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Charming Country Home, Near Scenic Seaside Westport Town

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 12)

Teach Mo Chroi' meaning 'Home of My Heart', is set upon an acre of meadowland amidst the farmland of Ballintubber, Co. Mayo where your nearest neighbor is likely to be the cow or sheep in a nearby field.

Drive down our little boreen, through the canopy of trees, to the gates of 'Teach Mo Chroi', a fresh friendly country home overlooking the Partry Mountains and Croagh Patrick.

Our boreen, Irish for tiny one-lane road, is just a 1/4 mile off N84 and midway between Castlebar and Ballinrobe Town. Only a 15 minute drive into Westport, a bustling seaside town on the Atlantic's Clew Bay, an hour to Galway City, and 25 minutes to Cong Village, home to Ashford Castle and The Quiet Man Cottage.

In this calm and tranquil setting there's nothing quite as nice as awakening to the birdsong on a fine summer morning. Relax with a cup of tea on the patio beside sunlit mountains; or pluck a novel from the book shelves and settle in for a good read. When night falls, the sky is transformed into a visual feast of stars!

The house is in an ideal location for touring the West of Ireland. Whether you've an hour or the day, consider visiting these worthwhile nearby offerings: 12th Century Ballintubber Abbey, Ballinrobe Horse races, Heneghans Heritage Centre, Corrib Cruises, The Ceide Fields, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Westport House & Country Park Amusements, The Fjords at Killary Harbor, Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Galway City, the spectacular cliffs and superb beaches of Achill Island, or for a special treat learn to fly a hawk at Ashford Castle's Falconry School.

For the thrill seekers and outdoorsmen, try the unique challenges offered at the Killary Adventure Center.

Teach Mo Chroi' is a family friendly home with many desirable features to its credit; providing excellent accommodations to large groups, for reunions, anniversaries, and special family gatherings. There is ample parking for 6 vehicles.

The house is equipped with US 110v outlets as well as the standard Irish 220v, so bring along your I pods, etc. For the film buff, relax and enjoy a selection from our more than 30 Irish Films on DVD. From the spacious kitchen to the warm inviting living room, every room is large and comfortable.

The Master Bedroom is en suite with a King bed and walk-in closet. All bedrooms are fitted with ultra plush US mattresses. The Extra large Dbl Bedroom has 2 Queen beds and TV w/DVD-VCR. Two additional Bedrooms host a Queen & Single bed in each. There are 2 more bathrooms with tub and shower units as well as a large utility room w/washer and dryer. Great water pressure throughout the home.

Cartronbower boreen serves as a walking route to many of the locals because its peaceful and rarely traveled. Wander down its winding path and you're likely to encounter cows, horses, or donkeys in the surrounding fields, each known to enjoy a carrot or apple from a friendly passerby.

In early Spring, the fields are alive with the sights and sounds of baby lambs, a vision to behold for children and adults alike. A portion of the front garden is a soccer/Gaelic football field complete with 2 netted goals. Additionally, there's a paved area for basketball with 2 backboards, child's swing set, and a patio complete with furniture and BBQ Grill.

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K. Geraghty
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
2 May, 2018

About K. Geraghty

My husband is originally from Ballintubber Co. Mayo. His parents still live in this tranquil little village. We found ourselves travelling to Ireland more and more as the years passed and our family grew. Renting a place large enough to house our family became an ever increasing challenge and always required a drive to visit the extended family of cousins and grandparents. We knew eventually we would build somewhere and decided that this village we called Home was the only real choice for us. We designed and built the house over the space of 2 yrs seeing to all the important details ourselves. It was and still is an expression of our love for the area and of Ireland itself. When we came to realize this, the only proper choice for a name was Teach Mo Chroi' or 'Home of my Heart'. We are Karla & Gerry Geraghty. We are raising 4 children, live and work near Chicago, Illinois.

K. Geraghty purchased this house in 2001

Why K. Geraghty chose Ballintober

We originally chose the site for its close proximity to family, its tranquil setting, and mountainous views. Building our own home allowed us to pack it full of unique features and details not found in other homes.

Our location makes us a great choice for touring the West of Ireland. We are within an hour of many of Irelands treasured landmarks and tourist attractions. Ashford Castle in Cong, Croagh Patrick in Westport, and Achill Island are merely a few of the places a visitor must see. The town of Westport is full of Irish music and merriment in any number of traditional pubs which line its cobblestone streets.

What makes this house unique

Teach Mo Chroi' is a family friendly home with many desirable features to it's credit. The house is equipped with US 110v outlets as well as the standard Irish/European 220v, so bring along your ipods, laptops, and cameras, but leave the converters at home you won't need them. No need to pack that bulky hair dryer we have 3 for use during your stay.

All of our bedrooms have very comfortable thick American mattresses which will provide a great nights rest after a long day of touring.

We offer password protected WIFI as well as an extensive selection of Irish Films (30+) on DVD and also numerous award winning American films for your viewing pleasure. If you enjoy a good novel we have many to choose from in our library of books.

Our Satellite (SKY) TV has a considerable number of channels and special kids programming (Disney and Nickelodeon) to please the whole family.

The grounds of our property offer a number of activities for families to enjoy together; soccer, basketball, kids swings, outdoor furniture and a Weber Gas Grill (usable May-Sept) to dine Al Fresco on our large patio. Short walks to explore the farmland surrounding the home are enjoyed by most of our guests.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ballintober in County Mayo

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • For your safety and ours, ALWAYS close windows and lock exterior doors when the house is not occupied.
  • Never leave an open fire burning when the house is not occupied.
  • The RENTAL AGREEMENT (found just below) Must Be filled Out and Returned as a condition of rental.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Wall mounted hair dryer
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Electric Shower. Wall mounted hair dryer.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master Ensuite w/2 Setting Rain shower. Portable hair dryer.
  • Two family bathrooms with tub and shower units and an ensuite bathroom w/shower as well as a large utility room w/washer and dryer.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • The Master Bedroom is en suite with a King bed and walk-in closet. All bedrooms are fitted with plush US mattresses. The Extra large Dbl Bedroom has 2 Queen beds and TV w/DVD-VCR. Two additional Bedrooms host a Queen & Single bed in each.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 12 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Wood Stove: Wood & Solid Fuel burning stove in the living room. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer. House is equipped with a pay-phone. Home is equipped with USA 110v outlets as well as 220v Irish outlets, 3 hair dryers, property has basketball court, wooden swing-set, soccer/gaelic football field w/goals, adult patio swing, patio furniture, and BBQ Grill. Accommodations are not available for renters under 25 unless accompanied by their family. Handicapped Accessible (may have limitations): Offering a shower chair for use while bathing. The home has large 5 ft. hallways is on one level and no stairs. Wheelchair Accessible (may have limitations): Like most Irish homes, there is a stoop outside every outside door. However, once inside the home there are no stairs or thresholds, and 5 ft. wide hallways. A wheelchair moves freely throughout the home.


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Charming Country Home, Near Scenic Seaside Westport Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 60 reviews

A Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

I chose this home because of it's location near relatives. It worked out perfectly! We were met in town by Maura & she led us to the house to give us a brief but thorough orientation. She took the time to give us some ideas of activities in the area. She was very welcoming! The house was warm & inviting. Very comfortable for 10 adults. It had touches of Ireland & America! No need for converters, large washer/dryer, hot water for everyone, large kitchen for everybody to gather. We were there during the Gaelic Football playoffs so my cousins 12 year old son was able to show us his skill & teach my kids how to play in the front yard. Great memories for everyone! I have already recommended this home to my family for an Ireland trip next year. Thank you for opening up your home to us! It was lovely! 😊 Trish C. (Channahon, IL)

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent stay in Mayo

  • 5 of 5

Teach mo Chroi was the perfect home base for exploring Mayo and Galway. Our family of 7 (ranging in age from 9 to mid 70s) loved the spaciousness of the home; we never felt cramped and appreciated that everything was on one floor. The kitchen was perfectly equipped with everything we needed for meals in and we enjoyed sitting out back taking in the beautiful view of Croagh Patrick (which 3 of us managed to hike to the summit of!) The children loved the large yard and feeding the nearby donkeys each day. The duel current in the home was an added bonus as was the large laundry room. During our stay we were able to visit Knock Shrine, Westport, Louisburgh, Leenaun, and Cong, along with Kylemore and Ballintubber Abbeys. All were an easy drive away. We also visited Ireland's School of Falconry at Ashford Castle and Joyce Country Sheepdogs in Connemara, both of which were favorites with the entire family. If ever our travels bring us back to the beautiful west of Ireland, we will surely return to this lovely home. Thank you, Karla!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home, pleasant surroundings, convenient to many sights & the town of West Port

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every moment of our stay there and in the surrounding area .

We did the Abby The West Port house , West Port town of course Delicious

food everywhere we ate. Found the Country House and had another good

meal .

The children fed the Donkeys ---Donald and Trump --so the farmer told them --every day .

We felt at home the moment we went down the driveway . Maura is lovely and gave us a good tour and explaind everything to us .

So, thank you to Karla and Maura! We hope to rent from her in the future for a week and see more sights!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our property from among the many choices available in the area. I'm glad your stay was pleasant and that Maura was so helpful. She is great and we couldn't do it without her. We would welcome you back if the opportunity arises.
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Perfect for large families

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of 12, including 5 children under 12 years of age, had sufficient room because of the lay-out. The property was clean, well-maintained, and very nicely furnished, and we had no issues with anything. The soccer field and basketball hoops were perfect for the kids [the soccer ball could not be inflated, but we had our own, so this was minor]. The local manager was very friendly and helpful.

We definitely would recommend this property to friends who have families. The location was suitable for daily excursions in the region, and we were lucky: we never met anyone on the one-lane boreen!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just like coming home!

  • 5 of 5

My father and I rented this home for the second time, we stayed there two years ago. It felt just like coming home since we were already familiar with the wonderful features of the house. My father requires handicapped accessibility and this home provided that as well as plenty of room for my cousins who live in Ireland and Wales to come and stay with us. The kitchen is nice and large, and I was able to make several meals for our local family. One of the most convenient features is the ability to use our medical equipment and charge my phone without having to use an adapter.

The house is always nice and clean and the window boxes were beautiful. We are looking forward to our next trip in 2019 and are planning to stay here again!

Mary W. New Jersey

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It's All Been Said, But We Have Not All Said It

  • 5 of 5

Read all the reviews, with few exceptions, they are 5 Star with glowing remarks about the Property, Location and Amenities. These evaluations played a large part in out decision. They are all true. There were five adults who spent three nights, May 14 - 16, 2017.This is a wonderful home, well furnished and very comfortable. The house is immaculate-clean, well appointed with good views of the countryside. The beds are outstanding, very comfortable and the bathrooms are modern and up to date. The kitchen has all that you need to prepare whatever kind of meal you desire. The caretaker met us at the door and the check in was very easy. She was helpful in getting us acclimated. The location is great. Close to both Westport and Castlebar. We made a one-day trip to South County Donegal, including towns of Donegal and Ardara. We also explored County Mayo including Connemara. All of this is within an easy days round-trip from this location. It was wonderful to return to such a first rate place to relax, unwind enjoy the privacy and views of the country side and get a great nights sleep. The price is all inclusive, no extra's or surprises. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always we hope our guests enjoy their stay and find our home comfortable and friendly. Our hostess Maura goes a long way in making that happen for every booking. I hope if your travels bring you back to Ireland that you will consider staying with us again. We are honored you selected our property. K. Geraghty
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Abbey Lodge Corley's Bar
Car: necessary

Nestled in the tranquil village of Ballintubber, Co. Mayo; Teach Mo Chroi' is 15 mins East of Westport, 10 mins South of Castlebar, and 10 mins North of Ballinrobe Town. Cong Village and Ashford Castle are 25 mins away. Teach Mo Chroi' is ideally located for touring the West of Ireland, with scenic drives and many interesting places to visit and explore. We'll help you plan a trip to remember, you need only ask! For the outdoorsmen or adventure seeker, there's fishing at Lough Carra or Corrib as well as a great slection of activities at Killary Adventure Center. Climb Croagh Patrick and enjoy an incredible view of the Atlantic's Clew Bay atop St. Patrick's Mountain.

Other Activities: Childrens Swings, Basketball court, Soccer/Gaelic field and Patio with Furniture & Grill are all on the property.

Golf: Ireland remains one of the worlds best golf destinations. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy a variety of exceptional Golf Courses to choose from. Those in our area include: Ashford Castle Golf Club in Cong, Westport Golf Club, Clew Bay Golf Club, Connemara Championship Links (Balliconnelly), Mulranny Golf Club, and Ballinrobe Golf.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ballintober, Ireland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
3 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas Holiday
21 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £219.25
Cleaning-Utilities-Wifi £131.55

Every Rental has a One-Time Cleaning & Utility Charge of 150 EURO which covers Cleaning, Electric, Oil Heat & WiFi.

The NIGHTLY RATE only applies to stays up to the 6th NIGHT after that the weekly rate applies.
There is a REDUCED NIGHTLY RATE (10% cheaper per night) for stays exceeding One Week/7 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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