John and Marian invite you to rent this 300 year old farm homestead ' Chestnut Cottage' which is situated on the McDonald farm at Lusmagh, Banagher, Co. Offaly only 1 Km from the River Shannon. This is the only rental property on the farm and is Bord Failte (Irish Tourist Board) approved. It was the original home of the McDonald family for generations. The Chestnut Cottage has been lovingly restored, keeping as much as possible of the 'Old World' character of the cottage while adding all the modern comforts. It is located close to the main farmhouse, in a nice farm garden with an orchard. Dogs welcome
LOCATION:The Chestnut Cottage is in the Galway/Offaly area, three miles from the popular riverside town of Banagher in Co. Offaly. The wide bridge which crosses the River Shannon to County Galway opens the way to tour the west of Ireland. Banagher is famous for its Irish music pubs, its river cruises, Bog walks and rail tours, great Fishing, (both coarse and salmon and trout.), Excellent super markets and shops, Restaurants, and Hotels. Most of the pubs serve really good food also.
BANAGHER:This town welcomes visitors. The variety of different pubs means you can enjoy a quiet drink or follow the sound of singing and traditional music which can be heard on the street to a lively pub sessionOn a warm night listen to the distinctive sound of the corncrake on Banagher Bridge or go on a Corncrake Evening organized by Birdwatch Ireland during the summer.
BOG RAIL TOUR:Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway gives you the opportunity to enjoy a guided 5.5 circular train-ride through a raised bog- the Blackwater Bog Don't miss it!
ANCIENT MONASTIC SITE:Clonmacnoise was founded in 545AD by St Ciaran. The monastic ruins consists of a cathedral, two round towers, 8 churches and 3 high crosses.. There is also the remains of a 13th century castle. There is a modern interpretive centre and tourist office on the site.Birr Castle Demesne:Features Irelands Historic Science Centre. In the Grounds is the Great Telescope built by the Earl of Rosse in the 1840's and the most wonderful gardens you will want to visit.Lusmagh Pet farm: This ever popular farm boasts a large variety of farm animals as well as a nature trail, farm machinery, breeding ostriches and a coffee shop
CRUISES ON THE SHANNON:The Shannon Queen' sails on the Shannon twice weekly in the Summer.
BIRR EQUESTRIAN CENTRE:Trek on boglands and forest trails with wonderful views of the Slieve Bloom Mountain, Programs tailored to individuals needs.
ANGLING:Flowing through Lusmagh and Banagher the River Shannon is the major waterway in Ireland. The Little Brosna joins the Shannon at Lusmagh and the Grand Canal joins the Shannon just up stream at Shannon Harbour as also does the Brosna River. All these water ways provide unbeatable angling. There are great stocks of fish including salmon, trout, bream, tench and perch in abundance. The area boasts excellent fishing access and facilities, bait shops and outboard boat hire
WALKING:There are several walking routes in the area including the Offaly Way on the banks of the Grand Canal, The 66km Slieve Bloom Way passes deep glens and beautiful waterfalls. The Clara Bog, the Lusmagh bog Walk and Lough Boora Parklands allow you to walk on a flat landscape of unbelievable natural beauty and rare animal and plant species. All these walks promises the tranquility of an unspoiled landscape.
April and October: €280 per week
May and September: €295 per week
June July and August: €350 per week
Rest of year: €265 per week
A deposit of €100 would be appreciated when booking and the balance when you arrive at the Chestnut Cottage.
You will be welcome at whatever time you arrive at the cottage. But remember to allow time for the cottage to be prepared and ready for you. Usually 3 or 4 pm would be ideal.The keys can be collected anytime suitable to you.
John and Marian McDonald thank you for your interest in the Chestnut Cottage.We wish you all the best in your search for accommodation. Wherever you decide to stay on your holidays.