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Red Deer Cottage

County Galway, Ireland

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This delightful new cottage is cheerful and bright - just like its owner who, along with her sister, is a famous traditional Irish fiddle player.  She is away on tour for long periods so she frequently offers her home to lucky holiday renters. 

The cottage, down a private, wooded lane, directly faces Barnadearg Bay and has views of the Twelve Bens mountain range.  It is a silent and still place except for the birdsong.


You enter into a short vestibule and then to a 2-story red-walled octagonal hallway.  The living room is on the right of this hall.  It has a very comfortable black leather sofa and two matching easy chairs.  There's a gas stove in the fireplace, a wood floor, a TV and DVD player and very nice art done by local artists.  Windows look over the lawn and to the bay.


The dining room has a beautiful table and six leather chairs.  French doors open to the back of the property where there's a patio and outdoor furniture.

The kitchen is great and has a classic 6-burner stove with a double oven, very nice custom-made ash cupboards, a tall refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher and a tiled floor.  It's very spacious and bright, not fussy, young and spiffy.  You can look up from the kitchen to the loft railing that's part of the upstairs music room. An adjacent large utility room has a washer, dryer and an additional freezer.


There are three bedrooms on the main floor and all are bright and pretty. One bedroom has a double bed, a wood wardrobe and a chest of drawers.  Another bedroom has twin beds, a wardrobe and a narrow chest of drawers.  Both bedrooms have a view of the water.  These two bedrooms share a hallway bathroom that has a long, deep tub and a separate shower stall.


At the end of the hall, the third downstairs bedroom has a queen bed with a white duvet and a wine chinelle blanket, a contemporary dressing table, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers.  This room looks out onto the grassy area and trees behind the cottage.  The en suite bathroom has a large corner shower stall.


The front hall has stairs that go up to the master bedroom suite. The first room of the suite is for listening to music. There is a black leather sofa, a coffee table, beige carpeting, two Velux skylights, a music system and a large and varied CD collection (handle with care!).  You can look down into the kitchen over the wood railing.


The master bedroom, just off the music room, is lovely, serene and very private.  It features a queen bed with a duvet and a beautiful chenille blanket, an armoire, a chest of drawers and well-chosen Irish art.  Windows open onto the water view and the sky. What a peaceful space. The large en suite bathroom has a shower stall.


Children are warmly welcomed here.  The owner has a baby's cot and high chair for you to use. Dogs are not allowed. This is a strict non-smoking property.


The bay is in the distance looking toward Letterfrack. Pretty Letterfrack village is 2 kilometers from the cottage. It has two excellent restaurants and three pubs (all non-smoking) that offer traditional Irish music. There are daily boat rides that go out into the harbour from Letterfrack pier during the summer months. Nearby Rossleague Manor hotel has a fine restaurant and bar. Avoca Hand Weavers craft shop is a short walk down the road. It's a 10-minute drive (9 kilometers) into the bustling village of Clifden where there are many fine restaurants and great shopping.


The spectacular Connemara National Park is two kilometers from the property. There are walking paths and hiking and an interpretive center and a nice little cafe.  It's a "must do". Kylemore Abbey is 5 kilometers - that the Abbey in the photo to the left.  It has a long and interesting history and beautiful gardens.  It's open every day.

It's a few minutes' drive to the fishing
village of Cleggan from where you can make day trips to Inishbofin Island. The closest of several area beaches is Ross Beach, 10 minutes by car from the cottage. Scuba diving and horse riding are other activities in the immediate area. There are many incredible ancient sites within a few miles of the cottage.

Connemara is a walker's paradise. Baunoges, on the road to Cregg, has some very interesting and beautiful walking. Considered an easy climb, you can, from the top, see as far as Roundstone in one direction and Achill, in County Mayo, in the other. For the more ambitious walker, there is nearby Diamond Mountain, 2 kilometers from the cottage, which has a new path that has stunning views as far as Croagh Patrick in the north and the Burren in the south. 

Local Favorites
Favorite Local Pub
Name: Mollys
Distance from Property: 1.00 Mile
Interesting Facts: Great atmosphere with traditional music at the weekends.
One thing visitors should not miss
The spectacular Connemara National Park is two kilometers from the property. There are walking paths and hiking and an interpretive center and a nice little cafe. It's a "must do". Kylemore Abbey is 5 kilometers - that the Abbey in the photo to the left. It has a long and interesting history and beautiful gardens. It's open every day.
Favorite Local Restaurant
Name: Mitchell's
Distance from Property: 9.00 Miles
Type of Restaurant: Casual Elegant
Type of Food: European
Interesting Facts: An all-day menu offers a wide range of lightish fare - everything from sandwiches and wraps to seafood chowder; the international flavours are there but how refreshing it is to find old friends like deep-fried Gubbeen cheese and bacon & cabbage there amongst the home-made spicy fish cakes and fresh crab salad with home-made brown bread.
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