About this listing
Our seaside cottage is in the heart of a small rural community reminiscent of rural Ireland gone by. If taking evening walks down cobbled roads to the beach whilst listening to the braying of donkeys and witnessing the local farmers herding the sheep and cattle after a long day sounds attractive to you, then this is a perfect get-away for you.
Beautiful scenery in a tranquil location in an area full of culture and character. Some great local pubs a short drive away and great sights to see including Ceide Fields, Dun Briste and Croagh Patrick.
Curlew cottage really is a unique and special place to make unforgettable memories with friends, family and loved ones.
It becomes very clear as you drive toward this quaint cottage and ascend the cobbled stone hill bordered by the hanging fuschia that this is not just another holiday home bundled among other holiday homes which lay vacant throughout the year.
Foghill, Lacken is a warm rural community which overlooks Lacken strand inlet. Sit on the back porch and watch the tide fill the whole inlet twice daily. Take a walk on the strand and fill your lungs with that fresh atlantic breeze. Bring Binoculars and keep an eye out from the house for fisherman returning to Lacken Pier, they sometimes have fresh crab claws and fish they are willing to part with.
In the evenings, sit out on the back porch and watch the sunset. As the day begins to slip, start the oven stove and retire with a glass of wine within the cosy comfort of Curlew Cottage.
Within the house there is a electric cooker with oven, microwave, fridge and small freezer.
Two bathrooms with hot showers and a heating system are fully functional.
If during your stay you might be interested in either fishing or kayaking please just mention it in your email and we will try and accommodate you.
Help yourself to our collection of books and DVD's and even some Irish music if you're feeling adventurous.
Interaction with Guests
Usually there is at least one member of the Hogan Family close-by to help with any queries or questions you may have while staying in the area.
While staying here we insist that if there is any problem at all, just give us a quick call and we can resolve it the best we can.
Lacken is a small rural community about 10 minutes drive from Killala and 20 minutes drive from Ballina.
On the way to Lacken one can pick up whatever food you need in local supermarkets or butchers or fish from the pier.
Some nice things to do while in the area:
- Go to mass on sunday morning at the church on the strand.
- See if there is a local GAA football match on after mass to see a traditional Irish sport.
- Go visit Bessie's bar on Kilcummin Pier. This is always a hive of activity as ducks and geese are always running around. Perfect place for a pint.
Ideally one should have their own transport to get to the cottage as public transport would only get you so far
There is parking for 2 - 3 vehicles available on the property..
Pets are welcome.
Please smoke outside the house.
Be respectful of our neighbours and their farm animals.
Have a great time!
Caroline could not have been a more welcoming host. She is very friendly and was extremely helpful with any queries or requests that we had.
The house is lovely- very well located close to Killala and beside a quiet little bay. Perfect for exploring the area or just relaxing. The kayaks, dvds and records in the cottage really made our stay most enjoyable!
It was very easy to collect the keys and find the house from Paudie's directions. The house was clean and we had everything we needed to cook and prepare food for the weekend. The view from the back garden is breathtaking and you can get to the beach in two minutes from the house. We had a wonderful weekend of walking on the beach and around the cliffs as well as relaxing in the house. We brought a dog with us and it was safe to leave her in the enclosed garden.
We stayed at Paudie"s cottage for 2 nights, wish I had booked for a few more, a very nice cottage in an excellent location, a short walk down to a beautiful quiet beach. The cottage had everything u need .
Will definitely be back.
This is an excellent chance to experience real rural Ireland! Stayed in July 2015, initially we were worried about cleanliness but we needn't have had! I am a very clean person and can confirm this property was to a standard I'd expect. The beds were fresh and clean towels were left out. Plenty of fuel for the fire and Internet made things very nice! The cooking equipment was plentiful, but it was well used and the oven was in need of a clean.
The area was typical of rural Ireland. Your about 5 miles from the nearest town, which has a nice pub, shop with petrol station and a small Restarunt. Other Pubs are a little closer, but just about. It took us about an hour to walk to the closest, which was Bessie's Bar.
In summary, we had a lovely time, and Paudie had excellent communication. We would highly recommend this property.
Perfect seaside retreat! We spent a very happy four days in this cosy cottage overlooking the rolling green fields and wild atlantic ocean beyond. It was everything that we had hoped for, a very welcoming and comfortable cottage in a quiet fuchsia hedged lane with friendly cows, horses and donkeys for neighbours, a spacious garden (with swing for the kids) and wonderful views out over the strand and sea. Sadly the Mayo weather was not kind to us, but we found plenty to do, exploring the surrounding villages, neolithic sites, dramatic cliffs and long white beaches, and then coming home to put our feet up by a roaring turf fire and enjoy a glass of wine. As other visitors have already commented, there are enough good books in the cottage to keep you entertained for many a rainy day (including lots of children's books to our kids' delight) and a big stash of DVDs too, so there's no chance of getting bored. The house feels more like a home than a bland holiday rental and the neighbours who met us to let us in and help us with the heating (and rather over-friendly cows) were charming and helpful, making us feel at home with the turf fire lit to welcome us. Definitely a place we would like to return to....
We stayed in the house for three days after a last minute decision to get away from it all, and were lured into the wild west of Co. Mayo by the pictures and the description on the website.
The location is stunningly beautiful and there is nothing that compares with the view from the terrace. The weather did behave itself extremely well, for West of Ireland standards, which did help a lot, and the fire was set when we arrived.
We were met on arrival by Jennifer, the caretaker, who was extremely welcoming and helpful.
Unfortunately, the house in general wasn’t very clean (except for bedding and towels which were fine). All surfaces in the kitchen, knobs on the cooker etc. were sticky. The dishwasher was mouldy and unusable. We had to wash all crockery before use; mugs had coffee and tea stains. The bathrooms (showers and sinks) weren’t clean either. Both toilets were blocked. When we informed Jennifer about the toilets, she immediately arranged for them to be fixed by her husband.
There is no phone signal whatsoever, which can be a mixed blessing if you want to do some work. However, there is internet at the Village Inn, Killala, about ten minutes drive from the house; they do yummy fish and chips (which is good to know when the kitchen in the house puts you off cooking…) and a decent Guinness.
On a positive note, the house is full of books, which will get you through the inevitable rainy days…
All in all we would like to thank Jennifer and her husband for looking after us so well. But we do think 100 Euros per night is a bit pricey given the state of the house.
Would we come again? Definitely, after a deep cleaning.
Communication was easy before the visit. When we arrived Jennifer was very helpful and made us feel very welcome. The area is beautiful and we found it an excellent base for exploring the spectacular north Mayo coastline.
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About the Host, Paudie
We are the Hogan's. A family of six from the wild west coast of Ireland. Paudie (paw-dee, americans struggle sometimes with this one) and Caroline are at the head of the family and then there is Sarah, Patrick, Leo and Jack going from eldest to youngest.
We love all things outdoors! Paudie is an expert fisherman, or so he likes to believe. Jack and Patrick love to surf. And we have all tried our hand at stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.
We come and go between our cottage in the west of Ireland and our condo in Cocoa Beach, Florida. After spending his whole life in the bar business, Paudie decided he was overdue some well deserved sunshine, packed his suitcase and set up a family owned Irish bar in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Very stereotypical Irish we know! We all try to lend a hand and love meeting the different people and characters on a day to day basis.
We love to meet new people, hear their stories and try to make their visit as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Hopefully making some great friends along the way.
"Go n-éirí an bóthar leat" - (Irish Blessing)
(May the road rise to meet you)