House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great Cottage for Exploring the West of Ireland
The Heron Cottage is a fantastic place to stay for exploring the west of Ireland. We had 5 adults & 2 kids stay in the main cottage, with the 2 kids sharing a double bed & 1 adult in a single bed, which worked for us but if you have that big of a group I’d consider booking out the attached 1 bedroom unit as well.
The location is ideal for day shots into Galway, the Aran Islands & the Cliffs of Moher.
Linnanes is a great spot for food and they’ll do take away orders do you can enjoy back at the cottage.
Gerry & Helen are great and we had no issue with the check-in or check-out process.
We will be coming back to the Heron Cottage for our next trek back to the Burren.
Superb cottage in the Burren
We recently spent a marvelous week in Heron cottage with another couple. The cottage is well situated on a small peninsula in Galway Bay. The friendly owners met us upon arrival and showed us the cottage and gave valuable tips about what was available in the region. The cottage is very comfortable, with a well equipped kitchen and bedrooms. There is a large fireplace in the living room for those chilly nights. The view over the water is lovely with fantastic sunsets. And, yes, there were herons and other birds. Locally, there is an incongruous ice cream parlor, a nice gallery/café and one of the famous Martello towers to explore. Also, there is a very nice paved walking/cycling path along “The Flaggy Shore” nearby.
We had four good dinners at nearby restaurants in Ballyvaughan and Kinvara, including the famous Moran’s on the Weir. The cottage is well positioned for exploring the local sites by car. To the south are the Burren, megalithic sites, the Cliffs of Moher and the small towns of Doolin and Ennis. Ferries from Doolin can take you to the nearby Aran Islands. To the north are Dunguaire castle, Galway and the wilds of Connemara.
All in all I think you would be hard pressed to find a better place to stay in this region. We left with many great memories and will always remember the delightful owners. By the way, if you encounter the owner’s dog, Clara, she will be your friend for life if you rub her tummy!
Spacious, scenic and peaceful
Heron Cottage is a lovely, comfortable house in a beautiful, rural setting. Cows grazed nearby, and a mare and her foal munched grass in the garden. I enjoyed a morning run along the Flaggy Shore, and we all took long rambles through the countryside. It was a short drive to some charming villages and pubs, and a longer drive to Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher. We took a ferry to the Aran Islands and also had a wonderful trip to Kylemore Abbey. Excellent meals at Linnane's and Cassidy's. Once the internet was sorted out, we had good access. We were five adults and one 7-yr-old, and all of us enjoyed our holiday. It was a nice mix of relaxation and adventure.
Beautiful property with amazing views. Magical is how my wife describes it
Close to many wonderful attractions like the Cliffs of Moher and in a wonderful area. Gerry and Helen were great hosts and we want to especially thank Helen for her advice on the area, traffic and driving on the left! Londis supermarket only a 15 minute drive into Kinvarra. Had a great lobster meal at Linnanes which was only a few minutes away. Our only regret is we couldn’t spend more time at the Heron House!
Beautiful location but remote
We stayed here for a family break for a week in June. The house is in a stunning location surrounded by beautiful views and with lots of skylights and windows to enjoy the scenery. House is well equipped and the kitchen is great. Hosts were super nice and very helpful. But the property is more remote than we had expected. You need to drive a good 25-30 minutes to t to anywhere to buy food (even bread or milk) and there isn’t a pub that is walkable to unless you are up for a 2 mile walk. On he plus side, the area is outstandingly beautiul and there is lots of nice walking plus a lovely beach and a little gallery cafe that are walkable to. So if you don’t mind being in a remote location you will be set! My only problem with the property is hat WiFi is limited. Our daughter used up our allocated amount accidentally on the first day which was a major drag. Everywhere else we stayed in Ireland had unlimited WiFi so I’m not sure why this was the case but for anyone who really needs WiFi access for work etc - be warned! All else was wonderful.
The “real Irish” experience!
Beautiful, peaceful home in a small Irish village. What a wonderful experience! Gerry & Helen are lovely, kind & generous. If you are looking for a truly Irish experience, I highly recommend visiting this cottage. We walked everyday. We gathered seashells & talked for hours as a family. We were in close proximity to many activities including kayaking, inis island & Cliffs of Moher tour, working dog demonstration, Galway & Hazel Mountain chocolate factory!
Thanks again, Gerry & Helen for allowing us to stay in your lovely home!
Anne & Mark
Meg, Jack, Allysa, Emma & Avery
Hi Anne, Mark and extended family. So glad you enjoyed your stay at Heron cottage. It was a pleasure to have you stay. You managed to pack so much into your week along with spending quality time with your family. Hope you return again sometime to this wonderful area.
Gerry and Helen.
'walking, caving,heritage farm walks,hill walking, guided walks,farmers markets