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Spectacular Riverside Cottage In Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Unique 4.5-bed/3-bath hideaway

Waterfall Cottage is a completely unique vacation rental property at the heart of the spectacular Delphi Valley in south west Mayo, Ireland - and directly on the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way.

This extraordinarily scenic area is on the northern fringe of the beautiful Connemara region and just over the border from county Galway. Killary Fjord is less than two miles away and the nearest village is the pretty seaside hamlet of Leenane, Co Galway.

Surrounded by one of Ireland’s largest Special Areas for Conservation and in a National Heritage Area, the four-bedroom holiday home overlooks a pristine river in a stunning wilderness setting.

A dream holiday cottage that was formerly part of the famous Delphi estate, this deceptively large rental property is a reconstruction and extension of two 19th century cottages, merged into one home of great character.

There are no other buildings in sight.

Clad in local stone, roofed with traditional Welsh slates and fully insulated to modern standards, Waterfall Cottage has all the charm of a period property with all the benefits of modern reconstruction.

The cottage sleeps eight people in great comfort and an extra two bunk beds can be added on request.

There are four principal bedrooms (three with one large bed and one with twin single beds), plus an optional extra bunk room. There are three bathrooms, one en-suite with the master bedroom.

There’s a modern kitchen and a large day room equipped with satellite TV, wi-fi, an eclectic library and a DVD player. The piece de resistance is the spectacular 440 sq. ft. lower level River Room with its terrace right beside the river, offering amazing views over the water to the wild scenery beyond.

The cottage has oil-fired underfloor heating and a large wood-burning stove.

More Details

Peter Mantle
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2018

About Peter Mantle

Former financial journalist who fell in love with this part of Ireland and bought the derelict Delphi Lodge and 1,000 acre estate in 1986. With the lodge and many cottages now fully restored, and with Delphi Lodge recognised as Ireland's most famous fishing lodge, Mantle now owns and runs a fishing lodge in the Bahamas (called the Delphi Club) but he has kept Waterfall Cottage for family use and for others to enjoy this exceptional Irish valley.

Why Peter Mantle chose Ireland

Extraordinarily beautiful wilderness location.

What makes this cottage unique

No other building in sight. Right beside pristine salmon river. Spectacular lower floor river room. One of the last unspoilt parts of Europe. Fly-fisher's paradise.


Ireland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Ultra modern (2017)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds
  • The fifth bedroom is a small bunk room for children that adjoins the third bedroom
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
The cottage is right beside a river so care must be taken. When wet, the terraces may be slippery.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Overland Park, Kansas

A wonderful spacious cottage in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We could't have been more pleased with Waterfall Cottage. From the moment we got there, we were captivated by the scenery and fell in love with the place and the small towns around it. The cottage was very well equipped with nearly everything you could need or want (The one and only exception being ice trays - we crazy Americans love our ice! We easily remedied the situation and left them there for the next guests. With the water source being the river behind us, the ice was the best I've ever tasted!)

We were there over the July 4th week and the weather got cold enough that night to justify a fire in the fireplace which made the cottage even more cozy!

We went "next door" (1/2 mile walk) to the Delphi Lodge where we bought some of the most delicious smoked salmon ever. We also enjoyed dinner there our last night in Ireland. What a super special place - not to be missed!

The charming town of Leenane has a few pubs to sample, one with Trad music every Sunday night!

We would highly recommend the Killary Fjord boat tour as well as the Killary Sheep Farm. The brothers, Tom and PJ, who run the sheep farm are so fun and we had a great time feeding the lambs, sheering the sheep and watching Tom and his dog Roy put on an amazing demonstration! Well worth a visit!

We've been renting through VRBO for many years now and this was one of the nicest places we've had the good fortune to stay. We loved every minute of it!

Thank you so much Peter and Jane!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage is, simply and objectively, the best place in the world for a quiet break. It is in the most beautiful and isolated part of the West, just outside the official boundary of Connemara. The waterfall after which it is named is just outside the sitting room, and is heard whenever the windows are open. The cloud-topped Bens rise on every side. Traffic on the road above is light, and the only neighbors that can be seen or heard are the sheep. Leenaun and Westport are both accessible within 30 minutes’ drive, and both drives offer different but breathtaking views. The Delphi Resort, within walking distance, offers activities for those inclined.

We only had 5 adults and a toddler along on this trip, but the cottage accommodates 9 or more comfortably. WiFi, laundry facility (including two driers), dishwasher, and television worked perfectly. The kitchen is good-sized, and had more equipment than we could have used. The caretaker was very friendly and helpful.

We have come here two years in a row and are already planning another trip.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tully NY

Amazing !

  • 5 of 5

After seeing the pics I booked 5 nights in June about 7-8 months in advance . When I shared with my family where the house was it was initially met with mixed reviews . "It's in the middle of nowhere " "what is there to do with our 20 year old daughter " etc . We had the most amazing adventures everyday ! Always returning to such a lovely warm spirited home ! You can feel the good times that have been had there . In the end of the day we ALL agreed the house and location was amazing ! Our fears of not having enough to do turned into thoughts of all we were unable to do in our five night stay . Lots of day trips in every direction . However our nicest walk was the day we literally just took a left walking out of the house and explored . Fantastic home , amazing location , very easy owners to work with . Great experience! One tip if desired is to go to dinner at the fishing lodge . It's a one seating communal dinner preceded by cocktail hour . It's bit fancy but we all really enjoyed the experience. Great house !

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning setting, comfy cottage.

  • 5 of 5

This lovely property was ideal for a family group. It has plenty of privacy but great common areas as well. The countryside is breathtaking! Charming cottage with modern amenities. I recommend it highly!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful secluded cottage with stunning scenery. This is an amazing place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Waterfall Cottage is a little bit of Heaven on Earth on the edge of Connemara. It is isolated in the rolling hills of County Mayo, not far from Líonán on Killary Fjord. A good-sized stream flows past the back of the cottage, with a waterfall right outside the downstairs living room doors. The only neighbors visible from the grounds are sheep; the nearest other dwelling is about half a mile away.

Our group (three couples, two teens, and an infant) fit in Waterfall Cottage comfortably; it would accommodate a slightly bigger group easily if, for example, teens could share a room. Everything is neat and comfortable, and functions well. The kitchen is well-equipped for cooking and baking, as well as for tea and coffee (bring your own, unless the previous tenant has left some supplies). The clothes washer and dryer work well, as does the dishwasher.

There are large sitting areas on the ground floor (overlooking the river) and on the main floor (near the kitchen). These were so nice, as we could congregate and enjoy stories from the day, and make plans for the next day.

The owner is gracious and accessible. We had a problem with the water-heater timer (the 24-hour clock was set 12 hours off), and the caretaker helped us straighten it out the same day. The caretaker was also nice enough to promptly mail us some things we had accidentally left in a drawer at our departure.

For pub food, the nearest place is Líonán (or Leenaun), about 3 miles away. The pubs in Leenaun were welcoming, and served excellent food. Our main trip to stock the cottage with groceries was in Clifden.

On a few days when the wind was still, there were clouds of biting midges outside. Midge repellent, sold in local stores, had no noticeable effect, but if you do your research before you arrive, you may find a better option.

There are many things to do and see nearby Kylemore Abbey is worth a visit. The pottery and bodhrán shop at Cloch na Rón and the Connemara Bog Road are within an hour’s drive. Clifden has pubs and friendly people all around. No matter where we headed, driving to small nearby towns always revealed an inviting pub or a breathtaking view.

Waterfall Cottage is perfect if you want to relax in a beautiful place and meet friendly people in nearby villages, or if you want to fish or cruise the fjord. The scenery is stunning regardless of whether the weather is sunny, or cloudy and rainy. We had such a fabulous time, we have already booked for next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterfall Cottage s a fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Waterfall cottage. The property is well equipped and the position is idyllic. The downstairs river room is a lovely place to relax with a book whilst listening to the river tumbling along. We had some great trips out in the local area; Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden were well worth the trip and we spent a lovely day on Inishboffin Island.

The cottage was well presented and the caretaker called us on the first night to check that everything was satisfactory. Jane and Martin provided an excellent booking service and were quick to respond to a couple of queries I had prior to the trip.

I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday with great scenery.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Rock Bar
Nearest Ferry
180 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Delphi Lodge
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Close to excellent salmon and trout fishing and surrounded by popular hillwalking trails, Waterfall Cottage is just 20 miles from the pretty Georgian town of Westport with its championship golf course, the spectacular Westport House and a range of interesting shops.

With a spa just a mile away, and with horse-riding on beautiful sandy beaches, golf, surfing, scuba diving, fly-fishing and sea fishing all available in the area, there are plenty of activity options.

The nearest village, Leenane in County Galway, is eight miles to the south-east and the small town of Louisburgh is eleven miles to the north. The beautiful Killary Fjord is just two miles away and there are a number of spectacular sandy beaches, some good for surfing, within a short drive of the property.

The Delphi Valley and Doologh Pass are among the last truly unspoilt areas of western Europe and represent a nature lover’s paradise. Otters, pine martens, badgers, peregrines and mountain hares are regularly sighted and the river beside the property is home to many dippers and the occasional kingfisher.

For basic food shopping, the essentials can be bought from the village store in Leenane, where petrol is also available. Louisburgh has a small supermarket and in Westport there are two large supermarkets and many other shops.

This is a dream hideaway with easy access to all the spectacular scenery of Connemara and Mayo.

Waterfall Cottage is just 90 minutes from Knock International airport, 2.5 hours from Shannon and 3.5 hours from Dublin. Galway city is just over an hour away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Heating oil and electricity charges are included.

Internet usage is limited to 2GB per week due to satellite supply limitations. Extra usage is billed at €100 per 1GB. The quota is more than enough for emailing and basic surfing but NOT for heavy downloading of video content.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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