Loughcrew Lodge

Loughcrew Lodge

Loughcrew Lodge

Classic Symmetry in an Ancient Landscape

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County Meath

If you like your gate lodges with a touch of classic Greek revival then this tiny building may well be it. Tastefully furnished with collectables from an earlier epoch, there is a romantic charm to this historic home.
Sited in amongst some of Europe’s most ancient passage tombs and still just an hour from Dublin, Loughcrew in the Boyne Valley is at once a place of enchantment and mystery.

 

Lilliputian Luxury from 1826 Aristocracy

This Regency limestone lodge is the only surviving building in Ireland designed by Charles Cockerell, and was originally part of Loughcrew Estate which it faces onto.

A dramatic four column portico is the façade that is adjacent to the road, but a circuitous passage leads around to the rear where a sunken courtyard admits the real entrance. Welcome to Loughcrew Lodge.

At the heart of this unique dwelling is the main living room, an elegant triumph that never fails to ambush visitors.

High ceilings, rich fabrics and antique furnishings afford the interior its dignified ambience.

Stepping down into the cosy kitchen augments the spirit of yesteryear. Like a scullery from a more genteel era, painted board paneling, floors flagged in vintage tiles, and a Belfast sink are elements salvaged from the past.

The master bedroom occupies the front half of the building. Another room-full of classical trappings. Here a romantic canopy dressed bed contemplates the peaceful Loughcrew estate through Southerly French doors.

The second spacious double bedroom has its own open fireplace, albeit the central heating is more than adequate.

The bathroom adjoins the kitchen with continued theme of vintage detailing, although the slipper bath benefits from an electric shower.

Outside

The Lodge features a large sheltered BBQ patio with a raised wraparound lawn all overlooked by the ancient and mystical Cairns of Loughcrew. Across the road, the property faces the rolling Drumlin landscape of Loughcrew Estate, where there is much to do for the adventurous, and a great coffee shop.

Facilities

The mahogany drop leaf table in the living room seats four comfortably. A washing machine and dryer are kept in the utility room off this space. Mobile telephone coverage can be patchy, and Wi-Fi is available in the house, but not at the high speed levels you may be accustomed to.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Pets – no, sorry.

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Please check with us prices for Public Holidays.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  Monday to Thursday
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Friday to Saturday
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Sunday
October to May €150 €250 €150
June to September €150 €300 €200

 

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Out & About

 
Just an hour from Dublin City and 2 hours from Belfast, this is the heartland of Irelands Ancient East with Castles, Tombs Megaliths and Battlefields to keep you busy.

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Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Meath and the Boyne Valley are home to the mother lode of megalithic tombs and prehistoric art in Western Europe. The Neolithic monuments at Newgrange predate the great pyramids of Egypt and continue to bewilder the hundreds of thousands of visitors they attract – especially at the equinoxes.

photo Rob Hurson

Much nearer to the Lodge, Loughcrew Cairns are equally intriguing. Originally constructed some 400 years before Newgrange, they form largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. Sited on the highest points in the county, they can only be reached by foot.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

The Lodge is situated opposite Loughcrew Estate, which is open to the public. The original house built in 1826 was destroyed by fire on more than one occasion, but the Napper family are still in residence. The estate hosts many activities both cultural and adventurous. They also have a great café and gardens.

Oldcastle is a 10 minute walk away. Here you will find a Bank, pubs and grocery stores. The town was home to an internment camp during WW1, and a workhouse for the destitute prior to that.

The local community was devastated during the Potato Famine of the 1840’s, losing nearly 40% of the population.

Lough Lene 10 mins away is renowned for having gin clear waters, and is used by locals in the summer months for swimming, wind surfing and the like.

The larger town of Kells, with its wonderful round tower and hefty Celtic crosses, is about 20 mins away. Kells is renowned of course for the extravagantly illuminated Gospel manuscript eponymously known as The Book of Kells. It is believed to have been created around 800 AD on Iona, an island off Scotland, by meticulous monks who toiled for years to create the illustrations on vellum. The original is currently housed in Trinity College, Dublin, but an exact copy can be seen in the Town Hall.

photo William Murphy

The medieval town of Trim lies 40 minutes to the south, and is home to Ireland’s largest Norman castle dating from the 12th century.

photo Scott Neeson

The castle was used in the filming of Braveheart in 1996.

One of the best ways to enjoy the landscape is on a bike, but this is fox hunting territory, so keep your head down.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Shannon or Belfast airports.
Dublin Airport – just over an hour from house
Belfast Airport – approx 2.2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over an hour from house
Rosslare Port is just over 3 hours from house

 

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Achill Beach Cottage

Achill Beach Cottage

Achill Beach Cottage

A lazy stone’s throw from the Atlantic

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A lazy stone’s throw from the Atlantic

Achill Island, County Mayo

As the name suggests, this classic if rare small stone cottage lies right on the edge of a barefoot beach of bleached powder sand on the Wild Atlantic Way.
There are 79 miles of coastline and five Blue Flag beaches here on Achill Island, and much to see that can only be visited by foot or boat in this most westerly outpost of Europe.

 

Simple Fare for Sandy Feet

Your traditional Irish, vernacular cottage, complete with stable-door entrance, which would once have housed entire family plus animals in its only room, Achill Beach Cottage has been sensitively refurbished into a cosy holiday home.

A turf burning stove provides welcome warmth and a beguiling aroma after a blustery walk.

As is custom, most daily activities share the communal living space that spans the entire original dwelling, with the kitchen, painted dresser, and dining area to one end, and generous and elegant overstuffed seating at the other.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring electric ceramic hob
• Electric Oven
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Electric heating
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two single beds(twin room), one double(main room),
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• USB charger sockets
• DVD player

Other

• Some books
• Selection of games

The brilliant white interior of rough stone walls contrasts with a flagged floor of black slabs, and is dotted with an assorted collection of coastal paraphernalia.

Obscured from the front, a modest extension to the rear, accommodates a double and a twin bedroom, together with an exotically plum-floored shower room.

Sliding French doors open from this annex onto a sheltered south facing, gravelled al fresco area, with a charming circular granite table bracketed by two matching benches.

Outside

To the front, a low wall and picket gate separate the garden from the common land that stretches across a narrow road and straight on to Pollawaddy strand.
Usually you will have the entire beach to yourself.

The iconic Slievemore Mountain dominates to the west, and everywhere the ubiquitous bleating sheep.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!

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Note that a €50 cleaning fee is added to each booking.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

per night min booking
September to June €176 3 nights
July to August €240 7 nights – Saturday to Saturday
Christmas / New Year €240 3 nights
Easter €176 7 nights

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Reviews

 
Excellent spot…

living area is actually much bigger than it looks on website, lovely surprise! definitely a ‘unique’ spot. Would love to try it out in the Autumn, would image it’s very cosy with the wood burners going. Would have liked a 12 noon check out, but I understand the cleaning up logistics of a place like that…
I have already recommended/shared it with friends! Thanks.

Dera, July 2019

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Out & About

 

The mountain bogs and ocean inform activities in this most westerly part of Europe.
There are five Blue Flag beaches on Achill Island, and much to see that can only be visited by foot or boat.

 

Here’s a mixture of our favourites…
Events

Achill International Harp Festival last week in October
Achill Marathons in July & August

The Locality

 
The cottage is in sheltered Dugort Bay facing North.
The nearest major town is Westport at 40K but there are supermarkets at Achill Sound 15 minutes away, and in Keel – which also has a great butchers shop – Achill Mountain Lamb is renowned worldwide.

 

Wild Atlantic Way

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Achill is the largest off-shore island of Ireland. It is a Gaeltacht, or Irish language speaking region. Since 1887 it has been connected to the mainland by a short bridge over the sound. About 85% of the island is peat bog. Battered by huge Atlantic storms, the landscape is a testimony to the power of the elements.
The name Achill is possibly derived from Eagle – although none have been seen here for well over a hundred years. If you’re into raptors though, you might spot the fastest animal on earth, the peregrine falcon, instructing it’s young to fly along these cliffs in the autumn.

The northern side of Croaghaun Mountain has the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Stretching 1.2km in length and 600m high, they are three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs can only be approached by foot or from the sea.

Basking sharks, dolphins and orcas are regular visitors to these waters, and large pods of porpoises are frequently sighted, often from the back yard.

At 42 km, the Great Western Greenway, constructed on the route of the redundant Westport to Achill railway, is the longest dedicated walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It is a magnificent way to experience this part of Mayo.

Sheep have free range on the island, easily outnumbering the permanent inhabitants.

The island’s current population of just under 3,000 is about half of what it was before the Great potato famine of the mid 1800’s. A Deserted Village at the base of Slievemore Mountain has the remains of over eighty dry stone cottages that are a bleak reminder of the famine times. The houses are aligned north-south, and would have been originally thatched. An entire family together with livestock would inhabit the single, windowless, main room, utilising beds of heather and rushes.

photo Janip29

Constructed in 1429 by the forefathers of Grace O’Malley, the legendary pirate queen who was born and buried on Clare Island, the 12 meter high Tower at Kildavnet is well worth a visit as you cycle around Achill.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport – about 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – about 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – about 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Rosslare Port is about 5.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 4 hours from house.

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Tyrell’s Loft

Tyrell’s Loft

Tyrell’s Loft

Come in from the garden, Maude...

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County Laois

Tyrell’s Loft is a beautifully converted old carriage-house set within the courtyard and extensive gardens of a fine 18th century vicarage. The conversion is sensitive, retaining attention to fine old detail while providing the most comfortable accommodation; ideally for two.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    For 2 Guests
    From €850 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom with ensuite
    Pull-out Sofa bed in Living Area
  • Other Rooms
    Open-plan Living Space
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs
    WiFi internet, integrated sound system
    Moderate Cell phone reception
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Cosy and Carriagey

Entry is from the pebbled courtyard to the back of the Vicarage. The utility room, equipped with washer and dryer, gives access to the upstairs living space.

Inside

The open plan living area is spacious. It includes a comfortable sofa and armchairs overlooking the fine garden, a well-equipped modern kitchen, a circular dining table that seats four and a small eclectic library that lines the dividing wall between living and sleeping areas.

The tone is cosey and calming. The natural lighting gentle supporting a colour palate that is considered and harmonious. The great and subtle attention to detail reinforces the message of welcome, care and comfort.

The kitchen area is compact but nonetheless very complete provided with top quality equipment. Lighting is deliberately low but the mirror backing casts a fine light and adds mood and atmosphere

The bedroom leads off the dining area, past a small window that gives prettily onto the courtyard below. The bedroom is beautifully appointed and comfortable; the evening lamp lighting casting a warm glow.
N.b: There is a pull out bed in the living area; should it be needed.

Facilities & Ameneties
  • Four Hob Induction Stove.
  • Electric Oven
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Juicer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron and Board

The ensuite bathroom is beautifully appointed with a powerful modern shower and barber’s basin. Once again the attention to detail and choice of colours, taps, tiles and towels creates a tone of calm and comfort.

 

The bathroom can also be accessed from the open space living area so that if the sofa bed provided is required the additional guest has separate access.

Outside

To the right of the entrance a compact south facing garden is available to guests. This area of intimate calm and features fine pot plants and shrubs. A lovely feature includes a small fountain that plays from the mouth of a very protective lion.

Please Note:  The property is set within a greater garden and guests are welcome to enjoy its beauties

Provisional Booking Form

A €250 refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

A Weekend’s booking runs from 4:30 P.M on Friday to 11:00 AM on Monday
Mid-Week from after 4:30pm on Monday to 11:00 am Friday

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.
Pets – No, sorry!

. Weekly Rate Weekend Mid-week
All Year €800 €495 €495

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Reviews

 “We had an absolutely fantastic stay at Tyrell’s Loft”

 The owner was a wonderful host. We arrived to a beautiful bottle of prosecco and chocolates and the essentials in the fridge. The loft is immaculate with the most fantastic interiors. The surrounding gardens are also such a treat. The care and attention put into the home by the proprietor was superb. Extremely comfortable bed, beautiful rainshower, fully equipped kitchen etc. They  also provided a very helpful booklet on walks, cycles and local restaurants in the area. With this being our first time in Laois, we were blown away by the beauty of the county – in particular Ballinakill. Everyone is so kind, welcoming and greets you with a smile on their face. Be sure to check out  Heywood Haven for fantastic coffee & treats. Muller & O’Connell in Abbeyleix also has the tastiest sourdough bread! We had our friends stay with us on the last night, thanks to the marvellous pull out sofa, which they noted was extremely comfortable. The owner was more than helpful for our entire stay. We were very sad to leave and will certainly be back! -Niamh, 2021.

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Out & About

Ballinakill is known for its beautiful wooded walks around the old Heywood Demesne and lakes, where Heywood House once stood. It also hosts the Twin Trees Festival, with an emphasis on art, architecture and history. For food lovers there is a range of eateries including Castle Durrow, The Ashbrook Arms, and Bowes Café in Durrow.  Mc Evoys, Morrissey’s, The Gallic Kitchen and Papa Nonis in Abbeyleix, which offers delicious Italian food and gluten free pizza. Kilkenny, the gastronomic city of the south east, is an easy 30 minutes drive.

The Locality

Laois is the hidden treasure of Ireland, with superb mountain walks, leafy trails, unspoiled lakes and gardens. It has excellent fresh produce, dining to suit all tastes, and one of the best sour-dough bakeries in the country (Muller O’Connell’s of Abbeyleix).

Ballinakill is a fine example of a 17th Century market-town. The ruins of Ballinakill Castle are of a late seventeenth-century castle built by the Dunnes (but never inhabited) on the site of one destroyed by Cormwellian troops under Fairfax. The towns broad main street and large central square reflect Ballinakill’s standing in the 17th century as an important centre.

The configuration of streets round the large rectangular square is eighteenth-century. The town’s entrance from Abbeyleix is marked by two trees known as Toll Trees where a toll was paid by visitors to the town. The town had important fairs, a brewery, woollen and tanning factories
A monument in the square is dedicated to the local men who died in the 1798 rebellion.

Almost directly across the road, Heywood Garden was designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the War Memorial in Dublin and the Viceroy’s Palace in New Delhi, amongst others.

Half an hours drive will have you at Neo-Classical gem Emo Court, the largest private work of noted architect James Gandon. Originally the home of the Earl of Portarlington, the construction took seventy years to complete. The attached gardens (perfect for a picnic) can be visited year round; with the house available for tours from 2021 following renovations. 

Just 6km from Ballinakill; Abbyleix is one the oldest planned town of English Settlement. The surroundings are packed with historical buildings and sites; with fountains, an ancient stone circle and some of the oldest pubs in the country.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

How to get there – Car advised..

 

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – an hour and a half from the loft.
Cork Airport – approx 2   hours from the loft.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 and a half hours from the loft.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and an hour and a half from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 2 hours from the property.

 

 

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Duibh Oilean House

Duibh Oilean House

Duibh Oilean House

Remote simplicity to inspire the soul

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County Mayo

Big skies, narrow roads and celtic mists are the setting for this peaceful cottage where time has a different meaning and nature calls the shots.
The Mullet peninsula is one of those unspoiled and under-explored gems of Ireland where the wind blows out the cobwebs, the tides set your clock, and the scale of the landscape is humbling. How can you resist?

 

Blow the cobwebs out

This solidly built family cottage was designed as a retreat – a comfortable space to reflect and renew, and to engage with nature.
The result is inspiring, cosy, simply furnished and unpretentious.

The central living spaces of the cottage are largely open plan, and overlap.
The main dining area enjoys exceptional 180 degree views across the bay to Nephin Mountains, and South to Achill. It is also the wicker-chair sun-room, looking out onto an expansive pasture, above a tidal wetland. The other end of the sun-room opens into a spacious modern kitchen.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1,400 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    Master has ensuite bathroom
    Shared bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Living room, Study
    Kitchen & dining room
    Utility room, Boot room
  • Contempo
    TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    central heating
  • Availability
    Weekly, Weekends, Mid-week

The house takes advantage of spectacular views across Blacksod Bay to the mountains of Mayo, and South towards Achill Island’s Slievemore.

The living area links through an archway southward from the kitchen.

Beside the large double-door stove bounteous baskets of dried turf wait patiently for their turn to radiate a comforting glow.

Here you can recline on symmetrical couches settled against the windows, and rejoice in the spectacle of sea birds wheeling in the breeze outside, or simply nod off with a novel – there are plenty to choose from.

The cottage inspires creativity and is much loved by writers and artists. A small study with its own pot-bellied stove is a cosy, private place to hole up, write and think.

The carpeted, first floor features two more bedrooms and a bathroom.
The TV and DVD are here- but it also works well on rainy days for Twister or Yoga.

The principle double bedroom on the ground floor has an ensuite bathroom, and the adjoining room a walk-in shower.

Outside

The house faces across Blacksod Bay with access to a private beach at the tip of the wetland below.
The Blue flag beach at Mullaghroe is an easy walk from the house.

This is a rural landscape – big seas, bigger skies, weather, wind and hardy donkeys.
There are few trees but we excel in dry stone walls and bog-land.

Facilities

This home has everything you will need on a family holiday- from WiFi to clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, TV and videos .
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – small, non-shedding dogs only

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week
Public holidays – please apply for rates.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are at the high season rates. Public holidays – please apply for rates.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

October to April €1,400 per week
May to September €1,800 per week

 

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Our time in Ireland completely exceeded our expectations…

we all had the most wonderful, relaxing and de-stressing time, in what were truly amazing surroundings. The house was superb and the surrounding area truly idyllic, besides the obvious fantastic scenery, what we really loved, was the fact that Jean’s house felt like a “home” (not a “show house”) and thus contributed significantly to our enjoyment (far better than the sometimes coldness and blandness/routine “feel” of a hotel room). Jean herself was a wonderful host, and the pot of tea and homemade fruitcake/bread was a wonderful welcome after what had been a particularly stressful journey).
The booking process and interactions with UIH were also efficient, hassle-free and simple, which again helped make the overall experience totally pleasurable. From an “improvements” perspective, all I’d say is that the accuracy of the “calandars” on your website could do with being more current, as we looked at a number of potential properties, but most didn’t give any indication of booked/vacant time periods. With respect to the details for Duibh Oilean house itself, my suggestion would be to add a little more detail about the local shops (e.g. In Belmullet) as these were a lot closer and better stocked etc than our initial “web searches” indicated.
As for would we recommend UIH to friends, then that’s a big “YES” and the same goes for of we’d we use you again (we all came away wanting to come back to see more and spend longer in Ireland, with thoughts for next year being to do ten days, split over two different properties/locations).
Thanks and much appreciation to UIH and Jean for a fantastic time.

Mark, UK August 2019

I stayed for one week in the beautiful Duibh Oilean House…

at the Belmullet peninsula.
Years ago I was there just as part of a day trip. This year I had set my mind on being there for longer. To feel it. The atmosphere. And I did.I am very impressed by the views there all over from the house and special the ever changing light and sky and the quietness also. Loved that Lighthouse nearby and the stone spiral. What an impressive view there.
It was just getting used to … so with all kind of personal belongings of the owner in the house around me … that went fast .. the view took all of my attention. It had something inviting too. As a sign of welcome… being guest… and for sure it felt very comfortable like that.

The other week I stayed in Gate Lodge at Woodhouse near Stradbally. A really outstanding place to stay and to enjoy the superb view from the house over the beautiful restored estate. On the other side of the road a cove and the sea. Also a wonderful area for walking. This house is perfect, quietly located and highly recommended!

In both houses I saw a lot of art on the walls. It took my attention as I am a painter myself – inspired mostly and in a way by Ireland.
I like to thank you very much for the hospitality in both really beautifully located fine holiday houses. And also for the proper en personal handling by Unique Holiday Home [Unique Irish homes].

Reinder Ourensma, The Netherlands, September 2017

Check out the Irish Times prize for The Best Place to go Wild in Ireland and this article on Belmullet

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Out & About

 

The Mullet peninsula really is a gem of unspoiled nature, with extraordinary beaches, wonderful walks, and some of the nicest people you could meet.
With so much to enjoy, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Oh, and always bring a coat!

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

There are a sprinkling of other mostly farm dwellings around Devilane House.
The peninsula is a designated Gaeltacht area where many families still use Irish as their first language.

The village of Aughleam is about 30 minutes away on foot. It has a small shop, a garage, a pub, Post office and a Heritage Center.
Una’s Pub, just down the road towards the point is the best place locally for Craic agus Ceol.

You will have passed through the main regional town of Belmullet which straddles the isthmus link to the mainland 17km to the north. Apart from restaurants and supermarkets, the town hosts a farmers market in the square on Saturday mornings.

Wild Atlantic Way
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The Mullet Peninsula protects the west coast of Mayo from the full force of the ocean, and consists mainly of sand dunes and fine white beaches. The windswept Atlantic side is heaven for surfers, while the sheltered east-facing coves are perfect for family pottering .
This is one of the most remote areas of Ireland and is characterised by changeable weather, broad stretches of wet carpet bog, and unspoilt natural amenities.

To the northern end of the spit the Erris Head loop walk is just one of several. This is special place to view migrating birds from the cliffs, which can only be reached on foot.

In common with many of the Wild Atlantic Way localities, sea angling out of Blacksod Bay is superlative. Take a boat trip or try your hand off the rocks.

St Deirbhile’s Well lies a short distance from the house. The water from this blessed well is alleged to have curative properties for eye complaints. A pilgrimage takes place annually to the well on August 15th in honour of the saint.

The Islands

Off the coast to the west lie the exposed Inishkea Islands which are worth a visit. The inhabitants abandoned the settlement in the 1930s after most of their young men died at sea in a storm.

A semi ruined village remains, where white sand blown in from the beach covers most of the floors several feet deep.
There are also numerous archaeological sites, both Neolithic and monastic.
Important internationally as a bird sanctuary, half of the Irish wintering population of Barnacle geese make the islands their home.

The largest breeding colonies of Atlantic Grey seals in Ireland are to be found inhabiting the coves and beaches across these islands.

Glosh Tower commands a fine view from the top of Termon Hill. It is one of the 82 Napoleonic signal Towers built around the coast at the start of the 19th century to keep watch for signs of a French invasion.

In June 1944, as he watched the barometer fall precipitously, Ted Sweeney’s report from the Coast Guard station in Blacksod Bay convinced General Dwight D Eisenhower to delay the Allied D-Day invasion for 24 hours – a decision which averted a military catastrophe and changed the course of the Second World War.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4.5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 5.5 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house.

 

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Searows

Searows

Searows

Shimmering Sea, Stunning Sunsets, Atlantic Air

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County Galway

A gabled bungalow of unassuming simplicity, Searows lies in the bend of a sheltered Connemara inlet – absolutely Wild Atlantic Way – just a stone’s throw from the ocean.
This is an ideal family vacation home, with stunning sea views, and lots of relaxing outdoor attractions just minutes away in every direction.

 

Bleached walls and a wealth of windows

On arrival, an entrance porch efficiently separates the cosy contemporary interior from westerly Atlantic breezes.
The main living area is an expansive amalgam of sitting, eating and cooking, each area passing seamlessly through to the next.

In the living area a stylish and restrained open fireplace lends contentment to the interior while westerly windows frame the whimsical patterns of bunched clouds, unceasing tides and sparkling seas that define Connemara.

 

The generous dining alcove is surrounded by a panorama of picture-windows. An oak table seats ten, consistent with its attendant oak chairs and floor.

Oak also features in the kitchen, which is elegantly fitted out for some serious cooking, with a large Britannia 6 ring cooker, blended Silestone quartz work surfaces, and a three stool breakfast-bar preparation island.
In addition, there is a variety of other premium appliances in a fine utility room off the kitchen.

Pure white and natural wood, mostly oak, feature in furniture and walls throughout this home, with wide board oak floors in the living areas.

Down the corridor, the unpretentious bedrooms too, are bright white offset with subtle tones provided by the bed linen.

The principal bedroom dramatically opens onto the sheltered back terrace through a pair of French Doors.
The adjacent ensuite bathroom is fitted with countersunk his-and-her basins.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Brittania gas range with twin ovens and 6 rings
• Integrated Fridge with Ice dispenser
• Freezer
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Blender

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• One King-size and one Super King-sizebed, and 4 Zip & Link
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen Smart TV
• DVD player
• BOSE Bluetooth speaker

Other

• Charcoal Barbeque
• Good selection of books
• Table tennis table
• Some DVD’s
• Garage available

Outside

Searows faces out across Mannin Bay – the lapping waves and rocky shoreline are just a few steps across the coast road.

A patio of informal flagging encompasses the house, and the gardens are landscaped using local stone. A gentle lawned incline to the rear leads up to a decking platform where you can share a barbecue and catch the soft ribbons of Europe’s closing sunset.

The large detached boathouse contains a full size table tennis table, and the garden furniture.

 

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week from June to September.
Weekend breaks are available in low season only and  run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
A week is any seven consecutive nights…

Christmas and New Year are high season, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

October to May €1,600 per week Weekend/Midweek €1,200
June- September €2000 Weekend/Midweek (Sept. Only) €1500
Christmas Rates 23-28th
December 
€2,000
29th-3rd January
€2000

 

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The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.

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Reviews

 

Our stay at Searows was wonderful…

The home is well appointed with a spectacular view of the sea and coastal homes. We loved the proximity to Clifden as well as Dog’s Bay beach and the village of Roundstone. We enjoyed cooking dinners at Searows and it was so nice to have the long summer days of sunlight! We had a wonderful day at Inishbofin and enjoyed walking the western loop. Another day was spent at Kylemore Abbey as well as Westport.
We have already begun to look at other homes offered by Unique Irish Homes for another trip.

Catherine Ryan, August 2017

 

From the guest Book…

We had a fantastic time at Searows. The house was excellent, spotless and so well equipped. We have since bought our own tennis table as it was enjoyed so much by everyone.

Thank you!!! We still can’t get over how beautiful the landscape is, and this exquisite luxurious home fits right into the perfect picture…the whole stay was fabulous and we’d love to return!!

NYC, May 2019

Superb and well equipped house, great location, fantastic scenery. And we were soooo lucky with the weather! Just gorgeous!!! Many thanks!

Lorrach, Germany, June 2019

Beautiful location, lovely house. Thank you for enabling us to have a great holiday here. Weather was very pleasant too.

Guildford UK and Kilkenny, June 2019

‘Gorgeous views and the best equipped house we’ve ever stayed in. Kids loved the table tennis. Lots of swims and walks. Thank you.’

January 2019

We had a super few days, the house is lovely and the kitchen is brilliant – a real cook’s kitchen. I hope that we will be back.

…As for the property, it’s absolutely faultless. A real