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“Magic and peacefull place!”

Review of Dara-Bru na Mara

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Bru Na Mara from the Air.
Dara
Dara from road
Dara Lounge and Sitting room
Dara Master Bedroom
Dara Kitchen
Dara twin room
Dara Triple Room
St MacDara Church  on St MacDara island
Morning Mist on the Shore
The  Atlantic can also be romantic and wild
The inlet at high tide
Bru Na Mara and inlet from Mace Head
Roundstone  From Moyrus Beach
St Mac Dara Day Regatta (16th July)
Mace Pier at Sunset
Bru Na Mara from the Sea
Donkeys!!!!
Mac Dara Island from the Beach
The Main house, and our dog Spot.
Garden Panorama
Bru Na Mara and Mace Head
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Carna, County Galway, Western Ireland

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maje23
Etretat, France
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Magic and peacefull place!”
Reviewed October 16, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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We spend one week in the comfy Bru Na Mara house. We were 8 people (4 adults and 4 kids). The house is large and cozy. The place leads us to walk away in very beautifull countryside and seaside. Thanks to Riona's advise, we also visit places we'd probably miss otherwise. The coast is just amazing and we will keep in mind for a long time some really beautifull pictures of the irish beauty.

Traveling group: Young Children
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Deborah B
Ballycastle, Ireland
1 review
“Something for everybody”
Reviewed January 16, 2013 for a stay in August 2012

Our family (including Grandparents, teenagers) enjoyed an excellent relaxing week in this beautiful part of Connemara. We chose (Mum chose) Bru-Na-Mara to hopefully satisfy everyones holiday needs; a base from which to explore the mountains and southern parts of Connemara and Arran Islands; shore side house to start the day with a swim; door step coastal walks for enjoying beaches, birds and wildlife. We were extremely fortunate with the weather and spent most of the sunny days on the local shore . The small sandy beach directly in front of the house would have been perfect for small children to enjoy but our big kids enjoyed swimming and jumping off rocks at high tide (perfect spot to enjoy some sea kayaking). Part of the charm of this house was enjoying the changes as the tide and local fishermen came in and out, sunny breakfasts at the picnic table outside the kitchen door and catching the last of the evening sun on the pier. The house and grounds were in great condition with everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. Riona and her family were very welcoming, helpful and informative, always to hand if needed but never intrusive. By the way the local shops, doctors and chemist in Carna were excellent, we had need of them several times that week. Although we didn't travel much from the local area we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this area of Connemara and hope to return in future.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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George B
Lenexa, Kansas
1 review
“A Wonderful Stay in a Great Location”
Reviewed October 11, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Dara is a wonderful cottage in a magnificent area. We immediately fell in love with Connemara and its many dramatic vistas. The location of Dara could not be more perfect with beautiful views out of every window. Riona has done a magnificent job in totally and very tastefully refurbishing the cottage. It was fully equipped and immaculately clean. As others have noted, Riona is a warm and gracious host who spent quite a bit of time advising us where to go and what to see. We were fortunate to be there during their local festival and we could watch the rowing and sailing races from our patio. We really enjoyed day trips to Clifden, Galway, Kylmore Abbey, Inishmore in the Aran Islands, and just poking around this incredibly dramatic area. There is something about Connemara that grabs at your soul and Dara is an excellent base from which to explore the area.

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Liked best: Everything about it.
Liked least: The narrow road in.
Traveling group: Friends
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Susan P
Haslemere, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect stay!”
Reviewed June 24, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

We needed a week of peace and quiet away from the madding crowd and we couldn't have chosen better. Dara is a well-equipped, recently renovated, top-notch spacious house with its own sitting-out area overlooking the pier in a most beautiful part of Ireland. Days were spent doing scenic drives, poking around Clifden and wandering along the many sandy beaches in the area, getting that sea air in our lungs and just generally relaxing. Riona was a gracious hostess who gave us lots of info on where to go and what to do. Loved it - highly recommended.

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Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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monique_b...
Paladru, France
1 review
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“I just want to be back there as soon as I can”
Reviewed April 14, 2012 for a stay in April 2012
1
person found this review helpful

You need a (real) break ? Here the place. On you own, with your lover, friends, children, family... Bru na Mara in Carna is just an amazing place at the edge of the Atlantic. The feeling of being at the end of the world. I have been there three times. I'm just back and just want to be back there as soon as I can. I took the whole of my family (from 9 to 75 years old) at Easter, they just loved it. The cottages have just been renovated with a lot of taste. They are confortable and cosy. And the views are breathtaking. Riona the owner is very nice and very helpful. Although Bru na Mara is "isolated", it is ideally situated for touring Connemara, a place which will remain in your memory for ever.

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Liked best: The situation and the accomodation (and Riona)
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Konstanti...
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent oceanview vacation”
Reviewed February 6, 2012 for a stay in January 2012

We went to Riona's house for the New Year's holidays with my friends. There were nine of us. And all conditions of our stay was very good. All bedrooms were nice and clean, kitchen well equipped and large, living room was comfortable and cushioned. We especially enjoyed the fireplace.
Our proprietor, Riona, was very kind to us. She told us about all interesting places we could visit in Ireland and asked to all our question about different stuff. Main thing about Riona, I think, is that she really cares.
People in Ireland are also surprisingly kind and friendly. This country is really worth seeing.
Thank you again for all, Riona) That was great!

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Liked best: really close to ocean, excellent house
Liked least: there were some difficulties with wi-fi and mobile service
Traveling group: With Friends
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Brit W
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Liked best: Lage , Service, Ruhe
Traveling group: Erweitertem Familienkreis
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