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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Dolphins Cove

Dolphins Cove

Dolphins Cove

Where the Atlantic is the Show

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County Galway

Connemara has long been a favourite location for anyone wanting to escape into nature, and this extravagantly thatched home invites you to do it in stylish comfort. Perched on a slope, facing the Wild Atlantic and overlooked by the mountains, with plenty to discover, it’s hard not to de-stress.

 

Classy and Contemporary

It may be pushing it a bit to call this comfortable home a cottage given its spacious interior and premium furnishings.

Most of the front aspect is allocated to a lofty sitting room, its double-height dramatized by an imposing gas fireplace safely sunk into polished black granite, and an overhanging balcony linking the upstairs accommodation.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €3,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms
    one is ground floor
    All have shower rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Living/Dining room, TV den
    Kitchen with breakfast area, Pantry, Utility room
    Guest bathroom with shower
  • Features
    Thatched roof
    Furnished patio with gas BBQ
    built in gas fires
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    + Flat screen TV in every bedroom
    Blue-tooth speakers
    Amazon Alexa & Apple TV
    Filtered drinking water
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday

A broad canted window pushes out into the spectacular views of Inisturk and Clare Island to the North.

Glimpses of the kitchen through a neighbourly hatch compete with gilt framed oils of Connemara landscapes and portraiture.

Walking around the free-standing stack reveals a dedicated TV den, compactly furnished in leather and La-Z-Boy recliners.

Running parallel to the sitting room, but away from the views, is a splendid and sophisticated kitchen. At its centre, is the darling of the slow food community, a four oven Aga range.

There is also a tall American fridge freezer with drinking water on tap, and a ceramic Belfast drainer-sink cleverly located right in front of that aperture to the living room view.
An additional four ring gas hob can be found in the adjacent pantry.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas Aga range with 4 ovens, 2 hotplates + griddle
• plus 4 ring gas hob in utility room
• Two door American Fridge-freezer, with water dispenser
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Quad Toaster
• Filtered water tap

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron
• Sheet press

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Four King-size (USA Queen) beds
• 2 Hairdryers
• 800 thread Egyptian linen

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet – Fibre optic
• Home pod and Amazon Alexa
• Blue-tooth speakers
• 5 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player
• CCTV

Other

• Good selection of books
• Gas Barbecue

A convenient four seater drop-leaf breakfast table is placed at the far end, where the kitchen joins the TV den, completing this semi open-plan arrangement.

The expansive living room, annexed to the rear through a pair of semi-glazed doors, exploits floor to ceiling windows and a large roof-light to give a brilliant conservatory ambience.

An eight seater dining table across one end, together with plushly upholstered chairs, caters for full family dining – but there are also French doors opening onto sheltered patio for aperitifs or a barbecue.

The contemporary letterbox inset gas fire, and generous flat screen TV, make the room a busy hub.

Ground Floor

Linking off the entrance lobby, is the utility room and pantry to the rear, a generous guest’s bathroom, and by way of an un-used dressing room, the generous ground floor master bedroom.

A spread of windows scope out the sparkling bay, and with its own door to the garden, there is a degree of autonomy to this end of the cottage.

Floor layout

In the loft upstairs, an open balcony overlooking the sitting room, links a double bedroom and bathroom at one end, to a pair of double bedrooms at the other. All bedrooms have flat screen TVs with Apple TV service.

As the house was designed for family use, access to one is through the other, via a magnificent shared shower-room with twin basins.
They both have sumptuous mahogany beds, and flat screen TVs to compete with the unique views.

Outside

The cottage is set into a sloping bank that falls away into the ocean. Although there is no direct access to the sea at this point, there are three pristine beaches within an 8 minute drive of the house. A whimsical set of almost theatre seats on the front lawn capitalize on the spectacular views of the exposed Atlantic coastline.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for children under the age of 14.
Pets – No, sorry

Provisional Booking Form

This house is only let by the week– The minimum stay is Seven nights 
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Please Note: Due to the furnishings and surroundings of the property this house is not suited for children under 10 – Sorry!

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.
A refundable breakages deposit of €750 payable with the rental: – The amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

October to April €3,000 per week 7 night minimum stay
May to September €3,500 per week 7 night minimum stay

 

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Reviews

 

Thank you so much

for your guidance in our booking of Dolphin’s Cove. We loved Dolphin’s Cove and had a fab time. It was super thoughtfully equipped and very comfortable. Thank you for all your help – you made everything very clear and easy, very much appreciated.
Please pass our thanks to Anne who very sweetly provided lovely Prosecco.

Jane, July 2020

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Out & About

 

This is a part of the world where nature and the outdoors prevail.
Fabulous walks and cycle routes abound. Not only are there some of the best beaches to be found anywhere, but all things watery, from fishing to sailing are catered for. Then there’s the restaurants – numerous and excellent…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Connemara National Park is nearby, and not to be missed.

The Locality

 

The nearest town is Tullycross – 3 mins by car or 20 on foot, with a couple of good music and food pubs, and garage/shop.
Christ the King Church at Tully Cross has three stained glass windows by renowned Art Nouveau illustrator Harry Clarke.

The Connemara Mussel Festival is held here annually on the May Bank Holiday weekend with plenty of activities, music and of course mussels!

A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours, sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells. Renvyle beach 5km away is the nearest accessible.

Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language.

The area is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker. Diamond Hill, which is very close to the house, is a good starter for the amateur.

The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid-August every year. This year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!

The beautiful Killary Harbour is about 16km long, extremely deep and is Ireland’s only true fjord. A “U” shaped valley, it was carved by a glacier during the last ice age. It is a centre for shellfish farming, and strings of ropes used to grow mussels are visible for much of its length.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan, only 10km away from the house. As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song.

It is estimated that Inishbofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. Passing the signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.

Originally built as a Castle in the mid 19th century, Kylemore Abbey became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and was run as a girl’s school from until 2010, primarily for boarders. Today it is open to the public. Its Victorian walled gardens and woodland walks make it one of the region’s most popular attractions.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Knock or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is 4 hours from the cottage
Knock Airport – is 2 hours from the cottage
Shannon Airport – is just over 2 and half hours from the cottage

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx. 4 hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 and half hours from the house

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Streams End

Streams End

Streams End

Breathtaking location in Connemara

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County Galway

This magnificent and light filled home is on a large elevated site offering breathtaking views of Ballinakill Bay and the Twelve Bens mountains, in the ever changing landscape of the Connemara Loop.
With two acres of natural gardens, trees and waterfront, Streams End is a holiday home that has been designed to maximise the views of the surrounding spectacular countryside.

 

Luxuriously appointed waterside bungalow

A very private residence, Streams End is superbly designed with large floor to ceiling sliding doors overlooking sloping lawns which sweep down to the clear waters of Ballinakill Bay.

The house is elegantly decorated and fitted out to an exceptionally high standard.

The entrance is from a grand paved courtyard, which is a beautifully sheltered sun trap ideal for enjoying barbecues.

A welcoming wide hall leads into the spacious living room which is flooded with natural light from the large windows, and features a rustic granite stone open fire.

The generous master bedroom with its classic furniture and tasteful decor, has a bathroom ensuite.

The state-of-the-art kitchen is fully fitted with stylish, modern units with a centre island forming the main feature of this impressive room which is open plan with the twelve seater dining room, making it a perfect space for entertaining guests.

Sliding French doors encourage you dine alfresco in the wonderful courtyard outside.

There is a spacious Loft bedroom reached by a dedicated stairway, which has two full gable windows, one overlooking the beautifully landscaped and maintained front lawn and the sea. Lots of room here to sleep an additional two guests.

The other two bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes and all boast panoramic views of the sea and mountains.

Outside

In addition to a extended patio facing into the bay, there is an elevated decking platform at the waters’ edge, which is accessed by a winding boardwalk , where you can absorb the stunning scenery.

The house is reached through a short tree lined driveway where there is ample parking for five cars.

Restrictions

Smoking – no, sorry
Pets – no, sorry
Children – the property is not suited for toddlers or children under 12
The owners regret that their home is not available for Stag or Hen bookings.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home. Unfortunately, due to its location, there is no television signal, however there is Internet, and DVD.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Oven electric range
• with 5 rings
• Two Fridges
• Two Freezers
• Wine Cooler
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• 2 Coffee machines
• Toaster
• Blender

Utility room Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 1 Super King size bed
• 3 Double beds
• 2 single beds
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good Mobile phone coverage
• Due to its location, there is no television signal

Other stuff

• Some Books
• Some DVD movies
• Children’s high chair
• Barbeque

Provisional Booking Form

This home is only let by the week
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Please note that high season rates apply over periods of National and Public Holidays, such as Christmas, New Year etc.

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

March to May €2,300 per week
June to August €2,950 per week
September to November €2,450 per week
December to February €2,000 per week

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Reviews

 

We had a lovely time in Steams end…

it was very comfortable and such a well-equipped house . We all marvelled at the supply of absolutely everything we needed when and where we needed it. We got 4 fabulous days of sunshine which made it all so memorable for everyone so all in all a great success. Hopefully we will do it again sometime soon.

Joe & Helen, July 2020

We absolutely loved it…

We walked in and were thrilled which is always a great start. Mary was wonderful throughout and took our numerous calls as we tried to figure things out. The house was fantastic in every way. We appreciated the generosity shown by the fact that the house was beautifully kitted out with lovely linen, towels, crockery, glasses, furniture books etc and we felt we were borrowing a family members house as opposed to renting somewhere.
There were also lots of towels, cleaning agents, turf etc which was great.
We are hoping to rent it again next summer but this time in July in the hope that we might get luckier with the weather. Let me know what dates are available.

Nora, August 2019

Just to let you know…

that ‘Streams End’ was a perfect rental and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of staying there. The view and setting are glorious, the deck by the inlet is a delight and the interior design flare is charming, comfortable and very unique. Everything at Streams End was perfect and Mary Lydon is lovely and makes the house easy to understand and a fine way to start a wonderful stay.
We will certainly rent again from Unique Irish Homes; we particularly like the one in Balydehob (where we have previously stayed) and look forward to renting in the future.

Richard Yurko, September 2019

Our stay at Streams End was absolutely relaxing…

exactly what we were looking for. Unfortunately the weather was not quite as nice as it could have been. Luckily there was a fireplace and some peat briquettes. That and a good book and we were as happy as the day was long. The sitting place down at the water is an absolute gem – when the weather lets you.
It was a pleasure doing business with you.

Olivier Spieth, Switzerland, September 2017

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The property is very special…

We arrived in the dark and when we opened the curtains in the morning we couldn’t believe the view at the rear over Diamond Hill. It was breath-taking. The while house was kitted out to perfection. And was a lot bigger than expected. We even had a Christmas Tree waiting for us. That honestly made our Christmas. Please extend out thanks to the hosts. We will be back.

Alec, December 2019

Spent August and September reveling in the wonderful atmosphere of this home from home. Will miss the wonderful view of the mountains and waking up to the sound of the herons and curlews. We even saw an otter and a mink. The location is perfect for really getting to know the best of Connemara. Great home for a family gathering. Everything you need is there. Check your problems at the door and discover the best of wild atlantic coastline.

Orla Sheehan, September 2014

 

Out & About

 
This is a part of the world where nature and the outdoors prevail. Fabulous walks and cycle routes abound. Not only are there some of the best beaches to be found anywhere, but all things watery, from fishing to sailing are catered for. Then there’s the restaurants – numerous and excellent.. There is so much to enjoy – and of course we have left a comprehensive portfolio in the house for you to peruse…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Connemara has long been a favourite location for anyone wanting to escape into nature. This most westerly part of Europe is exposed to the wild vagueries of weather. In places, stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds, and plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected Internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.

The area is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker. Diamond Hill, which is just above the house, is a good starter for the amateur.

The area between Clifden – the regions main town – and Roundstone to the south, contains over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes. But it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.

A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours, sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan, only 10km away from the house. As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song. Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language.

Unique to the region, Connemara marble shows twisted and interlocking bands of soapstone, in various shades of light and dark green. It has been used over the centuries as a means of exchange, for features in stately buildings and is recognised for its beautiful colour and resilience, with no two pieces being similar. A broad range of souvenirs and ornamental products are produced from the stone which is more than 500 million years old.

It is estimated that Inishbofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. Passing the signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.

On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara.Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden.

The first transatlantic telephone cable transmission was sent from Valentia Island off Co.Kerry on August 16th, 1858. On the 12th December 1901, using a 152 metre kite-supported antenna for reception, Marconi claims to have sent the first transatlantic radio message, establishing the first regular, if unreliable, transatlantic radio-telegraph service on 17th October 1907 between Clifden and Glace Bay, in Nova Scotia.

The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year. This year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!

Picturesque Clifden is just a 10 minutes away with Galway city a further hours drive.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Cheap flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

 

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!

Provisional Booking Form

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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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

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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.

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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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Doogort Cottage

Doogort Cottage

Doogort Cottage

The Lonely Sea and the Sky

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County Mayo

This old cottage was completely renovated in 2015. Standing proudly along the most westerly twists of the Wild Atlantic Way, on the edge of Achill Island, it had been a family home for generations of fishermen, where the shark was in their blood.

 

The essence of simplicity

A snug living room occupies one half of the original ground floor of this cottage. It’s cosy and intimate, with two generous sofas and a fragrant turf burning stove framed by a modest fire mantle of weathered pine that looks like it could have been rescued from the ocean itself.