This is our cosy artist's and poet's cottage in Ireland
Peace, silence and lots of wildlife. Dark nights. Just the thing for writing, painting, thinking.
Huge separate studio, yew hedge maze, Druid grove, fairy fort, two streams and three acres of rough land.
It is on the side of Slieve Bawn Mountain, at Reagh, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
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(pronounced Ree-ah) is one the traditional stone built cottages typical of the west of Ireland. It is on the north-western flank of Slieve Bawn (in Irish Sliabh Ban) mountain - actually more of a hill. Unfortunately a wind farm is being constructed on the top, but luckily this doesn't impinge on the view from Reagh which faces the other way.

The cottage is approached by a single track lane, half a mile from the nearest road. It sits in the middle of its own land, which comprises four fields and a garden, bounded by streams on both sides.

It still has its huge open turf (peat) fire, with lots of free turf in the turf shed. The mod cons are basic - hot and cold running water from its own well, and electric night storage heating. This is permanently left on, so the cottage is always warm - important if you arrive in the evening! It has a reasonable Vodafone mobile signal, and a tiny, ancient tv which can get one or two Irish tv stations.

Accommodation is flexible: the cottage has a living room with open fire, tiny sofa and table; one bedroom with a double bed, and one tiny bedroom with a fold-up camp bed. There is a small back kitchen and bathroom with immersion heater and bath.The huge studio also contains a fold-up camp bed and a single sofa bed.

Arrangements for staying are informal, and our lovely friends always treat the house and studio beautifully and leave them as they found them; in fact usually better! We like lending Reagh to artists, writers, naturalists - people for whom old fashioned peace and beauty is more important than luxury.

Cost: For this reason the price is low and is principally to cover electricity, which is expensive.
It costs 160 euros (approx110 pounds) per week.
Minimum stay is one week, and the price is for the cottage not per person.

Most of our visitors prefer to bring their own bedding and towels, and to take their rubbish away. However if this is inconvenient we can provide laundry and rubbish disposal for an extra fee of 120 euros (approx 80 pounds) per week. This reflects our having to employ local assistance and rubbish dump charges - there are strict rules about the latter in Ireland.

Single very well behaved dogs are welcome.

Have a further look around...

...And if you'd like to have a chat about staying in our cottage, contact:

Eveline O'Donovan on
(Ireland) 023 883 8837

Merrily Harpur on
(England) 01300 320064