Secluded Family Cottage with Sea Views - Now a Country Estate
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Achill chateau / country house description
In 2004, we bought an old family cottage in a small, rural village called The Valley, on Achill Island. Mary's mother grew up in The Valley, and this cottage, her "favorite cottage in The Valley," was owned and built by her cousin. Achill Island is the largest island off the coast of Ireland, connected to the mainland by a short bridge. It is in the West of Ireland (in County Mayo) which is known for its rugged beauty and undeveloped coastlines. Achill Island is still very undeveloped, and because of its remoteness and serene beauty, it has been a popular place for writers, poets, and painters to spend their creative sabbaticals. More recently, it has also started to become a popular place for Dubliners and other Europeans to "holiday." Although a number of Holiday Cottages have been built in the last few years, the island is still very rural. One still must drive slowly around the narrow, windy roads, and frequently wait for cows or sheep meandering in your path.
We started a major renovation project on the cottage in late 2005, turning it into a four-bedroom, five-bathroom "country estate" which we named Panacea (meaning "a cure for everything"). The project was finally finished in early 2007. The original cottage portion was turned into a Great Room with an island kitchen, dining area, and hearth room with large open fireplace. The four bedrooms were added behind the Great Room -- three on the ground level, and a large master suite on the second level. The master suite has a sitting area, walk-in closet, and large bathroom with two sinks and a Jacuzzi tub. Panacea sits on an acre of land with open fields on both sides (which frequently have grazing cows), acres of common ground and lake at the back of the house with a backdrop of Mount Slievemore, and to the front lies open bog fields down to the coast of Blacksod Bay, providing magnificent, unobstructed sea views. This is truly a secluded, tranquil, and beautiful setting. When we or family members are not there on holiday, we are making Panacea available for vacation rental.
Achill Island is about 12 miles by 14 miles and has about 3000 people living year-round in its 22 small villages. You can count on at least one pub in every village. (Our "local," as they say in Ireland, is just on the other side of the lake behind Panacea, in an historic estate of English nobility now called The Valley House.) In the holiday season, the population grows to about 12,000. The tourism supports several good restaurants, but with grocery stores nearby and a complete kitchen in Panacea, guests can choose to stay huddled in the "cottage" in front of a cozy turf fire -- now that's the real Irish way.
Keywords: Cottage Converted to Luxury House
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10
Bathrooms: 4.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
Fully supplied with all high-end ware -- everything you would want in your home. Includes coffee maker and bean grinder, for those who must have the freshest coffee in the morning (but you might want to bring your own coffee beans)....moreless
- Wood Fireplace:
- Linens Provided:
- Every bedroom has a private bath, TV, and DVD player; large master suite has fireplace, sitting area, walk-in closet, and large bath with double sinks and Jacuzzi tub; one other bedroom has a fireplace; lake behind house with freshwater trout; very quiet and secluded setting with unobstructed sea and mountain views; great hiking, biking, and all sorts of outdoor activities available. Panacea makes a great home base for exploring the West of Ireland....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Video Library
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
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November - April ............. € 799/week May, October ................. €1050/week June, September .............. €1300/week July - August ................ €1500/week Holidays: Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick's, Easter, Bank holiday ... €1100/week Utilities additional: Summer ... €12/day; Winter ... €15/day Refundable security deposit. Inquire for length of stay shorter or longer than a week.
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Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Our photos and lot's of family information can be found on our Panacea web site.
Why the Owner Chose Achill:
This was an old family cottage in a very special place in Ireland. See general description on VRBO, and also, go to our Panacea web site -- panacea-on-achill.com -- for much more background on why we bought this place.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Panacea is a place of peace and quite, serenity, and beauty everywhere you look. Great place for taking great photographs. Living in luxury in the midst of all that -- what more could you ask for?!
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Rear view of Panacea -- two levels of bedrooms added behind original cottage
... a cozy Great Room, with dining area, hearth room, and (see next photo) ...
The large master suite has a fireplace, sitting area, and walk-in closet.
The original cottage portion has been renovated into (see next photo) ...
... a modern kitchen, yet still retaining the old look and feel.
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