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We stayed for 2 weeks in "Mickey's Cottage." Good features include comfortable beds, lots of towels, convenient location (not far to Gort), a quiet road with only one near neighbor, and a very friendly and helpful owner who lives nearby. (In truth, it's more of a 3-star house with a 5-star owner.) Parking is on the property, through a narrow gate. There is lots of music in several pubs in Kinvarra, and we were made welcome in sessions. The price was very reasonable, especially as it included electricity and heating oil.
The negatives are ones that may not be problems to everyone. One of the main reasons we do self-catering is to be able to eat at least some of our meals at home, (and the food in Irish grocery stores has become much better in recent years). It was not as easy to cook here as in some other places we've stayed. The kitchen is very small and somewhat erratically equipped. We think it needs a second frying pan and an electric coffee maker. We left (intentionally) several sharp knives and a small baking pan for the oven. There are lots of bowls and some measuring equipment, and there are pots in several sizes. The refrigerator has a very small freezer whose inside door does not close well and frosts up quickly. There is a flat-screen tv, but it gets a limited number of channels -- only RTE. The biggest issue for us was the lack of wi-fi in the house. Still, we enjoyed our stay very much and would consider renting this house again.
This home is amazing! Great location overlooking Galway Bay! I highly recommend staying here. Everything was extremely clean and full stocked with necessities to make the stay wonderful! Close by is The Russell Gallery with local artist work. The house caretaker was very kind and helpful. Overall, the home was ideal and better then we expected so much so we didn’t want to leave! Thank you Robert and Ruth!