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Secluded Family Cottage with Sea Views - Now a Country Estate

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Rear view of Panacea -- two levels of bedrooms added behind original cottage

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Last updated: 04/17/2011

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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

Property Type

      • Chateau / Country House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Mature adults and families that will treat our home as their own....moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Limited Accessibility
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Bedroom 3

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          • Bedroom 4

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          • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3) Two singles, plus pull-out trundle bed to make 3rd single in same room, plus a fourth mattress that can be placed on floor of another room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed pulls out to Queen size...moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • 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

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                (5) A TV in every bedroom, and one in the Great Room...moreless

              • Video Library

              Attractions

                  • Restaurants

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    View to the rear of the house overlooks a lake and a clear view of Mount Slievemore, the most prominent feature of Achill Island....moreless

                  • Ocean View:

                    Unobstructed views of the sea (Blacksod Bay, separating Achill Island from mainland Ireland) from most rooms....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Sailing
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  General

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Room for several cars...moreless

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                  • Washing Machine:

                    Large capacity...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Free WiFi...moreless

                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    (3) A large, open turf fireplace in Hearth Room, and two turf fireplaces in bedrooms....moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    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

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    Old-style "cooker" with 6 gas burners and two electric ovens...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Refrigerator:

                    Average size, refrigerator on top and freezer below....moreless

                  Outside

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Hearth room opens to a concrete patio through double glass doors....moreless

                      Payment Type

                      • Eurocard
                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa

                      Pool / Spa

                           

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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.
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                          Calendar

                          The property's calendar has not been updated in over 43 months. You can contact the owner for availability or look for properties with confirmed availability

                           

                          Location

                          Many other opportunities during the summer season, such as kite surfing, music, painting, and archeological classes, and much more -- see Achill Tourism website, achilltourism.com.

                           

                          Owner info

                          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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                          Speaks: english

                           

                          Photos

                          • Rear view of Panacea -- two levels of bedrooms added behind original cottage

                            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) ...

                            ... 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 large master suite has a fireplace, sitting area, and walk-in closet.

                          • The original cottage portion has been renovated into (see next photo) ...

                            The original cottage portion has been renovated into (see next photo) ...

                          • ... a modern kitchen, yet still retaining the old look and feel.

                            ... a modern kitchen, yet still retaining the old look and feel.

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                          4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 10

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                          Member since: 2008
                          Speaks: english
                          • Calendar last updated: 04/17/2011
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