The Visiting House

Gorteen near Dunmore, County Galway (Ref. 21606)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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56 Customer Review(s)

  • Cliona

    “The most incredible holiday in Ireland we have had, our three young children and our golden retriever could not have been more comfortable and safe and the hosts went above and beyond to ensure we had a great stay, would highly recommend and will be returning next year.”

    - Cliona, May 2022

The property

A beautiful, detached ground floor cottage with a private hot tub and year-round natural swimming pool, nestled on the owner’s farm in the small rural hamlet of Gorteen near Dunmore, County Galway.

Thoughtfully finished with sumptuous, stylish furnishings, this charming well-appointed cottage, with its character feature beams, echoes its traditional farm building beginnings, but with all the luxury comfort and convenience you could wish for.

Set entirely over the ground floor, the accommodation includes a superb open plan living area under the high apex of the roof, allowing for a real feeling of spaciousness.

Large patio doors open to the garden, so you can allow inside a refreshing breeze during summer evenings, or get cosy in the comfortable living area, toasting your toes beside the woodburner.

There are three double bedrooms neatly tucked towards the back of the cottage, one with an en-suite and doors to the garden.

Outside, a wonderful world of luxury awaits you, with a hot tub and natural swimming pool set on the raised decking.

Sink into the bubbles after a long day of walking or cycling, or why not take a refreshing morning dip in the pool, which is untreated and naturally filtered?

The summerhouse provides plenty of shelter should you fancy dining out in the fresh air and, as the owner is a keen beekeeper, you’re welcome to sample a true taste of this stunning area with a spot of honey, bliss!

You’re also able to arrange a visit to the farmyard to feed the friendly donkey or spot the poultry and dexter cows.

The separate games room has a pool table and a darts board and the owner has thoughtfully added golf clubs and bikes, so you can make the most of the nearby courses, with Dunmore Demense Golf Course just three miles away and miles of cycling and walking to enjoy, opening up the surrounding countryside.

Dunmore nestles in a curve of the Sinking River, with a selection of amenities and a tumbledown Augustinian abbey and castle settled at the water’s edge, where you can enjoy charming riverside walks.

Galway’s history abounds here, but for a taste of western Irish culture, spend the day in vibrant Galway City, wandering its ancient cobblestones that decorate the colourful, winding streets.

This fabulous cottage has something for everyone and is the perfect place to return to after a busy day.


  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x doubles (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x 4ft double
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • External games room with pool table.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with basic Sky, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden with decked area, furniture, hot tub and natural swimming pool
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3.5 miles
  • Note: Steps up to decking with pool and hot tub
  • Note: Pool water unheated and not chemically treated, but filtered via a reed bed and UV light
  • Note: Guests are welcome to visit and feed farm animals by arrangement (dexter cattle, poultry and a donkey).

About the location


Tuam 10 miles; Galway 30 miles.

Dunmore town lies 10 miles northeast of Tuam, boasting an original fort and a stone castle whose four storeys, towers and wide windows date back to the early 17th century. On the Eastern side of the town stand the impressive ruins of an Augustian Abbey. The town’s Demesne Golf Club is a 9 hole parkland course designed by highly respected golf course architect, Eddie Hackett. The Dunmore Festival is held annually in late July - early August, when the town hosts pub events, children's fancy dress, pavement art, walking, bicycle and car treasure hunts, so there's plenty of fun for all the family! The nearby town of Tuam is best known as a centre of church affairs, and has two cathedrals. The area has lots to offer, from beautiful countryside to great pubs with traditional music and restaurants offering varied types of cuisine. You are also ideally placed for touring Galway and Mayo. Spectacular sunsets are a feature here, and nature lovers will enjoy birdwatching and walking. The cosmopolitan delights of Galway City are 30 miles away, and with Connemara and Lough Mask offering scenic days out, your stay here can encompass all that Ireland has to offer.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas