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Beautiful Cottage Right on the Seafront in the Burren

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Heron Cottage

Heron Cottage is a five star property situated on a very private secluded and tranquil peninsula that extends into Galway Bay but at the same time is located just minutes from the local pub, award winning seafood restaurant, Russell art gallery and pottery shop.

In the local pub which is only minutes away you can enjoy a pint in the company of the locals and be assured of a very warm welcome while enjoying the traditional music session. Around the corner at the pier you can buy the latest catch of the day and various shellfish from Martina the local fisherman’s wife to take back to Heron Cottage for your lunch or evening meal.

It is situated midway (10 minutes) between the beautiful coastal villages of Kinvarra in Co Galway and Ballyvaughan in Co Clare.

The Surrounding Area

It is on the most distinctive landscape in Europe and also hosts the most dramatic coastal scenery in the west of Ireland.

Located on the flaggy shore made famous by Seamus Heaney poem ‘Postscript’. The area is a walkers paradise with walks and cycle routes to cater for the casual to the more experienced, all of which loop back to Heron Cottage.

A ramble or cycle here not only encompasses the splendour of the mountains of Abbey Hill and Gleninagh but also gives people the chance to touch the waters of Galway Bay. While on the Flaggy Shore you will come across a small sandy beach suitable for swimming, the Martello tower and Lough Murree a freshwater lake which is home to a vast amount of bird life ranging from swans, ducks, geese and other migratory bird where you will have the opportunity to share in the sounds of the singing seagulls, cries of the curlew and the colourful puffins at the shores edge, which is separated from the sea only by the width of the flaggy shore and is a photographers paradise.

Also there is a huge concentration of archaeological monuments such as Corcomroe Abbey, Poulnabrone Dolmen and Megalitic Tombs showing the vast memorial to the bygone cultures.

It is ideal for exploring the nearby attractions such as the Burren National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Allwee Caves, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and surrounding counties.

Also it is an ideal base for the more enthusiastic to get involved in Sailing, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Wind Surfing, Kayaking, Orienteering and Caving along with Botany, Geology , Archaeology and Genealogy all of which are in closes proximity to Heron Cottage.

Heron cottage is ideally serviced by Shannon International and Galway Airports which are just an hour away and Dublin and Knock Airports which are less than 2 hours away

Heron Cottage is a bright airy spacious 3000 square foot cottage and can accommodate up to 7 people.

On the ground floor there is a modern fully equipped kitchen with rangemaster gas cooker with double oven and an American style fridge freezer ,there is also a large spacious dining area providing spectacular sea views also there is a spacious sitting room with a large open stone fire place , 52’’ plasma TV, DVD player and music centre with cd’s to cater for all tastes, beyond the sitting room there is a sunlit conservatory with honesty bar and finally the is a master bathroom with Sauna, Power Rain Shower and Sunken Tub. Heating is by gas and under-floor heating and water is a solar powered system

On the first floor there is a master suite with 1 large double bedroom with ensuite and conservatory with balcony overlooking Galway Bay and also there are 2 double bedrooms (1 ensuite) both with sea views and It can be truly said ‘You can watch the sun go down on Galway Bay’ from Heron Cottage

Also situated on site is a totally self contained 1 bed cottage with kitchen, living and dining area on the ground floor with a King/Twin bed and ensuite to the first floor.

It can be rented as a separate or as an addition to the main cottage

External Features of Heron Cottage include a large private lawn, a large private furnished patio with BBQ, a breakfast patio over looking the sea to the front of the property to catch the morning sun along with ample car parking facilities.

There is also a separate garage with laundry facilities and Bicycle storage facilities.

Located beside the house is a private pier to harbour boats along with a private jetty.

Keywords: Irish cottage,tranquil setting,cosy,breathtaking,Comfortable,West of Ireland, Galway, Cliff of Moher, Aran Islands,Kinvara,Ballyvaughan

More Details

Gerard Mungovan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018


Ballyvaughan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Sauna
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with ensuite and lounge and balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    1 bedroom cottage - 1 king , Ensuite
  • King size beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) all bedrooms are located on the first floor
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.8717947 based on 39 reviews

Wedding on the West Coast of Ireland

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous cottage!! Location is great..overlooking Galway Bay...Gerry was a great host..all my questions were answered promptly..Ideal spot for long scenic country walks through the neighboring farms and picturesque coastal shoreline...You will love the cows, horses, and hares nearby...Linalla Creamery is up the road for some delicious ice cream...Close to Ballyvaughn, and Kinvarra...We had a relaxing, wonderful vacation in beautiful Ireland...I highly recommend this lovely cottage...

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Leana and David. So glad you enjoyed your stay at Heron Cottage. It was a pleasure having you stay and we look forward to welcoming you back again sometime in the future.
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Fantastic Adventure

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything we hoped it would be. It was beautiful and had plenty of space for all six of us. We enjoyed the sun room for our morning coffee with a great view of the countryside and wildlife. We enjoyed the kitchen and living room for coming together after a great day of exploring. The cottage is in a good location for day trips like going to Galway, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Fanore beach and local treks along the Flaggy Shore, Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. We had a fantastic time in a magical country.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cindy. So glad you enjoyed your time at Heron Cottage. It was a pleasure to have you and the family stay here. We look forward to seeing you all again sometime in the future. Gerry
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Perfect Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Heron Cottage for 5 nights for my husband, myself and our two little ones (9 months and 2 years)! It was a perfect spot to unwind! My son liked being so close to the water and we could go for very quiet and scenic walks. The house was perfectly located between Ballyvaughn and Kinvarra. We enjoyed day trips to Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Fanore Beach, Ballyvaughn (Bishop's Quarter Beach)! We also enjoyed just staying around the house and a walk along the Flaggy Shore! The house was perfect for our needs! The owners Gerry and Helen are lovely and very hospitable. They provided a travel cot and our kiddos LOVED running around in the garden! We definitely recommend this property! Thank you for the amazing memories!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely secluded Christmas

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely Christmas holiday here with extended family. The cottage is in a beautiful location surrounded by the Ocean... somewhat secluded but perfect if you want to relax around an open fire or take long walks in the country.

Nearest town for groceries about a fifteen minute drive... There is one pub/restaurant nearby and an art gallery/coffee bar - even within walking distance for the fit.

Cottage is well equipped including laundry facility. Wifi comes at an additional cost.

Take note that all bedrooms are located upstairs and so the cottage isn't wheelchair accessible.

All in all a very nice location to explore the Burren... The locals are very nice and welcoming...

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cottage on the Burren

  • 5 of 5

Exceptional. Beautiful location, host was perfect, local lobster bar nearby was very friendly.

Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week on the west coast of Ireland!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay in a lovely seaside cottage! If you are seeking peace and tranquility this is a great place. House is well appointed and the owners are super helpful and friendly. Tons of space for everyone and the sauna is a great plus after a day of walking the Burren. Highly recommend this cottage for families or couples!

Jacque from Denver

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Linanes Lobster bar
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Linanes Lobster bar
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
outside the door
Car: recommended

'walking, caving,heritage farm walks,hill walking, guided walks,farmers markets




Additional information about rental rates

Utilities $368.64
Refundable damage deposit $245.76

The above listed rates are for the 3 bedroom cottage .
Rates for extended stays are avalable on request.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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