Beautiful Boat in the Heart of Galway City

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Boat hosted by Sandra

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
Entire home
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Great location
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A beautiful, romantic getaway located on the banks of Lough Atalia, just off Galway Bay. This luxurious and historical Dutch barge has been lovingly restored, transforming it into an extremely spacious and comfortable space. It is located right next to the G Hotel, the hugely popular Huntsman Inn and with shops and a bus stop close by. It is approximately a 15 minute walk to Eyre Square along the banks of Lough Atalia.

*Please read house rules and cancellation policy carefully before booking.

The space
If you are looking for something a little different, lots of privacy, and peace and quiet then look no further! If generic hotels and apartments have started to become somewhat of a blur, then this may be the experience you have been looking for! Perfect for a romantic getaway...

The boat is made up of a large kitchen with beautiful granite counter-tops and breakfast bar, a large open-plan dining area and lounge. We ask guests to please enjoy the kitchen but NO FRYING, or cooking anything with strong scents as the boat is open plan and we would like to protect the furnishings etc. from gathering odors. If you really fancy a traditional Irish breakfast, The Hunstman Inn (beside the barge), does one of the best breakfasts in Galway :) The lounge has a wood/turf burning stove and a wicker basket of turf will be supplied should the evenings in Galway get a little chilly, and you want to snuggle up in front of a real fire. There is a large, bright bathroom with a bath and shower. The beautifully-decorated cabin bedroom has a double bed and lots of storage in the hallway alcoves immediately outside the bedroom.

It is important to note that this is an off-grid listing. We try to be as "green" as possible when it comes to energy. We use a combination of wind, solar and an on-board generator to meet the energy requirements of our valued guests, but this also means there are restrictions on certain appliances due to their high energy consumption. For cooking purposes there is a full-sized gas hob (all the best chefs use gas ;)), which is also used to boil water for tea/coffee.

Please read all of the house rules and safety information before your arrival. Under no circumstances are guests other than the booked guests allowed on the boat. Parties and smoking are strictly prohibited.

Now, time for some maritime education :)
Lough Atalia is a protected inlet off Galway Bay, and therefore it is tidal! Catherina will go up and down with the tide. She will not always be floating. The tidal height at the time of your stay will be completely dependent on the lunar cycle. Spring tides (the highest tides) occur twice each lunar month all year long, without regard to the season. If the tides is not high enough at the time of your stay, the vessel will sit on a tidal flat. Also, the time that high tide, and low tide takes place changes day-by-day.
This a boat, and boats are on water. It is not an hotel, nor is it an apartment and this is what makes it a different experience to the norm :)

If a strong wind moves Catherina a little when she is floating...remember, it's a boat and that's fine, it's meant to move! If however, based on weather forecasts i.e. a status red warning is issued and it happens to align with very high tides, we reserve the right to cancel the booking at short notice if the safety of our guests is at risk. On the other hand, if you are lucky enough to have good weather, you can sit up on the deck with a beverage and enjoy the famous beautiful sunsets over Galway Bay and Galway City.

Catherina does not have designated parking. There are places very close by which we can suggest to you, but we do not bear any responsibility for parking itself. All of our guests to date who have required parking have had no issues by following the suggestions we provide. Of course, you will still need to cover the short distance (about a 2 minute walk) from the suggested parking areas to the vessel. If the weather is very bad upon your arrival and/or if you have a lot of luggage we can assist with a luggage drop-off very close to the boat, rather than having to carry it all over from the parking area. Please just let us know in advance of your arrival if you think you might like to do this.

For us, communication is key! We want to do our absolute best to ensure we get a 5-star review from every one of our valued guests. This helps us to continue to provide the best AirBnB in Galway City. Once guests have finalised their booking, we can discuss the best way to stay in touch with each other during your stay

Where you'll sleep

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1 double bed

What this place offers

Waterfront
Kitchen
Wifi
Free street parking
TV
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer
Refrigerator
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Galway, County Galway, Ireland

The boat is situated right next to the famous G Hotel and The Huntsman Inn, both of which have bars and restaurants. There is a newly opened Lidl store straight across the road from the boat, as is The Eye Cinema and The Wellpark Retail Centre with it's cafes (G-Counter) and shops. There is a Londis convenience store about a 4 minute walk away where you can purchase cooked food, snacks, beer/wine. This Londis also has a Four Star Pizza counter. A Coke Zero bike-share depot is situated very close by. There is a bus stop a minutes walk from the boat and this will bring you directly into Eyre Square, at 15 minute intervals.

Hosted by Sandra

  1. Joined in September 2018
  • 133 Reviews
  • Identity verified
  • Superhost

During your stay

We are always available to answer any questions you might have and to assist you in any way possible to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection

Cancellation policy