Since kicking off a series bringing you the most unique accommodation in Ireland, we’ve come across some incredible places to stay.
However, few have given me a whack of house-envy as potent as this stunning cottage by the coast in Connemara.
This large traditional home is situated on the shores of Cashel Bay in Galway and offers a great spot on the Wild Atlantic Way for a relaxing getaway with epic sea views.
Below, you’ll find everything from photos and what to expect if you visit from how much a night will set you back. Dive on in!
Welcome to the beautiful Bayside Cottage in Connemara
Bayside Cottage is a traditional style cottage with a thatched roof, whitewashed walls and salvaged oak flooring. There’s also a rustic exposed stone fireplace in the cosy living room with ocean views out through the glass front doors.
It has three bedrooms which can sleep up to 10 guests, making it perfect for a large family or group of friends looking for a seaside escape (keep group gatherings small for the moment, though!).
You can even see out across the ocean from some of the bedrooms through large windows. The property is right on the edge of Cashel Bay with beautiful views that you can enjoy from both inside the house and the expansive decking area outside.
Relax with stunning sea views
It would be pretty impossible not to kick back and relax at this seaside getaway. Of an evening you can put your feet up in the cosy living room, which has an antique wood-burning stove and offers views out over the bay.
During the warmer days, you can step out onto the large decking area and enjoy the serene surroundings and fresh ocean breeze from the outdoor lounge.
There’s also a barbeque so you can whip up an evening meal with the sound of crashing waves and views of the incredible sunset over Cashel Bay.
Enjoy the majestic Cashel Bay area
If you’re keen to explore the surrounding area, then the location of this property is prime. You can enjoy all the best activities from walking, fishing and swimming along the coast within easy reach.
Nearby attractions include Cashel Hill with panoramic views, Roundstone village, Clifden and Kylemore Abby and the Connemara National Park, which are all within an easy drive away.
Hope into our guide to the best things to do in Connemara to discover load more places to visit in the area.
What you can expect if you visit
The traditional house has three double en-suite bedrooms, with an additional mezzanine level with another double bed.
There’s plenty of room and amenities for a comfortable stay if you decide to visit with a large group. You’ll have access to the following:
- Living room with stove and flat screen TV
- Boot room with washing machine and dryer
- Outdoor deck and barbeque
- Open plan fully equipped kitchen and dining area
- Spacious rooms and en-suite bathrooms
There’s no Wi-Fi but it makes for a great opportunity to switch off and enjoy the surrounding countryside and the company of your friends.
How much a night will set you back
There’s a four-night minimum stay on this place which might put some people off. Otherwise, it works out extremely affordable if you share the cost with a group of friends.
So, I put a 4-night stay (8th to the 10th of October) for 10 people sharing and here’s how much it worked out at (prices accurate at time of typing):
- Total price: €876
- Per person: €87.60
- Book a night or see more here
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Discover more unique places to stay in Ireland
We’ve featured a clatter of unique places to stay in Ireland over the last few months, from castles and Airbnbs with hot tubs to pods and more.
While some will cost you an arm and a leg, others work out pretty reasonably if you stay with a few friends. Discover some funky places to stay below.
1. Unique Airbnbs
2. Luxury accommodation
There’s an endless number of luxurious places to stay in Ireland, as you’ll discover here. From pods like the very fancy one above to swanky chalets, there’s plenty to choose from.
3. Castles to rent
Ireland’s home to heaps of castle accommodation. You’ll find the very best of it in this section (some is craaaaazy expensive while others work out cheap enough with a group).
Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.