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STUNNING 4 bed, 2 bath farmhouse. Picturesque views overlooking Sligo Bay. WiFi

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 double bedrooms. Unique lounge/veranda. Unlimited Free WiFi. Games Room.

Come to Sligo and set your spirit free.

Experience the holiday (vacation) of a lifetime in our stunning holiday farmhouse perfectly located in Ireland's magical northwest. Have a great farm and/or marine based activity holiday or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you.

Our holiday home has a unique 40 foot lounge/reception area with superior views of Sligo Bay, Raghly Harbour, and Queen Maeve's cairn. Large, new spacious fitted kitchen. Two bathrooms and four double bedrooms- three rooms with bay windows facing the sea.

Free Wireless Internet access and TV/DVD player.

Central heating throughout the house. The cost of heating is NOT included in the price of accommodation (an oil meter is read on arrival and again on departure). An Art and Games Room is adjacent to house with pool and air hockey tables, art supplies, and board games. Large front and side garden and lawns. Outdoor furniture and barbeque. Locked storage shed available for bicycles, surfboards, fishing rods, golf clubs, etc. Private access to lands where Barnacle Geese and migrating birds are plentiful from October to April.

Guests can participate in farming activities which may include: feeding and petting calves and lambs; turning hay; bringing in hay; driving tractor; and watching the cattle in front of the house. in addition, an organic garden nearby offers seasonal vegetables from June to October. Sometimes (weather and tide dependent), guests can be brought on a short boat trip, for fishing mackerel or just enjoy watching the birds and scenery, while at sea. If guests would like fresh lobster, just let us know and we will make arrangements for them to be brought to your door (cooking demo included if desired).Climbing the nearby fairy fort with us is breathtaking and later visiting the 'pigeon holes' in Raghly where the sea comes in under the land. Our friendliness and hospitality will make this your home away from home.

Our beautifully renovated 4 bedroom vacation holiday farmhouse is on an elevated site facing Sligo Bay. This enchanting area near Lissadell (5km) is steeped in history and mythology and well described by W.B.Yeats for its beauty and creativity. The dramatic limestone mountains of Benbulben and Knocknarea will fascinate you. Spectacular views and sounds from the Atlantic Ocean are captivating. You may even want to take out your surf/body boards and beach towels. Experience the vacation of a lifetime where we can help you and your family/friends plan your holiday or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. Enjoy the spirit of Sligo.

Things to Do from Your Tranquil Home-away-from-Home in Ireland's Magical Northwest:

Bird Watching

This area is a paradise for birds and waterfowl. Some of our land has been recently designated as special area of conservation. Barnacle Geese visit us every year from mid-October to late April. A walkway (for able and disabled) provides direct access to view the geese. Close by (10 minutes) is the Ballygilgan Nature Reserve (Lissadell) ( And Bird Watch Ireland / Sligo site ( or provide up to date recent sighting of various birds and waterfowl in the Sligo area.

Arts and Culture

This area is notorious for its artists from writers, poets, painters, and fairy makers, and many have set up home here. The Model (Niland Gallery), Hamilton Gallery, Yeat’s Society, Hawkswell, Blue Raincoat Theatre, the Factory, and more are within 20 minutes drive.


Go to Lislarry (about 6km) for some of the best waves in the northwest. Or go further to afield to Bundoran ( or or Strandhill ( and experience the thrills of surfing on the big Atlantic waves (both 30 minutes away). Or the Adventure Sligo site ( can provide additional links.

Sailing / Boating / Canoeing/Kayaking

If you have your own boat (sail boat, rib, canoe, etc) bring it along and we will help you launch it from the recently renovated Raghley pier. You can explore and relax in tranquility of Drumcliffe Bay. The boat can be stored in our sheds. Other popular activities include kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding. (

Within 20 minutes there are 2 sailing clubs (http://mullaghmoresailingclub or offering beginners and experienced sailing courses for juniors and adults.


If you own your own horse(s), you can have a unique holiday by bringing him/her/them with you. Access to the local beaches (Ardtarmon Strand or The Golden Strand or Tra Bui) can be provided through the owner’s land. Then the horse(s) can graze under your watchful eye. All options considered. Contact us for more information.

Alternatively, Island View offers horseriding for all the family year round ( This family run business is located about 15 minutes away and offers beach rides, trekking, lessons, and carriage riding. Use these links for additional riding stables: or in the Sligo area.


Ireland is renowned for its golf courses and Rosses’ Point is no exception. The County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses’ Point ( is ranked in the top 10 links courses in Ireland. The club boasts renowned visitors and champions, Rory McElroy and Tom Watson. Or you can go to Berties Pitch and Putt ( or the Tyeconnell Pitch and Putt course in Bundoran.


There are plenty of excellent fishing points on the Raghley peninsula, where you can catch mackerel, pollock, bollin or if you are lucky sea trout. Raghley Harbour is located ¼ mile away. Spoil yourself with some fresh lobster and crab caught by local fishermen (available on request). Or try your hand at getting some razor fish or rock fishing. Crab fishing off the pier provides fun for everyone. In Rosses’ Point ( (Darryl Ewing can pick you up at Raghley Pier, depends on tide) or Mullahmore ( or charter boats are available for the serious fishermen. We can help with any bookings.

Walking/Hill Walking

Exploring North Sligo on foot can be a beautiful way to see the county. Various magical walks include: Lissadell House and Woods; Glencar Lake and Waterfall; Streedagh Point and Beach; Knocknarea and Queen Maeve's Cairn, Glennif Horseshoe at the foot of Ben Bulben to name a few. Go to and/or or for more information on mountain walks, nature trails, coastal walks and more.

Local Attractions: The following sites provide useful information about places to see and visit in Sligo:








Shopping and Restaurants:

Sligo offers shopping with a difference. There is a good mix of the extraordinary shops with hand-crafted pieces, the shops passed down through the generations and the more typical shops. Wooden sculpture by Michael Quirke and hand-crafted jewelry at The Cat and the Moon offer some unusual items while Mullaney’s and Moffits have been in the center of town for generations. The shopping centers provide a good mix on newer shops. Café’s, restaurants, and bistros are plentiful in Sligo town. Closer to 'home' there are several tasty meals at Lang's Bar and Restaurant, Yeat’s Tavern (or Davis’); and Henry’s Restaurant (within 10-15 minutes of our house).

More Details

Mary and Desmond Carway
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Mary and Desmond Carway

Desmond is the second youngest child in his family of 5 sisters and 2 brothers. His father (Mick) was a dairy farmer and mother (Maureen) was a nurse and ran a tourist business for many years. In August 1985, my friendly nature led me to meet the love of my life, Mary. She was on a literature and landscape tour of Ireland and happened to be in Ellen’s pub for some traditional music.

Mary hailed from Arlington, Mass (USA), a suburb of Boston and had just finished her Master’s Degree in Nursing. After a little persuading, I finally convinced Mary that the west of Ireland was the place to be! It is rather ironic that Mary’s mother emigrated from Kinsale, Co. Cork to Boston in the early 1950’s.

Our Wonderful Children:

Elena loves art, picking (and eating) blackberries, looking for mermaid’s purses on the beach, and crab fishing off the pier at Raghly Harbour. Tola loves fishing and boating, climbing to the top of the fairy fort then rolling down, and loves his sports - hurling, football, and basketball. And they both love playing piano.

From the horse drawn caravans, in the field in front of our house, to bed and breakfast we shared our Irish traditions with many visitors. And there are many stories to tell. My grandmother, who had to herd cattle and rear 8 children, could be stuck for a babysitter at any time. She would often tie a chicken to the pram, to entertain which ever child was in it at the time, while she did jobs on the farm (playschool Ballymulderry - style).

The experience of meeting new people that came to stay with us was better than going on holidays – it was so exciting. What I loved most was when my mother asked me to greet the visitors at the front door, bring them to the beach, or make some Irish coffees.

Why Mary and Desmond Carway chose Ardtermon

You will feel like you are living on a farm for a week. And the views from the vestible or 'indoor porch' give a real sense of peace and tranquility. Viewing the animals out the window of the lounge at breakfast is a treat. Then in the evening, the calves and/or sheep often embark on a session of playing and dancing.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Experience farming life for a day, a week or just a few hours every day - whatever suits your fancy.

Moving cattle and/or sheep from one field to another can be tricky but also lots of craic. Walking over the road moving cattle or stopping in sheep is an interesting adventure. Sometimes the animals (calves, cows, sheep or lambs) escape, which adds to the excitement. Even if you cannot participate in the movement of cattle/sheep, there is always the tractor experience for both young and old. Sitting in the seat and driving from one part of the field to the next is amazing.

If the weather suits, we will cut a crop of grass to try to get some bales of hay. The smell and texture of the cut grass as it turns to hay is intriguing for both young and old.

The possibility of a short boat trip - tide and weather/sea conditions dependent is also an option. Often some of the leisure fishermen will drop in a few mackerel depending on their catch! We have a unique relationship with the harbour and its amenities.

An organic garden, less than 1/2km over the road, offers a selection of seasonal vegetables as well as a tour of the garden.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Montbrison, France

Maison magnifique, bien équipée et spacieuse. Une vue magnifique sur la baie. Les propriétaires, Des et Mary, sont chaleureux et accueillants. A ne pas manquer !
Apr 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Ardtermon in Sligo

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Cleanliness: Keep house clean/tidy, esp. all kitchen ware. If excessive cleaning is required, a cleaning charge of 15 euro per hour will be levied.
  • Number of People Staying: You must notify us before arrival of changes to size of the group. Additional charges will be incurred for extra guests.
  • Items may break down/get damaged without warning. We will try to repair/replace but can't guarantee it will be resolved during your stay and apologise
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Separate shower and bath in main bath with towels/bath mats
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Walk-in Shower, Spacious en-suite, Towels and bath mats
  • Two spacious bathrooms Newly tiled main bathroom with old cast iron bath, separate electric shower with glass doors, and hot press. The second (en-suite bathroom) new bathroom has a lovely walk in shower/wet room (electric shower). Towels provided for all guests staying in our house. Bath mats provided in each bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Bed Linen = 100% Cotton Sheets
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Bed Linen = 100% Cotton Sheets
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , King Coil Mattress and 100% Cotton Sheets
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , King Coil Mattress and 100% Cotton Sheets
  • Beautiful views from the large bay windows in each of the 3 front bedrooms (facing south). Spacious and well finished rooms with built in wardrobes and high quality pillows and mattresses. All bed linen is 100% cotton. Duvets on all beds in winter, spring and autumn. Bedspreads may be used in summer (weather permitting).
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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STUNNING 4 bed, 2 bath farmhouse. Picturesque views overlooking Sligo Bay. WiFi
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Even Better Second Time Around!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second holiday at the property, and it definitely lived up to our expectations again! Mary & Des are so caring and looked after us amazingly during our stay. The weather was good and we had some lovely walks around the surrounding area. We have already put Herdsman's House in our favourite places to stay and will be booking this accommodation next time we are in Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning, spotless, everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday.

  • 5 of 5

As above and the owners are just about the nicest and most attentive couple you could ever come across.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well this property is very clean and organize.

  • 5 of 5

The front seating area is great for relaxing when its raining outside or just for taking in the view of the bay. The view of the lights (Rosses point ) at night is great too. The owners came by every couple days to check on us and to make sure that everything was going smoothly and answering, any questions we had about directions to sites or places to eat. My wife and I had great time.

Richie and Karen Brown

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded High Expectations

  • 5 of 5

There is so much I could say. Seven family members spent a week here as base camp to explore the many fascinating sights both very close and within a day trip of this property. We spent about half our vacation driving to see sights that we dreamed of seeing and had a wonderful time doing so, capturing many great pictures and having a grand time. However, and without question, the enduring memories of our vacation will be the time spent at this house, meeting Desmond and Mary and exploring Raghly. I hope to return someday.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This property and its owners cannot be faulted. The discription cannot do it justice.

  • 5 of 5

Six of us covering three generations had a weeks holiday here at the end of October and everybody had a fantastic time. The main problem was getting motivated to leave the area around house. The property is top notch with every mod con and the log burner is a great addition. The owners Mary and Desmond are an amazing couple and could not have been more welcoming. My two granddaughters had a great time on the farm and loved feeding and watering the weaning calves.

The location is fantastic with superb walks right outside. I enjoy bird watching and took a telescope and tripod which only needed pointing out of the front window to see an amazing variety of wildfowl including Great Northern Divers, Barnacle geese and Brent geese.

I can honestly say this is one of the best properties I have ever rented and would recommend it for anyone who loves the Irish countryside and loves to stay in relative luxury.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Exquisite and welcoming!!

  • 5 of 5

This home is the epitome of Ireland and the hosts are of the highest caliber. Desmond and Mary and the two teenaged children were very friendly and accommodating. We loved this place so much, we extended our stay 2 nights beyond our original booking. The house was spotless and everything in working order with the Wi-Fi never shutting off on us (which was a problem in other places we stayed in Ireland). It was terrific to be able to look out of the sun room at the view of the ocean just beyond the cows grazing in the field. We were even given the opportunity by Desmond to participate in some of the caring for the cows. It was a unique & fun experience and also clear to see the cows are even very well taken care of and very healthy. If ever in Ireland, we highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cheryl, Thank you very much for staying with us and your kind comments regarding our farmhouse and ourselves. You did a great job dosing the cattle with Des and the kids were very impressed. And we hope you enjoyed the walks and other activities We are so happy that you had an opportunity to participate in some of the winter farming activities and the walks in the area. It was a pleasure having you. Thanks again, Mary, Des and children
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Ellen's Pub
Nearest Ferry
226 Kilometres
Larne Ferry Terminal, Co Antrim
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Rosses' Point
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Sligo town
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Yeat's Tavern
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Golden Strand
Car: necessary

The perfect vacation location for touring, exploring and relaxing. Start your magical holiday looking out on Sligo bay, or walk to the nearby fairy forts for some amazing views. Several beaches are located within 1km. Lissadell House, woods, and beach are only 5km away. We are located in Ballymulderry, Ballinfull, North County Sligo, about 16km from Sligo town.

Tourist attractions include: W.B. Yeats' grave (12km), Streedagh Beach and Spanish Armada (8km), Glencar Lake and Waterfall (26km), Parke's Castle (28km), Mullaghmore (15km), Sligo Abbey (16km), Eagle's Flying Raptor Center (35km), and more.

While Strandhill (28km) and Bundoran (40km) are the more popular surfing locations, the waves in nearby Lislarry (5km) or Streedagh (10km) cannot be bet either. Mullaghmore and Rosses' Point provide additional water sporting activities.

Raghly Harbour is within 2km and local fishermen can provide you with fresh lobster and crab on request. There is an abundance of rock fishing areas within 2km as well. Or deep sea fishing may suit the fishing enthusiast and we can help arrange evening or day outings with Sligo Boat Charters (

The West of Ireland Championship Golf course in Rosses' Point is only 15-20 minute drive (20km).

The dynamic limestone Benbulben mountain provides visual appeal as well as appeal to walkers and hill climbers. And while you are at it climb Knocknarea to visit Queen Maeve's cairn.

Whatever your interests - boating, fishing, water sports, horse riding, arts and culture - we would be happy to help you.

The local shop and pubs are less than 3km from our holiday home. One of the pubs, Ellen’s Pub, has traditional music sessions on most Friday evenings (visiting musicians welcome). Larger shops and filling stations are available in Grange village, about 10km away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Ardtermon, Ireland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer 2018
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Autumn/Early Winter 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Heating Oil per litre £0.62

Your accommodation includes:
Unlimited Wireless Internet
Electricity (reasonable use)
Starter pack for solid fuel stove (winter months only)
Bed linen with 100% cotton sheets
Hand, Face and Bath Towels
Initial supply of toilet paper and paper towel
Fully equipped kitchen

The price DOES NOT include Hot Water or HEAT. (Oil meter is read on arrival and departure.) The price DOES NOT INCLUDE a SECURITY DEPOSIT of 200euro cash on arrival. This deposit is usually returned after the house is checked for damage and cleanliness.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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