Abbeywood House provides comfort and atmosphere at the right price. 5 mins walk to town centre. Off street parking. Landscaped grounds . Choice of Double/Twin/Triple or Four bed rooms all with views over Croagh Patrick. (website hidden)
Abbeywood was originally an old monastery and retains many of the original features such as stained glass windows and parquet floors throughout. Although only 5 mins walk to the town centre it is set back off the road in its own private grounds with plenty of off street parking. South westerly facing it is in an ideal location to relax outside with a glass of wine and watch the sunset over Croagh Patrick (cannot guarantee the weather however!). All our rooms have views over Croagh Patrick, we can offer a Double, Twin, Triple or Four bed room. Bed linen and towels are supplied and although not en-suite, all rooms have their own wash hand basin. Families are very welcome, the outside areas being particularly popular with lawns, swingball, boules, etc
There is free Wifi throughout the building. A sitting room with books/TV/DVD player/board games/guitars is available for guests to relax in. A light continental breakfast with freshly brewed coffee will also be available here each morning. All guests are welcome to make use of the sitting room and gardens within the designated hours.
Interaction with Guests
I'd be delighted to give guests the low down on the area and direct them towards places of interest, local events, best pubs etc for their tastes. We have a very informal atmosphere here and make every effort to ensure our guests enjoy their stay.
Where to start with Westport, it has it all. One of the most popular attractions is the Greenway (2 mins from Abbeywood) an off road cycle/walking path that runs all the way to Achill. Bike hire is available locally including trailers and attachments for young children. A close second is climbing Croagh Patrick only 8km away. All types of water sports are available along with zorbing and other adventure activities at Westport House. If you feel like a little less activity you could take a stroll on one of the many Blue Flag beaches or pass the day in town which has any number of picturesque pubs, cafes and small independent shops. It's easy to see why it was voted the best place to live in Ireland
Westport can be reached by bus or train. There are public buses that go out past Croagh Patrick. Cycling has become increasingly popular now also with a number of cycle hire places available.
Abbeywood is a no smoking house. There are no pets allowed. We have a code on the back door, changed regularly, which is given to guests on arrival enabling them to come and go as they please. If you are arriving home late we ask that you keep noise to a minimum out of respect to other guests staying.
Our stay at Abbeywood was fantastic. We wish we could have stayed longer (we hadn't thought to check availability at Abbeywood's own web site.) The facilities were great, the location was outstanding, and the place had a bit of the 'social' dynamic of a hostel but without any of the loudness or party atmosphere. Susan was really friendly and helped us out with planning. Highly recommended.
Susan war sehr herzlich und freundlich. Gut gelaunt gab sie uns alle Informationen, die wir brauchten und hatte immer Zeit für ein nettes Gespräch. Die Lage der Unterkunft ist sehr schön.
A great location indeed! located in a quiet former covent near the centre and at a little distance ( 2-3 km from the shore) the shore.
We arrived at Abbeywood to a very warm and genuine welcome. We loved the atmosphere of the whole place and our room was great, very simple, clean and comfortable. Shared facilities are more than adequate and perfectly in keeping with our expectations. Home baked bread, fresh coffee, fresh fruit and juice greeted us in the dining room next morning. Susan and Guilheme were really helpful with information and suggestions about what to do in the area. we were only going to stay one night but ended up staying 3. Climbed Croagh Patrick then cycled the greenway the next day. Westport is a great location to be based. From there we traveled south to County Galway and Inishbofin Island by bus and ferry. Bus services to and from Westport are very easy and frequent. We highly recommend Abbeywood to anyone wanting to spend a bit of time in the Westport area. In terms of value for money, comfort, convenience (Abbeywood is a 3 minute walk into the centre of Westport) and friendliness it is top notch. If you want luxury rooms with private ensuite then you will need to look elsewhere but if you are happy to share facilities you won't be dissapointed.
Susan was a lovely host, very anxious to help and offer us advice for our stay in the Westport area. The location of the accommodation was really convenient too, only 5 mins walk to town and we enjoyed a lovely evening there. The accommodation itself however was much more like a hostel than b&b as we understand the meaning of that in Irish context. It was quite basic and not what we were looking for on this occasion.
Thank you Maire for your nice comments. Maire is absolutely right, we are not at all your typical Irish B&B by any stretch of the imagination. We provide comfortable beds, clean rooms and hot showers , all the rooms have a wash hand basin but they are not en-suite. The building itself is a former monastery retaining a lot of original features such as parquet floors and stained glass windows, breakfast is served in the former Oratory so not your typical family home at all! At €60 for a Double or Twin room in peak season, July and August we are cheaper than your standard B&B also . We have a lot of return visitors because of the location, the views and the atmosphere as well as the budget prices.
Great place, great location, great host! It was really a pleasure to work with Susan. She replied so quickly to the reservation request. Abbeywood is just as described. Super nice place, bright and cheery, very clean, very comfortable beds (great sheets!) and so close to town for sightseeing. Her accommodations are perfect for everyone - the single traveler, couples, friends and families. Hope to be back to County Mayo soon and will definitely stay at Abbeywood again!
The Abbeywood is a really neat place to stay. It is an easy walk to the town center and very well kept. Being up the hill from the church it was easy to find (you can see the church from almost anywhere) but tucked away from the rest of the town. Susan had solid advice on where to eat and if we were to stay in Westport longer I am sure she would point us in the right direction of things to do.
Hopefully we can stay longer in Westport next time. Thanks again Susan!
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my name is Susan, originally from Dublin, I lived away in America and Australia for a number of years and I've been living in Westport on the west coast of Ireland since 2002 and couldn't imagine a better place to live. Fantastic scenery, beautiful beaches, surfing, hill walking, cycling, great pubs and restaurants. If I was going to be picky I might request a few more sunny days but as a wise man once said.."There's no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothes" .
I've always loved travelling and having travelled solo quite a bit, I can appreciate the importance of a warm welcome after a long journey or a helping hand when things don't quite pan out as you planned and you're in a strange country.
I used to close up for January and February every year and take off myself, preferably somewhere with sun..South America and Asia in particular. Staying in hostels and other types of budget accommodation while away was great for seeing things from a guests point of view and also picking up ideas and tips for my own place.
Now I live here with my partner Guillaume and our two kids Charlie (1) and Sam (12 weeks) so my travelling is temporarily on hold.
I've been running Abbeywood since 2002 and have had a wide variety of guests of all nationalitys and ages through the doors since then, the youngest was 6 weeks old and the oldest 85. People are generally happy as they're on holidays and that atmosphere extends to the town itself, there's a very relaxed unhurried air about the place. if you're providing accommodation I think the most important thing is to have an interest in people, a genuine desire that they enjoy their stay and also to be aware of when people want to be left in peace to do their own thing or if they want to chat. I wouldn't say I have a life motto as such but I have a postcard with a Mark Twain quote on it that has come with me wherever I've lived for the last twenty years
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Hope to see you here in Westport at some stage:)