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cottage or b&b

we're visiting ireland for 2 weeks this july, and looking for a small cottage/b&b to rent. all the ones i've found online have been more to the tune of hotels, hostels, or very large houses. we were looking for a smaller scale, perhaps a one bedroom cozy hobbit-hole. any experiences to pass on?

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1. Re: cottage or b&b

i will try and think for you doctorblue, but please remember July is the busiest time in Galway for tourists - we have an arts festival and the galway races (horseracing). accommodation has been booked for this month nearly a year in advance in some cases. I will have a look for you but I would advise you book as soon as you can as nearly quarter of a million visiters are in galway around this time. What weeks are you coming. (where is SD). Is it San Diego.

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or south dakota

forgive my ignorence

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Doctor Blue Selfcatering usually starts to book out in Jan/Feb and the popular cottages and small ones book out quickly,especially in the popular tourist areas. I presume as you posted on the Galway forum you are looking for self catering in Galway!

Here are afew.

www.kinvara.com/convertedbarn/index.html

http://www.kinvara.com/elainemahon/index.html

http://www.aranrock.com/cave/

I think at this stage you will be very lucky to get somewhere.

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doctorblue

go into

www.discoverireland.ie

go to the West page (Galway) On the right hand side it lists all kinds of accommodation - put in the one your want (self catering, b and b, etc) and your dates and you will get your choices

I would advise you hurry up about it too or they will be gone

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doctorblue - hallo

We've used the following web-sites and have been very happy with the properties we've rented over the past 8 years . . .

They do have a small choice left for July (earlier weeks having better availability on Shamrock, as it's before the schools break up in the UK . . .).

With Shamrock Cottages, the lower category cottages (A-F) can sometimes be quite simply furnished inside, and you probably won't get power showers, and all mod cons (satellite tv,etc). Those graded "I" and above generally have better, modern equipment and furnishings.

http://www.shamrockcottages.co.uk

http://www.imagineireland.com

Sorry I can't recommend a specific cottage, but we have not yet stayed in self-catering in Galway.

:-)

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6. Re: cottage or b&b

thanks for all of your help; especially the link http://www.shamrockcottages.co.uk; exactly what we were looking for. we don't necessarily have to stay in galway, in fact now that we know about the races, we probably won't. it's just a very central location.

i'll let you all know where we book. oh, ya, sd is south dakota!

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7. Re: cottage or b&b

We are renting a cottage on the shores of Lough Mask just outside of the town of Clonbur this summer. This is a very scenic area of County Galway close to Lough Corrib also. We plan on making day trips all through Connemara and up into Mayo also. This area would be about 45 minutes from Galway City so it is a bit remote. We book last November to make sure we would get a cottage. Enjoy your trip.

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