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Family friendly retreat

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,301 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Rural cottage, 3 bed, 2 bathrooms, quiet location,

This lovely cottage is set in a tranquil rural setting overlooking rolling pasturelands and quiet country meadows. The cottage has been comfortably furnished and is perfect for a relaxing holiday in the Irish countryside.

This is an ideal touring base. 2 miles from Kilmaine village. 3 miles from Ballinrobe town 15 miles Claremorris and 30 miles from Knock Airport. 22 miles from lively Castlebar, 26 miles Galway City, Westport 23 miles

Shop, Pub, - Kilmaine Golf , Cycling, Fishing, Shooting, Hill Walking, Horse Racing - all nearby, Beach 25 miles.

Oil fired central heating on a meter is additional cost, Electricity by meter read is additional cost - both payable when leaving.

Solid fuel stove with starter pack.

Linen and towels included.

Cot, travel cot & high chair available on request if required. TV, , Radio Internet Access

Fridge with small ice box, microwave, washing machine, hairdryer, iron

Garden furniture incl BBQ, private off road parking..

More Details

Mary Hughes
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Irish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Mary Hughes

I grew up in Co Mayo, and live nearby

Why Mary Hughes chose Ballinrobe

My Grandparents Home

What makes this cottage unique

Quiet rural location, the house is set on a working farm


Ballinrobe Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1301 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Before you leave: - Do the dishes. Please - no food or drinks in the bedrooms. Strip beds you used and leave all laundry by washing machine
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
Cosy cottage in rural setting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Family friendly retreat
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Perfect for a family or couple looking for a relaxing retreat, close to sights of the local area.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful relaxing place to base out of, all the comforts of home with some added sheep and cows .

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeff for your review and for choosing to stay in Ballymartin. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks too for leaving the property as you found it. I would recommend Jeff as a guest.
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Charming private cottage on a working farm

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this retreat. The farm is very quiet, and the cottage is absolutely charming - my children were entranced by the stove in the living room and the cut turf ready for burning. It is a great home base for exploring the area. I had planned to take advantage of the three bedrooms to give the children a little space, but the two of them took one look at the loft and agreed they needed to share that, rather than the other downstairs bedroom. I would note that the narrow lane to the house is a real Irish one-lane road, but even in our large-for-Ireland car we were able to make it without any problem.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review of The Ballymartin Arms Elisabeth. I am so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. Thanks too for being so respectful of the property and for leaving it in fabulous condition. Kindest regards. Mary
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Charm and Comfort

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Ballymartin Cottage was everything and more. The cottage was clean, well equipped, and very comfortable. Mary was very accommodating when we had a flight cancel, she didn't have too, but she did and we so appreciated it. She was also great showing us around the house so we felt comfortable with ins and outs as things are a little different than in the US.

Sitting at night around the fireplace was by far the best part for us . We reminisced our day and planned the next with a bottle of wine and peat fire. We can't say enough how absolutely charming and comfortable the Cottage was. It was just a magic vacation.

And the sheep! It was the icing on the cake. They were so sweet greeting us every morning.

Thank you! M

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review Melissa. Delighted you enjoyed the property, location and your stay. Thanks too for being respectful of the cottage. Hope to see you all again! Kindest regards. M
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Fantastic Cottage in Ideal Country Setting

  • 5 of 5

The cottage located near the town of Kilmaine was the perfect jumping off point for our genealogy trip into County Mayo and nearby County Galway. The accommodations were well appointed, clean, spacious and easy to get to. Being a native left hand driver, I had only wished my first driving experience on the other side would have been from the tiny Knock airport to this cottage. Located on a working farm, views surrounded us of stone walls enclosing sheep in lush green pastures. At one point on our trip home a neighbor’s sheep were being herded between fields down the narrow road leading to the cottage; so idyllic! The location was quiet, but with plenty to do within an easy drive, including Galway, Cong, Wild Atlantic Way drive, Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park.

My parents and I thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to meet with Mary to learn of the 18th century family history of the originally thatched cottage and the loving restoration process that took place. She was also very helpful in pointing us to a nearby genealogy research center in Ballinrobe, which just goes to show the kindness and hospitality that exists in Ireland. We would certainly stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Tidy, well appointed, and charming.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments. I am glad you felt happy and peaceful at The Ballymartin Arms. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. Appreciate that you left my ancestral home in very good condition with everything as you found it. Delighted to have met you and your London friends. So, spread the word , tell your friends. Thanks again. Mary
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Beautiful Country Home

  • 5 of 5

The location of this cozy, warm cottage is breathtaking. Surrounded by sheep and fields of green as far as your eyes can see. Its the perfect quiet and tranquil location for someone from the busy city to escape to. That being said, you will want to have a vehicle with you as it is not walking distance to town. The inside of the cottage is modern and welcoming and the owners are very responsive and helpful. I could not recommend this haven more.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Kilamine Village
Nearest Ferry
150 Miles
Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Ballinrobe 18 Hole
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
M6 Galway to Dublin
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
29 Miles
Car: necessary

Westport 20 miles; Galway 30 miles.

Ballinrobe is a lively market town on the River Robe in County Mayo, close to Lough Mask, Lough Carra and Lough Corrib . Ballinrobe is known as the lake angling centre of the west, and with 60,000 acres of lough fishing, and miles of river fishing close by.

Geographically, it is ideally located as a touring base for those wishing to explore Galway, Mayo and west Ireland. Dating back to the 1300s, Ballinrobe is believed to be the oldest town in South Mayo, and is surrounded by many features of archaeological, architectural, historic and ecological interest.

The town offers a championship 18 hole golf course and the award winning Ballinrobe Race Course holds Spring and Summer horse racing meetings. Horse riding, cycling and hill walking are also catered for in the area.

For day trips, the stunning Mayo coastline can be easily reached in half an hour, and a visit to the world-famous Connemara National Park, with its breathtaking walks and amazing scenery, makes for an unforgettable day trip.

Driving Times:

•Knock Airport - 30 miles; 44 mins

•Dun Laoghaire ferry - 170 miles; 3 hrs 27 mins


•Nearest shop, pub town, Kilmaine, 1.5 miles

•Nearest beach; Westport, 22 miles

•Public Transport: Regular daily Bus Service within walking distance of property

•Fishing – Excellent lough and river fishing can be enjoyed in the area

•Galway City – Purchase souvenirs or experience the 'craic' in one of the many bars and pubs

•Ashford Castle – This medieval castle is well worth a visit


•Connemara National Park – Spend a day exploring this stunning National Park

Visit for more information about Ballinrobe


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $117.79
Cleaning $58.89

Oil fired heating is on a metered system. Charge is to be paid on last day of stay in Euro to owner.
Electricity is also on metered system and is charge is to be paid on last day of stay in Euro to owner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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