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Luxurious Retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautifully Appointed Mountain/Sea House on the Wild Atlantic Way The Burren

**A YouTube video guide of Vaughan Cottage is available online**

This thoughtfully designed house is perfectly suited to families and people who appreciate their personal space. We are a family of 5 and we feel very comfortable holidaying at Vaughan Cottage however it also easily accommodates larger groups and multi-generational families. The generously proportioned ground level lay out is also popular with our infirm/less mobile guests.

My great grandfather Padraig Vaughan built the original Vaughan cottage which remains to this day in our family. The dwelling was newly renovated and extended in 2008. The house enjoys wonderful vistas of The Burren landscape and Newtown Castle.

Travel cots/Pack n Play/ Toys can be provided upon request. There is a wooden cotbed/infant bed positioned in the twin bedroom as we know this room is popular with younger family members.

If you require a housekeeper or cook during your stay, this can be arranged separately

The space

There are 5 spacious and well-appointed bedrooms, 4 large luxurious bathrooms, each with a separate shower and separate bath as well as ample communal spaces.

The large kitchen / diner has a ceiling open up all the way to the rafters and its central feature is a reclaimed Belfast brick chimney stack containing a modern range cooker.

Guest access

The property sits on a walled and gated plot of approx. 1 acre all in full access of the guests. Outside Seating provided.

Interaction with guests

We look forward to welcoming you to this special place and our family holiday home. My husband, children and I currently live overseas, however we have support locally should you require assistance.

As we don't live at the house, it is generally not possible for me to be there when you arrive to welcome you in person but I shall leave keys and instructions on where everything is. Our housekeeper and maintenance man live in the village and are happy to call by if you have any problems or need any information on the area or the house.

The neighbourhood

Driving Times:

Nearest cafe - 1min

Nearest Restaurant - 2mins

Nearest Shop - 2mins

Nearest Beach - 5mins

Shannon Airport - 1 hour

Galway - 1 hour

Dublin - 2hrs 40mins

Getting around

We are situated in the perfect location for touring the Wild Atlantic Way. There is a bus service from the village of Ballyvaughan however to get the full sightseeing experience a car is essential. We have plenty of wonderful walks on our doorstep and bike rental can be easily arranged through the local bike rental shop. There is also a local taxi service.

Other things to note

Although the original old cottage was a much more modest dwelling, its occupants - the Vaughans, whose name is also synonymous with the village itself - were very friendly and welcoming.

The Vaughans were the first to introduce tourism to Ballyvaughan in the 1940's when Mr Rocks stayed here and built the new church altar. Mr Rocks' marble crafted altar is present in the Ballyvaughan church till this day. Vaughan cottage was just a fraction of its current size when he stayed there and the toilet was outside, but he enjoyed his stay with the Vaughans so much so that he went back to Dublin to tell his family and friends that they should all come to visit. As a result, the Rocks, the Walshes and the McConnells became regular guests at Vaughan cottage and so started the growth of tourism in the village.

My father Padraig, who was born and bred in the cottage, same as his mother before him, has very happy memories of an old gramophone playing on a stone wall outside as people danced Irish sets, sang and played music during his childhood - the original talent showcases before television took over. Passers by were welcome to call in and nobody left the house hungry.

Most recently Richard Hearns, a renowned Irish painter associated with the adjacent Burren college of Art, and his wife Boo called the house their home. Richard found great inspiration in the cottage which also doubled as his place of work and an art studio for a number of years. We particularly cherish his lovely still-life paintings of items that can still be seen in the cottage, such as a red sailing boat and a clay milk jug. Among others, Tim Dolan, the Arch Bishop of New York also recently paid our cottage a visit.

More Details

Rachel Luksan
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English,
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

Why Rachel Luksan chose Newtown

A house with a lot of local history attached to it ...

Superb location

Amazing sunsets over the mountain

Space and lots of it

What makes this house unique

Unique Benefits: All our bedrooms are extra large. Luxury sheets and towels professionally laundered in between each booking. The easy access walk in shower and generally large shower enclosures in all the bathrooms. The extra deep baths. The underfloor heating. The open Fireplace. The walks in our neighbourhood.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Newtown in Clare

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Vaughan Cottage was perfect for our multi-generational family. True comfort in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

Our family truly enjoyed our stay in Vaughan Cottage. First of all, the home was just lovely and the setting was spectacular. The house itself was very well appointed for guests and completely ready to go when we arrived. We appreciated the level of comfort in the house from the beds to the living room furniture. Bedrooms were spacious and well furnished; bathrooms were huge and featured large tubs and showers. We also appreciated that everything in the house worked! There were spaces where we could all be together, and spaces where we could have privacy. We also loved the outdoor space at the cottage, and used it often. We held soccer games and Irish dance reels. Seemingly little things meant so much during our stay. For example, the owner provided beach towels. Coming from the US, most of us had not packed these.

The location of the house turned out to be perfect for us. The owner provided detailed information on the location and specific suggestions for local activities. We used many of them and found we could easily walk to the Art College and Newtown Castle across the road, get to a beautiful beach, and easily find our way to the pubs in Doolin. We could hike on The Burren for free and we could hire a guided walk with a local person just down the road, and we could get to historic sites within minutes. We could go places together and we could divide up into smaller groups and go on a variety of adventures.

The owner of the property was wonderful to work with. She responded within hours to every inquiry and was so helpful in making all our arrangements. She provided us with the name and contact information of a person who could bring in evening meals for us, and that worked out so well. When we arrived she contacted us to ensure that everything was in order and to let us know that if anything needed attending to, she would be able to arrange it.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, spacious and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Home provides plenty of space and is fully equipped for in home dining as well as close to some great restaurants. We were all very comfortable, and no one felt cramped or crowded. Very well located for visiting the many sights of the area.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vaughan Cottage is a beautiful house with wonderful views in both the front and back.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Vaughan Cottage for my entire four month sabbatical. We loved it. It is a welcoming house large, but homey. It is central to all things Co. Claire. About an hour to the airport in Shannon, 20 minutes to the Cliffs of Moher, a skip to the coast, and Coole Park etc. We stayed during the winter and were comfy and warm all season, one of the harshest in recent memory. We used the fireplace almost daily.

I would recommend Vaughan Cottage to anyone visiting Ireland. There is room for several families or, just one (we did not use the second floor). Rachel is a wonderful landlord. She was very attentive. She is flexible, friendly and, most importantly, fair.

Ballyvaughan is a wonderful town to live in with the Chocolate Factory and the Ice Cream Parlor for treats and wonderful restaurants like Monks, and Tea Houses. The best part of the area are the outdoor options for hiking, ocean, biking etc. After four months, I can honestly say that Vaughan Cottage was, for my family, a home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location in the beautiful country

  • 5 of 5

The Vaughan Cottage was a dream come true. Rachel was so very accommodating, even helping us book a New Year's Eve dinner at one of the most popular spots in Ballyvaughan. The house was perfect; a home away from home with all the amenities. Close to lots of scenic destinations, especially the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. Definitely recommend this home!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

I have now spent two holidays (several weeks) in this house. The latest stay Christmas 2017. Not only did they have a tree set up and lights when we arrived they were also on hand with extra pots/pans needed for the Christmas dinner.

There is not one thing I would not recommend with this holiday let. Probably one of the nicest places I have stayed in.

Rachel is a lovely host and has a network of contacts if help is required. I cannot recommend this house highly enough and look forward to returning.

Thanks again Rachel....


  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pauline, thank you for this lovely feedback. We are so complimented you booked Vaughan Cottage twice in one year! We are also delighted to hear you would like to book again on your next trip to Ireland. You and your family are wonderful house-guests and we hope you always feel 'at home' in Vaughan Cottage and the village of Ballyvaughan.
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Superb beautifully finished holiday home in a great location with masses of space inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

We booked the property online for a five day stay with our family.We thought that the description of cottage meant we should expect a compact modern small house with just enough room for all of us and our baggage.When we arrived at the cottage for the first time and went inside we got the most delightful surprise.This house is so massive inside.The kitchen and living room areas are huge and bright with comfortable furniture all finished to a very high standard.All five bedrooms are likewise large with the three groundfloor ones all ensuite.With three daughters competing for bathroom space this was a godsend!(there was the usual fight for best bedroom, but it didn't matter too much because all the rooms were excellent with loads of space.anyway)

The interior of the house was spotless when we arrived ,with everything laid out beautifully.We all felt right at home straight away and as it had started to rain outside and was a bit chilly we switched the heating on and a cosy fire lit.The house is very easy to heat and has a mixture of radiators and underfloor heating that worked well and very efficiently.

The weather was mainly dry and warmer with sunny spells for the rest of our stay so we didn't need the heating so much after this.

One of the best things about this house is its proximity to the amazing limestone Burren landscape.

If you stand at the front of the house ,just 500 metres away in front of you is Cappanawalla mountain with its own castle at the base, and if you turn around and look over the massive back garden you can see Aillwee mountain on the other side of the Ballyvaughan valley.The sun rises behind this in the morning and lights up Capanawalla mountain.

We climbed Capanawala on our first morning and had amazing views of the whole valley and Galway Bay to the North.

The house is just one mile outside the beautiful coastal village of Ballyvaughan with its variety of great eating and drinking establishments.We would definitely recommend a visit to the tea rooms near the pier as well as Monks Pub close by which is well known as a great fish restaurant.If you ever want to see what a real Irish whiskey bar looks like ,then you should go no further than O Loughlins bar in the village.

The house is perfectly placed not far from the junction of two main roads that take you south into the centre of the Burren .

We all had the most relaxing fuss free week in Vaughan Cottage and would recommend it without hesitation..We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving such lovely comments and for taking the time to review your stay at Vaughan Cottage. It was a delight to host a family with so much passion for our beautiful Burren National Park. You certainly were adventurous in your daily activities including lots of impressive local hikes. We hope to have an opportunity to host you again.
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Burren Fine Wine and Food
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Bishop's Quarter
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Newtown, Ireland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
16 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £125
Refundable Damage Deposit £550

Discounts available for longer stays

We kindly ask our guests to mind the house as they would their own, leave it as they found it and tell us if anything breaks.

Please separate your waste into the correct recycling bins - it is really simple but if not done correctly, it is an impossible job to sort afterwards. Ireland is ecologically friendly and offenders who break their rubbish disposal rules are subject to fines.

Sorry but we cannot take pets including collections of Hens or Stags! ;-)

Strictly no smoking

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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