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Extraordinary Holiday Retreat

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Last updated: 02/14/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

VRBO Bear stayed here: We found this property to be beary special Read review

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Office, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This house is truly a remarkable work of art. It was built to resemble an old stone barn and does so beautifully.

On the bottom floor there are two bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms. One bedroom has a king size bed while the other has a queen. Upstairs you will find a magnificent Great Room. At the one end there is a seating area in front of a gorgeous stone fireplace. At the other end you can sit and take in the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and breathtaking sunsets through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

In the center of the room, there is a kitchen area with an antique table that comfortably seats 12 people. Also, hidden behind the fireplace, there is a powder room. The entire house has under floor heating which is truly decadent in the cool Irish countryside.

For those of you who wish to leave the house you will find abundant entertainment. There is a gorgeous sand beach just down the road. For the golfers in your group there is a world-class golf course just a few towns over in Lahinch. Also in Lahinch you will find some of the country's best surfing. Fanore is not as reknowned for its surfing but does have a surf school every summer. And for those of you music lovers, Doolin is just one town over and is renowned for its traditional Irish music.

In addition Doolin has many incredible restaurants and a fabulous craft store just down the road from the church (The Doolin Craft Shop). And if you need to get out of the countryside and into a city, Galway is just an hour away. It’s a wonderful city. Despite its small size you can find most anything you need there. If you’re looking for a great bottle of Irish Whiskey or an unusual bottle of wine, go to The Vineyard then stop by Sheridan’s Cheesemongers where you will find an amazing selection of cheese from around the world. But for those who wish to explore Fanore, you will find gorgeous scenic walks and some of the best angling in the country. And if you want to see things from s different angle, go horseback riding. You’ll love it.

The house is just up the road from O'Donohue's Pub, a small grocery shop and a fabulous Italian restaurant. All of them are within walking distnce.

For more pictures of this house and the house next door, please visit our website listed below.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/14/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs may be allowed upon our approval....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Office: 1 twin/ single


  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) There is a crib available upon request., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There are convertible beds in both the office (outside the master bedroom) and the living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    There are lots of Irish CDs but please feel free to bring your own....moreless

  • Stereo


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    There is a balcony on the second floor just off the great room with exceptional views of Galway Bay....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a lovely stone patio just outside the French doors from the master bedroom....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden


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from 32 traveler reviews
Enjoying the outdoors in Fanore, Ireland 10/22/2009

VRBO Bear stayed here:

This home in Fanore was simply stunning. While the outside was made of stone to mimic the area’s historic old stone houses, the inside was very modern, comfortable, and very well decorated. The views of the ocean from the upstairs living room were absolutely gorgeous. The living room was an amazing place to sit and enjoy a nice cup of hot tea while gazing out onto the ocean. The beds were also amazingly comfortable with their many pillows and cozy down comforters to keep us warm on chilly nights.

It was unbelievable how much there is to see and do in this area of Ireland. There were many great restaurants, quaint pubs, old castle ruins a few miles up the road and in the next town over, Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction- The Cliffs of Moher. Plus, the beach was just a short walk down the road. The beach alone with its unique limestone rock formations and tide pools with many fascinating creatures, kept us entertained for hours. The sunset (which was also viewable from the home’s private balcony) was truly incredible. Needless to say, I did not want to leave this beautiful home.

The VRBO Bear

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter/ Spring 2017
Jan 7 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Spring Holiday 2017
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Summer 2017
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Fall/ Winter 2017
Oct 1 - Dec 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Winter Holidays 2017/18
Dec 16 - Jan 6, 2018
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included


A $1,000 deposit is required to book the house. Your remaining balance is due two months before your move-in date. A cleaning fee is required when you move out.

Cleaning fee for 2 guests: €100

Cleaning fee for 3-4 guests: €125

Cleaning fee for 5-6 guests: €150

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 02/14/2017
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Shannon Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
O'Donoghue's Pub
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Fanore Beach

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/14/2017

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  • Stone House

    Stone House

  • View as you enter the great room

    View as you enter the great room

  • Seating at ocean end of Great Room

    Seating at ocean end of Great Room

  • Master bathroom (shower & tub)

    Master bathroom (shower & tub)

  • Guest bathroom (shower)

    Guest bathroom (shower)

  • Back of the Stone House (taken while sitting in the field below the house)

    Back of the Stone House (taken while sitting in the field below the house)

  • Stone House with ocean beyond

    Stone House with ocean beyond

  • Summer sunset - June 2013

    Summer sunset - June 2013

  • Green road hike into the Caher Valley

    Green road hike into the Caher Valley

  • Rare bee orchid

    Rare bee orchid

  • Cliffs of Moher.

    Cliffs of Moher.

  • O'donahue's Pub in Fanore.

    O'donahue's Pub in Fanore.

  • Great Room

    Great Room

  • Great Room

    Great Room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Guest Bedroom

    Guest Bedroom

  • Outside stairs to road

    Outside stairs to road

  • Actual rainbow from the Master bedroom - June 8, 2013

    Actual rainbow from the Master bedroom - June 8, 2013

  • View from Great Room window

    View from Great Room window

  • Winter sunset (yes, it's real)

    Winter sunset (yes, it's real)

  • O'Donoghue's Pub

    O'Donoghue's Pub

  • Shop Street in Galway - 1 hour from Fanore

    Shop Street in Galway - 1 hour from Fanore

  • The Cascades in Ennistymon.

    The Cascades in Ennistymon.

  • Fanore from above.

    Fanore from above.

VRBO #95799

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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