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Rainbows End

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "Pat is a very helpful host and it truly is a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2023

  • "The directions were incorrect both on the details and when provided over the phone."

    It was difficult to know it was the right cottage as there is no name on the gate but at least the photo looked like the property. I have some mobility problems and was a bit shocked at the high steps and steep slope up to the property, it was particularly difficult to carry our bags up from and down to the car. No problems with the cottage except that the heating did not work on the timer, so it was on with the switch and turned off when we didn't need it. Otherwise everything was fine especially the friendly Robin!

    Reviewed by Dave4.1Oct 2022

  • "Très bon rapport qualité / prix Propre, pratique, bien equipée,"

    Reviewed by Michel3.8Sep 2022

  • "We found the house to be well located and on the surface very clean."

    But for a four day holiday rental which quite honestly was not cheap there was much need for improvement. Not one knife was sharp, so difficult and frustrating trying to cut anything. No big deal really but a little annoying. Nowhere to hang your coat. It’s the west of Ireland. It rains A LOT which it did while we were there, so might be a good idea to put some coat hooks inside the door. Also not really a big deal but not great sitting against your wet coat as the only place to put them was on the back of dining chairs. Cheap, nylon duvet covers in two of the bedrooms. It’s really not that difficult or expensive to buy cotton bed clothes making your guest slightly more comfortable. Finally what really compounded all the above points. The cleanliness. Our bedroom sheets were stained as in they were washed but old stains on the sheets and both bathrooms had hairs in the showers + bath. So basically the house was not cleaned well before we got there. We felt having paid quite a bit the standards and the level of care for guests was not very high. I have never complained about accommodation before. I do not want this to be published as I think all of these recommendations can be fixed. I wonder will we hear anything back from anyone or do you just want the guests money and don’t really care about them.

    I would like to respond to some of your comments: 1. You are the first person to complain about the sharpness of the knives but we do appreciate that it was your experience and we will add sharper knives to our collection. 2. You are correct in that we need hanging space for coats etc. and we will rectify that. 3. Your comments about duvet covers are a little harsh and in fact the covers were poly cotton and were chosen to co-ordinate with the room's decor. and the linen in the other rooms were cotton. 4. Our aim is always to have spotless and clean linen and we can only apologise if you found any stain. 5. We will make a complaint on your behalf to our cleaning lady with regards to any hairs found in the showers as usually her standard of cleaning is very high. 6. Your last comments are very unfair and you should know it is very important to us that our guests enjoy their stay and we value your comments as it will help us to improve our service and its not just all about money for us as we are constantly investing in the property to maintain a high standard. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gilles2.5Aug 2022

  • "The house was lovely."

    A lot of things were thoughtfully provided and made it a real home from home. Having a dog means the options are reduced so we were delighted to find this house close to Clifden. There was a smell coming from the en suite and Pat had someone out within hours of me informing him which was really good. The one thing I would suggest is that the towels and bed linen are updated. Both are multicoloured and a bit worn. Maybe the sheets could be all white for example. I know someone else has previously made a comment about tidying up the approach. I would tend to agree that if the outside was tidied up, it would maken a fantastic first impression. That being said, I would certainly rebook Rainbows End again in the future.

    I am happy your enjoyed your stay and thank you for the positive feedback. We are currently updating our linen and towels and we will keep in mind what you said about the surrounding space and gardens around the house. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage is well positioned on a hill and surrounded by Connemara beauty and the lovely smell of turf."

    The layout of Rainbow's End is lovely with ample space for our family of 5 and black Labrador. The range of dvds and books etc was also a lovely bonus to relax with, on the recliners in the living room, turf fire lit. Outdoors, there is a good patio to enjoy a coffee and the sunsets. There is a range of condiments available and plenty of toiletries which we appreciated. Close to Clifden itself with the Lidl and Aldi enroute. A few more hooks on which to hang coats, bags and better water pressure would allow me to give happy 5 stars. That said, our 16 year old did not want to leave! Thanks to Pat.

    Thank you for you very positive response and I am happy you enjoyed your stay. Point taken about the hooks to hang coats etc. and we will be sure to correct that Water pressure is usually excellent but maybe because of the hot weather is was a bit less. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved our stay and would definitely recommend."

    Everything was very clean and we we were well accommodated for. We are planning to book again and bring friends and family and have recommended the cottage to them, Cottage is close enough to do a day trip to the city centre and is close to all the scenic parts of Gallway. Only took us 50 minutes drive to get to the ferry for the islands. Very close to the Connemara national park and quite a few visitor attractions on the road from Clifden to Galway. We didn't want to leave and the cottage defiantly felt like home while we were away!

    Thank you for your very positive response and I am very happy you enjoyed your stay at Rainbow's End. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Iona5.0Feb 2022

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  • All-one-level
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower room, basin and WC
  • 1 x double with TV
  • 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 1.3 miles

The property

Nestled within mature woodland on the outskirts of the coastal town of Clifden, County Galway, is this idyllic single-storey cottage, Rainbows End.

Within easy reach of Connemara National Park, Rainbows End is the perfect base for a family or a group of friends looking to explore the delights of this picturesque region.

A large driveway with ample off-road parking greets you upon arrival at the property, leading you up an external staircase to an elevated position amongst the woodland.

Kick off your boots and step over the threshold and into the hallway, continuing through to the beautifully appointed open-plan kitchen/diner, featuring a bright and airy décor with timber flooring and natural lighting invited in through the patio doors.

The stylishly designed kitchen is amply-equipped with all of the necessities to prepare an array of tasty treats that the group will be delighted to gather around the dining table to indulge in.

If you're lucky enough to get the warmer weather, head out to the patio to enjoy a tranquil glass of wine in a picturesque woodland setting, or step outside before the rest of the group rises in the morning to enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee.

Head back inside and retire to the homely sitting room for the evening, where you can snuggle in on the sofa in front of the open fire and let the television do the entertaining.

After an action packed day, make use of the handy utility and load the washer/dryer to refresh your wardrobe ready for your next adventure.

As the day draws to a close, head off to bed where you have choice between three brightly decorated bedrooms, a twin bedroom and two double bedrooms, one benefitting from an en-suite shower room and the other featuring patio doors leading out to a private outdoor space, perfect for an intimate escape with your significant other.

The bedrooms are serviced by a contemporary family bathroom boasting a bath as well as a walk-in shower cubicle, so you can choose to relax in the bubbles or prepare for bed with a quick rinse.

Take a break from doing the cooking and head into the center of Clifden and indulge in a meal at one of the many eateries that the town boasts, followed by a traditional pint of Guinness and a spot of entertainment at Lowry’s Bar, known as the home of Irish Music in Clifden.

Tackle the climb to the top of the hill overlooking Clifden to reach the John D'Arcy Monument memorial, dedicated to the founder of the town and offering breathtaking views across the rooftops.

History buffs will be delighted with a visit to The Station House Museum to discover the towns local heritage.

Head further afield to explore the picturesque landscape of Connemara National Park, home to over 7000 acres of woodland, bogs and heaths and offering scenic walking trails including the famous Twelve Bens, a mountain range set within the National Park including many of the highest mountains in the West of Ireland.

For a more relaxed experience, head to Mannin Bay Blueway for a tranquil escape to the beach, home to the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic.

For an unforgettable escape to explore the beautiful region of Galway, choose Rainbows End.

About the location


Connemara National Park 8.5 miles; Galway 49 miles.

Clifden is a vibrant and popular town located in the western reaches of County Galway, close to the famed Connemara National Park. It is home to a fantastic range of pubs, shops and eateries and plays host to a variety of colourful festivals and events which are held throughout the year. It is the Capital of Connemara and is perfectly located as a base for exploring this stunning region, with its unparalleled beauty and breathtaking natural landscapes. Be sure to take a journey on the Sky Road heading west from Clifden and rising more than 150m; it offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Clifden Castle and the town itself. Other activities to be enjoyed include guided walks and tours, world-class golf, horse riding, deep sea angling, visits to historic houses and day trips to the islands; enough to please even the most discerning of visitors!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas