Large house on quiet rural lane near Athenry, County Galway, West of Ireland

Large house on quiet rural lane near Athenry, County Galway, West of Ireland


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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms
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Our home

We live in a lovely spacious four bedroom, two storey house on half an acre of garden. Located 5 km from the M6 motorway, 7 km from the historic town of Athenry, 1.5km from Kiltullagh village, 2 hours drive to Dublin and 20 minutes drive to Galway.

The house is set in wood and farmland, with pleasant views of the surrounding countryside.

Our house is warm and contains a bright and airy kitchen-dining room which has sunlight from early in the morning until late afternoon. The sun then floods the two reception rooms with warm evening sunlight. One reception room has a wooden floor, leather sofas, wood burner and a TV. The other room has a more antique feel with a carpet, fireplace, comfortable seating, sound system, chess board and (European) board games. We have four large bedrooms (2 with king size beds and adjoining bathrooms). There is a family bathroom upstairs and a WC downstairs.

We also have a WiFi connection, garden furniture, BBQ, fruit trees and vegetable patch - please help yourself!

Property features

Who we are

  1. We are married almost 6 years, in our mid 30's and have a 3 year old daughter, Aoife (ee-fa). We also welcomed a son early in 2014, Diarmaid.

    Michelle works in the university in Galway. Eoin (Owen) is a software developer, also working in Galway. We travel by train each day to Galway city centre, from where Michelle takes a 15 minute walk through beautiful Galway to the university and Eoin cycles 10 minutes to his job situated along the river Corrib.

    We have two energetic dogs, a Springer Spaniel named Cocoa, and a yellow Labrador named Sandy. Sandy and Cocoa go to their grandparents house for their holidays.

    We like gardening, kayaking, walking and cycling. Two sea kayaks are available for experienced kayakers and two bikes for the unexperienced.

    For 2015 we are seeking an exchange near Durbach in the Schwarzwald, where Eoin's brother will be getting married in July.

    We have done 4 previous home exchanges (using a different website) in France and the USA.

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Where is it?

Your neighbourhood

We live on a quiet country lane, typical of the west of Ireland. Looking out the window from the dining table we see cattle and horses grazing, and forest with plenty of native Irish trees and birds.

Just one mile away lies the village of Kiltullagh with a post office, shop, church and tiny thatched pub. We regularly walk our dogs in Kiltullagh Castle & Woods and at Esker monastery.

Within a few miles are:
* Historic town of Athenry (, with hotels, restaurants and both modern and traditional Irish pubs
* Loughrea - Lakeside town with lovely cafes, nice walks, and a lake you can swim in.
* Golf club -
* Various horse riding stables - and
* Partcularly recommended are the horse riding stables at Slieve Aughty -
* Woodland walks
* Two train stations (Athenry and Attymon) accessing Dublin, Limerick and Galway -
* Esker Monastery
* Excellent Pet farm -

Within a 30 minute - 1 hour drive are:
* Galway City - a popular tourist city with pedestrianized medieval streets, many festivals, traditional Irish music, theatres, cinemas, swimming pools, seaside beaches, horse racing, greyhound racing, fishing, boat hire, river, lake and atlantic ocean -
* The Burren and Cliffs of Moher -
* Connemara mountains - The most beautiful scenic region in Ireland -
* Wild Atlantic Way - Scenic drives along the wild Atlantic ocean -

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