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This holiday home is set in a unique and stunning landscape



Updated: 18-Sep-2016
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

The property contains 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom & sleeps 6 people

This spacious semi-detached property with its views over the Atlantic Ocean is in a prime location in an unspoilt, unique and stunning limestone landscape. It is within 1.5 Kilometers of a blue flag beach, and the village of Fanore with its fabulous Italian restaurant, O’Donoghue’s pub and a small grocery store are within a 5 minute walk. Arranged over two floors the downstairs portion of the house has a living room with an open fire and dining area.. This opens out on to a garden with seating area and at times superb sunsets over Galway Bay. On this floor there is also a comfortable sitting room with seating for 6 people, and a bedroom with bunks (sleeping two persons) The well equipped kitchen looks to the east over the Burren hills. Upstairs the double bedroom and delightfully decorated twin room exudes a warmth all of their own. Also on this floor is the bathroom, which has recently been refurbished.

Touring the area: To spend some time in this unique Burren landscape is to experience the delight of the region, timeless, austere beauty of hills, valley, sky and sea. From May to September the colours of the landscape change as plants, flowers and the beauty of wild butterflies mammals and bird life adds to this unique place. The house is located in the north western corner of County Clare. This area commands magnificent views of the Aran Islands (one of which, Inisheer, can be reached from Doolin) and Galway Bay. This is the ideal location for touring the West of Ireland, Connemara, the Shannon region and Kerry. Some of the top attractions of the region are all within 10 miles of the house, Alliwee Caves, Poulnabrone dolmen. the Cliffs of Moher with its recently opened interpretive centre. The villages of Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Doolin, Lisdoonvarna and the town of Ennis offer a special Irish hospitality, with wonderful restaurants, pubs and speciality shops.

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About the Owner

Anna Doran
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
18 September, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just want to tell you that everything was fine! The house is spatious and clean, and we felt comfortable about staying there. The Burren is a fantastic landscape, and it was great to be right there!

Best regards from Vienna,

Renate, Clara and Norbert
Jul 2011
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Guestbook comments from the owner

I just want to tell you that everything was fine! The house is spatious and clean, and we felt comfortable about staying there. The Burren is a fantastic landscape, and it was great to be right there!

Best regards from Vienna,

Renate, Clara and Norbert
Jul 2011
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7 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


very nice house, calm and ideal to relax

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfectly set up, it was clean and everything was fine. It's located in one of the most beautiful areas we ever visited. Regardless if you like the ocean, beaches or mountains you find everything close by.

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A nice holidayhome with rainy conditions

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in the holidayhome of Anna with a weatherforecast of 5 rainy and stormy days, so our mood wasn´t at its best, but after our arrival we felt like home. Fresh Flowers on the table in the kitchen was more than a warm welcome, very nice furnished room, a brilliant location with sea view and everything clean and cosy, thank you very much. They also thought of the very petty little things like briketts (we needed them), salt, sugar, kitchen facilites for the dish washer etc.. Very handy. The shop is only a stonethrow away opposite O´Donoghous? pub, well equipped. The beach (we have already known it from our last stay) is in walking distance (15 minutes) or a short drive by car (3-5 minutes). Other sightseeing like Cliffs of Moher, Ailwee Cave and more needs a half-day trip. Though the heavy rain and storm we felt warm and comfortable in their house, to make fire was my sons tribute each day. At the end we were lucky and the weather cleared up and we had 2 wonderful and warm days nearby the beach.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Butler, Pennsylvania, USA

Anniversary & Birthday Celebration

  • 5 of 5

For our 37th anniversary and my son's & daughter in law's, we decided a trip to Ireland would be ultimate celebration. The cottage was perfect--clean, modern, roomy enough for 4 adults, comfortable beds, and a well-equipped kitchen. The location was ideal, between the Cliffs of Moher and Galway City with great little towns, shops, pubs, restaurants in between. The beach was a little jaunt on a lovely country road surrounded by stone-walled fields filled with horses, cows, donkeys and sheep. We even had a cute spaniel type dog that greeted us every morning (the cookies helped). We loved being able to walk to the pub for fresh fish & chips and Guinness on tap. We also were able to catch a bus at the local shop that took us to Galway City so we didn't have to drive. In fact. the only negative of our entire trip was the driving. My advice (if you are driving) rent a small automatic car!

Other than the driving, my hubsband and I (early 60's) and our son & daughter in law (age 26) all found the west coast of Ireland, the activities, the sights, and the lovely cottage to be the best holiday ever.

The only negative of our

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway on beautiful Burren

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this property in July 2009 with my family that consists of myself and my wife and three children aged 4, 2 and 4 months. This property and the Fanore area is ideal for anyone with a young family. Within walking distance is a shop/post office, restaurant and family friendly pub. Two minutes in the car gets you to a fantastic sandy beach. The beach is easily accessed from the free car park which has a toilet, shower and has a life guard patrol. The property is comfortable and has everything you need with great views of the sea and Galway bay. There are two fire places, a TV, DVD and CD player, dish washer and washing machine/dryer - there's even an interesting selction of CD's to keep you entertained. Electricity is paid for via a metre (2 euros), it is very reasonable and seemed to be good value. We were made to feel welcome by the local representative and the friendlly neighbours. The surronding area is beautiful - the drive along the coast road from Ballyvaughan to Fanore is breathtaking. There is loads to do which is easily accessible via car in Co Clare and Co Galway - although we spent alot of our time in the local beach. We had a fantastic holiday and our only regret was that we could not stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Huntsville, Alabama

Excellent Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed a week here in September and had a wonderful time. John and Anna, the owner's, could not have been more accommodating (thank you so much for going above and beyond) and were so patient with a such a pain of a Yank! Eileen, the caretaker, was so friendly and helpful and truly respected our privacy! We may not stay here when we come back (only because we didn't get to see other parts of Ireland) but we definitely recommend Sonas to anyone wanting a clean, comfortable, quiet, quaint and friendly place with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. Be sure to see the Cliffs of Moher from above and below and eat seafood chowder everywhere you go!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Newport Beach, Ca USA

Heaven probably looks something like Fanore, Clare

  • 5 of 5

The property has an ocean view and is set against the Byrne. The location is also walking distance from a pub (great food), post office and a general store. The property's caretaker also works at the local store, so she is accessible, accommodating and helpful. My family and I found the beach bungalow to be clean and modern, and we especially liked the quality of the bed linens. The only inconvenience (and its not really an inconvenience) was that my 73 year old father did not like having to climb the stairs everytime he had to use the bathroom, but it did not bother myself or my mother. The attractions in the surrounding area are well worth seeing, and if you have time take the ferry to the largest of the Aran Islands. Once you arrive do not take the donkey and cart tour instead jump in a van; you will see much more of the Island and in comfort. Definitely do the climb up to the fort of Dun Aengus, the Irish version of Peru's Machu Picchu.

I highly reccommend this property, and we will definitely stay at this charming beach house again.


Newport Beach, Ca. USA

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Beach : at 1 Kilometres Car: recommended

Sonas holiday cottage is situated in the village of Fanore on the "Wild Atlantic Way", which is in the heart of one of Ireland’s greatest natural glories, The Burren. A green road walking route, The Burren Way, which begins in Ballyvaughan, twists

its way past historic sites, areas of outstanding beauty passing by the house to finish in Lahinch, which boasts a world-class golf course and some of the country’s best surfing. Sonas is in the perfect location for touring the West of Ireland and the Shannon region, perhaps taking a ferry from Doolin, the spiritual home of traditional music in Ireland to visit the Aran Islands.

Other Activities: For those of you who are music lovers, Doolin (10 miles) is renowned for its traditional Irish music.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

All of the above rates are for the rent of the property for 1 week. Payment is only accepted in the quoted currency and that amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner/advertiser. Payment by sterling draft or cheque, and euro draft or cheque is accepted. A deposit of 25% secures the booking, with the balance payable 6 weeks before departure.

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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Wash hand basin
  • The bathroom which has recently been refurbished, and is decorated in white with chrome fittings.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • In the twin bedroom there are two comfortable 4ft beds and a velux window which looks out over the sea. Cream bedroom furniture compliments the oak floor and gives an air of lightness and airiness. The downstairs room has large bunk beds which sleep two people. Please request a cot on booking if required. The double bedroom has a large double bed and pine furniture. All linen and towels (6) are supplied free of charge.


  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • The garden seating area looks out to sea and the Connamara coastline. Sliding doors lead from the living room to the garden where outdoor eating is the order of the day (barbecue supplied). Beautiful sunsets at certain times of the year turn the Burren landscape a sensational pink. We would appreciate if smoking was kept outdoors at all times. The living room and kitchen are open-plan with indoor dining for six (please request a high chair on booking). There is an open fire in both the living room and sitting room for which complimentary turf is supplied. The price quoted includes all linen, towels, and cleaning. Electricity is on a 2 euro coin meter. If you are interested in renting long term, please ask for our generous discounts.

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