**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
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.
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.
Nearest cafe - 1min
Nearest Restaurant - 2mins
Nearest Shop - 2mins
Nearest Beach - 5mins
Shannon Airport - 1 hour
Galway - 1 hour
Dublin - 2hrs 40mins
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.