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Gorse Cottage

The back of the house from the south side - with the sea of Galway Bay in the distance
44 reviews
The back of the house from the south side - with the sea of Galway Bay in the distance
The front of the house, looking towards the Cliffs of Moher
The living room, with stove and wood floors
The kitchen, looking south west towards the Cliffs of Moher
Walking on the boreen, near the house
The garden and picnic table with the Cliffs of Moher in the distance
View from the boreen across the road, 10 minutes walk from the house
The cottage has five bedrooms with great views - here's bedroom 1
Bedroom 4
View from the front door of Galway Bay on a summer evening
Bedroom 5
Ballinalacken Castle - looking north from the front of the cottage
Bedroom 3
Cows at the edge of the Burren, down the boreen (the start of which is 2 minutes walk from the house
Another amazing sunset, seen from Gorse Cottage
In the sea with a couple of dolphins just a few metres away, Fanore beach
View from the front meadow looking out towards the Aran Isles
The house, taken from the garden on a summer evening
View of the coast northwards from the cottage, late evening
The western side of the house from the herb garden
A walk down the boreen, 400m from the cottage
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5 Bedrooms , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 10
Doolin, The Burren, County Clare
GORSE COTTAGE is set on a gentle hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and distant Conemara mountain ranges. Close to the famous villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna in County Clare. It is situated in a peaceful coastal location in the heart of a farming community,and provides relaxed and tranquil base from which to discover the beautiful west coast of Ireland.

The cottage has five bedrooms, two reception rooms, a large kitchen/dining area, two bathrooms and a utility room. It is traditional at heart, but is also designed with stylish and contemporary comfort in mind.

In addition to the stunning views and mesmerising sunsets, there are some breath-taking walks right on the doorstep of the cottage, where one can walk for hours without meeting another soul.....down local farm tracks, thro...
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Listing #HL22905
About the Owner
Cynthia M
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Interaction with guests
Ted (ones father) lives just up the hill in the next house from ours. He keeps the keys and in is a great font of knowledge about the areas. He is very happy to help-out with any queries. We also have a house manager (Sandra) who runs the local B&B just half a mile from the house and is very happy to cone up and help with any problems or queries that Ted can't address. Alternatively our guests can call us if there are any problems. It's very important to us that our guests have a comfortable stay and we're very keen to ensure that any issues are addressed promptly so don't hesitate to call either Ted, Sandra or us if you need any assistance.
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We had the delightful privilege of spending a week at Gorse Cottage in early March. The location is ideal with beautiful scenery out each window; the Burren, Atlantic Ocean and Cliffs of Moher can be seen from the front door. We enjoyed the birds out...More

Thank Karen B
Bradmacs, VR Owner at Gorse Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Wow.....we are so very very glad to hear that you had a good time in the west of Ireland. You'll be pleased to hear that we have upgraded our WiFi yet again, and can no offer unlimited WiFi to our guests....hurrah! It was a pleasure...More

Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We had a great time at Gorse cottage, Ted made us very welcome and the cottage was great, fully equipped with everything, would definitely recommend and would definitely come back, the views are amazing and the locals are very friendly. Was made welcome at the...More

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Bradmacs, VR Owner at Gorse Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Wow, I've just seen this lovely review. We somehow missed it....I'm not sure how. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. It always makes us very happy to read about the nice times people have had in the house. Hope you...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

This house easily accommodated our party of 5, with stunning views and a very comfortable kitchen and living space. It's very close to Doolin, which has good food and pub options, including live music which we really enjoyed. The countryside is beautiful and the house...More

Thank Antoinette H
Bradmacs, VR Owner at Gorse Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thanks so much for your review Antoinette. It's really good to have a winter review. I hope you lit up those solid fuel stoves during the wild weather. We love to put our feet up with a nice real fire when the weather comes in....More

  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (8)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (2)
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (10)
  • Microwave
  • Ocean Views
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Private Garden
  • Queen Beds:(1)
  • Refrigerator
  • Single Beds:(4)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Swingset
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wi-Fi
Additional amenities & feature info
This is a contemporary home with a tasteful eye for traditional Irish style. With it's traditional cottage windows and white-washed finish it sits beautifully into the surrounding landscape .

The kitchen is large and traditional, but with a very contemporary feel. It features solid wood cabinetry, granite countertops, a huge range-style cooker with gas hob, and a beautiful stone floor which runs through the hallways. Perfect for entertaining or just relaxing with some good Irish cook-books (provided). The kitchen also has west facing French Windows which open out onto the enclosed garden, limestone patio and picnic bench, with beautiful views of open countryside, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. There is also a small herb garden which visitors are welcome to use (in se...
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 11:00 AM
At least one person in party needs to be over 27 years of age.
    2 Full baths
    2 Fulls
    4 Twins
    1 King
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

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Dates Min stay Per night Per week
Default 3 nights
R 2 044
2 Jun 2018 -
29 Jun 2018
June 2018
3 nights
R 2 359
R 9 436
30 Jun 2018 -
31 Aug 2018
June 2018
4 nights
R 2 674
R 10 852
1 Sep 2018 -
28 Sep 2018
June 2018
3 nights
R 2 359
R 7 392
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to South African Rand and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Gas and electricity : R 771 / stay - Fee
  • Damage Deposit: R 2 359 / stay - Deposit
Additional Rate and Availability Information
Gas and electricity usage charged extra at €7 per day in warmer season (May to September), and €10 per day at other times. Fully refundable £150 security deposit required with final balance payment. We can accept payments by paypal, cheque or bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
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About the neighbourhood
Gorse Cottage is located on the edge of the Burren, one of the most unique ecological regions in Europe. An area of rare beauty due to its limestone landscape and interesting flora, it also holds numerous ancient archeological sites - Poulnabrone wedgetomb, Caher Connell ring-fort, ancient churches and tower houses - and some not so ancient, such as Father Ted's house (from the TV sitcom). You can drive or hike into the Burren, or hire bikes from Doolin village.

The Doolin (Roadford end) is 3 km away (1.7 miles) . Doolin's three legendary pubs - O'Connors, McDermotts and McGanns - host traditional music sessions every night in summer and some of Ireland's top musicans have come from the Doolin scene (Sharon Shannon, Davy Spillane, Tommy Peoples, Owen O'Neill, Kevi...
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Shannon: 64.0 km
Railway: Galway/Limerick: 70.0 km
Ferry: Dublin: 200.0 km
Fly to Shannon International Airport (1 hour drive) or Dublin Airport (3 hour drive).

Major airlines fly there from UK (London, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands), Europe and USA.
Car hire from all major car rental companies (we recommend Irish Car Rentals).

Ferry to Dublin (3 hour drive) or Cork (4 hour drive), or Rosslare (5 hour drive).
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 8.0 km.
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