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Committed to country living, I am a keen cyclist, and hill-walker. I really enjoy meeting most people, I enjoy travelling and I am avid armature painter(URL HIDDEN)
The property is ideally suited to people that want to be out in the wild, Gary made me feel very welcome and cooked a good vegetarian meal (not that I'm vegetarian).
There are lots of walks straight from the house and Gary joined me on one of the walks.
He has a very friendly cat and a lovely kitten.
gary a été très accueillant et a cherché constamment à nous faciliter le séjour ; le lieu est idéal pour les personnes aimant le calme de la compagne, la marche
Das Haus von Gary liegt mitten in der Natur, für alle die Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit suchen ist es ideal. Die Zimmer sind hell, freundlich und sehr sauber. Gary hat alles versucht um uns den Aufenthalt so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Wir werden uns noch lange an die schönen Abende am Kaminfeuer erinnern.
The farmhouse was more than adequate. The beds were comfortable, well made and warm for the October weather. The kitchen and indeed the entire house was furnished with basic necessities which more than suited our needs. Gary is a welcoming host. If your interested, he's very willing to guide you around and show you the area. What he lacks in social graces he makes up for in charisma. He's definitely a character.
The house is a little out of the way but the valley is peaceful and quiet.
Whilst described as a farmhouse, Gary isn't a farmer but adjoins farm properties.
Bed was very comfortable. Was travelling with a friend who had the other bedroom.
Kitchen was basic and had the essentials.
Gary is a warm, sincere, and friendly person. He likes to think, and to have serious conversations. Our evening and morning talks with him will be good, lasting memories of our trip to Ireland.
However, there are several things to note about his home. Gary sent us directions to his very rural location that used an extremely steep, curvy road only one lane wide, that made the trip a nail biter (and we are used to driving (phone number hidden) meter high mountain roads without problems). When we finally arrived at his house I couldn't imagine driving that road in and out, each of the days we were to be there. When I expressed my fears about the road, Gary laughed and said that there was a much much worse road that only some locals use but that he would never tell his guests to use that road. We stayed one night but did not stay the other booked nights. When we left, my husband reviewed the driving route with Gary and we all realized that we had in fact been given the directions that Gary said he never gave guests. If you stay here it is VERY important that you check with Gary about the route and you take the easier road. We used that road to leave the house and it was perfectly fine. Gary was very apologetic about giving us directions that had us using such a difficult road.
There is another issue with the house. There was a strong smell of kerosene throughout the ground floor of the house. We asked about it and Gary said that the house is heated with it. The smell gave us mild headaches and stayed in our clothes until we washed them. Combined with the mix-up about the roads, the smell led us to stay only 1 of 3 planned nights. Gary was very understanding about it.
The house is very basic; more like a hostel from decades ago than the other Airbnb places we stayed while on our 3 week holiday in Ireland. For example the refrigerator is very small and the freezer had not been defrosted in ages. Gary had to chop the ice away for us to put our ice packs for our small cooler for food, into the freezer. If that is okay with you, the location is beautiful if it is not raining. And he has a wonderful, wonderful cat! And Gary is a kind, gentle person.
We have had a really great stay at Gary's farmhouse. He is very friendly and welcoming.
The house and the atmosphere were beautiful, also his fireplace in the living room.
Thank you very much!
Gary is a nice guy and a warm host. He made us feel very welcome in his house, provided a lot of good tourist information. He likes a good conversation with his guests. We hade a great stay.
Wonderful host who went out of his way to make us feel like at home. The house it's a two-storey quite in the middle of no-where; I guess we wouldn't have been able to find it, if it wasn't for Gary meeting us in the village, as we arrived at night and the way up to the house is pitch-black with no lights. But when the morning lights shine, isn't that like a fairy tale? Feeding carrots to the horses (kindly supplied by Gary himself) and walking up the street to buy eggs at the neighbours' farm, laid the same morning - best eggs I had since I was a kid! We also spent a night together with Gary in the village; beautiful duo playing country-folk covers of The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon and Otis Redding at the Blue Loo (yes, that's its name), where all the youngsters hang out and a 21 birthday was being celebrated. Then we were so tired after driving all around the Ring of Beara that we couldn't handle many of a pint. A very good time in one of the most enchanted and unspoiled corners of Ireland.
Gary is a warm and philosophic host who enyoyed company. He advised about trips to make and cooked stew a few times. We drank and eat together a couple of times and Gary shared his quotes with us. As: "a man should never complain...." Who wants to hear the rest should go there yourself. Gary lit a fire, burned incense and lit candles on our last evening.
The house is spatious and clean and basically furnished. The bed is good. We had our own private bathroom. The only thing we missed was a shower curtain ;).
Location is 10 min drive from a pub, in a beautiful wood.