West of Ireland
I am flexible with dates and therefore don't give fixed dates in the calendar. Would like to get in contact with sitters and discuss dates and availability.
Originally coming from Germany, Susan and I have farmed the 42 acre place organically since 1984. We had kept sheep, Kerry cows and later bred Connemara ponies. Now the farm is no longer productive. Two horses are left as livestock, plus cat Kenko. I am keeping a small vegetable garden and greenhouse for own use.
The farm is situated amidst a bog area bordering small lake Loughanboy. A paradise for people who enjoy wildlife and nature - and swimming in summer....
Our children are grown and mostly abroad; my wife Susan passed away recently and I want/need to be able to go on shorter or longer trips a few times a year.
Accommodation can be in the guest apartment or in the main house. Both are spacious, functional and beautiful.
The guest apartment consists of bedroom, bathroom and fully equipped kitchen/living room, and has the best views. + More info
Our Home & Location
The farm is situated about 6 km from nearest town Ballyhaunis in a beautiful bogland area adjoining lake Loughanboy. Ballyhaunis is conveniently on the Dublin Westport train connection. By car Galway, Westport, Sligo, Athlone are all about one hours drive away.
We lived there many years without a car. Shopping online or in Ballyhaunis by bike is no problem. Bikes are provided....
With full driving licences insurance on the family car could be arranged. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Main task is to care for the two horses. 29 year old Rapture normally needs four bucket feeds a day to keep his weight. But full day trips are no problem, as the horses have always access to large pastures. Both need their hoofs cleaned out daily. So, confidence to handle horses is necessary.
Kenko wants feeding and company.He is a beautiful and friendly cat - and uses his indoor litter box only once or twice a year....
Depending on time of year watering the greenhouse and mowing some lawns around the house might be on the card. + More info