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“A unique accommodation option in beautiful Connemara”

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The Coastguard Station
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Coastguard station is 2 miles from the very good and pretty town of Clifden. It's on the lower sky road and very easy to find once you've checked it out first on google maps/earth.

We stayed in the only three bedroom rental there, and there are a number of other two bed options, with a very interesting one bed option in what's called, the Tower.

The three bedroom rental, has three good sized bedrooms, two of them have double beds and one of these has an en suite with shower. The third bedroom is a twin room. The room with en suite faces the ocean while the other two face the carpark.

Downstairs is open plan, where there is a large lounge/eating area and a well appointed kitchen. There is also a small back hall where the stairs is located and it is here that you can hang coats and store shoes/boots.

There is one bathroom upstairs (apart from the en suite) and yes, it has a bath + shower

Everything that I could think of was supplied with the house - EVERYTHING. There was even foil wrapping for our sandwiches. I brought tea towels and washing up liquid, there was no need, they were supplied. Lots of towels + spares are upstairs and also spare sheets. Soaps and toilet rolls are also supplied but not shower gels or other hygiene products.

The lounge has a selection of books, a TV(Irish terrestrial stations only) and a Radio. There is an open fire there and a starter pack of turf and firelighters. The kitchen has a good sized fridge with a freezer section and a dishwasher. Loads of crockery, cooking pots and cooking utensils are also provided. Washing machines are available in the separate 'laundry' building in the car park. If all the apartments were occupied, there may be a car parking issue, but when we stayed there (May) we had no trouble with parking. I believe there is room for about 5 cars to park comfortably, but more could be squashed in if required.

All of the appartments have some windows overlooking the beautiful bay below. Sleep quality was excellent as the building is not right on any road. I slept very well in any case !

The owner, Tommy, who restored the building very sympathetically about 15 years ago, lives nearby, just in case you have any problems or questions.

The only possible downside is that it is two miles from Clifden, however for some, this might not be a disadvantage at all ;-)) In our case, this was not an issue.

Whle we were there on our very short break, we climbed the Bens (16km away) and on the following day we cycled the Sky Road Loop on rented cycles which cost us 12 euro each per day.

Definitely recommend.

Room Tip: In the three bed apartment, the lounge downstairs and the main bedroom upstairs have ocean views...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Although we have been to Ireland many times we have always stayed in the South. This year was special , it was our 30th wedding anniversery and we wanted to try somewhere new. We decided to go to the coast past Galway. The town of Clfden looked promising but places to stay were not what we were looking for. I then saw the ad for the Coast Guard station and knew it would be perfect and it was. Views to die for, making it hard to leave. The town is minutes away with restuants and shopping. Beautiful walks in morning, peat fires at night. The owner Tommy was so helpful and friendly we felt we were at home. Everything was clean and fresh. I know we will return.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

We have stayed with Tommy a few times now, including once with two grandchildren, and each time has been better than the last. From initial booking to departing, Tommy is so welcoming, gracious and helpful. Other reviewers have detailed the incredible renovation Tommy has done but, in addition, he is always updating, repairing and attending to changing things that people want. Each unit has its own cooking facilities, comfortable beds, living rooms and nice baths. There is a laundry side building with free washers and Tommy always leaves coins for the dryers. The location is so convenient to so many attractions and the wonderful town of Clifden. This is an excellent spot for large families to get together as multiple units can accommodate and still have privacy. We will definitely be back

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

My husband & I rented the Officer’s House in the Coastguard Station during the months of May & June this year. Although we’ve been home for several weeks now we still miss the Coastguard Station, our host Tommy Whelan, his lovely & friendly dog Link, the stunning views from our rental & the friendliness & hospitality of the people of Clifden.

We loved our stay in the spacious Officer’s House (3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms), the beautiful location on the Lower Sky Road & the friendly & always helpful owner Tommy Whelan. Tommy renovated this historic building in a beautiful & cozy manner while retaining the charm of the original 1875 building. Almost all of the renovation was done personally by Tommy & the quality & beauty of his work is evident.

The views from the windows were breathtaking & we never tired of looking out onto the water or out back onto the field to watch the calves frolicking. Although the unit is provided with a TV there is so much natural beauty in the immediate area that it was weeks before we even opened the TV cabinet.

The kitchen was fully equipped and we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Washing machines & clothes dryers are in the laundry room behind the building which was convenient. There were clothes drying racks outside the laundry room & in our rental unit. Our beds were comfortable & the views from the front & side bedrooms were so pretty that we & our guests often slept with the drapes open to enjoy the views at sunrise.

The Coastguard Station is about a 5 minute drive from the pretty town of Clifden. It is also well situated for easy day trips around Connemara.

Tommy does a wonderful job of helping his guests to feel at home and is readily available to assist with any questions or issues. He lives nearby & was at the Coastguard Station daily to ensure that all was well with the rental units & his guests. The Coastguard Station was a perfect “home away from home” and we look forward to renting again on a future trip to Ireland.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

We stayed a week here and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Tommy has done an incredible job, almost all by himself but with some help from friends, of transforming the shell of an 1875 Coast Guard Station into wonderful, fully equipped self catering townhouses. On Lower Sky Rd only a 5 minute drive from Clifden, it is in an excellent location with a stunning view. The facilities are outstanding and Tommy is super. His family has been in the area since at least the mid 1800s and he can tell many great stories and give you much local lore. This is absolutely a "come again" place.

Room Tip: All have great views of the bay and ocean
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We stayed here in June 2013 and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Smashing views and peace and quiet. The apartments are all kitted out so they really are like a home away from home. Once we got unpacked we were settled in in about 5 minutes it felt like home. Its a nice distance from the town and the views of the bay are spectacular. It really is a little paradise. Open fire with the Turf provided by Tommy the owner was great to have at night to provide you with a nice cosy peaceful evening after a day of touring the stunning Connemara and surrounds.
The only slight negative is there is no bath, just a power shower, which made it a bit difficult to wash the baby
I would stay here again for sure, its great value and Tommy is a perfect gentleman, he even posted me my phone back after I had left it behind. Brilliant.

Room Tip: Book Early if you want the 3 bedroom Apartment and be prepared for a long hike if you plan to visit...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

We stayed at the Coastguard Station for a few days before and after the Connemarathon. It was perfect. The location is ideal: close enough to the town and yet on a beautiful and quiet road. I highly recommend taking a drive up and down the Sky Road just for the sights!

The cottage itself was excellent. Tommy provided us with the necessities for the fire place, the kitchen was well equipped and the bedrooms were comfortable. The view at the back of the cottage over the bay was amazing.

Tommy was an excellent host and very helpful. Will definitely go back and can highly recommend a stay!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Coastguard Station

Address: Sky Road, Clifden, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Clifden
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #6 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Clifden
Number of rooms: 20

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