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Old Mike's Cottage

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

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)
Access Car advised
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

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
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
Other Linen provided
Outdoors BBQ
Access Parking
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.

Further details

Strictly no smoking in house.

Pets considered.

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 North West Ireland region

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

Westport Tourism

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.

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3 Jun 2014


"Home from Home"

Located just outside of Westport, this gem of a cottage is set in a tranquil and easy to access location. The cottage is beautifully presented, impeccably clean and is a real home from home - providi… More

11 Mar 2014


"Brilliant place to stay"

We had a brilliant time at Old Mike's. The cottage is beautifully designed, well equipped, very comfortable and in a stunning location. We appreciated all the little extras that made it so special including a roaring wood-burning fire when we arrived, toys for the children, luxury soaps, fresh home-made warm scones one morning and all the essentials we needed in the kitchen (like kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets etc). We stayed for 4-nights and hope to return another time.

10 Aug 2012


"a beautiful cottage that certainly has the "WOW" factor!"

We have just returned from a week at Old Mikes cottage and it is so lovely you really must go and experience it for yourself. From the outside it looks like a traditional Irish cottage but I can assure you that on opening the door your first words will be "wow"! The meeting of old and new is so carefully and beautifully managed. Everything you could need is available to you and it is spotlessly clean and beautifully maintained. There is a super log burner with a great supply of wood to burn, comfy sofas to relax and with the half door open you could not ask for anything more. There were fresh scones for us on arrival and a lovely welcome from the family who were available at anytime for anything we needed!
The cottage is ideally situated for exploring Mayo, Connemara, Galway etc.
We did not have children with us but the cottage is ideal for families as there are games, books, toys and dressing up outfits available for children to use.
It is also ideal for a week/weekend away with friends as there is honestly nothing you could want for and beautiful Westport town is only a 10 minute drive, We did get a taxi home one night from Westport and it cost us 10 euro! I really would recommend this cottage and area to you!

2 Aug 2012


"Warm, peaceful and serene"

On arrival at the cottage we were taken back by the prettiness and character. A lot of thought has been put into this beautiful home and a lot of attention to detail, every day found something new. It was clean, comfortable, spacious and cosy with the log burner in the evenings. Stunning views of Croagh Patrick and the lake from the cottage. For a true taste of Ireland and beautiful scenery I would highly recommend. Fishing boats are available for hire on the lake a short distance away.

The cottage is located roughly 6 miles from Westport, which is a great town and had everything we required. We will be back again Ann. Thank you for providing a clean, comfortable haven.

9 Aug 2011


"An amazing cottage, a true gem, perfect in every way."

I stayed at Old Mike's cottage with my husband and 2 children for our summer holiday. We cannot speak highly enough about our whole experience in this fantastic country cottage. It had recentl… More

23 Jun 2011


"wow! such character,comfort, amazing views, good location, has it all.will be back!"

This is a beautifully rennovated cottage. It has an old world feel with all the mod cons. It really does have it all. Comfy beds, sofas, recliners, kitchen facillities, fabulous wood burning stove tha… More

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Calendar last updated:29 Aug 2014

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