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A spacious country period house convenient for Knock Airport in County Mayo

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Unique country house comprising 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms set in quiet countryside

Tavneena House is a two storey spacious period country house with many character features located in a quiet rural location.There is a panelled entrance hall with high ceilings throughout the house. The ground floor comprises sitting room with a wood or turf burning stove and plenty of comfortable seating, kitchen/dining area with an open fire, utility area, shower room and one of the double bedrooms. The main bathroom is on the half landing along with the single bedroom.  On the second floor are the further two double bedrooms.  Each double bedroom also has a sofa where you can relax and read quietly if you wish. The garden is to the front of the house with lawn either side of the drive and ample parking. The nearest town is Charlestown (3 miles) which offers many traditional shops, pubs and restaurants (as do most nearby towns) it is usefully situated at the junction of the N5 and N17 roads making it a perfect central point from which to explore the West from Mayo to both Galway, Sligo and beyond!

Marion McDonnell
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner


Tavneena is not 'Brideshead' of the famous book, but for me, returning

to it after a very long absence was an unique experience. It was my

home until I was 18 years of age, and my entire universe for most of

that time! I know I am prejudiced, but for anyone who wants to get

away to a quiet holiday in the country, while still within reach of

the main attractions of the West, it is ideal.

The house is very comfortable, bright, and spacious; well equipped

with all the necessary appliances throughout. If you like an open

fire, there is plenty of turf, and there is good reception for TV.

The front garden is ideal for barbecues or just relaxing in the sun.

The country air is filled with the smell of honeysuckle, new-mown hay,

and turf fires.

The only sounds to disturb you are those of the cuckoo, the curlew, a

cock crowing, or a dog barking in the distance.

The proprietress, Marion, lives at a short distance, and is very

thoughtful and accommodating - milk in the fridge when you arrive -

turf fires set, and the house well heated - just to mention two

things!! She is familiar with the area, and can advise on places to

visit. She will ensure that your stay will be as enjoyable as


I love to think that my old home can give joy to visitors - and I hope

that many will make it their base for visiting the west of Ireland.

You will not be disappointed.

Pearl Henry April 2012
Apr 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Tawnyinah Middle in County Mayo

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a full-size bathtub with basin and WC. The downstairs shower room has a walk in shower with basin and WC. Hot water can be generated from the central heating system or alternatively from an immersion tank.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Each of the double bedrooms are very spacious with double aspect windows giving lots of light. There is a sofa in each of the double bedrooms where one can relax quietly. One of the double bedrooms is on the ground floor.
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
As there are stairs in the house it may be unsuitable for the very young or elderly.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

A spacious country period house convenient for Knock Airport in County Mayo
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful and relaxing Stays

  • 4 of 5

We hired the house with 4 adults and 3 kids (between 2,5 and 6,5 year) for 2 weeks beginning august.

The welcome by Marion was very heartwarming.

The house had all comfort we needed. The beds have a good quality, we slept very well.

The house was spacy enough for us and the neighbors were very friendly (as we noticed all people over there)

The kids played a lot in the garden and also went walking and picking raspberries.

There was a fireplace to warm up after a rainy day.

The kitchen has a dishwasher,microwave and oven to cook some good Irish rib eye or sausages.

In charlestown there is Spar for shopping and some restaurants for take away.

The place is also central for visiting Cliffs of Moher, Sligo, Westport, Conemara,...

We all came to rest over there and went back home without stress.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tibert - thank you for a wonderful review. I am delighted you found Tavneena House comfortable and ideal for your stay. It was so nice to meet such a lovely family from Belgium. I do hope to meet again soon! Best Wishes Marion
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Absolutely Picturesque!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I flew into Shannon Airport and drove to the Tavneena house early Thursday morning on June 16th 2016. Marion met us at the door for a quick tour of the house- and let me tell you the pictures don’t do it justice, this place is huge! The rooms were large, clean and beds comfortable and warm. There is a working fire place in the kitchen and two large bathrooms- everything spotless!

I can’t say enough nice things about Marion, her level of customer service far exceeded any expectations I had before our meeting. Marion had a few food sundries waiting for us, which was very much appreciated after our early morning drive from the airport. I had quite a few questions before our arrival and Marion was very prompt in responding to every question and concern.

I could write paragraphs about the amazing time we had in Ireland, me and my family will definitely be returning, and I would 100% recommend the Tavneena house to anyone looking for a house rental in Ireland. We will definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel Thank you so much for finding the time to write a review. I am absolutely delighted you enjoyed your holiday in County Mayo and that Tavneena House met your expectations. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and you are welcome any time. Kind regards Marion
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Charmante et bien située

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons apprécié la localisation de la maison, qui nous a permis de visiter le Nord Ouest de l'Irlande dans différentes directions. L'accueil des propriétaires a été chaleureux.

La maison a du charme, elle est bien équipée, la literie est très bonne.

Malgré tout, nous y avons eu froid car elle était un peu humide au début de notre séjour, comme une maison qui n'aurait pas été occupée avant notre arrivée. Le chauffage fonctionnait trop peu pour notre confort.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

We stay at Tavneena house from 12th August until 28th August. The house is very comfortable, bright and spacious, well equipped and there was plenty of turf to do a fire every night when we got "home" after our excursions.

Marion couldn´t have been more welcoming to us, we arrived late and the house was very warm which was very gratefull after a full day of travelling, she also left some milk, butter, wine, beers in the fridge for us. She was also very helpfull by sending us tourist information before we arrived to Ireland helping us to arrange our visit before we got there.

I would recommend a stay at Tavneena house for losts of reasons, but specially because it´s a very good base for exploring the west couast of Ireland and Knock airport is only 5 minutes from the house.

Thank you again for a fantactic stay in Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sara Thank you for your generous review. So glad you were the first family from Spain to stay at Tavneena House. I am hoping that I will have had visitors from all over Europe and indeed the world in a few years time! Hope to meet you again. Kind regards Marion
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Family from Australia, with relatives Ireland

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased with Tavneena house on a recent stay in Ireland. We have often been to Ireland visiting friends and family, staying in B&B's and hotels. The stay at Tavneena superseded all of our previous visits.

Marion couldn't have been more welcoming to us. We felt like we were coming home. The house was lovely and clean, without being too fussy, so the kids could enjoy the stay without being afraid of touching anything. There was plenty of turf for the open fires which we lit every day, even though it was summer. The house is fully equipped with everything you need, so all you need do is get off the plane with your suitcase of clothes. The kids loved the house with it's massive bedrooms, upstairs and downstairs and big front garden. The washer/dryer was invaluable on those rainy summer days. We stayed for 9 days and friends and family came from all over Ireland to see us. Marions rates were very reasonable, and she even provided us with some milk for tea and a bottle of wine when we arrived. We enjoyed walks through the tiny village and through fields of our family's farms and all the locals were delightful.

I would recommend a stay at Tavneena House. It is so relaxing and peaceful. We certainly intend to stay again on our next visit to Ireland.

JB & VB from Australia

(Thanks again, Marion)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased with your excellent review, I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Tavneena House, particularly as you have had previous experience of Irish B&Bs and hotels. Hope to see you all for future visits! Best Wishes Marion
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Family of 7 staying for a wedding/hols

  • 4 of 5

John K - Family of 7 from Leicester, England - 4 stars

My family and I stayed at Tavneena House for a week at the end of May 2012.

It was a fantastic week and Marion could not have been more welcoming. During our stay we found the House (ex school masters residence) to be very comfortable and homely. The house is very roomy and well furnished and to keep things cosy we liked to use the turf/peat open fires in the evenings..

There is plenty of hot water and the four bedrooms were all very comfortable with clean bedding and towels.

As we were based here for a local wedding we found the location an excellent mid point between the Airport and Charlestown especially as members of the family flew in and out different times.

It is only a 5 minute drive from Charlestown, where there are plenty of shops, some fantastic pubs and plenty of places to eat.

It is also a good base for exploring the west coast and Westport is very pretty and whilst we did not get to Achill island this time, I understand this is a must if the weather is nice.

Marion the owner is very helpful and couldn’t do enough for us to ensure our stay was as memorable as we had hoped. The week flew by and we were very sorry to be heading home.

We hope to be going back for another visit someday and I wish Marion and her husband Ricahrd all the best with their venture.

Thanks again for a fab stay.

I hope that this review has been helpful

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you found you had everything you needed at Tavneena House and that the nearness of Ireland West International Airport (Knock) in particular was convenient for you and all the guests. I very much hope to meet you and your family at Tavneena again. Best Wishes Marion
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Nearest Airport
4 Kilometres
Knock Ireland West
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
185 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
11 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
N17 and N5 at Charlestown
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Tavneena House is a spacious two storey period house in a quiet rural location 3 miles from Charlestown County Mayo.

Charlestown is situated at the intersection of the N17 (Sligo to Galway) and the N5 (Dublin to Westport) and only 4 miles from Ireland West Airport Knock. It is a wonderfully central point from which to make day trips across the West from Croagh Patrick and Westport House in Mayo to Lissadell House and Yeats Country in Sligo and Kylemore Abbey and Clifden in County Galway.

With many loughs and rivers in the immediate locality including Loughs Conn and Cullin and the River Moy fishing is readily available. Numerous golf courses, horse riding and some of the best Blue Flag beaches in Ireland are also within easy reach as are the National Museum of Country Life the Foxford Woollen Mills and Knock Shrine.

For walkers and cyclists the Great Western Greenway (from Newport to Mulranny) and a large section of the Wild Atlantic Way (from County Sligo through County Mayo into County Galway) are both less than 1 hours drive.

Approximate distances from Charlestown are Ballina 25 miles, Sligo 30 miles, Westport 40 miles, Galway 60 miles and Dublin 115 miles.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Tawnyinah Middle, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Season
11 Mar 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
3 Jun 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season
16 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Off Peak
4 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Weekly bookings are generally from Saturday afternoon to Saturday morning but we are more than happy to accommodate other requests subject to availability.

Extra nights or shorter stays (min 3 nights) can be negotiated.

Our rates include bed linen, towels and cleaning. A turf fire starter pack is provided (additional turf if required can be supplied). 

Electricity is extra and meter-read on arrival and payable on departure after a final reading.

10% discount for bookings of two consecutive weeks.

When booking a non-refundable deposit of £100 (against the full rental cost) is required.  The full amount is to be paid 6 weeks before arrival which is non-refundable.

Payment will be accepted by bank transfer, Euro Cheques or Sterling Cheques.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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