A perfect escape right on the shores of Lough Corrib, this Five Star Lodge offers clients serenity and solace, "a rare opportunity to immerse yourself completely in Connemara's unspoilt countryside".
Conveniently located within a mile of Oughterard town, on the Galway to Clifden road, this is one of Ireland's most scenic routes and the preferred base for touring Connemara, Galway, Clare and Mayo.
On the banks of the Owenriff River close to the lake's western shore, Oughterard is the leading angling centre on Lough Corrib.
Connemara is world renowned for its breathtaking mountain scenery and quiet, unspoilt sandy beaches. Roundstone, Clifden, Ballyconneely, Kylemore Abbey and Westport are just some of the beautiful destinations for day trips from the Lodge house. Activities available locally include fishing, golf, horse riding, mountain climbing, swimming and walking.
The house has an open plan kitchen/living/dining area with a double height ceiling and large, almost floor to ceiling windows, on all sides offering panoramic views. The dining table seats ten people, and there is a comfortable seating area in the living room to relax in and enjoy the beautiful scenery. A modern wood burning stove adds heat and character to the open plan area. The fully fitted kitchen is complete with all modern appliances.
Upstairs there is a room space with a pool table overlooking the living room. The four large bedrooms all have en-suite facilities, and there is also an additional main bathroom. There is two double bedrooms upstairs and two twin bedrooms downstairs. There is a utility room with laundry facilities. The house is fitted out to a high standard.
There is a private path leading to the lake-Lough Corrib- which is 200m away- is one of the best trout fishing lakes in Europe. There are 20 acres of woodland and Irish bog around the house, and the property is not overlooked.
Connemara National Park
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands.
Some of the Park's mountains are part of the famous Twelve Bens range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purposes.
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is the ideal destination for a day out in majestic Connemara at any time of year. The dramatic landscape and iconic image of a gothic castle reflected in a Connemara lake has made Kylemore Abbey world-famous and it is now the largest tourist attraction in the west of Ireland.
The Benedictine nuns invite visitors to experience the Victorian atmosphere of the Abbey's restored rooms, miniature gothic church, head gardener's house and garden boy's house. Kylemore's many nature trails, woodland walks and the magical award-winning walled garden offer a wonderland to explore.
Mitchell's café and the tea house offers home-cooked food made from recipes perfected by the Benedictine nuns and using fresh vegetables and herbs from the walled garden. The craft shop has a wide selection of design-focused Irish giftware including artisan food products, knitwear, pottery, art and handcrafts made by the Benedictine nuns at Kylemore.
Inishbofin lies seven miles off Galway's coast. The island is 5.7km by 4km. Two of the beaches on Inishbofin have been awarded the 'Green Coast Award' prized for their exceptional water quality and their natural, unspoilt environment. Inishbofin is a special area of conservation and a special area of protection. The island is a breeding area for many species of birds. For the adventurous, there are exciting mountain walks, hill climbing and excellent shore angling. Inishbofin has become an important centre for traditional Irish music and song with its own Ceilí band.
Cliffs of Moher
Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point, they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day, one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O'Brien's Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.