Shimmering Sea, Stunning Sunsets, Atlantic Air
Searows, County Galway
A gabled bungalow of unassuming simplicity, Searows lies in the bend of a sheltered Connemara inlet - absolutely Wild Atlantic Way – just a stone’s throw from the ocean.
This is an ideal family vacation home, with stunning sea views, and lots of relaxing outdoor attractions just minutes away in every direction.
Bleached walls and a wealth of windows
On arrival, an entrance porch efficiently separates the cosy contemporary interior from westerly Atlantic breezes.
The main living area is an expansive amalgam of sitting, eating and cooking, each area passing seamlessly through to the next.
In the living area a stylish and restrained open fireplace lends contentment to the interior while westerly windows frame the whimsical patterns of bunched clouds, unceasing tides and sparkling seas that define Connemara.
Oak also features in the kitchen, which is elegantly fitted out for some serious cooking, with a large Britannia 6 ring cooker, blended Silestone quartz work surfaces, and a three stool breakfast-bar preparation island.
In addition, there is a variety of other premium appliances in a fine utility room off the kitchen.
Pure white and natural wood, mostly oak, feature in furniture and walls throughout this home, with wide board oak floors in the living areas.
Down the corridor, the unpretentious bedrooms too, are bright white offset with subtle tones provided by the bed linen.
The principal bedroom dramatically opens onto the sheltered back terrace through a pair of French Doors.
The adjacent ensuite bathroom is fitted with countersunk his-and-her basins.
Smoking - No, sorry!
Dogs and Pets - No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
The large detached boathouse contains a full size table tennis table, and the garden furniture.
The house itself is equipped with everything you would expect in a premium family home - from WiFi to barbeque; premium clothes dryer, microwave, and also books and games.
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Searows faces out across Mannin Bay - the lapping waves and rocky shoreline are just a few steps across the coast road.
A patio of informal flagging encompasses the house, and the gardens are landscaped using local stone. A gentle lawned incline to the rear leads up to a decking platform where you can share a barbecue and catch the soft ribbons of Europe’s closing sunset.
Out and About
For generations Connemara has been the choice of holiday location for families seeking unspoiled tranquillity. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches for surfing and kayaking, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Cycle through the Inagh Valley
- Catch something serious in the Ocean
- Day trip to Inishbofin
- Order an Oyster at O’Dowds
- Learn to shoot with Shane
- Gourmet Banquet with a backdrop
- Try your hand at Fly fishing
- Trek a pony at the Manor
- Go for some Blue Glass
- Buy a T-shirt from Conn O'Mara
- Beat Malachy’s Drum
- Swim the clear blue waters of Dogs Bay
- Call Fore! at Connemara Links
- Savour some smoked salmon
- Be moved by the music at Mullarkeys
- Enjoy a fish supper at Mitchells
About the Locality
Searows is about half way between Clifden and Ballyconneely, about 5 minutes away.
Known as the capital of Connemara, Clifden is packed with great shops, pubs and restaurants. Catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips.
Try the Steam Cafe in the Station House complex for the best coffee. Watch out for the Arts festival (September) and Clifden Pony Show (August).
Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
photo Satu Pitkanen
The small village of Roundstone is 15 minutes away, and has a number of very fine restaurants with lots of fish on the menu. The village buzzes in the evenings as visitors and locals alike gather above the naturally sheltered harbour to share a yarn and a pint.
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You can climb the 300 metres to the summit of Errisbeg Mountain which rises up behind Roundstone in about two hours. The view is fantastic, and North from the summit, you will see over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes that populate this environmentally unique habitat.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin, or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport - Just under 4 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport - About 2 and a half hours from Searows.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is under 4 hours from the house.
The exquisite twin beaches of Gurteen Bay and Dogs Bay are not to be missed. The pair sit back-to-back along a sandy peninsula or tombolo - a rare tidal accumulation of the remains of microscopic shellfish.
photo Raul Corral
The whole region is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker, but it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.
A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.
On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara. Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden – Derrygimlagh is still marked by a white Cairn beacon.
At the foot of the beacon the foundations remain of a Marconi station from which some of the earliest transatlantic wireless messages were sent in 1907 – a huge engineering feat at the time.
The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year, and passes right by Searows. There is a 30 hour limit and every participant must have their own crew with them at all times to look after water, food etc. Last year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!
For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic eighteen hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 15 minutes away.
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