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Amazing Group Accommodation in beautiful surroundings - Sleeps 28+ in luxury

Bedrooms 11
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Private Country House, 11 Bedrooms + Convertible beds, 11+ Baths

Ballyvara House is a beautiful property located half a mile from the village of Doolin Co. Clare which is famed for traditional Irish music, lively pubs and a variety of restaurants. Opened in May 2004 as a 4-star guesthouse, Ballyvara House is now available to rent as a luxury self-catering property.

Ballyvara House boasts a large sitting room with open fire and hand made stone bar area (created with stone from the original 100 year old cottage that originally stood on this site) , extensive lobby area with gas fire plus a well stocked library, games room with pool table, whilst outside there is a courtyard garden with BBQ, tennis court and a children’s play ground plus a small pond to the front of the house. There is also wireless internet access throughout. The commercial kitchen has 2 ovens with 4-ring gas stovetop over each, a salamander grill, a large water boiler, bains marie, microwave and toaster and large pour-over coffee maker, a multitude of refridgerators, a commercial ice machine and a deep chest freezer. The bright and airy dining room is just off the kitchen, equipped with a small, custom built buffet area and 8 tables which can be re-arranged to suit any group requirements. There are currently enough chairs/settings for 24, though more can be added. We've just added new elegant furniture in the large conservatory off the kitchen, which is now a private dining room seating 8

Our 11 bedrooms, all en suite (private bathroom), consist of:

*5 Double Rooms, each with a queen sized double bed. Four of these rooms have a bath/shower, with the remaining room having a large walk-in power shower (wheelchair accessible). Four are located on the ground floor, one upstairs.

*1 Triple Room with a queen sized double bed plus single bed, bath/shower. Located upstairs.

*1 Deluxe Triple Room with a queen sized double bed plus single bed, bath/shower and large balcony. Located upstairs.

*1 Family Room with 1 queen sized double bed plus 2 single beds and single sofa bed, bath/shower plus front balcony. Located upstairs.

*1 Family Room with 2 queen sized double beds, large corner jacuzzi bath/shower plus front balcony. Located upstairs.

*2 Luxury Suites with king bed in each, jacuzzi bath, private lounge with sofa bed and additional TV.

**NEW! Antique-style, very ornate furniture just added to enhance one of our Suites to make it the ultimate Bridal Suite for that very special couple.

Linen and towels are provided and each bathroom is equipped with Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy bath product dispensers. Two bathrobes per bedroom are also provided. Every room has its own flat screen TV, hairdryer, alarm clock and iron/ironing board plus individual heat control.

Ballyvara House is the ideal venue for a large family gathering, a Christmas or New Year's get together or as accommodation for a bridal party. Party or occasion catering can be arranged at an extra fee. Doolin is the ideal holiday location in North Clare close to the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the world famous golf course at Lahinch.

********** Now available to accommodate civil wedding ceremonies!!! **********

Have your ceremony and party all in the one location - ideal for an intimate wedding with close family and friends.

Keywords: villa, lodge, countryside view, private, village setting, Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Aran Islands, Co. Clare, Co. Galway, Irish Music, guesthouse, jacuzzi baths, tennis court, playground, games room

More Details

Becky Flanagan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Becky Flanagan

We are John & Rebecca Flanagan - Rebecca (American), met John in 1998 here in Ireland. Ballyvara House was John's home-house, originally a 100 year old thatched cottage, which he transformed into a small Bed & Breakfast in 1996. In 2004, we created Ballyvara House, the 11-bedroomed, 4-star, award winning guesthouse which we have now decided to rent to groups, and have already done so with much success. This property is very dear to us as it was once our only home (where our 1st of 3 daughters grew up), and has been a part of our family now for many years.

Why Becky Flanagan chose Doolin

As mentioned above, this was our only home and then our business. This area is a thriving tourist village famed for traditional Irish music. Doolin is a fabulous base for touring the surrounding counties of Galway, Limerick and Kerry, and Shannon airport is only 1 hour away.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Ballyvara House is wonderfully located on 20+ acres of green Irish countryside with views of rolling fields and Doonagore Castle in the distance. Doolin village is only a half mile walk down the road and Doolin pier is 2 miles away where one can catch a ferry to the Aran Islands or a cruise to the view the majestic Cliffs of Moher. The white sand beaches of Lahinch and Fanore are within a 20 min. drive, as well as the famed Lahinch Golf Course. There is so much space within Ballyvara House that several families could stay and never feel crowded. Get the bar stocked and enjoy a drink in the lounge in front of a roaring fire or a welcoming glass of wine out on the patio in the courtyard garden. Children will always be entertained with the pool table, tennis and playground, as well as feeding our 2 donkeys and Shetland pony that roam the fields around the property.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Good morning Becky,

I am writing to express our appreciation and gratitude for all your help during our recent stay in Ballyvara.

The house itself was perfect and the little touches of fresh flowers and a welcome pack were absolutely lovely.

All of our considerable party enjoyed themselves, there was something for every age group.

Once again Becky, thank you particularly for your time, willingness to help and kind attention.

Aug 2014
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Doolin Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 31
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas 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
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 24 people
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , In Room 4 - large walk-in power shower, wheelchair access
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In Room 5 - large corner jacuzzi bath
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , bidet , In the Teergonean Suite
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , In the O'Loughlin Suite
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , 'Public' Toilets for general house use (guests only!)
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Room 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Room 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Room 3
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Room 6
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Room 7
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Room 8
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Room 9
  • marble bathrooms in every bedroom, all but one with bathtub and shower over (last with walk in power shower), plus separate 'public' toilets (ladies and gentlemen), for additional use.
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 31
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with walk-in power shower
    Bedroom 5 - 2 queen , large private bathroom; corner jacuzzi bath, shower over
    Teergonean Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower over
    O'Loughlin (Bridal) Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower over
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with bath and shower over
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with bath and shower over
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , plus private bathroom with bath and shower over
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private bathroom with bath, shower over; sleeps 5
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , private bathroom with bath, shower over
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , private bathroom with bath, shower over
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , private bathroom with bath, shower over; balcony
  • King size beds (2) King bed in each full suite, Queen size Beds (9) Total of 10 queen beds within 9 rooms, Twin or Single Beds (4) 2 rooms with a queen plus single, 1 room with a queen plus 2 singles, Baby Cribs (2) travel baby cot, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 1 available in each suite; located in lounge area of the suite which has double doors that can close it off from main bedroom area of suite; 1 single sofa bed also available in Room 6 (family room with queen + 2 singles)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private tennis court, library, bar area in lounge, open fire in lounge, commercial kitchen, playground, conference centre


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Amazing place! Loved by old and young alike! Everything you could want for a luxury break!

  • 5 of 5

Ballyvarra was more than we hoped for! The pictures don't do it justice! We were a family group of over 20 and everybody had a lovely stay with plenty to do for everyone. John was a great help and very courteous, there when we needed him but not intrusive at all. Overall an amazing break, we'll be back for sure.

Rebecca Griffin

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Irish Splendor

  • 5 of 5

17 of us were able to fulfill a lifetime dream by making an epic journey to Ireland as a family. Ballyvara House is the perfect location for day trips to enjoy the near by variety of terrains, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands, Dingle and even Ring of Kerry and Blarney. We simply didn't have enough time to do it all~ but loved every minute of it. Doolin is a great little town just a walk down the Heritage Trail created along the property and we loved travelling up and down it to hear music on the hills and enjoy amazing sunrise and sunsets as well as a clear view of the water. The house itself is rambling yet cozy~ very soundly made giving all of the rooms privacy yet providing a central area with a fireplace to roast the turf and sing songs and play games ~ while in your own pub. The kids loved playing outside on the fields and courts and playground. So much to do...and in speaking to the local workman who was building a foundation, additional services for banquets will soon be added. The kitchen is massive and very well stocked. The adults loved the proper dining room and we even had happy hour outside on the stone table enjoying the beautiful scenery that surrounded us. Every room had an amazing view. So lucky we found this gem! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oustanding in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We recently had the great pleasure of staying in Ballyvara House for 2 nights, which is just not enough! We were a party of 30...15 adults and 15 children ranging from 1 to 11, all family. As we are a large family, with 2 living in america, getting together in one place just doesn't happen unless it's a wedding.....but now we have Ballyvara! It's hard to even verbalise how great this place is, so going to try and breakdown into what for us are important factors...

Bedrooms - all 11 are large and en suite, with Queen Beds as standard. We had enough rooms for every family to comfortably fir in their room and then we had some 'sleepover rooms' where the bigger kids got to share, which was a great novelty.

Kitchen and dining areas - As expected the commercial kitchen that has everything, heating lamps, bain maries, griddle for eggs and pancakes, numerous fridges, dishwasher, ample plates, cups, cutlery etc., all the basics plus lots more. The highlight of the kitchen for most of us was the Boiling Water Berco (?) ready for tea/coffee instantly! Dining areas were spacious and well laid out, suited our needs perfectly.

Lounge and Bar - perfect for gathering, we got the fire going and it felt like home (a LARGE version). There's also an ice machine near the utility if anyone decides to knock up some cocktails...everything is thought of!

Pool room - The guys and kids spent a lot of time here, great addition.

Outside area - you just couldn't believe all there is for kids here, even though we were there during Storm Doris so kids only got out for short spell one morning, it would be fab if weather had been a little better.

Host - Becky was super nice and helpful, she has a good sense of humour and is very relaxed..even when there are kids thundering around her in excitement!

Weather - it doesn't matter...and that comes from someone who HATES the rain! I thought the kids would go crazy if they were cooped up for two days, but they had so much space to run around, play Hide and Seek, hang out in the pool room or library, they were begging to stay longer.

Overall I couldn't speak highly enough about Ballyvara House, no-one wanted to leave and we would definitely aim to arrange another gathering there. Thank you so much Becky, it was the best!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at ballyvara now three times. It's a great house for large groups. We have 14 adults and 14 children in our group and ballyvara accommodates us very comfortably. Kitchen is very well supplied and sitting room is plenty big whilst still being cosy. Becky is lovely to deal with. I'm sure we'll be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks with extended family at Ballyvara House over the holidays and had an absolutely fabulous time! The house accommodated the 18 adults so comfortably. Everyone had plenty of privacy, with a bathroom for each bedroom, and the common areas were warm and comfortable. The commercial kitchen was well equipped and made it easy to cook for the large group. It's a 10 minute walk to town along a path so you can avoid walking on the narrow roads. Becky was extremely helpful, responsive and sweet.

Doolin is a fun town, with 4 pubs, all of which regularly have live music.

I can't imagine finding another location anywhere that would provide accommodations like this for such a large group. We're talking about doing it again next year. I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of eight adults and nine children, aged between three and ten, had a week at Ballyvara House, celebrating our Golden Wedding. The house is quite amazing, with beautiful large bedrooms and downstairs rooms. The kitchen is also outstanding. Although the weather could have been better, this in no way prevented us from having a wonderful holiday, exploring the coast and countryside. The icing on the cake was the facilities outside, with daily five a side football matches the main attraction. Becky was very pleasant and helpful, and thoughtfully gave us an anniversary card and some cake - a nice touch. It is difficult to imagine our ever again finding a holiday property to match this one, and we have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone looking for a rental in this interesting area. Drawbacks - none!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Cruise to the Cliffs of Moher, ferry to the Aran Islands, walking in the Burren. Traditional Irish music in all pubs every night during the main tourist season, and every weekend year-round. Fantastic restaurants and pubs. Micho Russell Memorial Weekend held annually the last weekend in February - would be a great time to bring a group!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $922.96

Utilities are an additional cost (oil & electricity). These are meter read on arrival and departure and are charged on a per usage basis.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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