Devlin Farm Life
“We really enjoyed our stay at Devlin Farm Life, Beautiful scenery, loved the dogs & seeing the sheep up close, Great Memories”
– Sandra & Stephen
Self-Catering Holiday Rental Louisburgh
Devlin House is located on our eco-friendly sheep farm in one of the most spectacular settings along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Here at Devlin Farm Life, we offer visitors to experience what it is like to live on an eco-friendly and sustainable farm.
Situated in an area of outstanding beauty, enjoy the scenery and coastal beaches, all within walking distance from our Self-Catering holiday home.
This cosy cottage sleeps up to five people. There are two well-sized bedrooms from a single bed and double bed to a king-size, a walk-in wardrobe, wheelchair accessible bathroom, a comfortable open plan kitchen & living room area, free WI-FI access and ample secure private parking.
Our homemade welcome pack awaits guests on arrival straight from the host Veronica’s kitchen, freshly baked scones, homemade jam and free-range eggs.
Richard Mannion runs a small hill farm where he breeds traditional Mayo Blackface sheep, using the
same blood lines his grandfather developed in 1925. Close to his heels at any time of day or night are
his two border collies, Rocco and Toby who are both essential working dogs and much loved pets. As
an ex-scientist, Richard brings a combination of scientific skills and inherited farming know-how to
managing his beloved flock.
A chattering flock of free range hens wander around the property, scratching and pecking
contentedly in search of seeds and insects. Collecting their warm, brown eggs daily is a popular
chore with younger visitors.
In springtime the fields close to the farmhouse are filled with wide-eyed baby lambs, leaping and
bouncing for joy as they discover their new world and new friends. Some are pets, who for one
reason or another aren’t being fed by their mother and need regular bottle feeding. Taking a turn at
feeding these snow white lambs is often a highlight of the holiday for guests at Devlin House and an
extra pair of hands is always welcome.
At any time of year farm life is busy with the sheep and managing the land itself. This is challenging
hill territory, exposed to the Atlantic and the Mayo Blackface sheep are ideally suited to it. Small,
agile and tough they thrive in these conditions. The sheep run free on the hillside commonage
shared with other farmers but Richard always knows his own flock. They follow the paths their
ancestors trod, always heading for the top of the hill where Richard’s grandfather chose the dryer
land for his flock a hundred years ago. That’s living tradition.
For more information about sheep you might like to read this informative blog Veronica wrote.
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