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Brandy Harbour Cottage

(Ref. 921778)

Ballinderreen near Kinvara, County Galway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage with incredible scenery in all directions."

    Owner very helpful

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is a lovely ground floor apartment in a cute cottage."

    There is ample carparking and a lovely outdoor area. The location is so peaceful and beautiful. We enjoyed daily walks down to the pier. Kinvarra and futher into the Burren are within 15min drive in one direction and Galway about 30min in the other. Lovely spot and we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Nora4.7Oct 2023

  • "Mattie and Susan's cottage is a little piece of heaven on earth."

    Set in the most idyllic location on a tiny bay, with views across to The Burren. A 10min walk take you to a small harbour, but this time with views across to Galway and beyond. The cottage has pretty much everything you need and is tastefully furnished. Ideally located for exploring Galway (30 min drive to the city centre), The Burren (30 mins), The Cliffs of Moher (1 hr) and Connemara National Park (1 h 30 mins). The small village of Kilcolgan is a short drive away and has a store, a couple of pubs and a petrol station. Mattie and Susan were so welcoming and did everything to make our stay a relaxing one. Will definitely be returning one day.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0May 2023

  • "Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans ce cottage, disponibilité et accueil parfait, la décoration est très jolie, la litterie confortable, appartement au rez de chaussé spacieux et bien aménagé, emplacement idéal pour visiter le Burren, le Connémara."

    cottage au bord de la mer très bien placé, de belles balades à faire, merci au propriétaire de nous y avoir accueillis.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and surroundings."

    .. Friendly host... Great for exploring Galway...

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Apr 2023

  • "Friendly welcome and very nice place."

    Reviewed by Evelyne5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay in the Brandy Harbour Cottage."

    It is a lovely little cottage just outside Ballinderreen. It's in a real quiet area so there's lots of peace and comfort. And it's also so close to Oranmore or Galway for day trips. We will definitely hope to return next year. The hosts were lovely and very close by if needed.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Feb 2023

  • "Thank you so much for a welcoming and pleasant stay at your Brandy Harbour Cottage property."

    Everything was clean and well maintained and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thanks again!

    Reviewed by Gregory5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage suited our needs well, it was very clean had all the equipment and facilities we required."

    Susan and Mattie were nearby, and were very friendly & helpful with local advice. If you are looking for an Irish cottage in an idyllic location by the sea, then this is a great spot. Ideal for exploring the surrounding area. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2022

  • "Lovely property set in a most tranquil location."

    Everything that you want for a relaxing break in a beautiful part of Ireland.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was our 4th stay here, that says it all."

    Highly recommended. 5 star accomodation and a friendly owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely ground floor apartment within a cottage, situated approximately 15 miles south of Galway."

    Very warm accommodation, with lovely sun room at rear. Quiet location. Close proximity to Galway and the impressive Burren national park. We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8May 2022

  • "The house had everything we needed."

    The views are amazing from all windows. The owner was very helpful as well.

    Reviewed by Sanne5.0May 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2022

  • "Cosy, comfortable and in a beautiful and peaceful location."

    Reviewed by Nikos5.0Feb 2022

  • "A great place for a holiday stay."

    All you could want. We have been coming to Ireland for 28 years, and this is the one to beat! This is our 3rd visit and will not be our last. Highly recommended. The owners, Mattie and Susan are to be congratulated.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2021

  • "Myself and my husband really enjoyed our holiday in Brandy Cottage."

    The location is ideal... The roads are very narrow, that is the only downside but we got used to them. Kind Regards

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jun 2021

  • "Brandy cottage is delightful."

    The location is perfect, sea on both sides and a beautiful shoreline to explore. The cottage was clean and tidy with a homely feel. Thank you Matty and Susan.

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2020

  • "The advertising of this property was somewhat misleading."

    The advertising gave the impression that this cottage was one property when in fact it is two apartments. One on the ground floor and one partially on both the ground floor and first floor. There is an issue here that the advertising standards authority needs to investigate.

    Reviewed by Terence3.1Sep 2020

  • "When you are not from the area it is a little tricky to find but once we got there it was grand."

    Initially I thought it was a one floor cottage but it is split in two. (Maybe I misread the description). On first impression it wasn’t very clean but after a quick going over it was grand. The owner was a lovely man and it was handy that he lived next door, although we didn’t need anything during our stay, but I’m sure he would have helped if needed. Really enjoyed the log burner in the evening time which was a plus from me. When I got used to the idea of others being upstairs it was a great week away. The views are lovely and two horses where in the back field during our stay. I would recommend to others and would also go back to this cottage if I was ever going that way again as it central between Galway and Clare. Great time and great journeys around the area.

    Reviewed by Jill3.1Aug 2020

  • "Mattie excelled in ensuring all was brilliant at the cottage and very welcoming."

    We loved the cleanliness and the welcome pack. We would very readily return. We felt too that the owners were generous in leaving us things that we needed such as washing powder etc. And we loved the horses in the field at the bottom of the garden. I highly recommend and thank you Mattie for everything. We will be back!! One suggestion.....I think your advertising is a bit misleading. We didn’t see on the advert that the cottage was divided into two apartments. It really is important you as an agency say that up front. We were lucky as the people in the second one were quiet. D. Smith

    Reviewed by Doreen4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had an absolutely fabulous holiday."

    The cottage was even nicer than we expected and the owners are very nice, friendly and helpful. The location is great as it is quiet with very friendly neighbours but also a great place to base yourself to explore both Clare and Galway. We will definitely go back. So delighted with our find.

    Reviewed by Juliana5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful house and a great location."

    Thanks for your hospitality . Hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage is beautifully located on a bay of the ocean in a quite area."

    A simple house but with all the facilities you need. We made great trips in the area.

    Reviewed by Jose3.8Sep 2019

  • "Comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting."

    We were well looked after by the hosts and had a lovely relaxing holiday. Lots to do , even when it rained. And it did! We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Rhydian5.0Nov 2018

  • "Easy booking reminders about payments well in advance cottage was as ..."

    Easy booking reminders about payments well in advance cottage was as described very good detail in description of facilities beautiful location very helpful owner next door lots of tourism brochures in the cottage Sykes on line guide to trips in Galway was very useful

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is the first property I have rented using your service."

    Not only the experience with Sykes but the reception and friendly assistance from the owner was above and beyond anything expected. Without reservation I would recommend this property to anyone. Ray Smith

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Sep 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage in a great location, very helpful and friendly owners."

    Reviewed by Rebekah5.0Sep 2018

  • "Great cottage in fabulous location"

    Reviewed by David4.4Apr 2018

  • "We really enjoyed staying in this cottage!"

    It has everything you need and the surrounding landscape is absolutely beautiful. It is not far from Galway City, the Burren, Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran there is a lot to do and a lot to see! Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Mar 2018

  • "The location of this property was great."

    We liked that it was away from the city so we wouldn't have to deal with city traffic and noise, but it was close enough we could go in with no problem. Very convenient for day trips to Cliffs of Moher, Burren, and Connemara National Park. The cottage was very clean and comfortable, and hosts came over to introduce us to the amenities (changing heating, wifi, laundry, and stove). Very enjoyable and would definitely book again!

    Reviewed by Molly5.0Dec 2017

  • "We spent a week here and found it exactly as described and very comfortable."

    This was an ideal location to base ourselves to explore some of the West Cost of Ireland. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2017

  • "We were so happy to find little things that made us feel so welcome: We found tea and coffee ready to be made when we arrived and when we opened the fridge we found a bottle of milk and butter."

    The children were delighted to be able to have their hot chocolate in the morning when they woke up and we could have our cup of tea before leaving to visit and make some more shopping. The owner was very nice, even at the first phone call. That made us really looking forward to go there and when we met him he was so easy-going that evrything became so simple. We really enjoyed our time there. The cottage has fantastic surroundings ! We have spent such a great week ful of lovely walks and landscapes !

    Reviewed by Caroline4.8Oct 2016

  • "Brandy Harbour Cottage was lovely."

    Extremely clean, well cared for cottage with everything that you could possibly need at a self-catering cottage. The owners are very helpful and live nearby. The location was exactly what I was looking for, by the sea, and very quiet. Overall we had a relaxing holiday and are looking at returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Ellen5.0Sep 2016

  • "The location was everything we hoped for and more."

    Peace and quiet, views and ease to get elsewhere in Counties Galway and Clare exceeded our expectations. Beds were really comfortable and wifi was an added bonus. Would recommend and we would love to return. Anyone with walking disabilities (like my husbad) will find this propery perfect. Doors were wide enough to take a wheelchair too.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with solid fuel stove
  • Sun room.
  • Oil central heating with solid fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Free-to-air channels, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shared lawned garden to front and rear with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Coast 1 min walk
  • Note: Ramped access and wide doorways
  • Note: One step down into sun room, but there's also level, external access from the rear of the property.

The property

Ballinderreen 1.5 miles.

An excellent, single-storey, semi-detached cottage just outside the village of Ballinderreen.

The property is situated on an inlet of Galway Bay known as Brandy Harbour, which overlooks the Burren Mountains, in the centre of Oyster Country.

Well finished throughout, this property is an ideal destination for those who want to escape everyday life, relax and explore the west coast of Ireland.

All on the ground floor, with two good-sized bedrooms, guests enter into the open plan living area where there is a well-equipped kitchen for preparing delicious meals that can be enjoyed at the table or in front of the solid fuel stove in the sitting area, ideal for a quiet evening in.

Alternatively, guests can sit in the sun room and enjoy the summer sun while the children run around in the garden.

Why not go and explore the nearby area and take in that fresh sea air, perhaps going for a walk down to the water’s edge to see who can find the most oysters?

A little down the road is the village of Kilcolgan, home to the Moran Oyster Cottage, a thatched cottage dating back over 250 years and now offering freshly-caught seafood.

The area is perfect for walkers, with many trails to enjoy, and swimmers looking to test the waters will find a pier just five minutes' walk away from where you can enjoy beautiful, clear waters.

The pretty seaside village of Kinvara is just a five-minutes drive away with Dunguaire Castle, one of the most-visited attractions in Galway.

For those who wish to venture a bit further, there are many popular attractions within easy reach, such as the lovely Connemara National Park and the city of Galway, which offers a range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

A fantastic holiday cottage, which should be booked now to avoid disappointment.

This cottage can be booked with Ref 951117, together they sleep 8.

About the location


Galway 15 miles.

Located in between the villages of Kilcolgan and Kinvarra lies Ballinderreen in south Galway. The village has a shop and a pub and is close to the sandy beach at Tracht, and Morans Oyster Cottage, a delightful thatched cottage that has been turned into a charming restaurant. Ballinderreen rests along the main route from Galway to County Clare on The Wild Atlantic Way and encompasses some of the most stunning coastal scenery you will ever see, and will take you as far as the friendly village of Lisdoonvarna, which hosts the annual match making festival. Ireland’s premier attraction, the majestic Cliffs of Moher are also within easy reach of Ballinderreen and are most definitely worth a visit.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season