May 03, 2018 - June 15, 2018
as we are both retired we can be flexible on dates
September 01, 2018 - December 21, 2018
as we are both retired we are super flexible.we would love to visit Wales for a few weeks. In 2019 we hope to visit Alberta/British Columbia.
September 01, 2019 - October 31, 2019
we would love to visit Alberta/British Columbia Canada and/or Maine.(where we once worked)
come experience the wild atlantic way minutes from our door.
WHERE WE ARE
Welcome to the beautiful north west of Ireland, to our comfortable 4 bedroomed home on a half acre, just 5 miles from Sligo town in County Sligo. We live in a semi-rural area, with close neighbours who will happily lend a hand should the need arise. We also have family living a few miles away. The nearest village is 1 mile away, (Rathcormack) consists of shop (sells hot food also), post office, pub, church (RC) and primary school.
We are 3 miles from the coastal village of Rosses Point, with it's 18 hole championship golf course, amazing views, and blue flag beach and hotel. Our home has views of Knocknarea(at back) and Benbulben(at front) mountains.
We are situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, in the region known as the surf coast (see www.wildatlanticway.com ) approximately 15 minutes drive from Mullaghmore Head, and only 5 minutes drive to a beautiful view of Sliabh Liag, in the Donegal mountains (approx. 1.5 hours drive to Sliabh Liag, the highest ocean cliffs in Europe)).
Sligo town is a 5 minute drive away, with a population of just under 20,000, it has a cinema, many restaurants, some traditional Irish pubs and lots of independant retailers showcasing the best of Irish craftsmanship. Check out www.sligotourism.ie, www.sligotown.net and www.discoverireland.ie
HOW TO GET HERE
our nearest airport is Ireland West (Knock) http://www.irelandwestairport.com which is a 1 hour drive away. It has frequent connections with the U.K. (and onwards to the USA, Canada etc) and to some European countries. This also makes a break in London an easy journey as there are several flights daily from Knock, costing approx 50 euro return if booked early.......
There are direct international flights into Shannon airport which is a 3 hour drive away, or into Dublin airport which is 3-3.5 hours away.
A car is essential, renting a car in Ireland is easy, with unlimited mileage as standard. However, if you would like to experience Dublin city and don't fancy driving then there are 5 trains a day from Sligo town taking 3 hours, and you could even make it a day trip. www.irishrail.ie/. There are also numerous bus routes, http://www.buseireann.ie including Galway and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Please ignore dates on photos........wrong camera settings...all photos are current.
Our home may look like a bungalow but inside has a custom made teak staircase leading to a converted attic with velux windows pouring light into the 2 large bedrooms and bathroom with mira electric shower... looking out through these windows gives you glimpses of Drumcliffe estuary.
Downstairs our guests will enjoy the large sitting room with it's huge picture window and open fireplace for cosy nights in..the curved rather large HDMI TV, with Netflix, surround sound, UK and Irish TV channels.
Our kitchen cum dining room has full length doors which open onto the patio and our large back garden, where you can enjoy listening to the birds as you sit on the patio furniture, looking left enjoy the view of knockerea mountain (climbed by many of our visitors, don't forget to put a stone on queen Meabhs burial mound in keeping with the local legends).
Downstairs we also have 2 more double bedrooms for a total of 4 bedrooms (2 king size beds, and 2 double beds). The master bedroom has a small ensuite attached with a step in shower. There is also a family bathroom with
a jacuzzi corner bath.
The last smaller room downstairs is presently used as a study cum craft room storing my yarn and books. Our home is therefore suitable for those with reduced mobility. We love to share our very comfortable bright and airy home with family and friends.
There are many attractions nearby, we are living in Yeats Country (the poet, check out http://www.yeatssociety.com/ and http://lissadellhouse.com/. W.B.Yeats is buried a few miles away, and many of the places he wrote about are within a 15 minute drive of our home....lough gill, benbulben, glencar waterfall. ...free to visit and enjoy.
We have many beautiful beaches, the nearest blue flag beach is Rosses Point, less than 10 minutes away by car, but there are nearer ones which only the locals know about and we will gladly leave directions for your visit. The" third beach" is so quiet, you will possibly be the only ones there, with a view of seals basking on the sunshine, Lissadell house in the distance and mussels farms ( the area is well known for our local mussels), with only the sound of the birds in the grass and the waves of the sea for company. Look to the right for majestic Benbulben and to the left for Rosses Point golf course with Knocknarea beyond.
If you would like to visit a land of green, participate in horse riding on a beach with the wind in your hair (http://islandviewridingstables.com/), have a beer in the local traditional Irish pub (http://www.hargadons.com/) or eat some of our locally grown lamb, beef or seafood etc at www.langs.ie/ or yeatstavernrestaurant.com) or hear traditional Irish music/dance/theatre then our home is the place to be.........you can do all and more within 10-20 minutes drive. Perhaps you would like to visit the apparition site at Knock Shrine (www.knockshrine.ie/) a place of peace and reconcilitation....only over an hour away.....
If history is your thing you will be spoilt for choice......from the 5000 year old tombs of carrowmore see http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/north-west/carrowmoremegalithiccemetery/ and http://www.carrowkeel.com/sites/carrowmore/carrowmore1a.html
investigate an area older than the pyramids...ceide fields..
the beautiful Donegal is only 40minutes away where you can spend many hours touring among the mountains see http://www.govisitdonegal.com/
place a bet in the local sligo races http://www.countysligoraces.com/ or
a round of golf at the local championship golf course(only 10 minutes away by car) see www.countysligogolfclub.ie/..........and there's more........renowned surfing destination of Strandhill is a 15 minute drive away as is the spectacular Mullaghmore.
You may even venture further afield....take a short flight from Ireland West (Knock airport) to London, Liverpool, West Midlands in the U.K. or even fly to Lanzarote Island or Faro (Portugal).
Our capitol city(Dublin) is only 3 hours away by train, so is possible to visit as a day trip. check out irishrail.ie for train times. You are truly in a beautiful corner of Ireland when you visit Sligo county.......
- 2 Adults
- 0 Children
- 4 Exchanges made
- Retired nurse manager
- retired telecoms front line manager
- House Type: House
- Environment: In the country
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3
- Sleeping Capacity: 8
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Not allowed
- Long-term exchange wanted
- Home exchange
- Free internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Terrace or deck
- Park / playground
- No smoking
- Suitable for disabled people
- Car necessary
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- Alberta, Canada
- British Columbia, Canada
- Calgary, AB, Canada
- Maine, USA
- Retired nurse manager
- retired telecoms front line manager
- No children will be traveling with us.
- We do not have pets.
About Our Family
we are empty nesters! with 2 grown children. I am retired and my husband is also retired so our dates are very flexible. We love to travel, and have done house exchanges a few times now and are ready to enjoy it again. We are proud of our home and have made many changes in the almost 30 years we have lived here and we will treat your home as if it was ours.
we enjoy seeing new locations, and have a quiet lifestyle. We love the outdoors and exploring new places. We are happy in either a city or a rural setting and would hope to combine both in an exchange.We also enjoy watching the birds in our garden who give us hours of fun as we observe their behaviour.
I am very interested in crafts, whilst my husband enjoys car rallying (as a spectator), soccer, walking and music. We would love to visit festivals showcasing local crafts, food and music.
Due to some minor mobility issues a downstairs bedroom and bathroom would be ideal, and a walk-in shower/wet room is preferable.