Teach Mo Chroi' meaning 'Home of My Heart', is set upon an acre of meadowland amidst the farmland of Ballintubber, Co. Mayo where your nearest neighbor is likely to be the cow or sheep in a nearby field.
Drive down our little boreen, through the canopy of trees, to the gates of 'Teach Mo Chroi', a fresh friendly country home overlooking the Partry Mountains and Croagh Patrick. Our boreen, Irish for tiny one-lane road, is just a 1/4 mile off N84 and midway between Castlebar and Ballinrobe Town. Only a 15 minute drive into Westport, a bustling seaside town on the Atlantic's Clew Bay, an hour to Galway City, and 25 minutes to Cong Village, home to Ashford Castle and The Quiet Man Cottage.
In this calm and tranquil setting there's nothing quite as nice as awakening to the birdsong on a fine summer morning. Relax with a cup of tea on the patio beside sunlit mountains; or pluck a novel from the book shelves and settle in for a good read. When night falls, the sky is transformed into a visual feast of stars!
The house is in an ideal location for touring the West of Ireland. Whether you've an hour or the day, consider visiting these worthwhile nearby offerings: 12th Century Ballintubber Abbey, Ballinrobe Horse races, Heneghans Heritage Centre, Corrib Cruises, The Ceide Fields, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Westport House & Country Park Amusements, The Fjords at Killary Harbor, Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Galway City, the spectacular cliffs and superb beaches of Achill Island, or for a special treat learn to fly a hawk at Ashford Castle's Falconry School. For the thrill seekers and outdoorsmen, try the unique challenges offered at the Killary Adventure Center.
Teach Mo Chroi' is a family friendly home with many desirable features to its credit; providing excellent accommodations to large groups, for reunions, anniversaries, and special family gatherings. There is ample parking for 6 vehicles.
The house is equipped with US 110v outlets as well as the standard Irish 220v, so bring along your I pods, etc. For the film buff, relax and enjoy a selection from our more than 30 Irish Films on DVD. From the spacious kitchen to the warm inviting living room, every room is large and comfortable.
The Master Bedroom is en suite with a King bed and walk-in closet. All bedrooms are fitted with ultra plush US mattresses. The Extra large Dbl Bedroom has 2 Queen beds and TV w/DVD-VCR. Two additional Bedrooms host a Queen & Single bed in each. There are 2 more bathrooms with tub and shower units as well as a large utility room w/washer and dryer. Great water pressure throughout the home.
Cartronbower boreen serves as a walking route to many of the locals because its peaceful and rarely traveled. Wander down its winding path and you're likely to encounter cows, horses, or donkeys in the surrounding fields, each known to enjoy a carrot or apple from a friendly passerby. In early Spring, the fields are alive with the sights and sounds of baby lambs, a vision to behold for children and adults alike. A portion of the front garden is a soccer/Gaelic football field complete with 2 netted goals. Additionally, there's a paved area for basketball with 2 backboards, child's swing set, and a patio complete with furniture and BBQ Grill.
My husband is originally from Ballintubber Co. Mayo. His parents still live in this tranquil little village. We found ourselves travelling to Ireland more and more as the years passed and our family grew. Renting a place large enough to house our family became an ever increasing challenge and always required a drive to visit the extended family of cousins and grandparents. We knew eventually we would build somewhere and decided that this village we called Home was the only real choice for us. We designed and built the house over the space of 2 yrs seeing to all the important details ourselves. It was and still is an expression of our love for the area and of Ireland itself. When we came to realize this, the only proper choice for a name was Teach Mo Chroi' or 'Home of my Heart'. We are Karla & Gerry Geraghty. We are raising 4 children, live and work near Chicago, Illinois.
We originally chose the site for its close proximity to family, its tranquil setting, and mountainous views. Building our own home allowed us to pack it full of unique features and details not found in other homes.
Our location makes us a great choice for touring the West of Ireland. We are within an hour of many of Irelands treasured landmarks and tourist attractions. Ashford Castle in Cong, Croagh Patrick in Westport, and Achill Island are merely a few of the places a visitor must see. The town of Westport is full of Irish music and merriment in any number of traditional pubs which line its cobblestone streets.
Teach Mo Chroi' is a family friendly home with many desirable features to it's credit. The house is equipped with US 110v outlets as well as the standard Irish/European 220v, so bring along your ipods, laptops, and cameras, but leave the converters at home you won't need them. No need to pack that bulky hair dryer we have 3 for use during your stay.
All of our bedrooms have super comfortable thick American mattresses which will provide a great nights rest after a long day of touring.
We offer exceptional password protected WIFI as well as an extensive selection of Irish Films (30+) on DVD and also numerous award winning American films for your viewing pleasure. If you enjoy a good novel we have many to choose from in our library of books.
Our Satellite (SKY) TV has a considerable number of channels and special kids programming (Disney and Nickelodeon) to please the whole family.
The grounds of our property offer a number of activities for families to enjoy together; soccer, basketball, and exploring the farmland surrounding the home.