About This Listing
Lovely Private 3 bedroom Retreat surrounded by Gorgeous views, history, and serenity.
If you are a Writer or a Painter...
If you just wish to get away from the hectic noise of modern life...
If you wish for your children to discover a magical world of nature or history...
If you don't wish to be surrounded by tourists and instead seek to experience a traditional Ireland...
If you are drawn to the mythology of Celtic History...
This unique home could be exactly what you have been seeking: Your own retreat with private with lovely views from every room in the house.
This place is a true retreat from hectic city life. Most Irish Rentals are on busy roads or an attached part of a complex. Here, the peace and quiet of bird song, or the wind in the trees, or perhaps a cow in the distance are the only noises that you will hear.
This home is on the land of my ancestors. It is ancient here, surrounded by significant historic sites and dolmens. Marking pedestrian paths criss cross around the property to ancient treasures and gorgeous views.
There has been much inspiration for writers here since Yeats wrote of the Terrible Beauty of Sligo. There is even an old school desk here that the American writer Raymond Carver wrote about as inspiration. Music has been played and Poems have been read here.
Enjoy the solitude in nature on the side of the mountainside. Lovely views of mountains in the distance.
Walk to Lough Arrow or Lough Bo for some fishing. Stop by Cromleach Lodge for a dinner or spa treatment. Hike to the Moytura Battlefield or the Labby Rock to experience some real live legends.
Centrally located between Castlebaldwin, Riverstown, Sligo, Boyle/Carrick, and Ballymote. Travel to different Art and Music festivals through-out the region. Try out surfing on one day and travel to charming shopping the next day.
Sweet house, built with love and with guests in mind. An eco-green remodel just this past year for a healthy interior. House is insulated and has double paned modern windows. Lots of new features like wood floors and beautiful wall colors. This house is furnished with many antique furnishings but modern beds, hot water, heat and kitchen. This house on a hill has a sitting room, dining room, and conservatory porch on the front of the house.
The Sitting room with a tiled fireplace for turf or wood fires, two couches, and tables. There are puzzles and games for use as well as a radio/cd player. Or make your own music with the bodrain and tin whistles.
Pull out dining room table can seat eight. Plenty of wine glasses and cocktail glasses for company as well as serving dishes.
The conservatory is warm and snug and bright even when the weather is not. Curl up on the sectional couch with a cup of tea and a good book. Be inspired and sit at the desk to write your novel. This is the desk that
The kitchen has all appliances including microwave, hot water pot and toaster. Kitchen has just been updated with storage fixtures and butcher block. Kitchen includes all the dishes, pots, pans, silverware etc to cook a big meal for guests.
The Master Bedroom has a new Queen size bed, bureau, desk and a spacious closet. The second bedroom has room for two and a bureau and large closet. The third bedroom has a modern single bed, shelves, and a closet.
There are extra mattresses which can be used in other parts of the house as well.
Plenty of linens and towels available.
Bathroom has a full soaking tub. Hairdryer, curling iron, and iron available for guest use.
Books, Maps, and Tourist information.
Front loader Washer and Dryer
Three yoga mats for your use.
Irish Instruments for making music.
Added bonus is a brand new ping pong table in the garage.
Of course it is nice to away from it all but it is also good to be connected!
There is a permanent land line telephone with Eirecom. The mobile phone reception works well here for Vodaphone and other carriers. There are 2 wireless phones for your use in and around the house. All landline calls between 7-7 and weekends are free! There is also 30 minutes of free mobile calls/month as well. For other calls you can pick up a phone card which will be much cheaper than your mobile!
We are in the process of updating the internet with Three. There will be 40 Gigs of data available per month. Only use your allotted amount for your stay but you can top up a internet dongle if you need more. The internet works fine for email, surfing but streaming video would use up your usage too quickly.
The majesty of this part of the country is amazing. Fishing, Horses, Hiking and ancient Ruins are all around these hills. Wildlife is found throughout this remote retreat. Also there is a nearby Spa, restaurants, castles, pubs, horseback riding, animal science centers, zip lines, boat rental, an eco-green retreat center, play grounds, museums, and a music cultural center on short drives.
I have been coming to this magical place my whole life so feel free to write with any questions of what you are looking for on your vacation.
So much to do or absolutely nothing at all! Come experience ancient Ireland first hand for a real vacation.
Please note that utilities are additional to the price over a certain amount of usage.
This house is set back from the road, nestled in an organic forest and meadow. The entire house and garage are for the use of guests. This includes three bedrooms, kitchen, bath, sitting room, dining room, conservatory, and garage. The fields and forests around are available for hikes and walks- and there are even marked historic walks to make it easy.
Interaction with Guests
Easy to get a hold of me by internet or by phone. I usually can answer the phone around the clock if there is an issue or question. There is a local housekeeper as well who is available for childcare or as a tourguide.
The only other house in the neighborhood is down the hill where my Irish father comes for holiday. He might come say hi but respects the privacy of guests.
The quiet nature loveliness of this place is amazing. If you sit quietly you might see a fox or a pheasant or rabbit come by. Walk up the back of the house and you will be surrounded by ancient fairy forts and battlefields. Across the street is a 6 thousand year old, 20 foot high stone table. Continue through the forest and you will come to a gourmet restaurant, and spa. Walk right out the driveway and you will come to two loughs and an archery range. Go right out of the drive and you will crest the hill to see the majestic view of Lough Arrow. Continue down to see a Medieval Abbey and a historic estate...or just pop into the Bow and Arrow Pub for a pint....
A car is recommended. However biking and hiking around the neighborhood is quite fun. There is a frequent bus that goes through Castlebaldwin (20 min by bike) to Dublin and Sligo. Also in Boyle and Sligo there are train stations that connect to the entire country.
Other Things to Note
We rent this house outside of Airbnb so we don't have many reviews, however everyone has a wonderful time and often return to stay again!
Please be careful about getting dirt or stains on the new couch in the conservatory.
Remember that utilities are expensive here so please turn off unused lights etc. We need to charge for utilities after a certain point.
Replace or pay for anything that you use in the house. This includes turf, food, alcohol, supplies, and such. This house has run on the honor system successfully for decades- please keep with this legacy and be generous so that the house may be enjoyed by all.
Please don't take anything from the house or damage anything. If something vanishes or breaks when you are there please tell us. It is a sad situation if someone after you is held responsible instead.
Clean up after yourself and leave the house in the condition that you found it.
This house is really secluded and a perfect base for an adventure with some girlfriends in this beautiful part of Ireland. We enjoyed having the place to ourselves and the house was very comfortable, plenty of hot water and heating. Not a property to tell scary stories in though - we definitely wouldn't have been able to sleep!
We had a wonderful peaceful time here. There was a beautiful open fire waiting for us on arrival. Both Nola & Lisa, the housekeeper, could not have been more helpful. This was the perfect way to ring in the new year- walks in the beautiful countryside- so many to choose from. And lazy evenings spent in front of the fire playing cards. It was like having a home away from home.
Nice house, middle of nowhere, great scenery. If you're looking for a bit of peace and quiet then it fits the bill. Nola + Co. couldn't have been more helpful.
I spend 4 nights at Nola's house and really loved it. It is complete escapism and beautifully located among the trees. There are great walks with stunning views over the lakes and mountains. Nola has done a lovely job of updating the house with a combination of old and new. There is an open fire for chilly nights and central heating. The bed was new and very comfy. The sun room is a great place to sit and relax. I'll be back if Nola will have me!
Die Beschreibung der Unterkunft war genau den Tatsachen entsprechend. Die Kommunikation war sehr gut - die Betreuung freundlich - alles hat bestens funktioniert. Besonders angenehm waren, die Nachbarn (Nolas Verwandte) die sich sehr nett um uns gekümmert haben.
We had a great time in the moytura retreat from Nola. The house is located in a wonderful wild landscape and it is so calm and peaceful! perfect way to recover! Nola is a great host and makes feel you welcome even she is far away in Portland.
We hope to come back.
We stayed at this house for 6 nights. Nola gave us some great tips and an overall orientation so we knew what to expect. This area is just beautiful with Lough Arrow, hiking trails, fields full of cattle, and forests.
The views are great and the sunroom is perfect for going back to a slower pace. We made regular trips down to a pub Castlebaldwin for dinner & tea/desserts. The house also has a fireplace and plenty of room for two people. The bed in the master bedroom was comfortable. The night sky was amazing with the big dipper being in view out the large windows. If you want to experience rural Ireland than this is a great place to stay.
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About the Host, Nola
It is so much fun watching Portlandia make fun of our beautiful city Portland, as well as its residents. I could say the same about how the show Father Ted made folks really know Ireland- the good, the bad, and the ridiculous.
Well, it is our turn now, and what a great time to live here. There is a Food Renaissance here that is complemented by Art, Tech, Learning, Nature, Sustainability, and some of the friendliest people anywhere.
I am a bit of a stereotype of Portland since I have a business in green rentals as well as being an extremely social, nerdy, outdoors loving, book reading person. And I adore living in Portland and knowing at least a little bit about everything that is going on. What do you want to do?
I have a bunch of Irish influence which makes me a social story-teller who loves guests. I enjoy hosting folks as well as traveling. I have spent time living in Argentina, Mexico, France, and Hawaii. I live in Ireland as well as in the States.
Sharing my home and other properties is my calling. I designed the Taylor house be lovely, healthy, green, and efficient- it's the Sustainable Economist in me. The other properties that I list I have remodeled to be fun and healthy as well. The house in Ireland is on my ancestor's land and I grew up going to this house. I have spent the last two years doing a major remodel and it looks great. La Casita was where I taught Argentine Tango for many years and is quite charming. I also have a house that I rent full time that was featured on the GreenRenter site and is an offical G-Rated environmental home.
A key thing about what I offer as a host is what I am looking for as a guest. I can't stand chain hotels. They can be quite luxurious but they always come across as impersonal. Give me a fun walkable neighborhood that real people live, work and play- and That is where I wish to stay. My properties are unique luxurious spaces that I created for myself, my family and my community that I can also share with you.
One last thing, these are my personal properties so there are no surprises about folks who are subletting through Airbnb. I have a great team (Talia and Anastasia ) who take care of things when I am away, but you can always contact me directly through email with any concerns or questions.
I am a social person so hosting comes naturally to me and I have often had folks staying with me even before AirBnB. Friends stay with me or just toss relations and friends my way to take in. Now thanks to the Share-economy so many things are possible that are community building, sustainable, and amazing.
There are many changes happening with short term rentals and the City of Portland. I am pleased that Portland is seeking a balance between the share-economy and our amazing communities.
Owner of the business- Portland Oasis
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