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“Beautiful holiday home in a beautiful location”
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Pontoon House
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Pontoon House
Pontoon House
Rear garden
Upstairs Master ensuite bedroom
Living Room
Dining/Living Room
Downstairs master ensuite bedroom
Downstairs master ensuite bedroom
Upstairs queen bedroom
Kitchen
Dining Room
Keel Beach, Achill
Lough Cullin View
Lads fishing down the village
Lads taking the high road
Winner all right at Healy's fishing competition
Boat out on Lough Cullin right of way beside Pontoon House
Horse treking at Turlough 10 mins away.
Fishing on Lough Cullin
Village Connemara Mare & foal
Village Donkey Mare & foal
Keel Beach, Achill, Co. Mayo
Connemara Ponies in local fields
View across Lough Conn
Healy\'s Hotel & Restaurant 3km from Pontoon House
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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Pontoon, County Mayo, Western Ireland

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Kevin L
Stockport, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful holiday home in a beautiful location”
Reviewed 22 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

This holiday home is special! It sleeps at least nine although the master bedroom has an additional child's bed and travel cot on top. The modern but traditional home is stunning from the moment you walk through the front door; it has a very contemporary feel but manages to feel homely at the same time. The kitchen is most people's idea of a dream kitchen with a utility room off for white goods, boiler, microwave, toaster, ironing board etc. This is open plan to a double-height dining / living room more than 30 feet long with french doors opening to a large, family-friendly garden (complete with built-in slide, rotary dryer, garden furniture etc). There is a large open-hearth (with fuel provided and the fire was set ready to light when we arrived) and the house is fitted with under-floor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs fired by a sophisticated central heating system. There are three double en-suite bedrooms + a bunk bed room and a large single/small double room. There is a contemporary family bathroom downstairs where most of the bedrooms are. All the windows are fitted with plantation shutters and give the house a modern feel to it. The arrangements with the owner were straightforward and friendly. The house is set up quite high from the road behind remote controlled gates and has views to die for - looking across towards two large lakes and mountains in the distance. At the end of the road, through a farm gate, one can reach a secluded sandy area on the shore one of the lakes complete with cattle and donkeys - it's so peaceful. Less than ten minutes along the road is a wonderful local pub - Healeys - which serves great food and a quarter of an hour the other way is Castlebar which boasts a Lidl, Aldi and Tesco and a wide range of shops, pubs, coffee shops etc. There is an impressive peace gardens commemorating the fallen from the world wars (and more recent conflicts) from County Mayo. Further afield is the beautiful, rugged Achill Island and towns such as Newport and Westport and some beautiful mountainside drives down to County Galway. Also worthy of a visit is the 'Titanic Village' about 20 minutes away from where 14 people boarded the fated vessel and three survived. There is a beautiful memorial garden and a minute down the road is Leonards pub which when you go in you realise is a pub on one side and a delightful grocery store on the other. Foxford is home to the Woolen Mill with guided tours and just down the road is the National Museum of Irish Country Life which is well worth a visit. Nearby to this is a ruined abbey and round tower dating from around the turn of the first millenium. This house is an ideal base for visiting so many places in Co Mayo and beyond although if the weather is inclement, the house is a delight to be in too. There are all sorts of entertainment suiting all age ranges including, games, books, puzzle, small and full-size rocking horse, full size pool table, TV + Sky box + DVD, Wi-Fi. I would most definitely recommend the house for large family groups and groups of friends providing they were prepared to look after such a beautiful home. We'll definitely be going back!

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Liked best: Size and state of the accommodation
Liked least: 3mobile wifi had to be topped up and was a bit slow
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
24 Jun 2015
Wow Kevin - Thank you most sincerely for giving Pontoon House such a comprehensive review. Great to see you all had a fab time. Hope we get a chance to look after you on your next trip to Mayo. Kind regards, Paddy and Emer.
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TishyF80
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous Break Away”
Reviewed 4 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We went to Pontoon house as a family of 8, 6 adults and 2 children as a present for our dad's 60th Birthday. The house catered for all our needs, had everything there for the children, beds, highchair etc. The house itself and where it's situated was fantastic. We know the area very well from being brought there as children on holidays. It is so central to Castlebar, Ballina,Westport etc. Loads to do. We will definitely be back. Definitely a great place for kids, the grounds outside were so secure and Julie the donkey (who was renamed by my nephew Fodey) brought many a laugh to us. Highly recommended.

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Management Response
10 May 2015
Thrilled to hear everything went well for all the family and especially for your Dad's 60th! Good to see that you all enjoyed the surroundings and the kids had fun play time with Julie the Donk!! Would love to see you back hopefully next year. Many Thanks Paddy & Emer.
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Maria H
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Tranquil escape”
Reviewed 3 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Lovely comfortable house, and secret hideaway beach a short walk from the house, fantastic getaway .

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
13 Sep 2014
Thank you Maria for your review.......we love that walk along the lakeshore with the lovely birdsong and natural beauty all around.
Look forward to seeing you all again. All the best, Paddy & Emer.
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Sal467
Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pontoon House is in an excellent location, surrounded by rugged beauty and is a tranquil spot for a family holiday.”
Reviewed 17 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

This is one of favourite holiday homes which we have rented both at Easter and in the summer over a number of years. The owners are very attentive and in close communication to resolve any queries and the house is well equipped and perfect for family get togethers. Its set in such a beautiful location with views of hills and lakes from every window and is convenient for many local attractions (surfing at Keel beach on Achill Island, the holy mountain Croag Patrick, and cycling the Greenway to name a few), and if it rains visit the Museum of country life just down the road or go to the Mayo Movie world a short drive away in Castlebar which also has plenty of good bars and restaurants.

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Liked best: Location
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
27 Aug 2014
Great to see the Mc Hale family enjoyed your stay again in Pontoon House.
Bet your boys had some great laughs remembering their earlier visits. Hope to see you again in Mayo the next time you visit. Keep in touch. Kind regards, Paddy & Emer.
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martina k
Celbridge, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A haven of tranquility”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We have just had a wonderful ,relaxing week here.Surrounded by spectacular scenery and views from every angle of the beautiful lake and mountains we have enjoyed every moment of our holiday.Using Pontoon House as our base we have toured and explored far and wide.The house is spacious,bright and beautifully decorated .For the nights we dined at home the kitchen provided every mod con.We sat out on the patio and enjoyed watching the beautiful skies change colour as the sun went down after long fun - filled days.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
10 Jul 2014
Thrilled to hear you all enjoyed your stay in Pontoon House and it's surroundings filled with an abundance of nature and unspoilt beauty. Great to see that it was used as your base to travel far & wide and relax with a nice glass of vino after a hard days travels. Thanks again for the business. Paddy & Emer.
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