|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Teach Mo Chroi' meaning 'Home of My Heart', is set upon an acre of meadowland amidst the farmland of Ballintubber, Co. Mayo where your nearest neighbor is likely to be the cow or sheep in a nearby field.
Drive down our little boreen, through the canopy of trees, to the gates of 'Teach Mo Chroi', a fresh friendly country home overlooking the Partry Mountains and Croagh Patrick. Our boreen, Irish for tiny one-lane road, is just a 1/4 mile off N84 and midway between Castlebar and Ballinrobe Town. Only a 15 minute drive into Westport, a bustling seaside town on the Atlantic's Clew Bay, an hour to Galway City, and 25 minutes to Cong Village, home to Ashford Castle and The Quiet Man Cottage.
In this calm and tranquil setting there's nothing quite as nice as awakening to the birdsong on a fine summer morning. Relax with a cup of tea on the patio beside sunlit mountains; or pluck a novel from the book shelves and settle in for a good read. When night falls, the sky is transformed into a visual feast of stars!
The house is in an ideal location for touring the West of Ireland. Whether you've an hour or the day, consider visiting these worthwhile nearby offerings: 12th Century Ballintubber Abbey, Ballinrobe Horse races, Heneghans Heritage Centre, Corrib Cruises, The Ceide Fields, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Westport House & Country Park Amusements, The Fjords at Killary Harbor, Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Galway City, the spectacular cliffs and superb beaches of Achill Island, or for a special treat learn to fly a hawk at Ashford Castle's Falconry School. For the thrill seekers and outdoorsmen, try the unique challenges offered at the Killary Adventure Center.
Teach Mo Chroi' is a family friendly home with many desirable features to its credit; providing excellent accommodations to large groups, for reunions, anniversaries, and special family gatherings. There is ample parking for 6 vehicles.
The house is equipped with US 110v outlets as well as the standard Irish 220v, so bring along your I pods, etc. For the film buff, relax and enjoy a selection from our more than 30 Irish Films on DVD. From the spacious kitchen to the warm inviting living room, every room is large and comfortable.
The Master Bedroom is en suite with a King bed and walk-in closet. All bedrooms are fitted with ultra plush US mattresses. The Extra large Dbl Bedroom has 2 Queen beds and TV w/DVD-VCR. Two additional Bedrooms host a Queen & Single bed in each. There are 2 more bathrooms with tub and shower units as well as a large utility room w/washer and dryer. Great water pressure throughout the home.
Cartronbower boreen serves as a walking route to many of the locals because its peaceful and rarely traveled. Wander down its winding path and you're likely to encounter cows, horses, or donkeys in the surrounding fields, each known to enjoy a carrot or apple from a friendly passerby. In early Spring, the fields are alive with the sights and sounds of baby lambs, a vision to behold for children and adults alike. A portion of the front garden is a soccer/Gaelic football field complete with 2 netted goals. Additionally, there's a paved area for basketball with 2 backboards, child's swing set, and a patio complete with furniture and BBQ Grill.
My husband is originally from Ballintubber Co. Mayo. His parents still live in this tranquil little village. We found ourselves travelling to Ireland more and more as the years passed and our family grew. Renting a place large enough to house our family became an ever increasing challenge and always required a drive to visit the extended family of cousins and grandparents. We knew eventually we would build somewhere and decided that this village we called Home was the only real choice for us. We designed and built the house over the space of 2 yrs seeing to all the important details ourselves. It was and still is an expression of our love for the area and of Ireland itself. When we came to realize this, the only proper choice for a name was Teach Mo Chroi' or 'Home of my Heart'. We are Karla & Gerry Geraghty. We are raising 4 children, live and work near Chicago, Illinois.
K. Geraghty purchased this house in 2001
We originally chose the site for its close proximity to family, its tranquil setting, and mountainous views. Building our own home allowed us to pack it full of unique features and details not found in other homes.
Our location makes us a great choice for touring the West of Ireland. We are within an hour of many of Irelands treasured landmarks and tourist attractions. Ashford Castle in Cong, Croagh Patrick in Westport, and Achill Island are merely a few of the places a visitor must see. The town of Westport is full of Irish music and merriment in any number of traditional pubs which line its cobblestone streets.
Teach Mo Chroi' is a family friendly home with many desirable features to it's credit. The house is equipped with US 110v outlets as well as the standard Irish/European 220v, so bring along your ipods, laptops, and cameras, but leave the converters at home you won't need them. No need to pack that bulky hair dryer we have 3 for use during your stay.
All of our bedrooms have super comfortable thick American mattresses which will provide a great nights rest after a long day of touring.
We offer exceptional password protected WIFI as well as an extensive selection of Irish Films (30+) on DVD and also numerous award winning American films for your viewing pleasure. If you enjoy a good novel we have many to choose from in our library of books.
Our Satellite (SKY) TV has a considerable number of channels and special kids programming (Disney and Nickelodeon) to please the whole family.
The grounds of our property offer a number of activities for families to enjoy together; soccer, basketball, and exploring the farmland surrounding the home.
We stayed at Teach mo Chroi – Home of My Heart – cottage for a week this September and it was the perfect place for our group. From the gate, emerald green lawn, and flower-filled window boxes to the spacious interior, it is a lovely place, had everything we needed. It was very comfortable for our group of seven people. We enjoy gathering for meals and the large kitchen worked well for us. It was equipped with everything we needed and had a large round table where we ended up spending a lot of time. From the kitchen there is a view that includes what I think was Croagh Patrick, the mountain on the coast. We had cars, so the location in Ballintubber, not far from the bustling town of Westport, was very good for our day trips to Kylemore, Achill Island, Ballintubber Abbey, and excursions to Westport for dining and shopping. There is a large collection of DVDs and CDs (which we used), a library, and some sports equipment (which we did not use). The house was very clean, well-decorated and well-furnished.
I came to Ireland earlier than the rest of the group and had corresponded with Karla, one of the cottage owners, about things to see and do near the cottage, in the towns along the West Coast of Ireland and even transportation options from the airport. She is a wealth of information and gave me great advice that helped make my travels really special; I had my own personal travel planner! This was a great place for me and my group of friends; we settled right in as if it were our home.
This is a large, well appointed house with lots of open space around it. Despite the rural setting, it is very close to all the facilities in Castlebar and Westport (about 15 min). It is also well centred for visiting all the tourist sights in the Galway-Mayo region. Although we were just two couples, there is plenty of room for more people or a large family. The kitchen is spacious for meal preparation and for eating. There is also excellent dining and hospitality at the nearby hotel opposite the Ballintubber Abbey. Highly recommended - I wished we could have stayed longer.
A perfect home away from home for our three generations. 8 and 12 year old boys, and the 49 year old played soccer in the yard, 4 climbed Crough Patrick, we explored Westport and Castlebar and the Abby and the seaside and 5,000 year old sites, and then returned to our lovely home away from home. House was warm and friendly, clean, comfortable and well equipped. Great to have the washer and dryer and WIFI and all that anyone needed in the way of kitchen equipment. From the beautiful flower boxes to the most comfortable beds, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Our visit to Westport was the final stop on family reunion tour of Ireland. Everything about this wonderful Irish cottage exceeded expectations. We felt truly at home. The layout of the house is great for large families. With eight of us traveling together, we all enjoyed the opportunity to find a cozy nook and their are many of them.
The kitchen was very well stocked and a wonderful place to hang out together.
The only thing I would change if I were staying again would be to add an extra couple of days just for enjoying the house!
Our group of 10 enjoyed the amenities of the house, especially the large kitchen, the washer/dryer, and the 3 bathrooms. The yard had lots of area for the kids to run and play. Our family took long walks on the country side roads surrounded by sheep pastures. The peaceful setting and lovely views gave it a relaxed vacation feel. We explored Co Mayo and Co Galway easily from the home base in Balintubber. Some favorite day trips were to Ashford Castle, Croag Patrick, Achill Island, and Galway City. The home owners were easy to work with and refunded our deposit soon after our departure.
On Saturday afternoon we arrived to settle in before friends and family began to join us to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Everything in every room was so nicely arranged that I only needed to unpack and open windows to let in the sunshine and fresh air. We had a delightful time gathering on the patio and enjoying the spectacular view of Croagh Patrick (The Reek), playing on the pitch and the swings, and relaxing together around the kitchen at dinner time with the mackerel we'd caught with our grandson in Clew Bay. Each bedroom suited guests perfectly, and the additional modern features such as the booster for extra hot water with a full house helped everyone to feel comfortable. As charming as the photos are, the reality of the house is even better.
Nestled in the tranquil village of Ballintubber, Co. Mayo; Teach Mo Chroi' is 15 mins East of Westport, 10 mins South of Castlebar, and 10 mins North of Ballinrobe Town. Cong Village and Ashford Castle are 25 mins away. Teach Mo Chroi' is ideally located for touring the West of Ireland, with scenic drives and many interesting places to visit and explore. We'll help you plan a trip to remember, you need only ask! For the outdoorsmen or adventure seeker, there's fishing at Lough Carra or Corrib as well as a great slection of activities at Killary Adventure Center. Climb Croagh Patrick and enjoy an incredible view of the Atlantic's Clew Bay atop St. Patrick's Mountain.
Other Activities: Childrens Swings, Basketball court, Soccer/Gaelic field and Patio with Furniture & Grill are all on the property.
Golf: Ireland remains one of the worlds best golf destinations. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy a variety of exceptional Golf Courses to choose from. Those in our area include: Ashford Castle Golf Club in Cong, Westport Golf Club, Clew Bay Golf Club, Connemara Championship Links (Balliconnelly), Mulranny Golf Club, and Ballinrobe Golf.
|Refundable damage deposit||$267|
The One-Time Cleaning & Utility Charge of 150 EURO covers everything: Cleaning-Electric-Oil Heat-WiFi
THE NIGHTLY RATE ONLY APPLIES TO EXTRA NIGHTS STARTING WITH THE 4th NIGHT THROUGH THE 6th NIGHT AFTER THAT THE WEEKLY RATE APPLIES.
THERE IS A REDUCED NIGHTLY RATE FOR STAYS EXCEEDING 7 NIGHTS.
A Rental Contract and your Damage Deposit (250 Euro or $300 USD) are due at the time of booking. We DO accept personal checks for the deposit. Full rental fees are due in EURO CASH ONLY (No checks or Credit/Debit Cards accepted) when you arrive for check-in. Payment can also be made in advance by bank wire transfer 1 week prior to your stay. Your Damage Deposit will be returned 7 days after stay