NEW PICS Charming cottage on the Wild Atlantic Way

NEW PICS Charming cottage on the Wild Atlantic Way

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

We love our 100 year old cottage and we welcome you to it! We have lived here since 2002 and extended the house a few years later. It is still full of charm and character with a great mix of old and new. Visitors always comment on the lovely welcoming atmosphere when they come.

The kitchen/living area is open plan - there is a solid fuel/wood stove in the large stone fireplace. We have a great cooker with 7 rings including a wok ring, 2 ovens and a grill. There is a microwave, fridge, full size freezer, toaster, kettle, pots, pans etc. The large pine kitchen table comfortably seats 8 (10 at a squeeze!). There are two comfy fireside chairs by the stove - great to sit and chat and watch the flames... There is a leather sofa and seats in the living area with a Smart TV, wifi, computer and desk, lots of books for reading, research etc...

The stove has a back boiler which heats the radiators and we also have oil-fired central heating. There are radiators in every room (2 in the kitchen and main bedroom as they are big rooms).

There are 3 bedrooms, all with double beds. The main bedroom also has a sofa bed that comfortably fits 1 teenager/adult or 2 children. The 2nd bedroom has a small loft which I use as a studio, but there are two mattresses that can be used up there if necessary. There is a PS4 with a Smart TV, and a selection of games.

There is 1 bathroom with an electric shower and old style cast iron bath.

There is a front porch for coats, sports equipment etc and a small back porch where the dog sleeps (officially) - he's usually in the kitchen. There is a small utility/space for tools etc. There is a washing machine and old style clothes airer suspended from the ceiling!

We have nearly 1 acre of garden - some of that is the long driveway! Part of the garden is planted with vegetables beside the poly tunnel, there is a deck from the back door where we go each evening to look at the stars. There is also lots of space for running around, playing and making noise, trees to climb, a fairy house to watch, a concrete area with a full size basketball hoop, and lovely spots to sit with your cup of tea or coffee and just enjoy the peace and tranquility.

There is lots of space for parking outside. This is a very safe area. We are in a lovely rural location, the views from the back deck are of rolling fields and hills - it's really peaceful and relaxing, and only a few miles from the village, sea etc...

Property features

Who we are

  1. We're a family of 5 but sometimes travel as 6

  2. Denis is a tour guide on the Wild Atlantic Way - he knows all the secret beaches and magic locations so we can give you lots of info. I'm a mature art student and our boys are in secondary school

  3. We love to explore new places (particularly in the sunshine!) We enjoy cities, coast and nature. I love art, the kids love sport, outdoors, the sea, Denis loves the wilderness - most of all, we love to discover other cultures - food, music, history, archaeology, culture and getting to know new people!

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We are in the middle of the countryside surrounded by fields, peace, solitude - lots of space for kids to play, run around, make noise and have fun!

We are 3.5 miles from the historic port village of Killala on the Wild Atlantic Way (north Mayo). Killala is a lovely little village with a small pier, Round Tower, Cathedral, friendly pubs with lovely people, great food, and a warm welcome for visitors. There is a great playground in the Town Park and a lovely walk route on the first part of the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway.

The nearest Blue Flag beach is 5 miles away at Ross, just past Killala. It is gorgeous and even on the hottest days, there will never be too crowded. The sea is great to swim in and in summer there are lifeguards.

Killala is well known for it's connections to the French and 1798 with the landing of General Amable Humbert and his troops at Kilcummin Pier - there was a TV series made on location in Killala in the 1980s called 'The Year of The French', and we have had festivals with historical re-enactments in Killala of the battles between the Irish/French side against the British Redcoats in 1798. We can give you lots on information on the 1798 connection and show places to visit etc.

This is a great base for exploring the west of Ireland. We are surrounded by history and heritage and the land and sea scapes are simply amazing. Denis is a tour guide and we can leave you lots of information about the very best secret locations for amazing photos, picnics, walks, climbs etc. See mayonorth.ie for loads of information on the area and things to do for all ages and interests.

Ballina is our nearest town (10,000 people) great shopping, restaurants, bars and the Jackie Clarke Collection - one of the world's biggest private collections of Irish historical, political and social memorabilia - in his lifetime, Jackie collected over 1,000,000 pieces (see http://www.clarkecollection.ie/) Ballina arts centre has a great programme of events, activities, exhibitions.

Ballinglen Art Foundation is in the nearby village of Ballycastle and they regularly host exhibitions by resident artists from the US and other countries.

Within an hour, you can visit Castlebar and Turlough Park National Museum of Country Living (https://www.museum.ie/Country-Life/History-Architecture), Sligo and all the Yeats collections/sights including the graveyard at Drumcliffe.

Ballycroy National Park is on the far west coast of Mayo and is really worth a visit - 1 hour approx. There are often arts/culture/wilderness activities for families.

Galway is 2 hours away and has loads of culture, craic, entertainment and sights.

Food, drink, shopping, history and heritage: Terrific pub grub at The Village Inn, Killala. The Open Door, Killala; Belleek Castle, Ballina; Jack Fenns @ Belleek Castle, Ballina. The On The Way Cafe, Killala. The Post House, Ballina.

Pubs in Killala are friendly and welcoming - local people like to meet tourists. Killala Bay Folk Club is on the first Friday of every month, very welcoming to visitors (we are founder members). Live music in Killala every weekend in summer time.

Late bars with music in Ballina.

Shopping in Ballina, Castlebar, Sligo, Galway.

History and heritage: Medieval Round Tower and Cathedral in Killala. Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina. Ceide Fields, Belderrig - oldest farming location in the world.
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle. National Museum of Country Living, Turlough, Castlebar. Foxford Woollen Mills, Foxford. Seaweed Baths in Enniscrone.

Outdoors: Many coastal beach and cliff walks (all levels of difficulty), Paddle n Pedal for hire of bikes, canoes. Killala Bike Hire, Enniscrone Stand Up Surfing, swimming in the sea and swimming pools in Ballina.

Visit Yeats Country in Sligo. Galway is 2 hours away, the north west coast of Mayo is amazing, all the sights are worth seeing. The west of Ireland has stunning landscapes and seascapes and north Mayo where we are based is less touristy than the rest. Come and visit, you'll be glad you did!

Best restaurants
The Village Inn, The Open Door, The Ice House, Belleek Castle
Nightlife
Ballina
Favourite cafés
The On The Way Cafe, Killala. The Post House, Ballina.
Where to go shopping
Ballina, Castlebar, Sligo, Galway
Your area's cultural and historical landmarks
History and heritage from all periods of history in the area
Local walks
Beach, hill, cliff - all nearby
Places you love to exercise
Beach, mountain climbing
Top day trips
Climb Croagh Patrick, visit Drumcliffe, go shopping in Galway

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