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Orchard House

Knocknagroagh near Ballyvaughan, County Clare (Ref. 920711)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic house with a really great kitchen with plenty of equipment and crockery etc."

    Well laid out and the rooms are perfectly organised. The big back garden is a great safe place for kids to play. Well situated outside the village. Definitely recommend it for a big family holiday.

    Reviewed by MariaNov 2021

  • "Such a spacious and comfortable house for a large group."

    The owner was also so considerate and friendly. The kitchen is perfect for cooking large meals and the dining room offers plenty of space for dining. Really enjoyed our stay here.

    Reviewed by MaireadOct 2021

  • "The house and location were absolutely ideal."

    We were a large family group (14) and there was plenty of space for all. Karen couldn’t have been more helpful.

    Reviewed by DonnachaSep 2021

  • "Very well appointed accommodation."

    Kitchen also has virtually anything we wanted. Has a table that accommodates everyone. Good grounds for children to play in. Bring your own barbecue.

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2018

  • "The Orchard House was gorgeous, spacious, and clean."

    It met our large family's needs, going far beyond our expectations. Karen was extremely helpful. We will definitely plan to stay there again.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2018

  • "Orchard house was fantastic, it had everything you could want for a large group."

    By far the best holiday home we have ever stayed in. Plenty of space to get together and also also to take a break if desired. Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by UrsulaMar 2018

  • "We stayed in Orchard House for New year and can't say enough about it."

    3 families, 15 in total and had plenty of space. The living area plus the kitchen were extra large and then with the dining room we all had loads of room for eating, resting and playing games! The smart tv was great for the kids to watch their Netflix. The bedrooms were all beautifully laid out, with ensuites and large wardrobes. The garden was a good size and an added bonus. The garage had all the amenities to wash and dry clothes and also a few buckets and spades to borrow for the beach which is less than 5 minutes away. We had one issue with the heating and the owner of the house was easily contacted to sort same. The only thing is having no communal bathroom but with 7 ensuites there is no shortage either. Would recommend to anyone, great location, beautiful house. Overall excellent value for money.

    Reviewed by LauraDec 2017

  • "The house was amazing in a beautiful part of Ireland."

    Would recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by MaureenDec 2017

  • "The pictures on the website didn't do the place justice, there wasn't even a photo of the magnificent staircase!"

    It was incredible. My only criticism is that you can't book mid-week to midweek.

    Reviewed by AudreyNov 2017

  • "The Area."

    Reviewed by ChrisAug 2017

  • "The cottage was fantastic, would recommend it to anyone."

    Reviewed by LeonardMay 2017

  • "House was extremely clean and catered for all our needs"

    Reviewed by NiamhApr 2017

  • "It was even better than we expected, a wonderful place to celebrate a family occasion where everyone could be together for a weekend."

    Reviewed by LorraineOct 2016

  • "Staying at Orchard House is like staying at a luxury hotel."

    We were mightily impressed with the facilities and the finish of everything. The beds were huge!!

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2016

  • "Orchard House was an ideal choice for our family holiday."

    The house itself was very roomy and comfortable with all the facilities anyone would need. The area around Ballyvaughan was very scenic with lots of interesting walks and sight-seeing drives. The local restaurants and local produce were of a high standard. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would like to return again some time in the future

    Reviewed by JosephineAug 2016

  • "Orchard House exceeded all expectations."

    The size and layout of the house was perfect for our extended family. The House was perfectly located near the lovely town of Ballyvaughan and there are numerous activities, hikes and destinations within a short drive from Ballyvaughan. The house was in excellent condition, was furnished beautifully, was comfortable and in a scenic location. We could not have been happier with our accommodation at Orchard House and highly recommend this home to anyone.

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2016

  • "We had a fantastic holiday in Orchard House."

    The house, setting and hospitality of the owners was exceptional. We were a party of 13, ranging in age from 73 to a year and a half. The house is spacious and the sound proofing brilliant - important when you have three children under two and a half. The chickens in the garden and cows going for milking each day really added to the experience.

    Reviewed by RonnieJul 2016

  • "What a beautiful home."

    We were stunned by the condition and setting of the property. The host was exceptional. Over all a 10 out of ten and thank you for making our holiday so wonderful!

    Reviewed by GerardJul 2016

  • "Orchard House was an excellent base to tour the West of Ireland."

    The house was spacious with excellent facilities. I would recommend this property to friends and wouldn't mind returning with family.

    Reviewed by Mrs GerriJul 2016

  • "A beautiful property with a fantastic garden and a lovely view."

    As a party of 13 we had all the space we could wish for. The house had everything we needed and was spotlessly clean. Ballyvaughan was a lovely little town with a beautiful beach a short drive away. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by ClaireMay 2016

  • "The property has so much space with a kitchen area that is a dream, it is so big!"

    Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and that is a huge plus. I have no hesitation in confirming that this property is fabulous for a holiday

    Reviewed by NickMay 2016

  • "We would highly recommend Orchard House for any large group."

    It is in a great location for visiting Clare and Galway, including the Burren and Wild Atlantic Way. Can't say enough positive things about our experience at Orchard House.

    Reviewed by DeclanApr 2016

  • "We had a fabulous time at Orchard House."

    The house itself was perfect. It had so much space inside and out. Its location was great; so close to everything with a lovely village that had amenities within walking distance. We would recommended this house so much. We loved it and hope to go back some day.

    Reviewed by JoannaMar 2016

  • "An absolutely fantastic house and grounds, brilliant holiday."

    Reviewed by AnnFeb 2016

  • "We had the most amazing time in Orchard House."

    We were returning to Ireland for Christmas so rented this massive house so that all our family could come visit and stay comfortably. My favourite things: The house is really well-laid out. ALL the rooms have en-suites so there were no arguments over who got the best. The kitchen is a joy to cook in, loads of space, really well stocked (they even provided a mixer and baking equipment on request) and the ever changing view of the Burren from the big windows make it a really attractive room to hang out in. Although very big, the house was easily heated. Very short stroll in to town. Beautifully decorated and the owners were so welcoming. Highly recommend this house, might even go back ourselves next year!! perfect for a big family gathering or special occasion.

    Reviewed by GrainneDec 2015

  • "Excellent cottage."

    As a family of 16 it Suited our needs perfectly. The large kitchen and dining room enabled us to have big family dinners and the two living rooms let the adults and kids have their own space. All the bedrooms were lovely and a similar standard- so no arguing over the best room. Perfect host, perfect house, perfect holiday!

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2015

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The property

Ballyvaughan 0.6 miles.

A superb, detached holiday home set in extensive, well-kept grounds amongst spectacular countryside, and within walking distance of the seaside village of Ballyvaughan.

Bright, fresh and modern throughout, this very special property has been beautifully furnished and offers a contemporary design for a reunion to remember with family and friends.

Accessed via a long, private drive, guests will be very impressed upon approaching this excellent property.

Enter into the spacious hall with staircase sweeping up to the first floor.

The owners have thought of everything to ensure this fantastic holiday home offer a very comfortable stay.

Each of the seven bedrooms enjoy their own private bathroom or shower room, offering luxury for every member of your party, and many provide the flexibility of creating king-size double or twin beds on request, plus three of the rooms are family rooms with a king-size double and single bed.

Many also come with charming country views, meaning you can wake in the view of your peaceful, picturesque surroundings.

The spacious and sleek kitchen with occasional dining area provides the hub of this excellent holiday home, where you can create culinary delights before heading to the separate dining room to settle over dinner and discuss the events of the day.

The sitting room enjoys an unusual layout and shape, creating lots of space and plenty of places to sit together, and opens into the dining room on one side.

Beyond the dining room is the separate conservatory with raised ceiling, where you can enjoy a little quiet time and take in the lovely, long-distant views over the garden across the beautiful surrounding greenery.

Outside you’ll find a separate, well-equipped utility room, perfect for storing and drying walking equipment.

There are also large lawned areas wrapping around the property, where you can settle with a picnic or let the little ones stretch their legs.

On sunny days, take a seat on the garden furniture and treat yourself to an alfresco drink, or head into Ballyvaughan for the evening and enjoy the handful of welcoming restaurants and local inns.

Take a walk along the coast or spend the day on the sweeping shore at Bishop's Quarter Beach.

The spectacular Aillwee Caves are just a few miles from the property and a must visit whilst staying in the area, and there are plenty of beautiful walks to enjoy across The Burren within an easy drive, along with cycling, rock climbing and an array of watersports to try.

Galway City can be reached in just over an hour’s drive, perfect for a day trip where you’re sure to enjoy its beautiful architecture, museums and galleries, with the local pubs ringing with live, traditional music.

Return to this excellent holiday property at the close of a busy day; whatever you’re planning, Orchard House is the perfect choice.


  • Seven bedrooms (king-size doubles are zip/link, can be twin on request): 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x single with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 3 x family rooms with 1 king-size double and 1 single with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar (seats 2) and dining area (seats 6)
  • External utility
  • Dining room (seats 16)
  • Sitting room (seats 10)
  • Conservatory (seats 6)
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, 2 x washing machines, 2 x tumble dryers, dishwasher
  • TV with Saorview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and Highchair available (please bring own bedding for cot).
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front lawned garden plus rear lawned garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Please Note: This property has a £300.00 Good Housekeeping Bond

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

About the location


Burren National Park 13 miles; Cliffs of Moher 18 miles; Galway City 31 miles.

The village of Ballyvaughan on the shores of Galway Bay is situated in the Burren, County Clare. Historically, Ballyvaughan was a fishing and farming village, but today visitors are drawn to the village for hillwalking and cycling. Ballyvaughan has a farmers’ market, gift shops, traditional inns and restaurants, plus many events take place each year, including classic car rallys. The beach at Bishopsquarter is close by and boasts sailing and wind surfing. The area around the village has beautiful flora and fauna, many kinds of orchids, and a variety of wildlife. Within driving distance is the city of Galway, the Poulnabrone Dolmen burial tomb, the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the breathtaking Burren National Park. There is plenty to see and do at any time of year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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