“What a really lovely place this was for a quiet and peaceful week away from the madness of the world.”
Molly and Bessie, the dear dogs, were sweet companions on walks or sitting outside or even Molly's visits up to the loft, and I thoroughly enjoyed hanging with the Connemara herd in the field (consolation for being away from my own horse for a week). An extra added bonus was watching from the corner kitchen window the many bunnies eating and playing in the cob's paddock every morning and indeed throughout the day.
Owners Breda and Finton were in residence and so fun to talk to, and caretaker Mattie was extremely helpful in making sure everything was good and even texted me with a recommendation to hike at Bay Lough near the Vee (which I did and highly recommend). Enjoyed chatting with Sean as well, the fellow who is working on converting part of the old dairy into another apartment, which I hope to see next time.
The loft was very homey, and exactly as shown in the photos. There's a comfortable bed and nice bathroom; the blow dryer was much appreciated and there are shampoos and soaps available if you've forgotten yours. I had the windows open nearly 24/7 (lots of fresh air, and leaves, circulating!). The sofa and easy chairs were a little too cushy for this back of mine but I was quite content to sit at the kitchen table to read. Basic kitchenware is available (utensils, pots and pans, dinner and tableware), as well as a small fridge with a bit of freezer space, nice microwave, stove, toaster, and electric tea kettle. Now, as Mattie warned me, the hot water in the kitchen sink and the shower is super hot, so be a little careful when you're washing up. There are two nice space heaters if you want to take the chill off, but hardly a need for it with the down comforter and electric blanket on the bed. The steps (5, then a landing, then another 5) up to the loft are, as with the other features, as shown in the photos. It's a nice walk down to the village if you need bread, etc. from the small store and the butcher shop looks amazing and I'll remember it for next time.
All in all, I loved staying here, and will do so again!