Unique 4.5-bed/3-bath hideaway
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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 Leenane
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.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
The cottage is very close to a fast flowing river
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Charming and comfortable cottage in beautiful area
The cottage is even more comfortable and charming than it looks in the pictures! We were a group of 11 and there was plenty of room and beds for everyone with our young son sharing the King size bed comfortably with us. WiFi use was present but limited. Had many wonderful trips to local areas including hiking and horseback riding at Croagh Patrick, visiting Westport and Achill Island, Kylemore Abbey and Connemara. Loved exploring this part of Ireland.
House in NATURE
The property is as good as advertised!!! Owners were GREAT to answer any questions! It was exactly the location and property I was looking for in IRELAND! Thank you for making our stay excellent
We had a wonderful few days at Waterfall Cottage. We were 4 adults and 4 teenagers and all loved the place. The cottage itself is lovely and comfortable, and chock full of books and hundreds of DVDs for entertainment. There is very limited WiFi, which we really liked because it got our teenagers off social media. They actually spoke to each other and to us! :-)
We loved the BEAUTIFUL, remote-ish location - the river and mountains are gorgeous and we enjoyed how quiet and peaceful it was to have no neighbors nearby. Leenane is about 20 minutes away - a very small town, but lovely, with some great pubs (go to An Carraigh for trad music on Sunday night if you can) and small grocery at Hamilton's for basic foods. Hamilton's serves great food - the best seafood chowder I had in Ireland. Delphi Lodge is 1/2 mile away and apparently you can have dinner there, but seemed a bit fancy for us. There is also the Delphi Resort (about 1 mile away) - you can eat at their restaurant and sign up at their adventure center for all sorts of outdoor activities - ropes course, kayaking, etc. (I don't recommend the kayaking because you have to wear a wet suit and don't see many changes in scenery, but my husband and daughter loved the rope/zipline course.)
Doo Lough is just up the road. (Take a left out of the house.) The road along Doo Lough is a little less traveled so is a great walk or running option. There are two famine memorials along the road.
Another recommendation is the Killary Sheep Farm tour, just on the other side of Leenane. Our group loved being able to feed the baby lambs and enjoyed the sheep dog and shearing demonstrations.
Overall a terrific holiday house if you are looking to be off the beaten path in a place of dramatic beauty.
Idyllic holiday cottage
We had a fantastic week at Waterfall cottage. This is one of the most beautiful areas I’ve been been in Ireland. It feels a bit like you have found a piece of heaven as you sit outside the house and look around and listen to the river flowing outside your back door. The house is very comfortable and had everything we needed although a bbq and and outdoor table would have been a perfect addition. We were a big family group and there is a great adventure centre nearby and we went surfing and did the high ropes activities. We also spent a very enjoyable evening at the nearby lodge. You can book in for dinner which is expensive, but was a lovely evening and my mum had a great time. All in all, highly recommended if you want a week away from all the hustle of life.
So pleased you enjoyed your stay
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.
A wonderful spacious cottage in a beautiful setting
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!
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.