About the home
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.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax, Pool / Snooker table, Table tennis, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 3 en suites|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (2), Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / 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 piano. 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 / County Mayo 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.
The Cong Village area
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.
How to get there
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The nearest two airports are Knock (Ryanair), which is 65Km away, and Galway (Aer Arann), 45Km. Shannon is the nearest major international airport, and is 124Km from the house. All of the major car hire companies operate out of all three airports. In addition, I like Casey Car Hire at Knock and Dan Dooley at Galway. The house is next door to Ashford Castle, whose website has good maps/directions.
Activities near Cong Village
Tennis in town
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
16 Mar 2013
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
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
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.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
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|Low season 2013||31 Mar 13||2 Jun 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|High season 2013||2 Jun 13||29 Sep 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn 2013||29 Sep 13||22 Dec 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/new year||22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 800||£ 110||£ 110||5 Nights|
|Winter/Spring 2014||5 Jan 14||31 Mar 14||£ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season 2014||31 Mar 14||2 Jun 14||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low season 2013||31 Mar 13||2 Jun 13||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|High season 2013||2 Jun 13||29 Sep 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn 2013||29 Sep 13||22 Dec 13||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/new year||22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 900||£ 130||£ 130||5 Nights|
|Winter/Spring 2014||5 Jan 14||31 Mar 14||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season 2014||31 Mar 14||2 Jun 14||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 11|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low season 2013||31 Mar 13||2 Jun 13||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
|High season 2013||2 Jun 13||29 Sep 13||£ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn 2013||29 Sep 13||22 Dec 13||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/new year||22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 1000||£ 150||£ 150||5 Nights|
|Winter/Spring 2014||5 Jan 14||31 Mar 14||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season 2014||31 Mar 14||2 Jun 14||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
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