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The Old Byre

(Ref. 1027101)

Rathbraughan near Sligo Town Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Very cosy place."

    Warm welcome by Chris, the owner. A nice place to return to. The Sligo area has so much to offer that we did not manage all we had been looking forward to. The nature around Sligo is stunning. We very much enjoyed our walks to Coney Island, the Devil’s Chimney or the hike to Queen Maeve‘s grave. Also the Strandhill people’s market at Sligo airport was lovely, with artist Tony Osborne‘s display of outstanding paintings. 5 stars for both Chris‘ cottage and the Sligo area.

    Reviewed by Burkhard5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a great week."

    Chris was a brilliant host friendly and helpful. Cottage is in a great location rural but only a few minutes into town. It was cosy and comfortable and the welcome basket of goodies was a lovely touch. We hope to visit again!

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in sligo with all the comforts you could need Chris the owner is a really nice man"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at the Old Byre."

    Our two boys (7 & 10) were so happy in such a calm and comfortable space. The weather was unseasonably wet and chilly when we visited Ireland but the cottage is so cosy and warm it did not matter. We spent most evenings in the sun room looking out towards the mountains - magical. The cottage is located a short distance from several beaches and the shops, pubs and restaurants of Sligo so there is loads to do and discover.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with a beautiful view in an excellent location."

    Cottage is close to Sligo town and has good access to Rosses Point and Yeats attractions. Chris the owner is kind and thoughtful. Wonderful hospitality and we were sad to leave!

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is a lovely, quiet retreat."

    Chris, the host, couldn’t possibly be kinder or more helpful. We enjoyed every minute.

    Reviewed by Jeanne5.0Jul 2023

  • "An absolutely gorgeous cottage, with everything you need to make you comfortable."

    From the moment we arrived and took in the views from the very cosy conservatory, right up to the wood burner and spiral staircase to the loft bedroom, the whole place is designed to make you feel at home and relaxed. It’s a cosy place to enjoy when it is raining, and it is close enough to the facilities of town as well as easy access to lakes and seafront and hills when the weather is good. Our host was incredibly welcoming and ensured we had a really easy start to our trip with a very well-stocked welcome basket and personal tour which was much appreciated! The conversion of the property has maintained so much original character while ensuring that you can have all you need for a comfortable modern stay. Would highly recommend, and hope to be back ourselves!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a very nice setting."

    It has got everything you need. Good Wi-Fi. Very nice and helpful host.

    Reviewed by Anna Karin4.7Jul 2023

  • "Had a great stay at The Old Byre."

    Would thoroughly recommend. Countryside setting, yet really close to Sligo town. Lots of things to see and do in the surrounding area. The property is a unique conversion making a very comfortable holiday home - we particularly enjoyed relaxing in the sun room, and spending time outside in the various secluded seating areas. Would definitely return if in the area. Thanks Chris.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jun 2023

  • "The Old Byre is full of character and charm."

    The location just outside Sligo is perfect and the views are spectacular. The accommodation is warm and comfortable and contains all you could reasonably need for an enjoyable stay. The welcome goodie basket was much appreciated. You need to be agile to negotiate the spiral staircase but that wasn’t a problem. Chris was kind and helpful throughout.

    Reviewed by Teresa4.7Jun 2023

  • "My wife and I had a wonderful stay at the beautiful Byre Cottage."

    Good facilities, plenty of parking and a marvellous base for exploring Sligo town and the surrounding country. Our host Chris was excellent and very helpful. We would certainly return to the Byre.

    Reviewed by Kieran4.7Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at the Old Byre."

    So quiet and relaxing, warm and cosy. Such a welcome from the family, and the goodie hamper over and above. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jan 2023

  • "Had a wonderful 12 day stay at the Old Byre!"

    The cottage is lovely, outfitted very well, and the countryside beautiful. Chris was an absolutely fantastic host! Very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our chats with him. Would definitely stay there again! I highly recommend the Old Byre for a unique holiday experience!

    Reviewed by Bertha5.0Dec 2022

  • "Our stay at The Old Byre was absolutely amazing!"

    Right from the start we felt most welcome and at home and Chris was the absolute best and kindest host we could have wished for. The lovely and cosy cottage offers everything you need and more, while being located within stunning and peaceful surroundings. It's the perfect base for exploring Ireland's North West Coast on day trips and local shops are just a few minutes away. Leaving this beautiful place wasn't easy, so I guess we just have to come back. Thank you for a wonderful time!

    Reviewed by Iris5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at this property."

    The owner was very informative and helpful. The location was perfect for exploring the beautiful scenery of Atlantic coast, lakes and hills. It was an area of beauty and friendly people. Would return anytime. Thank you for an insight into rural Ireland.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Sep 2022

  • "A fantastic host and gentleman Chris was so helpful."

    Beautiful place with loads of character.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at Chris's property."

    The Old Byre really suited our needs ,family of 4. Very comfortable , v clean, games room in barn next door with table tennis which was hugh hit with our 2 children. Chris couldn't have been more accommodating, lovely welcome food pack on arrival, and apples from orchard to bring home! Cottage is in country, waking up to meadow of sheep every morning was fantastic yet only 2 miles to Sligo town. Thank you again Chris. Breda ,Frank and girls.

    Reviewed by Breda5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very friendly and accommodating host."

    We enjoyed our stay and would certainly return

    Reviewed by Brendan4.4Jul 2022

  • "I and my family highly appreciated the time we spent at the cottage."

    So peaceful, clean ,comfortable and the warm welcome from Chris and his wife. Thank you once again will highly recommend as well return in the future. Excellent services from Sykes cottages. Many thanks Mr Khuphe

    Reviewed by Galisanani5.0Jul 2022

  • "Chris and Lynne have created something really beautiful here."

    The house is lovely and the surrounds are stunning. Has everything you need. Really helpful host as well. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Conor5.0Jun 2022

  • "This is a thoughtful and creative conversion of an old building."

    The Old Byre is very comfortable and has lots of character. Although very close to Sligo, it’s in a rural setting with great views. A great place to stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0May 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage."

    It was ideally situated for our needs as hikers. Chris, the owner, was friendly and really helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Bernadette5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had an absolutely fantastic time in Sligo."

    The Cottage was absolutely perfect. It was well equipped with everything we needed, beautifully decorated. The beds were very comfortable. We enjoyed sitting in the sun room in the morning drinking coffee and staring at the mountains in the distance. It was also very peaceful (I have never slept so well!!) We are a family of 4 and found that there was plenty of space for us. The barn next door has table tennis which we all enjoyed very much. The cottage is in a great location very close to Sligo Town and easy access to all the local beauty spots. Chris the owner is really kind and friendly and also made our holiday very special. We will 100% go again.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Feb 2022

  • "Comfortable for two."

    Owners are friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Heather4.1Sep 2021

  • "Lynn and Chris were very friendly and welcoming giving us lots of information about the local area and eateries ."

    Lots of interesting historical attractions and beautiful Sandy beaches within a short drive . The barn is very comfortable and has everything you need for a self catering holiday. Would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Old Byre is a beautifully decorated holiday retreat in an idyllic location in the countryside yet only minutes from Sligo town and within easy access to all nearby attractions."

    The house is well supplied with everything you need as well as a lovely welcome pack.Our favourite place was the reading room which offers great views of Benbulben and was a lovely place to unwind every evening. We could not ask anymore of our very hospitable hosts, Chris & Lynne and we highly recommend this quality accommodation. Mr Greaney, Galway

    Reviewed by Conall5.0Aug 2021

  • "Fabulous stay at the Old Byre."

    Perfect location for Sligo and around. The Hosts are so friendly and helpful. We will be back. Thank you

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Jul 2021

  • "An excellent holiday home, the pictures do not do it justice!"

    Very children friendly. Chris and Lynne were exceptional hosts and could not have done more to make us feel at home immediately! Loads of extras laid on. Can’t wait to book our next trip!

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2021

  • "We are a family of four and had a wonderful week in Sligo staying at this cosy and beautifully decorated house which felt like a real treat."

    The setting felt peaceful with one room overlooking Benbulben and the owners had given great attention to detail with board games and a lovely fire. The bedrooms were lovely. Our children age 7 and 5 loved every minute. The property was near everything around Sligo with shops five minutes away, plus the Glencar waterfall and beaches not too far. Have been recommending to friends and family, lovely stay, really accommodating hosts, would stay again when visiting Sligo.

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Old Byre is absolutely beautiful and Lynne and Chris are the most wonderful hosts."

    They made us feel very welcome. The Old Byre is a home from home, which had a lovely welcome basket on arrival and lots of little extras, like a picnic basket, making the cottage so well stocked. My favourite place was the sun room which had the most glorious and relaxing views - I enjoyed reading there every day, whilst the little one played, and watching how the weather changed the scenery outside. In the evening we enjoyed the lounge with the roaring log burner making it extremely cosy. But the whole place was really pretty and very comfortable. Having never been to Sligo before, I would also recommend the location - it's beautiful and there were lots of places we have yet to visit, so we will be back! We thoroughly recommend the Old Byre for the location, the cottage and the wonderful, kind hosts, who we intend to keep in touch with!

    Reviewed by Shona5.0Oct 2020

  • "Due to poor weather and an increase in Covid 19 restrictions while we were there we spent more time in the cottage than we probably would have otherwise."

    This was not a problem however because the cottage was incredibly cosy, especially with the wind and rain outside. The interior was absolutely beautiful with the stove and the spiral staircase being our favourite features. The outside was fantastic also; it is really quiet and feels like miles into the country despite being only a very short drive into Sligo town. The owners Chris & Lynne were fantastic also and ensured we had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely quite place surrounded by nature, max 20 minutes drive from the main Sligo's attractions and about 10 minutes from Sligo town itself."

    Chris and Lynne are very helpful and always there for you if you need anything. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Old Byre cottage is a gem nestled among gorgeous mature trees with very special views of the surrounding fields and Benbulben Mountain."

    Our hosts Chris and Lynn were extremely hospitable & made us feel very welcome - our home from home for the stay! The cottage is a short drive to all what Sligo has to offer. We’d highly recommend the Old Byre & hope we’ll return ourselves some day.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Aug 2020

  • "Really enjoyed out stay in the old Byre, in spite of Covid restrictions."

    Chris and Lynne were excellent hosts - very welcoming and helpful - provided us with a shed to store our bicycles. The Cottage was very centrally located for exploring Counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal. The Old Byre was comfortable and tastefully decorated, with every home comfort provided - even down to a picnic basket. We particularly enjoyed the sun room, especially on the few wet days, enjoying the views of the surrounding mountains. We hope to return here in the future.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double on mezzanine level, 1 x ground-floor bunk
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen , dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Snug/reading room
  • Oil-fired central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for several cars
  • There is a separate utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
  • Garden with gravel area, lawn, and patio with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop within 1.2 miles, pub within 1.9 miles

The property

Sligo Town 2 miles.

Down a quiet country lane off a main road in County Sligo lies this lovely converted coach house, lying next to the owner's own home and outbuildings, The Old Byre is a pretty retreat with rural views.

Suited to a family of four or a couple wanting a romantic break, the interior has been thoughtfully decorated with light airy colours and charming pieces of furniture.

Step inside to be greeted by the centre-piece of the open-plan living space, the beautiful iron spiral staircase that draws you in, leading up to the mezzanine bedroom above.

Make yourself at home within the sitting area, where a woodburning stove can provide warmth on a cold evening, as the arched coach-style windows let in the last of the sun's light, you can settle into one of the sofas with a good book or glass of wine in hand.

As you relax, your loved one can be preparing a delicious meal in the kitchen area across the way, chopping up ingredients on the timber worktop, before serving it up when it's ready at the pretty country-style dining table.

Steal a quiet moment within the snug reading room at the end of the property, accessed through a stable door from the kitchen, where a quirky brick and wooden table feature holds several books and windows offer views out of three sides of this little corner, creating a sun-room effect.

Catch your rest at the other end, where you can find the bunk bed room with lovely touches throughout and a warming antique radiator.

Ascend up the spiral staircase and relax within the beautiful double bedroom, where a white-washed bed frame and bedside tables create a lovely decor underneath the slanted timber ceiling, all in all offering an idyllic place to rest your head.

Freshen up in the shower room on the ground floor, where a gorgeous ornate mirror rests over the exposed red brick above the basin, a lovely spot to get ready in.

Enjoy breakfast in the warmer months sat out at the patio furniture, and in the evening when the temperature drops, light the chimenea to offer some heat.

Explore your wonderful surroundings and head into Sligo Town where there is an abundance of things to do.

Visit the beaches of Strandhill, Rosses Point, and Streedagh Beach for walks and waves, with a surfing school at Strandhill so you can experience the famous West Coast surf!

Play a round on the Strandhill Golf Club before heading back to Sligo for a refreshing Guinness and getting to know the lively streets of this coastal Irish town.

The Old Byre will be a brilliant getaway for you and your loved ones in Ireland.

About the location


Strandhill 5.6 miles; Sligo Airport 6 miles; Ballaghaderreen 30.2 miles.

Sligo, one of Ireland’s largest towns is a great destination set among Benbulben Mountain, Knocknarea Hill, sandy beaches, and the green countryside of the Emerald Isle. The town itself offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants with great seafood and pubs playing traditional Irish music. You won’t be stuck for things to do while in the area; go to the races and pick out the winning horse, practice your swing with a few rounds of golf, go horse riding on the beach, or relax with a spot of fishing. Sample the local culture by visiting the Yeats Memorial Building, The Model Contemporary Centre and the Hawk’s Well Theatre, one of the oldest regional theatres in the country. Take the Queen Maeve Trail to the top of Knocknarea and be sure to bring your camera along to capture the breathtaking landscape that this county has to offer. Sligo is an excellent base for exploring this part of Ireland.

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