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!
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.
This was our first experience of using Air B&B and if our experience of last weekend is anything to go by we will be using Air B&B a lot more.
Paudis cottage is certainly one of Ireland's hidden gems , we truly had an amazing time. When we arrived the heating was on and the stove was lit which was very welcoming after our long drive. The cottage was very easy to get two but Paudies friend Jennifer guided us the whole wY there.
The cottage is very well equipped with everything you could need, we brought our own food and cooked at the cottage, loads of pots pans, an electric oven, microwave, kettle toaster... Everything... Any cooking utensil I needed it was there. The views from the cottage are amazing.
The beech is only a short walk down the lane but we also drove around and done lots of exploring ... Within a five mile radius there are lots of piers, beeches, viewing points so we had lots to view and explore.
We brought our two dogs with us and they really loved it... The garden was secure to let them run about but they especially loved getting a good run on the beech.
Paudie Jennifer and Mark really looked after us very well and we will defiantly be coming back but this time for longer.
It truely is a home away from home.
Thank you for everything.
Michael & Tony.
We had a thoroughly relaxing and peaceful time at the cottage, it's very remote with beautiful views. The cottage is well equipped, we had plenty of clean towels and fuel for the fire to last the whole time. If you want a break away from it all you will love it!
Loved this place. The cottage like Caroline was warm and welcoming with all the wood and turf needed to make sure the place stayed warm all weekend. We had everything we needed in the cottage and the setting was beautiful. The pictures do not do the place the justice, all the rooms are spacious and it really does have that cottage by the sea feel we wanted. As a dog holiday it was perfect and we had country roads and beaches to walk. There was no need to bring towels and the cupboards are well stocked so no need to bring basics for cooking like oils or herbs. Great DVD & book selection if needed, they even provided microwave popcorn that we could eat while watching a movie. Couldn't recommend this place enough, loved it :)
We were disappointed in the cottage and left half way through the week. The location is nice - as in the pictures - but the place is not clean. My son lost his headphones, and in searching for them, we found bits of food under the sofa and sofa cushions, there were cobwebs everywhere and hair in the plug of the shower. The oven looked like it had never been cleaned and was encrusted with black grease, and the fridge was full with open packages and jars of half-eaten food. In fact, we had the impression someone was living there and had just left before we arrived. The wardrobes in the bedrooms were full of clothes (so we did not unpack our suitcases), there was a pair of outdoor boots in the bedroom, coats hanging on the doors, and used toothbrushes and shampoo bottles in the bathrooms which made us feel uncomfortable. We also found it cold. The living room had the fire - but it smoked into the room - and there was a cold draft coming from the patio doors which didn't have curtains. In the other rooms, the radiators didn't work, and there was just one electrical radiator available to heat the three bedrooms. I was also disappointed that there wasn't a bath in either "bathroom". On day 3, I was in the shower and the water stopped abruptly, leaving me with soap in my hair. We spoke to Caroline, and she said she would come in 45 minutes to fix it. 2 hours later when she had not arrived, we gave up and left as we couldn't even use the toilets. Although Caroline fixed the water, the shower still didn't work, and with a party of 6, this was a problem. We decided to leave as we were not enjoying the stay. We cringed at the thought of how dirty the place was and didn't want to have to call Caroline out again for the shower. Caroline initially told us she would refund us for the days we didn't stay at the cottage, but changed her mind when she realised that the water was actually working again - and it was only the shower that was not. We therefore paid full price. In its current state, I think the cottage is not equipped for renting. Instead of having a set of cutlery, crockery, water and wine glasses for 6 people, the (too view) pieces provided were a hotchpotch of mismatching and poor quality utensils. For example, there were only 3 wine glasses, all different sizes - and all greasy/cloudy. The price suggests a higher standard. A wrecked car full of rubbish was also parked in the driveway making it difficult for us to manoeuvre our vehicles and giving a run-down impression of the place. We chose this cottage because of the pictures, and thought that the price - which was higher than similar places was a sign of good quality, but unfortunately this was not the...
We were made to feel very welcome and were blown away by the location and views of the estuary. The boys took advantage if the kayaking and the swing and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A very special cottage.
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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)
Check out Kilcummin Pier and Bessies bar! A great place to meet the locals and just sit and watch the fisherman coming and going from the pier.Mayo
Amazing views of Dun Briste and the surrounding coast and cliffs!Mayo
Oldest stone age site in the world. 6000 years old. Very good day out for anyone fascinated by Irish history.Ballycastle Mayo