Traditional rural cottage to rent in the heart of Mayo.
Located along the coast road to Leenane in the town land of Liscarney, this traditional-type cottage is ideally situated for a relaxing break, or an adventurous change.
Recently updated it includes modern convenience without compromising the traditional features of the building.
It has been in the same family for four generations, and now provides guests with a comfortable homely base from which to explore West Mayo and Connemara.
The town of Westport has a wide range of shops, restaurants, pubs and bars, and is alive with traditional music and Irish heritage. There are also good fishing rivers and lakes within easy reach, including the Erriff River, approximately 8 kilometers away, the Delphi River, approximately 12 kilometers away in the Doolough Valley and Moher Lake with boat rental directly on your door step.The lake is stocked twice yearly so fresh water brown trout is a daily possibility to the avid fisherman.
There are two adventure centres 17 kilometres away catering for all who want to use up some energy. You can go hillwalking, road and mountain biking from the cottage and climbing Croagh Patrick is of course a must!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bertra 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Knock 60 km, Nearest railway: Westport 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 4|
|Further details indoors|
Old Mike's Cottage offers a welcome break from telephones and internet access.
There is traditional a living room with multi fuel stove in the original large open fireplace. Three bedrooms include an open loft and further to this is a cailleach bed (a bed in an alcove).This opening off the kitchen area was very common in thatched cottages in the west of Ireland .This alcove was often the sleeping quarters of the old woman of the house hence the name cailleach (old lady).
From her bed she was able to maintain a certain amount of discipline and exercise some discipline over children in a mother's absence. She was also kept within the family circle and was party to most family activities.
|Further details outdoors|
The original door is a half door. The half door was a wonderfully practical solution to an everyday problem. Air was needed in the houses because of the lack of ventilation, the numbers of people who lived in them, the amount of cooking, the open fire, etc. Opening the door would have allowed the hens and the pig to wander into the kitchen so the half-door was invented whereby the top half could be opened independently of the lower half. The half door became an important part of the social life of the occupants of the house. At any moment a neighbour could put his/her head across the half door for a chat or the occupant could stand inside the door, resting on it, and smoke a pipe of tobacco.
Strictly no smoking in house.
Pets are not allowed to be left unattended in the house at any time, go into bedrooms or lie on furniture. Please bring all necessary bedding, towels etc for your pet. Any damage or extra cleaning involved will be chargeable. Fouling on the grounds must be cleaned up immediately.
€100 to secure booking if booked before eight weeks, if less than eight weeks then full amount is due.
Balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival
The regions's attractions include delightful uncongested holiday resorts, excellent angling or fishing waters, exciting walking and mountain climbing trails, a good choice of golf courses, opportunities for many other types of activity-holidays, as well as some of the most interesting archaeological and historical sites in Ireland.
It is the county of Croagh Patrick and Ballintubber Abbey, numerous mediaeval friaries, and the Marian Shrine of Knock, Mayo provides ideal and diverse habitats for wildlife, especially along its spectacular indented coastline and on offshore islands. Mayo is a place where visitors can relax and enjoy nature far removed from the hassle and pressure of modern city life. You name it, Mayo has it naturally!
Westport, (Irish: Cathair na Mart), is a town in County Mayo, awarded the coveted title of Ireland's Tidiest Town in 2001, 2006 and 2008. One of the few planned towns in Ireland, Westport was designed in the 18th Century by James Wyatt, commissioned by Lord Sligo of the stately Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live. Today Westport is one of Ireland’s major tourist destinations. Located at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, the town has many picturesque features, most notably its tree-lined, flower decorated, boulevard known as The Mall with several stone bridges over the Carrowbeg river.
The famous mountain Croagh Patrick, one of Europe's best known places of Pilgrimage, presents a striking backdrop to the town. This mountain, 10 km west of the town, provides a tough ascent for thousands of pilgrims each year, many of whom climb barefoot in memory of St. Patrick, who spent forty days and forty nights fasting on the summit more than 1,500 years ago. There is a small church at the summit of the mountain and climbers can enjoy magnificent views of Clew Bay, with its enchanting islands - reputedly one for every day of the week
The heritage town of Westport offers a magnificent blend of traditional and cosmopolitan, from the cosiest corner of an old-style pub with traditional music sessions, to state-of-the-art modern shops, hotels and conference facilities - all within walking distance of each other. Westport is a welcoming tourist town from the stately Georgian buildings along the Carrowbeg River to the cheerful miscellany of friendly faces, smiling children and perhaps even a busker or two on the busy but leisurely streets of the town.
Westport has a variety of beautiful, safe sandy beaches all within short driving distance on the North and South shores of Clew Bay and in the direction of Louisburgh and beyond. Many of the beaches are EC Blue Flag winners including Bertra, near Murrisk, Old Head and Carramore in Louisburgh. Some of the best beaches are relatively uncrowded and make for an excellent day out for families of all ages.
Activities / Attractions
An excellent 18 hole Championship Golf Course is located just off the Newport Road, approximately one mile outside the town centre. This fabulous golf course, considered to be one of the best in Ireland, guarantees excellent golf and scenic splendour. There is also a 9-hole scenic course in Kilmeena (9km away) and a Par 3 pitch and putt is available at Westport House in summer time.
Sea angling and fresh water angling are major attractions for the visitor to Westport. The sea angling grounds of Clew Bay are amongst the best in Europe, while the inshore waters of the bay offer excellent shallow water angling. Boats can be chartered for angling, cruising or exploring some of Clew Bay's reputed 365 islands. Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout can be found in most rivers around Westport so the fresh water angler is also well catered for. There is free fishing for children on the Carrowbeg River which flows through the town.
Westport is a popular centre for sailing and yachting with residential sailing courses on offer at Glenans Sailing Centre. Rosmoney, Westport is the base for Mayo Sailing Club and there are slipways at Rosmoney, Westport Quay and Old Head suitable for launching dinghies and trailer-sailers.
Horse riding and pony trekking are on offer all year round with riding facilities and tuition available in local equitation centres. Swimming pools & leisure centres, cycling, forest walks, guided walks, shopping, country markets and crafts are amongst the huge range of activities in and around Westport. Clay pigeon shooting, paintballing, hill walking, scuba diving and adventure sports also feature in the vast choice of things to do for the visitor or holidaymaker in the town.
Heritage & Culture
The Clew Bay Heritage Centre, located at the Harbour is an excellent source of information on local history and genealogy. Visit this Centre for a a glimpse of times past or to check out their extensive computer database, based on church records, cemetery records, census returns, local newspapers and street directories.
Westport town and the Quay area have a wide range of excellent restaurants catering for all tastes and prices, many of which specialise in seafood.
The town plays host to many festivals and events throughout the year: Westport Horse & Pony Show (May/June), Westport Folk & Blue Grass Festival, Westport Sea Angling Festival, (both June), Westport Music Festival, Gaelforce West Adventure Festival (both Aug), Westport Horse Fair (Sept), Westport Arts Festival (Oct).
Contemporary art and crafts are alive and well, with art galleries such as the Custom House Studio at The Quay, the Andrew Stone Gallery on Bridge Street or the Clew Bay Hotel Gallery, all open year round. A number of craft shops in the town have work by local artists on display also.