Stay in the Heart of Ireland, SC Log Cabin, CH, Tranquil Setting on small farm 1¼ hours west of Dublin, 9 miles from Mullingar. Fishing, bird-watching, golf, horseracing, walking, cycling, many places of historic interest. Writers/artists/photographers retreat; spiritual refreshment. Children/dogs by arrangement. Well recommended. Friendly welcome.
People love the atmosphere, the ambience and the whole setting.
It houses one double bed with en suite, plus a sofa bed that pulls out as a double.
The garden, the farm; possibly internet (if compatible)
Interaction with Guests
I give my guests a warm welcome, and chat with them if and as they wish; I'm happy to show them round the farm, and recommend places to visit once I know their interests.
I love the peace and tranquility, the rural countryside.
The bus is 1 1/2 miles away; it is best to bring/hire a car if wishing to travel around.
I'd like visitors to behave well, of course - so far they have simply loved the place and the experience.
The number one house rule is no smoking (and not to leave stubs lying around if smoking outside).
A dog is allowed by advance arrangement; it must be house-trained and not aggressive; it needs to be on a lead near the hens. Here we have a Golden Retreiver and an elderly black Labrador, and they will welcome a well-behaved friend.
Annes place is located a little remote, but we had no Major Problems finding it with the gps-directions she provided.
Arriving there, we where greeted by two supersweet Dogs, fred and Barney, before we meet anne who was over at the stable. She gave us a warm welcome and it was very nice chatting with her.
The cabin was indeed very cozy, but not too small, there where two rooms, one which contained a double-bed, and the other a guest-bed. there was a fridge, a stove, dishes, pan, pot and a sink to clean them in. There wasn't really a Thing we felt was missing.
Anne gave us permission to stroll around her property, which is quite large and reaches to a nice small lake.
THere was a small misunterstanding with the breakfast; we thought it would be included, but it was meant to be self-catering. Maybe we didn't read the part in the description. Anne was very nice however and gave us one anyway.
The Cabin gets a bit cold in the evening, but nothing you can't fight with an extra hoodie and thick socks.
All in all we can strongly recommend to anyone to stay at annes cabin!
Anne was very welcoming and the perfect host. She offered information on the area and was alavaible if we needed anything. It was lovely to see Anne working around the farm and stables, tending to her horses and other country jobs. In saying this, by no means was she intrusive.
The area was so quiet, a real country retreat. We thoroughly enjoyed getting away from the city, and our dog had a ball with Anne's dogs. The cabin was rustic, but had everything we needed.
Thanks a million for everything Anne!
Wonderful home to relax from the city. Gracious surroundings and views outside. Cabin is equipped with basic things and comfortable.
We had a wonderful time in the cottage. We got a beautiful 6 mile walk in after arriving. The horses are lovely. We cooked a good dinner slept well had a nice hot shower and great conversation.
I have delayed in writing this review as it is the opposite of almost all the reviews left by other guests.
I was greeted at Anne's front door by a lukewarm handshake but that wasn't a problem in itself (I write it because I did feel a sense of foreboding...). Once we got to the cabin, I found that Anne answered my questions with a sigh and in an exasperated manner. I asked her whether I had done anything wrong to which she replied in the negative.
The cabin was very cold. The windows were open which was fine as it needed to be aired following the previous guest. But she was very reluctant to put the heat on. She did eventually do so but it was only for about half an hour. It turns out that the heating is only on for a couple of hours in the morning and in the evening. And the particular weekend I was there, there was heavy snow!!!
I spent a lot of time walking so it wasn't as if I needed contant heating but, when I was in the cabin, I was very cold. Luckily I had brought a hot-water bottle which I used while sitting in the living-room.
Anne said she couldn't change the duvet cover as she had hurt her back - I accepted that. However, I did find that there was an unclean smell in the bedroom.
The pillowcase had a cigarette burn in it. One of the towels (which I assume had been washed) had some terrible stains in it. Also, the tea-towel was filthy (luckily, I did find 2 other clean ones). The door of the fridge was covered in grubby black marks. The windows were not clean but this did not bother me.
But the "pièce de résistance" was the bathroom. There were long brown/red hairs all over the shower tray and some also in the sink (I have short grey/black hair so they were definitely not mine). I felt that I didn't want any hassle (following the cold welcome) and that it would be easier for me to clean both the shower tray and the sink myself, which I did. I left the hairs on the shelf which I presume Anne will have found since.
As one other (German-speaking) guest said, the yard was messy. Luckily, most of the time this was hidden due to the blanket of snow ;)
I rented this cabin to be able to do some meditation. Generally, it was fairly quiet, though, as one other guest said, the cabin is right beside the host's door from which she accesses her yard. So, it's not completely cut off from the world ;) I was, however, able to keep pretty much to myself.
The WIFI connection was extremely poor. Perhaps the router is a long way from the cabin and a booster is required?
Because of the snow I had the central heating on virtually all day, even though I wasn't sure if my guest was there or whether she had gone walking. (And I don't look in the windows or knock on the door). There is also a small electric radiator provided, and an electric blanket on the bed, and plenty of spare bedding.
As for the other comments, people have only to look at the other reviews and make up their own minds. I tried to give my usual warm welcome and helped by giving her maps of the area and by answering more questions (after something like 20 emails and texts asking questions before booking.)
Incidentally, I offered to use my front door; and as for the yard, I give my guests permission to walk through it but it is the CABIN that is under review, not my small farm.
I'm very sorry if that was the case about the shower tray as it is usually one of the first things I check, and in spite of a notice asking guests specifically not to leave hair in the shower tray it does happen.
Enjoyed a fantastic evening at Anne's cabin. Clean, cosy and fun! Anne was very helpful and we enjoyed walking around her farm and meeting her dogs and horses.
We are located down a small, pretty rural lane.The cabin is fully self contained and self catering; it shares the forecourt and garden with our small cottage but is totally separate. I ride horses and I write books; I have two dogs, three hens and some ponies; I love the countryside - and we welcome guests who do also.