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Dromahair, Ireland

Our house.

Our house.

View of the back of the house and back garden/patio area.

View of the back of the house and back garden/patio area.

Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Dining Room which leads out to the patio area.

Dining Room which leads out to the patio area.

Main bedroom (with en-suite bathroom).

Main bedroom (with en-suite bathroom).

Guest bedroom (with en-suite bathroom).

Guest bedroom (with en-suite bathroom).

Floor plans of our house. (Both the large bedrooms actually have en-suite bathrooms).

Floor plans of our house. (Both the large bedrooms actually have en-suite bathrooms).

Our 2011 Citroen C4

Our 2011 Citroen C4

The beautiful Atlantic Ocean with Knocknarea Mountain in the background.

The beautiful Atlantic Ocean with Knocknarea Mountain in the background.

The distinct shape of Ben Bulben also known as "Table Mountain" is a true symbol of County Sligo. 40 mins drive from Dromahair

The distinct shape of Ben Bulben also known as "Table Mountain" is a true symbol of County Sligo. 40 mins drive from Dromahair

Parke's Castle on the shores of Lough Gill (5 mins drive from our house).

Parke's Castle on the shores of Lough Gill (5 mins drive from our house).

Our local Dromahair pub,Stanford's. Great place to meet people and enjoy a pint!

Our local Dromahair pub,Stanford's. Great place to meet people and enjoy a pint!

Beautiful walk along the River Bonet, 5 minutes from our house.

Beautiful walk along the River Bonet, 5 minutes from our house.

View of Sligo at night time

View of Sligo at night time

Enjoying an evening drink after a barbecue in our back garden along with some friends.

Enjoying an evening drink after a barbecue in our back garden along with some friends.

Our family in Belfast in January 2014

Our family in Belfast in January 2014

Our family on a day out SUPing (Stand up paddling) on Lough Gill, just 10 minutes from our house.

Our family on a day out SUPing (Stand up paddling) on Lough Gill, just 10 minutes from our house.

Our family on an exchange holiday in Denmark in 2013.

Our family on an exchange holiday in Denmark in 2013.

Our family with one of our massive heros, Mo Farah, taken at the European Cross Country Championships in Dublin in Dec. 2010.

Our family with one of our massive heros, Mo Farah, taken at the European Cross Country Championships in Dublin in Dec. 2010.

Ella and Carrie at the local beauty spot, O'Rourkes Table.

Ella and Carrie at the local beauty spot, O'Rourkes Table.

Trevor (blue), Imelda (pink) and family on a climb of Croagh Patrick mountain near Westport, Co. Mayo

Trevor (blue), Imelda (pink) and family on a climb of Croagh Patrick mountain near Westport, Co. Mayo

Trevor (President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce) along with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, and the Mayor of Sligo,...

Trevor (President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce) along with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, and the Mayor of Sligo,...

Our kids running in a kids triathlon at Rosses Point beach, Co. Sligo.

Our kids running in a kids triathlon at Rosses Point beach, Co. Sligo.

The Cuilcagh Way is a fantastic waymarked route in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and is a 45 minute drive from Dromahair.

The Cuilcagh Way is a fantastic waymarked route in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and is a 45 minute drive from Dromahair.

Beautiful photo of Bebulben mountain with Classie Bawn Castle, Mullaghmore, in the foreground. (45 mins from Dromahair).

Beautiful photo of Bebulben mountain with Classie Bawn Castle, Mullaghmore, in the foreground. (45 mins from Dromahair).

Just one of around 30 megalithic tombs which can be seen in Carrowmore today, with Knocknarea mountain in the background.

Just one of around 30 megalithic tombs which can be seen in Carrowmore today, with Knocknarea mountain in the background.

Glencar Lake, Co. Leitrim

Glencar Lake, Co. Leitrim

Glencar Lake, Co. Leitrim

Glencar Lake, Co. Leitrim

The magnificent Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

The magnificent Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

Looking across the River Garavogue in Sligo

Looking across the River Garavogue in Sligo

Lough Gill. This is on the drive from Dromahair to Sligo.

Lough Gill. This is on the drive from Dromahair to Sligo.

Ella and Carrie in Denmark in summer 2013.

Ella and Carrie in Denmark in summer 2013.

Carrie and Ella at Lego-Land in Denmark.

Carrie and Ella at Lego-Land in Denmark.

In Amsterdam while on an exchange in the Netherlands in August 2015.

In Amsterdam while on an exchange in the Netherlands in August 2015.

At a family celebration in 2016.

At a family celebration in 2016.

Meeting up with some old friends in Catalonia in August 2016

Meeting up with some old friends in Catalonia in August 2016

Carrie on the podium for finishing in 3rd place in a 2km sea swim in Sant Antonio de Calonge

Carrie on the podium for finishing in 3rd place in a 2km sea swim in Sant Antonio de Calonge

Imelda and Trevor at Slieve League, Co. Donegal. The cliffs here are the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. 1 hour 45 m

Imelda and Trevor at Slieve League, Co. Donegal. The cliffs here are the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. 1 hour 45 m

On a boat trip on the River Shannon at Carrick on Shannon.

On a boat trip on the River Shannon at Carrick on Shannon.

Our house. View of the back of the house and back garden/patio area. Living Room Kitchen Dining Room which leads out to the patio area. Main bedroom (with en-suite bathroom). Guest bedroom (with en-suite bathroom). Floor plans of our house. (Both the large bedrooms actually have en-suite bathrooms). Our 2011 Citroen C4
The beautiful Atlantic Ocean with Knocknarea Mountain in the background. The distinct shape of Ben Bulben also known as "Table Mountain" is a true symbol of County Sligo. 40 mins drive from Dromahair Parke's Castle on the shores of Lough Gill (5 mins drive from our house). Our local Dromahair pub,Stanford's. Great place to meet people and enjoy a pint! Beautiful walk along the River Bonet, 5 minutes from our house. View of Sligo at night time Enjoying an evening drink after a barbecue in our back garden along with some friends. Our family in Belfast in January 2014 Our family on a day out SUPing (Stand up paddling) on Lough Gill, just 10 minutes from our house. Our family on an exchange holiday in Denmark in 2013. Our family with one of our massive heros, Mo Farah, taken at the European Cross Country Championships in Dublin in Dec. 2010. Ella and Carrie at the local beauty spot, O'Rourkes Table. Trevor (blue), Imelda (pink) and family on a climb of Croagh Patrick mountain near Westport, Co. Mayo Trevor (President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce) along with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, and the Mayor of Sligo,... Our kids running in a kids triathlon at Rosses Point beach, Co. Sligo. The Cuilcagh Way is a fantastic waymarked route in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and is a 45 minute drive from Dromahair. Beautiful photo of Bebulben mountain with Classie Bawn Castle, Mullaghmore, in the foreground. (45 mins from Dromahair). Just one of around 30 megalithic tombs which can be seen in Carrowmore today, with Knocknarea mountain in the background. Glencar Lake, Co. Leitrim Glencar Lake, Co. Leitrim The magnificent Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim Looking across the River Garavogue in Sligo Lough Gill. This is on the drive from Dromahair to Sligo. Ella and Carrie in Denmark in summer 2013. Carrie and Ella at Lego-Land in Denmark. In Amsterdam while on an exchange in the Netherlands in August 2015. At a family celebration in 2016. Meeting up with some old friends in Catalonia in August 2016 Carrie on the podium for finishing in 3rd place in a 2km sea swim in Sant Antonio de Calonge Imelda and Trevor at Slieve League, Co. Donegal. The cliffs here are the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. 1 hour 45 m On a boat trip on the River Shannon at Carrick on Shannon.
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August 01, 2018 - August 22, 2018

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Modern family house in the village of Dromahair, in the beautiful north west of Ireland. (near Sligo city).

Our detached house is located in the centre of the small village of Dromahair, 15 km. east of the city of Sligo, in the north-west of Ireland. Our 150 sq.m. house is located in a safe, quiet, cul-de-sac, in a development of just 8 houses. It has four bedrooms (two with en-suite bathrooms) and a bathroom at first floor level. Downstairs there is a living room, computer/play room, kitchen, dining room, utility room and toilet. There is also a Wi-Fi broadband internet connection. The TV has Sky TV and Netflix. The enclosed back garden has a patio area with garden furniture and barbecue (see photo). We can offer a car exchange, (a 5 seat, 2011 Citroen C4 - manual), if desired.
Our house is centrally located in the village. You can walk to the local shops, pubs, restaurants, and churches etc.                       
Our village – Dromahair.
Dromahair is a picturesque and friendly village located on the banks of the river Bonet, at its entry point to Lough Gill. It has an interesting history, and a walk around the village will bring you into contact with remnants of its historic past.
The site of a castle that belonged to the O'Rourkes' Princes of Breffni is situated here. The Old Hall (dating from 1626) stands on the site of the former Breffni Castle. An ancient church overlooks the village from a hilltop. A little to the north-west, is the picturesque, hill-encircled Lough Gill. There is a particularly nice riverside walk which brings you to the ruins of Creevylea Abbey, a Franciscan Friary which was the last to be built in Ireland before the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. The drive from Dromahair to Parke’s Castle, along the shores of Lough Gill, is wonderfully scenic (see photos below).
Dromahair is located about 25 minutes drive from Sligo, with its fantastic restaurants, theatres, music and beaches. Dromahair is also the starting point for day trips to Donegal, Mayo and Fermanagh. See Knocknarea, Benbulben, O'Rourke's Table, Glencar Lake with its waterfall, the megalithic tombs of Carrowmore, and Parke’s Castle on the shore of Lough Gill and its famous Lake Isle of Innisfree.

The nearest airport is Ireland West Knock Airport, which is 45 minutes away. This is quite a small airport and serves a fairly limited number of destinations. The main airports are Dublin, Shannon and Belfast, which are all between 2.5 and 3 hours drive from Dromahair/Sligo.
For more information on tourism in the Sligo region please visit the following websites which will give you a lot of very useful information:
www.discoverireland.ie/sligo and  www.sligotourism.ie and http://magnumlady.com/2014/08/02/10-things-to-do-in-sligo/

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 2 Children
  • 7 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Architect (Trevor)
  • Special Needs Assistant in a school (Imelda)

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sleeping Capacity: 7

References

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Park / playground
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 3

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Denmark

Spoken Languages

  • English

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Ireland West Knock -

  • shopping Londis Supermarket (0.3 km)
  • river Beautiful riverside walk (0.4 km)
  • sea The wild Atlantic Ocean (22.3 km)
  • beach Rosses Point beach, Co. Sligo (26.9 km)
  • lake Lough Gill (Parkes Castle) (7.5 km)
  • forest Forest walk in Slish Woods (9.9 km)
  • mountains A lovely walk up Knocknarea (23.6 km)
  • golfing Strandhill Golf Course (27.6 km)
  • boating Rosses Point Yacht Club (26.7 km)

 
What to do in and around Dromahair village.

Take a walk around the beautiful village of Dromahahir, and explore the ruins of Creevylea Abbey, the river Bonet and the sheep along the way!

Drop in to Stanford's Inn and sample the best pint of Guinness in Ireland. Situated in the heart of the village overlooking the River Bonet is The Village Tea Rooms. Take time and relax over a cup of coffee or one of their many teas. Or you could take a 10 minute walk out to the Riverbank Restaurant where you can treat yourself to a really fantastic meal. The Riverbank also has a pub section called The Clubhouse Bar which also serves great food in a more informal setting.

Book in for a Stand Up Paddling session with one of the operators. They will take groups of between 3 and 6 for a morning or afternoon session on the lakes, with a popular excursion taking in the Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Take the Waterbus from Parke’s Castle, across Lough Gill to Sligo. Take in the Lake Isle of Innisfree, with poetry recitals and cocktail evenings. Be sure to allow time to explore the castle before you depart.

Walk to O'Rourke's Table, for fantastic views of Leitrim and Sligo. You can either drive to the entrance and climb the final hill, or walk the whole way from Dromahair!

You could see a gig or play in the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton. With shows throughout the year, this is a fantastic venue with great artists playing throughout the year. www.theglenscentre.com

Visit the Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat just 2 miles outside the village and treat yourself to one of their many treatments, including massages and reflexology. www.ardnahoo.com

What to do near Dromahair.

All the following places are within about 40 minute’s drive of Dromahair village...............

Go horseriding with Island View Riding Stables, who will take you out on a private section of beach to canter into another world. www.islandviewridingstables.com

Drive to Eagles Flying, a sanctuary for birds of prey and owls. They give flying demonstrations daily at 11am and 3pm. www.eaglesflying.com

Drop in at The Organic Centre, in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim. The centre has demonstration gardens, tours, willow sculpture, cafe and shop, as well as courses running throughout the year. North Leitrim itself is stunning with mountains and lakes around every bend.

Drive in to Sligo, and take in a little shopping, gallery hopping and cafe culture. A really good restaurant to try is Eala Bhan. There is also a cinema and swimming pool in town, for those rainy days with the kids.

Take in the stunning beaches of County Sligo, with Rosses Point, Streedagh and Strandhill not too far from our door. Surf lessons are available at Strandhill Surf School.

Visit Yeats' Grave, just about 5 miles north of Sligo town, and pay homage to one of the greatest Irish poets. Be sure to stop off at the beautiful tea rooms for refreshments.

Head north to County Fermanagh to the Marble Arch Caves, host to one of Europe's finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com

Immortalised by WB Yeats, childhood home of Countess Markievicz, Lissadell in north County Sligo, is the crucible of Ireland’s historic, literary & garden heritage. http://www.lissadellhouse.com/

The Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo has a great variety of shows to offer, as well as workshops running throughout the year. The Blue Raincoat Theatre is also worth checking out.

Visit the Glencar Waterfall for a beautiful excursion. This is a must!! Beautiful tea rooms for refreshments afterwards.

Explore the Arigna Mines in County Roscommon, for an insightful and thought provoking trip.

The above are just some of the things that can easily be done during your stay in Dromahair. The village really is the gateway to so many, many wonderful places. For more information on tourism in the Sligo region please visit the following websites which give much more information:
www.discoverireland.ie/sligo  and www.sligotourism.ie

Occupation

  • Architect (Trevor)
  • Special Needs Assistant in a school (Imelda)

Children

  • Girl - Age: 16
  • Girl - Age: 15

Pets

  • We do not have pets.

Lifestyle

Our Lifestyle
We are into all kinds of outdoor activities. In particular, we love running and are all members of our local athletics club. Imelda and I have completed many marathons including Dublin, Belfast, Cork, London and Edinburgh. On my 40th birthday in 2009, we both completed the Stockholm marathon. Our kids are also both great runners and have won many prizes at both local and regional level. The family are mad about swimming, and our children are both members of the Sligo Swim Club. During the summer we try to get to the beautiful beaches in Sligo and Donegal as often as we can. Most of all however, we just love going on family walks in the many beach, forest and mountain walks that are right on our doorstep. Check out www.sligowalks.ie
 

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