Of all the lovely ways to spend your precious time in the area, here are our top 4 favourites:
The house sits across the valley from the tallest point in Co. Limerick, just under 1,000 feet above sea level. Knockfierna is visible from almost everyone’s front door in County Limerick. The hill is associated with the ancient god Donn Firinne – the fairy king who gave his name to the hill. The ancient roadways will take you by stone houses which were inhabited during the great famine of 1847 – 1850. The view stretches from Cork to Kerry, across the Shannon Estuary and the Clare hills, Limerick city and Tipperary.
The hill is very accessible from the house and the perfect way to work up a healthy appetite for dinner! For the country junkie or the lover of a great view or just the need for great air and head space we highly recommend it. Bring your walking shoes to explore one or all of the many pathways.
Lough Gur is at the heart of a remarkable archaeological landscape featuring sites that represent every major period of human history in Ireland. Physical evidence of occupation from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Early Christian, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern eras has been found in the immediate vicinity. It is home to Ireland's largest and oldest stone circle. At one point in time it was also home to the largest concentration of Giant Irish Deer in Europe. Lough Gur has breathtaking scenery along with a fairy trail and tree trail for younger and young at heart visitors. The air is enchanted and the local folklore stories are magical.
Located 25 kilometres from the house, or a pleasant drive though rural Ireland of 30 minutes, we think Lough Gur represents a great day out getting to see ancient Ireland without commercialism and crowds. This is a gem off the beaten track. Combine it with a trip to Limerick city for a pleasant days touring and discovering.
Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum
Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum is located on the N69, Wild Atlantic Way, a 40 minute drive from the house and a centre of great interest. Discover the era of transatlantic passenger flights, the invention of Irish coffee, and the maritime history of the majestic River Shannon. We are not aviation experts but this little gem has something for everyone. Combine it with a drive along the Shannon estuary and the Wild Atlantic Way.
‘Do not disturb’ is often the most enjoyable option for our guests! While we all want to maximise our leisure time and pack in as much as possible, we recommend taking time to step back, read that book, take that snooze, listen to great music and enjoy the comforts of The Mustard Seed. With a library full of interesting books and a real log fire to nestle down beside, and a garden full of peaceful pockets to find a bench and relax on, we won’t disturb you unless you need your tea topped up or your glass refilled!