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On the water's edge
'Best View in Ireland'
Traditional Sash Windows
Located on the Working Pier
Living Area
Bedroom View!
Dogs Bay, just 2km away
More views from the front window
View from the New Pier
Fully Equipped, Modern Kitchen
Living Area with Open Fire
Bedroom Views
Top Floor Bedroom
Middle Bedroom
O'Dowds Famous Seafood Restaurant in background
Enough Said!
Nearby Dogs Bay
O'Dowds Bar and Restaurant 1 minute away
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Roundstone, County Galway, Western Ireland

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SeaLionTe...
Eugene, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Vacation Rental!”
Reviewed November 10, 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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Our party of 4 (3 adults 1 toddler) stayed for a week in Simon's Quay house and couldn't be happier with our experience!
The views from the home are amazing! We would watch the fishermen head out each morning as we sat in front of the picture window, coffee in hand.
Hot water for showers takes a bit of forethought (buttons must be pushed in the utility room prior to showering), same goes for the radiant heat. Not really an issue, just mentioning it as these energy efficiencies be unfamiliar to most Americans.

It might also be helpful to know the town of Roundstone is about an hour and 15 minutes from Galway, roughly 3.5 hours from Dublin (Pay no attention to googles driving time estimates in Ireland). The drive from Dublin to Galway is easy, the drive from Galway to Roundstone is a bit harrowing especially at night.
Simon was an excellent host, we loved the home and the area, if you're looking to stay in Connemara you can't go wrong by staying here!

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Erica K
Vienna, Maryland
1 review
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“Splendid vacation townhouse in Roundstone!”
Reviewed May 14, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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What a treat - both the house and the town! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our week stay and happily recommend staying in the Quay Cottage to others. The place was well equipped and clean with very comfortable beds, beautiful views (water, boats, the 12 bens), a working fireplace, wireless internet , parking in front of house - and all in a delightful town with great folks and pubs and restaurants in walking distance. We felt we really experienced the Connemara region. The owner, Simon, met us upon arrival and he (and his family) is just delightful and very responsive if anything comes up or you have any questions. We did not have the greatest weather but it really did not matter! Would definitely go back.

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Liked best: Location and comfort level
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ruairi73
Dublin, Ireland
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“Amazing place to stay for New Year or any time of year for that matter”
Reviewed March 8, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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When you drive from Dublin and then turn off from Galway, towards Roundstone, and the scenery starts to change is when you start to switch off and absorb the beauty of the area. And what better place to base yourself than in Quay Cottage. The place is located right on the harbour wall with uninterrupted views across the bay. When you arrive there is everything you need to have a cuppa and look around the house where you will find the most luxurious beds that you'll have to pry yourself out of in the mornings after admiring the view. After a long days hiking, returning to Quay Cottage is a fantastic feeling where you will be able to light a fire to relax in front off and then cook in what has to be the best equipped kitchen I have ever come across in a rental property, before melting in to those beds again. I can not rate this place highly enough... everything, and I mean everything was easy and made to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. And when you discover the background to the couple that own the place it will become apparent why this is.

Roundstone itself is a very friendly place where you will get chatting to people in the bars. We were there for New Year and the place was hopping, however, by the 2nd Jan a lot of people had headed off home and the place went back to a quieter pace of life. If you're there during the busy periods it could be prudent to book a table in O'Dowd's as it gets busy and stays busy.

We would highly recommend going to the national park and a visit to Kylemore Abbey and plenty of walks around Roundstone can be had but would recommend picking up a guide before hand.

And as for Simon's dad, what a character who will lead you astray if you want him too.

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Liked best: Far to many things to mention
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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dublin68
Ireland
2 reviews
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“Amazing house in amazing location right on harbour front”
Reviewed January 16, 2013 for a stay in November 2012

This is a fantastic house in a fantastic setting. Really comfortable, nice open fire and unbelievable views of the mountains and changing Connemara skies. It is steps away from the harbour and lovely village of Roundstone. There are lots of really nice walks which you can start from the house. There is everything you need in the house plus lots of interesting books about the area and fishing rods for those who might be so inclined. You won't want to leave and you will want to go back.

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Andrew_an...
Vannes, France
2 reviews
“Just perfect!”
Reviewed January 13, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

We spent Christmas week with a couple of friends at the Quay Cottage and had a really good time. Simon welcomed us on our arrival with a fire in the cheminey and Christmas candle! The house was very confortable and well furnished. Roundstone is very well located in the heart of Connemara, with lots of walking trails nearby. The pubs nextdoor are a great fun!
We will come back ounce again for sure!
Thanks Anne and Simon for this great place.

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Liked best: The view on the harbour and the twelve Bens
Liked least: Nothing!
Traveling group: Friends
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HovisBap
France
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“We just loved everything about this fabulous house”
Reviewed December 9, 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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person found this review helpful

My wife and I have talked about visiting the west coast of Ireland for ages, and finally we managed it. When looking for somewhere to rent my criteria were: (a) overlooking water, (b) an open fire, (c) satellite TV and (d) near a pub. Quay House as the name suggests couldn't really be closer to the water without you getting your feet wet when leaving the house, the view from the lounge is quite simply stunning. The quay is literally a few metres away and the fishing boats moored outside are framed by Connemara's magnificent 12 Bens mountains in the distance. The open peat fire was not essential as the double glazing and excellent central heating heated the house very quickly but nevertheless we had a fire most evenings for the ambiance if nothing else. The flat screen TV received all the UK free to air channels as well as quite a few Sky TV channels such as Discovery and Sky 1 and there was a DVD player. The house is immaculate, with high quality fixtures and fittings, very comfortable beds and a lovely homely feel. The local pubs are literally 2 minutes walk away, we visited them all but spent most time in O'Dowds where they do a great pint of Guinness and serve a good bar menu. We had expected really bad weather at this time of year but we had amazing luck with 5 out of 7 days of sun and blue skies during which we walked and explored the stunning coastline and nearby landscape including the 17th century Ballynahinch Castle grounds. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable week, so a big thank-you to Simon and Anne for renting their amazing house to us, we hope to return again.

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Liked best: View from the lounge window
Liked least: Leaving to come home
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Tony C
Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A really great house in a really beauful setting”
Reviewed November 18, 2012 for a stay in November 2012

We rented Simon's Quay House in Roundstone for four nights in October. I've stayed in a number of rented houses in Ireland, and I think this is my favourite so far. It is cosy and well furnsihed with a fully equipped kitchen.

The ground floor is bigger than the photos suggest. The bedrooms are large and the king beds are really comfortable.

The picture window in the living room looks out over the pier, the harbour and the mountains. The week we were there the weather was nice with a good bit of sun and only a little rain. The view changes constantly with clouds movements and occasional rain showers. You could sit on the couch and happily watch the view for hours. Real turf fire is cosy and creates a great atmosphere in the winter.

A proper size TV and connections to let you play audio through the surround sound speaker system from your iPod or laptop.

Its 45 seconds walk from O'Dowd's pub restaurant which serves really good food and a further 30 seconds walk from the Shamrock pub which has a pool table and generally welcoming feel to it.

Two brilliant double bedrooms both facing the bay and mountains. One twin room with less of a view I think.

A good house for a family, be be warned, it really is built on a pier and has and unprotected water ten feet from the front door, so if you have toddlers, might be a bit unsafe.

Thanks to Simon for making the check in and check out very uncomplicated.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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