|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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:
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) (http://ballygilgannaturereserve.com). And Bird Watch Ireland / Sligo site (http://birdwatchireland.ie or http://sligobirding.com) 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 (http://www.turfnsurf.ie orhttp://bundoransurfschool.com) or Strandhill (http://www.strandhillsurfschool.com) and experience the thrills of surfing on the big Atlantic waves (both 30 minutes away). Or the Adventure Sligo site (http://www.adventuresligo.com) 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. (http://www.adventuresligo.com/water/kayaking).
Within 20 minutes there are 2 sailing clubs (http://mullaghmoresailingclub or http://sligoyaughtclub.ie) 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 (http://islandviewridingstables.com). 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: http://www.irelandonhorseback.com or http://www.markreestables.com) 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 (http://countysligogolfclub.ie) 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 (http://www.bertiespnp.co.nr) 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 (http://www.sligoboatcharters.com) (Darryl Ewing can pick you up at Raghley Pier, depends on tide) or Mullahmore (http://www.offshore.ie or http://www.inishmurrayislandtrips.com) charter boats are available for the serious fishermen. We can help with any bookings.
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 http://www.sligotourism.ie and/or http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Benbulben-loop or http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie 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).
Maison magnifique, bien équipée et spacieuse. Une vue magnifique sur la baie. Les propriétaires, Des et Mary, sont chaleureux et accueillants. A ne pas manquer !
We arrived in the early hours of the morning due to a late fligh and a long drive . Upon our arrival Desmomd had the heating on for us which was fantastic and also since it was Christmas have thoughtfully put up a Christmas three. My guests found the house to exceed out expectations in comfort and the views were spectacular.
It is located near to beaches glencarr waterfall W.B Yeats grave and a short drive to Sligo town.
Desmomd himself was a excellent host bringing my girlfriend and mum and her friend for a spin on his tractor around the docks and to the fairy forth which they loved so much.
I can not praise this house or its delightful owners enough.
And hope some day to return for the peace the views and the wonderful experience of this exceptional property.
Happy guests: Paola James
Doris and Leslie
Guatemala City Guatemala
Herdsman House was perfect for the two of us. The scenery from the front windows was breathtaking. The house was everything we could ask for, with all amenities explained for us. The house was comfortable and even the cows looked friendly. A fairy fort was a short walk away and a ruined stone home was at the end of the road on the curve of the bay. Desmond and Mary live nearby, so if anything was needed they were easily reached. Desmond even checked up on us a few times but was NEVER invasive. Ask for specific instructions on the clothes washer and there should be no issues to make this home a wonderful relaxed place to stay. If you are traveling with children, there is a game room (that includes billiards and air hockey) that we never used - but that was due to our schedule.
A large well appointed clean rural home in Ballinful County Sligo. The bedrooms were large, full of light and very inviting as each one had its own bay window with a spectacular view. The view of Drumcliff Bay from the sunroom is breathtaking. The area, from any direction, is beautifully suited to quiet country walks. A short distance away are spectacular ocean shore vistas. The very kind and generous owners will gladly give recommendations on things to do and places to visit. Desmond even revealed his favorite pub to us and showed us the ocean front on his property which was a highlight of our visit. We were also very impressed with the owners commitment to their guests comfort and satisfaction.
HERDSMANS HOUSE WAS A PERFECT HOUSE IN A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION OVERLOOKING SLIGO BAY.HOSTS DES@MARY HAD EVERYTHING PREPARED IN THE HOUSE PERFECTLY AND EVERYTHING THE WE REQUIRED WAS AVAILABLE INCLUDING WIFI .THE PLAYROOM IN THE ANNEX WAS A GODSEND WHEN THE WEATHER WAS INCLEMENT.THE ICING ON THE CAKE WAS DES TAKING THE CHILDREN FOR A RUN ON HIS TRACTOR AND OF COURSE MY FISHING TRIP IN DES'S BOAT WHEN WE CAUGHT LOADS OF MACKERAL.WE WOULD DEFINATELY STAY AGAIN.THANKYOU TO DES,MARY AND FAMILY FOR MAKING OUR STAY MOST MEMORABLE.
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.
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.
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
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.) The price DOES NOT INCLUDE a SECURITY DEPOSIT of 100euro cash on arrival. This deposit is usually returned after the house is checked for damage and cleanliness.