Kill House is an elegant historic property located in an area of outstanding scenic beauty close to the shores of the Atlantic sea at Kingstown Bay, near Clifden, the renowned Capital of Connemara in County Galway.
Kill House derives from an ancient and very large area called “Kill” which means “Church” in Gaelic. Situated right on the edge of the Sky Road as part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way, Kill House is surrounded by mature gardens and forms an oasis of serenity and shelter within the heart of Connemara. Connemara is a landscape of wild beauty and without any doubt one of the most spectacular sceneries in all of Europe.
Kill House was built in 1861 and has undergone meticulous and sensitive restoration in the last twenty years. The staircase is original as are many of the floors. Some of the sash windows have survived, others have been replaced with new timber sashes which maintain the elegant character of the house. The owners have furnished it with antique pieces, many dating to the period the property was built. For those who love history the owners have a book on the Adamson family who built the house, which brings you into contact with the Bronte family, Ballinahinch Castle, Queen Victoria’s visit there and much more.
Kill House is situated right on the edge of the Sky Road as part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. The house is approximately 5 miles outside the charming and sophisticated town of Clifden, renowned for food, shopping and entertainment. There are stunning walks with spectacular views on the famous Sky Road, hill walking on the Twelve Bens (the roof of Connemara) and endless sandy beaches nearby. There are a range of local activities including fishing, golfing, cycling, horse riding and surfing.
4 bedrooms – 1 full bathroom on first floor – 1 ensuite bathroom on first floor in main master bedroom – 1 shower room on ground floor
You are immediately struck by the grandeur of the hallway with an impressive staircase, high ceilings and tiled flooring. Doors leading to:
Dining room hosting a large dining table which seats upto 6 along with a smaller table seating upto 3. There is an open fireplace, ample windows allowing natural light and high ceilings. There are 2 doors leading from this large impressive room.
The reception room offers two comfy couches, large windows, TV, open fireplace & high ceilings.
The large kitchen has everything one would require, there is ample kitchen utensils for the cooking enthusiasts. Perfect setting for entertaining. Fully fitted with dishwasher, gas oven and hob, extractor fan, 2 fridges, freezer. There is a dining table seating upto 6 guests. Door to a pantry.
Door leading to utility/wet room with separate washing machine and drier. There is a shower unit, sink and WC. Door leading to the back of the property.
Stairs leading to the first floor landing, door leading to a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a separate family bathroom.
Bedroom comprises of 2 large windows overlooking the front and back of the property. Table with 2 chairs, door leading to an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower overhead, sink & wc.
Family bathroom with bath, shower overhead, sink unit & wc.
5 stairs leading to the top floor offering:
Bedroom 2: King size bed, wardrobe, dressing table and free standing mirror. High ceilings, 2 windows with beautiful views overlooking the gardens and allowing ample natural light.
Bedroom 3: King size bed, free standing wardrobe, dressing table with mirror, 2 large windows overlooking the front and side of the property. Stunning views over Kingstown bay.
Bedroom 4: King size bed, 2 free standing wardrobes, chest of drawers, window overlooking the side of the property with stunning views over the front garden and Kingstown Bay.
Kill House is hidden in sheltered private 2 acres of gardens with views overlooking Kingstown and Streamstown Bay. Kill House has a unique charm and is ideally located for families and friends to enjoy all that Connemara has to offer along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Kill House is situated only moments from one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ireland ‘The Sky Road’ with its majestic scenery of the rugged Coastline and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean where we can organise a private boat trip to visit islands such as Inishturbot, High Island and Omey Island. You can visit Cleggan Village where you can enjoy some fabulous seafood, from here take a boat trip to Inishbofin with its beautiful beaches, hire a bike or just relax. Only 5 mins from the house there is a Coral beach where you can enjoy a swim, go snorkeling or take a walk along the coast. You can go surfing, mountain climbing, horse riding, enjoy walking tours, visit Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara National Park (Diamond Hill), take a boat trip on a tranquil lake, have a picnic on the white sandy beaches, play an 18 hole golf course, go deep sea fishing, fly fishing this is to name but a few of the wonderful activities in the area. Clifden is only a 5 min drive away.
10 special features in Kill House
* Located just off the Sky Road
* Modern efficient heating system
* Only 5 miles from Clifden
* Historic house built 1861
* Double Garage
* Historic sash windows
* Beautiful antique furniture
* Meticulous restoration
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, 4km 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
“Kill House is an exceptional place for anyone who wants to relax. Jackie is an exceptional host. Likes: The charm, the authenticity of the place, beautiful landscapes, out of time, serenity, spirit. Dislikes: Nothing.” Claire August 2023
“Beautiful historic house. Spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The owners were very friendly and gave lots of advice about the surrounding area. It was really interesting to stay in an historic house such as this.” – Brian July 2023
“Kill House is an amazing place, in a great location. Jackie is an excellent host and we had a great family holiday. Can’t recommend enough.” – Mark, July 2022
“incredible property and Jackie an extremely welcoming and gracious host. 5 stars” – Simon July 2022
“Lovely house – Myself and my family really enjoyed our stay in Kill house. For an old grand house it was so warm and comfortable and we had to turn the heat down at the rads! The kids loved the size of the house and all the space for hide and seek . We had a fabulous 5 days.” – Sonia February 2022
“Beautiful, characterful and wonderful house in a special location and wonderful environment.” – Mick May 2022
“An extraordinary location on the Sky Road, excellent base line to explore the Connemara. A vast cosy house, tastefully furnished and where nothing is missing.
I know I won’t go anywhere else for my next trip to Connemara.” – Alain May 2022
“An absolutely charming place and surroundings. It is like living in a fairy tale house. If you want to live in a magical house for a few days, this is your place. Our host was very careful and polite. Totally recommended.” – Francisco April 2022
“Kill House is fantastic! A wonderful period house, well-furnished & able to comfortably sleep four couples in clean, comfortable & stylishly decorated rooms with a spare room that could hold air-beds for the kids or a fifth couple.The kitchen is extremely well appointed, with everything you could need to prepare excellent breakfasts, brunches, lunches & dinners (which we did). The long kitchen table became the focal point of our stay, from long, leisurely breakfasts in the morning to late-night, post-dinner chats, games & laughter.
The dining room has a real elegance & became our quiet place to read whilst lounging on the Chesterfield or seated on the lovely high-backed chairs.
And the sitting/TV room was well-used as some of the group caught up on their Netflix shows.
Kill House is a 15-minute run by car from Clifden, or 20-minutes if you decide to go by the incredibly scenic Sky Road. It’s also a short drive from the fabulous tidal island, Omey & Sweeney’s pub in Claddaghduff (perhaps the best view from a pub in Ireland) for a post-ramble pint & lunch. Our host Jackie & her sister Natasha were wonderfully welcoming & available.
We highly recommend Kill House as a base to explore Connemara from Roundstone to Killary Harbour (& beyond), to hike the Bens or as a quiet break away from the hustle & bustle of modern life.
We can’t wait to go back.” – Gavin March 2022
Kill house is just a stunning house in a stunning location! We had a family get together for the weekend, the house is so cosy and roomy, perfect for a big group and has everything you could possibly need! Would highly recommend!!
“Lovely house in a great location. Photos don’t do the house justice, amazing rooms very well appointed. Worked great for our two families with lots of space to relax”-Simon July 2021
“Lovely house, in a lovely part of the world. Our host couldn’t have been nicer.” – Liam June 2021
“Winter break in Kill House, Clifden. We stayed 4 nights in this amazing house. Highly recommended. We had a lovely few days with our family here. The house is cosy and kitchen very well equipped for cooking big meals. Hope to get back there soon.” – Helen January 2021
“Kill house far exceeded our expectations. It is incredibly clean, warm and comfortable. Not to mention beautifully decorated and has a fully stocked kitchen.
I would definitely recommend a trip!” – Ian September 2020
“Superb, comfortable and warm house in a beautiful setting and with a very large garden. Large rooms with very high-ceiling. The bedrooms are very large, bright and with superb views. Great supply of hot water with two bathrooms and a big shower room. Kitchen very bright and well equipped, The house was extremely clean and there are some impressive piece of furniture. The host was extremely welcoming and helpful. It was a pleasure getting to know the host, hear about the house and special to be their guests. We loved it and we had a wonderful week.”- Giovanni August 2020
No pets allowed
€25 charge for utilities per night.
Linen & towels are inclusive in the rental rate.
Check-in time is strictly at 5pm
Check-out time is strictly at 10am on day of departure.
Please note that a €500 security/damage deposit is required upon arrival As long as there are no breakages or damage to the property this will be refunded on departure.
Close to beaches
Close to Clifden Town Centre
Close to shop pubs & restaurants
Comfy sitting room with Open Plan Fireplace
Free ample parking