Our little piece of heaven in the countryside

Ireland - Co.Galway - Loughrea

Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,Standing at the house looking at the entrance
Standing at the house looking at the entrance
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,walking up the drive
Walking up the drive
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,Ensuite for downstairs bedroom
Ensuite for downstairs bedroom
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Ireland,Loughrea,House photos, home images
  • Sleeping capacity8
  • Bedrooms4
  • Bathrooms2

Simultaneous Home Exchange

Smoking Not Allowed

Children Welcome

Car Exchange is offered/negotiable

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Our Home For Exchange

Description of the home we are offering for exchange

We live in a bright and warm house, it is welcoming and comfortable. We have 2800 sq ft of space and are situated on a 4 acre site. There is lawn to the front, and a patio to the immediate rear with 3 acres of young trees completing the planting. There is also a large walled vegetable garden and large greenhouse where a glass of wine can be enjoyed or fruit and vegetables harvested depending on the season. There are views from all aspects. Sheep and cows graze in nearby fields and in the evening deer can be seen coming out of the woods to graze. Scenic walks are almost compulsory, and we live on a quiet country road where there is minimal traffic. We do have a springer spaniel dog and 3 hens all of which would be taken care of in our absence. The dog is a working dog and does not enter the house. Smoking is not permitted in the house.
We live 8km from Loughrea town centre, in the foothills of the Slieve Aughty mountains. Baile Locha Riach (Irish) meaning town of the grey lake, lies on the southern shores of the lake - Lough Rea. The town was founded in 1236 by an anglo-saxon Richard de Burgo; and remains a bustling market town with the only still functioning medievel town moat in Ireland. This can best be seen along a charming 18th century mall known simply as "the walks".

Type

House - 2 or more floors/ Main Residence


Amenities

  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes Washer
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Microwave Oven
  • Extensive Grounds
  • Peaceful Surroundings
  • View
  • Fireplace
  • Privacy / Seclusion
  • Garden
  • Heating
  • Parking included
  • Terrace / Patio

Entertainment

  • Computer available
  • DVD
  • Internet access
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi)
  • Family Room / Playroom

Extras

  • Use of bicycle(s)

Setting

  • Rural
  • Mountains

Neighbourhood

Description of our neighbourhood and surrounding area

Quiet rural setting, with friendly neighbours.

Outdoor Activities

  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Cultural Events
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Gym / Health Club
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Lake
  • Public Swimming Pool
  • River
  • Scuba Diving / Surfing
  • Windsurfing

Leisure

  • Park / Playground
  • Cafés
  • Gym / Health Club
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping

Cultural Activities

  • Concerts
  • Theatre

Transport Nearby

  • Bus
  • Car Necessary

Neighbourhood Services

  • Bakery
  • Corner Shop
  • Pharmacy
  • Supermarket

Attractions

Our home exchange - places to go and things to do while staying in our home

Lough Rea is ideal for swimming, wind surfing and boating. It has for many years earned the coveted European environmental "Blue Flag" status. Awarded for the excellent water quality and well maintained shoreline, it is one of a handful of lakes to earn this distinction. The long point swimming area is well equipped with changing rooms, showers, ample parking and picnic areas. The town has multiple restaurants to appeal to all tastes. There are many pubs in which to experience live music and soak up the atmosphere and we are well located to travel to all surrounding towns and villages. There is also a 4* hotel in Loughrea with an award winning spa. We are 30 minutes from the atlantic ocean and Galway city. A vibrant university town; population ~ 70,000. It is well renowned for its lively arts, music, theatre and festival scene. Exploration of the west coast of Ireland is to be recommended with access to County Clare famous for its unique limestone ecosystem in the Burren less than an hour away. Connemara with its scenery, mountains and lakes is just the other side of Galway city and a trip to the Aran Islands is a wonderful day out the ferry leaves from the port in Galway.. Multiple golf courses are a short drive away - Loughrea, Gort, Athenry, Portumna, and Oranmore to name the most local. Loughrea being just off the M6 motorway means a short 2 hours will bring you to Dublin for the day and Shannon airport is less than an hour from the house.

Our favourite restaurants

  • Taste Matters,Loughrea
  • Il Porcetto Italian Restaurant, Loughrea
  • Eastern Tandoori, Loughrea

Cafés & bars

  • The Hungry Bookworm, Loughrea
  • Charlies Bar
  • Maggie Mays

Special places to shop

  • Galway Shopping Centre
  • Athlone Town Centre
  • Loughrea Town Centre

Leisure and cultural activities

  • Turoe Pet Farm and
  • Slieve Aughty Riding Centre
  • Loughrea Cathedral

Walks or jogging paths

  • The Burren
  • Galway Tourist Board
  • The Connemara Trail Tour

Health or fitness clubs

  • 37 degrees, loughrea
  • The Lough Rea Hotel & Spa

Interesting day trips

  • Kylemore Abbey & Gardens
  • Greenway in County Mayo
  • Aran Islands

Our Preferences

Our home exchange - here are our Preferences and House Rules

It is important that we find the house neat and tidy upon our return. We would leave all tea/ coffee/ seasonings for use but would ask that if you finish anything you replace it. Our garden produce is available for use during your stay. The entrance gates are to be closed at all times to prevent livestock entering the grounds. We are actually a 5 bedroom house with one room locked to store our belongings. Our bathrooms consist of 2 full bathrooms and 1 cloakroom - toilet and hand-basin.

Conditions

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Not Allowed
  • Plant care is needed inside

Car Exchange

  • Car Exchange is offered/negotiable

Home Exchange Type

  • Simultaneous Home Exchange
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