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Four Bedroom Cottage. Spectacular Ocean & Island Views. Close To Beach & Pubs.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7

Carnmore is a four bedroom, one and a half bathroom Irish cottage located in the Connemara district of Galway. It is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is located on 16 acres of typically rugged West Galway farmland. Nestled in the Twelve Bens mountain range and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Carnmore is the most relaxing holiday spot one can dream of. Carnmore offers guests the opportunity for gentle hill walking or more challenging mountain climbing, fishing for salmon in local streams, and swimming at the nearby beach. Other recreational options include shopping in the nearby towns of Westport and Clifden or golfing on the challenging links of Connemara Golf Club.

Carnmore was designed as a place to relax. We strongly encourage you to enjoy a cozy fire, read the hundreds of books at Carnmore, share stories about the day or tell tales of the legends of Connemara ... or just relax and soak in the spectacular Connemara views, like the view from the sitting room.

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John Connelly
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, mandarin
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 1, 2017

About John Connelly

Carnmore is a family home built by my father and from whom I bought the home. We live in the Washington DC area, but also hold Irish citizenship. Work takes me to Europe 5-6 times per year, so stops at Carnmore are often and refreshing. We are blessed that our children love the experience of other cultures, with a son now working in China, two daughters who have studied and worked in France, and a third daughter who took courses in Ireland.

John Connelly purchased this cottage in 1973

Why John Connelly chose Ireland

Spent several summers working in Ireland as teenager. Carnmore was family home that we cared deeply about keeping with us.

What makes this cottage unique

Complete get away. By design, we do not have a television, radio, telephone or even a clock in the home. The thousands of books and stunning views are enough to keep guests enjoying Carnmore. Why go to an Irish holiday home to worry about the time!?!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Four Bedroom Cottage. Spectacular Ocean & Island Views. Close To Beach & Pubs.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Our Favorite Stop!

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with Carnmore and the Connemara landscape. We just hate that we couldn’t stay longer. The house is cozy, comfortable and the perfect separation from the crazy lives we’ve grown accustomed to. Connemara will open your eyes to a side of living you never knew you craved. We started our mornings with a cup of coffee enjoying the spectacular views of the ocean and watching the sheep graze (sometimes in the front yard). We would walk down to the beach directly from the house, or drive off to hike Diamond Hill or visit the Doo Lough Pass. We’d stop into Paddy Coynes Pub in Tully Cross in the evening – a place filled with character and good food (only 3 km from Carnmore) and finish our night with a pint curled up in front of the turf fire, which Mary graciously set up and showed us how to light.

John and Margaret are fabulous, responsive owners that have a true passion for sharing the Connemara experience with their guests. Mary is a fantastic local caretaker of the property who is available whenever you need her help or advice. Whether visiting Connermara with the whole family, or for a getaway for two, I would highly recommend staying at Carnmore.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tks, Kensie. We agree that Mary and the surrounding community add so much to the Carnmore experience. We are glad you could enjoy our home. John
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Spectacular breathtaking view

  • 5 of 5

Very kind contact, patient answers of many questions we had. Special thank for that, John.

Only one week, time was running... Great landscape of Connemara - we loved it. Unbelievable view from livingroom and bedroom. We will never forget it. I am sure.

Family Bernd Maier, Germany 08/2016

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bernd: We are so glad you could enjoy Carnmore. No worries regarding the questions --- a prepared guest is so much more likely to enjoy our cottage just a bit more. John
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Perfect, perfect, perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely LOVED this house for our short time in Connemara! If you are looking for a peaceful house in Ireland that is not too far from great places (Galway, Westport, Connemara National Park) this is the ideal place. The views alone are a must see!

John provided us with great recommendations, and we truly enjoyed everything from meeting & chatting with the locals, dining in Westport and hiking in the National Park. Mary, who takes care of the house, is wonderful and seemed to always be available (even sending her husband, Patrick, to save us when we locked ourselves out). She even brought us some turf so that we could experience a proper turf fire in the fireplace while reading a book from the library in the house. If we ever come back to Ireland, we would be so lucky to be able to stay here again!

Thanks John for sharing this part of the world with us.

The Taylors

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jennifer. Mary and Patrick are delights, and an example of why The West of Ireland is such a magical place --- the graciousness of the people is a treat. Hope to have you back next summer!
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Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family (three young boys and parents) loved staying at Carnmore. We stayed a week and could have stayed longer. The house is cozy and accommodating; there was more that enough room for all of us to sleep and to spread out. We played games by the turf fire on the cool evenings, hiked, went to the beach, explored the area, and loved stopping at the Kings Shop for a piece of cake and chat. Connemara is a ruggedly beautiful portion of Ireland with much to explore. We felt very far away and loved every second of it. Our hosts and caretaker were very accommodating and available for questions or to offer suggestions. We travelled all around Ireland this summer, and Carnmore was one of our very favorite spots.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vue magnifique.

  • 5 of 5

Dépaysement garanti. Paysages authentiques. Maison de vacances agréable, dotée d'un très bon équipement, lumineuse et très fonctionnelle.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour vos pensées. Carnmore est tres belle et nous attendons avec impatiences d'autres amis de France en appréciant le paysage qui a inspiré les Les Lacs au Connemara.
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Vue magnifique

  • 4 of 5

Super accueil de Mary, merci pour les petits gâteaux ( delicious).

Maison tout confort.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Shannon Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Renvyle House, Connemara Golf Link, Oughterard
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Tullycross, Letterfrack
Nearest Beach
1200 Metres
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Galway Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Summer Rates
May 27 2017 - Sep 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Electricity, oil, and linens are included in fees. Damage to Carnmore must be repaired. No pets, please

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Galway Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Games
  • Golf
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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