Our 100 year old cottage has been upgraded so that it's totally comfortable and cosy, while still being a bit quirky and cute.... Sit out on the deck at night and enjoy an amazing starlit sky, or sip an Irish coffee by the fire. The front hall opens into the main kitchen/sitting room area where everyone either sits around the farmhouse table, or gathers around the gorgeous fire to chat. The cosy TV room has TV, PS4 and seating for 5, and the little loft space above is my little art space, and is perfect for crafting, office space etc. There is wifi throughout the house. The main bedroom has a double bed, with French doors opening onto the deck area behind the house, one other bedroom is a double, and the third bedroom has two singles in the loft area plus a fold-out sofa downstairs in the play area. There is a back porch, washing machine, dryer and freezer.
We also have a 4mx4m bell tent which we can leave set up in the garden if the weather is good - kids of all ages have camped out in it - whether in our garden or further away - it's really spacious and can comfortably sleep 4/5 comfortably and has slept up to 8 kids at a time! We will leave some sleeping bags, mats, extra quilts etc...
Killala (3 miles) is on the Wild Atlantic Way, and we are surrounded by the most amazing landscapes, seascapes, cliffs, beaches and scenery. If you like nature, hiking, and amazing views, this is the place for you. The local people are very friendly, and Denis is a tour guide on the Wild Atlantic Way, so he will give you the best secret places to go.... We have a Honda CRV which we are happy to exchange, as you need a car around here. The beaches are stunning and even on the hottest days, you can find miles of empty strands.... clean and clear Atlantic waters, and you can keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, sea birds etc.... This is a nature lover's paradise!
It is also a place full of history. Killala is home to a 12th century Round Tower, and a 7th century Cathedral, even though it is a small village of only 1,000 people. There are remains from all periods of history in the area, and again Denis can leave information on where to go. Ceide Fields is 10km away, an interpretive site of one of the early human farming systems in the world. The Jackie Clarke Museum is in Ballina (10km) and is one of the largest collections of Irish memorabilia in the world - all collected by one man - over 100,000 pieces!
30 miles away is the Irish Museum of Country Life, which is a great insight into traditional rural life in Ireland over the last few hundred years.
For rainy days, Waterpoint is in Enniscrone (14 mls) with a kids pool, large pool and tubular slides, outdoor playground, gym for adults, spa facilities. Also in Enniscrone are Kilcullen Seaweed Baths - a real treat after a hard day surfing or swimming. Easkey (7 mls further on) is a famous surfing spot, and there are several surf clubs in Enniscrone/Easkey for board hire, lessons etc.
Paddle & Pedal is based in Ballina (7 miles) and you can enjoy some amazing canoeing trips - out at sea or along the famous Moy river - from Ballina into the sea - which is also the most famous salmon fishing spot in Ireland. Bike hire is possible too... and if you fancy a half day or full day cycling, why not head to Newport (1hr) and enjoy a fantastic cycle along the Greenway?