The Schoolhouse Annaghmore
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Surrounded by mature woodland and set on the Owenbeg River near Collooney, this restored, two-bedroom schoolhouse retains many of its original decorative features. The heritage building is an ideal base for anyone exploring Yeats Country.
Described as the “Land of Heart’s Desire” in his early poems, County Sligo is depicted by W.B. Yeats as wild and romantic. Part of this beauty, archaeology and folklore is captured in the conservation and restoration of The Schoolhouse at Annaghmore.
The Schoolhouse was built in the 1860s for the education of children of the tenants of Annaghmore Estate. Nowadays its cosy vestibule leads through to a light filled sitting room where a wood-burning stove adds a welcoming glow to the double height living room. The accommodation comprises two double bedrooms and two bathrooms with a bath upstairs and shower downstairs.
County Sligo’s beautiful scenery was an inspiration for Yeats, who is buried at Drumcliffe Churchyard, under the loaf-shaped Benbulben Mountain. A beautiful drive, running north from the town of Sligo, brings the visitor deep in Yeats Country. The unique landscape offers a huge range of activities, including championship golf courses, surfing and horse racing. Lissadell House, once home to Countess Markievicz, is a good family attraction, with a lovely beach nearby. The mountains of Benbulben and Knocknarea are a spectacular backdrop for hiking enthusiasts and the immediate area also offers a variety of easy but awe-inspiring coastal cliff top and peninsula hill walkways.
Sligo Town’s bustling streets are peppered with small boutiques, cafés and bars, as well as a myriad of craft shops offering handmade crafts like jewellery, pottery and knitwear.