Achill Shore View
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Bungalow | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Only meters from the seashore on a private road, Achill Shore View nestles on a quiet private lane off the spectacular Atlantic Drive, a short distance to Achill Sound's shops, pubs, supermarket and Catholic church. Achill Sound is also where the very popular Great Western Greenway Cycle & Walking Path begins and can be followed all the way to the busy town of Westport.
Achill Shore View lies in a haven of tranquility - you can't even hear the traffic on the Atlantic Drive - with all the amenities for an adventurous, exciting, and entertaining holiday very close by.
On entering this delightful architect-designed home you will be wowed by its wonderful feeling of spaciousness with cathedral ceilings and clever open-plan layout.
This unique house boasts really spectacular views on all sides and has a way of lulling people into deep relaxation. Its main living areas of kitchen, dining room and lounge are open-plan. The kitchen is fully equipped with a large double sink, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, plenty of storage and a semi-professional Rangemaster cooker with seven gas rings, a grill and two electric ovens. A large utility area with a separate washing machine and clothes dryer and a utility sink are just off the kitchen. Both dining room and lounge have double height ceilings, wrap-around windows and patio doors onto the large decking area.
There are two double rooms (one with super king size bed) and two twin rooms on the ground floor with the master bedroom having an en-suite walk-in shower room. The ground floor bathroom has a power shower and Jacuzzi bath. Upstairs is another bathroom with an insulated deep Japanese soaking bath - large enough for two - and is ideal for salt or seaweed soaks as the water maintains its temperature for a long time. The large bright attic room can be used for additional living or sleeping space and has a sofa (not suitable for sleeping) and two single beds.
Sitting on approx 1.5 acres with lawn to the front and east side of the property, the south facing garden has been preserved as wild bog land. Natural bog land plants, animals and birds frequent this wild garden - hares, nesting skylarks, a pair of pheasants that return annually, a local heron and a kite. There is also a large Labyrinth and a "Faerie Ring" cut out of the bog land garden.
PETS ARE ALLOWED at Achill Shore View, provided they are properly house-trained. To the west of the garden adjacent to the garage is a large secure dog run with a kennel. This dog run is visible from the kitchen, dining room and lounge. Pets are welcome indoors in the common areas but MOST DEFINITELY NOT in bedrooms.
The area is agricultural and sheep and cattle roam freely beyond the gate.
Achill Shore View is situated only 200 meters from the shore and at low tide the shallows offer opportunities for collecting mussels, razor fish and periwinkles or harvesting the local seaweed for cooking or bathing. This shore area is more suited to paddling and walking than swimming due to strong tidal currents. Seals can often be seen swimming in the currents.
Just 2 kilometers away along the Atlantic Drive is the beautiful Achill Secret Garden (open to the public) and a short distance further is a castle of Granuaile, the infamous Pirate Queen. Beyond this again are two delightful small harbours where boats can be organised for trips to Achill Beg, (a smaller Island that is definitely worth a visit) and Clare Island. This whole seascape is part of the spectacular Atlantic Drive. Towards the end of this loop which offers one extraordinary vista after another is the Minaun Drive. This steep climb by bicycle, car or on foot is not to be missed as it is the only place on the island where you have a birds eye view of the entire landscape from Clew Bay to the mountains of North Mayo.
Every room of this property boasts impressive views of sea and mountains - a deeply relaxing and very enjoyable place to be.
No hen parties, stag parties, debs parties, or similar accepted under any circumstances. This is NOT a 'wild party' house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Doeega 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Knock Airport 80 km, Nearest railway: Castlebar or Westport 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||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
About this location
The Western Ireland region
Achill Island is situated at the Western most point of Co. Mayo. The Island has a short bridge that spans a narrow channel that has some of the strongest sea currents in Europe. Arriving onto the Island you are transported to a timeless setting that boasts bogs, moorlands, mountains, megaliths and 5 Blue Flag beaches. You can throw yourself into any of the numerous activities that are available or just sit and take in the scenery as the weather and skies change by the minute. The area is agricultural and sheep and cattle roam freely often settling for a cosy snooze in the middle of the road.
Throughout the year the Island hosts many festivals. From the St Patrick's day battle of the Bagpipe bands, the Achill 1/2 Marathon, Feile Bia na Mara - an annual Seafood festival, the Achill Holistic Adventure, Scoil Acla - a week-long celebration of Irish music with Master classes and gig rigs, the Achill Walks festival, the Achill Yawl festival, Achill Give it a go weekends, Yoga and Cycling weekends and the very popular Heinrick Boll weekends there is something to suit every taste.
The Island also has many opportunities to get involved in enjoying the outdoors with water sports, cycling the Island or the Great Western Greenway, walking, hiking, horse riding and just lazing on the beautiful beaches. If you are more inclined to the finer things in life the Island has at least 15 very interesting galleries and gift shops that sell unique Arts and Crafts, Paintings, Photographs, Sculpture, Pottery, Clothing and lots more. Many of the artisans are living locally on Achill. There is also a wonderful farmer's market every Friday morning where you can buy fresh local eggs, preserves, baked goods and garden produce.
At night you can sample the local brew at any of the many pubs that scatter the island each of them offering their own flavour and entertainment. Feel free to join in the live music sessions or create your own at Lynott's - the smallest pub on the Island - or the Valley House bar. Many other pubs around the Island offer music also.
Dining is another treat. Try making time for a fine dining meal at 'Fernwood' (Reservations required), the 'Bayside Bistro', or the Cliff House Hotel, a Pizza with pizazz at 'Pure Magic' or marvelous pub grub at 'Geiltys' or 'Mastersons' of Dugort. During the day coffee, home-baked snacks and lunches can be had at 'The Cottage', 'The Beehive' or 'Geiltys' coffee shop.
If you fancy going further afield boat trips are available to Achill Beg and Clare Island. Westport is 45 minutes away with its host of shops and Westport House. Ballycroy visitor's centre is 30 minutes by car. The village of Mullranny is 15 minutes and has fine dining at the hotel and also day access to the hotel gym and swimming pool facilities. Belmullet is a 1 hour drive and can be visited en route to the Ceide Fields - an ancient site and visitor centre. You might also enjoy a visit to Croagh Patrick - Ireland's sacred mountain - Louisberg, Killalla, or Leenane the gateway to Connemara.
Achill Shore View is situated only 200 metres from the shore and at low tide the shallows offer opportunities for collecting mussels, razor fish and periwinkles or harvesting the local seaweed for cooking or bathing. This shore area is more suited to paddling and walking than swimming due to strong tidal currents. Seals can often be seen swimming in the currents.
Just 2 kilometres away along the Atlantic Drive is the beautiful Achill Secret Garden (open to the public) and a short distance further is a castle of Granuaile, the infamous Pirate Queen. Beyond this again are two delightful small harbours where boats can be organised for trips to Achill Beg, (a smaller Island that is definitely worth a visit) and Clare Island. This whole seascape is part of the spectacular Atlantic Drive. Towards the end of this loop which offers one extraordinary vista after another is the Minaun Drive. This steep climb by bicycle, car or on foot is not to be missed as it is the only place on the island where you have a birds eye view of the entire landscape from Clew Bay to the mountains of North Mayo.
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15 Dec 2014
"Excellently furnished, v comfortable house in perfect surroundings"
Stayed for a long weekend with friends and found the house to be perfectly furnished, wanting for nothing. Owner has presented it perfectly and we felt very much at home. Couldn't recommend it mo… More
Thank you so much for your very kind words. We are always very happy to hear that our guest have enjoyed the house and their holidays in Achill.
3 Nov 2014
"Lovely house - very well managed"
We stayed here for a long weekend with extended family including youngsters. The house is very roomy and well proportioned with plenty of space. It is exceptionally well equipped, far better than many… More
We are delighted that you had such a pleasant stay at Achill Shore View. Thank you very much for your kind and positive feedback.
20 May 2014
"A beautiful house in a magical location"
The owners and house manager have clearly gone out of their way to provide not only the essentials but also some of the 'little things' a group of friends/families will need for a short break. The interior is very tastefully decorated with a mixture of art, and photographs. The kitchen is really well equipped, bedrooms are spacious and very comfortable... Really it's the all round good design (inside and out) which makes this a very comfortable 'retreat' or 'holiday rental'. We were a group of 7 adults, 3 children, a baby and a dog - It was the perfect space for us! I'm very happy to give Achill Shore View 5 stars... It would be 6 stars if I had that option!!
Thank you so much for your very positive feedback. We strive to keep the house as close to a home away from home as possible. We hope you will consider us for another holiday in the future.
8 May 2014
Recently stayed here for Easter week with my family, with 9 adults and kids in total along with one dog. This house was just perfect in all aspects. Have spent many holidays on the island before but a… More
We are so happy that you enjoyed your holiday at Achill Shore View. We hope you will join us again in the future.
9 Dec 2013
Our family stayed at Achill Shore View for 5 days in October & it was an amazing house & location! Very quiet location, beautiful views, the house had everything you needed & more! Absolutely loved … More
We are really delighted that you had such a great time in Achill and enjoyed your stay at Achill Shore View. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
20 Aug 2013
"What a house in a stunning setting !"
Had a great holiday on Achill and stayed in this house which is a home from home. It can very easily accomodate 10 people with a dream kitchen excellent bedding and sofas that are too confortable. The… More
We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at Achill Shore View. Please keep us in mind if you are visiting Achill again.
17 Aug 2013
"a little peice of heven on earth"
had a fantastic week stay at this house with my wife and children , a beautiful house, equipped with everything anyone could require, location is heaven. BREATH TAKING scenery. remote , peaceful . a … More
Thank you for your very kind words and praise for Achill Shore View. We hope you choose to stay with us again sometime.
10 Jul 2013
"Fantastic, fully equipped house in a beautiful, tranquil location"
My family and I are just back after a fantastic week spent in Achill Shore View - the house is fabulous, the photographs albeit great just don't do the property or the views justice. From our initial enquiry to handing back the keys the whole process was seamless. The house is like a home from home, fully equipped and and all the small touches including the welcome pack are very much appreciated. Every day of our stay was varied and action packed from visiting the 5 Blue Flag Beaches on Achill, to cycling on the Greenway, exploring the Deserted Village and also the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar and Westport House. We enjoyed our visit to Achill Shore View so much that we hope to make it an annual event! Thanks again Achill Shore View for a very memorable, family holiday.
Thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much and look forward to welcoming you and your family again in the future.
20 Jun 2013
"Gorgeous house in beautiful location"
A group of us stayed in this house over a weekend. It is a really beautiful house with a large kitchen and dining area. An amazing bathroom and attic space. Large windows downstairs open up beautiful views. Definitely recommend this house.
Thank you so much for recommending Achill Shore View to other guests. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay so much.
30 May 2013
"A beautiful secluded place to rest and play in wild and wonderful Achill Island."
I absolutely enjoyed staying in this house, the open fire, the massive windows, the views.
This is the perfect 'getaway from it all' location, a place to retreat from the madness. It seemed that every preparation was made to ensure the optimal enjoyment for each and every guest. A magical place. I'll be back!
Thank you for your lovely words. We aim to please and look forward very much to having you stay again.