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Glasthule, Shanboolard, Moyard, Co. Galway H91 H9W4



Updated on January 16, 2024 at 3:07 pm

  • Property ID: MOS-9463
  • Price: €400,000
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Property Type: Residential
  • Property Status: Sale Agreed

Additional details

  • F: BER Number: 116489816 Energy Output Indicator: 424.52 kWh/m2/yr


Lakeside cottage in Connemara close by the sea on about 49 acres with shares in local commonage


Glasthule is a delightful lakeside cottage set within impressive garden grounds with direct access onto Ballynakill Lough all in a glorious setting in Connemara.


A gated driveway leads to the rear of the house of the where there is ample parking and the main entrance which opens into a foyer which offers access to both the main receptions rooms and the bedroom accommodation which are well-positioned to take advantage of the lake views. The open-plan dining room and kitchen area is a lovely space which also opens into a spacious living room that offers delightful views out over the gardens and lake.


There are four bedrooms in total including the master bedroom suite and one further ensuite. While requiring some upgrades internally, the house offers great renovation potential with ample space and grounds to extend if required but ready for immediate occupation.


The accommodation is set out over one floor and extends to about 1722 sq ft / 160 sq m, however we understand that the property previously was two-storeys which gives further scope subject to obtaining the relevant planning permission. Please refer to the floorplans for a full layout of the accommodation.





To the side of the house is a range of traditional stone-cut storage sheds which extend to about 1248 sq ft / 116 sq m. There is also a Dutch barn with a boat shed attached to this.


Gardens & Grounds

Glasthule sits amidst established garden grounds which are predominantly laid to lawn. To the front of the house are a number of flower beds, shrubs and box which are enclosed from the road by hedging. They are a particular feature of the property and are well established by the previous owner who was involved in the Cleggan Gardens and their Tidy Towns campaigns. The garden includes an arboretum which was planted over 30 years with a wide range of trees.


There is access to Ballynakill Lough from the field in front of the house. The Lough boasts wild brown trout and is an angler’s paradise.


There is a freshwater stream running through the gardens that connects the lake and the sea – it is a beautiful feature that the current owners have enjoyed for many years.



Extending to about 49 acres in total, the land lies primarily to the north of the holding and is in one ring-fenced block. The topography generally rises from the east with a low point of 2 metres / 6 feet above sea level on the eastern boundary to a high point of 36 metres / 118 feet on the western boundary. The land boasts a wide range of flora and is currently used for grazing.


The land is of mixed-quality and is currently let on a conacre agreement. Further information available on request from the joint selling agents.


The property also benefits from two shareholdings in two separate but nearby commonages. The total shareholdings amount to circa 16.3 acres. Some of this ground has shore frontage. This ground is not eligible for construction and is for grazing purposes only.

Ballynew Bay Beach 1.5 km, Cleggan 3.5 km, N59 5 km, Moyard 5 km, Letterfrack 9km, Clifden 11 km, Leenane 29 km, Galway 88 km


(all distances approximate)



Foyer * Living room * Dining room * Kitchen * Utility room * Master bedroom suite * 3 further bedrooms (one ensuite)



Traditional stone-cut general-purpose outbuildings * Dutch barn * Boat shed


Gardens & Grounds

Manicured lawns * landscaped gardens




Additional shares of commonage (circa 16 acre share) with sea frontage


About 49 acres / 19 hectares


For Sale by Private Treaty



Glasthule is located in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland, a county which offers spectacular scenery with its many breath-taking land and seascapes. Galway is positioned in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way and is etched with epic coastlines, magnificent beaches, and lofty mountain peaks.


The nearby villages of Cleggan (a fishing village with ferries to local islands) (3.5 km) and Moyard (5 km) provides for local amenities while a further range of shops, services and amenities are available in the towns of Letterfrack (9 km) and Clifden (11 km). Nearby local attractions include Ballynew Bay Beach (1.5 km) and Cleggan Cliffs (2.5 km).


The major tourist attraction of Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden lies 14km to the east. It is a picture-perfect setting with a coffee shop and craft store. A heritage garden, it only displays plant varieties from the Victorian era. The village of Leenane (29 km) is famous for being the setting of the renowned Jim Sheridan film ‘’The Field’’. The hotel offers the only saltwater seaweed baths in the West of Ireland.  The epic scenery surrounding Leenane is attributed to its stunning setting overlooking Killary Fjord, the only fjord in Ireland.


The nearby area offers a wide range of quality sporting and recreational activities including, rugby, GAA, soccer, swimming, and tennis to name a few. Galway is an angler’s paradise with many lakes, sea inlets and rivers to choose from. For walkers and adventures, Galway offers spectacular mountain ranges, fine beaches, and stunning scenery in a variety of landscapes.

Local schooling is available in Clifden with further educational options available in Galway.



Dating from the 1940’s, Glasthule has been a peaceful retreat for many including the current family who have used the property as a holiday home. The renowned poet Sylvia Plath planned to rent Glasthule from December 1962 until February 1963 and wrote of the property: “In Ireland – in my darling cottage from December 1 to February 28 [1962-63] – I should recover on the milk from the cows (hope to learn to milk them myself), homemade bread, and the sea!”





General Remarks



Strictly by private appointment with Savills Residential & Country Agency & Matt O’Sullivan Auctioneers. Given the direct access to the water from the property, we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection.



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Historic Reference

We understand that there is megalithic tomb which is located in the hill field to the rear of the house.


Fixtures & Fittings

All fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale including garden statuary, light fittings, and other removable fittings, although some items may be available by separate negotiation.



Oil-fired central heating (OFCH), private water supply from river, mains electricity.

Please be advised that the selling agents have not checked the services and any purchaser should satisfy themselves with the availability and adequacy of all services.


Entry & Possession

Entry is by agreement with vacant possession.



Offers may be submitted to the selling agents, Savills Residential & Country Agency, 33 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 or Matt O’Sullivan Auctioneers

Email address: country@savills.ie or property@mattosullivan.com


Best Offers Date

A date for best offers may be fixed and prospective purchasers are asked to register their interest with the joint selling agents following inspection. The sellers reserve the right to exchange a Contract for the sale of any part of the subjects of sale ahead of a notified closing date and will not be obliged to accept the highest or any offer.


Financial Guarantee

All offers (regardless of the country of residence of the offering party) must be accompanied by a guarantee or suitable form of reference from a bank, which gives the sellers satisfaction that the purchaser has access to the funds required to complete the purchase at the offered price.




Wayleaves and Rights of Access

The property will be sold with the benefit of all existing wayleave rights, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private. The purchaser will be held to have satisfied themselves as to the nature of all such rights and others.



Should there be any discrepancy between these particulars, the General Remarks and Information, Stipulations and the Contract of Sale, the latter shall prevail.


  • Area: Moyard
  • Country: Ireland


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