|March 30, 2020 - December 31, 2020||3|
Looking for 2-3 weeks June/July. Open for shorter exchanges,e.g. Easter.
New modern house in a small town near Galway; Looking for Germany or Austria or Czech Republic in July please
We are an Irish-Scottish family of two adults and two girls aged thirteen and fifteen. David is a geologist and Aine a university teacher.
We have completed eight exchanges - to France (twice), Austria, Sweden, Spain (twice), Germany and Denmark and we enjoyed each one greatly. We like to travel and have also been to other countries in Europe and further a field.
We live in a new contemporary detached house c.175m2 in size in the town of Athenry, Galway. Our house was completed in September 2019! We live in a very quiet private development on the outskirts of Athenry (just 8 houses here) but we have all the amenities of a small town on our doorstep. We have a back garden with a space for outdoor dining and a swing-seat and a front garden with flowers. We have three bedrooms, which can sleep up to six people, 3 bathrooms, 1 kitchen/diner (open plan), one sitting room, a utility room and a study.Nearest supermarket is 5 minutes walk from our house, there are restaurants, local pubs and a hotel in Athenry and a medieval castle. Athenry is 24km from Galway city and takes 25 minutes to drive by car. There is a train station in Athenry where it takes 20 minutes to Galway by train. You can also take the bus from Athenry to Galway.
We have a Skoda Roomster and Seat hatchback (we swap one car). Our house is 1 hour drive from Shannon Airport and 2 hours from Dublin Airport, or you can take the train from Athenry to Dublin - 2 hours. 1 hour 15 mins from Ireland West Knock airport. Limerick City is 1hr drive. Cork City 2 hrs drive.
Loughrea Lake (Long Walk), 15 mins drive. Here you can swim as it is a Blue Flag lake.
The nearest large beach is in Salthill in Galway city (about 35 minutes drive), swimming and diving here as well as a long promenade, restaurants, bars, cinema, shops. A very popular tourist spot. Galway is European City of Culture for 2020, so there will be so many cultural events happening here in the Summer.We can provide lots of info. https://galway2020.ie/en/programme/ https://www.giaf.ie/info/galway/galway-2020
We are near the village of Oranmore (10 mins drive) which has a woodland park area with walks, picnic area and children's playground (Rinville Park) situated on the Atlantic Ocean and a sailing club as well as a castle and shops and restaurants http://oranmore.galway-ireland.ie/
Clarinbridge village with lovely cafes and restaruants, Moran's on the Weir a well know seafood restaurant with views of the water is just 15 minutes from our house http://clarinbridge.galway-ireland.ie/
Kinvarra village on the Atlantic ocean with castle, traditional pubs with music, cafes, 25 mins drive. http://www.galwaytourist.com/towns/kinvara/
Surfing at Lahinch or Fanore, County Clare 1 hrs drive.http://www.lahinchsurfschool.com/ http://www.surfschool.tv/
Two famous festivals in Galway in July - The Galway Arts Festival http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/ and The Galway Races http://www.galwayraces.com/
Bunratty Castle 50 mins drive (direction Limerick)http://www.shannonheritage.com/Attractions/BunrattyCastleFolkPark/
The Burren Limestone Mountain Region beside the Atlantic Ocean 30 mins drive. http://www.burrennationalpark.ie/
Horse riding with organic restaurant (Slieve Aughty Centre) is 40 mins away.
Numerous golf courses nearby including: Oranmore, Gort, Loughrea and top class links courses at Lahinch and Doonbeg. All within 1 hr drive.
- 2 Adults
- 2 Children
- 6 Exchanges made
- University Teacher
- House Type: House
- Floor: 2
- Environment: In a small town
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Sleeping Capacity: 5
- Living Area: 175 m2
- Total Area: 748 m2
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- Long-term exchange wanted
- Home exchange
- Free internet access
- Computer available
- Central heating
- Toys and games
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Other musical instruments
- Park / playground
- Bicycles: 4
- No smoking
- Car necessary
- Use/Exchange of car
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- Galicia, Spain
- Basque Country, Spain
- United Kingdom
Nearest Airport: Shannon / Dublin - 1hr / 2hrs
Things to do: You can play tennis for free, visit the castle in the centre of town, go to the playground (with a ruined Abbey opposite), there is a hurling stadium in the centre of town to watch traditional Irish sport, there is Athenry Golf Club 5 mins drive away, pitch and putt in nearby Esker, Galway Equestrian Centre is 10 mins away offering horseriding lessons and treks, Loughrea Lake is a blue flag swimming lake 20 mins away, Monivea Woods for walking 9km away, Rinville Park with a sailing club, playground, woods, golf club and atlantic ocean 20 mins away, eco equestrian centre, restaraunt and walking trails Slieve Aughty Riding Centre 30 mins away.
Supermarkets: In Athenry town there is a big supermarket called Joyces, but it can be more expensive. There are 2 butchers, a bakery (The Old Barricks), a fruit and veg shop, two banks with ATMs, several cafes, lots of pubs serving food and Irish music in the evenings, and takeaways.
In Oranmore there are several supermarkets Aldi (beside the castle and atlantic ocean!) , Lidl, Tesco and Joyces.
In Loughrea there is a nice Irish supermarket called Supervalu and an Aldi beside it.
- University Teacher
- Girl - Age: 16
- Girl - Age: 14
- We have a minature schnauzer dog but you do not need to look after her. We don't mind looking after cats!