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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


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.

More Details

John Connelly
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, mandarin
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 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!?!


Renvyle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 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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Four Bedroom Cottage. Spectacular Ocean & Island Views. Close To Beach & Pubs.
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

A little piece of rugged perfection

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. John
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Favorite vacation rental ever!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. John
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Adorable cottage with spectacular views of the Atlantic,

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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! John
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Fabulous getaway with everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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?) John
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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: October 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: August 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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