A lovely and spacious farmhouse cottage great for families of all ages.
I live with my wife Beatrice and our two daughters in London and split our holiday time between staying in Bayfield and going over to Rome where Beatrice is from. For us these are the two of the most Beautiful places in the world! Bayfield has been in the family for generations and I have been coming over with my parents, brothers and sisters since I was a child and have been playing in the fields around Bayfield and swimming from the Flaggy Shore since I can remember. When my mother took the house over from my Great Uncle Edward it was falling into disrepair and had cows using it as a shelter. The thatched roof had fallen in and all the doors and windows had rotted away. My mother with help from the rest of the family restored and extended the house to make it what it is now and we love it. We love the walks, the pubs, the food, the people and the weather whatever the season throws at us. As well as summer we often spend Christmas and New Year in Ireland and find it as lovely then as it is in the summer. On Christmas Day about 100 people from the area go for a morning swim and I have joined them for the last three years and plan to do many more. I am a keen sailor and have sailed and done many regattas on Galway Bay and from other coastal towns along the Wild Atlantic Way. Galway Bay in particular is one of the most beautiful places I have ever sailed - especially when taking part in the Galway to Aran Islands Race. Have a great time if you are staying at Bayfield. Read the tips on the "Read if staying" page on the maxxbayfield website, and be sure to let us know if you had a good time. Many thanks for choosing to stay! Max, Beatrice, Aurelia and Pancia
Max purchased this Farmhouse in 1860
Why Max chose New Quay
Bayfield was built by our Great Great Grandfather over a hundred and fifty years ago and has been in the family ever since. Originally a farmhouse it has now been lovingly and beautifully restored and we are lucky enough to be able to use it as a holiday home and offer it to others to enjoy as well. Our Great Uncle Edward Hynes, the renowned artist who drew for several American and European magazines lived at the house and what is now the main sitting room was his studio for many years. You will see many copies of his pictures and cartoons around the house. We grew up visiting Bayfield for holidays and now think of it as part of the family. We love the walking, the pubs, the views and the people on the West Coast and come back to visit whenever we can.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The house, the rooms and the gardens are all extremely spacious. Multiple sitting areas each with its own charm means that even with a full house there is plenty of space. Something that people really appreciate about Bayfield is that the main living/sitting room is in an adjoining building connected by a small hallway which means that adults can stay up later without waking sleeping children. (Likewise in the morning children can play in the living room if they wake up early!). The house is surrounded by beautiful fields with grazing horses, cows and sheep. Kids love it but I think adults appreciate it even more. The sea is so close that you can walk down to the beach with your cup of coffee and it will still be warm when you get there. We often do this! No matter what the weather it is a lovely place to be. Have a look at www.maxxbayfield.com which has more pictures and more information.
Check-in: 6:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Max guests:15 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
Please enjoy the Bayfield as much as we do and leave the house clean and tidy when you leave so that Carmel can get it ready for anyone following you.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great place for groups
What a wonderful property! Max is very easy to communicate with always got right back to me!
Stayed here with 5 couples. The location was beautiful! The views from the livingroom were just spectacular the large windows made the view from every seat a joy, even when it rained the room was light & airy! The kitchen had everything you need to cook for a group, we were very happy they had compost & recycle bins! If you are from the USA like us carry over your Firestick or Roque & you can watch Netflix, Hulu etc as there is no cable tv but the WiFi works Great! We were all able to sit at dining table no problem., we cooked every morning. Stayed 4 nights.
You can walk to lovely beach & Russel Gallery for wine, tea & snacks & beautiful prints to take home. Check out those cows grazing a block away! Do take your car to Linnane’s for a fantastic dinner it’s not far down the road but safer to drive , we went twice. Go while it’s still light so you can enjoy the water view.
It’s a 10 minute drive to Linvarrna town for groceries & more restaurants Keogh’s was very good! Centrally located, Day trips are easy from there, Aran Islands, Doolin Caves, Galway, Cliffs of Moher etc
All beds are comfortable ! No worries, plenty of pillows too!
FYI the 4th full bathroom is downstairs & next to kitchen with a locked off door to 6th king bedroom, spend the extra money & take that one too! Totally worth it!
*** All-other bedrooms & baths on opposite wing of house. House is much bigger then it looks in the pictures.
Bring adapters for cell phones etc. They have some games, we opted to try & do the 1000 piece puzzle of Cliffs of Moher on a rainy day, didn’t finish but had fun trying 😃
Definitely bring slippers or thick socks as owner Max recommends as floors are cold.
We loved our stay and would come again! Thanks Max
Unique house reminiscent of days gone by. Loved the setting and locale. Would love to come back someday.😊�
Lovely time in Burren
Loved whole experience start to finish. All bedrooms were great. Lots of living space for extended family to spread out. Very quiet for sleeping. Walk to Linnanes that has great food and relaxed atmosphere. Whole area is so beautiful with friendly people. Highly recommend.
What a lovely house!
What a lovely location!! We had two families with young kids, ages 2-5, for a total of 11 people. The views were amazing, beds were comfortable and the house was very spacious. There were helpful notes all over the house guiding us on how things operated, light switch locations, etc. The back yard was so inviting, we had many meals outside while the kids ran around, climb trees and explore. The cows and horses across the street were entertaining and friendly. We LOVED walking to Linnaine’s; the food was delicious, people were friendly and the kids enjoyed throwing rocks into the ocean and watching the fisherman on the dock. We had many day trips and explored the Flagg Shore and trails. Overall we absolutely loved the house, location and people and are so greatful for staying in such a great place.
Wonderful family home in idyllic setting
We loved our stay at Bayview, it worked perfectly for our extended family group aged from 7 to 77. We made good use of the huge garden and the spent a lot of time hanging out in the lounge with the beautiful views out to the water. The art gallery just round the corner had great afternoon teas and prosecco and Linnanes, a short walk away had super fresh seafood and lovely outdoor area overlooking the estuary. We loved how quiet the location was, but still close enough to the local towns.
The house really was very special and we would recommend it highly. Thanks also Max for being super responsive to all our questions.
Beautiful getaway in the Burren
We stayed a week at Bayfield House, and wish we had booked two! We were 9 family members, and the house was perfect for being all together and for dispersing and finding solitude when wanted. Max and Bea made it easy to negotiate the house with many helpful notes, and rapid response by Mike the local caretaker when necessary (only once). Loved having the cows and horse so nearby. We visited many of the places Max had recommended on the website, enjoying the beautiful and wild Burren as well as the small towns, wonderful eateries, and walks along the Flaggy Shore and elsewhere. We even discovered a small ruined church and cemetery that may hold the bones of some of our ancestors! The weather was gray, but did not bother us in the least. The roads ‘round about are narrow and take some getting used to for right-side drivers, but we managed to (almost) get the hang of it. In a word: wonderful!!!
There is an endless amount of stuff to do here! See maxxbayfield com for side ideas - The walks are top of the list for most people. The coastal walk offers different scenery every time you walk it due to the ever changing height of tide. At low tide the rock pools are great for foraging in for sea life and the local sandy beach extends out into Galway Bay. Quite often seals bask on the rocks of nearby inlets. The walks in the limestone covered hills that surround New Quay are also brilliant. There are easy walks and also some more challenging circuits that you won’t want to try unless you are fairly fit and take some provisions for. There are several horse riding stables in the area and quite often horse racing or point to point racing which is very popular in Ireland. The local villages of Kinvara and Ballyvaughan are great to visit and have superb pubs and restaurants. They often host festivals and regularly have live Irish music being played in one or other of the pubs. Further afield is Galway which is a lively and vibrant town that has year round live music in many of the bars. It has very very cool night life especially round the Quay side area and is a lovely town to walk around with a huge Cathedral and some lovely old Irish streets. Also within easy reach are the Aran Islands which can be accessed by a small ferry from Doolin (about an hour trip). The Islands are absolutely beautiful and great for walking on or hiring a bike and cycling around. Ferries from Doolin also go to the Cliffs of Moher which are as striking to see from the water as they are from the top of the cliffs. Having said how much there is to do around the area, Bayfield House and the tiny area of New Quay is somewhere that is great to stay and doing nothing in. There is the pub down the road and the Russel Gallery that does great food, wine and teas and coffees. You can buy freshly laid eggs and other basic groceries from local farmers. Staying in the house is a lovely thing to spend time doing either in the house itself or out in the garden taking in the views.