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River Dale

Sligo Town (Ref. 940950)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed in River Dale cottage in June 2022 with our four young children."

    We feel we were extremely lucky to find this amazing house so close to Sligo Town and yet in a quiet peaceful location only a few minutes drive from Glencar, Rosses Point and many other scenic areas. The house was exceptionally clean and comfortable. John went out of his way to make us and our children feel welcome. The comfort of Riverdale cottage enabled us to truly enjoy our break in Sligo. We couldn't recommend this property highly enough. Thank you John and Marion. Karl & Lynn

    Hi Karl and Lynn, what an absolute pleasure to meet you and the children. Im delighted that the mixed weather didn't hinder your enjoyment of the local surroundings and thank you so very much for keeping Riverdale so well during your stay. Your kind card and chocolates were much appreciated. Have a great summer and hope to see you all again some time. John and Marion Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarlJun 2022

  • "Idyllic location, rural road but minutes away from the town."

    Benbullben walk,beaches and forests all around, or Glencar waterfall, you won't be disappointed with places to visit. The natural beauty is all around, you can see why W.B Yeats loved the location. The house becomes a home while you stay there. It has every amenity necessary. Every detail is considered. Wonderfully thoughtful hosts spend time preparing for your stay. Some welcoming items, a beautifully laid house with every modern convenience. The showers are wonderful, the WiFi fast, the beds comfortable, and the house is bright and airy. Even if it rains outside, it's a lovely house to just relax and chill. The house is the cleanest house we ever stayed in, thanks to John and Marion. I normally arrive with cleaning products and give a quick clean but my products stayed in the bag until we returned the house back to John and Marion on departure day. Will definitely stay again, when you find the prefect house, you don't need to look elsewhere. I am more than happy to go back next year with my children and husband. They all loved the house as much as I did. My warmest wishes to John and Marion from Allison and family.

    Dear Alison,Ken and family. We are delighted that you had such a positive experience staying at Riverdale. Thank you so much for returning the cottage in such pristine condition and for your lovely card and chocolates. It would be a pleasure to see you all again in the future. John and Marion Property Owner

    Reviewed by KenJun 2022

  • "Just spent 7 nights at Riverdale cottage with my husband, the cottage is just beautiful, spotlessly clean and so comfortable and spacious."

    Very well equipped. John the owner is very friendly and helpful. After a busy day touring the Sligo area it is great to relax at Riverdale in comfort and peaceful setting in the country lane but only a few minutes drive from sligo centre. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone and would love to return someday. Many thanks John

    Hi Roesheen, Many thanks for choosing to stay at Riverdale and leaving the cottage so well on your departure. We are so happy that you both enjoyed your stay at Riverdale and the surrounding area and it would be lovely to see you again at some stage in the future. john Property Owner

    Reviewed by RoesheenJun 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    Beautiful and clean. All amenities needed for a great stay. John and Marion were brilliant. Nothing was a trouble if required anything and then left us to get on with our holiday.

    Mervyn, so pleasurable to meet with both you and Barbara. The comfort and contentment of our guests is what we want for every booking as discussed and so happy we could achieve this whilst contributing to you both having a well deserved holiday in Sligo. Looking forward to your return trip next year and many thanks for the advance booking. Have a great summer. John and Marion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MervynMay 2022

  • "EXCEPTIONAL property, catering for all needs, all on one level with everything a holiday maker may need for an easy and enjoyable time away."

    John was a very warm and welcoming host, and would be able to answer any questions for someone new to the area. The Kitchen is very well equipped and the utility room is a handy extra not all property's offer. it is ideally situated very close to town yet on a lovely quite country road. plenty of great restaurants nearby, beaches and historic places to visit only a short drive away. looking forward to next year.

    Hello Mark, Lovely to meet with both you and Patricia and so good to hear that Riverdale met all your needs. Sligo is beautiful with loads to do in close proximity. Great to see you booked for next year. Have great summer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2022

  • "The property was beautiful and spotless and the added extras i."

    E. slippers on bed was a lovely added touch. The owners were very friendly and were on hand to help and offer advice on places to go. Lots of lovely beaches in the surrounding area to visit. Would definitely recommend this property.

    Hi Patrick, So kind of you to give us such a positive review. It was lovely to meet you all and that you got to explore loads of the surprises Sligo has to offer. Delighted that Riverdale covered all your needs and great to catch up. Hope to see you all in the future. John Property Owner

    Reviewed by PatrickApr 2022

  • "This booking completely exceeded our expectations!"

    From the more than warm welcome, to the property itself, it was easy to switch off from the moment we arrived. The house feels bigger than the pictures show. Especially with a group of 5, there is enough space to cook, dine, and entertain various interests, without having to move things around constantly. It is exceptionally clean, and has plenty of everything you may need: cooking utensils, dinnerware, towels, hair dryer... With a place like this, the weather becomes secondary! The location is perfect, and most of our activities were less than a 15min drive away. We booked another holiday there for the next year upon the day after returning home. Definitely recommend this gem and hope with growing demand the high standard can be kept. Thanks so much, John & Marion! See you next year.

    Dear Lisa and family.Such wonderful feedback to receive and we are so thrilled that Riverdale was above and beyond what you expected. We strive to ensure the satisfaction of our guests and so happy when they have a positive experience which reinforces our effort to maintain high standards for future guests. We are delighted you have decided upon a return trip and I can assure you we will have the welcome mat out. Lovely to have met you all and have a great summer. John and Marion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LisaApr 2022

  • "Where do we start, your holiday home is simply fantastic."

    We all loved it and can't wait to return again soon. The cottage is a really brilliant place and would love to live in it :)

    Hello Garreth, such a pleasure to meet you ,Anna and the twins. Im delighted that you all enjoyed your stay in Riverdale and the general Sligo locality for your fun days out exploring. Hope to see you all again at some stage. J Property Owner

    Reviewed by GarethMar 2022

  • "Excellent cottage for families, Super location and excellent host."

    The cottage was exceptionally clean and everything you need is provided, would highly recommend and all of the family cant wait to get back. Thanks John. SG Co Armagh.

    Hello SG, So grateful for your recent visit and kind comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your short stay cut short by Storm Eunice pending arrival. Look forward to meeting you all again in the future.J Property Owner

    Reviewed by ShaneFeb 2022

  • "Very nice and spacious house."

    John, the owner is very friendly and takes care of the tenants with nice touches.

    Hello Carole, Many thanks for making such a long journey and choosing to stay at Riverdale. It was our pleasure to meet you all. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to Visit Sligo again. J Property Owner

    Reviewed by CaroleFeb 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect (and completely fitted the description)."

    The hosts (John & Marion) really made an effort to make you feel welcome. Will surely visit again!

    Dear Harold , thank you so much for staying with us at Riverdale and returning the cottage in such pristine condition. Your note and gift of lovely chocolates were much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by HaroldJan 2022

  • "Beautiful comfortable house and the hosts were very welcoming and helpful."

    Very enjoyable stay. Fabulous scenery and places to visit within a short drive.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "Beautiful and cozy, the perfect place!"

    Reviewed by Kate ElliottAug 2021

  • "We have booked staycations through Hogan’s Irish Cottages/Sykes on several occasions and have always had good experiences."

    River Dale was outstanding - very well appointed, spotlessly clean and some very nice additional touches eg. bathroom accessories, welcome pack and flowers! The owners, John and Marion, were very helpful and took pride in their beautiful house and in their county.

    Reviewed by OrlaAug 2021

  • "Our stay at River Dale was excellent."

    Upon arrival we were greeted with some lovely treats and basic essentials to keep us going until we got ourselves sorted. There were even fresh flowers in the kitchen. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed, the beds were extremely comfortable. The house is out in the countryside, but only a short drive to Sligo town. In fact, the house is in a super location to all the amenities in the area that we wanted to go do. John recommended some lovely restaurants and places of interest and we found him and Marion very helpful. Thanks again for the wonderful stay, hopefully we will be back soon.

    Reviewed by LeanneAug 2021

  • "We had a really lovely week in the house with our two young children."

    Very comfortable and spotlessly clean on arrival. A great base for touring around Sligo and not far from local beaches. We would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by DaraghJul 2021

  • "The house was perfect, nice quiet location to relax but so close to town and was the lap of luxury!"

    The holiday was so varied from swimming and surfing to climbing mountains and lovely woodland walks. Sligo has everything and John, the owner, had great advice for us.

    Reviewed by Carol AnnJun 2021

  • "Just back from our second stay in Riverdale."

    The house is perfect, spotlessly clean and has everything you need. The hosts are fantastic, extremely helpful and considerate. They went above and beyond on a couple of occasions. Great location, very central for a number of great attractions and beaches. We hope to come back again.

    Reviewed by ConorMay 2021

  • "Host John and Mary were most convivial and the property is amazing."

    I would heartily recommend

    Reviewed by DeborahMar 2021

  • "The property is a newly built home, so everything was in excellent condition, we were made to feel very welcome by our gracious hosts, there was a generous welcome pack."

    The property is ideally located just outside the city, so you have peace and quiet, and all scenic destinations within 15 to max.30 minutes drive from the home. You have the Rosses Point, Glencar waterfall, Strandhill, Devils Chimney, Benbulban all close enough to keep you well occupied. We had a great family holiday.

    Reviewed by MahomedOct 2020

  • "This is the second time we stayed at Riverdale and we hope to return again in 2021."

    The house is comfortable and spotless and easy to live in. John and Marion are very welcoming and could not do enough to ensure we had a good holiday. We would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by MaureenSep 2020

  • "We would like to thank John and Marion for letting us stay in their fabulous home."

    The home itself is approximately 3 minutes from the town centre and is a short drove to the scenic Glencar. The house itself is in immaculate condition and is extremely spacious. The property as well came with all the necessities and was personalised with some added touches upon our arrival. We had a amazing stay with the kids and family and look forward to staying in your excellent property in the near future. Many Thanks Shane & Michelle + family

    Reviewed by ShaneSep 2020

  • "We stayed at River Dale for a few days in September."

    The house was beautiful with everything you could need for a perfect getaway. It was in a beautiful location and close to Sligo town as well as many other scenic locations across Sligo. a superb property that I would highly recommend and will hopefully get back too.

    Reviewed by HollySep 2020

  • "The house is excellent - it is a recently built house about 3-4km from Sligo town in a peaceful rural setting - a great base for exploring all Sligo has to offer."

    The house has a bright and airy feel and the kitchen has all you would need for a stay. The main bedroom is like being in a hotel with its own dressing room and fantastic big walk-in shower and the other 2 bedrooms share a lovely bathroom with separate shower.. The whole house was spotless - a comfort in these times with Covid-19 still around. The wifi is excellent and there are many home and satellite channels and a lovely wood-burning stove to relax in front of at the end of the day. Can't belive it has taken me till now to realise how great Sligo is as a holiday destination- we had some great days out - Mullaghmore was a favourite and Glencar waterfall. The food in the restaurants and pubs were great particularly Elah Bhan, Davis and Yeats Tavern and the Strand Bar. John left a lovely welcome gift and was great to deal with and very helpful with any queries we had. We hope to be back again.

    Reviewed by EdwinaSep 2020

  • "Fantastic house."

    Very clean. Beautifully decorated and has everything you might need. Clear instructions left out for everything. Lots of little extras as well, extra towels, milk and biscuits left out etc. Made to feel really welcome. Fantastic location as well. Close to many attractions.

    Reviewed by ConorAug 2020

  • "We had a wonderful week’s holiday in this house."

    It was very comfortable, well equipped and as is so important at this time, spotless. The house has everything you would hope to find so you can cook at home but is also very close to the town to eat out. We were very impressed by the welcome gifts waiting for us and the owner stopping by to make sure everything was in order. This has by far been the best holiday home we have ever rented in Ireland and we would be delighted to stay again in 2021.

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2020

  • "The house and it's surroundings are beautiful."

    It's a few minutes drive from Silgo town and it's central location means everything is only a short drive away, it's in between Strandhill and Rosses Point. We got a lovely welcome from the owner, who is very easy to deal with. The house is spotless and would highly recommend it, we would absolutely stay there again.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2020

  • "It was a beautiful house close to all history of area and beautiful beaches"

    Reviewed by FrancesAug 2020

  • "We were a party of four adults, and, on departure, unanimous in agreeing that Sligo is a wonderful location for walking, climbing, cycling, surfing and exploring cultural interests."

    Perhaps we would leave out swimming, as the sea (or lake) water is cold. Riverdale, our cottage, enhanced all these pleasures at the start and the end of each day of outings. Windows on the east, south and west sides of the cottage commanded pasture, mature trees and skies - specimen views of the green image of Ireland. There were plenty of comfortable corners in which to read. At night the only sound likely to be heard was the patter of rain. The spaces for cooking and dining and relaxing were wide and easy to manage - further back, the sleeping, bathroom and laundry accommodation were all equally well-provisioned. Covid-19 as a background factor in our late July stay only made for even greater appreciation of the cheerful ambience of the cottage inside and out. We received a very friendly welcome and send-off from the hosts (next door), but did not need to call on them for any assistance.The large folder of information they had prepared on the town and area was particularly useful when planning our expeditions.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2020

  • "An exceptional place to stay with very high standards of comfort and cleanliness."

    The owner John was very helpful and everything ran smoothly. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending this house for a stay of any length and the location it is situated in is very convenient for exploring this beautiful area.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2020

  • "River Dale was a superb base to explore Sligo from."

    The house is easily accessible from the town and yet situated in a tranquil area. The decor, facilities and size gave us plenty of space and a real home from home experience. The attention to detail by Marion and John was just amazing.

    Reviewed by AmandaJul 2020

  • "After being in self isolation for more than the 12 weeks advised by the government for the over 70’s I was not relishing going to the cottage because of the threat still in circulation concerning the coronavirus pandemic."

    Reluctantly I went to Swan Cottage, Sligo only because we had already booked it for our holiday home. However, I need not have worried at all. The cottage was absolutely spotless with very tasteful furnishings and decor and quite comfortable. It was excellently equipped with everything we could possibly need. I cannot praise John and Marion the owners enough for making sure that we were comfortable, were very helpful and made us feel really welcome In their beautiful home. We hope to be able to return sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2020

  • "The accommodation is lovely- comfortable, clean and spacious."

    It is modern, well furnished with many caring touches to ensure you have everything you need. The welcome is amazing! Such wonderful hosts who were helpful, friendly and genuinely interested in making our holiday a wonderful experience.

    Reviewed by SallyDec 2019

  • "River Dale Cottage was an excellent place to stay."

    The property is new and spacious and extremely comfortable. The owner, John, was very helpful and keen to make sure that you not only enjoy your stay in the cottage but also that you enjoy your holiday by giving information on places to visit. The location was ideal with it only being about 5 minutes to the centre of Sligo by car. I wouldn't hesitate to book this cottage again if visiting the the Sligo area.

    Reviewed by GordonOct 2019

  • "Our holiday accommodation was excellent and the welcome pack was very much ..."

    Our holiday accommodation was excellent and the welcome pack was very much appreciated, John and Marion's attention and hospitality was very warm and welcoming - We will be back for sure T & S

    Reviewed by SallyOct 2019

  • "From the warm and friendly welcome when we arrived to when we left we had a thoroughly enjoyable time."

    The cottage owners were attentive without being intrusive, easy to talk to, generous and very easy to get on with - everything needed to make us feel welcome was provided. The cottage was clean, warm, comfortable and ideally situated to explore Sligo Town and County - and beyond. We had a great time and would definitely recommend River Dale for a holiday! Many thanks

    Reviewed by NeilSep 2019

  • "River Dale is a delight with its location just outside Sligo and close to coast, mountains and countryside."

    The cottage itself is really well appointed and spotlessly clean. John is the perfect making sure everything was right and good for everyone. We really appreciated his guest starter pack with milk, bread, other items and a bottle of wine. We had a fab time and will be certain to go back to Sligo and River Dale. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by GuyAug 2019

  • "This is one of the best houses we have stayed in."

    Plenty of outside space, super hosts, and perfect location. The house was spacious and well equipped in a rural location but still only a few minutes from Sligo. There were plenty of towels, a starter pack on arrival and even slippers were provided. I would have no hesitation in recommending this house and would definitely stay again. Thank you for a wonderful stay. Maureen, Trevor and the kids

    Reviewed by TrevorJul 2019

  • "The owner John was exceptionally welcoming and ensured we had settled in."

    He displayed good knowledge about the local area and was able to suggest some great family activities. The house was an excellent base for our family with the open plan living room and kitchen providing ample space. The bedrooms offered good space too for both the children and ourselves. We had a wonderful and busy holiday in County Sligo and the cottage was a great base to return to and relax at the end of the day.

    Reviewed by CraigJul 2019

  • "The accommodation was excellent."

    There was lots of space. Everything we needed was provided. The owners were friendly and helpful. We had a lovely holiday and would recommend River Dale Cottage and would return again.

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2019

  • "Great accommodation and great location for exploring the surrounding area."

    Cottage was warm and inviting had everything you would ever need for a relaxing holiday. The quality of the facilities was first class. Welcome pack was gratefully received as was the bottle of wine! John and Marion were on site, available if needed. Would highly recommend this accommodation and have every intention of making a return visit.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2019

  • "This is a virtual new build property."

    The heating system worked very well and there was a very good supply of hot water. The owners, John and Marion were close by and very helpful in sorting out any minor issues, without being intrusive. Overall we were very happy with the whole experience. We would definitely go back in future.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2019

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  • All ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms; 1 x double bedroom with en-suite, with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x double bedroom, 1 x twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with sitting area, dining area and kitchen area
  • Utility
  • Oil central heating and woodburning fire
  • Washing machine, Dishwasher
  • electric oven and hob, TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Small enclosed garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub and shop within 1.8 miles, town centre 2.5 miles.

The property

Surrounded by the majestic Benbulben Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, is the superbly appointed property, River Dale.

This heart-warming retreat rests on the outskirts of one of Ireland’s most picturesque towns, offering a tranquil base for a family looking to explore the rugged landscapes with all amenities within striking distance.

Look forward to spending your evenings within the contemporary open-plan living room where you and your loved ones can gather around the warming woodburning fire during those chilly winter evenings.

The amply equipped kitchen area offers a stylish surrounding to prepare your delicious home-cooked meals before gathering the family around the dining table to plan the days ahead.

After a day of relaxation or an adventure-filled afternoon, drift off within one of the three charming bedrooms, comprising a double with an en-suite, a further double and a twin bedroom, offering a flexible sleeping arrangement to suit the needs of your group.

If you don’t feel like cooking one evening, make your way into the centre of the vibrant town of Sligo, where you find a wealth of shops, restaurants and pubs, certain to entice all ages and tastes.

If you are feeling active, stroll along the looped walk around Benbulben which is known as Sligo’s 'Table Mountain', offering wonderful variety of plants to enjoy and spectacular scenery.

Venture to the picturesque village of Mullaghmore, where you can spot surfers take to some of the biggest waves in Western Europe whilst you laze on the golden stretch of sand.

Brush up on the local history by visiting the Lissadell House and Gardens, perfect for a family looking to explore the spectacular grounds, where you will often spot wild deer and sea eagles.

River Dale is a delightful cottage, perfect for a family getaway to Western Island.

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas