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Herdsman's House Self-Catering Holiday Home

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Overview
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
4 nights minimum 
Farmhouse
Experience the vacation of a lifetime in our stunning holiday farmhouse perfectly located in Ireland's magical northwest. Have a great activity holiday or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. This holiday home has a unique 40 foot lounge/reception area with superior views of Sligo Bay, Raghly Harbour, and Queen Maeve's cairn. Large, spacious fitted kitchen. Two bathrooms and four double bedrooms- three rooms with bay windows facing the sea. Free Fibre Broadband. Satellite TV. Large front and side garden/ lawns. Outdoor furniture and barbeque. Locked storage shed available for bicycles, surfboards, fishing rods, golf clubs, boats, etc. Private access to lands where Barnacle Geese and migrating birds are plentiful from October to April. Our friendliness and hospitality ...Experience the vacation of a lifetime in our stunning holiday farmhouse perfectly located in Ireland's magical northwest. Have a great activity holiday or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. This holiday home has a unique 40 foot lounge/reception area with superior views of Sligo Bay, Raghly Harbour, and Queen Maeve's cairn. Large, spacious fitted kitchen. Two bathrooms and four double bedrooms- three rooms with bay windows facing the sea. Free Fibre Broadband. Satellite TV. Large front and side garden/ lawns. Outdoor furniture and barbeque. Locked storage shed available for bicycles, surfboards, fishing rods, golf clubs, boats, etc. Private access to lands where Barnacle Geese and migrating birds are plentiful from October to April. Our friendliness and hospitality will make this your home away from home.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
Please do not remove bed linen from the beds on departure. Place all used hand and bath towels in the bath of the main bathroom. It is important that you leave the house 'clean' and tidy. Please ensure dishes, pots/pans, and cutlery are cleaned thoroughly before being returned to the presses. Any excess cleaning required will be charged at a rate of 25euro per hour. No loud music after 11pm at night. Thank you for staying with us and we hope you enjoyed your stay.
Bedrooms
3 Doubles2 Singles
Bathrooms
1 Full bath1 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Mary C
Hosting since June 2012
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (33)
Soozlba
Soozlba
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So hard to leave!
My daughter, daughters-in-law and I stayed at Herdsman's house for 5 nights. It was an unforgettable experience. From being the cleanest, cosiest house ever, to incredibly welcoming hosts, we didn't lack a thing. I thought we might be a bit out of the way, but with about 20 minutes driving to everything we wanted to do, it was just perfect. Among the memorable experiences: lovely morning chats with the hosts, a night with the locals at Ellen's pub, walks around the peninsula and along the beach, a local agricultural fair and some great mountain hikes.
Visited August 2023
Written August 7, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

thegermans2018
thegermans2018
Mannheim, Germany12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
EXCELLENT!
Highly recommended if you are in sligo. We have been enthusiastic about Herdsmens House for years and happy for every day we can spend with mary and des. We could go on and on about how lovely the people are, the great view, the clean and equipped house or the many things to do there - it would never do it justice. Come and experience it for yourself, or better yet, take advantage of the new offering at Sligo Sea Barn just opposite Herdsmens House!
Visited October 2022
Written October 24, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Climber586020
Climber586020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent hosts, facility, location and views
Mary and Des couldn't have made us more welcome into their home. The house is an excellent place to stay with wonderful views of Sligo bay and excellent beach and cliff walks. Will definitely consider staying here again.
Visited September 2022
Written October 3, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

TractorMoore
TractorMoore
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous memories in a beautiful location.
This was our first-time visiting Sligo & it surpassed all our expectations. The location of the house suited our family perfectly. It was breathtakingly beautiful, quite & gave us access to fishing & beaches at any time of the day. The hosts really made the visit more incredible. They were so kind & generous with their hospitality & knowledge of the area. We will miss the very entertaining stories and look forward to returning again. The house was extremely well equipped & had everything you'd need for a family vacation. Thank you for giving us such memorable holiday in a wonderful part of Ireland
Visited June 2021
Written July 7, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Trek588732
Trek588732
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great Stay @ Herdsman's House
We had a great time and were very well supported by the Host and his family for anything that we needed. There was plenty of room and the house would have taken another 3 or 4 people easily. The host is very knowledgeable about the local area and pointed out the history and some sights we would not have experienced otherwise. The view and the scenery are great and the location quiet. We particularly enjoyed the sunroom to read in and observe the bay beyond. The location is close to Grange, Streedagh beach and Sligo town (15 mins to each). Everything we needed was at hand and the kids loved the games room.
Visited July 2020
Written September 1, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Donal OM
Donal OM
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
100m to beach and situated on a farm - what more could you want for the kids?
We had a fantastic recent stay in Herdsman House. The booking process beforehand was very easy with Mary and everything was ready and clean (and reassuringly sanitised) for us upon arrival. The rooms were very nicely laid out and the games room was a good distraction for our 3 and 5 year old, though they're probably a bit young for snooker yet. The house is very spacious and we were even able to host our relatives - a family of five - for a flying visit on one of the nights. The best room is the long sitting room with the conservatory and the views out to sea are to be seen to be believed. The highlight for our kids was being taken out by Des and helping to "save the hay" one evening with a ride on the tractor. There was also another trip on another night to see a cliff on a spectacular part of the headland. The owners have the agri-turismo type holiday down pat and are enthusiastic about educating their guests on farm life. The beaches are all very good nearby. The most immediately accessible beach on the land is accessible through one of the cowfields and seems to be rarely occupied by anyone else so we had a great secluded swim on the first night. All told, we were extremely lucky with the weather all week so therefore had many trips to the other nearby beaches. We spent two days on Rosses Point and two days at Lissadell beach - both were excellent for different reasons. All in all, we would thoroughly recommend a holiday in Herdsman. Particular praise go to Des and Mary and their two kids - they were always on hand to address any question, to educate us about the area and history and to take time out of their busy days on the farm to spark a little joy for the kids.
Visited August 2020
Written August 20, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

thegermans2018
thegermans2018
Mannheim, Germany12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
could not be happier
We have been to Herdsmans for the second time and, with luck, will return many times in the future. If you want to experience the west of Ireland start here - you will be in good hands. The house is right on the beach and very comfortably furnished. We did not miss anything and everything is clean and well maintained. the homeowners are always friendly and have great tips for the local leisure activities ready for you. Only piece of advice - take at least a week to enjoy this unique patch of earth - you will not be disappointed. We are looking forward to coming back.
Visited September 2019
Written September 30, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

thegermans2018
thegermans2018
Mannheim, Germany12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Put it on your Bucket List!!
Seriously, these guys made our 1 week vacation a blast. The ownwer was always easily contactable, friendly and knowledgeable but never pushy. Desmond knows every stone of the bay and is a real "problem-solver". Sometings missing? Need help with directions or tipps for the daytrip? He will be glad to help. We were a group of 8 and he even drove us over to Ellen´s Pub one evening and get us all safe back home afterwards. That alone worth the trip, by the way. The house itself ist right on the beach, with a big kitchen, and a living room that will blow your mind with its scenic view of the mountains and the ocean. No matter if you haven´t been to ireland jet or already know the island, i highly recommend to give Herdsman's House a try. Thanks again to Mary and Dessi! Hope to see you again next year!
Visited July 2018
Written August 5, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Herdsman's House
Herdsman's House
Thanks Thomas and all of the Magnificent 8!! You definitely ticked several boxes on your 'list'. Great that you loved the remoteness and the rural outdoors, the walking tours of the area, the local harbour, fairy forts, etc. The days you were out fishing with Daryl (Sligo Boat Charters) gave you a taste of the 'wild' Wild Atlantic. Then the freshly barbecued mackerel and pollack you gave us was a treat. From the fishing trips to the calm of the kayaking to Dernish Island with Barry (Sligo Kayak Tours), you really made the most of your stay. Thanks again..Mary and Des
Written August 7, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

shirantha k
shirantha k
County Dublin, Ireland41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic Holiday House Over the Bay.......
It was pleasure to meet Mary, Des and their kids and enjoy their hospitality. The house is in a great location with beautiful view over the bay. It is closer to attractions around and value for money. There is loads of space in all areas of the house and kids enjoy run around. Will be back!
Visited December 2017
Written January 5, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

MexTraveler27
MexTraveler27
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sets the standard for self catering houses
The setting - sublime. The house - well set up and comfortable, the beds were heaven plus the added touch of hot water bottles in cozies to fill before bed for added bliss. 2 full baths and well equiped kitchen. The view - stunning view of the bay and direct view from the front window & yard to Maeve's cairn across the bay. The locale - lovely country roads easily accessible and great walks in the fields and the beach. The hosts - Mary & Dev are very accomodating and assure your every need as they live nearby. Would we go back ? In a heart beat !!!
Visited September 2017
Written October 16, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Herdsman's House
Herdsman's House
Mary Beth and Meg, Thank you very much for your kind comments regarding our house and the beauty of the area. We are delighted you enjoyed the walks in the area with and without the cattle! It was a pleasure having yee. Take Care, Mary, Des, Elena and Tola
Written October 18, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Ocean views
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Internet access
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Television
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster

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About the neighbourhood
Bird Watching This area is a paradise for birds and waterfowl. Some of our land has been recently designated as special area of conservation. Barnacle Geese visit us every year from mid-October to late April. A walkway (for able and disabled) provides direct access to view the geese. Close by (10 minutes) is the Ballygilgan Nature Reserve (Lissadell) (http://ballygilgannaturereserve.com). And Bird Watch Ireland / Sligo site (http://birdwatchireland.ie or http://sligobirding.com) provide up to date recent sighting of various birds and waterfowl in the Sligo area. Arts and Culture Maugherow is notorious for its artists from writers, poets, painters, and fairy makers, and many have set up home here. The Model (Niland Gallery), Hamilton Gallery, Yeat’s Society, Hawkswell, Blue Raincoat Theatre, the Factory, and more are within 20 minutes drive. Surfing Go to Lislarry (about 6km) for some of the best waves in the northwest. Or go further to afield to Bundoran (http://www.turfnsurf.ie orhttp://bundoransurfschool.com) or Strandhill (http://www.strandhillsurfschool.com) and experience the thrills of surfing on the big Atlantic waves (both 30 minutes away). Or the Adventure Sligo site (http://www.adventuresligo.com) can provide additional links. Boating/Canoeing/Kayaking There are several ways to take to the sea. If you have your own boat (sail boat, rib, canoe, etc) bring it along and we will help you launch it from the recently renovated Raghley pier. You can explore and relax in tranquility of Drumcliffe Bay. The boat can be stored in our sheds. Another popular activity is kayaking or canoeing (http://www.adventuresligo.com/water/kayaking). Horseriding If you own your own horse(s), you can have a unique holiday by bringing him/her/them with you. Access to the local beaches (Ardtarmon Strand/The Golden Strand or Tra Bui) can be provided through the owner’s land. Then the horse(s) can graze under your watchful eye. All options considered. Contact us for more information. Alternatively, Island View offers horseriding for all the family year round (http://islandviewridingstables.com). This family run business is located about 15 minutes away and offers beach rides, trekking, lessons, and carriage riding. Use these links for additional riding stables: http://www.irelandonhorseback.com or http://www.markreestables.com) in the Sligo area. Golfing Ireland is renowned for its golf courses and Rosses’ Point is no exception. The County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses’ Point (http://countysligogolfclub.ie) is ranked in the top 10 links courses in Ireland. The club boasts renowned visitors and champions, Rory McElroy and Tom Watson. Or you can go to Berties Pitch and Putt (http://www.bertiespnp.co.nr) or the Tyeconnell Pitch and Putt course in Bundoran. Fishing There are plenty of excellent fishing points on the Raghley peninsula, where you can catch mackerel, pollock, bollin or if you are lucky sea trout. Raghley Harbour is located ¼ mile away. Spoil yourself with some fresh lobster and crab caught by local fishermen (available on request). Or try your hand at getting some razor fish or rock fishing. Crab fishing off the pier provides fun for everyone. In Rosses’ Point (http://www.sligoboatcharters.com) or Mullahmore (http://www.offshore.ie or http://www.inishmurrayislandtrips.com) charter boats are available for the serious fishermen. We can help with any bookings. Walking/Hill Walking Exploring North Sligo on foot can be a beautiful way to see the county. Various magical walks include: Lissadell House and Woods; Glencar Lake and Waterfall; Streedagh Point and Beach; Glennif Horseshoe at the foot of Ben Bulben to name a few. Go to http://www.sligotourism.ie and/or http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Benbulben-loop or http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie for more information on mountain walks, nature trails, coastal walks and more. Local Attractions: The following sites provide useful information about places to see and visit in Sligo: 1. http://sligotourism.ie 2. http://www.irishtourist.com/directory/places_to_visit/west/sligo/ 3. http://www.lookwest.ie/events 4. http://mykidstime.ie 5. http://www.sligoheritage.com/links.htm 6. http://www.discoversligo.com/?pagid=arts 7. http://www.discoversligo.com/?pagid=heritage Shopping and Restaurants: Sligo offers shopping with a difference. There is a good mix of the extraordinary shops with hand-crafted pieces, the shops passed down through the generations and the more typical shops. Wooden sculpture by Michael Quirke and hand-crafted jewelry at The Cat and the Moon offer some unusual items while Mullaney’s and Moffits have been in the center of town for generations. The shopping centers provide a good mix on newer shops. Café’s, restaurants, and bistros are plentiful in Sligo town and North Sligo. Yeat’s Tavern (Davis’); Henry’s Restaurant and Lang’s Bar and Restaurant are within 10-15 minutes of ‘home’. About Us Page I (Desmond) am the second youngest child in my family of 5 sisters and 2 brothers. My father (Mick) was a dairy farmer and my mother (Maureen) was a nurse then ran a tourist business for many years. From the horse drawn caravans, in the field in front of our house, to bed and breakfast we shared our Irish traditions with many visitors. [Insert old pictures of cocks of hay and caravan on this page] The experience of meeting new people that came to stay with us was better than going on holidays – it was so exciting. What I loved most was when my mother asked me to greet the visitors at the front door, or bring them to the beach, or make some Irish coffees. I learned some French and German along the way too. In August 1985, my friendly nature led me to meet the love of my life, Mary. She was on a Yeat’s Literature and Landscape tour of Ireland and happened to be in Ellen’s pub for some traditional music. Mary hailed from Arlington, Mass (USA), a suburb of Boston and had just finished her Master’s Degree in Nursing. After a little persuading, I finally convinced Mary that the west of Ireland was the place to be! It is rather ironic that Mary’s mother emigrated from Kinsale, Co. Cork to Boston in the early 1950’s. We have 2 children, Elena, 11 years, and Tola, 9 years. Elena loves art, picking (and eating) blackberries, looking for mermaid’s purses on the beach, and crab fishing off the pier at Raghley Harbour. Tola loves fishing and boating, climbing to the top of the fairy fort, and football. And they both love playing guitar.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
Eircode: F91 FC90 Directions From the South (e.g. Knock Airport; Shannon Airport) Take the N17 (sign posted Sligo). Entering Charlestown, turn left then an immediate right onto Market Square - N17 (sign posted Sligo). Continue forward onto the N17 entering Curry, then Tobercurry. Continue on N17 (signposted Sligo) until you reach a roundabout. Take the 1st exit onto the N4 (sign posted Sligo). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit (signposted Sligo). Continue ahead on the N4 toward Sligo. At roundabout take the 1st exit (straight ahead) onto Sligo Inner Relief Road - N4 (signposted Town Centre). Continue straight ahead on the Sligo Inner Relief Road - N4 through all the traffic signals. Continue forward onto Bundoran Road- N15 (sign posted Lifford). Continue on the N15 entering Drumcliffe. After Yeat’s Tavern, take first turn left (sign posted Maugherow). Turn right over the bridge entering Carney Village. Take first turn left. Drive for 4.5 km (passing entrances for Lissadell House). Just after Dunleavey’s Shop, turn left (sign posted Raghley). Drive for 2.5km, passing Ardtarmon Castle on your left and the Herdsman’s House will be the 5th house on your right. From the East (e.g. Dublin Airport – 236.90km; 3h26m; GPS: 53.426604, -6.241604) At the airport roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the M1 motorway (sign posted Dublin). The M1 is a barrier free (e-flow) toll route. Leave the M1 at junction 1 (Junction with M50) then get into the left hand lanes to join the M50 motorway (sign posted Other Routes, Southbound). Leave the M50 at Junction 7, then take right hand lanes onto the N4 (sign posted Sligo, Westport, Galway). The N4 becomes the M4. Continue on the M4 until it ends, becoming the N4 again. Go through Ballinalack and Rathowen. At roundabout, take 1st exit onto Ballymahon Road / Edgeworthstown Bypass– N55 (sign posted Sligo). At the next 3 roundabouts, take the 2nd exit - N4 (sign posted Sligo). Drive through Newtownforbes. Continue on N4 (Roosky/Dromod/Jamestown Bypass). Enter Carrick-on-Shannon. At each of the 3 roundabouts take 1st exit (N4 – signposted Sligo, Boyle). Pass Lough Arrow and drive through Castlebaldwin, continuing on the N4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit, then the 2nd exit again at the next roundabout. Continue on N4. At roundabout take the 1st exit (straight ahead) onto Sligo Inner Relief Road - N4 (signposted Town Centre). Continue straight ahead on the Sligo Inner Relief Road - N4 through all the traffic signals. Continue forward onto Bundoran Road- N15 (sign posted Lifford). Continue on the N15 entering Drumcliffe. After Yeat’s Tavern, take first turn left (sign posted Maugherow). Turn right over the bridge entering Carney Village. Take first turn left. Drive for 4.5 km (passing entrances for Lissadell House). Just after Dunleavey’s Shop, turn left (sign posted Raghley). Drive for 2.5km, passing Ardtarmon Castle on your left and the Herdsman’s House will be the 5th house on your right.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 p.m. Check out by 11 a.m.
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
The price of your accommodation includes: Electricity (normal/reasonable use) Starter pack for solid fuel stove (winter months only) Wireless Internet - unlimited Bed linen (100% cotton sheets) and set of towels per person Initial supply of toilet paper and paper towel All kitchen cutlery and utensils; pots and pans; glasses, dishes; and tea towels Basic cleaning products (detergents, sprays, etc) and vacuum cleaner The rental price includes reasonable use of heating oil. We have a metered system in place which will be read on arrival and departure (with the increased oil costs, we will discuss usage and cost on arrival). The price does not include a damage/security deposit of 200 euro in cash due on arrival (to cover extra cleaning costs, breakages/damage, or excessive electricity use). Please contact us for rates for smaller parties (off peak only). Arrival/Departure times: Arrival time is approximately 4:00 PM. Departure time is 11:00 AM. Please inform us of your intended arrival time in advance of your stay.

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