Remote simplicity to inspire the soul
Duibh Oilean House, County Mayo
Big skies, narrow roads and celtic mists are the setting for this peaceful cottage where time has a different meaning and nature calls the shots.
The Mullet peninsula is one of those unspoiled and under-explored gems of Ireland where the wind blows out the cobwebs, the tides set your clock, and the scale of the landscape is humbling. How can you resist?
Blow the cobwebs out
This solidly built family cottage was designed as a retreat - a comfortable space to reflect and renew, and to engage with nature.
The result is inspiring, cosy, simply furnished and unpretentious.
The central living spaces of the cottage are largely open plan, and overlap.
The main dining area enjoys exceptional 180 degree views across the bay to Nephin Mountains, and South to Achill. It is also the wicker-chair sun-room, looking out onto an expansive pasture, above a tidal wetland. The other end of the sun-room opens into a spacious modern kitchen.
Beside the large double-door stove bounteous baskets of dried turf wait patiently for their turn to radiate a comforting glow.
Here you can recline on symmetrical couches settled against the windows, and rejoice in the spectacle of sea birds wheeling in the breeze outside, or simply nod off with a novel – there are plenty to choose from.
The cottage inspires creativity and is much loved by writers and artists. A small study with its own pot-bellied stove is a cosy, private place to hole up, write and think.
A carpeted, open games area at the top of the stairs introduces two more bedrooms and a bathroom.
The TV and DVD are here- but it also works well on rainy days for Twister or Yoga.
The house faces across Blacksod Bay with access to a private beach at the tip of the wetland below.
The Blue flag beach at Mullaghroe is an easy walk from the house.
This is a rural landscape - big seas, bigger skies, weather, wind and hardy donkeys.
There are few trees but we excel in dry stone walls and bog-land.
The principle double bedroom on the ground floor has an ensuite bathroom, and the twin beside it has a walk-in shower.
This home has everything you will need on a family holiday- from WiFi to clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, TV and videos .
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – small, non-shedding dogs only
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Out and About
The Mullet peninsula really is a gem of unspoiled nature, with extraordinary beaches, wonderful walks, and some of the nicest people you could meet.
With so much to enjoy, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Oh, and always bring a coat!
I stayed for one week in the beautiful Duibh Oilean House...
at the Belmullet peninsula.
Years ago I was there just as part of a day trip. This year I had set my mind on being there for longer. To feel it. The atmosphere. And I did.
I am very impressed by the views there all over from the house and special the ever changing light and sky and the quietness also. Loved that Lighthouse nearby and the stone spiral. What an impressive view there.
It was just getting used to ... so with all kind of personal belongings of the owner in the house around me ... that went fast .. the view took all of my attention. It had something inviting too. As a sign of welcome... being guest... and for sure it felt very comfortable like that.
The other week I stayed in Gate Lodge at Woodhouse near Stradbally. A really outstanding place to stay and to enjoy the superb view from the house over the beautiful restored estate. On the other side of the road a cove and the sea. Also a wonderful area for walking. This house is perfect, quietly located and highly recommended!
using Duibh Oilean in search for posts
In both houses I saw a lot of art on the walls. It took my attention as I am a painter myself - inspired mostly and in a way by Ireland.
I like to thank you very much for the hospitality in both really beautifully located fine holiday houses. And also for the proper en personal handling by Unique Holiday Home [Unique Irish homes].
Reinder Ourensma, The Netherlands, September 2017
Check out the Irish Times prize for The Best Place to go Wild in Ireland and this article on Belmullet
About the Locality
There are a sprinkling of other mostly farm dwellings around Devilane House.
The peninsula is a designated Gaeltacht area where many families still use Irish as their first language.
The village of Aughleam is about 30 minutes away on foot. It has a small shop, a garage, a pub, Post office and a Heritage Center.
Una’s Pub, just down the road towards the point is the best place locally for Craic agus Ceol.
You will have passed through the main regional town of Belmullet which straddles the isthmus link to the mainland 17km to the north. Apart from restaurants and supermarkets, the town hosts a farmers market in the square on Saturday mornings.
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The Mullet Peninsula protects the west coast of Mayo from the full force of the ocean, and consists mainly of sand dunes and fine white beaches. The windswept Atlantic side is heaven for surfers, while the sheltered east-facing coves are perfect for family pottering .
This is one of the most remote areas of Ireland and is characterised by changeable weather, broad stretches of wet carpet bog, and unspoilt natural amenities.
To the northern end of the spit the Erris Head loop walk is just one of several. This is special place to view migrating birds from the cliffs, which can only be reached on foot.
In common with many of the Wild Atlantic Way localities, sea angling out of Blacksod Bay is superlative. Take a boat trip or try your hand off the rocks.
St Deirbhile's Well lies a short distance from the house. The water from this blessed well is alleged to have curative properties for eye complaints. A pilgrimage takes place annually to the well on August 15th in honour of the saint.
Off the coast to the west lie the exposed Inishkea Islands which are worth a visit. The inhabitants abandoned the settlement in the 1930s after most of their young men died at sea in a storm.
A semi ruined village remains, where white sand blown in from the beach covers most of the floors several feet deep.
There are also numerous archaeological sites, both Neolithic and monastic.
Important internationally as a bird sanctuary, half of the Irish wintering population of Barnacle geese make the islands their home.
The largest breeding colonies of Atlantic Grey seals in Ireland are to be found inhabiting the coves and beaches across these islands.
Glosh Tower commands a fine view from the top of Termon Hill. It is one of the 82 Napoleonic signal Towers built around the coast at the start of the 19th century to keep watch for signs of a French invasion.
In June 1944, as he watched the barometer fall precipitously, Ted Sweeney's report from the Coast Guard station in Blacksod Bay convinced General Dwight D Eisenhower to delay the Allied D-Day invasion for 24 hours – a decision which averted a military catastrophe and changed the course of the Second World War.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport - approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 3.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 4.5 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 5.5 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house.
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