The Mellow roomHouse hidden among the trees
Old Rectory Retreat Westport Mayo/ The Mellow Room
Old Rectory Retreat Westport Mayo/ The Mellow Room
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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We are a small family run guest house and writers’ retreat in a historic building dating from 1852, set among trees, with a stream running past our front lawn. Our house is only 3 miles from the beautiful town of Westport with its tourist amenities.

The space

The Mellow Room is a large old fashioned room with 2 comfortable beds, a double and single. It has a rocking chair and writing table. It is also available as a single room, especially outside of high season. It looks out on the garden and surrounding woodland.

We have altogether two large guest bedrooms, and two smaller ones. The Musician's Room also has a double and single bed. These larger rooms share a bathroom situated right between them.
The Old Study has a small double bed which, while technically a sofa bed, has a firm metal base and permanent proper orthopedic mattress. The Old Study is downstairs and has its own bathroom.
The Artist's Garret has a double bed, but is smaller and shares a bathroom with one of the hosts.
The rooms have very different styles, looking out on different garden spaces. In all rooms, you’ll find a desk and seat and comfortable chairs and a kettle to make that much needed cup of tea.

You will be welcome to make yourself at home in our beautiful sitting-room, which is also where breakfast is served, at any time.

We also have a new wooden cabin- "The Tigín", which is fully self contained, with double/convertible to single bed, shower, kitchen facilities, sitting area and writing desk. The stream runs past it and trees surround it.

If you specify in your booking which room you would like, we'll do our best to accommodate you appropriately.

There is wifi available throughout the house and in the Tigín.

We offer 4 different experiences:

* Bed and Breakfast in a real family home in a secluded environment. You can opt for a traditional served breakfast or help yourself from a range of foods.
*The Tigín- a small but perfectly formed hideout -fully self- catering.

* The Artist’s Retreat – a creative space for anyone looking for a quiet working place or just time out, in the house or in the Tigín. This can be B&B in the Main House or self catering in An Tigín. I can sometimes offer full board by arrangement .
* Weekend Writing Workshops in a small group setting.

We can take up to 10 people depending on cabin bookings.

Guest access

We have a lovely sittingroom which guests are always free to use. If you let me know we'll light the stove for you.
This is a family house as well as a place where we welcome guests. If the door is open, you're welcome in! If it's closed, please knock.
The Gardens
For those elusive but wonderful sunny days, we have a number of different garden spaces with seating areas and tables. Should you wish to use the barbecue at any time feel very welcome to ask.

Interaction with guests

Our aim is to create a space for anyone looking for time out in a welcoming home from home or a quiet working place where you can be a total hermit or as social as you wish.
.'ll be delighted to share any information or help I can give you about the locality and what to do here. Sometimes sharing stories is what we end upup really wanting to do!

Other things to note

Prices quoted are for single people.
Our usual rate for shared rooms is €35 pp B&B.
The Cabin (self catering) costs 275 per week.
Evening meals shared in the Main house are offered (by arrangement) to those staying for a week to write or do other creative work and cost an additional €20 per day.
Information on workshops and writing weekends can be found on our website (URL HIDDEN)


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed

House Rules

We assume that guests will treat us with the same respect for ourselves our house and grounds and our needs for privacy that we accord them. We share with a dog, a cat, several hens and occasionally, horses. If you want to bring another pet into this menagerie, talk to us first. We'll do what we can.
As in all buildings in Ireland, no one smokes inside our house.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) live in the house


37 Reviews

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Janna User Profile
July 2017
Mick was the best host you could've asked for! Whatever breakfast we requested he made it for us. The house was very clean and quaint and we felt right at home. It was Only a 5 minute drive from downtown Westport!

Jennifer User Profile
August 2016
Roisin was a delightful host and the property is just stunning. It's a great experience--staying in a farm house that dates back 100 years! The rooms were unique and she pays particular attention to the details. We were all really comfortable and impressed with the character of the space. The bathroom was nice and large which was a treat and the breakfast room was really lovely. Roisin was kind enough to cook an early breakfast for our family when they had to depart unexpectedly early on our last day. The cat and dog were sweet and well behaved. If you're looking for a unique farmhouse experience, don't miss this spot!

Whitney User Profile
July 2016
This was truly adelightful place to stay and surpassed all imagination of peaceful tranquility and rest! Although I was late checking in and my cell service was not working Roisan greeted me with a warm smile and great kindness. The bed is the most comfortable bed I have had in my three weeks of traveling Ireland.She was kind and gave recommend stations of where to eat and provided delicious homemade breakfast each morning. As the house profile indicates the kitchen door at times was closed and more often than not I felt like it was to help keep the kitchen heat contained and hope all guests realize this. She was very welcoming when I needed to enter but the door was closed. This is not the place to stay if you are looking to party or be very chatty so it was perfect for me. It inspired and encouraged creativeness and relaxation. The specialicing on the cake of this place was Nelly the very well behaved dog who prances in dance with pure delight eager to play and love.

Janet User Profile
June 2016
Mike was a great host and I felt very comfortable in Róísín's and his home. (She was away.) If my husband and I lived nearby we might easily be friends. It was a welcome alternative place, full of character, to what might have been staying in the actual town of Westport, which looks much like any other mid sized town. The location would be a good base place to stay over a few days if visiting Kylemore Abbey, Croagh Patrick, other ancient sites, and Achill Island.

Abigail User Profile
September 2015
Listing description was accurate. Roisin made great effort to have someone at the house when we arrived.

April User Profile
October 2014
Roisin went above and beyond to make sure that I was comfortable and taken care of. She not only provided a cozy house but even ran into town to make sure of bus times for me. It is a quaint house. But because of it's remoteness, you need a car to stay here.

Vicky User Profile
August 2014
Our stay at the Old Rectory in Westport was an unexpected highlight of our first trip to Ireland. Róisín was a pure delight! She made us feel so very welcome and opened her home to us with warmth and kindness. Waking to the sound of chickens in the yard and the extraordinary aroma from Ròisín's kitchen are forever etched in our memory of Ireland.

Westport, IrelandJoined in March 2012
Róísín User ProfileRóísín is a superhost.
I’m Róísín – your hostess and general organiser. From the first time our family set eyes on The Old Rectory at Knappagh we knew we wanted to share it with others…so this is a dream come true. I’ve written with and been involved in writers’ workshops on and off over the years a…
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