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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!
A week in Connemara in October was always going to be chancy, who knew what the weather would do! As it turned out we had a few days of reasonable sunshine and a few days of heavy rain and strong winds.
On the good days we were out doing stuff, messing about in boats, taking in the beauty of Kylemore Abbey and walking on white sand beaches. With the thought that returning to our fantastic haven on the Atlantic coast was going to enhance the beautiful days we had enjoyed.
On the bad weather days we tended not to venture far from home. Maybe nip into the village to top up with the "essentials" (wine, beer, cakes and newspapers!). Then we decided which of Debbie's varied selection of DVDs we would watch, interspersed with which of our selection of Irish traditional music CD's we would listen to! I could think of no better way of passing a wet and windy day than sitting in the lounge of Sea For Miles, with a glass of really nice beer (on this occasion I discovered McGargles many fine IPAs) whilst listening to a very good Altan CD and watching the Atlantic Ocean dance "before my very eyes"!!
This is a fantastic holiday home, in a fantastic place. If you're going to Connemara, stay here - you'll love it!!!