Benbaun House has been owned and managed by the Lydon Family since 1974. We have been extending a traditional family hospitality to our guests since then. Brendan Lydon and his family now invite you to enjoy the affordable luxury of Benbaun House, set well back from the road in mature, leafy gardens and only 3 minute walk into Clifden Town Centre. We also offer shorter breaks during the off season and by contacting us we can direct you to more recent reviews.
All 12 bedrooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and are en-suite. Each bedroom has a flat screen TV, direct-dial telephone and hairdryer. We offer a fully equipped nursery on the ground floor. The House has a games room for children, an equipped office, gym and reading room. On the ground floor we also have 3 double bedrooms which are there for our guests with limited mobility. In the study you can enjoy many good books, local information, and Wi-Fi facilities. In the grounds of Benbaun House there is a secure playground for children, Barbeque area, large garden and gated property.
Our location is ideal: Being situated on the Westport Road the house is very easy to find and there is private car park to the front and rear of the house. Coming from the N59 (main Galway to Clifden road), just before you enter Clifden take a right at the Petrol station, go past the RC church and continue for a further 200 metres and we are located on the left hand side.
GPS Coordinates: 53.4912N, 10.0204W
• Knock Airport - 125 Km -2 hrs by car
• Shannon Airport - 160 Km - 2.5 hrs by car
• Dublin Airport - 300 Km - 4 hrs by car
• Belfast - 365 Km - 5.25 hrs by car
• Cork Airport - 290 Km - 4.5 hrs by car
• Rosslare, Co. Wexford - 335 Km - 5.5 hrs by car
• Bus Eireann
• City link
• Irish Rail
• City Taxis Galway
• Bugdet Car Rental
Ideal Location for:
Benbaun House is the ideal location to host:
• Private Weddings or Functions
• Triathlon Training
• Cyclists and Walkers
• Artist’s Groups
• Fishing Groups
• Family Re-unions
• Joint Family or Friends Getaways
• Corporate Management Training
• Writer's Groups
• Walking Groups
Benbaun House is a dedicated Luxury Accommodation, ideal for exploring Ireland’s wild countryside, located in the beautiful coastal town of Clifden, Capital of Connemara. Connemara has long been regarded as the Real Emerald of Ireland. This natural terrain and un-spoilt environment offers the visitors a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
Clifden, a very popular tourist destination, is a small town conveniently located between mountain and sea, in the heart of Connemara. It has lots of attractions for young and old including scenery, fishing, golf, beaches, shopping and pubs.
Clifden Town is the Capital of Connemara one of the most scenic regions in Connemara. Established in the early 1800’s at Clifden Bay, it follows the classic 19th century layout: oval in plan, with three principal streets - Market Street, Main Street and Bridge Street, a Market Square, a courthouse and harbour.
Clifden today is a vibrant and cultural town which has retained its historic roots while developing in services and facilities. You will find colourful streets with a great selection of small local food shops – (fishmongers, butchers, fruit and vegetable store, delicatessens and a bakery), numerous craft and gift shops, art galleries and exhibitions and other interesting shops including antique shops, designer clothes shops, jewellery and vintage shops.
In between all of these you will find a great selection of Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs. Most pubs in Clifden serve food and have live music weekly. On the practical side there are three supermarkets (including Aldi and Lidl), two banks, two chemists, two petrol stations, two churches and a post office.
For many, the allure of Connemara is in the ever changing scenery, the magical light, walks on the beach, turf fires, the rugged landscape, wild life and flora, the sense of history or a plate of fresh oysters and a pint of Guinness by the fire singing along to a local music session. However, if you wish to plan some activities during your visit here are some suggestions…
Benbaun House has 12 bedrooms and is approx. 7,000 square feet in size.
Dining Room - Can seat up to 25 people comfortably
Sitting Room – with turf fire and comfortable seating
Kitchen – Fully equipped
• Gas Cooker
• Full freezer
• Microwave Oven
• 2x Dishwashers
• Pots, Pans & Cooking Utensils, etc.
Accommodation Plan for Benbaun House
•3 x Double Bedrooms: En-suite – bath
•Nursery – Fully equipped and en-suite – Crib, High Chairs and Stroller
•4 x Double Bedrooms: En-suite
•3 x Treble Bedrooms (1 Double and 1single): En-suite
•2 x Twin Bedrooms: En-suite
The house can accommodate up to maximum of 25 people (This includes adults, teenagers, children and toddlers).
All bedrooms have Flat screen televisions, Direct Dial phones, radio, and hairdryer. Bedrooms are en-suite, and 2 bedrooms downstairs have bathrooms with shower/full bath for our guests with limited mobility.
Benbaun House is well equipped to ensure that you have a comfortable stay. Towels and linen are supplied as standard and every bedroom has its own en-suite.
A fully equipped Gym is available to our guests
Secure Playground for children
Bikes are available
Wetsuits and Boggie Boards for the children
Private Large Garden
Outside seating & Barbeque Area
Nursery – Fully equipped
Games Room - Toys and Wii
Office - Fully equipped
Quiet, Peaceful Location
Laundry Room – Gas fired Dryer
Telephone – Pay phone & the use of pay as you go mobile phone
Internet – Wi-Fi
Things to See and Do in Clifden and Connemara
Connemara is a sporting paradise. With our temperate climate most of our activities can be enjoyed all year round. From water sports and scuba diving to cycling and mountain climbing, Connemara has something for everyone, young and old.
For those seeking a more relaxing activity, there is also plenty to do: sight-seeing, island hopping, fishing, sea angling, or enjoying some traditional Irish music with a pint of Guinness, just to name a few.
Events in Clifden and Connemara
• Inishbofin Arts Festival (May)
Tour De Conamara (May)
• Roundstone Arts Week (June/July)
• Roundstone Pony Show (July)
• Roundstone Regatta (July)
• Clifden Regatta (July/August)
• Clifden Pony Show (August)
• The Omey Races (August)
• Roundstone Summerfest (August)
• Clifden Arts Festival (September)
• Connemara Triathlon (September)
12 Things to do in Connemara and Clifden
1. Connemara National Park
A must do and see activity. Some of the most spectacular vistas can be seen from any of the National park walks, which range from a half hour gentle ascent to a full climb to the peak of the Diamond Mountain, approximately 4 hours to the summit and back.
The National Park is home to Connemara ponies, wild goats and Irish deer there is also a History museum, Café, Children’s playground and picnic area. They offer guided walks during the summer season.
2. Kylemore Abbey
The world famous Benedictine Abbey, Gothic Church, Victorian Walled Gardens and Craft shop are open to the public all year around.
3. Walking in Connemara
The area is a walkers’ paradise whether following a planned route or just ambling along country roads and beaches, of which there are many. You will find a folder of 20 different Connemara walks in your house or follow the Road signs around the countryside which indicate good routes for walking or cycling.
Connemara Golf Club is a championship links course overlooking the Atlantic. From the testing dog leg opening hole through to the breath-taking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the "equal to any in the world.” They offer very reasonable green fees all year round. Or why not use your time off to take Golf lessons with a view to improving your swing or just getting started.
5. Horse Riding
A number of riding schools in the area offer pony trekking or lessons for all ages.
Whether you are sailing to Clifden or wish to go sailing, contact Clifden boat club which is located at the end of the Beach Road. They offer Sailing courses throughout the summer. www.clifdenboatclub.com
7. Adventure and Water Sports
Two of the country’s best adventure centres are located within 30 minutes’ drive from Clifden. They offer daily and weekly courses for both adults and children in sailing, windsurfing, orienteering, kayaking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, water skiing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, amongst others.
You can go scuba diving in a most beautiful area, north of Clifden. The Scuba Dive West Centre is one of the most established dive centres in the Country and offer courses for all levels.