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.
We have three large guest bedrooms all with double and single bed. They are also available as single rooms, especially outside of high summer season. The rooms have very different styles, each looking out on a different garden. You’ll find a desk and seat and comfortable chairs and a kettle to make that much needed cup of tea. The largest room has its own bathroom beside it. The other two share a large old fashioned bathroom: the room with the best view in the house.
We also have a new wooden cabin- "The Tigín", which is fully self contained, with double/single bed, shower, kitchen facilities, sitting area and writing desk. The stream runs past it and trees surround it. You will be welcome to our beautiful sitting-room at any time, whether you stay in the Cabin or in the house.
We offer 4 different experiences:
* Bed and Breakfast in a real family home in a secluded environment.
*The Tigín- a small but perfectly formed hideout -fully self- contained cabin with semi-divided living and sleeping areas (double or single bed), as well as fitted kitchen and shower room. There is a bed settee in the living area.
* 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, full board or self catering.
* Weekend Writing Workshops in a small group setting.
There is broadband available throughout the house.
We can take up to 8 people
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 kitchen door is open, you're welcome in! If it's closed, please knock.
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.
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.
The big old fashioned kitchen/dining-room is the hub of the house and you'll be welcome there, whether to pass the time of day, share a hot drink from the almost always boiling kettle on the Aga or make yourself a quiet cuppa to sit with or take away.
.I('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 up really wanting to do!
Westport is a Heritage Town situated in beautiful countryside on the shores of Clew Bay. It's one of Ireland’s few planned towns and a walk around town shows how beautifully designed it was. The town is always bustling with life but still keeps that small town feel that’s so relaxing in these often stressful times.The sea and the Holy Mountain are at our doorstep.The Greenway goes from Westport to Achill and has become beloved by cyclists and walkers. Our local area is full of beautiful walks and stories from history.There's a strong community and people of all sorts including artistic, musical and sporty people are drawn here. What a lovely combination!
We are situated on the Leenane Rd. just 3 miles from Westport Town. Westport has a train station and Bus Eireann stops in Mill Street. There's a bus from Knock Airport. We're 5 minutes drive from town. There is a taxi service available if you want to go out at night. If daytime travelers don't have transport, I'm very happy to collect you and take you into town, if I can. Many people like to travel by bike. We have a shed where you can keep it safely. Cars can be parked in our grounds.
Other Things to Note
Prices quoted are for single people.
Our usual rate for shared rooms is €35 pp B&B. Discounted monthly prices are available October to May, breakfast self service.
The Cabin (self catering) costs 245 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 €140 for a week.
Information on workshops and writing weekends can be found on our website (website hidden).
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 some 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.
Thank you Róisín for being the perfect host during our stay at your B&B. We instantly fell in love with your beautiful home and you made us feel so welcome and comfortable. The breakfast was so tasty, the bed was cosy and the chats and company were an added bonus. A special thank you for allowing us to dry all our wet clothes in your warm kitchen after our rainy cycle expedition.
Róisín's house is 4km outside Westport (less than 10 mins driving) which is full of restaurants and pubs filled with ceol agus craic. The Old Rectory was the perfect spot for our weekend away.
We had a wonderful stay at the Old Rectory. Roísín went above and beyond in making sure our needs were looked after, and was always ready to chat over tea. The house itself is full of character, the animals very friendly. The breakfast is excellent. We will definitely return next time we're in Ireland.
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.
We stayed in the Old Rectory for a weekend. The building and surrounds itself are exactly what we wanted - a place overflowing with character and charm, including the dog, the cat, and even Gandalf the rooster.
Much more than this, however, was the Roisin herself. She made us very welcome from the moment we arrived until we left. Much of the time was spent talking and getting to know her. This is a very warm and welcoming place, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. My very warm thanks for making us all (including my four children) at home there.
Roisin has definitely set a high standard for airbnb! She runs creative retreats and you can see why - with a gorgeous breakfast, open fire, cosy bed, lovely chats, Nelly the dog, Rufus the cat and all the chickens we could easily have forgotten to go sightseeing. Very welcoming and hope to stay again.
If you want to experience the Emerald Isle the Old Rectory House is the place for you!!!
Staying at the Old Rectory House bed and breakfast is truely a five star experience. Roisin is a wonderful host, from the moment she collected me from Westport made me feel welcome. The breakfasts were varied and delicious! Her home is a countryside retreat, which any professional, creative, independent traveller or family would enjoy. The garden is a tranquil haven perfect for reading, writing, playing and reflecting.
The surrounding countryside is lush and green with great walks. The vicinity is a doorway to all the West of Ireland has to offer. The town Westport, Westport house and quays are a short 10 minute drive away.
The more adventurous traveller can cycle "the Greenway", an amazing off road, family friendly cycling path which allows one to take in the majestic scenery from Westport, Newport, Mulranny and Achill, depending on how far one would like to explore. ((website hidden)). Westport cycles in town offers bicycle hire for as little as 10 euro a day!
Croagh Patrick, the mountain and famous West Ireland pilgrimage is a 15 minute scenic drive.
I spent a week there, with friends coming to stay on various evenings and speaking from all of us, Roisin and the Old Rectory House is one of the best BnB experiences we have had. Thank you so much Roisin for your kind hospitality and I look forward to returning in the future.
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.
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 and worked in amateur and community drama in one of many past lives. Having hosted and cooked for so many family and friends’ gatherings which included evenings of music and poetry and found our house offered a creative space in many ways, it seemed a logical step to extend our hospitality to the wider community.