“Staying in one of these cozy cottages is one of the most authentic experiences you could have in Ireland'' - National Geographic. Up in the hills, 5 mins drive from the Wild Atlantic coastline & Spiddal village, lies this cosy cottage, located in the international award-winning cultural retreat Cnoc Suain - a secluded traditional rural settlement in Connemara. Relax in an atmosphere of tranquillity & timelessness, surrounded by 200 acres of bogland & birdsong. 25 mins drive from Galway city.
No smoking inside the cottage please, and our cottages are unsuitable for children or pets.
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Hello, my name is Dearbhaill Standún and I am a musician and Gaelic speaker from Connemara. My husband – Charlie Troy – is a natural scientist and teacher and, together, over the past 20 years, we have restored Cnoc Suain as a cultural retreat. It is also our family home.
The combined passion we share for the culture and nature of Connemara has been our inspiration throughout the restoration of the hill-village. It is our pleasure to welcome you to this idyllic retreat. During your stay here we can happily recommend places, events, activities and experiences – both well known and lesser known – that bring you to the heart of the culture of the area. Examples: quiet country and seashore walks, good food, local festivals and traditional music pubs.
We are always encouraged by the positive comments from guests and journalists:
"This is one of those very rare times where you wish you could leave 6 stars on the place. This is an amazing experience - perfect place to disconnect and discover. Go and reward your soul." - AirBnB guest, Nick, NY.
“A beautifully restored hill village that sits on layers of Irish history, Cnoc Suain offers a thorough immersion in local culture. It is serving as a trailblazer and a powerhouse in promoting sustainability and mindfulness of the earth’s – and mankind’s – precious resources.”
'Global Vision Award' Winner – Travel + Leisure magazine
“Cnoc Suain is one of my favourite natural retreats, owned by two of the finest hosts I know, leading conservationists of both natural and cultural heritage, Dearbhaill Standún and Charlie Troy.” Catherine Mack, The Irish Times.
We have received national and international recognition for our cultural programmes, environmental stewardship and restoration work. Awards Cnoc Suain has won include a "Global Vision Award" from Travel + Leisure magazine and a "World Ethical Travel Award" from The Guardian newspaper. After winning the Irish award for Cultural Heritage at the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism Awards held in Dublin in March 2015, Cnoc Suain later won a world award for Cultural Heritage at the World Responsible Tourism Awards held in London in November 2015.
In October 2015 Cnoc Suain was awarded a 2015 Phoenix Award, for cultural and environmental preservation, by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) at their annual convention held in Las Vegas . Each year the SATW award three US based projects and one international project. In 2014 the international award was won by a cultural project in China and in 2015 it was the turn of Cnoc Suain cultural retreat in Connemara!
We were delighted to receive a second Trip Advisor GreenLeaders Platinum Award for our conservation work in 2016.
In February of this year, 2017, Cnoc Suain was judged as Ireland's "Best Cultural Experience" by the Irish Tourism Industry Awards.