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Bru Na Mara - Aoibhneas-Bru na Mara

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Updated: 15-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online


Aoibhneas-Bru na Mara

Aoibhneas is a 3 Star fully furnished two bedroom first floor apartment with spectacular views of the mountains, islands and harbour. This Apartment is suitable for a small family or a couple, and is the ideal base for exploring and enjoying South and West Connemara, with its panoramic views of coastline, islands, inlets, hills and mountains. The spectacular surroundings, rich in both flora and fauna are also ideal for fishing and birdwatching. The beautiful unspoiled white sandy beaches at Moyrus and Mynish are also extremely popular with children. The apartment is the ideal base for a comfortable, restful and relaxing holiday, with so much outdoor activity on your doorstep.

About the property

Bru Na Mara

Bru na Mara is a beautiful complex just outside Carna that combines traditional design with modern comfort. The site overlooks a small harbour, and has spectacular views of the sea, the historic Mason and St MacDara's islands, and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Situated in the south west corner of Connemara, the complex is an ideal location for touring and exploring Connemara and South Mayo. Carna, which is situated in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region) is an important centre for Traditional singing, music, and dancing, with weekly sessions in neighbouring Kilkieran. There are a host of activities within easy reach, including a number of spectacular, unspoiled white sand beaches at Moyrus, (1.5 km) Mynish (7 km) and Callowfinish (8 km). The area is also ideal for walking or cycling, with little traffic, stunning views, and the cleanest air in Europe.

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About the Owner

Riona Connolly Green
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, Irish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
15 January, 2017

Available Rentals

26 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)


Beautiful views, lovely apartment,

  • 5 of 5

Riona was a wonderful host, very communicative before we arrived with information on how to find the apartment and then thankfully met us at 10pm to show us the last section in the dark. The place Aoibhneas-Bru na Mara was exceptionally clean and had everything one could need for a weeks break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Beautiful views of the ocean and the mountains from different windows kept our attention more than the TV for most of the stay! Riona gave us lots of information on the local area and we explored the local area by foot, bike and car, the place being just that bit out of town to be remote but not in the middle of nowhere. The kitchen was perfect for a weeks stay, the cooker better than ours at home and had a toaster, blender, kettle etc, perfectly equiped for a self catering holiday. The bottle of wine Riona left for us was fabulous too. The bathroom has a great shower, very powerful and hot. We had great sleeps too thanks to a great mattress and lovely bedding. We'll definitely be back and recommend to others. One of our best holidays yet thanks for Riona (and Spot the Dog!)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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On the edge of the sea

  • 5 of 5

Riona is a perfect host for this lovely property.

As a retired teacher, she brings a wealth of knowledge to guests and friends who are seeking adventure in Connemara. The apartment is welcoming - Riona provided us with fresh eggs, butter, cheese, a bottle of wine and fantastic Irish bread to start us off on our discovery of the west side of Ireland. Connemara smokehouse is not far and worth a visit, as are the little seaside towns nearby. The house is equipped with laundry facilities and internet/tv for chilly evenings.

Don't miss the rare coral beaches in the area!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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beauty by the sea

  • 5 of 5

This is a little gem on the sea! If you are looking for a warm, welcoming home away-from-home with all of the essentials, this holiday home is for you! Perfect for those who want a home base for exploring the stunning beauty of Connemara. Bring your GPS and vehicle to discover the Irish landscape! Riona is an expert guide with knowledge of local sights, amazing culinary finds and interesting things to do. We stayed in Aoibhneas - a generous 2-room apartment in the main house equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bath.The views from the apartment look out over the sea and the rock-lined pastures behind the house. This is a great spot for young families and couples who want to see the real side of Ireland!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect week at the sea!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in "Aoibhneas" for one week this August and had a very wonderful week in beautiful Connemara. Riona is a great hostess and we felt welcome from the first moment on.

The apartment has 2 sleeping rooms, a living room, a small kitchen and a bathroom with shower - all nicely decorated and super clean and with views towards the sea and/or the mountains. We were welcomed with wine, cheese, eggs, butter, milk and bread - a perfect start for a week or more off.

Riona also provided us with alot of information about trips in the area and was ever so helpful.

We loved the fact that Bru Na Mara is directly by the sea and we could just leave the house, sit outside and watch the tides come and go.

Who had not yet been to Connemara, should go at once! For we fell in love with the beauty of the countryside, the great views, the coulds and sheep!

Thank you, Riona and Birdie, for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location Bru Na Mara (3 personnes)

  • 5 of 5

Excellente semaine passée dans cette location située près d'un tout petit port, dans un endroit calme et reposant. L'appartement à l'étage de la maison principale est très bien aménagé et décoré avec beaucoup de gout. Riona (la propriétaire) et sa soeur nous ont réservé un accueil très chaleureux. Riona a pris le temps de nous expliquer tout ce qui était à voir dans le Connémara. Nous avons apprécié sa gentillesse et sa disponibilité. A recommander sans hésitation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Planning my next trip!

  • 5 of 5

My first real trip to Ireland could not have been better and that has much to do with Riona and her lovely accommodations by the sea. Their home and a couple of cottages are at the end of a road overlooking the sea. Beautiful views out every window and such a clean house and grounds.

We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment on the second level of the home. Riona and a friend had redone the interior to a fresh and comfortable modern style. She takes pride in the bed, sheets, and duvet cover as well as the comfort of all of her guests.

She knew we were tired upon our arrival so agreed to come in the morning to review maps and her proud recommendations of what to explore in Connemara.

I am planning to go back with my husband as soon as we get some time off. I highly recommend this spot and Riona is an amazing hostess.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Knock at 133 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Carna at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Dublin at 300 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Connemara Championship Golf links at 30 Kilometres Nearest Train : Galway at 80 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M6 at 80 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Carna at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Mace at 20 Metres Car: recommended

Bru Na Mara is 5 km South West of Carna village beside Mace Pier. Go through the village of Carna, take the first left turn after approximately 2.5 km west of Carna. At the next Y junction keep right and turn right at the next junction after approximately 300 metres. Continue down this road until you reach the house at Mace Pier.

Bru na Mara provides traditional yet ultra modern self-catering accommodation 'at the quiet end of Europe'.

Ideal for cycling, hill-walking, rock-climbing, treeking, horse-riding, golf, pitch and putt, swimming, surfing, scuba-diving, canoeing, fishing, boating, sailing and sailing festivals. A haven for botanists, bird-watchers, artists and writers. Renowned for Irish language, traditional singing, music, dance, pre-historic and mediaeval remains.

Good food and drink available locally in a relaxed athmosphere. The area is famous for its lamb and seafood. Within driving distance of Roundstone, Clifden, Letterfrack, Kylemore Abbey, Killary , Aran Ils.

Other Activities: painting, pitch and putt ,Scuba Diving.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Very Low
7 Jan 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
17 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very Low
4 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £88

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit €100
Deposit required.
HomeAway Payments
Check-in-time after 6 pm
Check-out-time 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy
100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.

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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 40 m²


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom - 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • 1 double, 1 single (Cot and Highchair available)


  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 3 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • There is a small fee to cover usage of electricity and heating.

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