About this listing
200 year old Irish cottage lovingly restored with architect designed apartment. Located in rural South Sligo, heartland of traditional music, known as Coleman Country. Nearby lakes and mountains. a short distance to unspoiled beaches and Sligo city.
This is a unique property with both the cottage and modern wing totally self contained, designed to be combined or used separately. The cottage, though old, contains all modern amenities, central heating, open fire and wood burning stove. Both sections of the property have separate kitchens, bathrooms etc. and access to a sunroom. The cottage can hold 6+ and the new build 4+.
Guests have total access to all facilities and two bicycles are also available. There is ample parking for 3 cars.
Interaction with Guests
We are able to meet and greet our guests as we are both retired. This is our home in the country though we are based in Dublin. We will leave our guests to enjoy their stay but will be available on the phone or via email.
This is a quiet rural location providing a combination of peace and tranquility but with plenty to see and do. The mountains, lakes, coast with world class surfing and Sligo City are nearby.
There is traditional music in the local pubs and famous Coleman Centre is in, nearby, Gurteen village.
Our Guests can enjoy walking, golf, fishing and a host of cultural activities such as Boyle Abbey, King House, The Museum of Country Life. Boat hire and river cruises are available in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Lough Key Forest Park, a great amenity for both young and old, is about 30 minutes drive. Arigna Mining Experience is also well worth a visit.
Gurteen village is 4 Kms away with supermarket, post office, hairdressers and a number of pubs.
A car is advisable, though airport pickups can be arranged.
Distances from airports:
Knock 32Kms, 35 Mins
Shannon 173Kms, 2 Hours 30 Mins
Belfast 138Kms, 3 Hours
Dublin 189Kms, 2 Hours 17 Mins
Other Things to Note
The two areas, the cottage and modern wing, can be rented separately for 75 Euro per night( 100 per night July/August) or combined for 100 Euro per night(150 per night July/August). Minimum stay is 3 nights, refundable breakages deposit 100 Euro, cleaning fee 50 Euro.
As we use this as our home from home it contains many personal features we expect our guests to respect. There will be dry goods in the store cupboard which, of course, can be used as needed. We want our guests to enjoy what we have and leave our hideaway as they found it.
Brian and Eileen met us at their cottage at the agreed time and gave us the grand tour. They were kind enough to leave a well stocked pantry, clear instructions on how to use the house's facilities, plenty of firewood and turf, and most importantly a few cans of Guinness! Brian also gave us great recommendations for places to hear traditional Irish music in local pubs and the Coleman Centre. He even left us his guitar and bodhran when he found out we played music.
The house itself is pretty amazing - the original cottage is cozy and charming while the modern addition is spacious and light-filled; both sections are tastefully decorated with interesting art and photography, much of it related to music. With 2 full kitchens, abundant bathrooms and several living and sleeping spaces, it was perfect for our large group of 9 adults and 3 toddlers. Everything was well kept and clean, and the house was stocked with abundant linens and towels.
Out of 12 days in Ireland, the 4 days we spent in Sligo were the best by far. We would love to stay in Brian and Eileen's house again on our next trip to Ireland, and are looking forward to it!
From the moment we walked into your house we felt very comfortable. The combination of a modern area with the flavor of the traditional architecture is a perfect match. Everything was spotless and the welcome from the hosts a delight. Beautiful flowers, delicious desserts to regain strength form the trip and endless advice and materials to guide us more easily in the area. We were lucky also to enjoy Sligo's Music Festival, which was truly wonderful.
The house is perfectly located: far from the madding crowd, in the middle of the gorgeous Irish countryside, but very close access to Sligo and Donegal (the wild atlantic way).
Friendly people, idyllic setting, super comfortable house ... A real success!
Thank you for being so endearing!
We were greeted by Brian and Eileen at their lovely home, with fresh flowers, Guinness, and home baked tea bread and brown bread and butter!! A very warm welcome to Gurteen, and their wonderful house. If we had not been so tired after our flight, we would have loved to get to know them a bit better. They left a binder that had lots of information about places to visit in the area, and we made good use of it. There was turf to make a fire , and Brian even brought a bbq grill and left charcoal for us- as my husband likes to bbq.Very thoughtful hosts!
Brian was a gracious host and had all the essentials for us on arrival. The house was lovely and very suitable for our special family reunion. The spacious living room/dining room/ kitchen wiht its lovely stove and comfy sofas was relaxing and spacious enought for 7 adults and 2 children. We enjoyed our stay very much and would love to return someday!
We had a fabulous time at this lovely spacious Irish Cottage. It is very thoughtfully decorated and comfortable. A great combination of traditional Irish cottage and modern conveniences. Perfect for family get togethers! We had a warm welcome from our attentive host Brian. He gave us lots of information about the cottage and surrounding areas. The location is a typical rural Irish setting. It is very quiet and peaceful. While not in the heart of the holiday destinations of the area, it is perfect location for visiting northern Connaught. As natives of Mayo we found many hidden gems and surprises in the area and really enjoyed our stay. We will be back!
About the Host, Brian
We are from Dublin, both retired, travel a lot. We are interested in folk music, sing a bit and play badly. Before retiring we both had careers in the public health service. Other interests include soccer(thats me) and we do some hill walking including some time hiking in Shenandoah National Park. Places visited include most of Europe, Israel, Tunisia, Brazil, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, USA and Australia.