House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Very comfortable, luxurious house close to scenic Cong village. Wide range of entertainments in the house, including pool table, table tennis, hi-speed broadband access, full Sky+ multiroom package etc, making it ideal for families, including those with teenagers. Close to fantastic fishing, golf, walking, riding, boating and a number of excellent restaurants and friendly pubs. Great for horse lovers and anyone who feels the need to get out into the countryside. The house has been equipped for use by the owners as their regular holiday home, so has standards of equipment well above those of the average holiday rental. Baby grand piano, tuned to concert pitch.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Galway 45 km, Nearest railway: Galway 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The house has one large sitting/dining room, with dining table seating 8, large comfortable sofa and armchairs around ingle nook fireplace and grand pian, which is kept tuned to concert pitch. Second sitting room has large comfortable sofa, open fire and TV/DVD with independent Sky+ feed. Third reception room (which contains one of the double sofa beds and has a bathroom adjoining) has a pool table and TV/DVD with independent Sky feed and Playstation 2 games console, wide range of DVDs, books and board games available. Very well equipped kitchen as owner is an enthusiastic cook, kitchen table seats further 6 people. Upstairs are two double bedrooms, both with very comfortable super king size beds and en suite shower room and toilets (one of these rooms also contains a further single bed for a child). One twin room with en suite shower room/toilet, and one single bedroom, and three additional folding beds available as well as travel cot.
|Further details outdoors|
The decking area to the rear of the house has a very comfortable dining table with seating for 8-10 people and sun loungers. Thirteen-foot trampoline in garden. Riding arena with jumps and three adorable miniature Shetland ponies.
Pets by agreement.
The North West Ireland region
Cong is the gateway to Joyce’s Country, which stretches out to the west, between the Corrib and the Mask, and merges into Connemara, offering a spectacular landscape with breathtaking views. The lakes, rivers and mountains provide some of the most beautiful walking, cycling or driving opportunities in Europe, and this is the Gaeltacht, where Gaelic is the mother-tongue and the people keep sheep, fish, cut peat and still live a simple life, a long stride from the busy pace of the cities.
Connemara is famous for its ponies, which can be seen all over the landscape, and especially at the August shows, in Clifden and Oughterard. Both of these towns act as useful centres for further exploration of the countryside, and are well worth a visit. The Connemara coastline can be reached in about 50 minutes from Springmount, with access to spectacular, unspoilt beaches, and swimming, for the hardy. (There are goggles, bodyboards and some wetsuits at Springmount House).
Keen horseracing fans are well catered for by Galway’s festival week in July, but may also greatly enjoy the more homely pleasures of Ballinrobe evening race meetings, where you can sip the odd pint, and children and adults alike can get close to the action in the paddock and on the course.
Also on the coast is Westport, a pretty town with plenty of shops and pubs. Westport House offers a glimpse of by-gone days, in more ways than one: in addition to touring the house itself, visitors can partake of a series of rides and attractions which will remind some of the simple pleasures of seaside holiday in the 1960s.
Further south along the coast you can catch the ferry to the Arran Islands. This is an excellent day trip, and offers an opportunity to cycle around unspoilt islands and sample local delicacies.
Finally, at the base of Lough Corrib, on Galway Bay itself, is the city of Galway. In recent times, Galway has grown to be come a vibrant cosmopolitan centre, offering a wide variety of shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment, including two multi-screen cinemas. Galway has managed to retain its charm, whilst embracing people from all over the world, and its streets are alive with music and craic.
Cong itself boasts four pubs, all of which serve food, a supermarket (with extended opening hours), excellent butcher/deli,and petrol station, two churches (Catholic and Church of Ireland, as well as the usual range of shops and a tourist information office.
The village leapt to fame in the 1950s, when the John Ford-directed film, The Quiet man, was shot there, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Much of the village’s tourist activity is dedicated to remembering this one time classic, which still draws the American coach trips but, in truth, there is much more to Cong than The Quiet Man. The ruined abbey, rumoured to house the grave of Rory O’Connor, the last true king of Ireland, is one of a number of historically significant sites in a region which is steeped in history, as well as offering a huge range of activities.
Ashford Castle (see their own website for details) is a short walk from Springmount House, and its grounds, which merge with local woodland, offers attractive opportunities to walk, cycle and jog, in part on beautiful lakeside paths. There is a lovely 9-hole golf course, an excellent equestrian centre, falconry school, all of which are open to non-residents at the usual sorts of charges.
Ashford’s main restaurant is a must for its palpable sense of occasion, and no dinner would be complete without a visit to the dungeon bar for a sing-along with Annette and Brendan. Also in the castle’s grounds, the delightful thatched restaurant, Cullens at the Cottage serves local dishes and staples in an informal atmosphere. Between Ashford's grounds and Springmount House is Lisloughry Lodge, the former estate manager’s house, now a luxury hotel, with a smart restaurant and very nice bar area, offering a modern take on bar food standards.
The Western Lakes are renowned for their fishing, and Loughs Corrib and Mask are rightly viewed as two of the best brown trout lakes in the world. Most fish are taken on the fly from boats, which can be hired all around the lake, and from 2-3 locations walking distance from Springmount House. Fishing is free and the season lasts from February until September, but May and June are the months which attract most visitors, who flock to the area for the May Fly hatch (although this is one of several “hatches” throughout the spring and early summer which can produce spectacular fishing).
The locals do as much “trawling” (spinning) from the banks of the Cong River, for salmon as well as trout, as they do fly fishing, and this technique can often produce the biggest fish. Recent seasons have been quiet, partly down to zebra mussel infestations, and partly because of coastal netting, but catches are now controlled and results improving.
There is a good quality fly rod, reel and all necessary equipment at Springmount House.
In addition to Ashford’s 9 hole course which is very handy, but very expensive, there is golf to be had in a number of nearby locations: Ballinrobe is a fine parkland course some 20 minutes drive away, and usually very easy to get on. There are courses at Galway (45 minutes), Westport (on the coast – an hour’s drive) and Ballyconeely (over an hour, but well worth it for spectacular links golf – but expensive and you must book).
There are two serviceable sets of golf clubs at Springmount House but guests will need to bring their own shoes.
In addition to the three miniature Shetlands, which are not broken in, Springmount House has its own Connemara pony, Whiskey, who lives in stables in Headford, about 10 minutes drive away, but comes to stay when visitors – who need to be experienced riders – want to ride – either over jumps in the paddock, or hacking around the lake. Whiskey is a gentle, quiet pony. He can sometimes bring a friend. All riding equipment is available at Springmount House, though if your feet do not fall in the ladies' size range 3-5, you will need to ensure that you bring suitable footwear.
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2 Oct 2014
"Home away from home."
My family, including my husband, my 13 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter, stayed with my sister, her 15 yr old daughter and her 13 yr old son. The kids loved the Ping pong and pool tables, kept them busy whenever we were home. Loved that the bedrooms had there own bathrooms and having a washer and dryer was a plus. The wifi was great for all of our technology. Loved having the ponies they were always happy to see us. Loved pat Cohen restaurant in Cong for dinner, great hosts. The quite man cafe was great for lunch for our picky eaters. They were very friendly, treated us like family. Their shop was great for gifts as well. Recommend the ashford castle boat tour very entertaining captain and staff. My cousin stayed in ashford castle and said the house was nicer. Will stay here next time we go to Ireland, highly recommend.
1 Jun 2014
"Wow - ticked every box"
Our friends booked this after an extensive search for suitable properties to host our party of 10. It is exactly as described and the booking process was straightforward, with the owner happy to answe… More
28 Dec 2013
"Great Christmas Retreat"
Couldn't recommend Springmount. House enough at anytime of the year. We booked the house for Xmas week as we were attending a nephews wedding in lisloughrey lodge hotel a few days before Xmas so opted to stay on afterwards, and we were so pleased we did ! Fantastic house from the moment you step into it. We were greeted by Mary with the keys and we're led into a very toasty house , with everything a home away from home should be. There was even a Christmas tree up for my two children for Santa to leave the presents. The kids had everything in the playroom to keep them entertained as the weather wasn't the best. even their granny had a shot at the pool table. The comfortable rooms were such a pleasure with 2 of them having open fireplaces. We ventured into Cong to a few times to meet with the friendly locals and had some food in Ryan's ( Crowes Nest ). From start to finish of our stay in Springmount House we ( 5 adults & 2 children under 10 ) had a truly magical Christmas , and hope to return again.
11 Jul 2013
"Delux Superior Vacation Home, All the Comforts for All Ages!"
We enjoyed the most lovely vacation retreat at Springmount House and hope to return again!!! Every amenity was provided, from the fully appointed kitchen, to the games of billiards, ping pong, trampol… More
10 Jun 2013
"Amazing family friendly house"
This is a truly wonderful house and very true to its description. The house itself is beautifully decorated and finished inside to a high spec. The games room was a huge hit with the older children (… More
16 Mar 2013
"5* haven in the midst of a Western Irish Winter"
Stayed over New Year to be near family. Party included teenager, mother and family dog. Age range 13-72 and inbetween, but needs of all , including the dog, were catered fully accomodated.
Mary gave us a warm Irish welcome on arrival. The warm and cosy cottage was so inviting after a treacherous journey across the Irish Sea and gale force winds battering the country. Unfortunately for first few days we all suffered with flu. However, the warmth and amenities of the cottage meant that no-one had to set foot outside to be entertained. Comfy beds..wifi..games room..sky tv..grand piano and beautiful inglenook fireplace made for coach potato heaven.Plenty of reception rooms for the family to call and visit us for a change. Everything was as described on the websites. It lived up to our expectations. Hope to come again very soon when maybe the weather is less severe and we get to explore outside the cottage.
10 Oct 2012
"COMFORTABLE, COZY, ACOMODATING HOUSE"
Enjoyed our stay at Springmount House
House was well equipped Everything worked well. Lots of hot water, heat, tv, wifi, etc. Kitchen was superb & best I have had in a rental spotlessly clean& equipped to really cook. which unfortunately, we never had time to do.
Location was great just outside of Cong & central to visiting that scenic part of IrelandCH
Having the ponies in the pasteur made it feel very special, would definitely return.
24 Sep 2012
"Wonderful house in a great part of the world!!"
This is a lovely house and we thorougly enjoyed our stay here. The house is very spacious and there are lots of places for the people to hang out. It is also very warm and have lovely fires in a couple of the rooms, one of which we lit when we came home in the evenings. There are also loads of amenities / facilities in the house, e.g. Pool table, shetland ponies, Satalite TV, golf clubs, table tennis table, and even a games computer. Beds too were very comfortable. and the kitchen was well stocked.
Cong itself is a wonderful village, we have been coming here for many years, as we have relations in the area, there is great fishing, walking and lots of pubs which good music. The areas is also wonderful. Lenanne is a wonderful places as is Kilmore abbey and they are great drives and wonderful scenery along the way.
We will return and have already recommendd it to others.
9 Sep 2012
"Amazing house - you will not find better!"
This is the best rental house we have ever stayed in. 4 couples were able to stay in comfort and all had their own bathroom. The house is so well equipped, everthing you could think of is provided. It really is a home from home. It was also very clean and very well furnished. The bedrooms are a great size as are the living areas. Plenty of room to sit, eat and relax but also space if you need to find a quiet corner. The house sits in a great location and the ponies in the garden are lovely. It is very close to Cong and to Ashford Castle. The owner was most helpful and all directions etc were perfect. We will all be back and would happily recommend this house to anyone. Book with confidence.
30 Aug 2012
"absoulutely fabulous holiday"
There were 11 of us 4 adults and 7 children ranging from age 5 up to 14 boys and girls altogether for a week long trip to Cong, Co. Mayo. The land lady (Sue) could not have been more helpful in the run up to the trip. When we arrived to the house we were so impressed, the photos of ths house do not do it full justice. My sister had arrived before us and they had a blazing fire lit in the inglenook which is like a seperate room for a huge open fire. This house is so warm and cosy, the heating system is very effective plus the insulation means that is just warm all the time and there was very little need for any heat. We lit the fire every night for effect!!! The weather was not good when we landed but we could have cared less because the house was big enough for everyone to find plenty of space and more importantly to find plenty to do. Sue has this house equipped so that all age groups can be entertained on a rainy day. There is a pool table, board games, sky television in the 'two' sitting rooms! DvD players, and hundreds of books. In the garage there is a table tennis table, loads of wellingtons and riding boots. The outside deck is lovely with great furniture. The beds are the most comfortable beds and we woke feeling refreshed every morning. The shetlands were great fun even though i am not sure they ever fully warmed to us!!! After the first day we had great weather for the rest of the week and had a very active,enjoyable holiday in Mayo, climbed the reek, cycled the greenway which is a must for anybody with children - it was so safe and the scenery was spectacular we did the newport to Mularanny route. We jumped off the pier at Old Head almost every evening. We took a day trip to Salthill to the diving boards and spent the evening at Perks a must when in holiday with kids in Salthill!! Every evening although we my have had a drive ahead of us we all looked so forward to coming home to Springmount House. When we arrived home everyone split up into their various groups to play pool, table tennis just sit and chill or watch the designated chef du jour doing their stuff in the kitchen!!! Everyone reckoned at the end of the holiday, that this was our best one yet!! Thank you to Sue for being so organised and having every single item that one could need when they are away from home.
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