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Excellent 5/5 12 reviews

Lounge/Dining Area

Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0.1km

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.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Ardtarmon Strand 100 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Knock 68 km, Nearest railway: Sligo town 16 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

• All ground floor rooms

• Four large double bedrooms:

3 large rooms with bay windows facing Sligo Bay

4th double room is en-suite

• 100% cotton sheets on all beds

* Face, Hand and Bath Towels per person

Cot and highchair are available on request

• Two bathrooms:

one en-suite with walk-in shower/wet room, basin, WC

main bathroom with bathtub; separate walk-in shower/wet room, basin and WC.

• Unique 40 foot lounge boasting large windows throughout with solid maple wood flooring, where you can sit and relax looking out

at the sea and mountains. This amazing room has the feel of relaxation.

• Bright, new spacious fitted kitchen with all mod cons


Free, Unlimited Wireless Internet access. 32 inch colour television; DVD; CD/Radio; selection of DVDs.

A bright Art and Games Room is adjacent to house. The pool and air hockey tables will provide good entertainment for those rainy days. An art table with some art supplies can offer another diversion. There is a selection of card and board games. There is a small selection of children's bicycles available (protective gear not included).

We are sorry we cannot accept pets.

Zoned, oil central heating throughout with individual radiator controls in each room. Additional heating with solid fuel stove (briquets and wood only - no coal). (A starter pack is included for the winter months only). Electricity and water are included in rent. Oil is on a metered system which is read on arrival and departure.

Large front lawn and garden. On the lounge/kitchen side of the house there is a secure, lawned play area for children. Old cobbled driveway with parking for 3-4 cars. Cobbled veranda with outdoor furniture. A barbeque is available for fresh lobster, crab meat, or whatever you fancy.

The North West Ireland region

We are located in Ballymuldorry, North County Sligo 12 miles from Sligo town. Our house (5th house after Ardtarmon Castle) is on your right as you drive toward Raghley Harbour and Penninsula. There is easy access to all the splendor of this beautiful county from the Herdsman’s House. Desmond will be more than happy to be your personal concierge – providing advice, access to attractions/activities, and assistance with bookings.

The perfect vacation location for touring, exploring and relaxing. Start your magical holiday looking out on Sligo bay, or walk to the nearby fairy forts for some amazing views. Several beaches are located within 1km. Lissadell House, woods, and beach are only 5km away.

Tourist attractions include: W.B. Yeats' grave (12km), Streedagh Beach and Spanish Armada (8km), Glencar Lake and Waterfall (26km), Parke's Castle (28km), Mullaghmore (15km), Sligo Abbey (16km), Eagle's Flying Raptor Center (35km), and more.

While Strandhill (28km) and Bundoran (40km) are the more popular surfing locations, the waves in nearby Lislarry (5km) or Streedagh (10km) cannot be bet either. Mullaghmore and Rosses' Point provide additional water sporting activities.

Raghly Harbour is within 2km and local fishermen can provide you with fresh lobster and crab on request. There is an abundance of rock fishing areas within 2km as well. Or deep sea fishing may suit the fishing enthusiast and we can help arrange evening or day outings from the Raghly Harbour.

The West of Ireland Championship Golf course in Rosses' Point is only 15-20 minute drive (20km).

The dynamic limestone Benbulben mountain provides visual appeal as well as appeal to walkers and hill climbers. And while you are at it climb Knocknarea to visit Queen Maeve's cairn.

Whatever your interests - boating, fishing, water sports, horse riding, arts and culture - we would be happy to help you.

The local shop and pubs are less than 3km from our holiday home. One of the pubs, Ellen’s Pub, has traditional music sessions on most Friday evenings (visiting musicians welcome). Larger shops and filling stations are available in Grange village, about 10km away.

Regular Festivals and Events in and around Sligo

Upcoming Events:

January: Yeats Winter School

February: Western Drama Festival

March: St. Patrick’s Day Festival; So’ Sligo Food Festival;

April: Sligo New Music Festival (The Model); Sligo Feis Ceil; Sligo Myths and Legends School

May: Sligo Races; Cos Cos Sean Nos Dance Festival; Writer’s Retreat: The Creative Writer’s Workshop; South Sligo Walking Festival

June: Temple House Music Festival; Sligo Races; Grange Celtic Fringe Festival; Rosse's Point Seafaring and Shanty Festival

July: Cairde Summer Festival; James Morrison Traditional Music Festival; South Sligo Summer School; Sligo Jazz Summer School; Fleadh Chonnacht; Yeat International Summer School (end of July and beginning of August)

August: Mullaghmore Harvest Show and Donkey Darby; Coleman Traditional Festival; Warrior’s Run Festival; Carmel Gunning International Summer School


October: Sligo Live Session

November: Sligo International Choral Festival; Craftfest


Bird Watching

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) ( And Bird Watch Ireland / Sligo site ( or 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 ( or or Strandhill ( and experience the thrills of surfing on the big Atlantic waves (both 30 minutes away). Or the Adventure Sligo site ( 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 (


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 ( 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: or 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( or Mullahmore ( or charter boats are available for the serious fishermen. We can help with any bookings.

Walking/Hill Walking

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 and/or or 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.

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Review 1-10 of 12

20 Jan 2014


"Beautiful home in a peaceful setting with service-oriented hosts!"

From the moment we arrived to Herdsman's House, we were treated like family. Desmond, Mary and their children were extremely hospitable and service-oriented in every way! We were 2 couples (fat… More

24 Oct 2013


"Special Properly, Even More Special People"

The other reviews eloquently described just how special this property and family are. Consider yourself lucky if you've been able to track down this rental and stay with these folks. Desmond,… More

27 Aug 2013


"A visual and gastranomic delight"

We were met at the house by Des and family and shown round. They had catered for our every wish right down to supplying the most fantastic array of seafood that could be had. We ate like Kings all w… More

3 Aug 2013


"Treated Like Family"

I was looking forward to our stay at Herdsman's House, not only because of the wonderful pictures and description on their website, but also because of Mary's friendly and prompt responses to my pre-visit emails and questions. And we were not disappointed in any regard. The house and surrounding area are beautiful - everything promised and so much more. Whether we were busy sightseeing in nearby Sligo and Donegal, or taking a day off relaxing at the cottage, exploring the "neighborhood" and enjoying the game room, we loved every moment of our stay.

Ireland has many wonderful self-catering rentals, but Mary and Des and their two beautiful, talented children make Herdsman's House the best by far in my opinion. This was our fourth self-catering experience in Ireland, and while the other cottages and owners were all excellent in their own right, the Carways are very special people.

When my husband needed treatment for a minor medical emergency, Mary and Des helped us obtain the necessary care and provided moral support throughout. Although he felt much better the next day, he decided to stay at Herdsman's House and take it easy while the rest of us went on an outting. Mary and Des dropped by to see how he was doing, and took him for a short ride out to scenic Mullaghmore where their young son was sailing.

That was only one of their many kindnesses. We were greeted with milk and cookies on our arrival, and fresh Irish soda bread the day of our departure. And Des provided a guided tour of the fairy fort just up the road.

Given the opportunity, we will visit Herdsman's House again, and encourage others to do so as well. You won't regret it.

30 Jul 2013



Hello, i stayed here for only one night. The house is beautiful and very quiet. the owner is very welcoming and helpful with any issues. It's a perfect place for the families because there is als… More

25 Nov 2012


"Herdsman's House - A Magical Stay in a Mythical Place"

Herdsman's House was host to a time which my family and I will never forget. The house is located in what I think to be one of the most magical places on earth - the Northwest of Ireland. I'… More

1 Oct 2012


"Magic Place - Magic People"

We came to the Herdsmans house for one week with our 2 year old son. It was the perfect place for our get away from Dublin. The house itself is perfect, comfortable and has everything you might need… More

24 Sep 2012



mr carway was helpful and friendly but i was very dissapointed that there was no bikes, boats. etc which was in the addvert and was then charged 90 euro on top of the rent for gas when i left.i couldnt believe it after i was told u get this back,we left the house clean and no damages.

Thank you for your comments regarding our friendliness and helpfulness. We are sorry that the available bicycles did not meet your needs. It is regrettable that a lot of time was spent trying to have your car repaired and missed some opportunities for a boat trip. Unfortunately we have to charge for heating oil, as is outlined on our website. On guests' arrival, we explain the radiator controls, time clock and read the oil meter. Everyone's need for heat varies. If the heat is on day and night, some people might consider it expensive. Thank you for staying with us and your kind comments.

27 Aug 2012


"Wonderful & memorable holiday"

I was very lucky to have stayed at Herdsman's House in Ballinfull, Co. Sligo. The house itself is perfectly situated with the most gorgeous views from the large picture window in the sun lounge.… More

14 Aug 2012


"very relaxing,fun holiday with lots to do."

We had a very fun holiday. The children had lots of activities to keep them amused. The games room ,selection of DVDs and art and crafts were fantastic. the children also enjoyed the trips in the trac… More

Review 1-10 of 12

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