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Welcome to Connemara Rentals- We own and operate individual, unique and luxurious holiday/vacation homes in Clifden, the capital of Connemara. Each property has been lovingly built or renovated by us over the years -set in their own grounds and gardens- offering private and quiet locations within a stones throw of the town. Finished to the highest standard aimed at discerning guests who are seeking unique properties and awarded the highest grading by Failte Ireland - the Irish Tourist Board.
A smart country estate house originally built in circa 1820, sympathetically renovated and designed to give a comfortable and homely holiday experience for larger groups, family gatherings or friends, and host to Chelsea Clinton during her tour of Ireland.
Within the grounds are mature gardens, ample parking, a large pool/barbecue terrace and outdoor seating areas providing a self contained estate, while the property is situated only 2 mins walk to the town square.
All 11 bedrooms are uniquely decorated and are all en suite. The extensive ground floor living area gives enough room for everyone to relax without being on top of each other, whether it is in the main drawing room with large turf fire, the library, the television room with large turf fire, the dining room or kitchen. An ideal base for exploring Connemara, with walks on the numerous stunning local beaches or in the most scenic countryside you are likely to encounter, or wandering to the local pub for a quiet pint or traditional irish music.
**Your stay includes complimentary use of the nearby private leisure centre - 3 mins walk from the house. WIFI throughout.
For further information, photos, maps, reviews and special offers you can also visit our website by clicking on the link further down the page.
-Offering private and quiet locations within a stones throw of the town. Also ideal for larger families, groups and small weddings.
You can also follow us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ConnemaraRentals for updates and news of local events, festivals and special offers
** ABOUT US**
We live close by our holiday properties and are on hand to meet you when you arrive, to ensure you get settled in.
Our aim is to provide a luxurious home away from home. When you arrive you will find the house fully set up, warm and cosy with fires lighting, and a welcome pack. The bedrooms and bathrooms are presented like hotel rooms with crisp white linen, towels and toiletries. We also provide a comprehensive information folder, with details of local amenities, services, maps and walking guides.
***** A LITTLE HISTORY******
The O’Grady Family purchased the Sunnybank estate in 1977. One of the oldest buildings in the locality, the Main House was built by John D’arcy who founded Clifden town in 1823. During 2002, Sunnybank House was extensively renovated into a luxurious holiday property and offers an outstanding holiday experience for larger groups with a private outdoor heated pool, sauna, extensive gardens.
We purchased Sunnybank Cottage ( a neighbouring property) in 2004. It is a listed building and again one of the original houses of the town. It was completely renovated whilst retaining all the best of its original features and is now a luxurious and cosy version of the original cottage with the best of modern conveniences.
The houses are furnished with a mix of antique or old country furniture, with the best quality of fixtures and fittings, bedding and household appliances. Each winter we spend time maintaining, improving or adding to each property in order to maintain standards.... We hope you enjoy !
**** CLIFDEN TOWN****
Clifden Town is the capital of Connemara one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. Established in the early 1800’s at Clifden Bay, it follows the classic 19th century layout: oval in plan, with 3 principal streets – Market Street, Main Street and Bridge Street, a Market Square, a fine bridewell or gaol, courthouse and harbour.
Clifden today is a vibrant and cultural town which has retained its historic roots while offering a wide range of services and facilities. You will find colourful streets with a great selection of small local food shops – (fishmongers, butchers, fruit and vegetable store, delicatessens and a bakery), numerous craft and gift shops, art galleries and exhibitions and other interesting shops including antique shops, designer clothes shops, jewellery and vintage shops.
There are 9 restaurants and 10 pubs with music sessions each evening and good bar food.On the practical side there are four supermarkets, including Aldi and Lidl, which are open until 9pm (mon-sat), two banks, three chemists, two petrol stations, two churches and a post office.
Set on the edge of the Atlantic, the surrounding scenery is spectacular, and waiting to be discovered.
A vast coastal region world renowned for its wild and stunning scenery, and magical light. It is dotted with small villages and historical sites. To the north is stretches to the border of Mayo and the town of Westport is 45 mins. drive from Clifden. To the east it reaches to Galway city, which is one hours drive from Clifden and well worth a visit. To the south is the Connemara Gaelteacht area- an Irish speaking area which is famous for its coral strands.
For up to date local news and events see www.visitconnemara.com or follow us on Facebook for news of local events, activities and special offers: facebook.com/ConnemaraRentals.
THINGS TO DO...........
Your stay includes use of a private leisure centre located in the Station House Hotel - 3 mins walk from Church Hill
It includes a heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam room and Gym - Open 7 days all year round.
**WALKING AND CYCLING **
The area is a walker’s paradise whether following a planned route or just ambling along country roads and beaches, of which there are many. You will find a folder of 20 different Connemara walks in your house or follow the road signs around the countryside which indicate good routes for walking or cycling.
Try www.goconnemara.com for further walking information,
or contact Paul Phelan – Walking and tour guide -www.WalkConnemara.com
Walking Guide: John O’Halloran, Moyard, phone: +353 (0)86 393 9507
Bicycles can be hired throughout the year from Mannions shop, Clifden- Tel: 095 21160 – www.clifdenbikes.com
Or contact James Kane at Connemara Adventure who can drop off bikes for hire to your door or organise guided cycling tours - www.connemaraadventure.ie Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel : 087 358 3797 or 087 276 7518
A number of riding schools in the area offer pony trekking or lessons for all ages. Try Errislannan Manor, Tel: 095 21134 Email email@example.com or Cleggan Riding School Tel : 095 44746
Whether you are sailing to Clifden or wish to go sailing, contact Clifden boat club which is located at the end of the Beach road. They offer Sailing courses throughout the summer. www.clifdenboatclub.com
*******ADVENTURE AND WATER SPORTS*****
Two of the country’s best adventure centres are located within 30 minutes drive from Clifden. They offer daily and weekly courses for both adults and children in sailing, windsurfing, orienteering, kayaking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, waterskiing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, amongst others; www.killaryadventure.com or www.delphimountainresort.com
For private guided activities in or around Clifden including hill walking, rock climbing, kayaking on Clifden bay and surfing – for individuals or groups – All equipment provided, so no excuses ! See www.realadventures.ie
You can also go scuba diving in a most beautiful area, north of Clifden. The Scuba Dive West Centre is one of the most established dive centres in the country and offers courses for all levels - www.scubadivewest.com
*******CRUISES AND BOAT TRIPS*****
The Killary Fjord Cruise is a 1.5 hour cruise along Ireland’s only Fjord with an interesting talk on the history of the area. There are several sailings daily between April and October, see www.killarycruises.com
The Brazen Hussy – is a solid, ocean-going boat for day charters around the Connemara coast and islands, sea fishing or whale and dolphin watching. www.brazenhussy.ie or Tel: 086 2795118
Connemara is world-renowned for its fresh water and sea fishing. Here are some useful contact details.
For daily group fishing charters leaving from the Quay in Clifden contact : John Brittan at www.seafishingireland.net Tel: 095 21073 or John Ryan on Tel: 095 21069.
For fresh water fishing contact Simon Ashe at www.ballynahinch-castle.com/fishing or www.loughinaghlodgehotel.com/fishing.htm. For general fishing information try: www.wrfb.ie
****** WORTH A VISIT********
CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK
Some of the most spectacular vistas can be seen from any of the National park walks, which range from a half-hour gentle ascent to a full climb to the peak of the Diamond Mountain, approximately 4 hours to the summit and back.
Home to Connemara ponies, wild goats and Irish deer there is also a history museum, café, children’s playground and picnic area.
Rates: The rates quoted are fully inclusive except for utilities i.e. electricity and oil. These are metered and charged at national domestic rates, as consumed, and are payable on departure. Approx. utilities for a week in Sunnybank House at full occupancy : €150.00 - €250.00 Booking: A 30 % deposit is required to secure your booking and the balance of payment is due by 120 days prior to arrival. If you are booking within 120 days prior to arrival, payment of the full rate is required. Payment: Payment can be made by credit card or by bank transfer. Credit card payments can be made through the secure booking form on our website or over the phone. Cancellations: Cancellations made up to 6 months prior to arrival, all payments will be refunded. Cancellations made up to 120 days prior to arrival, deposit non refundable. Cancellations made within 120 days prior to arrival, full payment is non refundable. In the event that we can re sell cancelled dates, we will refund all payments less the costs of re selling or discounting the rate. Security Deposit: A security deposit will be required on arrival of €1000 and can be paid in cash or by credit card. This is standard procedure in case of breakages, damage or soiling, and we would ask that you inform us of same, should it occur. The deposit will be returned to you on departure. All basics are provided including; All linen and towels, loo roll, soap, Gilchrist and Soames shampoo, soap and shower gel. Kitchen basics washing up liquid, cloths, tea towels, condiments, oil etc. Peat briquettes and firelighters. We also provide a welcome pack - the contents of which depend on what is available on the day- An example would be ; A selection of Irish cheese, Pate, locally smoked salmon, grapes, lemons, fresh brown bread, milk, butter, Coffee and wine ***Two week stays include full cleaning on the middle saturday*** ** Short breaks/ weekends available from September to May from €2500.00 for a 2 or 3 or 4 night stay********* Discounts available for multiple week or property bookings***** Please see our web site for special offers****** Your stay also includes access to The Station House Leisure Centre,
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Clifden is the Capital of Connemara recognised as one of the most scenic and unspoilt regions in Europe. One hour from Galway City and Westport, the area is blessed with stunning beaches, mountains, Connemara National Park, and traditional irish fishing villages. Clifden has a population of 1000 people and is a vibrant cultural town with many Restaurants, Pubs, shops ,weekly local market.
An excellent base for discovering the real Ireland, it is unrivalled in its beauty and heritage. Unusually nowadays you will find a deserted beach, and can stroll throughout the countryside at your will where you will view spectacular scenery, connemara ponies, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Knock Airport : 2hrs drive- Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Lufthansa, BMI
Shannon Airport : 2.5 hours drive- Ryanair, Aer Lingus, British Airways- United and Delta (from the USA)
Dublin Airport : 4 hours drive - Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Aer Arann, Flybe, British Airways, BMI, Delta, United, US Airways
Other Activities: Golf, Fishing,Festivals, Connemara national Park, Kylemore Abbey, Inishbofin Island, Walking tours, stunning beaches, killary adventure centre,
Golf: 'Nestled between the scenic splendour of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic ocean, lies Connemara Golf Links. From the testing dog leg opening hole through to the breathtaking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the 'equal to any in the world', Connemara is an enduring monument to its designer Eddie Hackett.
Hackett graciously acknowledged that the rugged landscape of Connemara contributed greatly to the uniqueness of the design. His deft ability to enhance what nature presented him with results ìn a dramatic championship course, ready made to tempt those who savour beauty - and a beast!'
Located 10 miles from clifden town:
Connemara Golf Club is a championship links course overlooking the Atlantic. From the testing dog-leg opening hole through to the breathtaking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the “equal to any in the world”. They offer very reasonable green fees all-year-round. Or why not use your time off to take golf lessons with a view to improving your swing or just getting started.
http://www.connemaragolflinks.com/ Tel: 095- 23502 or 095- 23602
Ski: ***************Music, Theatre and Cinema**************
There is live music all-year-round in Clifden, ranging from local traditional sessions in the pubs, contemporary live bands, music festivals, Irish dancing shows, local theatre to a full arts and culture schedule at certain times of the year. We have a small cinema and theatre also see www.stationhousetheatre.com.
There are many other activities and sights to see – details of which are updated every season. You can easily find out about these once you arrive in Clifden by calling into our tourist office or picking up the local free newspaper in any newsagent or see www.visitconnemara.com for news of local events
Here are some other useful sites for planning your visit:
www.connemara.net – including a weekly schedule of what’s on around the town
www.discoverireland.com - events and festivals throughout the country
About the owner: ** ABOUT US** We live close by our holiday properties and are on hand to meet you when you arrive, to ensure you get settled in. Our aim is to provide a luxurious home away from home. When you arrive you will find the house fully set up, warm and cosy with fires lighting, and a welcome pack. The bedrooms and bathrooms are presented like hotel rooms with crisp white linen, towels and toiletries. We also provide a comprehensive information folder, with details of local amenities, services, maps and walking guides. ***** A LITTLE HISTORY****** The O’Grady Family purchased the Sunnybank estate in 1977. One of the oldest buildings in the locality, the Main House was built by John D’arcy who founded Clifden town in 1823. During 2002, Sunnybank House was extensively renovated into a luxurious holiday property and offers an outstanding holiday experience for larger groups with a private outdoor heated pool, sauna, extensive gardens. We purchased Sunnybank Cottage ( a neighbouring property) in 2004. It is a listed building and again one of the original houses of the town. It was completely renovated whilst retaining all the best of its original features and is now a luxurious and cosy version of the original cottage with the best of modern conveniences. The houses are furnished with a mix of antique or old country furniture, with the best quality of fixtures and fittings, bedding and household appliances. Each winter we spend time maintaining, improving or adding to each property in order to maintain standards.... We hope you enjoy !
Why the Owner Chose Clifden:
“An Absolutely Accommodating Place!” - Guest review August 2012 My extended family of 28 members recently returned from our dream trip to Ireland. We spent a week in Clifden renting both Sunnybank House and Lodge. It was so good that we found a place where we could all stay together and the location of Sunnybank is ideal. It is just a few minutes walk right into town and everyday we were able to make excursions out in the surrounding areas and easily return to Sunnybank so it was a great central location to stay in to tour the area. We were met by Shane who turned out to be the most accommodating host you can imagine answering all our questions and helping us with anything that came up. He arranged for my 81 year old Father and my brothers to play in Guy's Pub several evenings and this was an experience of a lifetime for my Father. We will forever be thankful to Shane for making that happen. The accommodations were wonderful, fully equipped kitchens, beautiful decor, inviting outside areas, and comfortable bedrooms. If you are traveling with a group this is a perfect location even if you have little ones. They provided us with highchairs and baby cots as we had 3 babies in our group. We used the kitchens quite a bit as we prepared breakfast every morning and cooked out a couple of nights using the outdoor grill. We also availed ourselves of having a local person, Gillian, prepare us a meal one evening that was quite delicious. We had been out touring all day and it was wonderful to arrive back and smell the meal she had prepared for us. All in all, I have to say that Sunnybank is one of the most accommodating places that I have stayed of all my trips to Europe. My family and I very much enjoyed our stay there and I would highly recommend Sunnybank House and Lodge! Thank you Shane for everything!
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
“The Perfect Place to Call Home in Ireland” - Guest review - June 2012 I cannot say enough about how wonderful a time my family (21 in total between two houses) had staying at Sunnybank House. The space is amazing... beautiful and welcoming. Shane and Rachael are so helpful and there is nothing to want for in this gorgeous house. The kitchen and expansive dining table were perfect for the nights in. The area is perfect for all ages. The proximity to the town for a nightly pub crawl made it really feel like home. It's just a place to return to again and again as the people of Clifden and the spectacular environment are not to be missed. We really hated to leave. “Complete Connemara luxury!” Guest review May 2012 We held our wedding in Sunnybank House, we stayed for the May bank holiday weekend with our family and we couldn't recommend it highly enough. It was the perfect venue for our special day and our family and friends were blown away by it's luxury and uniqueness. Shane the owner was the perfect host and it's location right in the heart of Clifden was excellent. We were sad to leave and definitely hope to return one day! A truly memorable stay
Sunnybank House outside
Pool area & Sauna
Turf fire in the front living room
Dining room - with 15 ft French mahogany table
Turf fire in the television room
Ensuite bathroom - upstairs
Upstairs bedroom- Double and single bed
Upstairs double bedroom
View from an upstairs front window
View from front of house up to the Tennis Court and car park
The pool and sauna by night from upstairs
Pool area and outdoor eating terrace from one of the upper gardens
The main hallway from the front porch
Front living room
Main kitchen leading into the pantry and utility kitchen
Utility room with double fridge, ice machine, washing facilities etc..
Sunnybank House- Master bedroom- downstairs
Room 1 - King size bed- Downstairs
Upstairs bedroom overlooking the front gardens
Upstairs King size double - top of stairs overlooking the south gardens
Orchard and herb garden above the car park and tennis court
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