Experience the vacation of a lifetime in our stunning holiday farmhouse perfectly located in Ireland's magical northwest. Have a great activity holiday or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. This holiday home has a unique 40 foot lounge/reception area with superior views of Sligo Bay, Raghly Harbour, and Queen Maeve's cairn. Large, new spacious fitted kitchen. Two bathrooms and four double bedrooms- three rooms with bay windows facing the sea. Free Wireless Internet access and TV/DVD player. An Art and Games Room is adjacent to house with free pool and air hockey tables, art supplies, and board games. Large front and side garden and lawns. Outdoor furniture and barbeque. Locked storage shed available for bicycles, surfboards, fishing rods, golf clubs, boats, etc. Private access to lands where Barnacle Geese and migrating birds are plentiful from October to April. Our friendliness and hospitality will make this your home away from home.
The price of your accommodation includes:
Electricity (normal/reasonable use)
Starter pack for solid fuel stove (winter months only)
Wireless Internet - unlimited
Bed linen (100% cotton sheets) and set of towels per person
Initial supply of toilet paper and paper towel
All kitchen cutlery and utensils; pots and pans; glasses, dishes; and tea towels
Basic cleaning products (detergents, sprays, etc) and vacuum cleaner
The rental price does not include heating oil or hot water. We have a metered system in place which is read on arrival and departure (charged at the local standard rate - approximately 0.60 euro per litre).
The price does not include a damage/security deposit of 100 euro in cash due on arrival (to cover extra cleaning costs, breakages/damage, or excessive electricity use).
Please contact us for rates for smaller parties (off peak only).
Arrival/Departure times: Arrival time is after 3:30 PM. Departure time is before 11:00 AM unless prior arrangements have been made. Please inform us if your intended arrival time will be later than 5pm
This area is a paradise for birds and waterfowl. Some of our land has been recently designated as special area of conservation. Barnacle Geese visit us every year from mid-October to late April. A walkway (for able and disabled) provides direct access to view the geese. Close by (10 minutes) is the Ballygilgan Nature Reserve (Lissadell) (http://ballygilgannaturereserve.com). And Bird Watch Ireland / Sligo site (http://birdwatchireland.ie or http://sligobirding.com) provide up to date recent sighting of various birds and waterfowl in the Sligo area.
Arts and Culture
Maugherow is notorious for its artists from writers, poets, painters, and fairy makers, and many have set up home here. The Model (Niland Gallery), Hamilton Gallery, Yeat’s Society, Hawkswell, Blue Raincoat Theatre, the Factory, and more are within 20 minutes drive.
Go to Lislarry (about 6km) for some of the best waves in the northwest. Or go further to afield to Bundoran (http://www.turfnsurf.ie orhttp://bundoransurfschool.com) or Strandhill (http://www.strandhillsurfschool.com) and experience the thrills of surfing on the big Atlantic waves (both 30 minutes away). Or the Adventure Sligo site (http://www.adventuresligo.com) can provide additional links.
There are several ways to take to the sea. If you have your own boat (sail boat, rib, canoe, etc) bring it along and we will help you launch it from the recently renovated Raghley pier. You can explore and relax in tranquility of Drumcliffe Bay. The boat can be stored in our sheds. Another popular activity is kayaking or canoeing (http://www.adventuresligo.com/water/kayaking).
If you own your own horse(s), you can have a unique holiday by bringing him/her/them with you. Access to the local beaches (Ardtarmon Strand/The Golden Strand or Tra Bui) can be provided through the owner’s land. Then the horse(s) can graze under your watchful eye. All options considered. Contact us for more information.
Alternatively, Island View offers horseriding for all the family year round (http://islandviewridingstables.com). This family run business is located about 15 minutes away and offers beach rides, trekking, lessons, and carriage riding. Use these links for additional riding stables: http://www.irelandonhorseback.com or http://www.markreestables.com) in the Sligo area.
Ireland is renowned for its golf courses and Rosses’ Point is no exception. The County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses’ Point (http://countysligogolfclub.ie) is ranked in the top 10 links courses in Ireland. The club boasts renowned visitors and champions, Rory McElroy and Tom Watson. Or you can go to Berties Pitch and Putt (http://www.bertiespnp.co.nr) or the Tyeconnell Pitch and Putt course in Bundoran.
There are plenty of excellent fishing points on the Raghley peninsula, where you can catch mackerel, pollock, bollin or if you are lucky sea trout. Raghley Harbour is located ¼ mile away. Spoil yourself with some fresh lobster and crab caught by local fishermen (available on request). Or try your hand at getting some razor fish or rock fishing. Crab fishing off the pier provides fun for everyone. In Rosses’ Point (http://www.sligoboatcharters.com) or Mullahmore (http://www.offshore.ie or http://www.inishmurrayislandtrips.com) charter boats are available for the serious fishermen. We can help with any bookings.
Exploring North Sligo on foot can be a beautiful way to see the county. Various magical walks include: Lissadell House and Woods; Glencar Lake and Waterfall; Streedagh Point and Beach; Glennif Horseshoe at the foot of Ben Bulben to name a few. Go to http://www.sligotourism.ie and/or http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Benbulben-loop or http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie for more information on mountain walks, nature trails, coastal walks and more.
Local Attractions: The following sites provide useful information about places to see and visit in Sligo:
Shopping and Restaurants:
Sligo offers shopping with a difference. There is a good mix of the extraordinary shops with hand-crafted pieces, the shops passed down through the generations and the more typical shops. Wooden sculpture by Michael Quirke and hand-crafted jewelry at The Cat and the Moon offer some unusual items while Mullaney’s and Moffits have been in the center of town for generations. The shopping centers provide a good mix on newer shops. Café’s, restaurants, and bistros are plentiful in Sligo town and North Sligo. Yeat’s Tavern (Davis’); Henry’s Restaurant and Lang’s Bar and Restaurant are within 10-15 minutes of ‘home’.
About Us Page
I (Desmond) am the second youngest child in my family of 5 sisters and 2 brothers. My father (Mick) was a dairy farmer and my mother (Maureen) was a nurse then ran a tourist business for many years. From the horse drawn caravans, in the field in front of our house, to bed and breakfast we shared our Irish traditions with many visitors. [Insert old pictures of cocks of hay and caravan on this page] The experience of meeting new people that came to stay with us was better than going on holidays – it was so exciting. What I loved most was when my mother asked me to greet the visitors at the front door, or bring them to the beach, or make some Irish coffees. I learned some French and German along the way too.
In August 1985, my friendly nature led me to meet the love of my life, Mary. She was on a Yeat’s Literature and Landscape tour of Ireland and happened to be in Ellen’s pub for some traditional music. Mary hailed from Arlington, Mass (USA), a suburb of Boston and had just finished her Master’s Degree in Nursing. After a little persuading, I finally convinced Mary that the west of Ireland was the place to be! It is rather ironic that Mary’s mother emigrated from Kinsale, Co. Cork to Boston in the early 1950’s.
We have 2 children, Elena, 11 years, and Tola, 9 years. Elena loves art, picking (and eating) blackberries, looking for mermaid’s purses on the beach, and crab fishing off the pier at Raghley Harbour. Tola loves fishing and boating, climbing to the top of the fairy fort, and football. And they both love playing guitar.
Stunning 4 bedroom farmhouse, facing Sligo Bay, 50m from the sea. This enchanting area is known for it's beauty and creativity. Free, Unlimited WiFi. Games Room. Convenient base for walkers, anglers, golfers, water sport enthusiasts. Picturesque views. Seasonal access to a variety of fish. Set Your Spirit Free.