Bayfield is a spacious, lovingly restored farmhouse with the most beautiful views over Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren National Park. It is situated on one of the loveliest sections of the 'Wild Atlantic Way' and is a five minute walk to the local sandy beach that leads onto the Flaggy Shore. See the MAXXBAYFIELD website for a feel of the place.
Bayfield sleeps 12 adults and has a cot for a child. If you are a larger group please ask about taking the extra room in the house which sleeps a further 2. It is also a perfect setting for smaller numbers and we often have couples staying who love it.
Bayfield is a very chilled place to be on holiday and sits in its own three acres of lawns, rough gardens and farmed land which makes it incredibly peaceful. 5 minutes walk away is Newquay Hamlet with one of the best pubs in Ireland serving superb sea food and fine Guinness. The house is furnished and used as a family holiday home so has everything you need and is much much more than than just a place to stay.
As well as being very spacious it is also cosy and you will feel at home very quickly whether there are two of you or a crowd. There are three en-suite king sized doubles, one twin-room and one double/bunk-room (with a double bed plus a bunk bed). A cot is also available on request. From January 2019 there will be an additional room with a king sized bed - ask for details if you are a larger group as this does not normally come with the booking. All of the rooms are spacious, confortabile and airy as is the rest of the house.
The generously sized kitchen is modern and well equipped and has a breakfast / kitchen table. Adjoining the kitchen is the sitting room/dining room that sits 12 people in a very sociable area. There is a high bar connected to the kitchen designed so that anyone cooking doesn’t feel left out. This room has a large wood burner and lookouts out onto the orchard, the Burren Hills and down to the waters of Galway Bay. There is a separate sitting rooms which has the TV (there is a massive collection or DVDs for both kids and adults); A third sitting area is upstairs and overlooks the fields in front of the house and Galway Bay - this only seats one and is great for quietly reading a book no matter what else is going on in the rest of the house. The two main sitting rooms are well sound proofed from the main house so ideal for noisy kids in the morning or noisy adults in the evening.
Bayfield is in the heart of the Burren National Park. The surrounding area is outstandingly beautiful and while being a perfect place to relax and do nothing the area offers a huge amount of activities and things to see and do. The near by sandy beach leads onto the stunning Flaggy Shore with a three mile coastal road that is probably one of the best strolls ever.
The location is very rural with cows and sheep grazing the fields surrounding the house. In addition to it being so rural New Quay also benefits from having the excellent seafood restaurant 'Linnane's' (800 meters from the house) and the Russell Art Gallery which serves great Tea, Coffee, Wine and Prosecco (400 meters from the house). It’s a ten minute drive to the bustling coastal villages of Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. Also within easy reach by road or water taxi is the lively coastal town of Galway famed for its Oyster Festival, the Galway Races and the great music played in its pubs. There are superb walks right from the front door of Bayfield which are great for any level of fitness ranging from the walk around the coast to hiking in the Burren hills.
County Clare is renowned for being one of the best places in Ireland for golf and the courses of Lahinch, Gort and Drumoland are nearby. The surfing mecca of Lahinch is a short drive away as are the Cliffs of Moher which along with the Aran Islands are probably the most striking sites to see in Ireland. The Aran Islands are easy to get to from Bayfield by getting one of the regular ferries from Doolin which is about 35 minutes drive away. The Aran Islands are great to visit.
Due to the makeup of the landscape the area is famed for its flora and fauna which blossom in early spring. For historians there is the local history of the ring forts and the Neolithic tombs as well as some beautiful castles and churches. If you have kids there is a great amount for them to do in the area from crabbing at the local pier to exploring the rock pools along the Flaggy shore. It is a great place!
Bayfield is surrounded by working farmland and Bayfield’s front field is grazed by beautiful Limousin cows (these can be taken out by asking the farmer if you prefer). There is a large lawned orchard at the back of the house which is a lovely place to be on a sunny day with a very comfortable garden room leading onto it. (Bring a hammock if you have one as there are two trees ideal for hanging it in between). The BBQ overlooks the fields and trees down to the water and there is an outside terrace at the end of the garden with 360 views of the Burren.
Cars are easy to hire from the airports (Shannon being the closest). If you need group transport when at the house 'Burren Coaches' are nearby and can accommodate any size of group. Ask for details and plenty of info is kept on the Maxxbayfield website.