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The Well House

(Ref. 933690)

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Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely old cottage but with all the modern extras."

    Loved the underfloor heating really useful for our dog. 10 minute walk into the very friendly village of Kinvara. This has everything you need. Loved the little craft shop, cafes, pubs, and we had a beautiful fish meal at The Pier restaurant as a special treat. We loved this location, hope to return here next February.

    Reviewed by Candy5.0Feb 2024

  • "We were 6 in a family and this is a good place for a large group."

    Very clean. Walking distance to town, although walking on the narrow road is safer during the day. No wi-fi was rough. The thin, small and limited number of towels were pathetic. Getting the right temp for the showers was tricky. Loved saying good morning to the donkeys, goats, dog and cow. Decent place at a fair price.

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Nov 2023

  • "Bathrooms were not up to the standard they did not seem to be cleaned also ..."

    Bathrooms were not up to the standard they did not seem to be cleaned also towels could do with being replaced other than that everything was great and we injoyed are stay at the well house

    Reviewed by Raymond3.8Jul 2023

  • "Just finished our third stay and it seems to get better every time."

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Apr 2023

  • "Perfect location for the town and a very warm and cosy cottage with plenty of space for us all."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Well equipped kitchen. Would benefit for more seating in the lounge area. Lovely place to stay even in winter, especially with the log burner.

    Reviewed by Mary3.8Dec 2022

  • "A great location and a very comfortable house."

    Close to the town and a short drive from the Burren. Plenty of room in the house and Rover (the friendliest dog on the planet) lives next door. Would have benefited from WiFi on site, but most cafés nearby had a good service.

    Reviewed by Timothy4.4Sep 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay here,property was really spacious inside and out,loved the staircase especially, well thought out,everything was to hand and well provided."

    Our pup had us visiting the Donkeys everyday.Lovely quite location just what we wanted. Thankyou very much.

    Reviewed by Amanda3.8Jul 2022

  • "No indication from site page that property is part of a working farm."

    Property is in need of some TLC. Soft furnishings (bedding and towels) are well used. Needs a good clean, especially bathrooms, we bought cleaning products to clean bathrooms before use. Ovens also in need of cleaning. Pictures show microwave is up high, reality too high for 5ft 2in to use without standing on a chair. One positive, owner delivered good supply of logs during our stay. property is ideal for walking into Kinvarra.

    Reviewed by Susan2.2Jun 2022

  • "Comfortable and surprisingly large cottage 5 minutes walk from Kinvara."

    Very convenient for those that don't want to drive. Quiet and picturesque setting with plenty of evening meal options in Kinvara. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Giles4.4May 2022

  • "Our family enjoyed the farm style living and especially the owner’s dog!"

    Reviewed by Felita5.0May 2022

  • "There isn't any information in the property details that tells us that there is a 252mm step between the kitchen and lounge/sitting area."

    This step prevented my disabled wife reaching the lounge or kitchen without journeying out of the front door and traversing to the the back door to enter the kitchen or vice versa. As she cannot walk more than a few steps then using her wheel chair was the only way to access the kitchen from the master bedroom or lounge to get to the kitchen. If we had been told about the step then we could have taken extra mobility aids to help with the problem.

    Reviewed by Robert3.8May 2022

  • "We absolutely loved everything about the well house especially the dog who visited, cows looking in the hall window and the donkeys next door."

    The food places in town were all closed from covid I guess but the locals in sextons pub were wonderful and helpful

    Reviewed by June5.0May 2022

  • "Once again a great stay."

    We wanted for nothing. Clean,tidy well kept cottage at a great price. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2021

  • "Excellent location in rural, yet close to town, setting."

    Cottage has ample room and parking. Plumbing could use some upkeep, and a clothes dryer would be helpful since getting everything dry was problematic, but otherwise a fine place for a big group such as ours.

    Reviewed by Kevin3.4Aug 2019

  • "Excellent excellent location!"

    A quick jaunt to Galway or Cliffs of Moher. Walking distance to restaurants/ pubs. Live entertainment from farm animals. Would definitely recommend this place for a larger group- we had 8.

    Reviewed by Rayme4.7Jun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage on the edge of a lovely town."

    Just a five minute walk to Kinvara. The Well House was roomier than expected. We were seven adults and found the location and accommodations perfectly suited our needs. The house itself is on a beautiful farm and the cows and sheep were a welcomed touch of country life. Less than half mile away from the Burren Nature Sanctuary

    Reviewed by Geraldine4.7May 2019



    Reviewed by Jen5.0Apr 2019

  • "The only complaints i have are that more seating is required in front of fire and the shower in bathroom was not great."

    Pity jacquzzi bath was not working. All together the accommodation was very good.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Oct 2018

  • "The Well House is an easy walk to the center of town."

    The cottage itself was breathtaking! We were entertained by the donkeys, cows, sheep and the goat. The farm dog became our friend too. Great location for exploring the Burren and close to Galway City. Wonderful experience.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Aug 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage within 5 minutes walk of Kinvara pubs and shops and a perfect base for exploring Galway, Clare and the Burren."

    Much larger inside than the photos suggest thanks to a well designed and well crafted extension at the rear of the original cottage. Very clean and well equipped with good towels and a new frying pan! Comfortable beds and furniture. A real home from home.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage made an ideal base for visiting the local area of Galway and County."

    We stayed for 4 days visiting the sights of the West. All facilities were spot on and Micheal ensured that we were happy with how to use the heating systems. The log burner provides a great centre piece to a wonderfully clean presented cottage. People may moan and groan that there is no WiFi provided, but this wasn't a problem for ourselves. I would also warn people that the local border collie is very friendly, but enjoys a good rolling around in the adjoining cow fields.

    Reviewed by Jamie4.7Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was even nicer than the photos and very close to the village."

    Even though the cottage looks small, it was really spacious and 10 of us fitted easily. An area to consider improving is the couches. There were 10 of us and only seating for 4, 6 at a squash. Kitchen was well equipped, consider getting a wooden spoon and a better frying pan though! Towels definitely need to be replaced. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and compliment Michael on his hospitality.

    Reviewed by D4.4Dec 2017

  • "I would have been happy to pay extra for wifi and a clothes dryer."

    No internet made it difficult to plan the next days activities. That being said it was just about perfect for us.

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Sep 2017

  • "Lovely location and nice house"

    Reviewed by John4.8Jul 2017

  • "This is a great place for a family vacation."

    Michael and Pauline were so nice and helpful. Beautiful location with friendly animals all around cows, dogs and expecily the two very friendly donkeys next door.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2017

  • "Very pleasant stay !"


    Reviewed by Remy4.8May 2017

  • "A lovely clean and spacious cottage in an excellent location near the shops and pubs."

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Apr 2017

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  • Five bedrooms: 2 x double, 3 x ground floor double (one with Jack-and-Jill access to shower room)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • External utility
  • Sitting room (seats 4) with dining area (seats 6) and solid fuel stove.
  • Oil underfloor heating with solid fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine in utility, dishwasher, TV with Saorview
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front lawned garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Open tread stairs.

The property

Situated just a short walk from the popular fishing village of Kinvara in County Galway, is this delightful detached, stone-built cottage.

With its thatched roof, this lovely cottage is the perfect place for families and groups of friends wishing to explore and discover the wonderful west coast of Ireland.

The cottage boasts a well-equipped, fitted kitchen where you can prepare home-cooked meals, and a separate sitting room with dining area, which is complemented by a feature fireplace and solid fuel stove for extra comfort during your stay.

Five comfortable double bedrooms and two bathrooms complete the accommodation.

Guests can also enjoy a spot of alfresco dining in the front garden and there’s ample off road parking available.

The charming village of Kinvara lies on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, Europe’s longest coastal route which stretches from Malin Head in Donegal all the way to Mizen Head in County Cork.

It encompasses Ireland’s breathtaking west coast and all that is has to offer, including striking seascapes, sandy beaches, majestic sea cliffs and a wealth of coastal culture, tradition and charm.

Kinvara boasts a selection of shops, pubs and places to eat, as well as a pretty harbour where you can watch the local fishermen land their daily catch.

There are plenty of attractions within easy reach including Traught beach, The Burren, The Cliffs of Moher, Galway City and Doolin caves.

Why take a boat trip to the Aran Islands, or travel to the charming town in Lisdoonvarna, home to the annual Matchmaking Festival?

This delightful cottage provides a truly splendid base for exploring both Galway and Clare.

About the location


Galway City 18 miles; Burren National Park 19 miles.

A picturesque seaside village in south County Galway, Kinvara is located on the edge of the world renowned "Burren" on Galway Bay. The entrance into Kinvara is marked by Dunguaire Castle, where medieval banquets are still hosted, and the quaint harbour still holds working examples of 'Galway Hookers', the majestic sailing craft which used to sell their wares between Connemara & Kinvara. Home to numerous pubs, shops and eateries, with a renowned farmer’s market every Friday and hosting two festivals celebrating culture and heritage each year, there is no shortage of things to do here. The small city of Galway, affectionately known as the “city of festivals”, with its pretty alleyways and colourful nightlife is within easy reach, and 7 miles away is the Burren National Park and Nature Reserve where animals and plant life are abundant, and there are numerous walking opportunities. A wonderful location, at any time of the year.