Our end-terrace home is welcoming, cosy and bright. The ground floor is a large open plan living, dining and kitchen. We have a small but fully-equipped kitchen with oven and electric hob, plus an air-fryer, slow-cooker and magimix food processer. We have a really comfortable L-Shape couch that easily folds out into a double bed. There is WIFI and a TV with chromecast. Upstairs the sleeping accommodation has a large family bathroom and two bedrooms, with the master bedroom en suite. There is also a small WC downstairs. We have a private rear garden (a work in progress!), and a patio with a BBQ, table and 6 chairs for outdoor dining (weather permitting!!). Would be perfect for a couple, or family with one teen or young children who can share a small room (2 single trundle beds).
This is a great base for visiting the West of Ireland. We live a 10 minute drive west of Galway city. There is a bus stop 200 metres from our house with regular buses to the city (a taxi is €12-15). 1km from our house there is a beautiful woodland area with walking trails and a popular swimming beach 3km away (Silverstrand). We are also 3km away from the Salthill Promenade and Blackrock diving board, another very popular place for swimming and walking. The promenade leads right into the city. Within an hour's drive (or bus) you can find yourself in the heart of Connemara - an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Aran islands off the coast are also easily accessible from here.
Our housing estate is well-maintained and landscaped with a small playground in the centre. Although there are many young families it is a very quiet and calm area. We do live beside a small Montessori, so if you are in the garden and the children are outside at the same time you can hear them playing. I think they are very sweet and funny, but you may not! You cannot hear them when inside the house.
Galway is a lively university town that transforms in the summer months, despite the weather! There is the famous Galway Races (last week in July), which is as much about street partying as it is about horse racing. The two weeks before that is the Galway International Arts Festival (https://www.giaf.ie/) - which is my personal highlight of the year. Galway also has a very exciting food scene, there are loads of great places to eat including 2 Michellin star restaurants. There are countless pubs, great traditional music sessions, and the people are really friendly. In fact, in 2020 Lonely Planet ranked Galway among the Top 5 Cities in the World to visit, the New York Times named Galway 'Ireland's most charming city', and the Condé Nast Traveler magazine named Galway the 6th friendliest city in the world! Not bad for a population of less than 80,000!
Ireland is a small island, and you can easily visit many of the highlights on a short visit. I am really passionate about my beloved hometown, and would be more than happy to chat with you about seeing the best of what Ireland has to offer - whether you end up exchanging with us or not!
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