Wood Smoke Cottage

Ballycahill, Co. Clare
+353 (0)892 299347

A modern home tucked into the amazing landscape of the Burren, loved for its windswept walks and wildflowers


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Pets welcome

The Experience

As darkness falls, rope lights sprinkle the trees in the garden. This is a remote and magical spot with a view, on a clear day, of Aillwee Mountain. Wallow in the hot tub; gather round the fire pit and gaze at the stars.

Remote, yet close to the Aillwee Caves, are two new houses and yours: open-plan, solar-heated and bright with light. Generous Ciara and John leave wellies by the door, a cupboard full of basics, homemade bread, eggs, scones and flowers – and they light the wood-burner and ready the hot tub for arrival.

They know the best walks, starting with Flaggy Shore (15km) on the Wild Atlantic Way, made famous by Seamus Heaney. Finish the day at Linnane’s Lobster Bar, with seafood fresh from the ocean. Or head off for Ireland’s first Michelin-starred pub: the lovely Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna.

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We think you'll love

  • The unique geological landscape of the Burren
  • Relaxing into a stylish, artistic and generously equipped home
  • Chilling in the garden with its sauna and hot tub, its rocks, trees and mossy walls
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You should know

  • You’re 40 metres from the owners’ home if you need them, but can be as private as you like
  • The house may feel remote, but Ballyvaughan is a 3.5km drive
  • No TV, but art, maps, WiFi, board games and books


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub 5-minute drive.


Nightly price
from €200
Weekly price
from €1000
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 4
From €2002 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Woodsmoke Cottage lies just past the popular Aillwee Cave and the Bird of Prey Centre, but the only traffic you’re likely to see is the odd tractor. Bikes and scooters can be borrowed; squirrels, stoats and rabbits abound. Being near the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW), the area draws geologists, walkers and foodies. You’ll eat brilliantly at Gregans Castle Hotel, an eight-minute drive. O'Loclainn's, one of the top whisky pubs in Ireland, is even closer, in little Ballyvaughan.

Local points of interest from Ciara McGrath

  • Our cottage is tucked in hazel woods directly off a walking route that gives access to the Burren mountains. We are just 500m from Aillwee Caves and Birds of Prey and a lovely walk to the village (perfect for dogs and children as no traffic!).
  • We are set in 4 acres off a green walking road with complete peace and quiet. You can step onto the karst landscape of the Burren just steps from the house.
  • Our cottage comes complete with wood fired stove and access to outdoor hot tub and sauna. Guests have a private deck set into the Burren rock with fire pit for star gazing or simply chatting with friends.
  • The house is on the edge of the Burren National Park with direct access to the mountains from the driveway of the house. Considered to be Ireland's flagship heritage landscape, from flora to fauna. geology to archaeology, agriculture to community.
  • The Burren hills are teeming with such geological oddities as labyrinthine cave systems, disappearing streams and lakes, tiered hillsides and oddly dissected pavements.The Burren also has a wonderfully rich and vibrant culture, come and see!


Ciara McGrath

After years of working abroad and travelling, Ciara and John, entrepreneurial and full of go, have returned to their beloved County Clare. They built the house and the cottage in 2006 and live across the driveway with a dog called Luna. They could not be more thoughtful or more generous to guests, and to guests' children and pets. “We love to share the hidden spots with those wishing to escape life’s hustle and bustle.”