Crashing ocean surf and salty haze dominate the landscape of this unique location.
Greengarden cottage is a recently completed contemporary holiday haven adjacent to the breathtaking blue flag Keel Beach on Ireland’s largest island; just a gentle stroll from the village centre and the perfect focus for your Achill Adventure.
All the essentials for a seaside escape
This is one of a pair of energy efficient, brand new bungalows that share a gravelled spread.
Full height glass doors and expansive window walls provide a light and airy ambience.
Neutrals of coffee and cream with floors of ivory flag tiles extend to the kitchen and dining area.
Banquette benches and upholstered chairs provide seating for six in this practical layout.
AT A GLANCE
Up to 6 guests
From €1,800 per week
Two double bedrooms
ensuite with walk-in shower
One twin bedroom
- Other Rooms
Sitting room, Kitchen with Dining room
Adjacent to Beach, Barbecue patio with gas BBQ
Pressure showers with monsoon heads
Centrally heated with Automated Ventilation
Two Flat screen TVs
Good Cell phone reception
A contemporary corner seating unit and flat screen TV feature in the duck-egg living room.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Electric 4 ring induction hob
• with double oven
• Washing machine
• Heat-pump tumble dryer
• Sizes – Two double beds, two single beds
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player in living room
• Outdoor Shower
• Selection of books
• Travel cot available
Bedrooms are bright with mirrored slide-robes and alabaster woodwork on warm, wenge-stained flooring.
The charcoal themed ensuite bathrooms reveal His and Her sinks, monsoon walk-in showers, and generous heated towel rails.
There is ample parking in the gravelled yard, and a BBQ and seating area facing the stunning Minaun Cliffs were you can enjoy Europe’s final sunsets. The outdoor shower is a great dividend after a salty day on the beach and for wetsuit rinsing.
Both cottages are secured by an auto-gate.
Out & About
The mountain bogs and ocean inform activities in this most westerly part of Europe.
There are five Blue Flag beaches on Achill, and much to see that can only be visited by foot or boat.
Events: Local Sailing Race competition in August/ Kite surfing spectacular in October/Scoil Acla Festival in July /Harp festival /Achill open golf competition
Here are some of our favourites…
- Catch a wave with Blackfield
- Cycling along the Greenway
- Race a marathon
- Kitesurfing on the lake
- Brush up on your oils
- Scuba dive in a cave
- Achill lamb at Calvey’s
- A pint and some Trad at Lynott’s
- Drop into Western Light Art Gallery
Alan & Brian operate a scheduled service to Achill (Cloughmore) every Wednesday to collect the doctor. Visitors can also travel on this trip – the times differ from week to week so please call ahead to book. Check here https://www.clareislandferry.com/achill-island-inishturk/
Greengarden Cottage is situated in the heart of Keel Village on Achill Island just a 2min walk down a sandy lane to the stunning blue flag Keel beach.
The keel pottery just around the corner and kids will love the local aquarium, just minutes’ walk away. For art lovers The Western light Art gallery is located on the nearby Sandybanks.
The nearest large towns are Westport at 40K and Castlebar 50k but there is a supermarket in the village, restaurants , bars , coffee shops and a great butchers shop.
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 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.
Basking sharks, dolphins and orcas are regular visitors to these waters, and large pods of porpoises are frequently sighted.
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.
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.
Don Allum was the first man to row to America and back, making landfall at Dooagh beach in September of 1987.
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 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare
Rosslare Port is approx 5.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house