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This is one of the most spacious, beautiful and well-equipped houses anyone could dream of renting. For people like us who generally shy away from the modern, forget your prejudices because what Makeelen House loses in history it gains in convenience, style and, of course, location. With 3 bathrooms and a separate toilet, a wonderful conservatory-style lookout room, a cosy lounge and bedrooms galore, a dream cook's kitchen more than amply stocked with goodies and appliances and a dining area fit for the biggest family, it would be a dream house in any location. But it is NOT in any location. It is perched on a hill looking North with the conservatory sitting area to the West, so across the blue islands, from the coziness of this room, wind whistling outside, it would be next stop Canada! This is Ardnagreevagh on the Renvyle Peninsula in Connemara amongst the loughs, mountains and little winding roads of Western Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. Just down the road in Tully is a little supermarket with a real live butcher to serve you meat and the most unlikely gem of a hardware store. A bit further along is Tully Cross with a couple of pubs and a lovely 20th Century church with stained glass by Harry Clarke. For more supplies we drove to Letterfrack on the edge of the National Park. The majesty, tragedy and history of Kylemore Abbey is not to be missed and is only a few miles away. Even the Towns of Galway and Clifden are not too far from this wonderful spot and well worth a visit. Wherever you go, you come home to this amazing house on the hill, stand outside in the wind and wish that you could stay forever!
Set above the road this is a modern cottage built to a traditional style with stone walls helping in blend into the hillside. It has 2 generous sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms making it perfect for families. The kitchen / dining / lounge space is very homely and the lounge area has wonderful views. It was a joy to have have breakfast looking out across the sea as the sun rose and a joy to sit in the lounge watching the sun set by a peat fire with a glass of good whiskey.
The location is fantastic, just 15 mins from Clifden where you have a number of dining options (Mitchell’s is oustanding) and shops (SuperValu is the best supermarket). It’s less than 10 mins from the N59 which gives easy access to the north of Connemara (and the excellent Kylemore Abbey) and the rugged southern coastline.
Et pour les française, c’est parfait avec le chanson de Michel Sardou... (mais Connemara n’est pas un comté...).
All in all the perfect place from which to enjoy the wonderful Connemara.