This house exceeded our expectations. It has spectacular Atlantic views from the master bedroom and open kitchen, dining, and living area. It sits cleverly on the lower slope of one of the Burren’s impressive hills, close enough to hear the sea at night from open windows but far away enough not to hear the road.
The house itself is impeccably clean and well kept. The kitchen is large and superbly equipped for serious home cooks, and we prepared three meals a day in it gladly with Burren produce we picked up in Galway and then throughout our stay. The master bedroom has a comfortable bed, nice bed linens, and superb sitting room for gazing at the sea and the sunset. The master bath includes a large soaking tub and a small shower. The suite also has a large, walk in-closet allowing one fully to unpack and store luggage. The windows open partially and let the wild sea breeze in should you have sunshine, and the heating keeps you toasty at night.
The hosts, Mary and Gus, live next door on one side and also manage the nearly-twin cottage on the other side of this home. They are caring and helpful, going out of their way to make guests welcome. They stock the fridge with milk, eggs, and other essentials before guests arrive. They provided lots of helpful tips on the area and even came to get us when we punctured a tire.
We loved Fanore because it is close to local highlights without being in the thick of them. At the owner’s suggestion, we went to a pub in Doolin (20 minutes away) to hear extraordinary traditional music. The Cliffs of Moher are about 10 minutes beyond that. It is quite possible to enjoy near solitude if one is anywhere other than those two tourist attractions.
And so we fell in love with the Burren, rather than the tourist destinations. Roads and hiking trails immediately beyond the house allow one to explore the exquisite, rocky terrain as the wind whistles in the grass and the Atlantic sweeps out below. One hardly sees a soul. Remarkable stones, harsh rock, and an occasional farmer checking on the cows grazing in the pastureland.
We would definitely stay here again and indeed hope to return next year.