Russell Family Cottage

Doonagore near Doolin, County Clare (Ref. 8338)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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The property

Doolin 1.5 miles. A traditional Irish cottage, in the townland of Doonagore, close to the fishing village of Doolin, on the west coast of County Clare. This Doolin cottage is steeped in history and is most renowned as the birthplace of the famous Russell family, one of the best-known traditional family musicians from Ireland. The lives of the three Russell brothers are celebrated with a musical festival every February in the village. The cottage is in a fantastic cliff-top location, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and towards the Cliffs of Moher from the large picture window in the kitchen. This Doolin cottage has been lovingly renovated and furnished to retain its Irish character including flagged floors in one of the bedrooms and in the sitting room. In the sitting room you will also see many photos and memorabilia from Russell family history, along with the large stone hearth and solid fuel stove, high vaulted ceiling and sash windows, which all add to the history and charm of this fantastic Doolin cottage. The coastal path for the Cliffs of Moher can be accessed directly from the owner's land, and just five miles away from this lovely Irish cottage is the Lahinch Golf Course and the unique Burren region. Lahinch beach is also close by. You will adore this superb Doolin cottage, whatever time of year you visit.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x family room with 1 king-size double and 1 single with sea views and doors to patio, 1 x king-size double. Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area, sea views and doors to patio. Sitting room with pull-out bed and solid fuel stove.


  • Oil central heating with solid fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent Apr to Sep inclusive, charged by meter reading with first €30 inc. in rent from Oct to Mar
  • Starter pack for solid fuel stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 5 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Rural garden with front and rear patio, furniture, BBQ and sea views
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Note: Children to be supervised outside due to nearby stream and craggy land
  • Note: Steep drive down to cottage.

Guest Reviews


    • “I'm home now but my heart is still in the Russell Family Cottage”
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    • “I stayed in the cottage for a week with my wife and two kids. Cottage is beautiful, with big rooms and a lovely, spacious kitchen. The kitchen has a giant window with a view to the Atlantic. We absolutely loved it. You can walk right out the back of the cottage and down to a trail that runs to the village of Doolin in one direction and to the Cliffs of Moher in the other. The cottage provides access to day trips to the beach at Lahinch, to Kinvara, etc. This is a perfect location that we will definitely come back to. Management is friendly and helpful, the cottage is fantastic, and the experience is top notch (it helped that we had perfect weather). The only drawback was the lack of wi-fi access. But that is a minor complaint. Overall, the Russell Cottage is a perfect getaway on the west side of Ireland. Highly recommended.”

    Jeff H, Maple Valley, Washington, April 2015

    • “What a wonderful place to stay”
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    • “We booked through Hogan's Irish Cottages. The owner, Paul Gallagher and his wife met us at the cottage with the keys. They gave us a very complete and friendly introduction to the cottage and all it's features. They are truly wonderful people. This place is a 200 year old plus Irish cottage in the grandest sense that has been completely modernized with everything except Satellite TV or WiFi. Trust me, you really won't miss either one. The view from the dining room/kitchen is a spectacular view looking towards the Cliffs of Moher. From the short rise in the back yard you can see the Aran islands and Connemara. The pubs in Doolin are a 5 minute drive. They all have free wi-fi. I think all the pubs in Doolin have live traditional music every evening, great food and, of course, great beer. You can meet all kinds of people from every country in the world in the Doolin pubs. You are about 10 minutes by car from the Cliffs of Moher Visitor's center. Or, if you are adventurous and in good shape, you can walk down the hill in back of the cottage to the Cliffs Walk and walk to the Cliffs. The walk also takes you into Doolin. Just be aware the climb up the hill on your return may be a bit of an adventure. We stayed here two weeks. We had a very relaxing, unwinding first week. Our adult daughter joined us the second week and we toured all the sights in County Clair. Nothing is more than an hour and a half from the cottage. The only caution would be that you really need a car. To buy groceries you really need to go to Lissdoonvarna or Lahinch to buy groceries and the best store is a little farther in Ennistimon. If you are an Irish musician, this house reeks of history. It was the family home of one of Ireland's great musicians of the 1900's. Micho Russell. His picture and story are in the cottage. There are also several pictures of the cottage from before it was restored so you can see what it was.”

    John D, Glen Rose, Texas, April 2015

    • “Lovely cottage, glorious location”
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    • “There are four things you should know if you're thinking about booking this cottage. First, it's a truly wonderful holiday cottage. The write-up on its website is entirely accurate and the pictures can't really do it justice. It's a beautiful old well-restored cottage in a truly glorious setting with breathtaking views over the ocean from the huge kitchen/dining room window. It's comfortable, well-fitted and has a feel of generosity to it. The location is magical - great coastal walks from the door; lovely nearby pubs; the Burren for long walks; and lots more. It's hard to think how it could have been better. Secondly, the owner, Paul, is a hospitable and solicitous man who provides a warm welcome and is genuinely concerned that his guests enjoy their time in the cottage. Thirdly, there's no broadband. Mobile signal in the cottage is patchy. These may be good things. Finally, if you Google the agent, Sykes Cottages, you'll find a lot of negative feedback from disgruntled customers. Remember that they're just the agent for the cottage-owner, whom you deal with directly, and that it's likely to be only disgruntled people who vent their feelings on the internet. We had no problems at all - on the contrary, it couldn't have been smoother.”

    Wandering_Seahorse, Kendal, United Kingdom, January 2015

    • “just the perfect place for a couple wanting to get away...”
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    • “the cottage is great if you have rented a car...probably a bit more difficult to manage if you're doing the bus/train thing. but, once you're's just heaven. remote, quiet, safe...has a washing machine and a drying line for a long stay. perfect place to headquarter and take lots of day trips...or just walk down the back path to the cliffs of moher path...oceans, grazing cows, horses, rainbows, green pastures are all your view in the mornings. easy walk into doolin pubs & shops during the day. good day hike the other way to the visitors center for the cliffs with a view you cannot miss. well-stocked kitchen, nice big bathroom to share...lovely living room with a wood-burning stove. reasonably priced (or we wouldn't have considered it)...heavenly. hope to return!”

    Cyn M, Lake Forest, Illinois, October 2014

    • “a great place”
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    • “it was a great place to be: very romantic and beautiful siuated with spectacular views on the sea and the hills. It is in a walking distance (half an hour) from Doolin, by car 5 minutes.”

    A TripAdvisor Member, August 2014

    • “Fabulous view”
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    • “This cottage was wonderful in every way! Warm and cozy, well stocked, a fantastic view, and close to the village of Doolin. Very centrally located for day trips to the Burren, Aran islands, Galway, etc. We were greeted upon arrival by the very friendly owner, Michelle, who made us feel right at home and found the house easy to "settle into". The kitchen window is huge, but the bedroom offers a great view as well.A very authentic feel for the Irish life”

    Yogiglo, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, October 2013

    • “fantastic place”
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    • “Very warm welcome from owners cottage fantastic great location would visit again and would highly recommend.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Colwyn Bay North Wales, September 2013

    • “super, toll, einzigartig, muß man erlebt haben”
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    • “durch seine Lage und durch den netten Umbau versprüht dieses Haus eine einzigartige atmosphäre... wenn dann noch die Lämmer um das Haus ziehen ist man in Irland...”

    Four People From Germany, Germany, May 2013

    • “Perfekt”
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    • “ein tolles Haus, perfekt für Erholung der Extraklasse! gut ausgestattet und mit Bilderbuchlage...”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Dresden, December 2012

    • “Cottage was the perfect place with fantastic views”
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    • “The cottage was perfect. The view of the ocean and surrounding landscape was fantastic. It was wonderfully private and quiet. I would recomend this cottage anyday.”

    Chalise73, Abbotsford, Canada, September 2012

    • “Discover the breathtaking beauty of Co Clare from this lovely, comfortable and welcoming cottage”
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    • “We first travelled to this beautiful cottage when it was newly renovated, and have been back over and over with both friends and family. The stunning sea view over the Atlantic greets you, and this, coupled with all the mod cons and the warmth and comfort a superb property ensures a wonderful stay. A short way to the pub for a festive evening out, spectacular walks and the Cliffs of Moher combine to offer a tremendous break. Book it now and see for yourself....Anne and Jack”

    Anne D, Kanturk, Cork, Ireland, February 2012

    • “Excellent Cottage. Excellent Location.”
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    • “This cottage is in a remote location but makes for the best stay ever. Although you are very close to the coast the cottage is well sheltered and sits in a natural hollow which does involve a rather steep driveway. The owner was easy to contact and although unable to be there fo our arrival he made sure his in-laws were there to greet us. What a welcoming !!! Two very friendly people who really helped us settle in. The interior of the cottage was spotless and very cosy. A traditional cottage which has been sympathetically restored to include all mod cons. The pictures in the house give some idea of the family history helping to imagine what life must have been like. The oil fired central heating and under floor heating in the living room was a must for such an old house. There was a starter pack for the massive wood burner but more fuel would have been nice. However the local petrol station sold logs for a reaonable price. The picture window in the kitchen/dining room is amazing. Plenty of time spent sitting on the ledge with a good book. Even though the cottage is quite remote it feels completely safe at any time of the day or night. There is very little in Doolin other than the pubs but the area is made for walking. The walk from the cottage through the fields to the costal path is fairly steep and once on the old path it is quite mucky and definitely requires sturdy boots but the views are well worth it, including the cattle and sheep which appear to roam free. A short drive in any direction will take you to areas of outstanding natural beauty. We will defintiely return.”

    Johnnyguk78, December 2011

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    • “We felt really privileged to stay in such a beautiful house, that has been restored with so much love and care. The view is absolutely stunning. The pictures on the website give a first impression of the beauty of the house and its environment, but in reality it is even better.”

    Mrs Van Der Poel, Utrecht, August 2015

    • “This cottage was amazing! We liked the views, the walks, the space and atmosphere of the cottage and the warm welcome! We hope to return some day!”

    Mrs De Winter, Oldehove, July 2015

    • “The view from the Cottage was amazing. Would definitely book this Cottage again if we went back to the area.”

    Mrs Yates, Stockport, June 2015

    • “I cannot speak highly enough of the cottage and the owners. We had a wonderful holiday in the most wonderful accommodation. I will definitely be booking again next year.”

    Mrs Davies, Bristol, May 2015

    • “The Russell Family Cottage is a short drive from Doolin. You can get to any attraction in the Burren within a short drive. The view from the cottage is just breathtaking and the hosts are wonderful people. Everything about the rental was easy, quick and painless. Loved the experience.”

    Mr Diehnel, Little River, March 2015

    • “The position of the cottage was outstanding. The views to the ocean and cliffs of Moher were beautiful. Lots of walking tracks and friendly locals made our stay that much more enjoyable.”

    Mr Hemburrow, Hervey Bay, March 2015

    • “Wonderful sea views from the cottage, idyllic surroundings right by the sea and near local pubs and other things to visit with great walks from the door. A generous, spacious, well-appointed cottage. Very warm welcome from the owner - really went out of his way.”

    Mr Sandell, Carnforth, December 2014

    • “The location is superb and we received a very warm welcome from the owner. The comfort and relaxation aspects were great.”

    Mr Elliot, Liphook, September 2014

    • “We liked the clean environment, most peaceful and most beautiful place we have ever been. A very welcoming atmosphere, everything was perfect. The view from the kitchen and also from the patio was just amazing. We absolutely enjoyed our stay.”

    Mrs Marzeion, Paderborn, June 2014

    • “The views of the cliffs of Moher and Inis Oirr from the kitchen window were amazing.”

    Mr Larkin, Rathcormac, June 2014

    • “This cottage, it's location, and the welcome we received from the owner, far exceeded our expectations. A stunning place to relax and unwind with unparalleled views. The sympathetic renovation ensured the essence of the cottage, and it's history, remained intact. The area is fascinating and the people friendly. Could not have wished for more, will certainly return.”

    Mr Leach, Pwllheli, May 2014

    • “The house is beautifully situated and because of the enormous window in the kitchen we had a great view. The kitchen and both bedrooms are very cosily furnished.”

    Mrs Bakers, Geldrop, May 2014

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About the location


Lisdoonvarna 5 miles.

The seaside fishing village of Doolin lies on the rugged Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by the Burren limestone landscape. Doolin is world-renowned as the home of traditional Irish music and holds annual music festivals, attracting musicians from far and wide. The village has stunning cliff-top walks along the Burren Way to the famous Cliffs of Moher, and an intriguing underground cavern system in Doolin’s Cave. Lahinch offers a great links golf course and beach nearby . There are numerous watersports available including sea fishing, diving, surfing and sailing, or take a day trip to the spectacular Aran Islands, or an evening cruise along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher for a stunning spectacle. Jump in the car or on a mountain bike and enjoy the scenery along one of the many winding coastal roads. With an abundance of activities, and numerous music pubs to enjoy the craic, you will not be short of something new to enjoy in Doolin.