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Mary and Desmond Carway

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

STUNNING 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom farmhouse. FACES SLIGO BAY. Picturesque Views.

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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4 double bedrooms. Unique lounge/veranda. Unlimited Free WiFi. Games Room.

Come to Sligo and set your spirit free.

Experience the vacation of a lifetime in our stunning holiday farmhouse perfectly located in Ireland's magical northwest. Have a great activity holiday or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. This holiday home has a unique 40 foot lounge/reception area with superior views of Sligo Bay, Raghly Harbour, and Queen Maeve's cairn. Large, new spacious fitted kitchen. Two bathrooms and four double bedrooms- three rooms with bay windows facing the sea. Free Wireless Internet access and TV/DVD player. An Art and Games Room is adjacent to house with free pool and air hockey tables, art supplies, and board games. Large front and side garden and lawns. Outdoor furniture and barbeque. Locked storage shed available for bicycles, surfboards, fishing rods, golf clubs, etc. Private access to lands where Barnacle Geese and migrating birds are plentiful from October to April. Our friendliness and hospitality will make this your home away from home.

Our beautifully renovated 4 bedroom vacation holiday farmhouse is on an elevated site facing Sligo Bay. This enchanting area near Lissadell (5km) is steeped in history and mythology and well described by W.B.Yeats for its beauty and creativity. The dramatic limestone mountains of Benbulben and Knocknarea will fascinate you. Spectacular views and sounds from the Atlantic Ocean are captivating. You may even want to take out your surf/body boards and beach towels. Experience the vacation of a lifetime where we can help you and your family/friends plan your holiday or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. Enjoy the spirit of Sligo.

Things to Do from Your Tranquil Home-away-from-Home in Ireland's Magical Northwest:

Bird Watching

This area is a paradise for birds and waterfowl. Some of our land has been recently designated as special area of conservation. Barnacle Geese visit us every year from mid-October to late April. A walkway (for able and disabled) provides direct access to view the geese. Close by (10 minutes) is the Ballygilgan Nature Reserve (Lissadell) ( And Bird Watch Ireland / Sligo site ( or provide up to date recent sighting of various birds and waterfowl in the Sligo area.

Arts and Culture

This area is notorious for its artists from writers, poets, painters, and fairy makers, and many have set up home here. The Model (Niland Gallery), Hamilton Gallery, Yeat’s Society, Hawkswell, Blue Raincoat Theatre, the Factory, and more are within 20 minutes drive.


Go to Lislarry (about 6km) for some of the best waves in the northwest. Or go further to afield to Bundoran ( or or Strandhill ( and experience the thrills of surfing on the big Atlantic waves (both 30 minutes away). Or the Adventure Sligo site ( can provide additional links.

Sailing / Boating / Canoeing/Kayaking

If you have your own boat (sail boat, rib, canoe, etc) bring it along and we will help you launch it from the recently renovated Raghley pier. You can explore and relax in tranquility of Drumcliffe Bay. The boat can be stored in our sheds. Other popular activities include kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding. (

Within 20 minutes there are 2 sailing clubs (http://mullaghmoresailingclub or offering beginners and experienced sailing courses for juniors and adults.


If you own your own horse(s), you can have a unique holiday by bringing him/her/them with you. Access to the local beaches (Ardtarmon Strand or The Golden Strand or Tra Bui) can be provided through the owner’s land. Then the horse(s) can graze under your watchful eye. All options considered. Contact us for more information.

Alternatively, Island View offers horseriding for all the family year round ( This family run business is located about 15 minutes away and offers beach rides, trekking, lessons, and carriage riding. Use these links for additional riding stables: or in the Sligo area.


Ireland is renowned for its golf courses and Rosses’ Point is no exception. The County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses’ Point ( is ranked in the top 10 links courses in Ireland. The club boasts renowned visitors and champions, Rory McElroy and Tom Watson. Or you can go to Berties Pitch and Putt ( or the Tyeconnell Pitch and Putt course in Bundoran.


There are plenty of excellent fishing points on the Raghley peninsula, where you can catch mackerel, pollock, bollin or if you are lucky sea trout. Raghley Harbour is located ¼ mile away. Spoil yourself with some fresh lobster and crab caught by local fishermen (available on request). Or try your hand at getting some razor fish or rock fishing. Crab fishing off the pier provides fun for everyone. In Rosses’ Point ( (Darryl Ewing can pick you up at Raghley Pier, depends on tide) or Mullahmore ( or charter boats are available for the serious fishermen. We can help with any bookings.

Walking/Hill Walking

Exploring North Sligo on foot can be a beautiful way to see the county. Various magical walks include: Lissadell House and Woods; Glencar Lake and Waterfall; Streedagh Point and Beach; Knocknarea and Queen Maeve's Cairn, Glennif Horseshoe at the foot of Ben Bulben to name a few. Go to and/or or for more information on mountain walks, nature trails, coastal walks and more.

Local Attractions: The following sites provide useful information about places to see and visit in Sligo:








Shopping and Restaurants:

Sligo offers shopping with a difference. There is a good mix of the extraordinary shops with hand-crafted pieces, the shops passed down through the generations and the more typical shops. Wooden sculpture by Michael Quirke and hand-crafted jewelry at The Cat and the Moon offer some unusual items while Mullaney’s and Moffits have been in the center of town for generations. The shopping centers provide a good mix on newer shops. Café’s, restaurants, and bistros are plentiful in Sligo town. Closer to 'home' there are several tasty meals at Lang's Bar and Restaurant, Yeat’s Tavern (or Davis’); and Henry’s Restaurant (within 10-15 minutes of our house).

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mary and Desmond Carway (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from our week long holiday in Sligo and Herdsmans house was the perfect getaway for the whole family. The house is generous in space and easily housed and entertained four adults and four children. The children enjoyed the games room and space outside to kick a ball whilst adults relaxed in the sun room, large kitchen or by the roaring fire. Perhaps the nicest thing about our stay was the ongoing hospitality of Dessy who was so patient and kind to the young ones, even giving them tractor riding lessons and showing them the farm animals. The adults were treat to a lesson and tour of local surroundings and even left with a tangible piece of history from the small harbour. In a nutshell, this loved house offers a beautiful remote location with lovely sea views, plenty of space and very quickly feels like home. Recommended by the Harrison's and Grove's, both large and small ; )
Apr 2015
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STUNNING 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom farmhouse. FACES SLIGO BAY. Picturesque Views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The house is very clean and well-maintained and very spacious, well -equipped as well. We loved the beautiful scenery from the house and having a rest in the sun lounge. The owners are quite friendly and welcoming. The kids liked very much the games room.

I recommend this property to everybody.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Spectacular bucolic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are an older couple from Cambridge, Massachusetts. We’ve been to Ireland many times and have explored many areas. This past October was our second stay in the Herdsman’s House. The house, the wood stove (burns either wood or peat), the surrounding beauty (oceanside farms – cows, sheep, horses & the ocean everywhere you look), the amazing 50 min walk by the bay, the quiet, the town of Sligo (just 20 minutes away), and our hosts Des & Mary made our stay one of the most restful in memory. The house is comfortable for 2 and ready to host up to 8 guests. Getting out of the city and surrounding ourselves in beautiful natural settings have always been important for us to reconnect and recharge. The Herdsman’s House is the best.

Neil P

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Great House and Hospitality

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay in this wonderful house! We had a lovely couple of days here and found it still charming, comfortable and well stocked. The sea views and landscapes are stunning! The perfect place to unwind!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Incredible beauty! The house is across a field from the bay with plenty of beaches and rocky shores. The views are truly stunning and refresh the soul. Desmond and Mary are superb hosts and provide better concierge service than five star hotels. My family of six was very comfortable with plenty of space to spread out. The kitchen is perfectly stocked and the beds are big and comfy. The "rainy day room" is stocked with activities for kids. The house is in the quiet country, yet less than 20 minutes from everything. We climbed a fairy mound, rode horses, climbed mountains, visited castles, went to the spa, saw an amazing eagle show, ate lobsters fresh off of the boat, and relaxed on the shore. The kids also got to feed newborn lambs and ride a tractor. We hated to leave and will surely come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Perfect quiet get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

The Herdsman's house was an absolute slice of heaven for our family. Everything we needed for our stay was available at this property. My husband and I both love to cook, the full stocked kitchen was great. I loved the sunroom, incredible views even if it was a rainy day. We had several fun filled competitions at the airhockey table. The house was clean and well maintained. Desmond and Mary were the true meaning of "Irish Hospitality". The owner recommendations were right what we were looking for. Our favorite resturant was Lang's, incredible food and they treated us like locals. The beach in front of the house was nice for walks as was the neighboorhood. We plan to someday return.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with friends at Herdmans House. We had three children aged 3, 4 and 8 with us and they had a fantastic time! The house is lovely, spacious and clean. The beds are really comfortable. We enjoyed the short walk to the pebble beach or the sandy beach. The location is quite and we felt tucked away, but not secluded. The children loved exploring the waterholes, playing in the hay and riding on the tractor! All in all, this holiday was all about relaxing, going for long walks and enjoying beautiful Ireland. Desmond, Mary and children are fantastic hosts. Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

Bettina, Jamie, Tim and Emily

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Ellen's Pub
Nearest Ferry
226 Kilometres
Larne Ferry Terminal, Co Antrim
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Rosses' Point
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Sligo town
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Yeat's Tavern
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Golden Strand
Car: necessary

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 (

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.


Rates & Availability

County Sligo Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Autumn/Early Winter 2016
Sep 24 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Winter 2017
Dec 31 2016 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2016
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $112

Your accommodation includes:
Unlimited Wireless Internet
Electricity (reasonable use)
Starter pack for solid fuel stove (winter months only)
Bed linen with 100% cotton sheets
Hand, Face and Bath Towels
Initial supply of toilet paper and paper towel
Fully equipped kitchen
The price DOES NOT include Hot Water or Heat. (Oil meter is read on arrival and departure)

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Ireland Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Separate shower and bath in this main bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Walk-in Shower in this spacious en-suite bathroom
  • Two spacious bathrooms Newly tiled main bathroom with old cast iron bath, separate electric shower with glass doors, and hot press. The second (en-suite bathroom) new bathroom has a lovely walk in shower/wet room (electric shower).
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Bed Linen = 100% Cotton Sheets
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bed Linen = 100% Cotton Sheets
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , King Coil Mattress and 100% Cotton Sheets
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , King Coil Mattress and 100% Cotton Sheets
  • Beautiful views from the large bay windows in each of the 3 front bedrooms (facing south). Spacious and well finished rooms with built in wardrobes and high quality pillows and mattresses.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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