Guinness House is situated in an unrivaled location with a private beach surrounding gardens and dramatic scenery of great natural beauty which combines to make it the perfect place to refresh body and soul. All you have to do is arrive! Open all year round, Guinness House is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, available to rent for self catering holidays. Guests can stroll directly from the kitchen to the rocky shoreline of Guinness Beach.
The Cottage and Gardens were originally developed by an English lady between the wars. Lady Oranmore and Browne the youngest daughter of Arthur Ernest Guinness of the Brewing dynasty acquired the cottage from the previous owner by appointment and purchased it immediately. Oonagh always remembered being surprised by the unusual dress of the seller “ The only clothing on her body was a straw hat”. Oonagh was the wife of Philip Kindersley and Dominick 4th Baron Oranmore and Browne whose children included Garech Browne and Tara Browne, tragically made famous by the Beatles “Day in the life of”.
She later transferred the Cottage to her Oldest sister the Hon Aileen Plunkett in the early 1950’s Aileen loved the cottage and the area much preferring the tranquility to her regular home at Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin. She would frequently cross the country in her Rolls Royce driven by her loyal Butler Gerry. Over the years many members of The Guinness family would visit with or without Aileen along with many renowned artists, musicians and actors. Aileen’s younger daughter Doon married The 6th Earl Granville a first cousin of The Queen. A Long list of Aristocracy continue to stay at the Cottage including The Duke of Kent, Earl of Erne, Duke of Abercorn and Knight of Glinn. Countess Granville became famously adept at hooking Lobsters from under rocks along the shore. She regularly travelled down from her home on an Island in the Outer Hebrides with her children the present owners. Their children the fourth generation follow the tradition of the whole family regularly meeting up at The Guinness House.
With it’s unique design and spectacular panoramic views this elegant bungalow, houses 6 bedrooms and a separate chalet, each providing spacious and bright living areas. Finished to a very high standard with many special features including high ceilings, under-floor heating, beds and linen of the highest quality and owner’s attention to detail is evident throughout. The house has everything one would expect such as free internet connection, travel cot, highchair, library of books, hairdryer. There are beautifully maintained matured gardens, hidden at the edge of the gardens is an enchanting gazebo, the interior is entirely covered of Connemara shells! This is a perfect hideaway to retreat and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
Looking for a meaningful family vacation this self catering holiday home caters for the wish lists and interests of every age group. Lots of activities for every member of the family and once in a lifetime experience and unique memories. Guinness House caters for weddings, anniversary or birthday’s, looking for an annual family get-together this is the home for you!
Six attractive bedrooms , each room has it’s own unique look and seaside theme.
Beds and linens are of the highest quality and owner’s attention to detail is evident throughout. The house has everything you would expect from a home, WiFi, books, travel cot, highchair, hairdryer, BBQ for those summer evenings.
A warm welcome awaits you
Main house – Sleeps 13 guests – 2 full bathrooms, 3 shower rooms
Studio – Sleeps 3 guests -1 shower room
You will enter Guinness House along a windy narrow road, to your left is the Atlantic Ocean !
Guinness House accommodates: 16 guests
Left hand wing:
Kitchen/dining area, 2 bedrooms utility room, shower room, main bathroom, door leading to patio area.
Upon entering the kitchen/dining room you are struck by the ambient of natural light beaming from floor to ceiling windows and patio doors. There is an island with breakfast bar and 3 stools, Samsung fridge freezer, small fridge also built into the island, microwave, dishwasher, Belling double oven and grill, 5 ring hob with extractor fan. Large dining table seating approximately 12 , TV and wooden floors. Double doors leading to the garden on one side and double doors leading to a small hallway.
Bedroom 1 – Single day bed, double bed with fitted wardrobes either side, chest of drawers, wooden floors, steps leading to separate bathroom with bath shower and toilet, heated towel rails
Bedroom 2 – Double bed with fitted wardrobe, dressing table, wooden floors, bathroom with shower overhead, sink unit and WC, window overlooking back garden
Small hallway leading to door to patio with a BBQ and seating area
Utility room with separate washer and drier, Iron, ironing board and clothes horse. Window overlooking the back of the house.
Separate shower room with sink unit – WC, heated towel rail.
Right hand wing:
Sitting room 1 – 3 seater L-shaped couch, flat screen TV, free to air, door to the front of the house, leading directly onto the beach, 2 windows to front, high ceilings. Desk
Sitting room 2 – stove, TV, lots of seating, double doors leading to the kitchen and a door which leads to the 2nd part of the house.
Bedroom 3 – Double bed, dressing table and lots of natural light
Bedroom 4 – Double bed with fitted wardrobe and window to the back of the house
Bedroom 5 – Double bed with chest of drawers window to back of the house
2 separate shower rooms with sink and WC
Bedroom 6 – Single room – twin beds fitted wardrobe and bookshelf, chest of drawers window to front
2 single beds, pull out bed for mezzanine area, sink unit 2 electric rings, microwave and fridge unit with top freezer. Table with 4 chairs overlooking front of house – window to side. Chest of drawers, shower WC and sink unit, window to side.
Front of house – double gates leading to pathway to 2nd sitting room and kitchen area – grass area to front, side gate leading to back, gate leading to steps onto the beach
Underfloor heating throughout, chalet has separate heating system
Ballyconneely village has 2 shops, a post office, pub/restaurant, and playground
For avid golfers, Ballyconneely is home to the Connemara Championship Golf Course. This Eddie Hackett designed course is set in stunning, rugged countryside. The back nine has been described as the equal of any in the world. Situated in Aillebrack, Ballyconneely overlooking the Atlantic Ocean it offers 360 degree views of the Golf Course and the unique Connemara landscape. This is a wonderful place to stop off and enjoy lunch or dinner after a round of golf or a walk on the surrounding beaches. Dun Loughin surfing beach is close by to this course.
The Point Pony trekking centre will ensure a fun family day out on one of their pony treks. A unique Connemara experience!
Take a tour of the Connemara Smoke House and watch how the salmon it traditionally prepared for smoking and enjoy a tasting of their delicious smoked salmon! Tours operate every Wednesday during the summer months at 3pm!
Why not take a trip to Derrygimlagh Hill, one of the most historical spots in Connemara for 2 very important reasons:
There’s no end of sea fishing opportunities in Connemara, especially in Ballyconneely so you can test your angling prowess! And with plentiful fish stocks it’s no wonder anglers flock here all year round. Popular spots for anglers include the harbour at Erislannan Point, the sheltered bay at Candoolin (close to the cottage) and Mannin Bay. Mannin Bay in particular has good innings for the small boat angler. Plaice is the most popular catch in this area while nearby Ballyconneely Bay has great potential for catching tope, ray, dogfish and Pollack.
Ballyconneely peninsula is virtually ringed by beaches – from the Coral Strand at Derrygimlagh, west and north to Knock, Mannin, Dun Loughan and Truska, and east and south from Keeraunmore, Aillebrack, and Ballyconneely Bay to Calla, Dolan and Murvey
The village of Roundstone lies on the western arm of Bertraghboy bay in Connemara, Co. Galway, 48 miles (77km) north-west of Galway city. This Connemara village is beautifully set on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in Ireland overlooking the Atlantic at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain.
What about afternoon lunch in this pretty fishing village and afterwards let the kids enjoy some time on the Monkey Bars in the Village playground? The village has an ample amount of excellent bars and restaurants. It has a traditional craft centre; selling locally produced handmade pottery, jewellery and instruments! Be sure to check out Yvonne Kings Studio and the Stable Gallery which features contemporary art. Your one stop shop for unique gifts to bring home!
Roundstone is teeming with festivals and events during the summer months, such as the local regatta and the pony show; all of which are great family days out! Looking to experience some traditional Irish music? Irish nights take place in the upper community hall, every Wednesday at 8:30pm, all ages welcome! Starting the beginning of June; there will be a local market in the village with stalls selling fresh local produce and crafts. Well worth a visit.
There are also fishing trips suitable for all the family! Catch and cook your own dinner!! Don’t have great sea legs? Take a trip down to the pier. Local fishermen are well known for selling their fresh catch at the end of the day!
Gurteen is the larger of the two and the closer to Roundstone. The water is crystal clear and it is very safe for swimming and other water based activities. It is naturally protected by the headland which it faces to the South and it is a popular destination for holiday makers in the summertime.
Dog’s Bay (or Port na Fadoige in Irish meaning Bay of Plovers) faces due west. It is famous for its mineral sands which are made of millions of microscopic shells. It is a stunning beach with its bright white sands and crystal blue water. Since 1991 the dunes separating Gurteen Beach from Dog’s Bay have been the focus of intensive efforts to plant Mar ram Grass to stem coastal erosion. Visitors are requested to respect the signs restricting access to the dunes. The wild headland which stretches out into the Atlantic between the two beaches is an area of great beauty and is a fantastic walk where you will be surrounded by water on three sides.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ACTIVITES AND EVENTS IN AND AROUND THE CONNEMARA AREA, PLEASE BROWSE THE “THINGS TO DO” SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE
“A beautiful and very well-appointed home! Great for a family or friend group vacation. Plenty of space, privacy and separate bathrooms. Beautiful views from all sides and cozy spaces to cook and hang out. Very good and warm interior design. One of the better places I’ve ever stayed” John, November 2022
“No where like it .. HEAVENLY- My daughter found this beautiful magnificent “ Guinness house” over 5 years ago .. we ( our family ..mr children 4 & spouses & 7 precious grandchildren under 10… have been there ( twice 1 year) .. omg .. we ALL ADORE IT .. little one too !!! we’e been soo fortunate.. Yvonne & girls Cannot to enough to accommodate you .. at All times have gone over & beyond to try facilitate you regarding dates & kiddies & school calendars & last minute request for a ‘ cot’ etc .. cannot do enough for you .. from bottom of my heart thank you .. thank you Yvonne .& girls .. thank you Connemara Letting.. thank you Guinness house for giving us our lives bck .. One thing we learned during the very challenging, uncertain, at times frightening & sadly heartache & loss of love ones .. THAT THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS BEEN WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS..LIVING LIFE EVERY SINGLE DAY .. the best way you can .. & TRY SHARE TIMES WITH Family, friend & go places that fill you with joy & happinesses or simply just to rest or heal ! ‘ GUINNESS HOUSE’ hold my heart in her “GRASP”.. we all Adored it .. we never leave it .. we have new memories every visit .. every day to cherish forever !! Thank you for joy , happiness & memories” –Pearl August 2022
“Wow even in January, just a stunning house/location. The house had everything possible in it for the guests 10/10 just brilliant. Couldn’t recommend this house enough” – Nicola January 2022
“A superb house with a beach literally in the front garden. Guinness House is a magical treasure. Situated at the end of a long winding lane in one of the best locations in Connemara. It has good comfortable accommodation and an excellently equipped kitchen, an endless supply of piping hot water and a games room for when the weather disappoints.” Lainey Jun 2021
“Our group had a wonderful communication was clear and easy. The house is certainly off the beaten path, but the directions were easy to follow and the location simply can’t be beat! Perfect for a large group of friends or family. We would definitely come back again.” Aisha November 2019
“This listing is magical! Can be a bit daunting arriving at first as the road is very narrow, but upon reaching the house it does not take long to realise it is completely worth it. The front garden of the house is a private beach! The beds are so comfy, showers amazing and the amenities in the house are top quality. The host even left a lovely welcome package for us. We were a group of 13 plus 4 kids and it never felt like that – loads of room for everyone. We had a fabulous weekend and are would love to return again in the future.” Kelli November 2019
“Stunning location right on your own private beach. Beautiful views of sea, mountains and Connemara, just stunning. Plenty of space for all the family and more. Definitely a gem of Connemara! Even saw some Sea Otters which was fantastic! Fantastic property and facilities! Great spot to enjoy and beautiful location, Connemara at it’s best!!”-Simone November 2019
A week in Shangri-La The perfect location for a family get together in comfort. Lovely beach within 20m of house, SUP-ing, kite surfing, sandcastle competitions, sundowners on the terrace
Heaven! Blainey June 2019
A stay in Paradise… We were a group of 11 friends, and we had the chance to spend a 4-days week end in the wonderful Guinness House in Ballyconneely.
Everything there is perfect: the landscape of course (white sand beach with turquoise blue water, and breathtaking view on Errisbeg), the incredible garden (both sides of the house), but also the house itself, with its numerous rooms, that big kitchen / dining room, and the classy, yet sober decoration. Time has no effect there, hours are seconds, or years, you’re never sure!
And when comes the moment to leave, you have that unutterable feeling that you were one of the most privileged person on earth… Hugues May 2019
Great house in a fantastic location. Our family loved our week in this house. The location is superb, with fantastic walks on the beach. Quiet location with no disturbances but a close drive to shops and villages. House itself is very clean and comfortable, kitchen is very well equipped.- Maeve August 2018
Extended Family Gathering. We had a fantastic family gathering at Guinness House, our only complaint was that it was too short a stay. This really is a jewel in the heart of Connemara. The interior of the house itself is beautifully and stylishly fitted, with a lovely warm homely feel. It’s contemporary decor retains the charm of old with many of the contents reflecting the beauty of surrounding Connemara. We were greeted by Catherine, who had baked a delicious welcome marmalade cake. The kitchen is very well kitted out, and to cater for large numbers (though the dishwasher is slow at 3 hr cycles), we made paella for 16 one of the nights! The setting is breathtaking, we loved the beach and enjoyed the daily varied tidal vistas, great for idyllic beach strolls and lots of fun and adventure for children. Great base for exploring local Roundstone & Clifden and beyond, twenty minute walk to Keoghs, local pub.We didn’t get too much sunshine, if we did I probably wouldn’t have left the house – beach, garden, local walks. If you love Connemara, you will love Guinness House.- Sarah August 2018
Absolutely loved this house! The Guinness House was more than we expected. It had everything we needed and it was perfect for our family.- Theresa May 2018
Guinness House is happy to welcome your pet, however we would ask that your pet would not be permitted on furniture or on beds. If additional cleaning is required we may have to deduct this from your damage deposit.
Linen and Towels are inclusive in the rental rate.
Check in is striclty from 5pm onwards
Check out is strictly at 10am
Please note that a €500 security deposit is pre-authorised by credit card 2-3 days prior to your arrival, card details are released 3 days after your departure as long as there are no breakages or damage to the property. Please note damage deposits may take up to 10 working days to be released back to the guest depending on the guests bank.
Cable TV & DVD player
Fully equipped Kitchen and large dining table
Highchair & Travel cot provided
Ideal for Groups
Loads of space - Perfect for Families
Lots of natural light
White sandy beach on your doorstep
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