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Bidsie Bricke's

Carrigaholt, County Clare (Ref. 24062)

4.2

Good

Hogans Irish Cottages rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside

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15 Customer Review(s)

  • Teresa

    “We knew this was an old house but expected it to be clean.”

    The house was filthy. It didn't appear that it had been cleaned properly in a long time. There was a dreadful bad smell when we opened the front door which we think may be coming from the cellar. We had to clean the fridge before we could put food in it. The floors were not clean, the bathroom floor downstairs was filthy and sticky. Tiles over the bath were not clean, all the socket covers in the sitting room had brown marks that looked like insect droppings. I cleaned one of these and the marks ...

    The house was filthy. It didn't appear that it had been cleaned properly in a long time. There was a dreadful bad smell when we opened the front door which we think may be coming from the cellar. We had to clean the fridge before we could put food in it. The floors were not clean, the bathroom floor downstairs was filthy and sticky. Tiles over the bath were not clean, all the socket covers in the sitting room had brown marks that looked like insect droppings. I cleaned one of these and the marks do come off. We could not sit outside in the garden as the lawn hadn't been mowed in quite some time. The patio was filthy and in need of a good power-wash. Most of the windows do not open except for the kitchen and downstairs bathroom. One side of one of the windows in the sitting room fell off when we tried to open it and we could not get it closed again. There are cobwebs everywhere. The furnishings were not clean especially the sofa in the utility area. The windows were in need of a clean. The state of the house had an impact on our holiday but we were lucky the weather was good and we were able to be out all day and we refused to allow it to ruin our holiday altogether. Carrigaholt is a lovely village and the people are especially nice, we loved the coffee dock and the chat with the locals. We would stay in Carrigaholt again but definitely not in Bidsie Bricke's. We would NOT recommend a stay in this house.

    - Teresa, September 2021

    I have to say the posting of this review caught me by surprise, especially as I had been using the same cleaning crew for the previous three years, with little or few complaints received. So I was extremely disappointed upon reading this review as it does indeed seem that there was an unacceptable lowering of standards, and I wholeheartedly apologise for this. You mentioned noticing a "smell" in the house upon your arrival, and I suspect you were noticing the aroma of years of turf soot which occasionally emanates from the original inglenook chimney, particularly, as was the case, if the house hadn't been "aired" for a couple of weeks. It is after all a very old stone built house and though the smell of turf soot is sometimes noticeable, it generally disappears once the house is in regular use. And yes, the house built in 1893, with it's exposed stonework, does gather it's share of cobwebs remarkably quickly at times, that I am afraid is the nature of it. The cobble locked patio is prone to moss, and after a bit of wind, it can also quickly gather leaves and small debris from the overhead canopy of sycamores. Because of this it is usually swept regularly, so again my apologies if this was not your experience. Weather permitting the lawn is mowed weekly, but at times of wet weather and heavy ground, this can be delayed. The upstairs windows are fitted with Chubb window locks to prevent any accidents, particularly to children. There should have been a key for this on the keys supplied upon your arrival. I am sorry you had difficulty with some worn and damaged windows, again maintenance of an old house is a continuous progress, and I do endeavour to keep up with repairs as they occur. I do take complaints seriously , and as the cleaning crew did not complete their tasks to the required standard, I have addressed this by ceasing their contract and by putting a new arrangement in place for the coming season. Property Owner

Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and comfy seating
  • Sitting room with dining area and multi-fuel stove.
  • Oil central heating with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent Apr - Oct, €30 supplement payable directly to owner Nov - Mar inclusive
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Roadside parking for 3 cars
  • Lawned garden and patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop, pub and harbour 2 mins walk
  • Note: The property is next to the harbour, children must be supervised.

The property

This traditionally stone-built, end-terrace cottage is situated in the heart of Carrigaholt just minutes from the harbour in County Clare.

With a warm, inviting decor, this delightful Carrigaholt cottage is ideal for a family looking for a break away to explore the wonders of the beautiful county of Clare.

Three bedrooms offer flexibility for your family?s sleeping arrangements as well as a spacious, yet cosy sitting area where you can gather around in the evenings and enjoy the warmth from the multi-fuel stove.

With its home-from-home appeal, you?re sure to feel comfortable within this gorgeous Clare cottage.

With its open layout, including a well-equipped kitchen with dining area, it is perfect for enjoying home-cooked meals as a family.

Outside, you have a lawned garden and patio with furniture, a super space for children to let off some steam while you sit back with a nice cup of tea.

In the pretty fishing village of Carrigaholt, there are a variety of shops and pubs for you to visit where you can experience traditional Irish music.

Within walking distance, you have the gorgeous harbour where you can spend hours strolling along and enjoying the spectacular views that Clare has to offer.

Further afield, you have the picturesque, coastal town of Kilrush, from where you can enjoy a variety of activities such as dolphin watching on one of many boat trips offered.

Alternatively, visit Kilrush Creek Adventure Centre where there are many watersports available or why not spend a day at Kilrush Golf Club where you can enjoy the challenging course?

As well as all these activities to fill your days, there are a number of pubs and restaurants for you to enjoy in the evenings.

A lovely Carrigaholt cottage ideally placed for you to experience all that County Clare has to offer.

About the location

CARRIGAHOLT, COUNTY CLARE

Kilkee 7 miles; Kilrush 15 miles.

The small, picturesque fishing village of Carrigaholt is located at the mouth of the Moyarta river, which flows into the River Shannon estuary, in County Clare. The village features a ruined castle and offers a shop and a handful of pubs, a restaurant and a takeaway. There is also a beach, which is ideal for swimming, along with sea fishing opportunities and boat trips for dolphin watching. A short drive takes you to the charming seaside town of Kilkee, which overlooks a mile-long horseshoe bay, with a safe and sandy Blue Flag beach, and is reputed to be the safest bathing place in Ireland. Kilkee is home to the Kilkee Surf School, popular Waterworld with its range of indoor water attractions, an 18-hole championship golf course, a host of lively pubs and bars and a selection of restaurants serving the local speciality, seafood. The Loop Head Peninsula is a popular birdwatching and cycling area and walkers will be in awe of the fantastic, scenic cliffs in Kilkee, while the town is also the starting point for the Loop Head Drive along the rugged Atlantic coastline, which offers breathtaking coastal views.