Rural cottage, 3 bed, 2 bathrooms, quiet location,
- english, Irish
About Mary Hughes
I grew up in Co Mayo, and live nearby
Why Mary Hughes chose Kilmaine
My Grandparents Home
What makes this Cottage unique
Quiet rural location, the house is set on a working farm
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Before you leave: - Do the dishes. Please - no food or drinks in the bedrooms. Strip beds you used and leave all laundry by washing machine
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The house was clean and comfortable. Kids loved the loft. Would definitely recommend to others.
Perfect for a family or couple looking for a relaxing retreat, close to sights of the local area.
A beautiful relaxing place to base out of, all the comforts of home with some added sheep and cows .
Thanks Jeff for your review and for choosing to stay in Ballymartin. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks too for leaving the property as you found it. I would recommend Jeff as a guest.
Charming private cottage on a working farm
We really enjoyed this retreat. The farm is very quiet, and the cottage is absolutely charming - my children were entranced by the stove in the living room and the cut turf ready for burning. It is a great home base for exploring the area. I had planned to take advantage of the three bedrooms to give the children a little space, but the two of them took one look at the loft and agreed they needed to share that, rather than the other downstairs bedroom. I would note that the narrow lane to the house is a real Irish one-lane road, but even in our large-for-Ireland car we were able to make it without any problem.
Many thanks for your review of The Ballymartin Arms Elisabeth. I am so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. Thanks too for being so respectful of the property and for leaving it in fabulous condition. Kindest regards. Mary
Charm and Comfort
Our stay at the Ballymartin Cottage was everything and more. The cottage was clean, well equipped, and very comfortable. Mary was very accommodating when we had a flight cancel, she didn't have too, but she did and we so appreciated it. She was also great showing us around the house so we felt comfortable with ins and outs as things are a little different than in the US.
Sitting at night around the fireplace was by far the best part for us . We reminisced our day and planned the next with a bottle of wine and peat fire. We can't say enough how absolutely charming and comfortable the Cottage was. It was just a magic vacation.
And the sheep! It was the icing on the cake. They were so sweet greeting us every morning.
Thank you! M
Many thanks for your review Melissa. Delighted you enjoyed the property, location and your stay. Thanks too for being respectful of the cottage. Hope to see you all again! Kindest regards. M
Fantastic Cottage in Ideal Country Setting
The cottage located near the town of Kilmaine was the perfect jumping off point for our genealogy trip into County Mayo and nearby County Galway. The accommodations were well appointed, clean, spacious and easy to get to. Being a native left hand driver, I had only wished my first driving experience on the other side would have been from the tiny Knock airport to this cottage. Located on a working farm, views surrounded us of stone walls enclosing sheep in lush green pastures. At one point on our trip home a neighbor’s sheep were being herded between fields down the narrow road leading to the cottage; so idyllic! The location was quiet, but with plenty to do within an easy drive, including Galway, Cong, Wild Atlantic Way drive, Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park.
My parents and I thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to meet with Mary to learn of the 18th century family history of the originally thatched cottage and the loving restoration process that took place. She was also very helpful in pointing us to a nearby genealogy research center in Ballinrobe, which just goes to show the kindness and hospitality that exists in Ireland. We would certainly stay here again.
Tidy, well appointed, and charming.
Thanks for your kind comments. I am glad you felt happy and peaceful at The Ballymartin Arms. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. Appreciate that you left my ancestral home in very good condition with everything as you found it. Delighted to have met you and your London friends. So, spread the word , tell your friends. Thanks again. Mary
Westport 20 miles; Galway 30 miles.
Ballinrobe is a lively market town on the River Robe in County Mayo, close to Lough Mask, Lough Carra and Lough Corrib . Ballinrobe is known as the lake angling centre of the west, and with 60,000 acres of lough fishing, and miles of river fishing close by.
Geographically, it is ideally located as a touring base for those wishing to explore Galway, Mayo and west Ireland. Dating back to the 1300s, Ballinrobe is believed to be the oldest town in South Mayo, and is surrounded by many features of archaeological, architectural, historic and ecological interest.
The town offers a championship 18 hole golf course and the award winning Ballinrobe Race Course holds Spring and Summer horse racing meetings. Horse riding, cycling and hill walking are also catered for in the area.
For day trips, the stunning Mayo coastline can be easily reached in half an hour, and a visit to the world-famous Connemara National Park, with its breathtaking walks and amazing scenery, makes for an unforgettable day trip.
•Knock Airport - 30 miles; 44 mins
•Dun Laoghaire ferry - 170 miles; 3 hrs 27 mins
•Nearest shop, pub town, Kilmaine, 1.5 miles
•Nearest beach; Westport, 22 miles
•Public Transport: Regular daily Bus Service within walking distance of property
•Fishing – Excellent lough and river fishing can be enjoyed in the area
•Galway City – Purchase souvenirs or experience the 'craic' in one of the many bars and pubs
•Ashford Castle – This medieval castle is well worth a visit
•Connemara National Park – Spend a day exploring this stunning National Park
Visit www.irelandslakedistrictheritage.ie for more information about Ballinrobe