About This Listing
Smart Scandinavian-style accommodation in the heart of lakeland Sligo. Our 2 bedroom, self-catering chalet is comfortable, light and bright! A stone's throw from the breath-taking Lough Arrow and 15 minutes from Lough Key Forest Park. Idyllic setting
Surrounded by trees and the beauty of the rural Irish countryside, our comfortable wooden house is kept warm in winter by the wood burning stove, and cool in summer with patio doors opening onto a lovely wrap-around deck. Here you can sit and listen to the cuckoo, watch the swallows and hear the wind rustle through the scots pine and walnut tree. Great for couples, groups (sleeps 4 comfortably) and families. Comfortable, spacious living-room. Adjacent kitchen fully equipped with table (seats 6), gas cooker with oven, fridge etc. Main bedroom has comfortable double bed, and second bedroom has ikea bunk-bed's, double on bottom (can fit two children) and single on top. Shower-room with electric shower. All bed linen and towels provided.
The Chalet is situated in the grounds of Clarkwood House where we live with our family, dog and rabbits, but the accommodation is completely separate, secure and private with ample parking for 2 cars. Guests are welcome to enjoy our spacious garden and children are welcome to try out the swings and play in the garden.
Interaction with Guests
Guests will be received by myself or my husband who will be delighted to acquaint visitors with the highlights of the area. Continental breakfast can be provided as an optional extra. With advance notice supper can be arranged.
This is a fantastic place to unwind, with wonderful walks and lakeland scenery at your doorstep and easy access to the range of heritage sites and tourist attractions in the locale. For those interested in history and archaelology, we are 20 minutes from the ancient megalithic tombs at Carrowkeel, 10 minutes from the pre-historic Portal Dolmen known locally as the Labby Rock and 5 minutes from the mythical battle site of Moytura, the plain of the pillars. For families, Lough Key Forest Park can't be beaten with lake trips, zipwires, tree canopy walks and the compulsive boda borg. Sligo and the seaside (Rosses point or Strandhill) is a half an hour away and the recently opened Lissadell House and Gardens (forty minutes away) is well worth a day trip.
Car transport is really essential for getting around this part of the country. However, should you arrive by train into Boyle or Carrick on Shannon you can be collected and brought back for a small fee.
Other Things to Note
We don't charge for children under 12 .
Our garden also has swings and a slide.
The nearest village (Ballyfarnon) is five minutes by car or an hours walk with a decent local supermarket (Killorans) and a couple of pubs. The nearest pub in the other direction is Des Mc Donaghs, on the way to Castlebaldwin. Our favourite hostelry is the Mayfly located in the pretty village of Ballinafad with a wonderful view of Lough Arrow. Should you be in the mood for pampering yourself then head to the wonderful spa and seaweed baths at Cromleach Lodge Hotel. The alternative is the swimming pool and spa which is part of the four star facilities offered by the luxurious Kilronan castle located just before Keadew, home of the ancient harper O'Carolan. Great area for writers, close to McGahern country in the Leitrim direction and a half hour from Yeats country in Sligo.
No pets allowed in the chalet.
No smoking inside the chalet, visitors are welcome to smoke in and around the gardens.
Please respect our property and privacy.
We spent 4 nights at Clarkwood Lodge, and were very impressed. The lodge is tucked away in rural Ireland, meaning that you can enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle, and yet is within easy driving distance of a number of tourist spots: Arigna Mining Experience, Lough Key Forest Park and the town of Boyle, with its wonderful Abbey and King House, and the recently reopened Lissadell House, which is about an hour away. Marian was a wonderful host, and the lodge itself was a lovely space, with all the amenitie required for a hassle-free break away. Thanks again to Marian and her family!
When we arrived Marian welcomed us very warmly and made sure we knew everything we needed to, including a wonderful hand drawn map of how to find the chalet from all the different areas we were visiting! Absolutely brilliant. The chalet was clean, well catered and very homely, we could have easily stayed longer - and wish we had. We were in the area for a wedding at Kilronan Castle and it was just the perfect distance from the castle for us.
Gorgeous place and lovely cabin. Marian is so kind and helpful, managing so well this hard point between friendliness and interference! She's just the perfect host. We definitely recommend this place! And we'll come back!
We had a lovely stay at the cosy Clarkwood Lodge. Marian made us feel right at home and was very welcoming. The setting is idyllic and so peaceful, the bed was very comfortable and we loved curling up by the wood burning stove in the living room in the evening with our books. It is one of those places where you can properly see the stars at night, instead of just an orange glow from the city. We were in the area for a wedding and this location was convenient for the reception at Kilronan Castle. The gorgeous rugged countryside and the lakes in the area made for a beautiful day out after the wedding, as an added bonus.
Most amazing welcoming family. Not only did we get to stay at a cozy lodge out in the Irish countryside but we got the opportunity to meet a lovely family. We were invited in for fresh scones and special coffee haha. Beautiful children who we know are going to do amazing things due to their mature nature and interaction with us. Also we got to bond with Bonnie and the family bunnies. If you are really looking to escape the hectic city and want to relax somewhere with an awesome atmosphere I recommend staying with Marian and Shane. ALSO Shane is a very talented artist who I'm sure would love to show you his work along with Marian the curator - unique family that we will be staying in touch with!
Its a beautiful lodge with even more beautiful people managing it.
Marian is a great host. She picked us up from the station, made sure we had supplies and was always there to help us with things. She lives in a house close to the lodge with her husband and 2 kids- all great people to be around.
A must visit place!
Wonderful place! Very clean, bright, and beautiful! Great directions lead you to an oasis in nature! Marian and family are amazingly hospitable! Would stay here again.
About the Host, Marian
I moved here to Sligo with my family over 6 years ago for a better quality of life and we really love where we live. Would describe myself as sociable and really interested in people. My husband and I have always been very involved with the arts so we enjoy good conversations about art, literature film and politics. The Saturday Guardian is one of the highlights of my week but regrettably, I don't always have the time or the patience to cook all those recipes that I keep cutting out. I cook great soup, French Onion, Roasted Red Pepper and Cassoulet are amongst my specialities! I have lived in Belgium and Holland so can still converse in French though my Dutch needs a little brushing up. Can't live without literature and music but have put off 'War and Peace' for the last ten years. Now ready to embark on this great literary adventure. Would welcome conversations on same with any airbnb guest with an interest in Tolstoy. Despite some 'highbrow' tastes I also have a passion for popular fiction; I just finished Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah', riveting.