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'The Swallow Loft' -19thC Stone Barn conversion - 2.5 km from centre of Galway

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,173 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Unique, comfortable accommodation in private location, sleeps 4, 2 bathrooms

This unique holiday accommodation offers a combination of contemporary and vernacular features and furnishings. It is bright, cozy, comfortable and spacious. The main living space is located on the first floor which is accessed through an interesting stairwell full of the barns original texture - white-washed stonewalls, liscannor stone flag floors, recycled church and shop doors all lead into a bright welcoming living space. Large roof lights and a glass patio door lead out to a garden which is located at a higher level of ground at the back of the barn. This is very private with a small timber deck with table and chairs for relaxing in the garden... when looking out at the flowers and fruit trees its hard to believe the centre of Galway is only 2 miles away!

There is free wifi and satellite television, and a radio.

The kitchen is modern and bright - with good appliances including a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, and well stocked drawers with pots & pans, casseroles, cooking utensils, toaster, electric kettle and coffee press (cafetiere)- and whatever else you may need we will try to supply.

The double bedroom is located on this floor and right beside it is a very nice quality bathroom with a large enclosed glass shower unit with a shower with plenty of presure.

The second bedroom is located on the ground floor. It has twin beds which can be reconfigured into a large kingsize bed if you can give us notice in advance. There is a bathroom ensuite with a glassed in shower unit. All bedlinen is supplied with good duvets and extra blankets. We also know how important it is to have an assortment of fluffy towels supplied. There is a hairdryer in each of the bedrooms.

The house is heated by oil- fired central heating. There is also now - a fan, for cooling down on those days Ireland actually experiences a real summer - like this year:)

There is a laundry room with washing machine and dryer -( due to high energy costs we do request a payment for the use of these). There is also a line for drying clothes ( when Irish weather permits).

The barn is located in what was an old farmyard - so there is plenty of space for safe private parking.

More Details

Peggy McConnell
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Peggy McConnell

We, the owners are both designers - having spent 30 years restoring the property and bringing it back from dereliction are keen that you will enjoy your time spent here. We will do our best to make you comfortable and help you when requested. We respect your need for privacy and will ensure that is not compromised in any way.

Peggy McConnell purchased this barn in 1988

Why Peggy McConnell chose Galway

The Swallow Loft offers you privacy, relaxation, comfort - all in a very unique environment.

Galway City centre is less than 2 miles down the hill for dining, shopping, entertainment... as well as its location on Galway Bay.

Go West - Connemara - Beaches, mountains....

Go South - The Burren and County Clare with The Cliffs of Moher...

Go to Sea - The Aran Islands- cycling, exploring...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Galway in Galway City

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1173 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Powershower and shaver connection
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Powershower and shaver connection
  • Both bathrooms in this accommodation are new, tiled and have quality fittings. Both have glass shower enclosures with power showers and non-slip shower mats for your safety. Extractor fans are fitted in both bathrooms. Towels, soap, and toilet paper are supplied. The oil fired Central heating system heats radiators and provides hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Option to convert to kingsize bed
  • The Swallow Loft accommodates 4 adults comfortably. Bedroom 1 is upstairs and has an en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 is downstairs and also has an en-suite bathroom. Beds are dressed with allergy-free bedding (duvets, pillows, and extra blankets). I good quality baby cot is provided with basic cover. Guests own baby blankets, etc, should be used. A radio, clock and hair-dryers are also provided.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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'The Swallow Loft' -19thC Stone Barn conversion - 2.5 km from centre of Galway
average rating of 4.9594593 based on 74 reviews

Unbelievable vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous rental - comfortable, stylish, and beautiful. Peggy is a terrific hostess who pays attention to all the small details that make a difference. We enjoyed being within easy reach of Galway yet in the quiet of the country.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place- relaxing, unique, and close to town!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great four night stay here. Peggy and Tony were so friendly and helpful and ready to answer questions about the area and offer suggestions for sight seeing. The little courtyard was a great place to enjoy our morning coffee.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Peggy is a great host. So much to see and do in and around Galway.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay was perfect! We all loved it, from our conversations with Peggy to the horse outside the window one morning to visiting with Daisy and the cats to the cozy beds! Loved, loved our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, quiet, great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 6 days here! The place is very clean and well maintained. The hosts, Peggy and Tony were very welcoming hosts. Coming from Canada I was not really sure yet about driving in town, so Tony helped me arrange a taxi to go downtown and see the sights. This was the first of our 3 weeks in Ireland, and this place was a great start! Would definitely stay again! Thanks Peggy and Tony for a great week!

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Live like a local

  • 5 of 5

Four of us enjoyed a too short stay at this most interesting property. Pictures and description are very accurate. The house was very clean and we had everything we needed. The barn sits behind Peggy and Tony's house and you will have complete privacy. They met us with great information on day trips and some pub and restaurant recommendations in Galway.

They were around, but not intrusive if that is a concern.

You will definitely need a car for any day trips and the 2 miles to downtown is a short drive or a 12 euro taxi charge. Peggy and Tony were helpful with cabs and it was relatively easy to travel to pubs in town that way.

I would recommend the property to anyone who wants quiet country living with excellent proximity to town.

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11.9 Kilometres
Galway Airport (Shannon Airport 85km)
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Galway City
Nearest Ferry
223 Kilometres
Dublin (Cork 200km)
Nearest Golf
2.3 Kilometres
Galway Golf Club, Salthill
Nearest Train
2.7 Kilometres
Galway City Centre
Nearest Motorway
7.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Galway City
Nearest Beach
4.2 Kilometres
Car: recommended

If you are planning on visiting Galway City, but are also keen to enjoy a bit of 'down-time' in a rural setting- then this property is definitely for you. Located only 2 miles from the centre of Galway City this property is perfect both for those wishing to enjoy a city break, as well as day-tripping to Connemara, The Burren - or perhaps doing a bit of fishing on Lough Corrib.

'The Swallow Loft 2 ' is half of an old stone barn conversion located in what was once a working farmyard of the present owners' Victorian farmhouse. Between Galway City and Lough Corrib this property offers both privacy and comfort. Within one mile there are shops where provisions can be obtained such as; groceries, video rentals, health foods, pharmaceuticals... and two miles; restaurants, cafés, pubs, shops, galleries, cinemas, golfing, horseback riding, swimming, beach, lake- and much more.

This unique holiday accommodation is a unique combination of creating a contemporary space within a vernacular building unique to the west of Ireland. This granite stone farm building dates from the early 1800s.

Other Activities: Historic tours (walking and bus), Many festivals including, Galway Arts Festival, Galway Oyster Festival, Galway Race Week, Cuirt Poetry Festival


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking deposit: a deposit of 25% is required to secure the booking. The Final payment is due 15 days prior to arrival.
Please contact the owners for more information. Deposit and final payment are Non-refundable.

Apartment is available for a minimum of three nights in the off peak season. Contact owner for rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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