Seacrest House is a detached bungalow perched high offering breathtaking ocean & mountain views over Mannin Bay along the Wild Atlantic Way on the West Coast of Ireland. This beach front holiday home is on the doorstep of commonage & white sandy beach with glistening clear blue water.
Awaken to the serene surroundings and breathtaking views of Mannin Bay with grassy commonage on your doorstep. Perfect for a summer getaway with your family and friends or a romantic escape with your loved one.
This luxurious holiday home offers large panoramic windows offering uninterrupted views across the bay.
Seacrest House offers the following:
Entrance hall – tiled flooring leading to a bright and spacious open plan dining and kitchen area with large window offering stunning sea views of Mannin Bay and green fields. Fully equipped kitchen offering all mod cons.
Utility area housing washing machine and dryer. Back door to side of the house.
Dining area with 2 seater sofa and armchair offering a large window with mesmerising view of the bay.
Large sitting room with stove ideal room to relax after a fun filled day on the beach or touring Connemara. TV.
Sliding door leading to conservatory with breathtaking views of the ocean. L-shaped couch and chair. Door leading to patio area with a picnic table. Perfect place to dine al fresco.
Large, bright and airy master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and ensuite shower room
2 further double bedrooms
1 x twin room which is towards the back of the house
Main bathroom offering bath with shower overhead.
Car parking facilities are available directly outside the house.
Large garden to the front of the house
*** Please note that there is a 1 bedroom apartment attached to the property that is rented on a separate basis. The driveway will be shared with the guests from the apartment***
Mannin Bay is named for Manannán mac Lir, according to Connemara’s great chronicler, Tim Robinson.
Manannán was an Irish sea god depicted in the eighth-century The Voyage of Bran travelling the seas in a chariot. He was also considered an ancestor of the Conmhaícne Mara, the people for whom Connemara is named.
Mannin Bay Blueway is a network of water trails at which you can to experience a variety of water-based activities, including kayaking and snorkelling, in a safe controlled environment.
A series of rocky pools to the right (north) provide a haven for a variety of sea life and may tempt you to continue snorkelling to the adjoining beach some 400 metres further. Along the way you will see the reddish coloured coralline seaweed which when broken becomes one of the bleached white skeletons that makes up the local sand. This underwater plant takes many years to grow so please be gentle and leave no trace.
Setting off to the right (north) paddle the 4.5 km round trip along the rocky shoreline towards and around the small island. This trail can be extended into the small bay to the east of the island (7 km). To the left (west) of Mannin beach, you can follow the rocky shoreline dotted with beaches many difficult to land on. A number of short ‘out and back’ kayak trips can be made along this section of shoreline depending on the kayaker’s level of experience. A trip from Mannin Bay to Truska beach is an option for more experienced kayakers (7 km each way).
The bright white sand of the area allows a clear view of the marine life passing underneath
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:
1. In the early years of the last century, Gugliemo Marconi established the first ever commercial transatlantic wireless station on Derrygimlagh
2. Alcock and Brown landed their first ever transatlantic flight on the very same spot in 1919.
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
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“We stayed at the Seacrest house in Ballyconnelly for a week as a family of 5. Amazing location right at the sea of Mannin Bay overlooking the beautful views of the twelve bens. So much closer to the beach than the pictures show. We spent the majority of our time at the house because we needed rest and recuperation and wandered down to the sea every day to see the seals, paddle/swim/kayak and build sandcastles on the unreal Connemara sand. There is plenty to do and see if you want to wander. In the evening we took a stroll along the cliffs to the end of the bay. The weather was very kind so we got to enjoy the long stretch of small unspoilt beaches along Mannin bay in Ballyconnelly. We spent a lovely day in Clifden shopping in the lovely boutiques on the one wet day. A very secluded spot without the crowds. We cycled to Ballyconnelly to buy ice cream. Beautiful house with a high end finish. So crisp and clean. The conservatory was my favourite room overlooking the sea and mountains to read books and play cards. The owners were extremely kind to us and made us feel very welcome, at the same time respecting out privacy. We did not want to leave to go home. We will be back. Thanks for a lovely holiday”-Sarah August 2020
“Idyllic Rental. Nearly 360 degrees of beautiful views from this house and just a stroll to the beach. Plenty of walking along and beside beaches. Idyllic to sit in the sunroom or outside the house. Easy living and good tv/wifi when you’re indoors. Very nice living areas and four decent bedrooms with a family bathroom, a guest wc and a small shower en-suite. Any query we had was answered straight away. A wonderful house for a true getaway holiday. Located the end of a country road where you’d be happy to stay put forever!”- Kath July 2020
Utilities, Linen and Towels are all-inclusive in the rental rate.
Please note that a €500 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 strictly from 5pm onwards (If you require a later check-in time please let us know)
Check-out time is strictly at 10am on day of departure.