This is a real gem set in a spectacular location boasting stunning views across Clifden Harbour. This 1200 sq foot apartment is tucked away in a completely quiet and idyllic spot, oozing charm and providing modern living.
Walk down a series of 40 steps, onto a large patio area which is a real sun trap, great place to enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of wine whilst watching the sunset in the evening.
Spend your days amidst the beauty of Connemara, touring the area enjoying all the attractions and activities and return to the quiet, well-appointed and relaxing home away from home – Helen’s Hideaway.
You enter directly into a very bright and airy open plan reception room, dining area with fully equipped kitchen – everything one could possibly need. The dining table seats 4. There is a comfy couch, TV with satellite channels, DVD player, Ipod docking station, electric fire.
Bedroom 1 has ample fitted wardrobes, super king size bed (zip and link which can be made into 2 single beds upon request), door leading to patio area. Fabulous views of the harbour. Ensuite shower room.
Bedroom 2 again has fitted wardrobe, king size bed, door leading to patio area. There is a separate bathroom with a huge oval shaped bath (fit for a king !) large power shower.
There is a huge laundry room with washing machine, clothes horse, ideal area for storing wet gear.
There is a large wild and rugged garden to the front of the property
Clifden town ‘the Capital of Connemara’ is oozing history, heritage, culture & traditions of Irish Music and Dance. This vibrant town has an array of shops selling top quality gifts, trinket souvenirs and handmade knits but to name a few! You will also find boutiques, antique shops and art galleries. There are cosy coffee shops, pubs from the genuine ‘quaint-Irish’ to the more trendy where entertainment is plentiful. Whatever your taste in music you will find a selection of traditional, modern music and dance. Clifden has a reputation for the West’s ‘Gourmet Capital’ – for its fine restaurants. Take the kids to the town playground where they can have fun on the swings or have a kick about in the pitch beside it!
A must visit is the ruins of the old D’Arcy mansion, Clifden Castle. Along the Sky Road is a gateway leading to the castle. Once a Gothic Mansion, the D’Arcy’s lived here until 1850 when the estate was sold to the Eyre Family who lived here at intervals until the castle fell into ruin in the early 20th century.
There are many fine festivals to enjoy throughout the year in Connemara. Most full of music, dance, fun, laughter, activities and games for the young and the young-at-heart. The most well known and oldest of all is the Clifden Community Arts Festival which offers a superb range of poetry readings, lectures, recitals, traditional music, concerts and comedy
At the summit of the Sky Road peninsula there is Eyrephort beach at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
For those Rainy Days, the Station House Theatre shows the latest movies throughout the week. The theatre also runs live family friendly shows suitable for all ages throughout the summer season. The Station House Leisure Centre have 3 day and weekly passes available for visitors to purchase, which allow you access to the hotel’s gym, swimming pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi!
Why not visit Dan O’Haras homestead (8 minute drive from Clifden town on the N59); an award winning heritage centre which offers a fascinating glimpse of rural Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. Visitors can enjoy a carriage ride through the centre and see demonstrations of turf cutting, sheep herding and other traditional tasks.
Explore Connemara on an electric bike which can be hired from All Things Connemara (on Market Street) or take part in a bike tour with Connemara Cycling Tours (also on Market Street)
Clifden Friday Market takes place every Friday on Market Square where you will find a wide variety of producers selling their fresh produce to the general public. Be sure to arrive early, as most of the produce and stalls are gone by noon. There’s a good selection of organic vegetables, homemade breads, pies, herbs, fruits, flowers, plants and some clothing.
Clifden has probably the best fishing waters in Europe. The scenery in this area is spectacular on land and at sea with a great variety of seabirds and wildlife, including seals and dolphins. Why not spend the day sea angling? Pack a picnic and spend the day on the beautiful briny sea! Call John at the Celtic Queen on 095-21069 or on 0862484674
Approximately, 4 km from Clifden Town Centre, you will find a delightful Pitch and Putt course, which is suitable for all ages and a great activity that the whole family will enjoy!
Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland ‘Connemara is a savage beauty’ Oscar Wilde. Connemara’s landscape will take your breath away, golf competitions and horse riding on wonderful open grassland. . Boat races, regattas, music festivals, marathons, activity events all take place throughout the year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS IN AND AROUND THE CONNEMARA AREA, PLEASE BROWSE THE “THINGS TO DO” SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE
“Lovely property in fabulous location! We liked Helen’s Hideaway so much that this is already our second visit. The apartment is spacious with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms so ideal for 2 couples or a family. It’s got everything you need including lots of lovely fluffy towels and luxurious bedding. But what makes this property so special is the location. It’s tucked away on the ground floor of a large house, with views over the estuary. Whether you are sitting enjoying the sun on the terrace (which in theory is possible the whole day but it is Ireland) or relaxing in the apartment, it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere when actually you are just a couple of minutes from the many excellent pubs, restaurants and shops that Clifden has to offer. Clifden is a charming, bustling wee town, with great facilities. The food, the drink and the music are great. And if you head out of town from the apartment along Beach Road, you are rewarded with a lovely walk along with a great pub at the end of it. There is so much to see and do in Connemara that I couldn’t begin to describe it all. The scenery is spectacular wherever you go. I can’t imagine a better location than Helen’s Hideaway as a base to discover this beautiful area.”- Alison August 2017
“Fantastic location, great view of harbour from suntrap patio. Very comfortable beds with lovely linen. Excellent bathrooms. Everything you could need. Helen is very friendly and helpful. Perfect for two couples. Be aware if you are in any way wary of steps – 40 steep ones!. i would highly recommend it.”- Mary August 2017
“Beautiful find – really nice apartment tucked away, down by the seashore – two minutes walk to shops/pubs etc. Perfect spot!”- Hazel November 2016
“We had a fantastic holiday in Helen’s Hideaway! The house is very complete, the beds are fantastic! Great view and 3 minutes walk from the centre where there are many pubs and very good restaurants! And Connemara is beautiful! Greetings from the Netherlands”- Alie September 2015
“The perfect location for a relaxed, tranquil stay but unique in it’s proximity to the town. Could not be more comfortable with the owners willing to go out of their way.”- Roisin July 2015
Helens Wonderful Hideaway
Can not fault our stay in any way. We had a 1 year old child with us, high chair and cot were provided. The apartment was bigger than expected, had everything we needed and location was perfect. You can’t go wrong staying here.
–Wendy Oct 2014
Extremely comfortable stay, very relaxing waking up to such beautiful views. Been to clifden many times- best accommodation stayed in. Would definitely make a return visit.
–Aileen Aug 2014
Perfect location for a large clean apartment!
We had a very good stay in this apartment. On our arrival, the cot and highchair were ready for my daughter and the owner even provided toys and stuffed animals for her. Everything was clean, rooms were large, beds were comfortable… Location is excellent as 1 min walk from grocery store and the city, while providing the feeling of the country side with a very pretty view.
I strongly recommend!
–Remi – July 2014
Great location and view, upscale apartment
Owner was very friendly and provided great customer service, property was clean with new appliances. I would recommend this place. We want to go back. Clifden is a picturesque town with good local amenities and music. We enjoyed being tourists there but also felt part of the life of the town.
– Regina w. – Now 2013
Modern comfort in great location!
Helen’s Hideaway is exactly how it is described- a roomy, bright and modern apartment with splendid views overlooking the sea and luxuriant greenery across the bay tucked away just at the edge of Clifden town. The apartment is impeccably clean and well appointed with all facilities, including large comfortable beds, bathrooms with power showers and high quality linen and towels. Then kitchen is well equipped with plenty of good crockery and glasses. A selection of good books and tasteful ornaments and pictures complete the good warm overall impression. The welcome is warm and the apartment is ideally situated for touring the magnificent countryside of Connemara or visiting the many wonderful beaches and availing of the other sporting facilities nearby. It is however nice to be back in town in the evening and relax and have a quiet evening in comfortable surroundings or avail of the variety of happenings and night life that Clifden has to offer.
– Giampiero P. – Oct 12
Linen & towels and utilities are inclusive in the rental rate.
Please note that €100 security deposit is required upon arrival. As long as there are no breakages or damage to the property this will be refunded on departure.
Check-in time is between 4pm & 6pm (If you require a later check-in time please let us know)
Check-out time is 10am on day of departure.