About the property
- House1750 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths
Castlewood is a modern home on the Cliffs of Moher Road with breathtaking views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. It is only a short distance from the village of Doolin with its quaint pubs and traditional Irish music. You can walk to the famous Doonagore Castle or drive to the stunning Cliffs of Moher, just 10 minutes away. Nearby is the town of Lahinch with its world-class links golf course and sandy beaches. To the north, the Burren is located with its spectacular limestone pavement, various rock formations and pre-historic Dolmen which will tempt you to explore.
This is a fantastic property owned and meticulously maintained by an American family with local roots. The house features modern amenities including a full kitchen with new appliances, washer/dryer and tile bathrooms. The two upstairs bedrooms -- one with a queen and single bed; the other with two double beds -- have full bathrooms en-suite, while the two bedrooms on the ground-floor level feature queen beds and share a master bathroom. Fine furnishings will enhance your comfort and enjoyment.
A large yard with manicured lawn is ideal for children and completely fenced in. Cows sometimes graze in the fields next door.
This beautiful home will make your stay on the West Coast of Ireland truly memorable.
Keywords: House, Holiday House, Rental, Vacation, Ireland, Doolin, Clare
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 25, 2018
About Mary Leyne
I grew up in Doolin and moved to America as a young girl. I always dreamed of returning and building a home on my family's property. In 2005, my dream became a reality.
Mary Leyne purchased this House in 2005
Why Mary Leyne chose County Clare
We built this house to give our family a place to stay when returning to our ancestral home in Doolin.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Very clean and up to date
Very comfortable accommodations.
Everything was perfect except not being able to drink the water.
The location was ideal for the west coast. Very easy to take day trips from there. Would highly recommend this property.
House is nice and clean and exactly as in photos....everything you want is there. Beds were comfortable, it's quiet, and layout is nice plus a big table to gather around if wanted. Property manager Thessa was great...responded promptly and was there when we got in. Road out front is busy but a nonfactor even with little kids because there's a gate you can shut. Prior reviews' comments about heat are confusing because you control it yourself upstairs with the individual heaters....we had them off the whole time. Location is great....cliffs are 5 minutes or straight ahead down the road to walk from the north end. The Burren is about 10 minutes north and Fanore Beach is a real find. ATM is in Lahinch. Grocery shopping in Ennistimon. Pubs in Doolin are awesome and ferry to Aran Islands and cliff tours are right there. Great vacation for us. Mary even refunded extra from the deposit because we got in on morning after our arrival date with the all night flight from Philadelphia. Flying into Shannon is a total breeze. If you want to come to Ireland for a week and see a lot of things and relax and not drive around on these roads and tour the whole time, this is a perfect place to stay...lots to see and do right here and the view is absolutely stellar.
I am glad you and your family had a good time at our house. Thessa works hard to make our people comfortable. Hope to see you again.
Thanks again for the review.
Beautiful and peaceful home in country setting
We had a wonderful stay in Castlewood House! This roomy and beautifully equipped home is a great spot for a family vacation.
We loved that there were numerous bedrooms and bathrooms, and each room was roomy and comfortable. This could easily fit four couples or three couples with 4-5 kids. The kitchen had everything you could need to prepare full meals and to feel like you had all the comforts of home. The views from the living room were peaceful and beautiful -- since it is light until past 10pm, it was really lovely to relax in the evening looking out over Doolin.
It's a great location -- on the hill overlooking the small town of Doolin and a five minute drive to the Visitor Center at the Cliffs of Moher, which is the best way to see the cliffs for the first time. If you're like us, you will want to walk the more remote side of the cliffs again and again, so ask for directions to the car park on the Liscannor side. We went there a few different evenings to enjoy the walk after the crowds had left. We went to Doolin nearly every day -- mostly to have dinner and enjoy the music in the pubs each evening, but also to catch a boat for the Aran Islands or to browse in the shops.
Thessa, the home's manager, did a great job helping us with a few minor issues, as well as providing suggestions for shopping and getting around.
The only caveat is that we struggled a bit with the heating and the water -- the first floor was always chilly and the second floor was always hot. We would still stay there again -- I would just suggest that anyone planning to stay there bring lightweight pajamas and a warm robe so that you're fine either way. Thessa came to help adjust the water for us and we had plenty of hot water after that, so it would be worth confirming the water upon check-in. If you have kids, I would also suggest packing balls and outdoor toys, as well as spare shoes. The house is on a winding road that would have been too difficult for a walk with the kids, but the backyard is sizable and great for playing -- the kids could play in the (very wet) grass yard while we were getting ready in the morning and then change into dry shoes before heading out for the day.
For the most part, a lovely stay
Our family of five took the trip of a lifetime to Ireland in May, 2016. We are a quiet family of two adults and three college-aged children. We enjoyed the rural location of this home. We were minutes away from the Cliffs of Moher and the town of Doolin. It was a short drive to the Burren where we enjoyed walks through the rocky landscape. We took a day trip to Galway which was a 90 minute drive. We also took a day trip to the Connemara Mountains and Kylemore Abbey which was so worth the 3 hour drive!! The home was spacious, clean and private. Nancy met us at the house when we arrived and showed us around. The beds were comfortable and the showers had fabulous water pressure and plenty of hot water. The views of the ocean and Doonagore castle were awesome from the front windows. The kitchen was well-equipped. The only problem we had with the home was the heat. It was chilly during our ten-day stay. When we arrived, the heat wasn't even on and the house was quite cold. The first level is heated with underfloor heating and the second level by hot water radiators. Nancy turned the heat on and told us it would take "20 minutes" to heat up. After several hours and no improvement, we called Thessa, the property manager. Thessa stated it would take "several hours" to heat up. Well, it was so cold the first night that my son went to bed with his coat on. It literally took about 4 or 5 days until the lower level warmed up somewhat. The upstairs hot water radiators did a good job within a few days, but the downstairs remained chilly for most our our stay. My husband spoke to Thessa several times about the heat. It didn't help that the heat was on a timer - The downstairs never had a chance to heat up. We did eventually feel the heat in the floor in the back downstairs bedroom. We never did feel any heat in the floor in the front bedroom, the dining room, the living room, or the kitchen. We suggested to Thessa that maybe the heating should be checked in those particular rooms. The kids did not even use the downstairs front bedroom because it was too cold. Instead they shared rooms upstairs. Thessa ultimately instructed us to bypass the automatic timer and keep the heat on as needed. When we returned to the states, the owner told us she was "disappointed that we used the heat so much!!" Other than the heat issue, we enjoyed the house and our stay in Ireland.
This house made our family trip to Ireland magical!!! Waking up to the views of Doonagore Castle, the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher was absolutely amazing!!! The house is a very nice modern house that was spacious enough for us to spread out with all the modern conveniences a house with teenagers need. The house was clean and well furnished, the water pressure was great, the beds were comfortable, the kitchen has all the modern appliances one could ask for, the laundry facilities made it possible for us to pack lightly which left room in our luggage to bring back lots of purchases we made while exploring the west coast of Ireland. After coming back from our daily excursions we were able to take walks down to the Cliffs of Moher walking trail since it was light out until 11:00 PM!!! The rental manager also great and very helpful. I can't say enough good things about our experience at Castlewood. This house was perfect!!! My only regret is not staying longer!!!
Thank you Steve and family.
So happy to hear you enjoyed our house,
the great scenery, and magical walks.
Hope you will have a return visit in the
not so distant future.
kate and don, USA
This lovely, modern home welcomed us in for a magical week's stay just outside the village of Doolin.
The views are gorgeous~ sunsets every evening; the lowing of the cows in the distance, an occasional donkey braying, few cars traveling by. The Irish air and soft mornings and evenings were quite relaxing. With a small convenience store just down the road- we could pick up anything we needed for eating at home; and there are great pubs and restaurants in the village, a very short ride down the hill.
This 4 bedroom home, though large and open, felt quite comfortable and home-y. The space is bright, uncluttered and well furnished. The well-appointed kitchen ( clean and "neat as a pin") has everything you could want or need, including large refrigerator, dishwasher, plenty of counter space and loads of cabinets. Our favorite were the windows looking out to the water and beyond to the Aran islands.
An easy drive to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Doolin Cave, ferry to the Aran islands...just down the road to Ennistymon and Lahinch- a perfect spot to land!
We felt totally cared for and appreciate the kindness and attention shown to us by the rental agent. We feel truly fortunate to have found this gem of a vacation home and look forward to a return visit in the future.
Kate and Don.
Thank you for your very positive review. I'm happy to hear you all enjoyed your stay at our house, and all the great pubs and restaurant in the area. and plenty scenery to take in.
Hope to be able to accommodate you in the future.
The famous Cliffs of Moher are a ten minute drive by car. To the north, the Burren offers breathtaking scenery. The Aran Islands can be reached by Ferry, leaving Doolin pier every day, several times a day. Also the Doolin Caves is worth seeing.
Additional information about rental rates
The price is fully inclusive of all utilities.