About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
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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- within a few hours
- English, French, Mandarin
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
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 Renvyle
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!?!
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Favorite vacation rental ever!
We have been lucky enough to travel far and wide to some beautiful places, but this vacation home is by far the best. The hospitality is great, the views are incredible and the accommodation is very comfortable. This house is obviously loved and it shows. We love it too and so will you!
Dana: When we saw we would have a guest from Hawaii, we were a bit concerned that Carnmore. might not measure up. We are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed the views and the comforts of Carnmore.
Adorable cottage with spectacular views of the Atlantic,
The cottage is spacious and well equipped. Excellent beaches and hills to explore. We walked, rode bikes, explored the hills and beaches, went horseback riding, and had many fires in the fireplace at night! So relaxing enjoying the view of the Atlantic from the family room. Lots of books and games to play.
Colleen: You stayed active with the variety of Carnmore's local options! Thanks for staying at Carnmore and glad you and your family had such positive experiences. We are replenishing the bookshelves -- giving you an excuse to come back and read more next time, as you look out at the ocean!
Fabulous getaway with everything we needed
Forget driving around to get "views." If you stay here, you can do what you want to do and then come home for the best views while simply relaxing! It was AMAZING and a tremendous blessing to wake up each morning to a panorama unrivaled by anything else we encountered during our travels. With the long days in late May, we were able to hike, plus just sit and gaze at the view or read. It never rained while we were there, but if it had, we would have been happy to amuse ourselves with the great assortment of books and board games. The photos are representative of the current state of the property. John obviously loves sharing his home and his love for the area; communication was very easy and access to the house on arrival was flawless. A+ for hospitality! The house is conveniently located for everything we needed or wanted. It was great to have a separate washer and dryer and a coffee maker (yay)! Data signal is great if you have to connect, but you'll never regret using the opportunity to connect with your family instead. It is a 5 minute drive to Kings cafe if you need wifi - great soup, sandwiches and especially the cake! Really good food at Paddy Coynes in Tully Cross.
Mary: Thanks for the kinds words. Margaret and I are enthusiastic about Carnmore and so enjoy sharing the home and surroundings with others.
We cannot get guarantee all that it won't rain, but "there is not such things as bad weather only the wrong clothes!"
Thanks again and we would enjoy having you back anytime. (Would your daughter admits it evens beats the Rebels of Cork?)
A little piece of rugged perfection
We wanted to thank you for the stay at your house. Our whole holiday has been absolutely stunning and it was so wonderful to spend at week at yours with a nice mix between relaxing and being active.
We managed to hike diamond hill, bike around Inishboffin and achill islands, play on lettergesh beach, amongst others, listen to live music and hang out at the house reading, doing puzzles and playing lots of games!
The girls also had two activity filled days at the activity centre which they absolutely loved and left me and my husband time to go off and explore the area on longer bike rides.
There is so much to do and see her and yet it is so relaxing and peaceful. It's wonderful that even sitting inside playing games and reading we still felt as though we were outside because the views are so stunning through those lovely big windows!!
Needless to say we were very sad to leave! I hope that many others can enjoy this little piece of perfection.
Helen. It is so gratifying to know your family enjoyed Carnmore, and took advantage of the quiet and the activities, the inside of the pubs and the views from Carnmore. It is a special place to get away.
Our Favorite Stop!
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.
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.
Spectacular breathtaking view
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
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Electricity, oil, and linens are included in fees. Damage to Carnmore must be repaired. No pets, please