Luxury Self Catering at Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo

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Planning an Ireland vacation? If you want a wonderful place to stay, active adventure, and gorgeous surroundings, you should consider adding Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo to your itinerary.

If the owners of Mount Falcon Estate would let me live in one of their Woodland Lodges I would move in tomorrow.

Woodlands Lodge Mount Falcon Estate, Luxury self-catering in County Mayo. Perfect for families!
Our three bedroom, 3 bath lodge at Mount Falcon Estate.

My family arrived after a day spent in the tight quarters of our rental car. From Westport we drove Mayo's untamed portion of the Wild Atlantic Way, wind and rain alternating their battering of us as we drove the cliffs of Achill Island and explored castles once inhabited by Ireland's most famous Pirate Queen, Grace (Gráinne) O'Malley.

I dodged marble sized rain drops as I dashed from the car to the door, protected by the overhanging eaves. Unlocking the door I stepped into what felt like an Alpine cottage, open and airy, with a huge stone fireplace that stretched to the ceiling. Immediately I felt the confined car tension slip away as the spacious lodge welcomed me to its warmth.

The massive stone fireplace is the central focus in the living area in the Woodland Lodges at Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, perfect for Ireland family vacations.
Comfortable couches are perfectly positioned to enjoy a warm fire.

The Woodland Lodges at Mount Falcon Estate

Perfect for family groups from 4 to 6 people, the Woodland Lodges feel like a luxury cabin in the forest. The large stone fireplace is definitely the ‘heart' of the lodge, made to be gathered around in the morning with a cuppa as you plan your day or in the evenings with a more adult beverage as you relax and relive your adventures.

Woodland Lodges at Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo are perfect for your Ireland Family Vacation. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, full kitchen, and a stunning estate filled with active adventures.
Inside the lodge : large, super comfy beds, full kitchen, view from the couch, view from the upper landing.

Two large bedrooms are on the ground floor, one with an ensuite bath, the other with a bathroom with hallway entrance. Just behind the fireplace are steps that carry you to a spacious landing, complete with desk (in case you plan to do any work), and the huge Master Suite with king bed and ensuite bath.

A full kitchen on the lower level has everything you need (except the food!) to enjoy meals in. And the cleverly disguised washer/dryer is so nice if you've been traveling a while and your clothes need a refresher!

Enjoying Everything Mount Falcon Estate Has to Offer

Located just outside Ballina, in the far north-eastern part of Mayo, Mount Falcon Estate is perfectly situated for day trips along the Wild Atlantic Way, to the wonderful Museum of Country Life in Castlebar, or to Foxford Woolen Mills. But you don't have to leave the estate to have an amazing time.

Luxury rooms inside the manor at Mount Falcon Estate are a decadent splurge during your Ireland vacation.
Built in 1872, Ultred Knox commissioned the finest architect of the day, James Franklin Fuller, to build this ‘castle' for his bride. Fuller also designed Ashford Castle and Kylemore Abbey.

Just exploring the grounds is wonderful. The stunning Manor House, built in 1876, overlooks an impeccable front lawn where you'll often find the lads from the falconry (read about our amazing incredible Hawk Walk) working with their hawks in the morning. Walks along pathways lead you past lakeside cottages, the family cemetery, a small megalith, and wooded trails that may be enchanted by faeries.

You'll find plenty to do around Mount Falcon Estate - there's no need to leave! A perfect destination for your Ireland family vacation!
The family cemetery lies just past an ancient megalith. Mushrooms grow in rows so straight it is said that they are planted by faeries. And the falconry, located inside and behind the tower (next to the Woodland Lodges) is an experience you won't soon forget!

Bike hire, archery, clay pigeon shooting, and salmon fishing are all on offer. Of course you could just choose to relax in the spa.

Dining at Mount Falcon

Our lodge stay included breakfast in the Restaurant Kitchen. I could not get enough of the creamy Irish yogurts accompanied by breads and pastries in the Continental Breakfast selections while my husband enjoyed a daily hot breakfast, praising the Eggs Benedict and the Full Irish.

A few of the breakfast options at Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo. Choosing the B&B option with your stay will fuel your Ireland vacation activities!
Mount Falcon Eggs Benedict, the Full Irish, and a fresh croissant with Irish yogurt, granola, and almonds. A few of the breakfast options at Mount Falcon Estate.

We splurged on a meal in the Kitchen Restaurant our first night which included a pre-starter, starter, middle course, main course, and petit fours. Though the menu wasn't large it was all so wonderfully described that choosing was difficult.

Fine dining in Ireland at The Kitchen Restaurant at Mount Falcon Estate. Only the freshest ingredients, locally sourced, will appear on your plate.
Our meal at The Kitchen Restaurant (clockwise from top left): Fresh scallops, garden cauliflower & seaweed starter, warm rolls with garden herbs infused oil and farmhouse butter, fruit plate with Balsamic, Petit Fours, Sparkling Apple and Elderflower Cobbler, Skeaghanore Free Range Duck Breast with Garden Rainbow Beetroot Texture, Beef Fillet with Garden Carrot Texture, the evenings PreStarter

The girls had an easier time making choices from the kids' menu – which included a very artistic dessert plate!

The kids menu at Mount Falcon Estate's Kitchen Restaurant finishes with this fun palate of ice cream, cookies, and sauce.
An artists palate of ice cream, cookies, and sauces.

As a fan of afternoon tea, I couldn't resist introducing my daughters to the sheer decadence of the ritual.

Mount Falcon's Afternoon Tea, served in the Boathole Bar, begins with your choice of tea, or a frothy hot chocolate if you're so inclined. Following your drinks are a selection of two-bite sandwiches, warm scones, and a selection of sweets filling enough to replace your evening meal.

During your Ireland vacation take time to enjoy afternoon tea, like this one at Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo.
Afternoon tea is a time honored tradition – and a perfect late afternoon activity!

Stay At Mount Falcon

Our stay at Mount Falcon was far too short- only 2 nights- and we never felt the need to leave the estate to keep ourselves amused and occupied.

See what others have to say about their stay at Mount Falcon Estate.

In addition to the wonderful Woodland Lodges, Mount Falcon Estate also offers rooms in the beautiful manor house as well as Lakeside and Courtyard Lodges.

Be sure to check the Offers page on the Mount Falcon website for activity deals and multi-day package stays.

Our many thanks to Mount Falcon Estate for hosting our Woodlands Lodge stay.
Dining costs – our dinner in the Kitchen Restaurant and Afternoon Tea – were paid for by us.

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