4 double bedrooms. Unique lounge and veranda. Unlimited Free WiFi.
Mary and Desmond Carway
About Mary and Desmond Carway
Desmond is the second youngest child in his family of 5 sisters and 2 brothers. His father (Mick) was a dairy farmer and mother (Maureen) was a nurse and ran a tourist business for many years. In August 1985, my friendly nature led me to meet the love of my life, Mary. She was on a literature and landscape tour of Ireland and happened to be in Ellen’s pub for some traditional music. Mary hailed from Arlington, Mass (USA), a suburb of Boston and had just finished her Master’s Degree in Nursing. After a little persuading, I finally convinced Mary that the west of Ireland was the place to be! It is rather ironic that Mary’s mother emigrated from Kinsale, Co. Cork to Boston in the early 1950’s. Our Wonderful Children: Elena loves art, picking (and eating) blackberries, looking for mermaid’s purses on the beach, and crab fishing off the pier at Raghly Harbour. Tola loves fishing and boating, climbing to the top of the fairy fort then rolling down, and loves his sports - hurling, football, and basketball. And they both love playing piano. From the horse drawn caravans, in the field in front of our house, to bed and breakfast we shared our Irish traditions with many visitors. And there are many stories to tell. My grandmother, who had to herd cattle and rear 8 children, could be stuck for a babysitter at any time. She would often tie a chicken to the pram, to entertain which ever child was in it at the time, while she did jobs on the farm (playschool Ballymulderry - style). The experience of meeting new people that came to stay with us was better than going on holidays – it was so exciting. What I loved most was when my mother asked me to greet the visitors at the front door, bring them to the beach, or make some Irish coffees.
Why Mary and Desmond Carway chose Ballinful
You will feel like you are living on a farm. And the views from the vestible or 'indoor porch' give a real sense of peace and tranquility. Viewing the animals out the window of the lounge at breakfast is a treat. Then in the evening, the calves and/or sheep often embark on a session of playing and dancing.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Experience farming life for a day, a week or just a few hours every day - whatever suits your fancy. Moving cattle and/or sheep from one field to another can be tricky but also lots of craic. Walking over the road moving cattle or stopping in sheep is an interesting adventure. Sometimes the animals (calves, cows, sheep or lambs) escape, which adds to the excitement. Even if you cannot participate in the movement of cattle/sheep, there is always the tractor experience for both young and old. Sitting in the seat and driving from one part of the field to the next is amazing. If the weather suits, we will cut a crop of grass to try to get some bales of hay. The smell and texture of the cut grass as it turns to hay is intriguing for both young and old. It may be possible to have a short boat trip about the bay - depends on the availability of the skipper as well as tides, weather and sea conditions. Often some of the leisure fishermen will drop in a few mackerel depending on their catch! We have a unique relationship with the harbour and its amenities.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 18
- Cleanliness: Keep house clean/tidy, esp. all kitchen ware. If excessive cleaning is required, a cleaning charge of 15 euro per hour will be levied.
- Number of People Staying: You must notify us before arrival of changes to size of the group. Additional charges will be incurred for extra guests.
- Items may break down/get damaged without warning. We will try to repair/replace but can't guarantee it will be resolved during your stay and apologise
Wonderful spot and fantastic hosts!
We can’t say enough about our experience renting with Mary and Desmond. Their farm is situated beautifully on the coast, with views of mountains, walks on beaches, and walks through fields all right there. We also loved being in the midst of the farm animals and having the experience of feeding both the cows AND the sheep during our stay. Sligo and the surrounding communities have so much to offer: a beach for surfing, a mountain for hiking, restaurants and cafes, shopping, and lots of GORGEOUS sights of nature within a day’s drive.
Mary and Desmond were fantastic hosts as well. Their home was spacious, well-equipped, and everything we needed. Desmond went out of his way to show (and even accompany us on) hikes around the area and tasks on the farm.
This a great place for a vacation, whether you just want to take in the many local sights and activities or use it as a home base for day trips. We highly recommend Ballinful!
Peaceful and quiet with stunning views?
Friendly and accommodating owners ensured our comfort and directed us to the best restaurants and attractions in the Sligo area.
The owners provided everything you could hope for in a rental property.
Spacious and clean with fantastic views.
Everything you could want in a rental. House was clean and well appointed. Mary and Desmond couldn’t have been more friendlier. Would highly recommend it to everyone.
Delightful holiday in a gorgeous home
Mary and Des exceeded our expectations during our two week stay. The house is very clean and well kept with all of the amenities we needed - two gleaming bathrooms, full kitchen, beautifully decorated bedrooms with the most comfortable beds, and lots of open space.
It is the hospitality, however, that makes this home so special. It is clear that Mary and Des have put so much of themselves into the upkeep and care of this home - and it is important to them that their guests are not only comfortable but happy during their stay. From meeting us at the train to giving us driving tips (our first time driving in Ireland) to making great suggestions of activities in the area we couldn’t find in a travel book, they went above and beyond. Mary and Des - and their wonderful kids - helped my family to make some fantastic memories. My kids loved watching the cows and having some authentic farm life experiences.
The views from the house can not be properly described with words - the front sitting room provides a gorgeous view of the fields, the water, and across the bay, Knocknarea. The front bedrooms have bay windows with the same gorgeous views.
Sligo is such an amazing place to visit, and Mary and Des made it all the more special for our holidays. We will definitely return!
Best relaxing vacation spot ever
This was a large rental for us (although very inexpensive) and there was plenty of room to spread out. The house was clean and easy to understand all the appliances. The views are amazing. It was the first place in all of Ireland where you could see the stars at night. That's the part everyone knows from the pictures. What I want the guests to know is how wonderful Mary and Desi are and how they will do everything in their power to make your stay memorable and enjoyable. We did not have a car and they extended every courtesy to us to get us to places of interest, to the bus stop, and even to the train station. Over and above their host duties. They were delightful to be around and their children are really outstanding. They checked up on us since we were walking everywhere and made sure we knew where we were going and offered great suggestions. They embody the Irish tradition of generous hospitality. I would stay with them again and again. I look forward to seeing their new accommodations endeavor and wish them all the best on the farm and on their rentals.
The perfect vacation location for touring, exploring and relaxing. Start your magical holiday looking out on Sligo bay, or walk to the nearby fairy forts for some amazing views. Several beaches are located within 1km. Lissadell House, woods, and beach are only 5km away. We are located in Ballymulderry, Ballinfull, North County Sligo, about 16km from Sligo town.
Tourist attractions include: W.B. Yeats' grave (12km), Streedagh Beach and Spanish Armada (8km), Glencar Lake and Waterfall (26km), Parke's Castle (28km), Mullaghmore (15km), Sligo Abbey (16km), Eagle's Flying Raptor Center (35km), and more.
While Strandhill (28km) and Bundoran (40km) are the more popular surfing locations, the waves in nearby Lislarry (5km) or Streedagh (10km) cannot be bet either. Mullaghmore and Rosses' Point provide additional water sporting activities.
Raghly Harbour is within 2km and local fishermen can provide you with fresh lobster and crab on request. There is an abundance of rock fishing areas within 2km as well. Or deep sea fishing may suit the fishing enthusiast and we can help arrange evening or day outings with Sligo Boat Charters (www.sligoboatcharters.com).
The West of Ireland Championship Golf course in Rosses' Point is only 15-20 minute drive (20km).
The dynamic limestone Benbulben mountain provides visual appeal as well as appeal to walkers and hill climbers. And while you are at it climb Knocknarea to visit Queen Maeve's cairn.
Whatever your interests - boating, fishing, water sports, horse riding, arts and culture - we would be happy to help you.
The local shop and pubs are less than 3km from our holiday home. One of the pubs, Ellen’s Pub, has traditional music sessions on most Friday evenings (visiting musicians welcome). Larger shops and filling stations are available in Grange village, about 10km away.