The commonest feedback we receive from guests is that they wish they had stayed longer. We’d say three days is a good balance between the desire to see all of Ireland and the desire to see all that the area has to offer. Our minimum stay is two nights; of course you can stay longer (we have guests who have stayed for a month and still felt they needed a bit longer to see everything!).
Why is the price the same in July and August as in September and October?
It really annoys us when we plan to go away and find the price goes up because demand is high. Their costs haven’t gone up, so it just feels like people are taking advantage. With this in mind we have the same nightly fee all year around, it covers our costs, the maintenance we need to do on the Cottage etc. and we make a bit of profit too. For longer stays (week and month) we reduce the fee to reflect the fact our costs (like cleaning) are a bit lower. We think that’s the fair way to price.
Can we get to the Cottage by public transport (or walking)?
You can… but it would be quite a challenge. The nearest bus stop is at the bottom of the hill and it is a fair walk to the Cottage. You’d then find it a bit tiresome (and tiring) trying to get around without a car.
Cycling is a good option. We have had guests who have stayed at the Cottage on their cycle tour around Ireland. There is a secure shed for bikes to be stored in overnight.
When do I get travel directions?
Around 3 weeks before your stay we will send you an email with all the details you need to know; directions, things to do and see etc. along with links to useful local information. If you need this earlier (maybe because you are on a grand tour) then please just let us know.
What are the arrangements for check-in?
We aim to meet all our guests when they arrive, so that we can show them around makes sure they understand how everything works and know about the local area and places to eat etc.
Because peoples travel plans can change, we ask you to give us an indication of your arrival time and then give us a phone call on the day when you are 30 mins away. We live around 10 minutes from the Cottage, so that allows us time to get ourselves organised to meet you.
If you are arriving really late then that’s fine too, we will leave the Cottage open for you and we will come by the next day to say “hello” and make sure you are settled.
There will be a small Welcome Pack waiting for you, with tea, coffee, local bread and butter; enough to keep you going before you get to the shops.
What happens on our day of departure?
The night before you leave we ask you to let us know a convenient time for your check-out. That’s when we will come up to the Cottage, to say “goodbye” and check everything was ok. We do charge for the oil and electricity of a usage basis. Typically this comes to around €3.50 per day. You can pay cash when you check out or, if easier, via PayPal.
After you leave we send all our guests a short
survey questionnaire, to get their feedback and let us know what we could have
done to make their stay even better.