Traditional Cottage in an Idyllic Mountain Setting

OLD SHEPHERD’S COTTAGE
Tooraskeheen, Clifden, Co. Galway

5 guests  3 bedrooms

Old Shepherd’s Cottage is a renovated traditional Irish cottage on a mountain sheep farm 3km from the bustle of Clifden town and the Wild Atlantic Way driving route. Enjoy views onto the Owenglen River and 12 Bens Mountains from your doorstep. This beautiful tranquil location is off the beaten track but still close to shops, restaurants and pubs in Clifden town and beautiful beaches in Ballyconeely and Roundstone. This is the perfect location for exploring Connemara and all it has to offer.

The space

This spacious cottage has 3 bedrooms comfortably sleeping 5 people. There are 2 double rooms and a single room. The upstairs double is en-suite, and is accessed by a small spiral staircase. The other rooms are all on the ground floor including the main bathroom which has a bath and shower.

The front door opens to a large living/dining area with traditional fireplace containing a multi-fuel stove at the heart of the room. The cottage combines many traditional features with modern conveniences including multi-fuel stove, electric heating, hot water, washing machine, clothes dryer, a fully equipped kitchen with electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and everything you need to cook your own meals. There is free WiFi and for entertainment there is a TV, dvds, games and books. Cot is available on request. There is an outside patio with barbecue and outdoor seating.

Location

The cottage is situated in a peaceful and scenic rural setting, surrounded by fields sweeping down to the Owenglen river. There are no other houses visible from the cottage – the sheep are your closest neighbours! It is just 3km from Clifden town where you will find shops, restaurants, pubs and art galleries.

Amenities

Free WiFi
Essentials: towels, bed linen, soap, toilet paper
Well equipped kitchen where guests can cook their own meals
Indoor fireplace
Electric heating
Washing machine
Clothes dryer
Dishwasher
Microwave
Refrigerator
Oven
Coffee maker
Hot water
Iron
TV
Bathtub
Children’s books and toys
Travel cot
Baby seat
Hair dryer
Drawers and hangers
Outdoor BBQ
Outdoor seating
Carbon monoxide detector
Smoke detector
Parking on premises

Other things to note

Self check-in with a lockbox.

The cottage is located approximately 2km from the main road up a single-lane country road. You can park right outside the house.

Pets welcome but please keep dogs under control as there are sheep in the fields surrounding the house.

Rates and availability

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Booking Information

Booking payments are processed securely by Stripe or PayPal. Payments are taken in full at the time of booking. When you book you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your reservation. We will send you further information in the week prior to your arrival, this will include directions, check-in information and other details about the property.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking please let us know by email as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy
Full refund for cancellations made at least 14 days before check-in, minus the payment processing fee.
After that 50% refund for cancellations made at least 5 days before check-in.
No refunds for cancellations made within 5 days of check-in.

Changes to Booking
If you need to change the dates or number of people on your booking, you can send an email to let us know, if the dates are available we will send you a revised quote outlining the amended dates and price increase/decrease or rate remaining the same.

For cancellations or booking changes email caroline@connemara-cottage.com.

5 Stars - 184 Guest Reviews

 

 

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  • The most beautiful location and house. So close to Clifden town as well. Great central base for some lovely trips. Highly recommend.

    Ciara
    12/09/21

    we had a lovely stay with our little dog! cottage was exactly as described. the road up to it is a bit tricky but we got the hang of it. I would recommend bringing insect repellent as the area has a lot of midgies, including the gardens of the cottage. good location for the town centre and loads of lovely walks in the surrounding area.

    Zoe
    08/09/21

    We had a fabulous stay. The house is so cosy. Such a beautiful location, remote but with everything you need so close by.

    Jennifer
    05/09/21
  • A lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Felt remote and yet only a short drive to Clifden.

    Rachel
    28/08/21

    lovely cottage in a wonderful rural location. the lane is long and very difficult to navigate. it is untarred in places and therefore unsuitable for cycling. the cottage is a gorgeous space: warm and very comfortable.

    Lorraine
    07/08/21

    Lovely cottage in a peaceful rural location yet surprisingly close to the hustle and bustle of Clifden.
    The house is clean and spacious and very well kitted out.
    Would highly recommend. Caroline is a great host and very responsive.

    James
    31/07/21
  • Lovely cottage in a great location. Everything was set up great and cottage was really clean. Had a great time.

    Simon
    24/07/21

    This is a wonderful location, so peaceful and beautiful, and a great place if you want to connect with nature. We really enjoyed our stay and I would highly recommend it for a break in the quietness and wildness of the countryside. At the same time, it is near enough to Clifden and great scenic spots. The Cottage is so cute and just like the one in John Fords "The Quiet Man". Caroline & Kevin had it lovely and clean.

    Alicia
    17/07/21

    We had a lovely stay in Old Shepards Cottage. Communication with the hosts was great and really straight forward check in. The cottage is exactly as in the photos - really clean and the wood burning stove is gorgeous on a cold, wet day! I'd definitely recommend a stay here.

    Aoife
    26/06/21
  • A lovely spot nestled in the mountains! We really enjoyed our stay here. An ideal location to explore all the delights of Connemara. Caroline and Kevin were perfect hosts.
    Highly recommend.

    Angela
    21/06/21

    Caroline and Kevin’s place is an amazing get away. It’s perfectly remote and you feel like you’re in true Connemara. We’ll be sure to head back in the near future.

    Nick
    17/06/21

    Could not fault this place. Unique setting with amazing views. Perfectly equipped. Stayed with 2 boys (10 + 12) and a small dog and they loved every minute. Highlight was a close encounter with a wild red deer close to the property. Unforgettable experience 🙂

    Sue
    08/06/21
  • We had a fantastic three night stay at the cottage with our dog. The location is so beautiful, remote, but still only a short drive in to Clifden. Everything was spotless, the kitchen is really well equipped with every type of utensil, pot and pan that you could imagine. The bed was really comfy, we had three great sleeps. The outdoor space is great, we loved sitting outside at the picnic table to have a drink, and our dog loved having a good sniff around the ample garden. We would love to visit again!

    Sarah
    31/05/21

    Our favorite airbnb in Ireland! 2nd stay here was as fabulous as the first time.

    Luna
    25/05/21

    Had a lovely stay at Caroline's cottage. The place was spotless and had everything needed to make the stay comfortable. Fantastic views and very peaceful yet surprisingly close to Clifden. A great get away location. Caroline was quick and precise with communication and directions. Brilliant host. Would recommend her place if you're ever visiting Clifden.

    Niall
    21/05/21
  • Lovely cottage in a wonderful setting and great location.

    Catherine
    17/05/21

    Beautiful cottage with great views. Isolated with just the sheep for company. The cottage was spotless, well equipped, and close to Clifden. The last section of the road is very rocky so drive slowly! Loved getting back here at end of day sightseeing and lighting the fire. If you get a clear night, sit out and watch the stars or get up early and have breakfast in the sun while the rabbits hop right up to the door!

    Christopher
    14/05/21

    Beautiful little cottage in a remote area, but still only a short drive into Clifden, ideal for a nice quiet getaway! The cottage has everything you need and hosts were easy to deal with, highly recommended!

    Gavin
    07/05/21
  • This cottage is an amazing space, rural vibes but so close to the amenities of the local town. Very easy to check in, and get lost in another world!

    Padraig
    03/05/21

    Caroline & Kevin’s place was beautiful. We were there when the weather was super bad, but we still had such a wonderful visit because the cottage is so lovely and cozy. Very clean, great amenities and kitchen tools, and very secluded. We highly recommend this stay 🙂

    Emily
    30/12/20

    amazing place

    Alfonso
    26/10/20
  • If you're looking for a spacious yet cosy home from home that's both away from it all yet brilliantly located for exploring beautiful Connamara - THIS is THE place for you!! We ended up extending our stay by two nights we loved it so much. Incredibly well equipped with everything from a washing machine, tumble drier, every kitchen utensil you could need for rustling up some hearty meals & a gorgeous fire for gathering round in the evenings. We'll be back for sure! 🙂

    Kloe &.
    10/10/20

    One of the most amazing locations I have found on airbnb, it was quite off the grid. For whoever wants cozy in the middle of nature with a low chance of seeing other humans, this is for you.

    Eliran
    03/10/20

    Lovely cottage, close enough to local shops with a short drive. Beautiful views over the surrounding landscape. The log burner made our autumn stay cosy. Easy to take day trips to Kylemore etc.

    Colin
    30/09/20
  • The cottage is a delight: beautifully situated overlooking wonderful scenery - blissfully quiet, but only a short drive to Clifden and with a host of lovely sights within easy reach by car. It was very warm and comfortable and has all the amenities necessary - including an easy to use stove for evening fires. I would happily stay here again. The hosts were friendly and responsive and checked in to make sure that all was in order after I arrived.

    Julian
    27/09/20

    Perfect, peaceful setting in Connemara with close access to the mountains and the sea.

    Tanya
    19/09/20

    Incredible location in a spotlessly clean cottage for a perfect Connemara getaway.

    Leon
    07/09/20
  • The location of this place is just brilliant, in "the middle of nowhere" and very connected to nature, yet charming Clifden is only 5 minutes away. The house is very cosy and the hospitality of Caroline & Kevin take it to a next level. The house is comfortable offering all you need and the fireplace facilitates great evenings inside. Simply this airbnb is all you're hoping for and more 🙂

    Luna -.
    01/09/20

    The location of this place is just brilliant, in "the middle of nowhere" and very connected to nature, yet charming Clifden is only 5 minutes away. The house is very cosy and the hospitality of Caroline & Kevin take it to a next level. The house is comfortable offering all you need and the fireplace facilitates great evenings inside. Simply this airbnb is all you're hoping for and more 🙂

    Luna
    01/09/20

    Caroline was a great host; clearly communicated everything that was needed & was very quick to respond if we had any queries. The cottage was lovely & the setting/location was great, too; a great base for travelling around the Connemara area.

    Clodagh
    27/08/20
  • Highly recommended! Don't miss the opportunity to stay in this lovely cottage.

    Cathal
    24/08/20

    Lovely Remote Irish Cottage !!!!!

    Orin
    20/08/20

    This is a very special spot. The Cottage itself is like a picture with amazing views & peaceful private surroundings. It has everything you will need, is very well serviced. We stayed with three kids in tow & they also really loved it.... highly recommend!

    Helen
    10/08/20
  • Great stay here. Would recommend to both tourist and Irish locals. 1010

    Michael
    01/08/20

    Lovely holiday away. Be aware of steep drive up to cottage

    Johanna
    29/07/20

    What a charming house nestled in the beautiful wild hills of Conemara

    Ann
    26/07/20
  • What a gorgeous cottage! Perfect location too away from the beaten track but a short drive to Clifden. The kids loved the nearby sheep too!

    Alison
    23/07/20

    This is a really lovely cottage; it is very comfortable, well equipped with a wonderful, restful ambiance, making ideal for a getaway from it all break.

    Tommy
    18/07/20

    A lovely cottage with everything you'd need. A great spot to use as a base for exploring connemara. Hosts responded quickly and very helpfully.

    Ben
    13/07/20
  • Fabulous cottage, and lovely home owners to deal with. Would highly recommend.

    Norma
    10/07/20

    An amazing stay that I have already recommended friends and family. C&K are an absolute delight and very thoughtful. Everything was perfect. Just beware that the cottage is up a narrow and steep rocky road in case your car cannot handle it. Taxis are also unwilling to collect from cottage. I would definitely visit again.

    Larisa
    06/07/20

    Great cottage in the wonderful location, but still pretty close to town/shops.

    Yuri
    03/07/20
  • Lovely cottage in Connemara. Feels like you are in the middle of nowhere but close to Clifden. House had great amenities and hosts were so helpful and attentive. Would highly recommend!

    Rachel
    19/06/20

    Lovely and secluded cottage on the west coast of Galway, with the fireplace being especially nice.

    Bruno
    25/03/20

    We had a fantastic time in Caroline's cottage! Communication with Caroline was easy and swift and the location is stunning!!! The house is wonderfully decorated and very cosy with a really well stocked kitchen. The views from the window with sheep grazing and sweeping vistas beyond are beautiful and a wonderful escape!

    Julie
    16/03/20
  • Caroline & Kevin’s place was even better than expected. The cottage is located right next to Clifden (super convenient) but you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, with sheep roaming and gorgeous views- so relaxing. The cottage itself is more spacious than it appears in pictures, comfortable, and has everything you need. We stayed for Christmas and Caroline even had put up a Christmas tree and some decorations. This was so thoughtful! Would definitely recommend and would love to stay here again myself.

    Crystal
    27/12/19

    One of the best AirBnb experiences we have had. A beautiful setting. Very, very clean with all modern conveniences. Cottage is cozy and attractive inside and out. Great country walks and also close enough to town to walk. Quiet and out of the way, but great directions made it easy to find.

    Jim
    04/12/19

    Our stay in the cottage was wonderful! It definitely felt like we were getting away from it all, but with town and local sights not too far away. It was the perfect size for our group of 4 adults and 2 children. The kids loved the games and toys found in the cupboards, as well as running out each morning to say hello to the sheep. We enjoyed using the cozy fireplace and had plenty of wood for our 3 night stay. The hosts were very responsive and responded immediately to a question I had sent them. We would definitely stay again the next time we find ourselves in Clifden!

    Kristin
    01/12/19
  • SUCH a beautiful spot!

    Jon
    11/11/19

    Adresse exceptionnelle, dans un paysage magnifique propice aux promenades et à la découverte de la région. A la fois extraordinairement calme et isolée, et non loin de magasins et de Clifden. C'est un coup de coeur!

    Camille
    24/10/19

    Secluded cottage with excellent views and a traditional feel. Perfect for escaping modern life while being in reach of Clifden's pubs and restaurants.

    Mark
    13/10/19
  • Nous avons passés 2 nuits dans ce cottage perdu au coeur du Connemara et entouré de mouton, ce qui fait tout son charme !
    Nous avons adoré notre séjour... à recommander !

    Amandine
    22/09/19

    Very quaint cute, clean, lots of space, out in the country. Easy to find. Very very quiet. Would return. Not far from noisy city.

    Colleen
    19/09/19

    Quelle surprise ce cottage dans cet endroit magnifique, si tranquille et dans une région où il est possible de faire tant de choses !

    Agnès
    08/09/19
  • Caroline’s house is beautiful and its surroundings are very peaceful. Our stay was very pleasant !

    Thibault
    29/08/19

    Unbeknownst to me at the time of booking, we celebrated our engagement at this special little gem. It's close to everything and nothing at at the same time, and the drive to the cottage its absolute magic. We cooked our meals in the well equipped kitchen and bid the sheep a good morning every day. Our stay here will forever remain a well treasured memory. My fiance's contribution "It was kick ass!"

    Autumn
    26/08/19

    Séjour incroyable au milieu des moutons. L'endroit est superbe! La maison est belle, propre et tres bien équipée. Allez- y, vous ne regreterez pas! Merci Caroline, nous avons passé un formidable séjour.

    Agnes
    24/08/19
  • We had a great visit. The classic cottage is just a few minutes drive from Clifden, but is in a remote location along a one-lane boreen (we only encountered another car there once), with views of a river, hills, and sheep, and outstanding views of the 12 Bens. The view through the skylights is extra special. The boreen is also a nice place to go for a four-mile run. The design features were delightful, clearly reflecting Caroline's artistic and graphics talents. We also made good use of the clothes washer and dryer. The spiral staircase to the upstairs bedroom and bathroom was perhaps not for everyone, so my wife and I stayed in one of the two downstairs bedrooms and my daughter stayed upstairs.

    Brian
    21/08/19

    Very nice location in the middle of the fields, standing view, well equiped

    Nicolas
    10/08/19

    Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans la petite maison de Caroline. Celle ci est très bien équipée et dispose de tous les équipements nécessaires. Les photos sont fidèles au logement. Le logement est isolé dans la campagne ce qui est fort agréable en étant pour autant proches des centres d’intérêts de cette partie du Connemara. Attention, cependant à votre véhicule car la petite route qui mène au logement se termine par un chemin parfois un peu sinueux pour une petite voiture.

    Laure &.
    08/08/19
  • Lovely house, in a nice quiet area close to Cliften.

    Brian
    06/08/19

    Our stay at Caroline’s place will be a family memory we all cherish forever! What an absolutely breathtaking piece of earth and sky and beautiful home to frame it all. The home is so comfortable, artful, and dear. The kitchen had every cooking implement we needed for meal prep and the outdoor picnic table made for the grandest dining room. Because we were visiting at the peak of the summer tourist season, we were especially appreciative of the quiet and solitude the cottage offered. Perfect amount of space for our family of 5 and would very comfortably fit more. I would plan a future trip around the availability of this cottage—that is how much we loved it!

    Jared
    02/08/19

    Very cosy and nice and clean cottage surrounded by the green hills of Connamara.

    Carl
    31/07/19
  • Le Cottage est très mignon et très bien équipé. Dans un environnement calme et isolé mais proche de toutes les commodités. Caroline a été très réactive pour répondre à toutes nos questions. La boîte à clef permet la souplesse pour l'horaire d'arrivée. Je recommande ce logement pour sillonner dans le Connemara.

    Katy
    21/07/19

    Caroline’s Place is just heaven. Driving up from the main road and seeing the sun shine through the clouds and the mountains was just spectacular.

    Kris
    19/07/19

    Super endroit, propre, au milieu de rien, tout de même super bien situé, 1 « défaut »: l’accès se faisant pas toute de pierre.

    Romain
    17/07/19
  • Beautiful place off the beaten path. Amazing view and warm comfortable setting. A real getaway far from the bustling city.

    Nick
    14/07/19

    This is a lovely cottage in a remote and beautiful part of Connemara, yet very accessible and close to Clifden. Makes you feel like a true northwestern local for a few days. We loved our stay there. The cottage is very clean and tidy, has all the modern necessities, and is super cozy. A real gem.

    Cory
    11/07/19

    Amazing location, away from it all! This home was cozy and felt like a true escape from everything....the sheep were the only neighbors. I would stay here again.....and again!

    Deborah
    07/07/19
  • Beautiful location and great communication, we really enjoyed our stay, perfect for a small group if you're happy to be a short drive from the centre

    David P.
    01/07/19

    Excellent. If you crave privacy and serenity with amazing views then this is the place to be. Rustic road in but well worth it

    John
    28/06/19

    Lovely little get away from city life for a couple of days!

    Sally
    23/06/19
  • A lovely little cottage hidden away in its own valley, but only minutes from Clifden. Warm and clean, the perfect spot for weekend away no matter what the weather.

    Michael
    16/06/19

    Un cadre magnifique, accueilli par les moutons, isolé de la ville. Le cottage de Caroline est un endroit rêvé pour prendre du repos et profiter des paysages

    Camille
    14/06/19

    Fantastic location. Very remote and beautiful views. Lovely little cottage.

    Neil
    11/06/19
  • Lovely cottage with a lot of character. Near to local pubs and restaurants but in a secluded area - the best of both. Beautiful area to explore.

    Kirsty
    08/06/19

    The location of the cottage is perfect. You’ll feel a million miles away from civilization, but only be a quick 5-10 drive to everything you could need in Clifden. The home is spacious and had everything we needed to cook breakfast and dinner. It is rustic, yet comfortable.

    Audrey
    06/06/19

    We enjoyed our stay at this charming cottage. Loved the seclusion with sheep grazing all about and a lovely view of a valley. The house is basically comfortable and nicely furnished.
    The second downstairs bedroom with bunk beds is really intended for children. The spiral staircase to the master bedroom is steep and could be tricky for some.

    Tory
    04/06/19
  • THE most amazing place to be & stay. Out in the middle of nowhere, yet so close to town.

    Claudine H.
    28/05/19

    A charming little cottage and serene and remote escape in classic Connemara landscape convenient to surrounding Connemara attractions.

    Jacinta
    23/05/19

    The best!

    Robin
    12/05/19
  • We had a really nice stay.

    Kristin
    09/05/19

    Nous étions déjà venus en 2014 et nous y sommes revenus avec grand plaisir

    William
    02/05/19

    Nous étions déjà venus en 2014 et nous y sommes revenus avec grand plaisir

    William &.
    02/05/19
  • Charming cottage. Beautiful scenery of the Irish countryside. Easy and short drive to Clifden. Don't miss Sky Loop Road.

    Nathaniel &.
    23/04/19

    I went to Caroline's cottage with 5 friends to get away from the city and it was the perfect place. The cottage is as cute as it looks in the pictures and perfectly comfortable for 6 people. It was very nice views of mountains and sheep and no noise at all. The place was very clean and Caroline even left us some Easter Eggs, truly an amazing experience.

    Esther
    21/04/19

    Beautiful little cottage in a very quiet rural location. Best of both worlds close to Clifden for shops and restaurants but in a really quiet location surrounded by forest, rivers and fantastic views.
    Perfect place to get away from it all.
    Excellent base for a holiday in Connemara.

    Sinéad
    18/04/19