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Secluded Cottage on 2 acres near Galway sleeps 5

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom cottage sleeps 5, in beautiful countryside, near Headford.

This is a beautiful 200 year old self-catering cottage with two bedrooms. It has internet access. It's a five 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 one. The cottage sleeps five 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:
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

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

Hi Eileen

We loved your cottage. It was very comfortable and everything we needed was there. The setting of the cottage was lovely. Never been to Ireland before, and we loved it. Beautiful nature and lovely friendly people. Please say thank you to Evelyn for her help re: helping me to set up wifi. Tried to fill in review request from Homeaway, but unable to open email. Thank you for letting us stay in your old family home. The wedding in Robeen church was lovely, as was the reception in Ashford Castle Lodge.

Best wishes from Tom and Anne
Sep 2017
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County Galway Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Bed sofa in living room sleeps 1 additional person
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Bed sofa in living room sleeps 1 additional person
  • 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 one additional person.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Dining area has table, 4 chairs. 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 one. It provides sitting space for 3 persons. There are also 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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Secluded Cottage on 2 acres near Galway sleeps 5
average rating of 4.233333 based on 35 reviews

Quiet man cottage

  • 5 of 5

A peaceful and tranquil setting

We almost expected John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara to greet us when we arrived.

An ideal centre for seeing all the "tourist places" but secluded for a peaceful, quiet rest.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write your review. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. It is "a little heaven on earth" type of place.
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Mixed feelings.

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is clean, with all basic furniture items, cutlery dishes etc... Lots of space to enjoy in the summer, lovely trees outside. Inside not very roomy but that clearly is described. The wifi works OK. Some problems however did spoil it a bit for me:

- The heating (electrical) was on with big signs on all the radiators and switches "don't switch off" "Don't change the settings" etc...The temperature inside was way too high, up to 23 c. In the evening when back inside I kept the front door half open and at night I opened the window in my bedroom. The outside temperature was cold, 5 to 10°c at most, but inside was way too warm. probably expensive for the owner too. When the caretaker came on the last day I told her she said "you should have switched it off". Sur why the heck did you put all these signs then?

- There's hardly any pressure at all in the hot water system. When you take a shower you get a trickle of warm water and it takes forever to rinse off the soap and shampoo.

- The fridge is small and the poorly insulated freezer compartment gets hardly cold enough to produce cubes, let alone store a couple of frozen food items.

These problems should be easy enough to fix. It's a pity they existed in the first place.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sorry that you found the cottage too hot! You will see on the other reviews. it is described as "cosy, warm and comfortable". We have rented for over 8 years and never had a complaint. Pity you didn't phone Evelyn, she is the care taker and would have solved your problem immediately, if you felt uncomfortable switching the heaters off. We ask guests not to touch the settings as we have many guests coming from warmer climates and need the place warm, there is no problem to simply switch them off! The water pressure is not great out in the country, certainly more than a trickle, the cottage is over 200 years old. And it is not advertised as a power shower.
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Lovely location.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage sat on a very quiet road surrunded around the sides and back by old trees and fields. Inside it was warm and cosy. The beds very comfortable, and it was very clean. Everything you needed was there. Would reccomend to friends and family, and we would like to visit again and stay in the cottage.

Tom and Anne

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ann, so delighted to hear you enjoyed staying in the cottage. It is a great place to chill out and relax. We love going back there.
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Umeå, Sweden

Cosy and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is just as described and more. It is cosy, clean, warm and comfortable. We were two couples staying and it was plenty of room for us to eat, sleep and relax after a day's adventures. The amenities work really well and are up to date. The beds were very comfortable and clean.

The location is quiet and secluded and is perfect for day trips to much of County Galway and County Mayo, with Galway City, Connemara, Cong, Westport and much more. The immediate area is beautiful and provided for some lovely morning runs.

Eileen as well as the housekeeper are very quick to answer any questions and are very accommodating.

A much recommended hire.

We sure hope to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are so delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again soon.
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Cohasset, MA

Quiet country cottage

  • 3 of 5

Clean and comfortable, very much off the beaten path - private and quiet. We enjoyed our stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay. However, when you say "off the beaten path", it depends on what you expect from your holiday! Cong is just 9 miles from the cottage. Here you will find Ashford Castle, The Royal Abbey, Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, both stars from 'The Quite Man", which was filmed in a pub in Cong and this pub is still functional. There are walking tours here, Nature and Wildlife tours, Historical and Heritage tours. Plus Boat tours and horseback riding. Galway City is 20 miles away with it's large shopping area, popular Salthill beach and amusement area. Croagh Patrick, nicknamed the Reek, 42 miles away. This is a 764 metres mountain and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo. Aillwee Caves in Co. Clare is 43 miles away. Cliffs of Moor, Co Clare is 55miles away. Connemara National Park, Mweelin, Letterfrack, Co. Galway, is 50 miles away. I have but listed a few, the list is inexhaustible. Evelyn, the caretaker is always available with more suggestions.
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Nice cottage, has everything you need on a quiet location

  • 4 of 5

Good location to explore the area. We enjoyed this quiet plac. Friendly care taker. In Dutch we would say 'klein maar fijn' which translates as 'small but cosy'.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a review Henk. I am so glad you had such a lovely time and enjoyed the peaceful location. Have a great summer, Best Wishes, Eileen
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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