It provides sitting space for 3 persons. There are 2 single chairs for 2 persons. Travel cot and high chair provided. Electric storage heaters provide extra heat. Outside is a comfortable swing, table & chairs to enjoy the peaceful tranquility. It is ideally located to explore the ancient City of Galway, 20 minute drive. If your interest is music, theatre, history or shopping you will not be disappointed. From Galway City there's a ferry to the Aran Islands daily (in season). Explore Connemara National Park, 'Kylemore Abbey' home to the Benedictine nuns and scenic Clifden. Ashford Castle in Cong - The former home of the Guinness Family has beautiful gardens to visit or take the Corrib Cruise. The picturesqe village of Cong was the location for the 'Quiet Man"


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(20 traveller reviews)

Secluded Cottage on 2 acres near Galway sleeps 6
average rating of 4.5 based on 24 reviews

good start

  • 4 of 5

Being in a private, quiet location off secondary roads was what I wanted. There's nothing in the immediate area, which is a good thing. It turned out to be a pretty good starting point to visit both local relatives and also to drive to Connemara. I didn't go into Galway as I can see a town anywhere. The kitchen, bathroom and bedroom were especially handy. I sensed I was in a home where generations of good people lived. That's a nice thing to wake up to. I'd rent there again instead of a b&b. If you go, bring some apples or carrots for the pony in the adjoining field.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I'm so glad that you had a good time and appreciated the tranquil surroundings of the cottage.
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older cozy cottage surrounded by nature

  • 4 of 5

Thought the cottage doesn't have an exact address searchable by GPS (seems to be rather common situation in Ireland - we were staying in 4 different cottages/apartments and none was GPS-locatable by the address), it was rather easy to find following the owner's instructions. One unexpected issue was that the colour of the sign changed since google image, so we missed the right turn at the first time. The cottage was rather old, but fine, however rather small. It can sleep 6 people (3 beds including 1 roll-out), but not very comfortably. We only stayed for two nights though and we had pretty much everything we needed at the cottage. The small grocery store at the gas station had a reasonable selection of basic items. We tried to go to the local pub, but it was overcrowded with people watching some local game on TV, so we needed to drive to a nearby town for dinner. Certain property highlight was a horse grazing grass next to the cottage. We enjoyed our stay in general, the location was great for a nature getaway from the city.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warm welcome

  • 5 of 5

Eileen's cottage is perfectly maintained and comfortable. Ours was a short stay booked at short notice: both Eileen and Evelyn went out of their way to communicate clearly and make us welcome. Although the location is quiet and rural, supplies and places of interest are readily accessible. Evelyn gave us very good suggestions for our onward journey. We would certainly return for further touring in western Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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3 jours au mirehill cottage en fevrier

  • 5 of 5

un grand merci à Eileen et Evelyn ! nous avons passé un tres bon petit sejour à cet endroit, le cottage contient tout ce qu'il faut pour passer un agreable moment et se reposer apres les belles marches dans le Connemara ou une journee de shopping à Galway ! Sinon, le lieu est tres rural, le matin , les oiseaux chantent, bref, repos du corps et de l'âme assuré à cet endroit... Et le prix est vraiment tres correct !

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bon sejour

  • 4 of 5

Cottage agréable, très calme et bien place pour visiter le Connemara ...un peu juste pour manger à 4 sur la petite table.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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holidays in Irland

  • 3 of 5


We are enjoy to stay in your cottage during our holidays.

Just a little problem: please, buy a garden table and four chairs, it's wil be very pleasant to take our breakfast outside....with the horse and the donkey....

Best regard. JL Gréault

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
52 Kilometres
Knock 52 kilometres, Shannon 84 km
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
191 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Tuam, (5 courses in the area)
Nearest Train
28 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Galway Bay
Car: necessary

Close by is beautiful Lough Corrib which is a spectacular stretch of coastline on the west side of Ireland. Lough Corrib is considered to be one of the best fishing lakes in Europe. Wherever you find yourself in the region, you'll never be too far away from a source of water. There is fishing in Lough Corrib and sailing, scuba, swimming or wind-surfing in Rusheen Bay. There are 5 golf courses in the surrounding area.

Salthill beach is also accessible, which is perfect for families. It is situated in a part of the country renowned for its outstanding natural beauty where hiking, cycling, golf and horse-riding are available in the local countryside.

The magnificent Connemara Mountains are also worth a visit due to their beauty and the wild ruggedness of the area giving a glimpse of Ireland from long ago.

Galway City has a large choice of shopping centres, restaurants, pubs and entertainment, including traditional Irish music and song. It is only a 20 minute drive from the cottage. Annually there's the Galway Arts' Festival in July and on the last weekend of Sept there's the Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival.

Galway races are another great attraction in Jul. Aug. Sept. and Oct. People come from all over the world to attend this event and enjoy this fantastic atmosphere. There's a fabulous time to be had, not just for the thrill of the races but also for the great nightlife in the city afterwards.

The local town, Headford, is 5 minutes away from the cottage where you will find pubs and restaurants.

Other Activities:

Most within 25 min drive.

Golf: The following are some of the popular golf clubs in the region. Galway Golf Club, Salthill, Galway. This popular course with its well designed rolling fairways are bounded by mature woodlands and the spectacular seascape of Galway Bay.

Galway Bay Golf & Country Club & Hotel, Renville, Oranmore, Co. Galway. This well known coarse was designed by World Cup player Christy O'Connor Jr.

Connemara Golf Club Ballyconneely, Clifden, Co.Galway.

Connemara, or Ballyconneely Golf Club, as it is also known, is located between the Twelve Bens Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, in one of the most splendid settings imaginable. According to renowned golf writer, James W. Finnegan, the golf links of Connemara is 'a perfect reflection of the austere beauty that is the world of Connemara'. The course was designed by renowned Irish course architect, Eddie Hackett and completed by Tom Craddock. This is a sand based links with its back nine described as the equal of anywhere in the world.

Athenry Golf Club, Athenry Co. Galway. This course is generally uncrowned making it a very pleasant course to golf on. Athenry Golf Club, Mountbellew Golf Club are all within a 20 minute drive form the cottage.

Westport - 40 minutes

Connemara - 40 minutes


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Galway City, Ireland

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Rate 2
1 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
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2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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3 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
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Rate 6
2 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
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23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay

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