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Burren seaside holiday home Ballyvaughan, Co Clare . Romantic getaway on beach.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue


About the property

Will comfortably sleep 8

Unrivalled spectacular beach side location for beautiful beach house getaway in the Burren. Direct access from garden to beach (50 metres). Private 2 acre site. Panoramic views of Galway Bay. Ballyvaughan village a 5 minute drive (1.5 miles) with shops, pubs and restaurants. Local Burren attractions easily accessible including Ailwee Caves & Falconry, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Corcumroe Abbey and other sites of archaeological interest, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Ferry, Aran Islands, Mullaghroe & The Burren National Park, Doolin & Kilfenora for traditional Irish music. City of Galway 27 miles with theatre, cinema,& sports activities. Galway & world class links golf a short drive.

Perfect base to tour Burren.

Ideal base for hillwalking.

Surfing schools nearby at Fanore and Lahinch.

Sea fishing available from rocks at Blackhead.

Easy access to Aran Islands via Doolin Ferry.

More Details

Tom Crotty
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 May, 2017

About Tom Crotty

We built this house and lived in it for a number of years until commitments to our 5 children's activities forced us to relocate to the adjoining city of Galway (approx 50 km). We loved living here and intend to move back when our kids are grown.

Tom Crotty purchased this house in 1995

Why Tom Crotty chose County Clare

The setting is unique. It overlooks Galway Bay and access to the beach is through a little wooden gate at the bottom of the garden. The house is built in local stone and is very cosy, with open fireplaces in the sitting room and two of the bedrooms. It is situated in spectacular Burren landscape and is just outside the village of Ballyvaughan, with its lovely pubs and restaurants. .

What makes this house unique

We loved the setting from the word go. People felt we would not get planning permission but we designed a sympathetic low level stone house which is cut into the hillside and blends into the landscape. The peace and tranquility of the location, the comfort of the house, the direct beach access, and the proximity to Ballyvaughan & Galway are the benefits that people will enjoy in our opinion.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Clare in Clare

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , fireplace & sea view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , en suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , sea view
  • All bedrooms large and spacious.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Burren seaside holiday home Ballyvaughan, Co Clare . Romantic getaway on beach.
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews
Longview, Washington USA

Glorious views and fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful location for exploring the Burren. Tom is very friendly and helpful. The sunsets and sunrises are lovely. Kitchen pans and dishes are plentiful and good quality. Easy to get anywhere in the Burren. House very private and quiet. We are very happy with our stay and highly recommend this property to everyone. Ballyvaughan is delightful and several great restaurants in all directions.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely house in a perfect setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying in this house and are very happy that we found it.

The location is fantastic - the panoramic view of Galway Bay from the house is breathtaking. And it is incredible having the sea right at the bottom of the garden.

The house is in an ideal position for exploring the Burren. Walks around the area at this time of year are fabulous, the wind so fresh that after a minute one was totally refreshed. (Do remember to bring wet weather equipment for walks in wintertime).

The house is warm and comfortable. It was heaven to lie or sit in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a book. The owners sourced some local turf for us and were altogether extremely helpful and friendly.

We have rented many holiday homes in different parts of Ireland and we thought this one was terrific value – I would say at least 40% below the cost of similar houses we’ve rented in the past. Incredibly, there was no breakage deposit, no cleaning charge or charge for linen. Most unusual and very refreshing. There is a charge for utilities but the owners allowed a certain amount of usage free and, despite being winter, we did not exceed this limit.

This is a lovely holiday home in a very beautiful part of Ireland and we highly recommend it. We will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a lovely place to stay

  • 4 of 5

The description of the house was spot on. The location was perfect, so close to the sea, such nice views. The rooms were large, three bedrooms with sea views, the house was clean and well equipped. Just a few little items could do with attention but nothing to detract from our enjoyment of the holiday. Tom met us at the property and talked us through the property and the equipment, he was very welcoming and friendly and helpful.

The weather was excellent we were very lucky the only rain we saw was on the Friday evening before our departure on the Saturday.

We are keen bird watchers and had a good variety of birds on the beach and in the bay in front of the property.

We ate at two pubs in the village of Ballyvaughan just 5 mins drive from the house - Logues Lodge hotel and Hylands Hotel, both good variety on the menu and very good food. We also ate at the Soda Parlour - a café in Ballyvaughan which was quaint and the food is very good.

We did quite a few of the local walks around the Burren - several books at the property that list the walks - easy to follow. Our two sons hired bikes at Doolin and did one of the 4 bike routes- again clearly sign posted.

Pitch and putt available at Doolin and near the Cliffs of Mohar - very good courses and reasonably priced. The cliffs are worth a visit too especially during Apr, May June when the seabirds are nesting. Good visitor centre.

The beach at Fanore is nice and sandy more enjoyable because of the wonderful weather. We visited Galway which is a lovely city, quite difficult to get in and out of currently as a lot of road works in the city centre.

We would highly recommend this holiday home and this area of the country.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable cottage in a fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage for a week during August 2013 and had a fabulous stay here. The owner, Tom, was there to greet us when we arrived and was very helpful and friendly. The booking and meet and greet process was very easy and smooth. The cottage has everything you could wish for with lots of space for everybody. The proximity to the beach is its real asset, and our children aged 3,4 and 10 spent every moment there that they could. The beach has a good mix of sand, shingle and dunes so plenty to explore. There are some amazing sunsets to be seen too. There is lots to see in the local area, we visited the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, The Burren perfumery and tooks lots of scenic drives and walks. We look forward to returning here again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Peaceful Rest

  • 5 of 5

This home is as wonderful as the couple, Tom & Patricia, who own it! I showed up frazzled and exhausted from my crazy life in the United States, to a cheerful greeting and a peaceful, beautiful setting. Really, the view is quite lovely as was the home. It had all the comforts I needed and Tom took the time to make sure I knew how everything worked and couldn't have been more helpful in providing information about the area for any day trips I may have wanted to take. Rain or shine, I can honestly say, it was the best part of my 6 week stay in Europe, as I was able to get my batteries recharged so I could enjoy the rest of my trip. Patricia even checked in with me during the week to see if there was anything I needed. So nice! I've not had many opportunities to travel abroad so it was comforting to know I could call Patricia and Tom if I had any questions. Do yourself a favor if you're planning a trip to Ireland, rent this home for a very enjoyable part of your stay. If I get the chance to return to this lovely country, it will again be my first stop.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to stay in this property 6th-20th July 2013 and enjoyed two full weeks of dawn to dusk sunshine (unheard of in Ireland).

The house is very close to Bishops Quarter Beach, which can be accessed by walking down to the bottom of the garden and then across the dunes. The beach itself is not ideal for sun-bathing as it is quite stoney in parts however, from a child and dog perspective, it is perfect as there are plenty of rock pools and dunes to play in. That said, there are many sandy beaches close by and the seaside resort of Lahinch is amazing.

The house itself is great and has 5 bedrooms but as there was only myself, my Husband and our dogs staying we did not use all of the facilities but those we did use, served our purpose just fine. Again, having said that, because of the weather, we spent very little time inside, barbecued almost every night whilst watching the sun go down over Galway Bay and with a glass of wine in hand, this was superb. It must be remembered however, that the house is in rural Ireland so if it rains, be prepared to travel for entertainment.

The house is close to Ballyvaughan village and the distance is walkable but the road is narrow and windy so best to drive. The village has a well stocked supermarket, is quaint and has a couple of nice bars and restaurants but do not expect large town services. Kinvarra which is about 10 minutes drive, is a larger town with a great supermarket, nice farmers market and lovely coffee shops. I come from the North of Ireland and I found the prices quite shocking, particularly in gift shops however, Galway City is fantastic and the Burren area in general is spectacular, but I found the best value for almost everything was to be had in Ennis, which is beautiful with lovely narrow streets and is not as touristy, which is reflected in the prices (in my opinion).

The house is in a very tranquil setting and even though the beach was busy, there was no noise. I cannot emphasise enough how quiet this location is and with the sunny weather it was amazing.

We ate out a couple of times and the restauants we went to included Monks at Ballyvaghan pier which was great and sitting outside made it extra special.

The booking process for this holiday was flawless and Tom Crotty and his family were at the house when we arrived. Throughout our stay, nothing was too much trouble for Tom, even coming across from Galway to open up when I locked us out! Great time had by all!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Ballyvaughan Village
Nearest Ferry
240 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
32 Kilometres
Lahinch or Galway Bay Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
43 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
M6 Junction19
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
An Fulacht Fia or L'Arco restaurant
Nearest Beach
Bishopsquarters beach at end of garden
Car: recommended

Beautiful beach house nestled at the foot of the Burren Hills. Direct access from garden to beach. Accommodates 8 people comfortably. This lovely house has a spectacular location on a private 2 acre site. Panoramic sea views from the dining area, sitting room & 2 bedrooms. Burren limestone hills to the rear of the house. Ballyvaughan village 5 minutes drive (1.5 miles) with shops, pubs and restaurants. All local attractions are easily accessible; Ailwee Caves, Poulnabrone Dolmen and other sites of archaeological interest, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Ferry, Aran Islands & the barren beauty of The Burren on your doorstep. Why not have a cup of tea at Father Ted's House? World class links golf courses a short drive away at Lahinch, Doonbeg, Galway Bay Golf and Country Club (Oranmore) & Galway Golf Club (Salthill). Ideal base for hill walking. Surfing schools nearby at Fanore and Lahinch. Sea fishing available from rocks at Blackhead. Galway 27 miles. Well insulated & suitable year round letting.Ideal base for visiting Santa Claus in the Ailwee cave

Golf: World class links golf courses a short drive away at Lahinch (30 km), Doonbeg, Galway Bay Golf and Country Club (Oranmore 32km), and Galway Golf Club (Salthill 44 km) and Doonbeg (60km).

Nearest Parkland courses are Gort (25km) and Athenry (38km).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Clare, Ireland

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
April - May 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July - August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October mid term 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November - December 2017
4 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
December 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 2018
30 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Arrival & departure days outside July & August are flexible subject to level of bookings.
Please contact us.

We allow for a fair usage amount of utilities (electricity, heating etc.) in our rates and charge for excessive use at standard utility company rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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