Sessions, Sea Cliffs and Surfing
Sea Mist, County Clare
Set on the hills above Doolin, and within walking distance of the Cliffs of Moher, Sea Mist is a stylish contemporary cottage conversion with spectacular views out to the Aran Islands.
Brilliant surfing, championship golf links, and of course the apogee of traditional music nearby, make this the holiday home to cover all bases.
Bright capacious interiors..
Cool white walls and warm oak tones, together with coffee-and-cream neutral fabrics, combine to create a spacious ambience throughout this home. Tall floor to ceiling windows lining the rear of the house flood morning light into the open plan living areas, and along the hallway.
Kitchen, dining and seating areas join seamlessly together to form a central hub at the western end. The tobacco granite hearth with contemporary glass fronted fireplace, echo the granite surfaces in the kitchen area.
Furniture has been carefully selected, with the oak theme following through to the breakfast bar and solid doors. Modern rugs, paintings, and tasteful objets will delight guests.
If you want a bath, there is a luxurious bathroom with marble floor to ceiling, at the end of the hall. As with all the bathrooms, it has under-floor heating.
There are dazzling views from the living room across the ocean to the Aran Islands.
Glass double doors open through from the dining area to a quiet sitting room - just the place to curl up on the sumptuous sofa with a good read.
From the dining area, sliding double doors open onto a broad stone slab terrace - no better place to plan the day’s activities over a breakfast barbeque.
The remaining rooms of the house emanate from a broad corridor with tall windows overlooking the terrace and rear garden.
Two double bedrooms off the opposite side, are beautifully fitted out, with ample built in wardrobe space, and oak furnishings. Both have ensuite shower rooms and views out to sea. A dressing table alcove cleverly links the second bedroom to the hallway.
A dog-leg oak stairway halfway down the hall, leads to the another double bedroom with expansive oak panelled headboard and a velux view.
A single bedroom occupies the opposite gable end upstairs, with a bright WC on the landing serving both.
Equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury home – from Wi-Fi to barbeque, books and games, and good mobile signal. If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
there are views in all directions.
The cottage, and three quarters of an acre of private landscaped garden align effortlessly with the surrounding terrain. The quiet cul-de-sac road is virtually traffic free.
Relish the mid-summer sun setting over the Aran Islands from the circular stone garden table with a glass of something white.
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Smoking - No, sorry!
Pets - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – although a family home, this property may not be suitable for toddlers or very young children. Please enquire on the provisional booking form.
Out and About
North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and golf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Under the Cliffs to the Aran Isles
- Reel to a tune in the Pub
- Smell like a flower
- Fly with a Hawk
- Conquer an island
- Tip toe to the edge of Ireland
- Stand under a stalactite
- Catch a wave at surf school
- Search for Gollum
- Lunch on lobster at Linnanes
- Birdie a ball at Lahinch
- Trek a pony through the Burren
- Chew some local chocolate
- What’s doing in Doolin
- Explore the Burren
First and foremost, Sea Mist was breathtaking and everything I could have hoped for and more....
The location was stunning..... green pastures, ocean view, Aran Islands and an Irish castle in your front yard! It truly does not get any better than that. Doolin itself was quaint and provided all we were looking for on a peaceful Irish vacation.
The property, top notch. New, clean and modern with an Irish flair. Somebody definitely knew what they were doing in regards to lay out and interior design! More than enough room for 7 people. I didn't realize that there were actually 3 full bathrooms and a half bath so that was a bonus when we arrived (In your description on line I think we just use terms differently in the US).
Amenities were good, a dryer for clothes would have been nice but I realize that is not common in Europe. A coffee pot would be a nice addition although my husband did learn how to use the french press! Although I never met our "meet and greet" lady, all went well with checking in and out and she was kind enough to leave us some provisions during our stay.
Your web site is very appealing and professional. Great photos, suggestions on what to do etc. One thing I would like to suggest are reviews of the property by other guests. At the time I was looking, you were told to check Facebook for reviews and even when I did there were hardly any on Sea Mist. Since then it looks like you have tried to incorporate some, but in my estimation, there are never enough. That is one feature I love about Home Away and Trip Advisor, actual reviews by renters. Their input can help alot.
All and all, a great stay and probably the best property I've ever rented over in Europe. It was a pleasure doing business with you and most certainly will recommend the property and your company to anyone who asks (lots of people have after seeing our photos!) Got a little unnerving in the end with the confusion regarding properties. When renting oversees, there is always that moment of doubt when you ask yourself "Is this place real??" It all worked out thankfully.
Lynne DiPoto, July 2016
We could not have been happier overall with our 15 day stay at The Sea Mist.
The home and location were beyond our expectations! The pictures online were all beautiful, but when one steps into the home situated on a hill above the Wild Atlantic Way with the Aran Islands in view, it is a sight that is beyond words.
The home was beautifully appointed and ever so comfortable for six adults. The design of the house gave us all room to be alone gather as a group without feeling cramped or overcrowded. The kitchen and bathrooms were well-stocked and the home was comfortable and elegant
We had come to explore our Irish heritage and felt we had found the most perfect home and location to do so. I highly recommend this home and your company to anyone and everyone! How often can one give directions and say, "Take a left at the castle!" Thank you for all of your help. We will be back!
Kathleen Grant, December 2016
About the Locality
The house is located above Doonagore Castle and just 1km from the village of Doolin at the northern foothills of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The castle has a legacy of brutal treatment of Spanish Armada survivors in 1588.
Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the villages four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.
photo - Gerald Tapp
This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.
Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.
photo - Danny Burke
Built in 1835 by local entrepreneur Cornelius O'Brien, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then visited the Cliffs, the tower bearing his name is unmistakeable on the headland.
The Cliffs are home to enormous numbers and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe.
JRR Tolkien was enlisted in 1949 as an external examiner for The University of Galway, regularly staying over at Ballyvaughan.
Some say that it was this Burren landscape that was the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings writings.
Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.
Lisdoonvarna, the next nearest main town, is home to one of Europe's largest annual matchmaking events. Attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.
Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast. Big wave surfers travel by jetski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs, which can be over 35ft high. But for most surfers, the seaside town of Lahinch just 8km from the house, is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.
photo - Iaeste
For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.
photo - Cork Youth Climbing Club
The strange karst landscape of the Burren area in northern Clare, consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.
This is Ireland's most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.
photo - Peter Craine
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon.
Shannon Airport – less than one hour from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpool.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house
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