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I am an outgoing friendly Irish lad who loves good chat, country walks and a fine pint of Guinness. I love country living and spend as much time travelling around the beautiful Irish countryside.
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we were made to feel very welcome, with the fire going and the tv on when we arrived. we were very late to get there and hugh made sure we had some lovely supplies for breakfast and some snacks for the evening. a welcome sight after a long flight and long drive with the kids. hugh also left a detailed letter explaining all we needed to know about the cottage, plus loads of brochures and info and maps etc about the area.
the cottage was better than we imagined. very cosy and very comfortable.
Der Gastgeber und seine Familie haben uns sehr freundlich und offen empfangen, dafür gesorgt, dass alles verfügbar war und uns mit einer Erstausstattung von Lebensmitteln willkommen geheißen.
We stayed in the cottage for three (!) nights. Hugh is a wonderful host. He was prompt and responsive with our many requests: bicycle, barbecue, gardening tools. He picked us up at the train station and drove us to the cottage. There, we found tasty goodies and L'Occitane soaps, our favorites! The cottage is small but comfortable and charming. The best part about it is the setting - tranquil and gorgeous. Nearest neighbors are about a quarter of a mile away and the friendliest, most helpful people. Hugh's wife Tara is also great and they have gorgeous babies. We fell in love with Ireland after our stay in the cottage.
Despite the rural setting - cows were roaming in the fields next door - we've had all the conveniences. The water pressure in the shower was good. The bathroom was large and the washer/ dryer were new and worked well. There was a fireplace which worked well and made the place so cozy... There is even a dishwasher, but we couldn't quite figure out how to operate it properly. It was new.
We didn't have a car and did some of our shopping in the small stores in town. The local butcher is superior to the ones in the larger neighboring town of Mullingar. Hugh and our neighbor drove us to Mullingar (15 minutes one way) to shop, too. Irish food is delicious, especially beef, milk and cheese.
The place is just full of charm. If you need to get away but without sacrificing the conveniences of modern life - it's a perfect place. The one thing to note is that the internet is provided by satellite, so if you are a heavy user (like us), you may need to upgrade the package with the provider for a reasonable extra fee.
There is an orchard in the yard and tall grass swaying in the wind. Also, cottage style flowers that are beautiful. Hugh even brought some extra flowers as we wanted to dabble with gardening. Unfortunately, the ginormous slugs came out and ate some of them. The area teams with life - cows, bunnies, tall lush plants, butterflies, bugs, chickens, sheep, horses. Our kids had a great time and we've spent a great amount of quality family time together. We loved riding the bike along the canal in town and even got to operate the locks; also Irish pubs are as much fun as they famous to be (go to Murtaghs). We miss this little cottage!