"The owners are amazing, wonderful, helpful, kind and considerate people. They met our family at the property as we first arrived, gave us gifts of foodstuffs and drink so we weren't starting with bare cupboards, and made sure that we knew the lay of the land and were comfortable with the property and its surroundings.
The property itself was large, yet felt homey. The bedrooms were large, the beds comfortable, and having the four bathrooms was more than enough for our party of eight adults. The kitchen has a good layout and was easy to cook in, and had sufficient pots, pans, and utensils.
The grounds are gorgeous, from the green carpet of lawn, the flowers and trees, all the way back to the bubbling brook- with seating at the water's edge to rest or surround yourself with the beauty of the Irish countryside. There is a wide variety of birdlife, and birdsong fills the air throughout the day.
The donkeys, Ebony and Ivory, were quite friendly. The entire surrounding area is full of livestock: beautiful horses, resting cattle, and grazing sheep.
Just a short walk away is quaint "downtown" Mountshannon, comprised of a few small pubs- each with their own unique, special atmosphere- a small hotel, a church, and a few shops. The harbo(u)r is also an easy 10-15 minute walk, where one can try to catch a glimpse of the White-Tailed Eagle from the hide- they even provide the binoculars. We took a boat ride out to The Holy Island with a gentleman, who literally wrote the book on the place. He will tell you, pleasantly, as he hands you a loaner book to reference while exploring the island, "I wrote that, so everything in't is true". There are also a number of boats that you can take out to explore the river or go fishing. We totally forgot to ask the owners of the property about the boat mentioned in the property description!
While one can spend hours driving every day to see the sights of the nearby cities and towns, ruins and churches, and we did, think carefully before doing something like that for too many of your days at this property. The true beauty of this property is the property itself, the owners, and the sights and people in the surrounding area. Talk to the folks in the pubs, ask about things, they were all kind and very helpful in every regard, and as nights grew longer, some were even nice enough to join us in song.
We can't speak highly enough of our time there. If you're looking for a perfect place to holiday, look no further, you've found it."
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: June 14, 2015