Oughterard - Amelia's Lakeview Cottage
County Galway, Ireland
A short drive away from the beautiful village of Oughterard along the shores of Lough Corrib, you’ll arrive at this beautiful property nestled in a clearing in the woods. The cottage is adjacent to the owner’s house, but very private, set on pristine lawns overlooking the water. Newly built, the refined design blends Irish cottage style with the owner’s love of all things Italian.
The cottage has been feature in many magazines and has been rated by the Guardian newspaper as one of the special places to stay in Ireland.
When you arrive, the wide French entrance doors are across the green lawn to the wide French entrance doors. Enter directly into the large square living/dining room with wood floors and white walls. The fireplace is on the far wall, flanked by shelves that hold books and interesting art objects. Furniture is stylish, simple and comfortable: a long sofa and two easy chairs, a large coffee table, an armoire that hides the television, DVD player and music equipment. Wireless broadband is also on site. Behind the sofa, a long table and two chairs are perfect for meals. There are two large closets in this room; one has shelves for storing your clothes.
To the left of the sitting room, the small, compact kitchen has been thoughtfully equipped with all you need. Note: the owner is very tall so shelves are quite high. There is a sturdy step stool for those of us who are height challenged! The window has wood shutters.
The bathroom, also off the living room, also white, has a shower and excellent storage. This room, too, has a window with wood shutters.
The very large bedroom is off the other side of the living room. It has a super king size bed that can convert to twin beds, There are two chairs and a small table. Its simplicity is very calming. There are two large windows, one looking onto the lawn at the front of the cottage and one looking over the lawn onto the lake.
There are two chairs and a table for you to use outdoors. You can follow the sun around the house!
There is no washer or dryer in the cottage, but the owner invites you to use her machines, if necessary. There is no phone in the cottage, but mobile phones work well. This property is best suited to adults.
Oughterard Village has grocery stores, pubs and a few nice restaurants. There are beautiful walks and superb fishing. The village is a short and pretty drive from Galway City, to the south, and to Clifden, to the north. This is an excellent base for exploring Galway, Mayo and Clare.